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We would not be the #1 Zoo in the nation without the help of our volunteer corps providing unforgettable guest experiences.

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Volunteer Opportunities

ADULT VOLUNTEERS

EXHIBIT GUIDE PROGRAM

Exhibit Guide Program: The Exhibit Guide program supports the Zoo's educational and interpretive needs in specific areas within the Zoo. Exhibit Guides select one area to focus. Options include Aquarium, Aviary, Carnivores, Primates, or Reptiles. Exhbit Guides volunteer for a 4 month period of time and perform a variety of functions, including, but not limited to:

  • Engage visitors in conversations about our animals and conservation
  • Answer visitor questions about the animals, prorams and facilities
  • Utilize animal artifacts in related areas to enhance visitor experiences
  • Provide support to our visitors throughout the Zoo including answering questions, providing directions to exhibits and facilities, and contacting Zoo Staff when needed.
  • Aquarium Exhibit Guides will also provide support for the Ocean Lab and Shark/Ray Touch Tank. Support includes educating visitors about the animals, answer questions and maintain a safe and positive environment for both animals and visitors

Training: Exhibit Guides will recieve an orientation covering the Zoo Volunteer Handbook. In addition, Exhibit Guides will attend a comprehensive training program identifying the major topics of importance related to the targeted exhibits, as well as a walk-through of those areas. Finally, Exhibit Guides will recieve basic training on interpretive programming and informal public interaction.

Time commitment:

  • Complete the required training program
  • Give at least forty (40) hours of service, including the training process, within a consectutive 4 month period
  • Schedule volunteer time in advance
  • Inform the Volunteer Department if you cannot make a scheduled shift
We are now accepting applications! Please download the application by clicking the button below. Fill it out completely and submit it by uploading it via the submit documents button or by mail.

Download Application

Submit Documents

ZOO EDUCATOR VOLUNTEERS

Zoo Educator Volunteers: The Zoo Educator program is a year-round, long-term volunteer opportunity for adults ages 18 and above, who have great people skills and a deep love of animals, nature, and conservation.Zoo Eds provide informal, spontaneous interactions, including but not limited to:

  • Talking with Zoo visitors in front of exhibits
  • Assisting with activity and biofact tables (biofacts are hides, skulls, or related items)
  • Demonstrating live animals in open areas or near exhibits
  • Off-grounds activites at community events, etc.

Zoo Eds also provide a variety of educational programs, both on and off Zoo grounds. Programs may be planned, following structured curricula, such as:

  • On-grounds programs for school and assorted youth groups, centered around specific topics
  • Scripted interpretive programs at key exhibits
  • Structured animal demonstrations for youth and community groups

All of our education opportunities reinforce a love and respect for animals and nature, and our role as responsible stewards for our fragile world.

Training: Zoo Eds must complete a half-day orientation and series of class sessions that cover every area of the Zoo. Training is provided by department staf and includes information about our exhibits, our animals and our unique heritage, as well as teaching and communication techniques. Zoo Eds may also recieve specialized animal handling training for specific programs and opportunities. The initial training series begins each September.

Time commitment:

  • Complete the training including orientation and 8 additional classes. Sessions are offered each fall
  • Give at least eighteen (18) hours of education service every 3 months
  • Attend at least six (6) Zoo Ed Meetings per year. The Zoo Ed Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Complete 10 hours of continuing education per year

CONCERT USHERS

Concert Ushers: The Concert Usher Program supports the Toledo Zoo Summer Concert Series. Ushers will perform a variety of functions, including, but not limited to:

  • Assisting uests to locate their seats
  • Addressing any guest-related questions or concerns
  • Enforcing Zoo policies at concerts and providing a safe environment for our guests
  • Helping to take down the chairs and stack them at the end of the concert

Training: Concert Ushers will be given an orientation regarding general Zoo policies. The orientation will also include an introduction to the Amphitheatre, its layout, and instructions regarding your responsibilities as Ushers.

Dress Code: Concert Ushers are required to wear a plain, sleeved white t-shirt (thicker than an undershirt), polo shirt, or button-down shirt, either short-or-long sleeves. In addition, ushers must wear black pants or shorts and closed-toed shoes.

