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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 internships include:

Animal Care Internship

We currently have internships available at both Franklin Park and Stone Zoos.  There is no deadline for applications, as internships are rolling and begin at any time of the year.

 

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 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. 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.

Apply for Animal Care Internship

 

Education Internship

Location

Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo

Department

Education                    

Reports To

Education Program Coordinator

Employee Classification

Volunteer                

Employment Status

Unpaid: Temporary

Essential Job Functions

The Education Program 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 Program 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.

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 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:

Jennifer Maltese
Education Department                
jmaltese@zoonewengland.com
Zoo New England                    
617-989-3736
1 Franklin Park Road
Boston, MA 02121

Education Marketing Internship

Minimum Education

High School

Job Type

Part-Time Unpaid Internship

General Purpose

Zoo New England is seeking an intern to assist with a variety of marketing projects in the Education department.

Qualifications

An interest and/or undergraduate coursework in Marketing, Communications, Event Planning, Public Relations and Nonprofit Organizations

Excellent written and oral communication skills

Computer literate, with knowledge of both Microsoft Word and Excel. Experience with Adobe Creative Suite a plus.

Potential Duties/Projects

The Education Marketing Intern will have an opportunity to learn the various types of marketing and communication methods necessary for advertising a variety of educational programs. The Education department of Zoo New England has a very diverse role, so the intern can expect to provide assistance in several different areas. Zoo New England encourages the intern to partake in a variety of new and exciting tasks that may include:

  • Working with the full time education staff to define key elements of programs that will assist in capturing visitor and public attention.
  • Assisting with marketing and public relations tasks that may include creating promotional flyers for education programs, organizing press clippings, updating web listings and providing other marketing/PR support as needed.
  • Researching best practices for non-profit educational marketing and assisting in redesigning the Education department’s marketing efforts based upon that research
  • Conducting sales calls, both by phone and in person, in order to share Education department program offerings with schools and organizations
  • Designing educational flyers and brochures as needed
  • Creating and maintaining databases of local school and group contacts

Skills Gained

The Development and Marketing intern can expect to gain valuable experience by being immersed into a wide range of learning opportunities. The intern will obtain insight into the role of the Education and Marketing departments at a nonprofit organization, while developing important communication and organizational skills.

Benefits

Benefits include free entrance to the Zoo during duration of internship, opportunities to attend special events and great experience to add to a resume. Zoo New England will also work with the intern to meet requirements for course credit, provide letters of reference for future job opportunities and create/enhance a personal portfolio.

Dates/Hours

The dates and hours of this internship are flexible; however, the intern must be available for occasional weekend and evening events. Hours are TBD depending on applicant's schedule, but will range from 15 to 30 hours per week. Regular Zoo office hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

For more information about this internship or to apply, please contact:
Jennifer Maltese
Zoo New England
One Franklin Park Rd.
Boston, MA 02121
617-989-3736

jmaltese@zoonewengland.com

Additional materials such as work samples that show your talents (school projects, marketing plans, writing samples, etc.) are welcomed, but not required. Candidates of interest will be contacted for an interview.

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



Marketing and Special Events Internship

Applications are being accepted until 1/5/15, or until the position is filled.

Location

Franklin Park Zoo

Minimum Education

High School

Job Type

Part-Time Unpaid Internship
Must receive college credit

General Purpose

Zoo New England is seeking an intern to assist with a variety of projects in the Marketing and Special Events departments.

Qualifications

  • An interest and/or undergraduate coursework in Marketing, Communications, Event Planning, Public Relations and Nonprofit Organizations
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Computer literate, with knowledge of both Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Knowledge of Photoshop/InDesign is not required, but preferred

Potential Duties/Projects

The Marketing Intern will have an opportunity to learn the various types of marketing and communication methods necessary for planning and executing special events, as well as assist in other on-going projects within the department. Zoo New England encourages the intern to partake in a variety of new and exciting tasks that may include:

  • Learning about and assisting in all the stages of special events planning and execution (including helping to conceptualize the theme of an event, coordinating logistics and assisting with the execution of the event).
  • Assisting with marketing and public relations tasks that may include creating promotional flyers for marketing events, organizing press clippings, updating web listings and providing other marketing/PR support as needed.
  • Gaining valuable skills for work in nonprofit organizations (which may include training and knowledge of Raisers Edge and/or Doubleknot).

Skills Gained

The Marketing and Special Events intern can expect to gain valuable experience by being immersed into a wide range of learning opportunities.  The intern will obtain insight into the role of the Marketing department at a nonprofit organization, while developing important communication and organizational skills.

