Explorer Academy Pairs Teens With Pros at Animal Services

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Explorers will learn about domestic animals, reptile and horse handling, urban wildlife and more.

Explorers will learn about domestic animals, reptile and horse handling, urban wildlife and more.

The City of Long Beach, Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine’s Animal Care Services Bureau (ACS) and the Friends of Long Beach Animals will sponsor an Explorer Academy for qualified youth ages 14 (must be 8th grade graduate) and not yet 20, who are interested in learning about animal related occupations including animal handling, legal operations, and veterinary practice.

Interested candidates are invited to a recruitment meeting on Friday, January 24 at 6 p.m. in the Education Center at the P.D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring Street in Long Beach. 

Explorers will work alongside professionals in their related fields, and learn through presentations and field trips about domestic animal, reptile and horse handling; marine animal rescue, urban wildlife, veterinary medicine, cruelty investigations and more.

Explorers are required to have a clean police record and good citizenship record, be willing to devote necessary time to attend monthly meetings, assist with emergencies and participate in community events; and have a desire to work in an animal related field.

Explorers attending Long Beach Unified School District will receive credit toward their service credit graduation requirement. There is a $24 one-time registration fee to participate in the Explorer Academy. Explorer meetings will be held at the ACS Education Center from 5-6:30 p.m. on the second Friday of every month from February to May 2014, and on the first Friday of the month from June to October 2014. There will be a graduation ceremony in December 2014.

Parents are encouraged to join the Explorer Adult Committee and are welcome to participate in monthly meetings and assist with transportation, supervising, fundraising, conducting meetings and/or other requests of the Explorer Post Leadership.

Visit www.longbeach.gov.acs or call 562-570-7387 for more information.

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