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Dallas Zoo

Nutrition Internship

Nutrition Internship
The Nutrition Intern will assist with Preparing daily diets for all zoo animals under the direction of supervising personnel. Assist with inventory and quality control of all perishable foods.  Assist with the cleanliness of food preparation area and dishes.
The Animal Nutrition Center is a centralized food preparation operation that provides for all dietary needs of the animal collection at the Dallas Zoo. The Animal Nutrition Center operates 7 days a week from 6:30 am to 3:30 pm. This Internship provides work experience within a comprehensive nutrition program and includes animal food production, as well as animal nutrition research components.
No direct animal contact takes place in this role.
Work alongside nutrition keepers to prepare and deliver balanced and enriching diets for the 2500+ animals living at Dallas Zoo and the Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park.  Assist in nutrition research projects such as food nutrient analysis (sample processing, data collection and entry) and quality control (forages, feeds, browses, etc.). Intern will Track, organize and present data on animals in our collection to the Animal staff.  Work in a team environment to accomplish area tasks.
The Dallas Zoo College Internship Program provides a learning opportunity for currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate students at an accredited college/university in the United States. Interns become actively involved in the Zoo’s animal care departments, conservation/research efforts, operations, and/or administrative positions.
Interns work 20-40 hours per week for a maximum of 12 weeks. Each placement is designed to help the intern gain experience related to their education.  Most internship positions are unpaid. The Zoo does not provide transportation, housing or a stipend.
All interns will be required to complete an educational project, participate in at least one service learning project, and attend professional development sessions designed especially for Dallas Zoo interns.
The Dallas Zoo Volunteer Services Department will work with students/schools to document internship experience needed to gain university/college credit. 
Must be able to perform physical challenges involved in the daily duties of the department including talking for long periods, walking throughout the park, lifting/carrying equipment weighing approximately 50 lbs., sitting, kneeling, stooping, crawling, twisting, reaching above head, pulling, bending, and climbing stairs and ladders. Candidate must be able and willing to perform all above duties outdoors and in all weather conditions.
Internship requirements:
  • Current college or university student or applications submitted within one year after graduation
  • Ability to work 20 – 40 hours per week for 12 weeks
  • Must be otherwise eligible to work in the U.S. at the time of the internship

Further Comments

Application Deadline is March 10, 2019 Summer Internship starts on May 22, 2019



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Dallas Zoo
650 S. RL Thornton Fwy
Dallas, TX 75203
Phone: 469-554-7501
Fax: 469-554-7380

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