Animal Care Assistant

Primary Objectives
This position provides an opportunity to learn about our live animal collection and animal handling (primarily with reptiles and amphibians). In this position volunteers will have the opportunity to lead interpretive live animal encounters at Fernbank Museum and assist with animal care responsibilities such as enclosure/exhibit cleaning and feeding our live animals. 


  • Shadow/observe animal programs
  • Read materials related to the animal collection
  • Assist animal care staff with daily tasks, including but not exclusively: enclosure and tank upkeep, water changes, feedings, completing written records, and feeder insect maintenance
  • Work hands-on with reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates; handle live animals during public interactions and programs   
  • Lead/Present Live Animal Encounters for Museum guests


  • Background and/or strong interest in biology, education (formal or informal) or animal care
  • Comfort/interest working hands-on with reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates (including snakes, lizards, spiders and frogs)
  • Strong interest in working directly with museum guests and school groups of all ages
  • Good interpersonal skills and experience working with the public
  • Willingness to learn about the program and study independently if necessary
  • Compliance with Museum policies and procedures
  • Must be able to work outdoors and have the physical skills necessary to perform animal care activities (including some lifting, bending, working with tools, etc.

All potential volunteers will be asked to provide a short description of their existing animal care or handling experience before their application will be referred to the manager of the program. The program manager will then contact selected applicants for an interview.