Houston Zoo Summer Internship - Camp Zoofari

Organization: Houston Zoo, Inc. (AZA Member)
Location: Houston, Texas, United States
Job or Internship: Internship


This position is responsible for assisting the Houston Zoo’s Education Department in implementing a fun and exciting recreational and educational summer program for children ages 4-12. The programs will be based on topics relating to natural sciences (zoology, ecology, conservation and animal husbandry) with the purpose of igniting in all people a passion for learning and conservation.

This internship requires a minimum commitment of 200 hours throughout the duration of the camp program which runs June 2 – August 8 and serves 240 campers per week. Interns are primarily responsible for live animal presentations, greeting campers and families during check-in and out, supervising campers during lunch, completing administrative tasks, and substitute teaching where needed. This position requires a high level of energy and enthusiasm, creativity, flexibility, and the ability to work with groups of all ages in both in and outdoor settings.


Friday, February 7, 2013

To apply, please visit www.houstonzoo.org/volunteering/ under “Internships”. You must submit your resume and a letter of recommendation with your online application.


• Minimum commitment of 200 hours from June 2 – August 8 required.

o Must work in full day increments

o 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday

• Attendance at camp training required.

o 5-9 p.m. on Wednesday, May 21 AND Thursday, May 22

• Attendance at animal handling training required.

o 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 21

o 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 32

• Must be at least 18 years of age.

• High school diploma and current enrollment at an accredited college or university in the pursuit of an undergraduate or graduate degree in Education, Zoology, Biology, or related field required. Career changers also welcome. Strong interest and/or background in science or education required.

• Two years experience working with children desired.

• Experience working with live animals desired.

• Candidates should be enthusiastic, creative, self-motivated, and interested in pursuing a career in formal or informal education. This position requires considerable flexibility and patience. Candidates must also be able to work well both independently and cooperatively in a positive, team-oriented environment (which could include lead and non-lead teachers, teen volunteers, interns, and full-time staff).


• Assist with preparation and break-down of facilities and materials used in camp programs

• Assist Zoo staff members with administrative responsibilities pertaining to Camp Zoofari including Monday morning check-in, cleaning and organizing camp supplies, updating parent letters or other camp information, and photographing camp groups and activities for use in the website or other publications.

• Responsible for assisting with supervision of campers during lunch, including directing teen volunteers.

• Lead live animal presentations to campers (includes handling of animals, training provided).

• Assist teachers with the implementation of summer camp programs including monitoring camper drop-off/pick-up, leading camp groups on Zoo grounds, assisting with and/or teaching portions of camp curriculum.

• Substitute teach when and where needed.

• Engage in creative, age-appropriate, and responsibly managed activities with campers.

• Complete project pertaining to area of interest upon completion of internship.

• Attend continuing education opportunities as required by Houston Zoo internship guidelines.

• Inform Camp Zoofari supervisor on duty if any emergencies arise.

• Interact in a positive and educational way with all Zoo guests including campers, parents and siblings of campers, and general Zoo guests.

• Abide by all Houston Zoo policies and procedures, including safety protocol and wearing the appropriate Zoo uniform.

• Other duties as assigned.


Exposure to outdoor weather such as heat and humidity will be required.


This position reports directly to the Camp and Overnight Programs Supervisor.


College credit hours available upon completion of 200 hours.