Time commitment:

  • Complete a volunteer application, submit to an interview and attend an orientation
  • Support a minimum number of concerts for the season. The minimum reuirement is based on the total number of concerts for the season. The full listing of our summer concerts may be found at www.toledozoo.org/concerts
  • Ushers must arrive 30 minutes before gates open and volunteer through the tear-down process of the show. Ushers are typically dismissed around 11:00 p.m.
There are currently no open volunteer positions for the Live Nation Concert Series. Please check back soon for more information.

CLERICAL VOLUNTEERS

Clerical Volunteers: Clerical Volunteers provide invaluable support to many of the Zoo's offices, including Marketing, Membership/Development, and Education. Clerical Volunteers will perform a variety of functions, including, but not limited to:

  • Stuffing envelopes and preparing mailings
  • Filing and alphabetizing various documents
  • Photocopying various documents
  • Organizing supplies and materials
  • Performing other functions as necessary

Clerical Volunteers can enjoy the opportunity to volunteer in relaxed, small-office environments with deeply appreciative staff members.

Training: Clerical Volunteers will be given an orientation regarding general Zoo policies, as well as the benefits of volunteering at the Toledo Zoo. More detailed, hands-on trainin will be provided by specific office staff in the area of your placement.

Time commitment:

  • Give approximately two to four (2 - 4) hours of service per week
  • Schedule volunteer time in advance with appropriate staff
  • Inform staff if you are unable to make a scheduled shift or will be absent for an extended period of time
Current Clerical Volunteer positions have been filled. Please check back for more information.

ZOOTEEN PROGRAM

The ZOOTeen program offers volunteer opportunities to students ages 12-17 who have a strong interest in education, animal science and conservation. ZOOTeens also must have the ability to complete activities independently, a positive attitude, and willingness to engage in a team environment. The ZOOTeen program strives to work with individuals of all abilities. Please contact our office to discuss reasonable accommodations at 419-385-5721 ext. 2045.

Program activities

  • Host education activity stations covering a variety of animal topics
  • Facilitate and support live animal encounters in the Aquarium and Nature's Neighborhood
  • Use biofacts (hides, bones, etc) to educate visitors about our animals and exhibits
  • Assist with Summer Camp programs
  • Participate in a variety of off-grounds community service and conservation projects
  • Make enrichment for the animals, provide clerical support and other activities as needed

Requirements

  • Successfully complete required training, including orientation and hands on sessions
  • Volunteer at least 60 hours before October 31
  • Attend at least one ZOOTeen meeting between May and October
  • Participate in at least one ZOOTeen community service or conservation project
  • Follow Zoo uniform dress code policies

Additional information about year-round program opportunities, including requirements and applications, will be given throughout the season.

Program Fee The ZOOTeen program requires an annual fee of $50 to cover expenses of the program, including shirts, training materials, name tag, etc. This fee is payable upon acceptance into the ZOOTeen program, and is not required at the time of application. Scholarships are available. Please contact the Volunteer Department at 419-385-5721 ext. 2045 to be put on a mailing list for next season.

Application Process 2018 season is full. Please check back in mid-December or contact the Volunteer Department at 419-385-5721 ext. 2045 to be put on a mailing list for next season.

ZOOTeen Portal

 

Internships

*NOTE TO APPLICANTS:

The Toledo Zoo offers several unpaid internship opportunities. All internships require applicants to be currently enrolled as a college junior or senior, or have recently graduated with a 4 year degree. Other limitations may apply. For additional information, contact us via this form or at 419-385-5721, ext. 2169.

Prospective intern applicants must submit a cover letter, resume and volunteer application for consideration. Selected applicants may be asked to complete an interview in person or by phone.

Internships are offered each spring, summer and fall. The following are the postmark deadlines for each placement period:

Spring: October 15
Summer: February 15
Fall: June 15*

*Early Childhood Programming Internship Fall Deadline: June 30

We are unable to provide housing assistance or stipends.

The number of available openings varies from season to season and from year to year. If you are not accepted into the internship program at this time, you are encouraged to check in the future for possible openings.

