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Black Bear Educator Intership

American Bear Association

Orr ,  Minnesota

Intern Duties at the Bear Sanctuary

Morning/afternoon jobs

  • Picking up and/or unloading supplies, including 50-pound bags of seed and 35-pound bags of fruit and nuts. Heavy lifting is often a part of the job and is therefore required.
  • Daily cleanup of feeding areas and scat removal
  • Maintaining the property, including carpentry projects
  • Planting, mulching, weed-eating and other landscape improvement projects
  • Preparing and distributing bear food mixtures
  • Splitting firewood, road maintenance and other miscellaneous tasks
  • Maintain records on bear activity and behavior
  • There may also be opportunities to work with the MN DNR on special projects
  • Research projects are sometimes available upon request. If it is a requirement for your internship, an advisor must oversee the research project
  • Cooking meals for staff and volunteers, and kitchen cleanup

Jobs during evening/visitors’ hours include:

  • Assisting with admission and parking cars
  • Greeting visitors on their arrival
  • Talking with the public and answering their questions
  • Educating the public about black bears, ecology, behavior, practical environmental conservation and land stewardship
  • Preparing formal 3-8 minute deck talks that interpret bear behavior and debunk any myths and misconceptions our visitors may have regarding bears
  • Execute a prepared 5 minute introductory bus talk on the history of the bears and Vince Shute
  • Sale of souvenirs and educational materials in the gift shop
  • Promoting membership to the American Bear Association

Visit our website to find a online application. Please ensure that you send in all documents required to qualify. 



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