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Internships

Zoo New England offers a number of exciting and educational internship opportunities throughout the year at both Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo.

Current opportunities include:

Animal Care Internship

Please note:
Due to the high volume of applicants, the deadline for early summer (May through July) internship applications is February 10, 2017. Applications for fall, winter, spring and late summer (August through October) will be accepted at any time.

Location

Franklin Park Zoo or Stone Zoo

Description

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.

Requirements

Zoo 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.

Term

The Animal Care internship is a commitment of volunteering (unpaid) 40 hours per week for a period of 10 to 12 weeks, or 400 hours. Interns are assigned either a Tuesday through Saturday schedule (with Sunday/Monday as a weekend), or a Sunday through Thursday schedule (with Friday/Saturday as a weekend). Internships are rolling and may begin at any time during the fall, winter and spring. Summer internships are available in one of two sessions: May through July or August through October. There are no application deadlines, but summer is the busiest intern season and positions typically fill up by February.

There are five 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. The Internship Coordinator will make area assignment, but will 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.

Please email alewicki@zoonewengland.com with questions.

Apply for Animal Care Internship

Education Internship

Location

Franklin Park Zoo or Stone Zoo

Department

Education                    

Reports To

Education Program Manager

Employee Classification

Volunteer                

Employment Status

Unpaid: Temporary

Essential Job Functions

The Education Intern is responsible for presenting educational information to visitors and program participants as based upon the specific requirements set forth by Zoo New England (ZNE) and by the participating college or university, if applicable. In general, duties will include assisting full-time education staff in conducting education programs on and off-site, assisting full-time education staff with program development, conducting informal public presentations, developing full day school vacation week programming (winter and spring interns) and/or summer day camp curriculum (spring and summer interns), assisting full-time education staff in conducting the full day school vacation week programming and/or summer day camp, assisting in the development of program assessment methods, and administrative duties as needed. Opportunities for curriculum development, interpretive materials design, camp curriculum design, and program animal handling may also be available. The Education Intern will encourage the public to think and to learn about animals, habitats and conservation by helping them interpret Zoo New England’s collection.  The Education Intern is expected to conduct or help lead education programs by the end of the internship.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Interprets exhibit for visitors to the Zoo.  Facilitates guest interactions with biofacts, exhibits and activities.
  • Develops and conducts on and off-site educational programs after receiving additional training.
  • Curriculum design and program development.  Develop program assessment methods.
  • Provides excellent customer service and positive interactions with all Zoo guests and employees.
  • Answers general guest questions while promoting Zoo New England, its programs and its mission.
  • Maintains a safe, fun and educational environment through the enforcement of Zoo rules, observation of the public (especially children) and removal of potential hazards (i.e. spills, sharp objects).
  • At the discretion of the supervisor, conducts "Animal Encounters" receiving additional training. Handles encounters in accordance with ZNE’s professional standards and facilitates guest interactions with animals.
  • Interacts positively and professionally with ZNE’s educational partners.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Preferred candidates should be enrolled in, or have completed, an undergraduate program or studies in zoology, education, biology, or a related field and/or experience in an education or zoo field. 
  • Must be available from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., actual hours flexible.
  • 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.

Term

Would prefer at least twenty (20) hours, four (4) hours per day for three (3) consecutive months. ZNE is willing to work with an individual’s schedule.

Application Deadline is January 15th for Spring Season; April 15th for Summer Season; July 15th for Fall Season; November 15th for Winter Season.