AVIAN CARE

Internship

Schedule: 16 hours per week minimum. Hours are generally completed during regular departmental hours (7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)

Responsibilities:

  • Provide daily care of the animals, including cleaning, feeding, and behavioral enrichment
  • Assist keepers with exhibit maintenance, including lobby or other cleaning and miscellaneous yard maintenance
  • Assist keepers with special projects as needed
  • Support office projects, including filing and updating records
Please download the application by clicking the button below. Fill it out completely and submit it by uploading it via the submit documents button or by mail.

Download Application

Submit Documents

EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAMMING

Internship

Schedule: 2 or more weekdays and occasional Saturday, typically 8:30-11:30 am

Tasks:

  • Assist teachers in guiding the group to education center and exhibits
  • Prepare and run brief interactives in a classroom or exhibit setting
  • Contact future participants about logistics and answer program questions
  • Assist in program evaluation as directed
  • Handle live animals during presentations
  • Learn basic exhibit animal information to support lessons
  • Fill in as a teacher when there is an emergency call-off

Goals:

  • This individual will be an assistant in our community preschool program as well as our stroller and toddler programs.

*Extended Fall Deadline: June 30

Please download the application by clicking the button below. Fill it out completely and submit it by uploading it via the submit documents button or by mail.

Download Application

Submit Documents

ENRICHMENT AND RESEARCH

Internship

Schedule: May - August, 5 days per week, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Requirements:
In addition to the requirements above, applicants must also

  • Major in biology, animal behavior, psychology, zoology or other related fields
  • Be proficient in Microsoft Excel
  • Have previous hands-on work experience with animals
  • Have a positive attitude, team mentality and strong willingness to learn
  • Submit 3 references

Responsibilities:

  • Develop, coordinate and implement enrichment for various Zoo animals, including carnivores, elephants, hoofstock, and birds
  • Evaluate behavioral scenarios and the effectiveness of enrichment
  • Assist with the development of new ideas, enrichment construction and evaluation and animal welfare research for animals throughout the Zoo
Please download the application by clicking the button below. Fill it out completely and submit it by uploading it via the submit documents button or by mail.

Download Application

Submit Documents

GUEST INTERPRETATION

Internship

Schedule: Minimum of 2 days a week with at least 1 falling on weekends, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Responsibilities:

  • Interact with guests through interpretive talks throughout the Zoo
  • Engage Zoo visitors in citizen science programs through bumblebee watch and the butterfly hut
  • Assist in citizen science programs through monarch care and bumblebee surveys
  • Present interpretation for dive shows, stage performances and at exhibits
  • Evaluate the impact of scheduled and impromptu interpretive talks on guest attitudes and enjoyment
  • Design new impromptu talks based on animal wellness and conservation
  • Support interpretive guides as needed on tours and other scheduled programs
Please download the application by clicking the button below. Fill it out completely and submit it by uploading it via the submit documents button or by mail.

Download Application

Submit Documents

HERPETOLOGY CURATORIAL

Internship

Schedule: 15 hours per week minimum. Hours are generally completed Monday - Friday during regular business hours (8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)

Responsibilities:

  • Perform office management duties, including filing and data entry
  • Support research initiatives as necessary
  • Provide care for the animals, including cleaning, feeding, and enrichment
  • Assist keepers with exhibit maintenance, including lobby or other cleaning and miscellaneous yard maintenance
Please download the application by clicking the button below. Fill it out completely and submit it by uploading it via the submit documents button or by mail.

Download Application

Submit Documents

MARINE MAMMAL TRAINING AND ENRICHMENT

Internship

Schedule: May - August, 5 days per week, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Requirements:
In addition to the requirements above, applicants must also

  • Major in biology, animal behavior, psychology, zoology or other related fields
  • Be proficient in Microsoft Excel
  • Have previous hands-on work experience with animals
  • Have a positive attitude, team mentality and strong willingness to learn
  • Submit 3 references

Responsibilities:

  • Develop, coordinate and implement daily enrichment for polar bears
  • Prepare seal diets and participate in daily feeding/training sessions
  • Enter training records into a computer program
  • Develop enrichment schedules for several species
  • Contruct and implement enrichment items for various species
  • Conduct behavioral observations
  • Data entry and analysis
Please download the application by clicking the button below. Fill it out completely and submit it by uploading it via the submit documents button or by mail.

