Animal Care Internship

The animal care internship provides an opportunity for college students or recent graduates majoring in Biology, Zoology, Animal Science, Environmental Education or a related field an opportunity to explore the realities of a career working with animals. This internship will provide the intern with valuable hands-on experience with almost every animal in the zoo’s varied collection while working and learning side-by-side with a small team of keepers.

–  Current college students, recent college graduates, those considering a career with animals

–  Previous animal experience is not a requirement, but desired

–  The ability to work as part of a team is crucial, as are strong communication skills.

–  Must be able to do physical work on your feet for more than 8 hours, lifting up to 50 pounds and perform activities such as raking or shoveling

–  Must have complete/clear TB test, PA Child Abuse Clearance and PA Criminal Background check

–  You must be at least 18 years of age

–  During Fall and Spring Sessions: minimum one 10 hour day per week (more if desired)

–  During Summer, minimum two 10 hour days per week (more if desired)

–  The three sessions mimic most college semesters: Fall runs Aug-Dec, Spring runs Jan-May, and Summer runs May-August

–  Must be able to attend a scheduled interview and a scheduled orientation prior to start of session

–  Shifts are 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m

–  Intern shifts occur every day regardless of inclement weather, except in cases where travel in the weather may be dangerous.

–  Intern shifts occur every day regardless of holiday except Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve & Day, New Years Eve & Day when the zoo is closed.

–  Preparing/distributing animal diets

–  Maintaining exhibits/enclosures

–  Preparing and developing animal enrichment

–  Assisting keepers with animal training (as available)

–  Speaking to guests as part of keeper talks

–  Daily observation and reporting of animal behaviors

–  Interns will be provided with the opportunity to learn in a non-profit AZA accredited facility that meets the highest standards in zoo practices  

–  Interns will be provided with hands-on experiential learning and mentored by our talented keeper staff

–  Internships at Elmwood Park Zoo are developed to provide a rich learning experience and are non-remunerative

–  EPZ Internships may be applied to receive college credit in accordance to your school’s policy  

Animal Care Internship Application