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Education Animal/Amphitheater Show Intern

Organization: Nashville Zoo (AZA Member)
Location: Nashville, TN, United States
Job or Internship: Internship

Nashville Zoo is seeking an intern for Summer 2013 (May - September) with an intense interest in exotic animal husbandry and education. Hours of service are 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. An intern must commit to at least 20 hours per week.

What we offer

Unfortunately, we cannot offer a stipend, housing or transportation, but we do offer the following benefits:

• The chance to develop your talents.

• A progressive management style that allows interns to take on a great deal of responsibility and provides a supportive, stimulating and fun workplace.

• Letters of reference for future job opportunities.

• A chance to help the zoo promote conservation awareness.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Education Animal Building Intern assists in the care and maintenance of the education animal collection and in the presentation of educational animal shows and programs both on and off zoo grounds and answers to the Education Animal Programs Manager. This collection includes a wide variety of arthropods, mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians. The intern assists with cleaning the animal housing, preparing diets, record keeping, light maintenance and construction, behavioral enrichment, research, and other projects as necessary and assigned. The intern also assists with both on and off site shows and animal presentations of all kinds but is not expected to present in the shows unless desired. The intern is expected to work with volunteers, Docents, Zoo Teens, and all other Education Department staff both paid and unpaid.

• Assisting with behavioral enrichment of the education animal collection

• Assisting with educational animal presentations and shows

• Assisting with maintenance of equipment used for animal care and presentations

• Assistance with all other projects and duties as assigned


• Ability to work without direct supervision

• Ability to interact positively with the public, especially to give them information about the education animals and the zoo

• Ability to responsibly use and maintain zoo equipment and tools

• Willingness to work around a large variety of animals

Physical requirements

• Ability to work indoors in temperatures of 78 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit all year round and outdoors in the weather as needed

• The ability to tolerate loud sounds.


Interns must be currently enrolled in an academic institution pursuing a degree in applicable collegiate concentrations including zoology, wildlife management, biology, and other related field.

Summer 2013 session Animal Management internships are available Level One only.

Interns must be able to work in all weather conditions, lift 20 pounds and be willing to do physical labor such as raking, shoveling, and scrubbing.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to strict animal husbandry guidelines and safety issues, there is no animal contact or inside exhibit work with the animals in the Zoo. Remember, this is for their safety and well-being as well as yours.

Applicants must submit all requested materials as one packet with completed application, resume, cover letter, and two letters of reference. More information and application available at

Mail applications to:

Nashville Zoo at Grassmere

Attn: Volunteer Programs Manager

3777 Nolensville Pike

Nashville, TN 37211

Email applications to:

Amy Garten, Volunteer Programs Manager

Please put "Education Animal Internship" in the subject of your email, and follow up by phone (615-833-1534 x140) to ensure receipt of your application by March 1, 2013 deadline.