  • To apply for internship at Franklin Park Zoo, send a resume and cover letter to:

Caitlin Reardon
Education Department                                    
Zoo New England, 1 Franklin Park Road, Boston, MA 02121
creardon@zoonewengland.com
Phone: 617-989-2024 | Cell: 617-828-6663

  • To apply for internship at Stone Zoo, send a resume and cover letter to:

Jennifer Jenson
Education Department
Zoo New England, 149 Pond Street, Stoneham, MA 02180
jjenson@zoonewengland.com
Phone: 781-438-2281 | Cell: 617-438-5364

Green Team Internship

Location

Franklin Park Zoo

Description

The Green Team Internship program with Zoo New England at Franklin Park is a unique and exciting way to participate in the critical initial stages of the creation of a Resource Management Plan. Students will participate in any of the following: baseline data collection, identifying sources of waste and inefficiencies, and recommending and implementing solutions. Interns will work with Zoo managers to familiarize themselves with the protocols and operating procedures followed in day to day resource consumption. Preference will be given to candidates who have a knowledge of, or ability to determine, industry standards.

Requirements

Zoo New England will consider applicants who have completed 2 or more years of college courses in environmental science 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.  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.

Term

The Green Team Internship is a commitment of volunteering (unpaid) 10 hours per week for a period of 12 weeks, or 120 hours. Internships are available year round. Start dates and schedule are flexible.

During this internship, interns must agree to abide by all Zoo New England regulations concerning safety and conduct. 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.

Apply for Green Team Internship


Please email alewicki@zoonewengland.com with questions.

Horticulture Internship

Location

Franklin Park Zoo

Description

Participation in the Horticulture Internship program with Zoo New England at Franklin Park is a unique and exciting way to gain valuable, hands-on experience creating a self-sustainable 60’ x 50’ produce garden to grow varied seasonal fruits and vegetables to be used in animal diets and to offset commissary purchases. The produce garden is managed by the Manager of Horticulture, and cultivated by volunteers and interns. The interns would be responsible for supervising volunteers, under the direction of the Horticulture Manager, scheduling harvests, sowing, washing, scheduling maintenance related tasks (watering, weeding, etc), IPM management, and landscaping related tasks.

Requirements

Zoo New England will consider applicants who have completed 2 or more years of college courses in biology, botany, 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.

Term

The Horticulture Internship is a commitment of volunteering (unpaid) 40 hours per week for a period of 10 to 12 weeks, or 400 hours. Internships take place between April 1 and October 1.  Internships start dates are flexible, and applications are due at 2 weeks prior to the start date. The first start available is April 1 and the last start available is July 15. 

During this internship, interns must agree to abide by all Zoo New England regulations concerning safety and conduct. Interns will have an opportunity to 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.

Apply for Horticulture Internship



Program Animal Care Internship

Location

Franklin Park Zoo

Department

Education

Reports To

Education Program Manager

Employment Status

Unpaid:Temporary

Essential Job Functions

The Program Animal Care Intern will be responsible for assisting the Program Animal Specialists in routine animal care including: general upkeep of Education Animal Building, animal observations, diet preparation, enclosure cleaning and servicing, and record keeping. In addition to animal care, there will also be opportunities for program animal handling and assisting in informal public presentations on-site. All Education Interns will encourage the public to think and to learn about animals, habitats and conservation when presenting or interpreting Zoo New England’s collection. Education interns may be required to complete a project by the end of the internship. 

Duties & Responsibilities

  • General Husbandry: feeding, cleaning, diet preparation, monitoring animal behavior etc.
  • Maintains a safe, fun and educational environment through the enforcement of Zoo rules, observation of the public (especially children) and removal of potential hazards (i.e. spills, sharp objects).
  • At the discretion of the supervisor, conducts "Animal Encounters" after receiving additional training. Handles encounters in accordance with ZNE’s professional standards and facilitates guest interactions with animals.
  • Provides good customer service and positive interactions with all Zoo guests and employees.
  • Answers general guest questions while promoting Zoo New England, its programs and its mission.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Preferred candidates should be enrolled in, or have completed, an undergraduate program or studies in zoology, education, biology, or a related field and/or experience in an education or zoo field. 
  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs and walk across uneven terrain.
  • Must be able to work with animals in close quarters.
  • 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.

Term

Would prefer at least three full days (8:00am – 4:00pm) totaling 24 hours/week, for three consecutive months, may include a weekend day. ZNE is willing to work with an individual’s schedule.

