Stipend Zoo Education Internships (FREE Housing Available)

Organization: Brandywine Zoo (AZA Member)
Location: Wilmington , DE, United States
Job or Internship: Internship

The Brandywine Zoo is seeking a dynamic and engaging person to join our education team! We are searching for a dedicated candidate to fill a 9 month internship. This is a full-time, 40 hour a week position. This person will serve as an Educator and work in the Education Department of the Brandywine Zoo.

The role of the Zoo Educator is to lead informal and formal education opportunities both on and off site, serves as a lead educator for summer Zoo Camps, and assist with special events. We’re looking for an individual with great people skills (especially with children!), self-starter, able to work as part of a team and independently, energetic, positive, creative, sense of humor, and has a passion for the environment! Zoo Educators are expected to be fun, safe, conscientious, and a committed leader who gets along well with others.


Applicants must be working toward or already have a degree in Education, Recreation, Museum Studies, Communications, Animal Science, or other Biological Sciences. Must have an interest in working with the general public; especially children ages 4-13. Must exhibit consistent professional characteristics such as a positive attitude, ability to show initiative, emotional maturity and self-responsibility.


• At least 18 years old with valid driver’s license and reliable transportation

• Provide proof of negative TB Test within the last 12 months before start date

• Good physical condition: able to stand/walk for extended periods of time, kneel, crouch, and able to

work in all weather conditions.

• Be able to lift up to 25 pounds

• Must be fluent in the English language (verbal and written communication)

• Overall GPA must be 2.5 or higher

• Good organizational skills

• Able and willing to read and follow verbal and written work instructions and work independently

• Willing to assist with administrative, customer relations, and housekeeping tasks as well as animal care

• Able to commit to upholding all Zoo safety and personnel policies, and support the overall mission

• Able to professionally represent the Brandywine Zoo in all interactions with visitors, staff, and other

members of the community

• Complete a project of the intern’s own design, and approved by zoo staff, during the internship period


Zoo Education Interns will need to present various programs utilizing biofacts and program animals from our teaching collection to engage visitors on zoo grounds, assist zoo guests with way finding, lead tours for scheduled groups, assist with the zoo’s special events, teach environmental programs for our off-site programs; lead children ages 4-14 through our Summer Zoo Camps, and positively and professionally represent and promote the Brandywine Zoo and its programs. Zoo Education Interns will assist with designing, developing, implementing, and evaluating programs, teaching all ages and stages, assisting with administrative duties, animal handling, some marketing of educational programs, and other duties as needed and assigned.


9 to 12 months

37 to 40 hours/week

Term begins March 2014, some flexibility with start date.


Flexible hours required Monday – Sunday. This position will include regular hours on weekends, as well as some evenings and holidays. This is a full time position of approximately 40 hours/week.


• Stipend: Interns are considered volunteers and are not paid for their service. Interns may elect to receive a stipend to help cover expenses incurred during their volunteer intern service. The more hours an intern serves, the greater the costs likely to be incurred. As a result, the stipend is a fixed amount of $100 per week for service of 30 or more hours per week paid biweekly as a direct deposit into the Intern’s bank account.

• Taxes: No taxes are withheld from the stipend. Interns electing to receive the stipend will complete IRS Form W-9 Request for Tax-Payer Identification as self-employed and will receive a Form 1099 at the end of the year that reports the amount of income from the stipend. The stipend is not a wage, but does count toward the total income on which the intern’s tax obligation is based. Interns receiving less than $600 in a calendar year are not subject to receiving a Form 1099.

• Housing: Some housing is available, at no fee, for interns providing full-time hours (30 or more per week). If selected for housing, an intern will share a house, duplex or dorm facility with other interns.

• Activities: Interns receive free admission to all Delaware State Parks and the opportunity to attend most programs and activities at no fee


• To apply, please complete online application at

• Be sure to check off ‘Brandywine Zoo’ in any questions designating your interest areas.

• DE State Parks Internship Coordinator: Karen Minner, (302) 739-9208 (Work),

• Additional questions about internships may be directed to Brandywine Zoo at the following email address:

• Applications: will be considered on a continual basis until February 28, 2014, or once all internships have been filled.

Please Note-All Delaware State Parks Interns are required to undergo and successfully complete a background check performed by the Division. The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity, and the diversity of its workforce.