Education Intern(19)

Organization: Zoological Society of Milwaukee (AZA Member)
Location: Milwaukee, WI, United States
Job or Internship: Internship

Job Description:

Join our team of educators and volunteers in the Zoological Society of Milwaukee’s Karen Peck Katz Conservation Education Center at the Milwaukee County Zoo. Our education programs are designed to help children develop environmental and scientific knowledge through fun, hands-on learning. Work with youth ages 4-14 in our 2014 Summer Camps assisting instructors in the classroom and leading Zoo tours. Interns also supervise high school volunteers and assist with material preparation. Interns are mentored by education staff and are required to focus on professional skill development through self-reflection and experiential learning.

1. Help lead educational activities and Zoo camp tours for children (primarily ages 4-9).

2. Help prepare classroom materials.

3. Supervise and evaluate high school assistants.

4. Learn career-related skills that help prepare you for the professional workplace including working side by side with Zoo Pride volunteers, forming professional relationships with supervisors and staff and being open to constructive feedback.

5. Learn to analyze and develop your skills through reflective journaling and mentor relationships with education staff.

6. Some team-teaching opportunities available for those who are interested. (Position does not allow for direct animal handling. Housing not provided.)


1. Must be a current college student or recent college graduate (up to one year past graduation date).

2. Must have some experience with children and demonstrate strength in child management and effective public speaking skills such as enthusiasm, voice inflection and varied facial expressions.

4. Must exhibit consistent professional characteristics such as a positive attitude, ability to show initiative, emotional maturity and self-responsibility.

5. Physical movements required: Must be able to walk through the Zoo for up to two hours; must be able to kneel, squat and carry material storage boxes.

6. Support the mission and vision of the Zoological Society.

7. International applicants must be legally authorized to work in the U.S. without Zoological Society sponsorship.

8. Attend ALL Required Trainings:

a. Intern training: June 4-8, 10-13 (approx. 8 a.m.-4 p.m.)

b. High school assistant training: June 12 (12 p.m.-8 p.m.)

c. Are you a student teacher and have questions about training date conflicts? Call Patty T. with questions as soon as possible to discuss options that may need to be arranged with your school and/or cooperating teacher.

Application Process

• Cover Letter and Resume should be addressed to Patty T. and E-mailed (attachments only) by: Feb. 10, 2014

E-mail: (subject line: 2014 Summer Internship)

• Resume should reflect ALL EXPERIENCES with children (volunteer and paid) along with timeline and description of work/ages. Also include leadership positions and experience.

• IF YOU QUALIFY for an interview: you must be available for a March interview date and provide 2-3 letters of recommendation. Exceptions for alternate interview month must be agreed upon in advance.

NOTIFICATION OF POSITION: After the interview process is complete, applicants will be notified whether he/she received a position by April 14, 2014. Applicants who receive a position will be required to fill out a Zoological Society application and pass a background check.

• Questions: call Patty 414-258-5058, ext. 419 (8 a.m.- 4 p.m., M-F)

Pay Rate & Dates of Employment

Pay rate: $8.50 per hour (M-F, 8 hours per day)

Start date: June 3, 2014 End date: August 13, 2014

Work days off: July 3, 4 & 7 (additional days off need approval prior to hiring.)