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Employment, Volunteer, Internship Opportunities

​​​​​​​​​​​​Salato Employment

No positions are currently available at Salato.​​

Salato is hiring for the following positions:​

Conservation Educator I (Interim)​

Educators in this full-time multifaceted position conduct formal and informal programs that share their enthusiasm for the role of KDFWR in the management and conservation of fish and wildlife. Responsibilities include delivering daily public programs utilizing props, chalkboards, and live animals, roving with program animals, and conducting animal trainings and enrichments. Educators also conduct hunter range day certification courses, create written reports, and develop educational materials. In addition, educators assist with animal husbandry, visitor services, admissions, sales, and grounds and trail upkeep. Work is performed in an indoor classroom as well as various outdoor zoo settings, amphitheater, and on a firing range. This position pays $16.13/hr. and runs through November 2024.

Incumbent must:​​​

  • Have a bachelor’s degree in natural or physical science, education, or recreation.
  • Work 37.5 hours, Tue. through Sat. from 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. and special events.
  • Be comfortable with public speaking and working hands-on with wildlife such as snakes, turtles, and raptors.
  • Work in an outdoor setting, run, stoop, bend, push, pull, and lift heavy objects.
  • Be comfortable with computers and small tools, including blowers, weed eaters, trimmers, shovels, etc.
  • Obtain a Hunter Education Card, a hunting or fishing license issued by KDFWR, and a CPR/First Aid certification.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and be at least 21 years of age.

Think you’ve got what it takes? Email your resume/cover letter today to No phone calls, please.

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Volunteer Program

Time to spare? Whether you are willing to donate several hours or several weeks a year, we promise the experience will be worthwhile. You don’t have to be a wildlife specialist to be a Salato Wildlife Education Center volunteer. All that is required is a positive attitude, an interest in animals and/or plants, and the ability to work with people of all ages.

Whether you enjoy working outdoors or indoors, Salato has something for everyone! Some volunteers may choose to work in Conservation Education, conducting educational programs or helping with special activities; while other volunteers may choose to get their hands dirty helping with plants, trails and special projects.

Everyone has something to offer. We accept those willing to volunteer from ages 16 and up. Retirees are welcome!

Just download the volunteer application​ and mail it to:

Volunteer Program,
Salato Wildlife Education Center,
Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, #1 Sportsman's Lane,
Frankfort, KY 40601​

For more information, call (502) 564-7863 or 1-800-858-1549. We look forward to hearing from you!​

NOTICE:  The ​Salato internship ​program is temporarily on hold.​​ Please check back later.

Internship Opportunities


“Gain Useful Knowledge and Experience While Earning College Credit”

Depending on the career in mind, the Salato Wildlife Education Center offers a wide variety of opportunities for students to expand their knowledge and gain valuable experience in their chosen field. Internships are available to currently enrolled college students looking to earn course credit for their work. Interns earn college credit for leading interpretive programs in a formal and informal setting, using props and live animals as educational tools, landscaping with native plants, and much more!

Salato is looking for enthusiastic students interested in and/or majoring in wildlife biology, wildlife management, horticulture, education, public relations, or other related fields.

Talk with your advisor to see if an internship is a possibility for you and mail a completed internship application to: 

Internship Program,
Salato Wildlife Education Center,
Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources,
#1 Sportsman's Lane,
​ Frankfort, KY 40601

OR you can email your completed application to, with “Internship Application” in the subject line. For more information, please call (502)-892-4407.

Internship Application