• Welcome to the Animal and Food Sciences Department’s Internship and Job Posting website.

    Internships and animal related jobs are a wonderful way to gain experience into the animal and agricultural industries and we applaud your decision to become involved outside of UK academics.

    Please note that the postings below are outside of the University’s control and you should research each opportunity carefully. Look into the credibility, reliability, and stability of each opportunity and always be aware of issues pertaining to your personal safety. When in doubt seek a different opportunity.

    We wish for you a safe, educational, and fun experience!

  • Internships & Job Opportunities
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    American Angus Association Internship

    Employer: American Angus Association

    Position Type: Internship

    Deadline to Apply: May 1, 2021

    Location: St. Joseph Missouri

    Link to Website or PDF: https://www.angus.org/General/Angus…


    The American Angus Association’s field services team is excited to announce that we are offering a fall internship designed to enhance a student’s abilities to build effective relationships, craft a promotional strategy, and learn about the Angus business and cattle industry as a whole. From assisting with herd visits to securing advertising in the Angus Journal and Angus Beef Bulletin, providing insight to producers and more, the regional manager intern will gain valuable hands-on, real-world experience in the Angus business. Applicants should have a basic understanding of the cattle industry, be eager to learn, and have a willingness to travel. 

    We are accepting applications from college juniors or seniors studying animal science, agricultural business or other agricultural-related major. Candidates should be outgoing, able to work well with all types of people and be a self-starter.

    The internship begins in August and extends through early December. The intern would be based at the American Angus Association headquarters in St. Joseph, Mo., with numerous opportunities to travel to different regions of the country. Specific start and end dates will be negotiated depending on the applicant’s availability. The intern will be expected to travel and some weekend work may be required.


    • Assist regional managers in making herd visits in various regions across the country

    • Promote the Angus breed and represent the American Angus Association by attending production sales, AngusLink audits and other events

    • Communicate with producers and recommend management practices, with the advice of the Director of Member Services, Director of Field Services and regional managers

    • Assist breeders in getting started in the Angus business

    • Aide in securing advertising for the Angus Journal and Angus Beef Bulletin

    Intern Can Expect To:

    • Develop a better understanding of the Angus business and cattle industry as a whole

    • Enhance relationship-building skills and leave with countless connections across the country

    • Be an active extension of the field services and Association staff

    • Become well-rounded in agricultural industry relations
    • Attend various events and travel with regional manager staff throughout the internship duration

    How to Apply:

    Please submit a cover letter and résumé to careers@angus.org no later than May 1, 2021.

    Lab Assistant

    Employer: Great Lakes Sire Service

    Position Type: Job Posting

    Location: Bronson Michigan

    Link to Website or PDF: https://greatlakessireservice.com/


    We are looking for any responsible, organized, self-motivated, and detailed students who may have just graduated or will be graduating soon that may be looking for full time employment in the Animal Science field. Great Lakes Sire Service, is expanding and we are looking for individuals who can work outside and inside.  Currently we are in need of a lab assistant to help our main lab manager with processing and freezing semen.   

     Our our export market exploded this past year with over 1.5 million straws exported (we doubled bovine processing from 2019 with close to 2 million straws in 2020).   Our new large facility in Bronson, can also allow us to expand in other possibilities with animal reproduction and we are looking into building another facility close to our main place with lots of bull pens to serve as our EU facility.  With an addition of EU facility we will need more employees to help with collections, herd management, lab procedures, shipping, record keeping, and maintaining facilities.  

     We all work together at GLSS in all facets and cross over into other areas based on availability of staff and needs.  

    If anyone is interested please have them email Melissa & Earl Souva at glssmi@yahoo.com to arrange a shadow day. Offers are made on a case-by-case basis and include all relevant details. 

    Maternity & Youngstock Dairy Manager

    Employer: Department of Dairy Science, Virginia Tech

    Position Type: Job Posting

    Deadline to Apply: March 1, 2021

    Location: Blacksburg Virginia


    Position Announcement

    Department of Dairy Science


    TITLE                   Maternity & Youngstock Manager

    POSITION           This is a full-time, 12-month, non-tenure track appointment.  Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. 


    The successful candidate will be part of a dynamic management team at the Virginia Tech Dairy, supervised by the unit manager.

    • Manage maternity area
    • Manage all aspects of animal care and feeding from birth to first calving
    • Work with faculty and staff to support heifer-related research and teaching needs
    • Develop, monitor, and act upon Key Performance Indicators for heifers
    • Supervise hourly employees and monitor SOP adherence
    • Demonstrate strong verbal and written communication skills that provide effective leadership and oversight to students, interns and other farm employees
    • Work closely with the College of Veterinary Medicine to maintain heifer health and biosecurity
    • Manage data entry & backup for heifers
    • Supervise heifer facility cleaning & maintenance
    • Create and maintain a safe work environment
    • Provide service to the university in collegial matters and serve as a liaison to the state dairy industry
      • Assist with pasture management



    • B.S. or M.S. degree in Dairy Science or equivalent area. The individual must be highly motivated, committed to excellence, professional and extremely well-organized with a strict attention to detail.  Weekend duties are shared with the management team.