Download Application

Submit Documents

PRIMATE CARE AND BEHAVIOR

Internship

Schedule: May - August, 5 days per week, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Requirements:
In addition to the requirements above, applicants must also

  • Major in biology, animal behavior, psychology, zoology, anthropology or other related fields
  • Be proficient in Microsoft Excel
  • Have previous hands-on work experience with exotic animals
  • Have a positive attitude, team mentality and strong willingness to learn
  • Submit 3 references

Responsibilities:

  • Assist primate keepers with daily cleaning and general husbandry
  • Develop enrichmen with the Curator of Behavior and Enrichment for primates, cheetahs and others
  • Conduct behavioral research to monitor behavior and evaluate the effectiveness of enrichment on primate collection
Please download the application by clicking the button below. Fill it out completely and submit it by uploading it via the submit documents button or by mail.

Download Application

Submit Documents

SUMMER CAMP

Internship

Schedule: Minimum of Mondays plus 2 additional weekdays, up to 5 days a week, 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Responsibilities:

  • Assist with Monday morning set up and check in
  • Organization of camp supplies
  • Help with preparations for next week of camp
  • Organize special activities for the day including but not limited to animal demos, special snack or group names
  • Be additional hands throughout the day including: picking up late campers, dropping off early campers, helping to deal with behavior issues, running supplies where needed, answering radio calls and calling parents
  • Fill in as a teacher when there is an emergency call-off
Please download the application by clicking the button below. Fill it out completely and submit it by uploading it via the submit documents button or by mail.

Download Application

Submit Documents

YOUTH PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT

Internship

Schedule: 6 - 8 hours per week minimum. Hours can be complete weekends, predominately served during regular business hours (8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)

Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement new programs for ZOOTeen volunteers
  • Coordinate team-building activities and social/educational outings
  • Provide on-grounds and off-grounds supervision of ZOOTeen activities
Please download the application by clicking the button below. Fill it out completely and submit it by uploading it via the submit documents button or by mail.

Download Application

Submit Documents

Volunteer Opportunities

ADULT VOLUNTEERS

EXHIBIT GUIDE PROGRAM

Exhibit Guide Program: The Exhibit Guide program supports the Zoo's educational and interpretive needs in specific areas within the Zoo. Exhibit Guides select one area to focus. Options include Aquarium, Aviary, Carnivores, Primates, or Reptiles. Exhbit Guides volunteer for a 4 month period of time and perform a variety of functions, including, but not limited to:

  • Engage visitors in conversations about our animals and conservation
  • Answer visitor questions about the animals, prorams and facilities
  • Utilize animal artifacts in related areas to enhance visitor experiences
  • Provide support to our visitors throughout the Zoo including answering questions, providing directions to exhibits and facilities, and contacting Zoo Staff when needed.
  • Aquarium Exhibit Guides will also provide support for the Ocean Lab and Shark/Ray Touch Tank. Support includes educating visitors about the animals, answer questions and maintain a safe and positive environment for both animals and visitors

Training: Exhibit Guides will recieve an orientation covering the Zoo Volunteer Handbook. In addition, Exhibit Guides will attend a comprehensive training program identifying the major topics of importance related to the targeted exhibits, as well as a walk-through of those areas. Finally, Exhibit Guides will recieve basic training on interpretive programming and informal public interaction.

Time commitment:

  • Complete the required training program
  • Give at least forty (40) hours of service, including the training process, within a consectutive 4 month period
  • Schedule volunteer time in advance
  • Inform the Volunteer Department if you cannot make a scheduled shift
We are now accepting applications! Please download the application by clicking the button below. Fill it out completely and submit it by uploading it via the submit documents button or by mail.

Download Application

Submit Documents

ZOO EDUCATOR VOLUNTEERS

Zoo Educator Volunteers: The Zoo Educator program is a year-round, long-term volunteer opportunity for adults ages 18 and above, who have great people skills and a deep love of animals, nature, and conservation.Zoo Eds provide informal, spontaneous interactions, including but not limited to:

  • Talking with Zoo visitors in front of exhibits
  • Assisting with activity and biofact tables (biofacts are hides, skulls, or related items)
  • Demonstrating live animals in open areas or near exhibits
  • Off-grounds activites at community events, etc.

