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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 8, 2019. 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!

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

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

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
educationinterns@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

Please note, only applications submitted through the ZNE website will be considered for this position.

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.

Marketing & Communications Internship

Location

Franklin Park Zoo

Minimum Education

The majority of interns are current college students, although others may apply.

Job Type

Part-Time Unpaid Internship

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, Writing, Public Relations and Nonprofit Organizations
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Graphic design and/or video skills and knowledge of Adobe Suite is not required, but preferred

Potential Duties/Projects

Zoo New England encourages the intern to partake in a variety of new and exciting tasks that may include:

  • Assisting with website and social media updates, content strategy and creation.
  • Providing support to ZNE's events team, which may include event-day assistance or creating/updating event materials, signage and crafts.
  • Assisting with marketing and public relations tasks that may include creating/updating marketing materials, researching industry trends, fact-checking, running reports, etc.
  • Producing and editing video content (based on skillsets).
  • Gaining valuable skills for work in nonprofit organizations.

Skills Gained

The Marketing & Communications intern can expect to gain valuable experience by being immersed in 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.

To apply, please send your resume, cover letter, and two work samples that show your talents (writing samples, design portfolio, etc.) to zneweb@gmail.com

Candidates of interest will be contacted for an interview.

Please note: Proof of a negative tuberculosis (TB) test within the last year is required before starting this position. 

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                                                      
educationinterns@zoonewengland.com
Phone: 617-989-2024
Cell: 617-828-6663