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The current application period is for an internship running from May 27-September 13, 2021. Applicants that are local or regional, and that can commit for the entire internship period will receive preference, but individual circumstances will be considered. Interns working at the zoo must commit to wearing designated PPE (personal protective equipment) at all times as assigned, such as masks and gloves, while working outside in all kinds of weather.
Are you interested in gaining valuable, hands-on experience in the zoological field and first-hand knowledge and mentoring from experienced animal care professionals? Come join the animal care team at the Virginia Zoo! We are currently accepting applications for interns in the Animal Services department from motivated individuals interested in pursuing a rewarding career as a zookeeper. Interns will work with our Africa, Asia, Animal Ambassador, Birds/Australia, Reptile/Herps, or Zoo Farm/Americas teams. Interns will learn all aspects of animal care and management in an AZA-accredited zoological organization.
Zookeeper interns at the Virginia Zoo work directly alongside zoo keepers, animal managers and veterinary staff as we strive to continuously provide the best possible care for the animals here. Under the guidance of experienced zoo staff, interns have the opportunity to gain experience in many aspects of zoo keeping, including but not limited to: daily animal husbandry, care and nutrition; regular cleaning and maintenance of animal areas and exhibits, as well as an understanding of exhibit set-up and design; direct involvement in our animal enrichment and positive reinforcement training programs; an understanding of animal behavior and experience in behavioral observations and animal welfare/wellness assessments; record keeping; and guest interactions. Qualified applicants must be able to work in a team environment and work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions and temperatures. Interns will gain daily work experience as well as specialized training through a series of instructor-taught classes and skills training sessions provided by Lead Keepers, Zoological Managers, Veterinary staff, and our Enrichment Coordinator.
There are 6 different area teams that prospective interns may apply for:
Applicants should either be college graduates, currently in college, or have some college semester credits completed
Applicants need to be able to commit to the four-month program, with a weekly work schedule of 40 hr/week. The internship does not provide an hourly salary but can qualify as paid zoological experience through a small monthly stipend for living costs.
Applicants should submit a resume, 3 references (include phone numbers and email addresses of references given) and a cover letter to Zookeeperinterns@norfolk.gov Please indicate which areas you are interested in applying for in the subject line of your email; additionally, it is required that you choose at least 2-3 different areas you are interested to work in due to the high volume of applicants (you can let us know which area is your first choice in the body of your email). No phone calls or in-person inquiries at the zoo please. Due to the volume of applicants, only those selected for an interview can be contacted. Applications will close on May 4 or when positions are filled.
Virginia Zoo3500 Granby StNorfolk, VA 23504
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