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Detroit Zoological Society

Center for Zoo and Aquarium Animal Welfare and Ethics - Animal Welfare Residency

Center for Zoo and Aquarium Animal Welfare and Ethics

Animal welfare residency

The Detroit Zoological Society's Center for Zoo and Aquarium Animal Welfare and Ethics (CZAAWE) is accepting applications for animal welfare residents. Residencies are available to recent college graduates (no more than three years between graduation and start date) who are not eligible to receive college credit for the residency. 

CZAAWE is a resource center for captive animal welfare knowledge, research and best practices; a convener and forum for animal welfare science, practice and policy discussions; and a center conducting research and training, and recognizing advances in exotic animal welfare.

The research conducted through the Center represents two key areas of interest: developing additional measures of animal welfare and the effects of captive environments and management practices on welfare.

The CZAAWE animal welfare residencies are unpaid opportunities for recent graduates or students not seeking college credit. Residents will learn the processes used by researchers in the field of animal welfare while assisting in data collection and management.

The Center offers two six-month (24 weeks) sessions each year running from January to June (Session I) and July to December (Session II). These sessions have flexible start and end dates. Applications are due October 4, 2019 for Session I in 2020. Each resident must be able to commit to a minimum of 24 hours of work per week for the duration on the residency.


  • Gain experience utilizing observational and laboratory research techniques to monitor a variety of animal species for ongoing research on captive exotic animal welfare at the Detroit Zoo
  • Develop and implement an independent applied animal welfare project and present the results to Life Sciences staff members
  • Assist with data entry for research projects
  • Assist with literature searches
  • Help to update resource center materials including the online library


  • Bachelor’s degree in the biological or behavioral sciences
  • Coursework in research methods, biology, animal behavior, statistics or related fields
  • GPA of 3.2/4.0 or higher
  • Experience with behavioral data collection, preferably in a zoo setting
  • Must be self-motivated and have strong organizational, interpersonal and communication skills
  • Experience with Microsoft Office products, especially Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Access
  • Proof of a negative TB test dated no more than 6 months prior to start date
  • Ability to work for a 24 week period, completing a minimum of 24 hours per week for a total of 576 hours of work

To apply:

Go online to fill out an online application. In addition, you will need to submit a resume and cover letter outlining why you are interested in the program and your educational background, a copy of your transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable), and 2 letters of recommendation. Only complete application submissions will be considered


Email all additional materials to, with “CZAAWE Residency” in the subject line.

Or mail all additional application materials to:

 Attn: The Center for Zoo and Aquarium Animal Welfare and Ethics

 Detroit Zoological Society

 8450 W. 10 Mile Rd

 Royal Oak, MI 48067


Experience Required

Experience with behavioral data collection and coursework in research methods, biology, animal behavior, statistics or related fields.

How to Apply

Detroit Zoological Society
8450 West 10 Mile Road
Royal Oak, MI 48067

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