Zoo Eds also provide a variety of educational programs, both on and off Zoo grounds. Programs may be planned, following structured curricula, such as:

  • On-grounds programs for school and assorted youth groups, centered around specific topics
  • Scripted interpretive programs at key exhibits
  • Structured animal demonstrations for youth and community groups

All of our education opportunities reinforce a love and respect for animals and nature, and our role as responsible stewards for our fragile world.

Training: Zoo Eds must complete a half-day orientation and series of class sessions that cover every area of the Zoo. Training is provided by department staf and includes information about our exhibits, our animals and our unique heritage, as well as teaching and communication techniques. Zoo Eds may also recieve specialized animal handling training for specific programs and opportunities. The initial training series begins each September.

Time commitment:

  • Complete the training including orientation and 8 additional classes. Sessions are offered each fall
  • Give at least eighteen (18) hours of education service every 3 months
  • Attend at least six (6) Zoo Ed Meetings per year. The Zoo Ed Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Complete 10 hours of continuing education per year

CONCERT USHERS

Concert Ushers: The Concert Usher Program supports the Toledo Zoo Summer Concert Series. Ushers will perform a variety of functions, including, but not limited to:

  • Assisting uests to locate their seats
  • Addressing any guest-related questions or concerns
  • Enforcing Zoo policies at concerts and providing a safe environment for our guests
  • Helping to take down the chairs and stack them at the end of the concert

Training: Concert Ushers will be given an orientation regarding general Zoo policies. The orientation will also include an introduction to the Amphitheatre, its layout, and instructions regarding your responsibilities as Ushers.

Dress Code: Concert Ushers are required to wear a plain, sleeved white t-shirt (thicker than an undershirt), polo shirt, or button-down shirt, either short-or-long sleeves. In addition, ushers must wear black pants or shorts and closed-toed shoes.

Time commitment:

  • Complete a volunteer application, submit to an interview and attend an orientation
  • Support a minimum number of concerts for the season. The minimum reuirement is based on the total number of concerts for the season. The full listing of our summer concerts may be found at www.toledozoo.org/concerts
  • Ushers must arrive 30 minutes before gates open and volunteer through the tear-down process of the show. Ushers are typically dismissed around 11:00 p.m.
There are currently no open volunteer positions for the Live Nation Concert Series. Please check back soon for more information.

CLERICAL VOLUNTEERS

Clerical Volunteers: Clerical Volunteers provide invaluable support to many of the Zoo's offices, including Marketing, Membership/Development, and Education. Clerical Volunteers will perform a variety of functions, including, but not limited to:

  • Stuffing envelopes and preparing mailings
  • Filing and alphabetizing various documents
  • Photocopying various documents
  • Organizing supplies and materials
  • Performing other functions as necessary

Clerical Volunteers can enjoy the opportunity to volunteer in relaxed, small-office environments with deeply appreciative staff members.

Training: Clerical Volunteers will be given an orientation regarding general Zoo policies, as well as the benefits of volunteering at the Toledo Zoo. More detailed, hands-on trainin will be provided by specific office staff in the area of your placement.

Time commitment:

  • Give approximately two to four (2 - 4) hours of service per week
  • Schedule volunteer time in advance with appropriate staff
  • Inform staff if you are unable to make a scheduled shift or will be absent for an extended period of time
Current Clerical Volunteer positions have been filled. Please check back for more information.

ZOOTEEN PROGRAM

The ZOOTeen program offers volunteer opportunities to students ages 12-17 who have a strong interest in education, animal science and conservation. ZOOTeens also must have the ability to complete activities independently, a positive attitude, and willingness to engage in a team environment. The ZOOTeen program strives to work with individuals of all abilities. Please contact our office to discuss reasonable accommodations at 419-385-5721 ext. 2045.

