This internship is geared towards college students and recent graduates who are interested in playing a direct role in caring for small mammals, reptiles including snakes, invertebrates, amphibians and birds and working in Zoo education. All applicants should be organized, self-motivated and have excellent people skills. This internship is an in-depth program requiring a 40-hour per week commitment for 12 weeks. Interns must be flexible with their schedule, and have the ability to work weekdays, weekends and holidays. It is an unpaid position and there is no housing provided. Housing, travel expenses and transportation are the responsibilities of the candidate. Interns will need to complete a final project and keep a weekly journal as part of their internship.
REPORTS TO: Animal Resource Center Staff and Supervisor
DATES: May 27 – August 17, 2019 (start and end dates may be flexible based on school schedule)
The selected candidate will assist the Keeper staff in all aspects of caring for the Zoo’s Animal Ambassador Collection in both the Animal Resource Center and Creekside Theater. This internship is designed to provide instruction in the following areas: animal husbandry, nutrition and diets, record keeping, public education and knowledge of small mammals, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, and birds. Intern duties may include the following under keeper supervision (may vary based on skill level and departmental needs):
QUALIFICATIONS: Be currently enrolled in a college or university, or have recently graduated. Have a minimum of one year of course work in a major field of study to be applied during the internship (e.g. Biology, Zoology, Environmental Science, etc.). Experience working with animals preferred. Applicant should have a strong career interest in animal husbandry and informal education in a zoological setting. Qualified applicants must be able to work in a team environment with people of all ages. They should be able to lift 50 pounds and work outdoors in the typical Utah climate. Interns need to have a recent TB test, and tetanus shot. The applicant needs to demonstrate maturity, self-motivation, and an ability to follow direction. A basic knowledge and understanding of computer word processing and PowerPoint is helpful. The ability to gain and hold a driver’s license is required. First Aid/CPR certified preferred.
WORK SCHEDULE: 40 hours a week for 12 weeks. Interns are expected to work on holidays and weekends.
COMPENSATION: The Animal Ambassadors internship is unpaid. Professional development opportunities will be available. Possible college credit is available for those able to receive it through their college/university. No housing provided.