Zoo keeping internships are available in the Small Animal Building (small mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians), Hoof stock, Rocky Shores and Primate areas (excluding great apes). Interns gain experience in the daily care of animals, by working closely with zookeepers in diet preparation, animal observation, exhibit maintenance and record keeping. Interns are also exposed to animal training. They will also be required to attend regularly scheduled training classes. Interns must be able to move quickly, safely lift 50 pounds and enjoy working outdoors.

Applicants must be college students or recently graduated studying biology, zoology, wildlife management and/or related fields. Candidates should have career goals consistent with the animal field. Prior animal experience is desired, but not required. Applicant must be able to work 40 hours per week for the full 12 weeks. Interns need to have a recent TB test, and tetanus shot.

Duties may include: Under the supervision and direction of the assigned zookeeper, each intern will learn animal husbandry skills, assist in maintaining exhibit areas, observe operant conditioning, participate in the application of animal enrichment and interact with the visiting public.

Exhibit Maintenance: Interns will learn the proper techniques for cleaning and disinfecting animal exhibits and holding areas. They will learn how to properly use disinfectants, cleaning solutions and high-pressure hoses.

Animal Husbandry: Interns will learn proper and safe handling and restraint techniques used when necessary for medical examination, routine husbandry procedures and animal transport. They will also become familiar with capture and restraint equipment. They will learn about positive reinforcement training and stress reduction.

Enrichment: Interns will learn the value of both food and non-food enrichment as a way to encourage natural behaviors and to end stereotypic behaviors.

Food Preparation: Interns will become familiar with the nutritional needs of the animals under their care and will learn proper food preparation to meet those needs.

Population Management: Interns will learn the rationale and methods of using birth control on zoo animals. They will become familiar with population management, SSP, TAGs, ISIS, etc.

Animal Observations: Interns will learn about animals’ normal behaviors, postures, use of space, interactions with other animals in the exhibit, etc., and learn the basics of recording behavioral observations.

Internships available:
3 unpaid internships in the

Small Animal Building

1 unpaid internships with


1 unpaid internship with


1 unpaid internship with

Rocky Shores (no bear contact)


First week of June – Mid August
Application deadline:
March 1
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