Program activities

  • Host education activity stations covering a variety of animal topics
  • Facilitate and support live animal encounters in the Aquarium and Nature's Neighborhood
  • Use biofacts (hides, bones, etc) to educate visitors about our animals and exhibits
  • Assist with Summer Camp programs
  • Participate in a variety of off-grounds community service and conservation projects
  • Make enrichment for the animals, provide clerical support and other activities as needed

Requirements

  • Successfully complete required training, including orientation and hands on sessions
  • Volunteer at least 60 hours before October 31
  • Attend at least one ZOOTeen meeting between May and October
  • Participate in at least one ZOOTeen community service or conservation project
  • Follow Zoo uniform dress code policies

Additional information about year-round program opportunities, including requirements and applications, will be given throughout the season.

Program Fee The ZOOTeen program requires an annual fee of $50 to cover expenses of the program, including shirts, training materials, name tag, etc. This fee is payable upon acceptance into the ZOOTeen program, and is not required at the time of application. Scholarships are available. Please contact the Volunteer Department at 419-385-5721 ext. 2045 to be put on a mailing list for next season.

Application Process 2018 season is full. Please check back in mid-December or contact the Volunteer Department at 419-385-5721 ext. 2045 to be put on a mailing list for next season.

ZOOTeen Portal

 

Internships

*NOTE TO APPLICANTS:

The Toledo Zoo offers several unpaid internship opportunities. All internships require applicants to be currently enrolled as a college junior or senior, or have recently graduated with a 4 year degree. Other limitations may apply. For additional information, contact us via this form or at 419-385-5721, ext. 2169.

Prospective intern applicants must submit a cover letter, resume and volunteer application for consideration. Selected applicants may be asked to complete an interview in person or by phone.

Internships are offered each spring, summer and fall. The following are the postmark deadlines for each placement period:

Spring: October 15
Summer: February 15
Fall: June 15*

*Early Childhood Programming Internship Fall Deadline: June 30

We are unable to provide housing assistance or stipends.

The number of available openings varies from season to season and from year to year. If you are not accepted into the internship program at this time, you are encouraged to check in the future for possible openings.

AVIAN CARE

Internship

Schedule: 16 hours per week minimum. Hours are generally completed during regular departmental hours (7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)

Responsibilities:

  • Provide daily care of the animals, including cleaning, feeding, and behavioral enrichment
  • Assist keepers with exhibit maintenance, including lobby or other cleaning and miscellaneous yard maintenance
  • Assist keepers with special projects as needed
  • Support office projects, including filing and updating records
Please download the application by clicking the button below. Fill it out completely and submit it by uploading it via the submit documents button or by mail.

Download Application

Submit Documents

EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAMMING

Internship

Schedule: 2 or more weekdays and occasional Saturday, typically 8:30-11:30 am

Tasks:

  • Assist teachers in guiding the group to education center and exhibits
  • Prepare and run brief interactives in a classroom or exhibit setting
  • Contact future participants about logistics and answer program questions
  • Assist in program evaluation as directed
  • Handle live animals during presentations
  • Learn basic exhibit animal information to support lessons
  • Fill in as a teacher when there is an emergency call-off

Goals:

  • This individual will be an assistant in our community preschool program as well as our stroller and toddler programs.

*Extended Fall Deadline: June 30

Please download the application by clicking the button below. Fill it out completely and submit it by uploading it via the submit documents button or by mail.

Download Application

Submit Documents

ENRICHMENT AND RESEARCH

Internship

Schedule: May - August, 5 days per week, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Requirements:
In addition to the requirements above, applicants must also

  • Major in biology, animal behavior, psychology, zoology or other related fields
  • Be proficient in Microsoft Excel
  • Have previous hands-on work experience with animals
  • Have a positive attitude, team mentality and strong willingness to learn
  • Submit 3 references

Responsibilities:

  • Develop, coordinate and implement enrichment for various Zoo animals, including carnivores, elephants, hoofstock, and birds
  • Evaluate behavioral scenarios and the effectiveness of enrichment
  • Assist with the development of new ideas, enrichment construction and evaluation and animal welfare research for animals throughout the Zoo
Please download the application by clicking the button below. Fill it out completely and submit it by uploading it via the submit documents button or by mail.

