Animal Keeper - Intern positions




Organization: Utica Zoo
Location: Utica, NY, us
Job or Internship: Job
www.uticazoo.org
Utica, N.Y.

Animal Keeper Positions and Animal Care Internships

We are currently accepting resumes for full-time Animal Keeper positions.   This position will be trained in multiple animal areas and will have a rotating schedule.  Resumes will remain on file for one year.   Applicants will NOT receive confirmation of receipt of resume or other correspondence unless we have begun an interview process. Applicants must possess a MINIMUM of an Associate’s Degree in an appropriate science based discipline.  A Bachelor’s Degree and animal care experience preferred.  Animal Keeper duties include daily cleaning, feeding, record keeping, enrichment, operant conditioning, diet preparation, exhibit maintenance/construction, as well as assisting during veterinary procedures and education programming.  Applicants must be able to lift 50lbs as well as be prepared to work in various weather and environmental conditions.  The Utica Zoo is poised to apply for AZA reaccreditation in 2014; therefore, we are searching for applicants that will be excited to take this journey with us.  Must possess a clean driving record.

Send resumes with appropriate cover letters to the contact below

The Utica Zoo is also offering Animal Care Department Internships for the 2013 summer season.  The internship begins May 28 and lasts for approximately 9 weeks.  Interns will work under the direct supervision of the animal care staff and assist in all aspects of their daily activities.  These duties include cleaning, feeding, record keeping, enrichment, diet preparation, exhibit maintenance/construction, as well as assisting during veterinary procedures and education programming. 

Interns will be required to conduct short presentations to the public daily.  Intern positions are available in a number of specialized areas within the zoo.  Please visit our website www.uticazoo.org for additional information on animal areas.  See Keeper Page.  The internship is very physical and demanding.  Interns must be able to lift a minimum of 50lbs as well as be prepared to work in various weather and environmental conditions.  Direct physical contact with animals is often limited.  Applicants must be enrolled in or have graduated from a college level zoology, biology, pre-vet, wildlife or related program.

The internship is 40 hours per week and unpaid.  Proof of a negative TB test, along with a recent tetanus vaccination is required.  Housing is available at a discounted rate.

Send a cover letter and resume to Mike Bates, Animal Curator, Utica Zoo, 99 Steele Hill Road, Utica, NY, 13501.  Email: mike.bates@uticazoo.org.  Fax: 315-738-0475.  The cover letter should cover your areas of interest, goals, and what you can offer the zoo by being an intern.  The deadline for application is April 30th, though interviews will be conducted earlier and spaces may fill quickly.

Contact:
Mike Bates
Animal Curator
Utica Zoo
mike.bates@uticazoo.org - email preferred
99 Steele Hill Rd.
Utica, N.Y. 13501
315-738-0472 ext. 25
F: 315-738-0475