Summer Internships - Herpetology

Organization: Houston Zoo, Inc. (AZA Member)
Location: Houston, Tx, Country
Job or Internship: Internship

The Houston Zoo is offering an opportunity to participate in an unpaid internship in the Herpetology Department! This is a unique and exciting opportunity for students to work alongside keepers, develop important professional relationships and gain valuable experience!

Successful candidates will participate in many aspects of husbandry including:

• diet preparation and feeding

• cleaning of animal exhibits and holding areas

• exhibit maintenance (reserve caging)

• retrieving props

• observing and recording animal condition, behaviors, and responses

• positive and educational interaction with zoo guests

• animal enrichment


• Interns are required to complete a minimum of 200 hour commitment.

• Attend Continuing Education courses provided by the Houston Zoo.

• Compose an educational presentation at the end of internship.


• Candidates must currently be enrolled in a college institution or a recent graduate (within 6 months of application).

• Coursework in biology or zoology related field is preferred.


• This position requires interns work in all weather conditions including heat, humidity, rain, cold and dust. However, most opportunities are indoors.

• The Houston Zoo Herpetology Department house a large and very diverse animal collection. Some potentially dangerous animals are not relegated to one area. Therefore, extreme care and caution is necessary at all times.


• This position involves considerable physical exertion such as repetitive bending, pushing/pulling/carrying heavy loads, and regular lifting of heavy objects (up to 80 pounds).


We are currently accepting applications until March 31, 2013. Internships will begin on May 12th and run to August 25th (end date is flexible.)

To submit an application, please visit our website at Applicant must also submit a resume, cover letter and letter of recommendation.

For further information and inquiries, please contact Nhi Tran at 713-533-6558 or via email at