Download Application

Submit Documents

GUEST INTERPRETATION

Internship

Schedule: Minimum of 2 days a week with at least 1 falling on weekends, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Responsibilities:

  • Interact with guests through interpretive talks throughout the Zoo
  • Engage Zoo visitors in citizen science programs through bumblebee watch and the butterfly hut
  • Assist in citizen science programs through monarch care and bumblebee surveys
  • Present interpretation for dive shows, stage performances and at exhibits
  • Evaluate the impact of scheduled and impromptu interpretive talks on guest attitudes and enjoyment
  • Design new impromptu talks based on animal wellness and conservation
  • Support interpretive guides as needed on tours and other scheduled programs
Please download the application by clicking the button below. Fill it out completely and submit it by uploading it via the submit documents button or by mail.

Download Application

Submit Documents

HERPETOLOGY CURATORIAL

Internship

Schedule: 15 hours per week minimum. Hours are generally completed Monday - Friday during regular business hours (8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)

Responsibilities:

  • Perform office management duties, including filing and data entry
  • Support research initiatives as necessary
  • Provide care for the animals, including cleaning, feeding, and enrichment
  • Assist keepers with exhibit maintenance, including lobby or other cleaning and miscellaneous yard maintenance
Please download the application by clicking the button below. Fill it out completely and submit it by uploading it via the submit documents button or by mail.

Download Application

Submit Documents

MARINE MAMMAL TRAINING AND ENRICHMENT

Internship

Schedule: May - August, 5 days per week, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Requirements:
In addition to the requirements above, applicants must also

  • Major in biology, animal behavior, psychology, zoology or other related fields
  • Be proficient in Microsoft Excel
  • Have previous hands-on work experience with animals
  • Have a positive attitude, team mentality and strong willingness to learn
  • Submit 3 references

Responsibilities:

  • Develop, coordinate and implement daily enrichment for polar bears
  • Prepare seal diets and participate in daily feeding/training sessions
  • Enter training records into a computer program
  • Develop enrichment schedules for several species
  • Contruct and implement enrichment items for various species
  • Conduct behavioral observations
  • Data entry and analysis
Please download the application by clicking the button below. Fill it out completely and submit it by uploading it via the submit documents button or by mail.

Download Application

Submit Documents

PRIMATE CARE AND BEHAVIOR

Internship

Schedule: May - August, 5 days per week, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Requirements:
In addition to the requirements above, applicants must also

  • Major in biology, animal behavior, psychology, zoology, anthropology or other related fields
  • Be proficient in Microsoft Excel
  • Have previous hands-on work experience with exotic animals
  • Have a positive attitude, team mentality and strong willingness to learn
  • Submit 3 references

Responsibilities:

  • Assist primate keepers with daily cleaning and general husbandry
  • Develop enrichmen with the Curator of Behavior and Enrichment for primates, cheetahs and others
  • Conduct behavioral research to monitor behavior and evaluate the effectiveness of enrichment on primate collection
Please download the application by clicking the button below. Fill it out completely and submit it by uploading it via the submit documents button or by mail.

Download Application

Submit Documents

SUMMER CAMP

Internship

Schedule: Minimum of Mondays plus 2 additional weekdays, up to 5 days a week, 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Responsibilities:

  • Assist with Monday morning set up and check in
  • Organization of camp supplies
  • Help with preparations for next week of camp
  • Organize special activities for the day including but not limited to animal demos, special snack or group names
  • Be additional hands throughout the day including: picking up late campers, dropping off early campers, helping to deal with behavior issues, running supplies where needed, answering radio calls and calling parents
  • Fill in as a teacher when there is an emergency call-off
Please download the application by clicking the button below. Fill it out completely and submit it by uploading it via the submit documents button or by mail.

Download Application

Submit Documents

YOUTH PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT

Internship

Schedule: 6 - 8 hours per week minimum. Hours can be complete weekends, predominately served during regular business hours (8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)

Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement new programs for ZOOTeen volunteers
  • Coordinate team-building activities and social/educational outings
  • Provide on-grounds and off-grounds supervision of ZOOTeen activities
Please download the application by clicking the button below. Fill it out completely and submit it by uploading it via the submit documents button or by mail.

Download Application

Submit Documents

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