Application Deadline is January 15 for Spring Season; April 15 for Summer Season; July 15 for Fall Season; November 15 for Winter Season.

 

To Apply

Send a resume and cover letter to:

Caitlin Reardon
Education Department                                    
Zoo New England, 1 Franklin Park Road, Boston, MA 02121                                                      
creardon@zoonewengland.com
Phone: 617-989-2024
Cell: 617-828-6663

Veterinary Externship

Location

Franklin Park Zoo

Description

Zoo New England offers a rotation in zoological medicine for veterinary students in their senior year, for a minimum of four weeks. Students will assist the veterinarians and veterinary technicians in the daily clinical practice based at Franklin Park Zoo. Students will be expected to take an active role in case management, diagnostic work-up, and treatment. Experience will be based on the active case load at the time. Minimum skills to be learned and practiced by students include examination, blood collection techniques, basic laboratory techniques, chemical immobilization and anesthesia of reptile, avian, and exotic mammal species. A project or case presentation is expected to be completed by the end of the externship. Self-motivated, self-starting students will have the greatest success on this rotation.  

All students with a strong interest in zoo medicine are encouraged to apply. Students with a demonstrated commitment to a career in zoo medicine will be given priority and those students are encouraged to apply for an externship period of six weeks if possible.  

All interested students are invited to apply directly to Dr. Eric Baitchman, with a letter of interest, a brief resume, a letter of recommendation from a veterinarian that is familiar with the student's strengths and career interests in zoological medicine, and the desired externship dates by email, ebaitchman@zoonewengland.com, or by mail:

Dr. Eric Baitchman
Franklin Park Zoo
One Franklin Park Road
Boston, Mass. 02121
  
Applications should be submitted by October 1 for periods beginning in the following academic year, though earlier applications are encouraged as positions begin to fill one to two years ahead of time. Acceptance of any externship period is considered a binding commitment and will only be excused for extreme circumstances.   

Negative TB test required within one year of start date. Rabies vaccination is preferred.

This is an unpaid externship, Monday – Friday with variable hours.

Youth Programs Internship

Location

Franklin Park Zoo

Department

Education

Reports To

Education Coordinator – Teen Programs

The Youth Programs Intern is responsible for helping to develop and maintain Zoo New England’s (ZNE) Millennial Initiative. Such initiative will increase youth awareness around conservation while developing collaboration amongst teens and college students. In this role, duties will include a variety of clerical and administrative tasks geared towards the advancement of this initiative. Oral communication skills are essential. In general, tasks would include research and analysis, database formulation and maintenance, event planning, project development and other miscellaneous duties as needed. Opportunities for social media expansion and continuation may also be available. The Youth Programs Intern should be motivated to work in a positive and professional atmosphere with supervision, allowing for  room for growth and independent work opportunities.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Participates in the planning and growth of ZNE’s Earth Day youth rally.
  • Researches community projects that will allow for large scale youth volunteering.
  • Maintains a database of the youth millennial network and environmental organizations in participation.
  • Organizes and plans specific days designed for youth collaboration.
  • Program development and program assessment methods.
  • Provides excellent customer service and positive interactions with all Zoo guests and employees.
  • Answers general questions while promoting Zoo New England, its programs and its mission.
  • Interacts positively and professionally with ZNE’s partners.

Minimum Job Requirements 

  • Preferred candidates should be enrolled in, or have completed, an undergraduate program or studies in communication, education, or a related field and/or experience in an education or zoo field.
  • Must be available from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., actual hours flexible. 
  • 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.

Term

Would prefer at least 20 hours, four hours per day, for three consecutive months. ZNE is willing to work with an individual’s schedule. 

Application Deadline

January 15 for Spring Season; April 15 for Summer Season; July 15 for Fall Season; November 15 for Winter Season.

Please note, this position is unpaid.

To Apply

Send a resume and cover letter to:

Education Department 
Attn: Youth Programs 
Zoo New England 
1 Franklin Park Road Boston, MA 02121
617-989-3746
youthprogram@zoonewengland.com