Animal Care Assistant

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


  • Shadow/observe animal programs.
  • Read materials related to the animal collection
  • Assist animal care staff with regular animal care tasks, including but not exclusively: enclosure and tank maintenance, water changes, feedings, record maintenance 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, spiders and frogs)
  • Strong interest in working directly with museum guests and school groups (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 physical skills necessary to perform animal care activities (involves some lifting, bending, working with tools, etc.)