Brandywine Zoo Education Internship

Organization: Brandywine Zoo (AZA Member)
Location: Wilmington, Delaware, Country
Job or Internship: Internship

Brandywine Zoo is seeking a dynamic and engaging person to join our education team! We are searching for a dedicated candidate to fill a year-long 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.

Presentation: Zoo Educators present various live animal presentations that will attract and 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.

Hours: Flexible hours required Monday – Sunday. Approximately 40 hours per week. Including some weekends and evenings.

Dates: September 1st, 2013 – August 30th, 2014 (Some flexibility with start and end dates)

Requirements: Must be 21 years of age, be able to work entire term, proof of negative TB test within the last 12 months, valid driver’s license, good physical condition, previous teaching experience required, animal handling experience a plus.

Duties: 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.


• 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 or $50.00 per week for service of between 20 – 30 hours/ 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

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

Address: Wilmington, DE

Web site:

To APPLY for this position: Visit the Delaware State Parks Website at: and complete the application making sure that you select “Zoo Education Programs” under “Internship Preference.”

Application Deadline August 31st, 2013. For more information about the position contact For more information about the internship program contact