Careers in Animals

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Looking for an entry level job or internship in animals? This is an overview of how to approach the search and a list of companies that might have relevant entry level and internship opportunities.

Animals Careers

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Do you want to turn your love of animals into a career? You have many possibilities to explore. A few of them include:

  • Wildlife Rehabilitator
  • Animal Trainer
  • Wildlife Educator
  • Animal Welfare Activist
  • Aquarium Caretaker
  • Wildlife Specialist

You could work in a zoo or aquarium, in a wildlife rehabilitation center, in a non-profit, in a national or state park, or with a company that provides goods or services for animals.

Many of these positions require a bachelor’s degree with a science background; courses in biology, chemistry, and zoology will be helpful.

Some positions that involve advanced study include zoologist, marine biologist, and veterinarian, but you can obtain a junior level position for some of these with a bachelor’s degree (for example, junior zoologist or biologist).

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Mixed Animal Associate Veterinarian
Alpine Veterinary Clinic Omak, WA
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Animal Caretakers
Dykhuis Farms Hamilton, MI
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Animal Cage Washer
Johns Hopkins Hospital Baltimore, MD
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Lab Animal Technician
Sobran Dickerson, MD
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Animal Caretaker
Cape Ann Animal Aid Gloucester, MA
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Part - Time Small Animal Veterinarian
Alexandria Animal Hospital Alexandria, IN
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Animal Care Technician
Pfizer Cambridge, MA
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Animal Shelter Veterinarian
Osceola County Animal Services Saint Cloud, FL
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Small Animal Veterinarian
Pet Wellness Center Of Southern Illinois Effingham, IL
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Animal Caretaker II (NCI)
Leidos Reston, VA
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Companies with Entry Level Jobs and Internships in Animals

Advanced Telemetry Systems Logo

Advanced Telemetry Systems - Advanced Telemetry Systems is an Isanti, MN based company that provides "researchers and managers in ecology and biology with animal tracking and monitoring products."

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Snaptracs Logo

Snaptracs - Snaptracs is a San Diego, CA based company whose system “allows you to track your pet’s location and activity from your computer or mobile device.”

See the complete Snaptracs profile


Rover Logo

Rover - Rover is a Seattle, WA based company that has built a “community for dog lovers to connect owners with sitters for home dog stays.”

See the complete Rover profile


Found Animals Logo

Found Animals - Found Found Animals is a Los Angeles, CA based nonprofit that is dedicated to changing the fact that 3-4 million animals are euthanized in the U.S. every year.

See the complete Found Animals profile


Worthee Logo

Worthee - Worthee is a Chicago, IL based company that offers premium dog walking and care services through a simple mobile app.

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Prison Pet Partnership Logo

Prison Pet Partnership - Prison Pet Partnership is a a Gig Harbor, WA based non-profit that “gives inmates the opportunity to learn valuable pet industry-related vocational skills."

See the complete Prison Pet Partnership profile


The Marine Mammal Center Logo

The Marine Mammal Center - The Marine Mammal Center is a Sausalito, CA non-profit “veterinary research hospital and educational center dedicated to the rescue and rehab of marine mammals."

See the complete The Marine Mammal Center profile


Causes Logo

Causes - Causes is an SF based company that wants to be the place that people go to when they want to “discover, support and organize campaigns, fundraisers, and petitions."

See the complete Causes profile


Kurgo Logo

Kurgo - Kurgo is a Salisbury, MA based company that manufactures and sells “high-quality pet travel products.”

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Stella & Chewy's Logo

Stella & Chewy’s - Stella & Chewy’s is a Milwaukee, WI based company that believes “that dogs and cats deserve to thrive on pure, simple, minimally processed food."

See the complete Stella & Chewy’s profile


Panthera Logo

Panthera - Panthera is a New York, NY based non-profit that “is the world’s leading conservation organization devoted exclusively to the protection of wild cats.”

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Bark & Co. Logo

Bark & Co. - Bark & Co. is a New York, NY based company “dedicated to building products that foster the health and happiness of dogs everywhere.”

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Bideawee Logo

Bideawee - Bideawee is a New York, NY based non-profit that aims “to cultivate and support the life-long relationships between pets and the people who love them.”

See the complete Bideawee profile


Defenders of Wildlife Logo

Defenders of Wildlife - Defenders of Wildlife is a Washington, DC based non-profit that aims to “protect and restore imperiled species throughout North America."

See the complete Defenders of Wildlife profile


Bunny World Foundation Logo

Bunny World Foundation - Bunny World Foundation is a Los Angeles, CA based non-profit “dedicated to combatting animal cruelty, illegal animal sales, exploitation and neglect of all animals."

See the complete Bunny World Foundation profile


Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary Logo

Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary - Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary is a Red Lodge, MT based non-profit that houses "native animals that cannot be returned to the wild due to injury or habituation to humans.”

See the complete Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary profile


The Wildlife Center of Virginia

The Wildlife Center of Virginia - The Wildlife Center of Virginia is a Waynesboro, VA based org that “was formed to provide quality health care, often on an emergency basis, to native wildlife.”