    • Experience managing a commercial dairy
      • Specific experience managing dairy heifers

    DATE AVAILABLE:  April 1, 2021 or until a suitable candidate is identified.

    APPLICATIONS:  Deadline for applications is March 1, 2021 or until the position is filled.  Candidates must submit on-line at https://www.jobs.vt.edu (#514918) a letter of application, CV and the names of three references with mail and email addresses and phone numbers.  Official transcripts should be mailed to:

    Kristy Daniels

    Department of Dairy Science

    Virginia Tech

    Blacksburg, VA 24061-0305

    Virginia Tech has a strong commitment to the principle of diversity, and, in that spirit, seeks a broad spectrum of candidates including women, minorities, and people with disabilities. 

    Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodations in the application process should notify C. Crisman by the application deadline.  Virginia Telecommunications Relay Service number:  1-800-828-1120.

    Forest Animal Rescue Internship

    Employer: Forest Animal Rescue

    Position Type: Internship

    Location: Ocala National Forest Florida

    Link to Website or PDF: https://www.forestanimalrescue.org/…


    Interns have the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on animal care experience, knowledge about a variety of species, and exposure to the operations of a true sanctuary. Interns help in all aspects of husbandry including preparing diets, feeding and medicating animals, cleaning habitats, making and providing enrichment for the animals, and other housekeeping tasks. During the internship, interns will participate in various projects that will expand on their knowledge of animal welfare. Interns will also complete a project of their choosing which will help the animals and staff of FAR while leaving a lasting mark at the sanctuary.

    The Animal Care Interns help care for a variety of species and will work alongside professional caretakers to learning about the various species.

    What to expect:

    • Lodging and groceries are provided ($700/month value)
    • Interns also earn a $300 per month stipend
    • There are scholarships available to our interns who qualify– click here to learn more
    • Summer positions are highly competitive so for a higher chance of selection, try to apply for other times of the year as well.
    • Internships are for a period of 3 months to one year. Preference is given to applicants with a longer period of availability.
    • Interns usually work full-time Mondays through Saturdays, with light duties on Sundays and half-day on Thursdays, giving interns the afternoons off.
    • Materials, curriculum, and training materials are provided. You will be trained thoroughly before doing any chores on your own. There are 3 training levels in which you must demonstrate your understanding of the cleaning, safety, and protocols before moving onto the next level. Training usually takes 2-4 weeks depending on your abilities.
    • You will always be closely supervised but will gain trust and more independence as you learn.
    • Materials and curriculum will be provided.
    • Non-compliance with the sanctuary rules and procedures will result in immediate termination from the program.

    Working with wild animals is a very gratifying an unique experience, please read the following before applying: The safety of the animals and the humans that care for them comes first at our facility  – WE ARE A HANDS OFF SANCTUARY. If a wild animal bites or scratches you, it immediately places the welfare of the animal and the entire sanctuary at risk. We believe in the respect of wild animals and will not endanger our workers or our animals so there is a strict no-touching rule for the wild animals.

    If you would like physical hands-on experience, you should try working with domestic species. However, we do have a number of domestic species (tortoises, horses, and domestic cats) that will require hands-on care at the sanctuary.


    • At a minimum, applicants must be in their second year of college in an animal-related science (zoology, conservation, animal behavior, etc)
    • Two letters of reference including addresses and contact numbers from two individuals not related to you who have known you for over a year submitted at the time of application, preferably from volunteer work or employment.
    • Must be able to provide proof of a current negative TB test (within the past 12 months) or a TB vaccine.
    • In order to participate in activities involving bats, the intern must provide proof of rabies vaccination.
    • Hepatitis B and tetanus vaccinations are strongly recommended.
    • Must be reasonably physically fit, able to lift and carry up to 50 pounds, and able to work outdoors in the Florida climate.

    PLEASE NOTE: Our program focuses on the importance of professional management of captive wild animals and does not promote private ownership of wild animals. This program does not include physical contact with potentially dangerous animals residing at our facility through the wire or in any other way. These animals are not pets. If you are looking for an internship that offers direct contact with animals you should consider working with domestic animals. Due to insurance reasons and the welfare of the animals, there are no exceptions to this policy.

    This is an experience you will never forget, so apply now! Applications are accepted year-round.

    Equine reproduction position

    Employer: Scottsdale Equine Reproduction Center (SERC)

    Position Type: Job Posting

    Deadline to Apply: January 29, 2021

    Location: Scottsdale Arizona

    Link to Website or PDF: http://www.scottsdaleequinerepro.co…


    Our company is expanding and we looking for someone to add to our full time team. It is a fully involved job in the reproduction industry and requires the individual to have strong horse handling skills as well the ability to work well in a team. If you would like more details on the position please send a pm to us or email your resume.

