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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:

  • Only applications submitted through the ZNE website will be considered for this position.
  • Due to the high volume of applicants, the deadline for early summer (May through July) internship applications is February 22, 2020. Applications for fall, winter, spring and late summer (August through October) will be accepted at any time. Thank you for your interest in Zoo New England's internship program!
  • Scholarship applications for all Animal Care internship sessions are still being accepted.

See below for link to scholarship application.


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 and education programs.

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

 

Apply for Animal Care Scholarship

Conservation Internship

Location: GWC Office, Concord, MA

Department: Conservation

Reports To: Senior Conservationist

Employee Classification: Part-time Volunteer Intern

Employment Status: Unpaid

Openings: 1

Term: 24 hours/week either Tues-Thur or Wed-Fri from September 4th - Oct 26th (200 hours total; start date non-negotiable but end date flexible until Nov 9th)

Essential Job Functions

The Conservation Intern will work with Zoo New England’s Grassroots Wildlife Conservation (GWC) program on all aspects of our field conservation projects. Duties will include radio tracking turtles; checking turtle traps and turtle nests; conducting visual surveys for reptiles and amphibians, and planting and tending seedlings and other plant material for habitat restoration work.

The primary duty station for the position will be in Concord, MA, but will require travel to other field sites around Eastern Massachusetts. The technician will report to and be mentored by the Senior Field Technician. We will provide necessary field equipment, including chest waders and boots.

During this internship, interns must agree to abide by all Zoo New England regulations concerning safety and conduct. Depending on interest, there may be an opportunity for the intern to 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.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Work alongside Senior Field Biologist (and other ZNE staff) and assist with all field activities, including radio-telemetry, checking turtle traps and nests, marking/processing turtles, as well as planting projects.

  • Drive to field sites around Massachusetts

  • Complete other field assignments as required

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Preferred candidates should be enrolled in, or have completed, an undergraduate program of studies in biology, zoology, or a related field.

  • Candidates must have a valid driver’s license and personal vehicle to drive to field sites.

  • Qualified candidates will have an interest in wetland ecology and conservation, and be willing to do field work in any weather condition. Turtle tracking is arduous fieldwork, requiring hiking through dense brush, mud, swamps, and water.

  • 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.

How to Apply:

Please submit your application to https://goo.gl/forms/E2T4TIg4fQ7i8bu22. Candidates will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so submit early for first consideration.

Education Internship (FPZ | Summer)

Location

Franklin Park Zoo

Description

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). In general, duties will include assisting full-time education staff in conducting education programs on and off-site, assisting full-time education staff with conducting informal public presentations, assisting in camp animal encounters and activities, helping to staff ZNE’s Butterfly Hollow exhibit, and creating great guest engagement experiences. 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 understand the animals in our exhibits and around the world.

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 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 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

Prefer at least 20 hours, four hours per day for three consecutive months. ZNE is willing to work with an individual’s schedule. The Education Internship is three days per week typically 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., but hours can vary. In order to have coverage throughout the week interns may have three consecutive days or three non-consecutive days. We can be flexible with intern schedules or other jobs to accommodate days and time of the internship. The internship begins early June and goes until late August. If you need to go back to school before August 20th please note that when applying.

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 send resume and cover letter to educationinterns@zoonewengland.org

Education Internship (SZ | Summer)

Location

Stone Zoo

Description

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 conducting informal public presentations, assisting in camp animal encounters and activities (summer only), and creating great guest engagement experiences. Opportunities for curriculum development, interpretive materials design, camp curriculum design, and ambassador animal care and 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 understand the animals in our exhibits and around the world.

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

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. The Education Internship is three days per week typically 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. but hours can vary. In order to have coverage throughout the week interns may have three consecutive days or three non-consecutive days. We can be flexible with intern schedules or other jobs to accommodate days and time of the internship. The spring internship begins early March and goes until late May. The summer internship begins early June and goes until late August. Please make sure to mention which term you are interested in when applying.

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 send resume and cover letter to:
Jennifer Jenson – Education Program Manager, Stone Zoo

jjenson@zoonewengland.org

Tree Inventory Internship (FPZ | Summer)

Location:

Franklin Park Zoo

Department:

Horticulture

Reports to:

Curator of Horticulture

Employee Classification:

Part-time Volunteer Intern

Employment Status:

Unpaid

Term:

Prefer at least 20 hours, 4 hours per day for 3 consecutive months. ZNE is willing to work with an individual’s schedule. The summer internship starts in early June and it ends in late August.

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.

Essential Job Functions:

The Horticulture Intern will work with the Franklin Park Zoo Horticulture Department staff to create an inventory, assessment and catalog of Franklin Park Zoo’s trees and planting sites. The successful applicant will use GPS, MS Excel, and multiple data platforms to inventory, assess, and catalogue trees and planting sites.

Minimum Job Requirements:

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.

This position is open for any student who will either be a rising Junior or Senior in the Fall of 2020 with a minimum GPA of 2.5.

Applicants for this position are expected to possess:

  • Interest, background, or education in tree identification.
  • Knowledge of Windows, Microsoft Office.
  • The ability to research and understand technical documentation.
  • The ability to work independently.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • A professional, courteous manner.
  • A valid driver’s license and reliable transportation.

Desired Skills:

These skills, although not required, are considered to be highly beneficial to the role:

  • Experience with ArcGIS and GPS.
  • Knowledge of tree identification and basic arboriculture (e.g., ability to gauge the health of a tree).

How to Apply:

To apply for this internship, please send resume and cover letter to: horticultureinternship@zoonewengland.org
Candidates will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so submit early for first consideration.

Deadline for Submission:

April 31, 2020