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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.

Ambassador Animal Internship

Timeline for Ambassador Animal 2022-2023 Internships

  • Spring/Summer 2022 Internship
    Tentative start and end dates: April 21st 2022-July 7th 2022
    Application Deadline: February 28th 2022
  • Fall 2022 Internship
    Tentative start and end dates: September 8th 2022 - December 8th 2022
    Application Deadline: July 8th, 2022
  • Winter 2023 Internship
    Tentative start and end dates: January 5th 2023- April 6th 2023
    Application Deadline: November 4th, 2022

Location
Franklin Park Zoo

Description
The Ambassador Animal Intern will work alongside our Ambassador Animal Specialists, who care for all of the species that we have and present in an educational manner. They will learn the basic husbandry of these animals including cleaning, feeding, enrichment, preparing diets, handling, and some training aspects. These interns will learn how to handle and present our level 1 ambassadors for guests within the zoo. They will also participate in presentations led by our ambassador animal specialists that will teach them the basics of ambassador animal care. Those presentations include hands on learning opportunities and projects that will help benefit our ambassador animals and provide hands on experience for our intern.

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 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., actual hours flexible. Interns 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:
Would prefer at least twenty (20) hours, four (4) hours per day for three (3) consecutive months. Zoo New England is willing to work with an individual’s schedule.

The Ambassador Animal Internship is three days per week typically 9:00-4:00pm but hours can vary. We can be flexible with intern schedules or other jobs to accommodate days and time of the internship.

During this internship, interns must agree to abide by all Zoo New England regulations concerning safety and conduct. They also must comply with ZNE’s dress code.

To apply for this internship, please email your resume and cover letter to Amanda Kerstman at akerstman@zoonewengland.org

Education Internship, Franklin Park Zoo

Location
Franklin Park Zoo 

Description 
Each ZNE Education Intern engages in a learning experience based at one of the premier zoos in New England. Interns learn through a combination of daily practice, projects and reflective feedback to deepen knowledge of education theory and to hone a variety of skills from enunciation to planning effective presentation themes to succinct descriptions of conservation strategies.  Interns take on gradually increasing responsibilities for presenting educational information for visitors and program participants. Interns experience different styles of education from classes for groups, to planned interpretive presentations for visitors, to table-based activities, and more – all aimed at engaging audiences and stimulating empathy, understanding of connections from our lives to species around the world, and inspiration to protect wildlife and habitats. Each Intern will develop at least one new fact sheet and at least one educational product such as an interpretive program for public audiences, a class about a particular species or conservation story, or an exhibit graphic panel. Many interns complete more than one project. Education interns may or may not have opportunities to handle select ambassador animals and to use them in programs. 

Requirements 

  • 18 years or older 
  • Able to address audiences of all ages 
  • Preferred candidates are usually enrolled in, or have completed, an undergraduate program or studies in zoology, education, biology, or a related field, or they have related life experience 
  • Must submit written documentation from a physician or clinic that shows a negative TB test taken within the last 12 months 
  • Must submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination 
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team 
  • A strong desire to share ZNE’s messages, mission, and goals with our visitors 
  • Must agree to abide by all Zoo New England regulations concerning safety and conduct 
  • Bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply 

Hours and Term of Appointment 

Hours: three days per week, typically 9:30am-4:30pm. In order to have coverage throughout the week interns may have three consecutive days or three non-consecutive days.
Terms: March 7 – May 27
. Intern Orientation is required and will be held on Tuesday, March 8 

Deadline for Applications
Monday, January 31st 
During this internship, interns must agree to abide by all Zoo New England regulations concerning safety and conduct. They also must comply with ZNE’s dress code. 

Apply Today
To apply for this internship, please email your resume and cover letter to Nora Lee at EducationInterns@zoonewengland.org. Please include Franklin Park Zoo in the subject line of your email.  

