Animal Care Internships

Indigo Mountain is dedicated to the care, preservation and welfare of animals. We are dedicated to providing a high quality of care for each and every animal that comes to the sanctuary as their last refuge. To provide this care we rely heavily on active volunteers and interns who are dedicated to the animals.

This program IS for the person who wants to dedicate a portion of their life to professional animal care. You must be a mature, dependable, energetic self-starter willing to work hard & follow instructions. If you feel you are willing to meet the challenge, we welcome you to apply.

Our interns gain experience in the sanctuary field and receive valuable experience in animal husbandry, fundraising, management and enclosure design.

We currently participate in the Pikes Peak Community College Zoo Keeping Technology program. Interns from Pikes Peak receive valuable experience in all aspects of animal husbandry, fundraising, management and enclosure design.

We participate in the Pima Medical Institute Veterinary Technician School. Pima externs receive valuable experience in many basic medical procedures performed at the sanctuary and at the veterinary clinic.

We also welcome students enrolled in formal zoology, animal management, biology, veterinary technician programs from other schools to apply.

Our internships coincide with the school year and only a few interns are accepted during any one semester or sequence.

The internship/externship positions are Not paid positions and there is NO on-site housing available.


  • Must be 18 years or older
  • Must be fluent in English (both verbal and written)
  • Candidates must be enrolled in zoology, animal management, biology, vet assistant or technician programs
  • Must provide own health insurance
  • Must be in excellent physical condition and able to consistently lift 50 lbs
  • Able to work in all weather conditions. We are at 8700-8900’ in elevation and the winters can be very cold
  • You must provide own transportation to Indigo Mountain

Application Process

  • Send a typed Cover Letter
  • Typed resume
  • Candidates must be enrolled in zoology, animal management, biology, vet assistant or technician programs
  • Completed Application
  • Copy of Driver’s License
  • Two letters of reference


Interns & Externs will be provided with a formal Training Program that is catered to their particular school program. Some of our training includes:

General Orientation Class – this one day course covers the Indigo Mountain protocols

Examination & Observation Class–this module teaches the intern the appropriate methods to assessing an animal’s health status and behavior

Husbandry Class-this class is broken down by species and teaches the daily care, cleaning and feeding protocols for the animals

Enrichment Class-this class teaches the impact enrichment has on the minds and bodies of sanctuary animals. It also takes you step by step in determining the appropriate enrichment for each species and animal

Poop & Parasite Class-learn to read fecals found in the habitats, what it means and how to do a fecal floatation. It also includes a discussion on parasite prevention

Vet Care & Procedures Class-learn how to be the front line in veterinary care at the sanctuary, perform vitals, administration of medicines, observe some veterinary procedures and treatments.



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