Organization: Indianapolis Zoo
Location: Indianapolis , IN, United States
Job or Internship: Internship
The Indianapolis Zoo hosts 271 species of animals in naturalistic exhibits in five biomes including 19 threatened or endangered species, 30 Species Survival Plans (SSP), maintains five SSP breeding studbooks, and with the support of the Polly Horton Hix Institute for Conservation and Research, is one of the top conservation research facilities in the United States.
Interns play an important role in animal conservation and have the unique opportunity to work alongside Keepers/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:
Encounters-Birds – This newly opened exhibit features hundreds of exotic birds in five different aviaries. Surround yourself with playful lorikeets, majestic flamingos, peculiar southern ground hornbill, curious budgies and more!
Marine Mammal/Carnivore Area – Including one of the most diverse marine mammal collections in the US, species Interns may encounter include Atlantic bottlenose dolphin, California sea lion, Harbor seal, Pacific walrus, polar bear, Alaskan brown bear, and Amur tiger. The dolphin pavilion includes an underwater walkthrough viewing area. SCUBA and CPR certifications preferred.
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, Moray eels, jellies, seahorses, and penguins to name a few! Conservation projects include Project Penguin. 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 perform routine exhibit care are also available. SCUBA Certification is preferred but not required.
Plains/Forest Primates Biome – Species in the Plains area include the Addra gazelle, African lion, African wild dog, cheetah, Grant's zebra, greater kudu, Guinea baboon, Marabou stork, ostrich, reticulated giraffe, warthog, and white rhinoceros. Species in the Forest Primates area include lemurs and gibbons. The Plains biome also features a giraffe feeding platform.
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.
The Polly Horton Hix Animal Care Complex is one of the premier exotic animal veterinary hospitals in the United States. With four veterinarians, three veterinary technicians, two animal keepers, a Registrar, and an administrative assistant, this fully staffed hospital is able to handle just about any animal emergency. The hospital is complete with a fully equipped examination room, surgery room with fiber optic distance learning technology, necropsy room, x-ray/imaging lab, pathology lab, tissue bank, pharmacy, quarantine wing, patient holding wing, medical library, offices and research rooms.
Veterinary Student Externship, Preceptorship or Off-Campus Block - The veterinary student will observe and assist the veterinarians with clinical cases, treatments, immobilizations, surgeries, necropsies, and medical record keeping. The student will be required to complete and present a project during the externship. Externships are 40 hours per week for
4-6 weeks as per 4th year Vet Student requirements. Arrangements for Externships must be made far in advance. Only enrolled Vet Students qualify for the Externship
Apply online at www.indyzoo.com
Click on "employment" then "zoo internships"
You will need the application, a resume, cover letter, 2 letters of recommendation, and your transcript (unoffical is acceptable).