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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 26-August 15, 2020; 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, 2020

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 – (2 positions 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– (2 positions 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– (4 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            

  • 5/6 Positions available 

Working in the Conservation Department of Utah’s Hogle Zoo alongside the Citizen Science Wildlife Biologist and the Conservation Action Coordinator, the Conservation Internships aim to give interns insight into the field of conservation with case study and practical experience within the conservation efforts of Utah’s Hogle Zoo.

Conservation Internship Requirements:

Applicants interested in applying for any of the following conservation internships must be either currently enrolled in a college or university with at least 12 months of college credits completed, or recently graduated.

Applicants must be able to stand for at least 3 hours, safely lift 40lbs and be capable of hiking an incline (1000ft/mile). Interns are required to complete an independent project and give a 15 minute presentation for zoo staff at the end of their internship. All Conservation Interns are required to keep a weekly journal that will be shared with their supervisor.

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

Conservation Intern schedules do not always follow a 9-5, Monday- Friday schedule. Interns will work 20-40 hours a week. Field Internships will include overnight trips with a few weekend trips, including Sundays. No housing is provided. Housing, travel expenses and transportation are the responsibilities of the selected candidates. Please follow the links below for more information on each internship.

How to Apply:

Fill out and Intern Application HERE >>

For application due dates please see individual positions below.

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

Conservation Internships are available in the following areas:

  • Spring: Conservation-Office>>– (1 position available) The selected candidate will assist both the Citizen Science Wildlife Biologist and the Conservation Action Coordinator in day-to-day running of the Conservation Department. Projects will include: investigating ways the Zoo can expand it’s citizen science program, helping prepare for Zoo wide events such as Party for the Planet, assisting in field work as necessary, identifying ways the Zoo could exapnd it’s sustainability efforts and more.
    Dates: February 10th 2020 – May 1st 2020 (12 weeks, part-time)
    Application Deadline: January 14th 2020
  • Summer: Conservation Communication Internship>>– (1/2 positions available) This internship is co-run with Tracey Aviary. The selected candidate(s) will split their time between both institutions and there is capacity to work from home. This internship is designed to provide support to UHZ and TA as they co-host the Zoos and Aquariums Committing to Conservation (ZACC) conference in June 2020 in downtown Salt Lake City. Strong social media skills are required.
    Dates: April 20th 2020 – July 25th 2020 (14 weeks, majority part-time with two full time weeks)
    Application Deadline:  February 15th 2020
  • Summer: Diversity in Conservation-Field>>– (2 positions available) The selected candidates will assist the Citizen Science Wildlife Biologist 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. 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. The Diversity in Conservation Scholarship is available for candidates that meet the criteria.
    Dates: May 11th 2020 – August 13th 2020 (14 weeks, full time)
    Application Deadline: April 7th 2020
  • Summer: Conservation-Sustainability>>– (1 position available) TThe selected candidate will assist the Conservation Action Coordinator with the preparation and facilitation of on-site sustainability programs and guest and community outreach. This conservation internship opportunity focuses on waste management, understanding of utility usage, and education on an organization wide scale. The main duties of the candidate will be to assist in tracking waste streams and resource usage at the zoo as well as involvement in local conservation action.
    Dates: May 26th 2020 – August 15th 2020
    Application Deadline: April 7th 2020

EDUCATION INTERNS  

This internship program is designed to provide learning opportunities and practical experience, while gaining valuable knowledge relating to a career in informal education. The Education Intern will assist the Public Programs Coordinator with the daily preparation and facilitation of summer camps, and assist with a wide range of other educational duties. This internship offers a hands-on opportunity to work for an education department in a zoological setting. A commitment of 10 weeks is required. The position will be from 8:00-4:30 Mon-Fri, with the occasional Saturday. This is an unpaid position and no housing is provided.

Education Internship Requirements:

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. education, biology, zoology, environmental science, etc.). Experience working with children ages 4-12 a plus. Demonstrated enthusiasm for and interest in working with children, Zoo visitors, and Zoo animals. Interns need to have a recent TB test, and a tetanus shot is highly recommended. Interns must complete Youth Protection Training before start date. Because of the nature of working with and close to a variety of animals, 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.

Dates:

  • May 26, 2020 with a flexible end date of July 31 or August 15,2020

How to Apply:

Fill out and Intern Application HERE >>

Applications are due by March 1, 2020

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

Education Internships available are:

    • MEET OUR ANIMALS

    • ZOO MEMBERSHIPS

    • GROUP PARTIES

    • EDUCATION