Conservation Education Internship(10)

Organization: Lehigh Valley Zoo (AZA Member)
Location: Schecksville, PA, United States
Job or Internship: Internship




The Lehigh Valley Zoo sets within a 1,200-acre nature preserve located six miles north of Allentown in Lehigh Valley, PA. The Lehigh Valley Zoo consists of 29 acres, which features more than 200 animals representing 50 species. The rest of the preserve consists of lush woodlands, rolling hills, rushing streams, breathtaking overlooks, and grazing wildlife. The Lehigh Valley Zoo is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.


The Conservation Education Department is committed to furthering environmental awareness and conservation through zoo programs and projects, including a daily schedule of events, wildlife education, summer camps, overnight programs, outreach, birthday parties and more. The Lehigh Valley Zoo serves more than 30,000 school students from 12 counties in northeastern PA and about 100,000 visitors a year.

INTERNSHIP RESPONSIBILITIES: There are internship opportunities during Spring Summer and Fall. Interns will have opportunities available to assist with field trips, on and off-site education programs, nature trail hikes, Explore and Snores, Birthday Parties, Zoo Camps, conduct literature research for educational information, including exhibit graphics and participate in the initial set-up and development of education programs. Interns will also assist in caring for the education animals used in these programs. Interns will be trained in the care and handling of live presentation animals, including mammals, birds, reptiles, and insects.


Education internships are open to undergraduate and graduate students and people beginning careers in Conservation, Biology, Environmental science, education, and/or related fields. Qualified candidates should have some background in education and/or sciences, along with strong communication and interpersonal skills. Flexibility, sense of humor, and ability to solve problems creatively are desirable.


Internships are available during the Spring, Summer and Fall. The length of the internship is determined by the Director of Conservation Education at the Lehigh Valley Zoo and the intern but internships usually last 3 to 4 months.

Spring internship usually run from February-May *Spring-send resume by November 1

Summer internships usually run from May-August *Summer-send resume by January 1

Fall internships usually run from September-December *Fall-send resume by May 1

Times of internships may vary


Interns can receive course credit from their respective institutions, as arranged by the student and the Director of Conservation Education. The program provides interns with the opportunity to apply academic knowledge and skills to hands-on experience as well as build his/her resume and network with professionals from a variety of organizations. A stipend is provided for summer internships-must be able to work 40 hours/week in Summer.


If interested please send resume and cover letter to:

The Lehigh Valley Zoo: Conservation Education Department

Lehigh Valley Zoo P.O Box 519 Schnecksville, PA 18078

Fax (610) 799-4170