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Southeastern Master Herpetologist

The Southeastern Master Herpetologist Program is offered 100% online, and is taught by a diversity of herpetologists, agency professionals, academics, graduate students and researchers working in the Southeastern US.

100% Online | Asynchronous | 16 week program | Certificate program

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In-person & Online Programs

AF Leadership and Research staff can visit your class, group, organization, or event. The visits can be in-person, if you are in the greater metro Atlanta area, or remote via Zoom.

In-person or online | Live classes

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Venomous Training and Certification Program

Venomous Training Program
We are pleased to offer a Venomous Training and Certification Program at the Amphibian Foundation in partnership with the Rattlesnake Conservancy.

In-person (Atlanta) | Weekend workshop | Certificate program

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Volunteers and Interns

The Amphibian Foundation has worked with and trained many amazing volunteers and interns over the years. Our programs and initiatives are dependent upon these important relationships. Whether you are interested in husbandry and helping us take care of the over 200 reptiles and amphibians in our education collection, rearing endangered species of amphibian for conservation programs, teaching Critter Camp or helping us post amphibian conservation advancements on social media, there are many opportunities to get involved with The Amphibian Foundation and saving amphibians! Volunteer engagement that inspires conservation action.

If our volunteers are 1) taught work ethics such as teamwork and leadership skills; 2) provided with training in presentation and interpretive skills; 3) taught skills in working with animals and their environment; and 4) exposed to career options in education, conservation, and science fields, then they will develop core conservation values, be stewards of the environment, and possess job and presentation skills to become positive and productive members of society.

Available Volunteer Positions

Biology of the Amphibians

Biology of the Amphibians is taught at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, GA by Executive Director Mark Mandica. The class is offered through Agnes Scott's Continuing Education Program over Zoom, and is open to all (18+).

100% Online | Live class | 8 week program

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Volunteers are the backbone of The Amphibian Foundation. We would not be able to accomplish our conservation goals without the talent and support of our passionate volunteers. The Amphibian Foundation generally has over forty active volunteers at a time, and to keep things flowing, productive and organized, these volunteers are required to come in at a specific time/day. Live Collections Volunteers are assigned to specific tasks in certain laboratories so that their weekly shifts allow them to become familiar with the programs, initiatives, collections, and animals with which they work.

Collections Volunteer shifts are typically 2-3 hours per week on Tuesday and/or Thursday and/or Friday mornings from 9:30 am until 12:00 pm.

Education Team Volunteers generally have more flexible schedules, and it based on individual programs and classes.

Open Volunteer Positions
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Available Volunteer Openings

  • Collections

    The Collections Team is looking for volunteers! Collections Volunteer shifts are Tuesday and/or Thursday and/or Friday mornings from 9:30 - 12:00.

    We provide all necessary training and support.

    If you are interested in volunteering in the live collections, please fill out the application linked here.
  • Education & Outreach

    The Amphibian Foundation's Education Team needs assistance for upcoming regional educational and outreach programs, including Critter Camp, our reptile and amphibian summer and school-year camp. If you are interested in gaining valuable teaching and outreach experience, and enjoy speaking with children about reptiles and amphibians, please fill out the application linked here.

    We provide all necessary training and support.

    There is more information about Critter Camp teaching positions on our Critter Camp website here: teach.critter-camp.org

Biology of the Reptiles

Biology of the Reptiles is offered during Spring semesters at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, GA. The course is open to all (18+), and is a live class taught via Zoom on 8 consecutive Saturdays.

100% Online | Live class | 8 week program

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Interns generally focus on a specific goal or project within the Foundation. The project can either be assigned by the Director or suggested by the intern and/or the intern’s academic advisor. The point is to provide a project goal which can be completed during the length of the internship. Internships can last a semester or longer, depending on what is arranged with the intern, the Director and/or the academic advisor. These internships are generally 2-6 hours per week at a set time/day or can be flexible depending on how the internship is arranged. Interns from Atlanta colleges can often get school credit for their internships.

Internships are typically unpaid unless prior arrangements have been made through a funding program. Internships at the Amphibian Foundation typically center on Husbandry & Captive Management projects. For research based projects, please see our Conservation Research Bridge Program page, which details our mentored, 1-3 semester training program.

Apply to the Internship Program
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  • Apply for an Internship

    Due to COVID-19 guidance and restrictions, we are unable to accept internship applications at this time. We hope to resume our internship program soon. There are still opportunities to get involved through our Volunteer program, or the Conservation Research Bridge Program.

    To apply for an internship, please provide the following materials: 1) A short Statement of Interest. Two or more paragraphs indicating your interest, experience and what you hope to achieve through an internship at The Amphibian Foundation. 2) A Letter of Support from academic advisor, professor or mentor. 3) Applicants are encouraged to provide a CV, but it is not necessary.

  • Scientific Illustration Internships

    The Amphibian Foundation offers semester-long internships in the field of Scientific Illustration. Illustration interns are generally expected to spend 2-3 hours per week on biology and conservation based illustration and graphic projects, which can be completed in a semester. There is only one available opening per semester, with the option of working in tandem with Emory University's Science.Art.Wonder program.

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Critters & Cabernet

This is the 21+ version of our popular children's program — Critter Camp. C & C is a casual learning experience in series format, so we focus on a specific topic or group of animals each session.

In-person (Atlanta) | 2 hour program

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Junior Master Herpetologist

The Junior Master Herpetologist Program is offered as an 8 week virtual class, hosted by the Amphibian Foundation. It is based on our acclaimed Master Herpetologist Program (for adults) and adapted for a younger audience. The Junior Master Herpetologist Program is perfect for young learners, aged 12-17 interested in amphibians and reptiles as well as those interested in exploring the field of herpetology.

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