Internships

Utah’s Hogle Zoo is proud to offer the opportunity for current students or recent college graduates to participate in our unpaid internships with our Animal Care and Conservation departments. These internships are designed to give those with a strong interest in working in the zoo/conservation field hands-on experience assisting with daily husbandry, enrichment, training, healthcare, behavioral observations and conservation field work.

ANIMAL CARE INTERNS

Applicants should have a strong career interest in animal care/conservation and informal education in a zoological setting. Applicants should currently be enrolled in a college or university and have a minimum of one year of course work in a major field of study to be applied during the internship (biology, zoology, environmental science, or a related field.) or have recently graduated. Previous experience working with animals preferred for some intern positions.

The offered Animal Care/husbandry internships are an in-depth program requiring a 40-hour per week commitment for 12 weeks.

The Animal Care/Behavioral Programs internship is an in-depth program requiring a 24-hour per week commitment for 12 weeks.

Interns must be flexible with their schedule, and have the ability to work weekdays, weekends and holidays. Interns must be able to safely lift 50 pounds and enjoy working outdoors. Interns are required to provide proof of a Negative TB test and current Tetanus vaccine as well as pass a drug test and background check.

These positions are unpaid and there is no housing provided. Housing, travel expenses and transportation are the responsibilities of the intern.

Interns are required to complete a project and give a 15 minute presentation at the end of the internship for zoo staff. Interns are required to keep a weekly journal that will be shared with their supervisor and mentor. They will also be required to attend weekly educational classes.

Dates:

  • May 27-August 17, 2019; start and end dates may be flexible based on intern’s school schedule

How to Apply:

Fill out and Intern Application HERE >>

Applications are due by February 15, 2019

in addition to completing the application, send a completed application, resume, cover letter, unofficial transcript to: volunteeroffice@hoglezoo.org

Incomplete applications will not be considered for an interview


Animal Care Internships are available in the following areas:

  • African Savanna – (1 position available)The selected candidate will assist the keeper staff in all aspects of caring for the Zoo’s animals in the African Savanna area. This internship is designed to provide instruction in the following areas: animal husbandry, nutrition and diets, record keeping, public education and knowledge of Giraffe, Hartman’s Mountain Zebra, Ostrich and Guinea Fowl.
  • Animal Ambassadors – (1 position available)  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.
  • Asian Highlands and Lions – (1 position available)The selected candidate will assist the keeper staff in all aspects of caring for the Zoo’s large and small felids. This internship is designed to provide instruction in the following areas: animal husbandry, nutrition and diets, record keeping, public education and the knowledge of large felids such as African Lions, Amur tiger, Amur leopard, snow leopard, Siberian lynx, and Pallas’ cat. Note that the intern may be limited or restricted with which species they can have direct contact with.
  • Elephant Encounter – (1 position available) The selected candidate will assist in the keeper staff in all aspects of care for our Elephant Encounter collection. The internship is designed to provide instruction in the following areas: barn and exhibit maintenance, diet preparation, record keeping, public education, enrichment and training of African Elephants, White Rhinos and Turkmenian Markhor.
  • Primates– (1 position available)The selected candidate will assist the keeper staff in most aspects of caring for the Zoo’s primates. This internship is designed to provide instruction in the following areas: animal husbandry, nutrition and diets, record keeping, public education and knowledge of primates including but not limited to Howler Monkeys, Colobus Monkeys, Spider Monkeys and Birds of Prey.
  • Rocky Shores– (2 positions available)The selected candidate will assist the keeper staff in all aspects of caring for the Zoo’s Rocky Shores collection. This internship is designed to provide instruction in the following areas: animal husbandry, training, nutrition and diets, record keeping, public education and knowledge of North American River Otters, Harbor seals, California sea lions, Bald eagles, Polar bears, Grizzly bears and marine fish and invertebrates.
  • Small Animal Building– (3 positions available)   The selected candidate will assist the keeper staff in all aspects of maintaining exhibits for the small mammal, bird and herp collection of the Zoo’s Small Animal Building. This internship is designed to provide instruction in the following areas: animal husbandry, nutrition and diets, record keeping, public education and knowledge of a variety of animals. Internships are available in Temperate Zone, Tropics Zone and Reptiles.
  • Behavioral Programs – (1 position available)The Behavioral Programs internship is designed to provide participants with practical learning experience and knowledge in the field of behavioral enrichment and training. In return, the intern makes a significant contribution to the behavioral enrichment program at Utah’s Hogle Zoo. Proficiency in Data entry and computer based applications is preferred.

CONSERVATION INTERNS            

  • 2 Positions available 

Working in the Conservation Department of Utah’s Hogle Zoo alongside the Citizen Science Wildlife Biologist, the conservation internship aims to give the intern insight into the field of conservation biology with case study and practical experience within the conservation efforts of Utah’s Hogle Zoo.

Most field work will be focused on amphibians, in particular the boreal toad. Our aim is to conduct visual encounter surveys across their state range to monitor known populations, as well as; determine presence at sites historically known to be inhabited, identify breeding ponds and discover potential habitat for future reintroduction programs.

Conservation Internship Requirements:

Applicants interested in applying for the conservation internship must be currently enrolled in a college or university with at least 18 months of college credits or recently graduated. Applicants must be able to stand for at least 3 hours, safely list 50lbs and be capable if hiking an incline (1000ft/mile). Interns are required to complete a project and give a 15 minute presentation at the summer for zoo staff. Intern is required to keep a daily journal that will be share with their supervisor and mentor.

Candidates must be able to provide proof of a negative TB test and current tetanus vaccine as well as pass a drug test and background check.

As is the nature of field work, do not expect a 9-5 Monday- Friday schedule. Some overnight trips are planned along with a few weekend trips, including Sundays. As an intern we expect you to be working 20-40 hours a week but we also understand of your other commitments and will accommodate flexibility within reason.

These positions are unpaid and there is no housing provided. Housing, travel expenses and transportation are the responsibilities of the selected candidates.

Dates:

  • 14-week period
  • May 13 – August 17, 2019
  • Total of 400 – 560 hours during the duration of the internship

How to Apply:

Fill out and Intern Application HERE >>

Applications are due by February 15, 2019

In addition to completing the application, send a completed application and send a resume, cover letter, unofficial transcript to: volunteeroffice@hoglezoo.org

Incomplete applications will not be considered for an interview

 

 

 

 

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