Utah’s Hogle Zoo’s Behavioral internship program is designed for college students interested in pursuing a career in animal behavior, enrichment, behavioral research or other zoological professions to provide an individual with a practical learning experience while gaining valuable knowledge related to his/her career goals. This internship will focus on the support, development and implementation of the Zoo’s behavioral husbandry program. Primary duties will include providing assistance to and under the direction of the Curator of Behavioral Programs who facilitates all enrichment and training applications Zoo wide. The intern will assist with various behavioral enrichment projects throughout the Zoo including data entry, enrichment construction, behavioral observation/analysis, delivering public presentations, development of new ideas, and overall assistance in behavioral program procedures. Our internships offer a hands-on opportunity to work in a behavioral program in a zoological setting and require a minimum commitment of twelve weeks. The internship is unpaid.
REPORTS TO: Curator of Behavioral Programs & Ambassador Animals
DATES: May 30 – August 17 (start and end date may be flexible based on school schedule)
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. Intern duties may include the following (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, Psychology, Environmental Science, etc.) and should have a basic knowledge of operant conditioning and/or of animal behavior. Interns need to have a recent TB test, and tetanus shot. Because of the nature of working close to a variety of animals, both alongside the management and keeper staff, the applicant needs to demonstrate maturity, self-motivation, and an ability to follow direction. Applicant must be able to work 24 hours per week for 12 weeks. 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. They must also pass a background check and a drug test if selected.
WORK SCHEDULE: 24 hours a week for a minimum of 12 weeks. Interns are expected to work on holidays and weekends.
COMPENSATION: The Behavioral Programs 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.