    Animal Technician Assistant

    Employer: Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research; University of Kentucky

    Position Type: Job Posting

    Deadline to Apply: January 27, 2021

    Location: Lexington Kentucky

    Link to Website or PDF: https://ukjobs.uky.edu/postings/268…

    Job TitleAnimal Technician Assistant
    Requisition NumberDU06395
    Department Name7H016:SPINAL CORD & BRAIN INJURY RES
    Work LocationLexington, KY
    Salary Range$10.00/hour
    Type of PositionTemporary
    Position Time StatusPart-Time
    Required Education


    Required Related Experience


    Required License/Registration/Certification


    Physical Requirements

    Ability to Lift 50lb, Ability to stand for extended periods of time.


    Monday-Friday 9a-1p, some weekends are required

    Job Summary

    The Ambystoma Genetic Stock Center is seeking a motivated individual who will assist us with husbandry of the world’s largest collection of Ambystoma mexicanum. The primary job responsibility will be to perform husbandry duties in the care of this aquatic scecies. Other responsibilities will include pairing of animals, collection of embryos.

    Skills / Knowledge / Abilities

    Knowledge of genetic principles is preferred.

    Does this position have supervisory responsibilities?No
    Preferred Education/Experience


    Deadline to Apply01/27/2021

    Animal Husbandry Assistant-UK Student

    Employer: Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research; University of Kentucky

    Position Type: Job Posting

    Deadline to Apply: January 27, 2021

    Location: Lexington Kentucky

    Link to Website or PDF: https://ukjobs.uky.edu/postings/268…

    Job TitleAnimal Husbandry Assistant - Student
    Requisition NumberDU06396
    Department Name7H016:SPINAL CORD & BRAIN INJURY RES
    Work LocationLexington, KY
    Salary Range$8.95/hour
    Type of PositionStudent
    Position Time StatusPart-Time
    Required Education

    High School Diploma

    Required Related Experience


    Required License/Registration/Certification


    Physical Requirements

    Ability to lift 50 lb , Ability to stand for extended periods of time


    Monday-Friday, every other weekend is required

    Job Summary

    The Ambystoma Genetic Stock Center supplies live materials to researchers and educators around the world. The Center is seeking motivated undergraduate students to help care for an endangered species of salamander through husbandry work. The job would entail cleaning and feeding of salamanders as well as general lab maintenance duties. Shifts are set based on class schedule. There are no evening hours permitted. All shifts will be in the morning or early afternoon. Working every other weekend is required. Hours vary based on availability but range anywhere from 7-10 hours per week.

    Skills / Knowledge / Abilities

    Ability to work mornings is preferred

    Does this position have supervisory responsibilities?No
    Preferred Education/Experience

    Prior Animal Care Experience preferred

    Deadline to Apply01/27/2021

    UK Swine Reserach Unit- student worker

    Employer: UK Swine Research Unit

    Position Type: Job Posting

    Location: Versailles KY


    Employment opportunity for a University of Kentucky student at the UK Swine Research Unit

    Located near Versailles, off of US-62                                                

    ¨ Positions available immediately!

    ¨ Experience all aspects of production and research; work it into a ASC 399 internship project

    ¨ Up to 20 hrs/wk in the academic year!

    For more information please contact:

    Dr. Merlin Lindemann; Professor of Animal and Food Sciences

    Phone: 257-7524

    Email: merlin.lindermann@uky.edu

    Jim Monegue; Agriculture Research Specialist

    Swine Farm Manager

    Phone: 873-6587 ext. 289

    Email: jmonegue@uky.edu

    UKY Dairy -student worker

    Employer: UKY Coldstream Dairy

    Position Type: Job Posting

    Location: Lexington KY


    The University of Kentucky Coldstream Dairy is hiring students to milk for the fall semester.  This would be a good opportunity for students to get some entry level experience with dairy and handling large animals. 

    Students can work 20 hours per week during the semester. We milk two times a day, once at 4:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. seven days a week.  We usually are done milking and cleaned up in the mornings around7:45-8:00 a.m. and done around 6:30-7:00p.m. in the evenings. 

    For more information please contact Matt Collins, Assistant Herdsman, by email jmco273@uky.edu.



Do you have a job, internship or other opportunity you would like posted?  

Please email Colette.Tebeau@uky.edu. Be sure to include the job title, employer name, job location, application deadline and job description. Also please include how to apply and a url to your company's website.

Other Job boards and internship opportunties

If you don't see an opportunity that appeals to you on our website, check out some of these other organizations for additional prospects:

Kentucky Department of Agriculture

United States Department of Agriculture

USDA - Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

United States Fish and Wildlife Service

University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension

Kentucky Farm Bureau

National Cattlemen's Association

Certified Angus Beef

National Pork Board

National Swine Registry


Seaboard Foods

Hoard's Dairyman

American Sheep Industry

Southern States






William H Miner Agricultural Research Institute


American Horse Publications

American Quarter Horse Association

American Paint Horse Association

Kentucky Thoroughbred Association, Inc.

Kentucky Horse Council

Colorado State University Equine Breeding Farm Internship

Hagyard Equine Medical Institute

Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital

Kentucky Equine Managment Internship

Virginia Tech M.A.R.E Center Undergraduate Summer Internships

Peterson & Smith Equine Hospital

U.S. Food & Drug Administration

Association of Zoos and Aquariums

Audubon Nature Institute

Monterey Bay Aquarium


Agriculture careers search

AG Careers

Yard and Groom

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