Livingston Ripley
Waterfowl Conservancy

Protecting waterfowl and their habitats through research, education and conservation action




Livingston Ripley
Waterfowl Conservancy

Protecting waterfowl and their habitats through research, education and conservation action


Avian Husbandry & Care Internships

The Livingston Ripley Waterfowl Conservancy (LRWC) is accepting applications for a professional avian husbandry & care internship. Interns receive on-the-job training alongside our internationally known staff in all aspects of aviculture and environmental education programs.

Position Description: Internships are three to six months in duration. Interns are provided with housing and a monthly stipend.

Internship responsibilities include:
- Feeding, maintenance, and care of the captiv
e waterfowl collection
- Cleaning enclosures and ponds
- Aviary maintenance including grounds and structures
- Assistance with bird capture/restraint/transport
- Exposure to raptor husbandry and training
- Record keeping

- Interacting with LRWC visitors and donors during public visitation hours and special events
- Training and working with imprinted education birds
- Assisting the Director of Education at school, community event, and onsite
- Support fundraising initiatives including mailings and general event preparations
- Experience with Facebook, Instagram, Twitter
- Proficiency with MS Word, Excel, and Publisher is a plus

This is a demanding position that requires long hours and extended periods outside in adverse weather conditions. Applicants must be willing to put in the time and effort to complete projects as needed.

About the Conservancy: The Livingston Ripley Waterfowl Conservancy (LRWC) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of waterfowl and wetland habitats through research, education, and conservation action. An integral part of our conservation and education programs are the aviaries, where over seventy species of waterfowl, as well as cranes and screamers, are housed. Conservancy staff conducts on-site and off-site environmental education programs relating to biodiversity and waterfowl and wetland conservation, often utilizing the aviaries and imprinted education birds.

The Conservancy is located in a small town with 8,000 residents in northwestern Connecticut. Interns should be aware of the opportunities and limitations of living in a quaint New England community prior to their arrival. Litchfield is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise and the Conservancy itself is located in close proximity to many outdoor recreation opportunities.

- Undergraduate, recent graduate, or graduate students in the field of science or biology
- Students in related fields may also be considered
- Experience in animal care and/or experience with avian husbandry is highly desirable
- Exceptional attention to detail
- Capable of performing diverse tasks simultaneously
- Ability to problem solve in the field
- Excellent writing ability
- High level of professionalism
- Effective interpersonal skills and a cordial attitude
- Able to lift at least 50 pounds, climb a ladder 20 feet or higher, and perform overhead work
- Able to operate maintenance equipment such riding mowers, weed whackers, and basic power tools

Compensation: A stipend of $200 is provided twice a month. Taxes and other required withholdings are deducted from this stipend. Interns are also provided with on-site housing and workers compensation insurance. Utilities are included, as well as internet and phone service (except international calls). Meals are not included.

To apply: Qualified applicants should email a cover letter and resume to Cate Hogan. No phone calls please.


We are currently accepting applications for internships.

Weekly Avian Update


55 Duck Pond Road, P.O. Box 210, Litchfield, Connecticut 06759


Phone: 860.567.2062 / Fax: 860.567.4369/