Summer Zoo Camp Education Internship

Organization: Brandywine Zoo (AZA Member)
Location: Wilmington, DE, us
Job or Internship: Internship

(Paid Stipend w/Housing Available)”

Location: Brandywine Zoo, 1001 North Park Dr. Wilmington, DE 19802  

The Brandywine Zoo Education Department is seeking fun, mature and engaging educators for our seasonal full-time Zoo Camp Educator Internships. These internships are paid through The Delaware State Park Internship Program.  The Brandywine Zoo's Internships offer hands-on experience for individuals who want to explore a profession in Zoo Education. We're looking for people with great people skills (especially children!), self-starter, mature, energetic; positive; creative; fun; safe, conscientious; and a natural leader who gets along well with others.


Applicants must be working toward or already have a degree in Education, Recreation, Museum Studies, Communications, Animal Science, or other Biological Sciences. Must have an interest in working with the general public; especially children ages 4-13. 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. Must exhibit consistent professional characteristics such as a positive attitude, ability to show initiative, emotional maturity and self-responsibility. Previous camp, education and/or science background preferred. First Aid and CPR certification is a plus!  


  • At least 18 years old with valid driver’s license and reliable transportation
  • Provide proof of negative TB Test within the last 12 months before start date
  • Good physical condition: able to stand/walk for extended periods of time, kneel, crouch, and able to work in all weather conditions (Zoo Camp can be a physically demanding activity, requiring long hours outside in the heat of the summer)
  • Be able to lift up to 25 pounds
  • Must be fluent in the English language (verbal and written communication)
  • Overall GPA must be 2.5 or higher
  • Good organizational skills
  • Able and willing to read and follow verbal and written work instructions and work independently
  • Willing to assist with administrative, customer relations, and housekeeping tasks as well as animal care 
  • Able to commit to upholding all Zoo safety and personnel policies, and support the overall mission  


Interns will be working with the Education Team to design, develop and implement lesson plans, materials, and evaluation tools for our Summer Zoo Camp program and in leading children ages 4-13 through our zoo-themed day camps. The Brandywine Zoo offers children the chance to spend a week at the zoo learning about animals, zoos, and wildlife conservation. Each week is filled with Zoo visits, live animal presentations, crafts, animal -related games, songs, stories, and learning projects. Intern will also work with adult and teen volunteers, live animals, and will help children learn about our natural world.   

Other responsibilities include:

  • Supervise, guide and teach children ages 4-13
  • Share educational animal information in a fun and exciting way
  • Create hands-on activities, games, and crafts that are age appropriate
  • Be a role model and leader for our summer campers, working to ensure they have a safe and fun camp environment all summer long
  • Mentor and lead teen camp counselors
  • Interact with parents, guardians, staff, and other members in a professional manner
  • Other duties as assigned

Start Date: May 24, 2014 (some limited flexibility)

End Date: August 22, 2014 (some limited flexibility)  

Please Note:

A Zoo Camp Educator Intern is responsible for working with our summer day camps that occur at the Brandywine Zoo from June 13-August 22 and therefore required to be available the entire time, no exceptions. Those requesting extended periods of time-off during this time frame may not be considered for the internship opportunities. 

Location: Hours: Summer Zoo Camps run Monday through Friday from 7:45a.m.-5:30p.m.  Candidates must be available for this full time frame.  Hours may be scheduled between 7:45am-5:30pm Monday through Thursday and 7:45am to 4:30pm on Fridays. This is a full time position of approximately 40+ hours/week. 


Interns are not employees of the State of Delaware- they 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 stipend is a fixed amount of $100 per week for service of 30 or more hours per 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.  


Some housing is available, at no fee, for interns providing full-time hours. 


  • To apply, please complete online application at
  • Be sure to check off ‘Brandywine Zoo’ in any questions designating your interest areas.
  • DE State Parks Internship Coordinator: Karen Minner, (302) 739-9208 (Work),
  • Additional questionsabout internships may be directed to Brandywine Zoo at the following email address:

Applications: will be considered on a continual basis until March 28, 2014 or once all internships have been filled.   

Please Note-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.