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PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: The goal of the Education Public Programs Internship is to provide a pre-professional, experiential learning opportunity for students interested in environmental conservation, informal education, program development, and communication. Interns will receive detailed training in interpretive and informal education techniques, conservation education development, program evaluation, and relevant animal information. Upon completion of training, interns will be responsible for leading conservation education-based programs on Zoo grounds and the facilitation of guest education. Beyond gaining valuable work experience as a conservation educator, interns will also have the opportunity to network within one of the world’s most respected zoological and conservation organizations.
RESPONSIBILIITES: The Education Public Programs intern assists the Interpretive Programs Supervisor with all conservation and interpretation related efforts, projects, events and activities. Intern responsibilities may include:
o Participate in training to learn accurate exhibit information, including species and individual animal information.
o Participate in training/mentoring process to learn effective public speaking and interpretation techniques
o Leading conservation, interpretation programs at animal exhibits and conservation events.
o Research necessary information and methods need to implement new conservation related programs.
o Staying current with emerging conservation issues related to species housed by Zoo Atlanta.
o Assist the supervisors with the management of conservation events at Zoo Atlanta.
o Provide excellent guest service to Zoo Atlanta’s guests.
o Special projects as assigned.
o Gain professional hands-on experience in conservation education at a world-class nonprofit/zoological facility.
o Gain experience working with our Zoo Atlanta’s team on important conservation issues.
o Join Zoo Atlanta in its mission of wildlife conservation, education, and industry leading research
o Must be 18 years of age or older.
o Must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program OR a recent graduate in environmental studies, zoology, theatre, psychology, biology, education, conservation, volunteer/nonprofit management or related field
o Must have job related experience, such as working in a nonprofit organization, education setting, animal conservation, and/or volunteering at a nonprofit organization
o Must be willing to submit to a background check and provide proof of negative TB test
o Available to commit a minimum of 16-24 hours per week. Saturday/Sunday availability is required
o Demonstrated strong conservation and environmental knowledge in order to communicate appropriate conservation and wildlife messages to all guests
o Demonstrated ability to communicate information in an informal setting, such that it is personal and relevant to guests
o Proven oral communication skills
o Willingness to intern outdoors in all weather conditions
o Ability to work well in a team environment and independently
o Excellent interpersonal and oral and written communication skills; ability to verbally express ideas clearly
o Superb organizational skills
o Ability to effectively manage a wide variety of tasks, projects and responsibilities
o Extremely strong oral and written communication skills - comfortable talking with strangers in person
o Must be reliable, flexible and work well in a team-oriented environment
o Ability to work well with a diverse group of staff and volunteers
o Individual should possess an appreciation of wildlife and be in agreement with the philosophy and mission of Zoo Atlanta
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Must be able to work in all weather conditions and lift up to 20 pounds.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: Must be able to work outdoors in all weather conditions.
Zoo Atlanta is open to the public 363 days out of the year, therefore, all positions at Zoo Atlanta may require employees and interns to work some weekends and holidays.
Complete Online Application then email Cover letter, resume, and 2 letters of recommendation to firstname.lastname@example.org. The internship you are applying for needs to be in the subject line of the email.
• Cover letter must include:
1. Term for which you are applying.
2. Why you are applying for this internship.
3. What makes you a good candidate for this internship.
4. If you are applying to multiple departments for internships at Zoo Atlanta. If so, please indict your top choice.
• 2 letters of recommendation may be submitted by the applicant or the reference; however, the applicant’s name should appear in the subject line of the email.
• Submit all required documents as one PDF. (Letters of reference being sent directly from the reference are the only exception).
• Complete applications must be submitted by 4:00PM on the day of the application deadline.
• You will need to contact your college/university advisor to determine if our program qualifies for credit at your institution.
• We make every effort to support additional projects your advisor requires in order to receive credit and are happy to discuss modifications of our program with your advisor
• Any paperwork, including project terms, evaluations, minimum hours, or any other requirements must be submitted upon acceptance into the program, no later than 2 weeks prior to the term start date.
• No preferential treatment will be granted to interns earning credit over interns not earning credit.
All submitted applications will be reviewed by the Manager of Volunteer Programs. Complete applications from applicants who have followed all directions will be sent onto internship departments for review and potential phone interviews. Applicants who do not follow directions will not be considered for internships.
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