Small Exotics Husbandry




Organization: Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium (AZA Member)
Location: Tacoma, Washington, United States
Job or Internship: Internship

Thank you for your interest in the Small Exotics Husbandry Internship at the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium. This animal care team is dedicated to the husbandry and interpretation of a large collection of terrestrial invertebrates, freshwater fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and small mammals found throughout the world.

This internship is designed to provide instruction in the following areas: animal husbandry, nutrition and diets, record keeping, environmental enrichment, animal/species knowledge, animal handling and interpretation.

This internship is an in-depth program requiring a 40 hour per week commitment for 10-12 weeks. Interns must be flexible with their schedule, and have the ability to work weekdays, weekends and holidays. It is an unpaid position and there is no housing provided. Interns are considered volunteers so the zoo does not provide any medical coverage for on or off the job injuries or incidents. We will do everything possible to accommodate school requirements for those who can earn class credit.

To apply for an internship at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium you must:

1. Be currently enrolled in, or have recently graduated from, a college or university.

2. Have a minimum of one year of course work in a major field of study to be applied during the internship (e.g. biology, zoology, animal behavior, etc.)

3. Be capable of the physical abilities required to work with animals (e.g. lift 50 pounds, frequent bending and stooping, etc.)

4. Submit an application.

5. Submit a cover letter including your career goals.

6. Submit a resume.

7. Submit answers to application questions.

8. Submit two letters of recommendation from an advisor or supervisor. (These may be sent separately.)

9. Undergo a phone, Skype or on site interview.

10. Commit to working 40 hours per week for 10-12 weeks

11. Once selected, provide proof of a tetanus vaccination within the past 5 years.

Applications for the spring season are must be received via email or postmarked by Friday January 24th, 2014.

Please note: Candidates may apply for multiple positions during one application period; however complete applications must be submitted for each position. Candidates may not apply for multiple seasons during one application period (applications will not be kept for future positions).

Please email OR mail completed application materials to: cathleen.mcconnell@pdza.org

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

Internship Program Coordinator

Education Department

5400 North Pearl Street

Tacoma, WA 98407