See the complete The Wildlife Center of Virginia profile


Canine Companions for Independence Logo

Canine Companions for Independence - Canine Companions for Independence is a Santa Rosa, CA based non-profit that “enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs."

See the complete Canine Companions for Independence profile


World Wildlife Fund Logo

World Wildlife Fund - World Wildlife Fund is a Washington, DC non-profit that “has been protecting the future of nature” for the last 50 years.

See the complete World Wildlife Fund profile


Heifer International Logo

Heifer International - Heifer International is a Little Rock, AR based non-profit that enables people to “donate animals to poor countries.”

See the complete Heifer International profile


The Humane Society Logo

The Humane Society of the United States - The Humane Society of the United States is the country's largest animal protection organization, and they're hiring.

See the complete The Humane Society of the United States profile


The Nature Conservancy Logo

The Nature Conservancy - The Nature Conservancy is "the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters" and they're hiring

See the complete The Nature Conservancy profile


WildAid Logo

WildAid - WildAid is a non-profit organization that raises awareness about endangered species stems demand for the trade in illegal wildlife, and they're hiring.

See the complete WildAid profile


Petplan Logo

Petplan - If you love animals and can get excited about insurance, then Petplan may be a great place to start your career.

See the complete Petplan profile


Hamilton Farm Bureau

Hamilton Farm Bureau - This morning I heard an NPR segment on Hamilton Farm Bureau and how they're having trouble finding talent. Maybe you can be the solution to their problem.

See the complete Hamilton Farm Bureau profile


Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Logo

Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia - If you enjoy Martha Stewart and want to work on the media or merchandise side, you definitely need to take a look at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia’s Careers.

See the complete Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia profile


ASPCA Logo

ASPCA - ASPCA is a NYC based non-profit that aims “to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States.”

See the complete ASPCA profile


Saint Louis Zoo Logo

Saint Louis Zoo - Saint Louis Zoo is a great zoo, so if you don’t apply for a job with them, at least give them a visit.

See the complete Saint Louis Zoo profile


Nestle Purina Logo

Nestle Purina - The Nestle Purina Management Trainee Program offers a variety of opportunities in three locations: Jefferson, WI; Davenport, IA; and Bloomfield, MO.

See the complete Nestle Purina profile


Underwater Adventures Aquarium Logo

Underwater Adventures Aquarium - Whether it’s sharks, sea turtles, boring old fish, or one of their other 5,000 aquatic creatures that get you excited, Underwater Adventures is worth a look.

See the complete Underwater Adventures Aquarium profile


Somark Innovations Logo

Somark Innovations - Somark Innovations' site doesn't mention a Jobs page, but they do note on their Team page that they're "always looking for more team members."

See the complete Somark Innovations profile


ARKive Logo

ARKive - ARKive has put together a fascinating resource on endangered species, and you should really spend some time checking it out along with their jobs.

See the complete ARKive profile


Pilgrim’s Pride - Pilgrim’s Pride has a few dozen job opportunities posted, and plenty of them appear to be suitable for new grads with a background in Animal or Food Science.

See the complete Pilgrim’s Pride profile


Wildlife Conservation Society - Based in NYC, Wildlife Conservation Society has a lot of job opportunities for people who want to save wildlife and preserve biodiversity.

See the complete Wildlife Conservation Society profile


Shedd Aquarium - Right now Shedd Aquarium has a number of jobs posted, and a few look like possibilities for new grads.

See the complete Shedd Aquarium profile


New Canaan Nature Center - If you get even more excited about nature than I do, then a career as an Environmental Educator at New Canaan Nature Center might be worth considering.

See the complete New Canaan Nature Center profile


Green Chimneys - Green Chimneys is a Brewster, NY based non-profit organization that is perfect if you love working with special-needs children and also love animals.

See the complete Green Chimneys profile


Rabbit Rescue - Your Easter challenge is to find a non-profit (or even a for-profit company) with better bunny related jobs. Report back in the comments!

See the complete Rabbit Rescue profile


Sea Turtle Restoration Project - Sea turtles are amazing animals to watch, and they deserve to be protected. You can help protect them by taking a job with the Sea Turtle Restoration Project.

See the complete Sea Turtle Restoration Project profile


National Audubon Society Logo

National Audubon Society - The National Audubon Society has a long list of current job openings in locations all across the country. Many are entry-level and perfect for new college grads

See the complete National Audubon Society profile


Punxsutawney Groundhog Club - Punxutawney Groundhog Club is a non-profit that wants to maintain tradition and developing commerce in Punxsutawney, PA. Also, they love their groundhogs.

See the complete Punxsutawney Groundhog Club profile


American Association of Zoos & Aquariums - Headquartered in Silver Spring, MD, American Association of Zoos & Aquariums is non-profit organization that accredits - you guessed it - zoos and aquariums

See the complete American Association of Zoos & Aquariums profile


Dogs for the Deaf - Dogs for the Deaf is a non-profit located in Central Point, OR and their mission is to rescue and professionally train dogs to help people and enhance lives.

See the complete Dogs for the Deaf profile


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