Animal Care Internship
Participation in the Animal Care Internship program with Zoo New England is a unique and exciting way to gain invaluable, hands-on experience in the field of zookeeping. Qualified applicants will have the opportunity to work alongside zoo staff while learning and completing daily animal care tasks. Interns will assist zookeepers in routine animal care including animal observations, diet preparation, enclosure cleaning and servicing, behavioral enrichment, and record keeping. Interns may also assist with exhibit design and construction, graphics, education programs, and veterinary procedures.
RequirementsZoo New England will consider applicants who have completed 2 or more years of college courses in biology, zoology, or related fields with an overall 2.5 (C+) grade point average. The majority of interns are current college students, although others may qualify for the program (see application requirements). Upon acceptance into the program students are required to submit written documentation from a physician or clinic of a negative TB test taken within the last 12 months. Interns should identify any special requirements for receiving academic credit at the start of the internship. TermThe Animal Care internship is a commitment of volunteering (unpaid) 40 hours per week for a period of 10 to 12 weeks, or 400 hours. Internships are rolling and may begin at any time during the year. There is no application deadline. Summer is the busiest intern season and positions fill up by May. There are 5 potential areas of assignment: Stone Zoo is all one area, the other four areas are within the Franklin Park Zoo, and they consist of: A Birds’ World, the Children’s Zoo, Hooves & Horns and the Tropical Forest. Learn about the different areas. Area assignments will be made by the staff but take the applicant’s experience and preferences into account. However, availability and suitability will take priority.
During this internship, interns must agree to abide by all Zoo New England regulations concerning safety and conduct. Interns will attend weekly classes on different aspects of zookeeping, and must complete a project of their own design. At the end of the internship, interns will be evaluated by their supervisors and receive certificates for completing the program. Interns are responsible for finding and arranging their own housing.
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