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Career Development Volunteer Program


ATR training leads to career advancement. Our students hold senior positions at zoos, aquariums and animal parks around the world.

I still believe that “everything I need to know in life I learned at the lab”.   My life and my career were inspired and influenced greatly by (the animals) and Jen Zeligs.”

-Wendy Lewis- Director of Legislative Affairs, NOAA

Our animal care and trainer credentialing has allowed long term personnel to learn in-depth concepts through active participation in the training and animal husbandry at the facility. This job training (volunteer) program gave participants an extensive background in animal training techniques, animal husbandry, public speaking and performance, veterinary medicine, effective research techniques, scientific writing, management skills, facility operations and maintenance, community outreach and awareness, and team oriented working habits.  Certifications have been awarded for Animal Care, Assistant Trainer, Trainer, and Senior Trainer levels.

All though we are not longer accepting volunteers, you can read out Orientation Summary for an overview of our past program.