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Dallas Zoo

Wild Earth Preschool Internship - Spring 2022

Wild Earth Preschool Internship
Wild Earth Preschool is a program of the Dallas Zoo’s Education Department. As a nature preschool it brings together the tenants of high quality early childhood education and environmental education, with a focus on connecting young children, ages 3-5 years, to animals and nature for the benefit of both the child and the natural world. The program operates year round, Monday through Friday, as a state licensed child care center open to both zoo staff and community participants.
Working alongside preschool staff, interns in the Wild Earth Preschool will receive training and experience in effective instructional techniques for early childhood environmental education, emergent curriculum development, outcomes-based program evaluation, business and marketing aspects of nature preschools, and customer service in a team-based professional environment.
Preschool interns will have the opportunity to shadow classroom and administrative staff, receiving experience with both instructional and program aspects. Interns will also be responsible for completing a demonstration project on one of the topics outlined above.
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.
  • Relevant coursework towards an Associates or Bachelor’s degree in child development, education, psychology, environmental education or a similar field.
  • 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
  • Flexible, self-motivated and a team player
  • Understand and follow oral and written instructions
  • Must be able to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing
  • Establish and maintain an effective rapport with all levels of management, employees, and zoo guests
  • Have good observational skills
  • Able to walk, stand, sit, kneel, stoop, crawl, twist, reach above head, pull, bend, climb stairs and ladders, carry up to 50lbs, and actively work in inclement weather
  • Have a valid US driver’s license with reliable transportation
  • Must be otherwise eligible to work in the U.S. at the time of the internship
  • Pass a background check
  • Provide a current negative TB test prior to internship start date
  • Have some computer knowledge
  • Bilingual beneficial
  • Candidates selected for Wild Earth Preschool internships must pass additional background checks and fingerprinting as required by Texas state child care licensing, and must be able to sign DFPS form 2985 Affidavit for Applicants for Employment with a Licensed Child Care Center 

Further Comments

Application Deadline is December 1, 2021 Spring Internship starts on January 26, 2022



How to Apply

Dallas Zoo
650 S. RL Thornton Frwy
Dallas, TX 75203

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