The Animal Park at the Conservators Center is committed to its mission of providing education about the species in our care. Therefore, we offer a highly competitive internship program that will provide you with a unique, hands-on, factual learning experience in exotic animal husbandry. The Animal Park seeks highly motivated individuals who will perform all their duties associated with the husbandry and maintenance of exotic animals in our education and conservation-oriented facility. We welcome all applicants, both local and international, who are seeking careers in animal husbandry, zoology, veterinary, biology, and other animal care related fields.
Although the internship program is made up of unpaid positions, our interns are paid in incomparable experiences in exotic animal husbandry. We are also dedicated to assisting our interns in finding career or educational opportunities within the animal care field upon completion of our program.
Becoming an Animal Park Intern
The best way to truly learn a trade is by immersion learning. We here at the Animal Park train and guide by immersing our interns into the daily routines within our animal husbandry department. This allows our interns to learn not only the intricacies of caring for each individual species we house, but also to understand the Animal Park’s daily operations as an entire organizational unit. With this in mind, some interns may have the opportunity to participate in other areas, such as our guest or education services.
Glimpse Into an Intern’s Work Day:
- Preparing diets
- Assisting with feeding
- Routine cleaning of food preparation areas and animal habitats
- Helping in creating and implementing enrichment
- General maintenance
Animal Park Intern Educational Opportunities:
- Animal Socialization and Handling
- Operant Conditioning
- The Zoological Industry: The Inner and Outer Workings
Develop The Skills To Start Your Career
Full-Time Intern Requirements18 years or older with a valid U.S. driver’s license 40 hour work weeks, with 2 days off, though they may not be consecutive Ability to work in all weather environments, stand for long periods of time, lift over 50lbs., driving, and other intensive physical labor Work with deceased whole prey, raw meat, strong odors
Additional InformationApplications are reviewed shortly upon receipt and are followed up with an interview. Due to the competitiveness of our program, only 4 applicants are chosen per session. If you are not chosen for a specific session, we invite you to reapply for alternate sessions. There is a $50 Intern Placement fee. This is refundable after successful completion of the program. Local housing is available on a limited basis. A $150 deposit is required, followed by $75 weekly rent. Requests must be sent through the application portal. *Part-time internships may be available and are on a more limited basis. Dates are also flexible around university schedules. Please reach out to the Intern Program Management to have any of these requests or changes approved.
There are four session opportunities:
- Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer
Summer Session (480 hours over 12 weeks)
- Session: May 14, 2020 – August 27, 2020
- Deadline: January 31, 2020
Fall Session (320 hours over 8 weeks)
- Session: September 1, 2020 – December 15, 2020
- Application Deadline: July 31, 2020
Winter Session (320 hours over 8 weeks)
- Session: December 20,2020 – February 15, 2021
- Application Deadline: September 30, 2020
Spring Session (320 hours over 8 weeks)
- Session: February 20, 2021– May 1, 2021
- Application Deadline: October 31, 2020
Other Internship Opportunities
We are currently in development of internship programs within other areas of our organization, such as Communications, Construction, Marketing, and more.
As other internship opportunities become available, they will be found on this page with the descriptions, requirements, and application.