A unique opportunity now exists to apply for an Internship at the elephant sanctuary. By joining this program you can develop skills which are vital in the professional world of elephant management.


Riddle’s Elephant and Wildlife Sanctuary, located in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains on almost 400 acres of beautiful Arkansas countryside, in the heart of the southern United States, offers an opportunity for animal people of various experience and interest to apply for a position as an Elephant Care Intern.


The sanctuary has gained worldwide acclaim for its research and education, as well as its practical work involving elephant care. Under the professional guidance of the sanctuary’s two founding Directors, Scott and Heidi Riddle, the successful applicants will learn to care for elephants.


The Internship is offered year round and begins on a one-month basis, with a review and possible extension to this time taking place in the third week of the Internship. However, applicants wishing to seek a longer period of Internship will be considered and must indicate so at the time of application. This Internship is for serious applicants only. Once you have been accepted into the program you will be required to work the full one-month term with no exceptions.


Accommodation is offered in a modern dormitory with bedrooms, shared bathrooms, and the use of a shared kitchen facility which includes dishes and appliances. Interns provide their own food. Applicants are requested to pay a $100 Internship fee. Spaces are limited and applicants need to be at least 18 years of age. This work involves heavy, physical outdoor work, so applicants have to be capable of such work.


Further details and an application package are available by contacting the sanctuary at:


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