Benefits

Benefits include free entrance to the Zoo during duration of internship, opportunities to attend special events and great experience to add to a resume. Zoo New England will also work with the intern to meet requirements for course credit, provide letters of reference for future job opportunities and create/enhance a personal portfolio.

Dates/Hours

The dates and hours of this internship are flexible; however, the intern must be available for occasional weekend and evening events. Hours are TBD depending on applicant's schedule, but are typically two full days per week. Regular Zoo office hours are 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m., with interns starting at 10:00 a.m.

For more information about this internship or to apply, please contact:

Roisin Morgan
Zoo New England
One Franklin Park Rd.
Boston, MA 02121
Phone: 617-989-2015
Fax: 617-989-2025
rmorgan@zoonewengland.com

 

Additional materials such as work samples that show your talents (school projects, marketing plans, writing samples, etc.) are welcomed, but not required. Candidates of interest will be contacted for an interview.

Rentals and Private Events Internship

Minimum Education

High School

Job Type

Part-Time Unpaid Internship

General Purpose

Assist the Rentals and Private Events department with developing, marketing and organizing private and special events.

Qualifications

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Computer literate, with knowledge of both Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Enthusiastic, "people" person and outstanding customer service skills
  • A desire to pursue a career in event planning is a plus.

Potential Duties/Projects

Internal Events: Assist in the set-up of birthday party rentals and private events, including theme lunches with the animals. Coordinate and communicate with both internal and external customers, including Zoo staff, vendors, private event clients and Zoo visitors to ensure the success of each event.

Private Events: Assist the Private Events Manager with all aspects of private events including booking, invoicing, marketing, etc. Interns will see the entire event process, from booking an event to invoicing after the event.

Assist the Private Events Manager with direct mailings.

Work in conjunction with the Private Events Manager to expand our Birthday Program.

Skills Gained

Experience working in a non-profit environment. Applicant will develop and enhance his/her communication, organizational, and critical thinking skills as well as learn how to work within a large, non-profit institution.

Benefits

Free entrance to the Zoo during duration of internship; opportunities to attend Special Events; great experience to add to your resume.

Dates/Hours

Flexible, however must be available on weekends. Hours are TBD depending on applicant's schedule, but will range from 15 to 30 hours per week. Zoo office hours are 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. One (1) internship position is available. Open until filled. Internship is available on a year-round basis according to department needs.

 

For more information about this internship or to apply, please contact:

Danishia Gomez
Zoo New England
1 Franklin Park Road
Boston, MA 02121
Phone: 617-989-2009
Fax: 617-989-2025

DGomez@zoonewengland.com

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, and their desired dates by e-mail at 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.

Veterinary Technician Internship

Location

Franklin Park Zoo

Description

Zoo New England (ZNE) offers internships for Veterinary Technician students in their last year of an accredited Veterinary Technician program while pursuing a career in exotic or wildlife medicine. Students will receive credit but not any stipend or room and board. This five-week rotation will take place Mondays through Fridays from 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM unless otherwise agreed on by ZNE prior to the start of internship. Students interested in pursuing a career in zoo or exotic medicine will be given priority. 

ZNE offers as much hands-on work as possible, but due to the nature of the animals in the collection, there are no guarantees. Students will work with staff veterinarians and veterinary technicians as often as possible, but will also be expected to work independently on projects. Students will never be left alone with dangerous animals – there will always be staff members with students.

Rotations are offered in the summer on a first come first served basis for those who qualify.

Students will be expected to help in all aspects of the daily routine including cleaning cages, learning husbandry, and assisting with any medical procedures. There will be quiet days where there may be cleaning and filing involved or there may be busy days that involve surgery, radiology and laboratory work.

Students may wear scrubs, but are recommended to keep extra clothes at the zoo – we work in all types of weather conditions from hot sunny days to cold snowy days and everything in-between. Waterproof and warm footwear is recommended – absolutely no sandals or open-toed shoes.

How to Apply

  1. Please contact Sharon O’Keefe, Veterinary Services Coordinator at sokeefe@zoonewengland.com
  2. Send a cover letter detailing your area of interest, a resume, latest transcripts (can be unofficial), and two letters of reference (an advisor, professor or a veterinary technician with which you have worked)
  3. If your application is accepted, you will be contacted for an interview; you may also schedule a tour of the Zoo hospital at that time
  4. Once accepted, you will be required to sign an internship agreement
  5. Prior to your start date, you will be required to show proof of a negative TB test done within the last year
  6. Proof of a Rabies vaccine or recent titer, and current tetanus vaccine preferred

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. 

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:

Colleen O’Donnell 
Youth Programs 
Zoo New England 
1 Franklin Park Road Boston, MA 02121

617-989-3746 
codonnell@zoonewengland.com