Animal Care Internships

Organization: Indianapolis Zoo (AZA Member)
Location: Indianapolis, In, Country
Job or Internship: Job

The Indianapolis Zoo hosts over 250 species of animals in naturalistic exhibits in five biomes including endangered species, Species Survival Plans (SSP), maintains five SSP breeding studbooks, with the support of the Polly Horton Hix Institute for Research and Conservation.

Interns play an important role in animal conservation and have the unique opportunity to work alongside Keepers/Trainers/Aquarists to assist in various aspects of maintaining the animal collection, including animal husbandry, diet preparation and delivery, exhibit maintenance, as well as behavioral enrichment. The work is challenging, dirty, and often unglamorous, but can be highly rewarding. It offers the personal satisfaction of helping to provide healthy conditions for the animals along with the opportunity to learn the husbandry techniques of a world-class zoo. Animal Care Interns should be prepared to work in all weather conditions and must be extremely dependable.

Animal Care positions may be available in the following areas:

Forests Biome - Species in this biome include the Amur tiger, Asian small-clawed otter, two species of large fruit bats, bald eagle, Alaskan brown bear, red panda, Reeve's muntjac, and a variety of primates including four species of lemurs, and a lesser ape - the White handed gibbon.

Marine Mammal Area- One of the most diverse marine mammal collections in the US, species in this area include the Atlantic bottlenose dolphin, California sea lion, harbor seal, grey seal, Pacific walrus, and polar bear. The Dolphin Adventure Pavilion includes an underwater walkthrough viewing area. Interns must be SCUBA Certified in order to apply for these positions.

Oceans Biome –This aquarium houses one of the nation’s largest shark touch tanks! The building also holds numerous other species including a wide variety of reef fish, sharks, cownose rays, Moray eels, jellies, seahorses, and penguins to name a few! SCUBA Certification is preferred but not required.

Oceans Water Quality Lab - The water quality lab monitors the water quality for all exhibits throughout the Zoo that include water features. Interns work with the water quality lab supervisor and assist with the collection and analysis of water samples and maintain daily water quality records. Opportunities to assist in animal-related activities and to perform routine exhibit care are also available. SCUBA Certification is preferred but not required.

Plains Biome - The largest biome by area at the Zoo, species in this area include the Addra gazelle, African elephant, African lion, African wild dog, cheetahs, warthogs, African porcupines, Grant's zebra, kudu, Guinea baboon, reticulated giraffe, ostrich, storks, and white rhinoceros. The biome features a giraffe feeding platform and a "Race-a-Cheetah" area.

Veterinary Hospital Animal Care/Nutrition - Pre-Veterinary majors have the chance to work alongside some of the top veterinary professionals in the industry. Interns assist the veterinary hospital keepers in providing care for the hospital patients and quarantine animals. Interns also assist the Commissary Staff in daily diet preparation, delivery, and inventory management.