Summer Internships - Children's Zoo Husbandry

Organization: Houston Zoo, Inc. (AZA Member)
Location: Houston, Tx, Country
Job or Internship: Internship

The Houston Zoo is offering opportunities to participate in unpaid internships in the Children’s Zoo! This is a unique and exciting opportunity for students to work alongside keepers, develop important professional relationships and gain valuable experience! The Children’s Zoo has a large and diverse collection of birds, mammals, reptiles, invertebrates, amphibians and fish!

Keeper Intern: successful candidate will assist Children’s Zoo keepers and participate in many aspects of husbandry including:

• animal enrichment

• animal handling

• diet preparation

• cleaning of animal exhibits and holding areas

• exhibit maintenance

• observing and recording animal condition, behaviors, and responses

• positive and educational interaction with zoo guests


• Interns are required to complete a minimum of 200 hour commitment.

• Attend Continuing Education courses provided by the Houston Zoo.

• Compose an educational presentation at the end of internship.


• Candidates must currently be enrolled in a college institution or a recent graduate (within 6 months of application).

• Qualified Interns for this position with previous experience in volunteering or working in an animal related field is a plus.


• This position requires interns to work in all weather conditions including heat, humidity, rain, cold and dust.


• This position involves considerable physical exertion such as repetitive bending, pushing/pulling/carrying heavy loads and regular lifting of heavy objects (up to 80 pounds).


• We are currently accepting applications until March 31, 2013. Internships will begin on May 12th and run to August 25th (end date is flexible.)

• To submit an application, please visit our website at Applicant must also submit a resume, cover letter and letter of recommendation.

For further information and inquiries, please contact Nhi Tran at 713-533-6558 or via email at