Intern with us! 

Are you a wildlife lover that wants to help care for our ambassador animals or share your enthusiasm for nature with the local community?

Interns are an invaluable asset that works with our Staff and Volunteers for a summer term. Our interns are dedicated individuals who will participate in animal care, education, and research. Examples of the responsibilities of an intern can be seen below.

Start date: TBD

End Date: TBD

Hours per week: 20-30 hours

Summer Stipend: Will be posted in 2023

The following skills and qualifications are desired within an intern:

  • High School Diploma, or equivalent
  • Preference will be given to applicant pursuing college degrees in a related field
  • Demonstrated ability to handle and care for a variety of live animals that includes, but may not be limited to: birds of prey, snakes, turtles, and an opossum (or enthusiastic willingness to learn!)
  • Demonstrated computer abilities in Microsoft Office suite, especially Word, Excel, PowerPoint; webpage and social media background a plus
  • Ability to hike trails of all terrain types, lift 30+lbs, stand on feet throughout day, withstand summer weather conditions (accommodations can be made, please discuss with the Education Director your needs)
  • Must have  up-to-date tetanus vaccine
  • Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively, creatively and effectively with people of all ethnic, socio-economic, lifestyle and cultural backgrounds
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Must be at least 18 years of age, be a citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the United States; Must have a legal driver’s license and consent to a criminal history check
Applications are open for the Summer of 2023. Fill out the application here!
Animal Care


  • Animal diet preparation and feeding
  • Observation of the general health and well-being of each animal
  • Cleaning animal habitats
  • Learn how to handle animals in a safe and positive way

Examples of education work:

  • Assisting with school programs and public events
  • Assisting with summer camps on Balsam Mountain Preserve property
  • Taking photographs, writing articles for newsletter, and assisting with website and Facebook page

Examples of research duties:

  • Assist in citizen science programming
  • Assist with Monarch monitoring
  • Assist with any research that is going on under the Executive Director

If you have any questions about interning at Balsam Mountain Trust, please contact Brit Blackford (Education Director) at or 828.631.1061