The Conservation Education Engagement Internship is designed to give individuals experience in delivering interactive and conservation-based education programming, in order to advance the zoo’s mission. Interns will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the sights and sounds of the zoo every day. This internship will utilize and honor educational skills in a non-traditional and uplifting educational environment. Interns will work side-by-side with educators in the zoo developing lesson plans, activities, and interactive teaching tools.
– The internship is open to current college students, recent college graduates, those considering an educational career with or without animals and career changers
-Animal experience is not a requirement
-Ability to work with a team and strong communication skills are crucial.
-Must be able to do physical work on your feet for more than 8 hours, lift up to 50 pounds and perform activities such as raking or shoveling
-Must have PA Child Abuse Clearance and Criminal Background Check
-You must be at least 18 years of age
-Only offered one session per year, the “Spring 2” Session, which begins in Mid-March, and ends in late June
-Minimum one 7 hr day per week (more if desired)
-Must be able to attend a scheduled interview and a 2 day scheduled orientation prior to start of session
-Shifts are 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m
-Intern shifts occur every day regardless of inclement weather, except in cases where travel in the weather may be dangerous, and regardless of holidays except Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve & Day, New Years Eve & Day when the zoo is closed.
-Assisting keepers to engage guests during animal programming
-Engage guests in the zoo outside exhibits to develop public speaking skills in a varied environment with varied guest audience
-Engage guests educationally in interactive live animal experiences
-Develop and implement conservation curriculum & lesson plans
-Deliver informal and formal education programs on and offsite
-Gain experience with developing and implementing activities and lessons for people of all ages and abilities
-Assist with Zoo-On-Wheels programs
-Opportunity to learn in a non-profit AZA accredited facility that meets the highest standards in animal care & education practices
-Opportunity to present programs and develop skills related to public speaking and education planning
-Hands-on experiential learning, mentoring and training by our talented education 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 schools’ policies
Conservation Education Engagement Internship Application
- You are at least 18 years of age
- You must complete a PA Criminal Background Check and PA Child Abuse Clearance and submit the results to us.
- You are a current college student or a recent graduate majoring in or having majored in a relevant course of study to the internship that you seek. OR; You are a current professional considering a career change and are seeking relevant experience.
Applications are kept on file for 12 months. Incomplete applications will not be considered.