Conservation Interns

Conservation Internship

Utah’s Hogle Zoo is currently accepting applications for an internship within the Conservation Department (2 positions available).

This internship program is designed to provide learning opportunities and practical experience, while gaining valuable knowledge relating to a career in wildlife conservation. The Conservation Intern will assist the Citizen Science Wildlife Biologist and Environmental Coordinator with the preparation and facilitation of conservation programs, the majority of which will be field-work, but will also include research and helping with on-site sustainability programs. Our internship offers a hands-on opportunity to work in a conservation program in a zoological setting. We require a commitment of 12-14 weeks. This is not a Mon-Fri 9-5, some weekend work is required and overnight work in remote areas will be required at least once a month. This is an unpaid position and no housing is provided.

 REPORTS TO: Citizen Science Wildlife Biologist

 DATES: May 13th – August 17th


The main duty of the candidate will be to assist in boreal toad (Anaxyrus boreas boreas) research throughout the state of Utah. This will include field work, research, and literature development.

Intern duties include the following:

  • participate in wildlife monitoring activities- the majority of which will be amphibian- including; site visits, visual encounter surveys, PIT tag scanning, water quality measurements, habitat assessments and habitat restoration work
  • attend meetings with partner organizations (eg Forest Service, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources)
  • help develop documents needed to support conservation and sustainability programs in various departments
  • help organize supplies for conservation projects and provide program support
  • document conservation field projects, data entry
  • opportunities to take part in related events and classes
  • opportunities to shadow zoo keepers
  • keep an up to date weekly journal
  • assist with the Zoo’s recycling and sustainability program

QUALIFICATIONS: Be currently enrolled in/ or have recently graduated from a college or university. 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). Experience working in the field preferred, it is however essential the candidate enjoy working outdoors. Demonstrated enthusiasm for and interest in working in the conservation field. Interns need to have a recent TB test, and tetanus shot. Because of the nature of working in the field, the applicant needs to demonstrate maturity, self-motivation, and an ability to follow direction. In addition, an aptitude for hiking, ability to swim, a good level of fitness, be confident camping, and working in outdoor conditions must be demonstrated. A basic knowledge and understanding of computer word processing and PowerPoint is helpful.

WORK SCHEDULE: 24-40 hours a week for a minimum of 12 weeks. Interns may be scheduled to work on holidays and weekends and there will be overnight trips.

COMPENSATION: The Conservation 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.