Conservation Education Internship-Summer 2014

Organization: Lehigh Valley Zoo (AZA Member)
Location: Schnecksville, PA, United States
Job or Internship: Internship

The Lehigh Valley Zoo sets within a 1,200-acre nature preserve located six miles north of Allentown in Lehigh Valley, PA. The Lehigh Valley Zoo consists of 29 acres, which features more than 200 animals representing 50 species. The rest of the preserve consists of lush woodlands, rolling hills, rushing streams, breathtaking overlooks, and grazing wildlife. The Lehigh Valley Zoo is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.


The Conservation Education Department is committed to furthering environmental awareness and conservation through zoo programs and projects, including a daily schedule of events, wildlife education, summer camps, overnight programs, outreach, birthday parties and more. The Lehigh Valley Zoo serves more than 30,000 school students from 12 counties in northeastern PA and over 100,000 visitors a year.

INTERNSHIP RESPONSIBILITIES: During the Summer Conservation Education internship opportunities, interns will have opportunities available to assist with field trips, on and off-site education programs, nature trail hikes, Explore and Snores, Birthday Parties, Zoo Camps, guest interaction activities, conduct literature research for educational information, including exhibit graphics and participate in the initial set-up and development of education programs. Interns will have the opportunity to assist with the daily husbandry of the program animals and will be properly trained to handle some of these program animals, which include mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and insects.


Education internships are open to undergraduate and graduate students and people beginning careers in Conservation, Biology, Environmental science, education, and/or related fields. Qualified candidates should have some background in education and/or sciences, along with strong communication and interpersonal skills. Flexibility, sense of humor, and ability to solve problems creatively are desirable. *Interns will need to provide and cover cost of Criminal Background Check, Fingerprint Clearance, and Child Abuse clearance. Clearances must have satisfactory results.


Summer Internships are available from May through August. The length of the internship is determined by the Director of Conservation Education at the Lehigh Valley Zoo and the intern but internships usually last 3 to 4 months.

Summer internships usually run from May-August *Summer-send resume by February 1

Times of internships may vary


Summer Interns may receive course credit from their respective institutions, as arranged by the student and the Director of Conservation Education. The program provides interns with the opportunity to apply academic knowledge and skills to hands-on experience as well as build his/her resume and network with professionals from a variety of organizations. A $1500.00 stipend is provided for summer internships-must be able to work 40 hours/week in Summer.


If interested please e-mail resume and cover letter to:

The Lehigh Valley Zoo: Attn: Sheri Peters

Lehigh Valley Zoo P.O Box 519 Schnecksville, PA 18078

Fax (610) 799-4170