Houston Zoo Fall Internship - Herpetology

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

The Houston Zoo is offering an opportunity to participate in an unpaid internship in the Herpetology Department! This is a unique and exciting opportunity for students to work alongside keepers, develop important professional relationships and gain valuable experience!

Successful candidates will participate in many aspects of husbandry including:

• diet preparation and feeding

• cleaning of animal exhibits and holding areas

• exhibit maintenance (reserve caging)

• retrieving props

• observing and recording animal condition, behaviors, and responses

• positive and educational interaction with zoo guests

• animal enrichment


• 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).

• Coursework in biology or zoology related field is preferred.


• This position requires interns work in all weather conditions including heat, humidity, rain, cold and dust. However, most opportunities are indoors.

• The Houston Zoo Herpetology Department house a large and very diverse animal collection. Some potentially dangerous animals are not relegated to one area. Therefore, extreme care and caution is necessary at all times.


• 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 July 31, 2013. Internships will begin in September until mid December.

To submit an application, please visit our website at www.houstonzoo.org/volunteering/. 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 ntran@houstonzoo.org.