Your Project or Internship at the WSC

Thank you for your interest in assisting the Wolf Science Center! 

To join our team, there are 3 possibilities:

  1. As a student from a natural science study, you can do a research related internship.
  2. If you are already a bit further with your study or in your career, you can also do a scientific project. This can be done as part of your Thesis, a PhD or a project with a specific scientific question.
  3. When you are more interested in Animal Care or Tourism, we also offer none-scientific, volunteer internships.

In all the 3 possibilities the minimum required stay at the WSC is 6 months.

The next vacancies for internships including accomodation at the Wolf Science Center are available from November 2017 onwards. 

Furthermore, we are always looking for voluntary staff, for a longer period of time, who can help out in various visitor programs in the park.

All 3 options give you the perfect opportunity to learn more about wolves in general and about our wolves in particular. It also gives you the chance to get more insight on academic work. The interns are also required to help with the general tasks at the WSC.

All our internships are a unsalaried full-time employment.

Research related internship

This internship is meant to bring students closer to the scientific work. It is expected from the interns to work together with Dr. Viranyi, Dr. Range or Prof. Kurt Kotrschal to figure out a research question and the method you are going to conduct your research with. The internship will therefore consist of the creating of a research subject, collecting the data, analyzing the data and preparing a report on your finding.

Besides your project, the interns will help with various tasks at the WSC.

Scientific Project

Major research projects in the form of Undergraduate (Bachelor)-, Graduate-, Master- and PhD Thesis can be done at the WSC under the supervision of Dr. Viranyi, Dr. Range or Prof. Dr. Kotrschal.   

Voluntary internship - None-scientific

As a volunteer intern you help out with the general tasks of the WSC. You can be responsible for one specific area e.g. organizing the food for the animals. For Animal Care and Tourism, other assignments can be given depending on your interests and talents. After consultation you might also be able to do a small project. The number of volunteer interns is generally limited to 2.

General tasks

With the general tasks at the WSC, you get the opportunity to see how the animals live, take part in events in the Wildpark and gain work experience at the WSC.

There are daily, and weekly, tasks at the WSC that require the help of the students. For these tasks we have a “Standby system”: every intern is put, at least 2 times a week, on “Standby”. When an intern is on standby, he / she are there to assist the trainers when they need help. In return, the trainers help the interns with their project when it comes to working with the animals.  

Some of the tasks are:

  • Taking care of the animals: Change their water; Feeding them.
  • Cleaning: Cleaning the kitchen, test rooms and enclosures.
  • Preparing and assisting with the experiments: Cutting meat / cheese; Preparing the room; Filming the experiment; Handling the ‘trap’ doors.
  • Tourism tasks: Giving Tours; Opening the Shop; Guide Wolf walks; Picking up the telephone.
  • Observing: Observing and filming a certain pack.
  • Administration: Saving and renaming the videos; Writing blogs.

Working with the animals, in their caretaking or in experiments, can be put on hold at any time by the managers, especially when the safety of people is involved.

Living in the Wolf Science Center

Participants of a program have the option of living in the Wolf Science Center for a fee of €80 / month.

The Wolf Science Center has a house available for interns, managers and the employees if the WSC. It holds a kitchen, a bath, a shower, 2 toilets, a washing machine, an office room and some bedrooms. Cooking appliances are available. Both bedrooms are equipped with 2 bunk-beds (so up to 4 persons a room) where the intern has to bring his / her own sleeping bag, bed sheets and pillow. The interns are responsible for their own meals and food supply and are required to keep the rooms clean.

Dogs and other pets are not allowed! Furthermore, it is not allowed to smoke inside the house or inside any of the animal enclosures.

The WSC is located in the Wildpark in Ernstbrunn, 40 km north of Vienna. If you do not travel by car, a public bus drives to Ernstbrunn Hauptplatz (main square Ernstbrunn) where you can be picked up by one of the WSC employees. A car is not required, but is recommended.

Health

Because you will be working outside and with animals, a Tetanus shot and a vaccination against FSME is recommended.

Applying

You can apply for an internship throughout the year. On the following dates we decide about the internships:

1. March, 1. June, 1. September, 1. December

You need to be at least 18 years old for both the scientific and the non-scientific internships. Please send us your application in English with a CV (resume), a motivation letter and 2 letters of recommendation to info@wolfscience.at.

After a preliminary selection, you will have a 3 week trial period followed by a normally minimum of 5 - 6 month internship.