Education Internship, Stone Zoo

Location
Stone Zoo
 

Description 
Each ZNE Education Intern engages in a learning experience based at one of the premier zoos in New England. Interns learn through a combination of daily practice, projects and reflective feedback to deepen knowledge of education theory and to hone a variety of skills from enunciation to planning effective presentation themes to succinct descriptions of conservation strategies.  Interns take on gradually increasing responsibilities for presenting educational information for visitors and program participants. Interns experience different styles of education from classes for groups, to planned interpretive presentations for visitors, to table-based activities, and more – all aimed at engaging audiences and stimulating empathy, understanding of connections from our lives to species around the world, and inspiration to protect wildlife and habitats. Each Intern will develop at least one new fact sheet and at least one educational product such as an interpretive program for public audiences, a class about a particular species or conservation story, or an exhibit graphic panel. Many interns complete more than one project. Education interns will have opportunities to handle and care for select ambassador animals and to use them in programs. 

Requirements 

  • 18 years or older 
  • Able to address audiences of all ages 
  • Preferred candidates are usually enrolled in, or have completed, an undergraduate program or studies in zoology, education, biology, or a related field, or they have related life experience 
  • Must submit written documentation from a physician or clinic that shows a negative TB test taken within the last 12 months 
  • Must submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination 
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team 
  • A strong desire to share ZNE’s messages, mission, and goals with our visitors 
  • Must agree to abide by all Zoo New England regulations concerning safety and conduct 
  • Bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply 

Hours and Term of Appointment 

Hours: Three days per week, typically 9:00am-4:00pm. In order to have coverage throughout the week interns may have three consecutive days or three non-consecutive days.
Terms: March 7th – May 27
th. Intern Orientation is required and will be held on Tuesday, March 8th. 

Deadline for Applications
Monday, January 31 
During this internship, interns must agree to abide by all Zoo New England regulations concerning safety and conduct. They also must comply with ZNE’s dress code. 

Apply Today
To apply for this internship, please email your resume and cover letter to Katie Cashman at 
EducationInterns@zoonewengland.org. Please include Stone Zoo in the subject line of your email. 

“Gorillas on the Line” Campaign Marketing Intern

Job Type:
Part-Time Unpaid Internship

Duration:
Through early May, 2022 (Campaign runs February 1 - April 30, 2022)

Location:
Remote/Work from home

Hours:
Flexible, about 4-8 hours/week (more at the start of the campaign)

General Purpose:
Intern will work with the Marketing & Communication Department to manage all aspects of the Zoos’ partnership in the “Gorillas on the Line…Answer the Call” campaign. This internship offers a unique opportunity to take ownership of all aspects of a campaign from beginning to end, with measurable goals throughout.

About the Gorillas on the Line…Answer the Call Campaign (GOL):
GOL is a yearly global mobile phone recycling challenge organized by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Gorilla SAFE engagement team, with participants from around the globe. Participating organizations recruit individuals, schools, groups and businesses in their surrounding area to collect small electronic devices for recycling and, in some cases, reuse. By recycling old phones, we help protect animals like gorillas that live in areas where cell phone materials are mined. Proceeds from recycled devices support Gorilla SAFE conservation initiatives. 

In 2021, the campaign involved 30 zoos and aquariums collecting 10,116 devices. Zoo New England was among the top 5 partnering institutions for the most donations, recycling nearly 800 devices.

Intern’s Role:

  • Outreach: Solicit and engage new GOL partners (may include schools, clubs, organizations, businesses, individuals, etc.) to hold recycling collection drives and/or set out collection boxes at their institutions
  • Communication: Serve as the point of contact between the Zoo and GOL partners. Includes:
    • Working with the marketing team to write bi-weekly emails to partners with campaign updates and encouragement
    • Creating engaging social media posts for use by ZNE and GOL partners in support of the campaign
    • Creating and/or updating flyers, publication materials, collection box designs, etc. to assist partners in spreading the word
    • Brainstorming ways to further promote the campaign (friendly competitions, prizes, etc.)
    • Working with the Zoo’s marketing team and GOL partners to arrange for the mailing of donation boxes to our recycling partner, Eco-Cell, at the campaign’s end, April 30.

Qualifications:

  • Strong communication and writing skills
  • Creative thinker, ability to brainstorm and think outside the box
  • Attentive to detail
  • Ability to multitask and meet deadlines
  • Dependable

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/entrance essay. Zoo New England will also work with the intern to meet requirements for course credit (if applicable).

To apply:
Please send your contact information, cover letter and resume to cmccartan@zoonewengland.org. Candidates of interest will be contacted for an interview.