Program Animals Internship Program

Organization: Zoo Atlanta (AZA Member)
Location: Atlanta, GA, United States
Job or Internship: Internship

Zoo Atlanta is a cultural institution engaged in the care, exhibition, study, and conservation of wildlife. Our mission is to establish superior environments and high quality care for the animals in our collection, and to provide our guests with an enjoyable and educational experience.Zoo Atlanta's Program Animals Department plays an integral role in the zoo's mission, by raising awareness of conservation issues and providing engaging, educational and entertaining experiences as we strive to inspire people to environmental action.Program DescriptionThis voluntary program provides the intern with professional experience in the daily care of the department animals as well as the daily obligations of the department. Due to the seasonality of Zoo Atlanta fall/winter internships will differ significantly from spring/summer internships. The main role of interns, regardless of the season, is department support in the role of keeping areas clean and running efficiently. Animal contact is not guaranteed to any intern. Program Animals interns are supervised by Program Animals staff, and will primarily participate in animal care and husbandry. Some interns may have an opportunity to be involved with public presentations and animal training, while all interns will have the opportunity to observe these aspects of program animals. Interns will be exposed to a wide variety of taxa (including birds, reptiles, invertebrates, and/or small mammals) and should be comfortable working around such species. Assignments and opportunities are based on individual progress during the internship with basic husbandry and area cleanliness being a major priority. This is an unpaid internship. We can provide assistance in locating housing, but do not provide housing or transportation to the zoo.Program Objectives• Provide support to Program Animals department.• Enhance productivity and efficiency of the Program Animals team.• Allow qualified individuals the opportunity to gain professional experience in animal care, training, and visitor interpretation at a world-class zoological facility.• Provide an opportunity to gain a strong understanding of potential careers in animal husbandry, training, and conservation education.2014 Program Animals Internship Dates: Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4 Term 5Term Begins Jan 6 Mar 18 May 27 Aug 5 Oct 14Term Ends Apr 1 Jun 10 Aug 19 Oct 28 Jan 6, 2015Application Deadline Dec 6, 2013 Feb 14 Apr 18 Jul 4 Sept 5Qualifications• Must be 18 years of age or older (Upper Classman and recent graduates preferred)• Must be able to be on your feet for up to 4 hours at a time• Must be able to work 32 hours/week for 12 weeks • Must be able to work from 8:30 – 4:30 on all assigned days• Must be able to work quietly, efficiently and safely around live animals• Must be able to lift 30lbs• Must provide proof of negative TB test and be willing to submit to a background checkApplication• Complete application includes a cover letter, a resume, AND 2 letters of recommendation• Include the term for which you are applying in the cover letter (see term dates above)• Term dates may be modified for the right candidate• Applications will not be considered complete without both letters of recommendation• Application deadlines are not flexible and resumes will not be kept on hand for future terms• Eligible applicants will be contacted for a phone interview by the Program Animals internship coordinator shortly after the application deadlineSubmission• Submit all required documents in PDF or Microsoft Word 2003 format• Letters of recommendation may be submitted by the applicant or the reference; however the applicant’s name should appear in the subject line• Complete applications must be submitted by 4:00PM on the day of the application deadline• Apply via e-mail directly to the Program Animals internship coordinator, Caroline Ledbetter, at