Organization: Palm Beach Zoo
Location: West Palm Beach, Florida, Country
Job or Internship: Internship
Animal Care interns will work side-by-side with professional animal care staff providing daily husbandry, enrichment, record keeping, exhibit maintenance, and diet preparation for the zoo's animal collection. Interns will learn the fundamentals of operant conditioning and how it is used for husbandry training purposes. Interns will also provide interpretive talks for zoo visitors, focusing on natural history and conservation education. Conservation Ambassador Animals interns will also learn about animal training techniques used for visitor education and will assist with our “Wings Over Water” show and our “Wild Things” show. All applicants must commit to a minimum of 360 hours of work over a 15 week period and must be able to work outdoors in typical Florida climate and be able to lift at least 50 lbs. All applicants must be able to provide proof of a negative TB test and proof of current college enrollment or of college graduation no more than six months prior to application date. This internship opportunity is unpaid and no housing is provided. Selection preference for internships will be given to undergraduate or graduate-level students studying in the field of biology, zoology, psychology, or other related disciplines who are looking to pursue a career in zoology. Applicants that have experience within a zoological, veterinary, environmental, or rehabilitation organization are preferred.
The Palm Beach Zoo is currently offering Animal Care internships in the following areas:
• Birds and Mammals
• Conservation Ambassador Animals / Training
• Reptiles and Amphibians
Animal Care internships are offered in three sessions, interviews for each session will begin after each deadline:
• Summer (May-August), deadline is March 1
To Apply: Visit the zoo’s website at www.palmbeachzoo.org and download an application. Complete the internship application and send it, as well as a resume, cover letter identifying internship area of interest, and proof of college enrollment to Joseph Landmichl: Animal Care Internship Program, Palm Beach Zoo, 1301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach FL 33405. E-mail: volunteers@palmbeachzoo. Fax: 561-833-7135.