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Topeka Zoo and Conservation Center

Animal Care Internship

Topeka Zoo and Conservation Center

The Topeka Zoo Animal Care Staff is seeking a motivated and enthusiastic aspiring Zoo Keeper to join our Internship team gaining experience with a variety of species while enriching the community through wildlife conservation and education.

Animal Care Internship                                                     

The zoo is offering an unpaid, protected contact internship in all animal areas of the Zoo. This internship encompasses all areas of the zoo including Great Apes, Elephants, large Carnivores, small Primates, Invertebrates, a variety of Avian species, education animals and more . This position will provide a well-rounded intern experience for those individuals who are actively pursuing a Zoo Keeper career. You can expect to learn the logistics of working with multiple species who have breeding recommendations through the Species Survival Plan Program, observe and assist in training sessions, implement enrichment, gain experience in an AZA accredited zoo, learn the ZIMS record keeping system, receive interview and resume preparation advice and assist with the daily feeding, husbandry and observations of the species covered in this internship. You will also be able to participate in several Intern seminars covering a wide range of topics from zoonotic diseases, training, AZA/SSP information, USDA requirements, browse identification and more.

Requirements and Expectations:

  • Must be able to stoop, climb, crawl, lift at least 50lbs, and work in all weather conditions

  • Must pass City of Topeka background check and provide proof of negative TB test within the past year.

  • Must be 18 years or older and drug free

  • Ability to multi task, work in a fast paced environment, engage appropriately with public, and work independently and as part of a team is expected.

  • Must have a valid driver’s license

  • Must commit to at least a 3 month term with opportunity for longer extensions based on performance. (more “hands on” opportunities are also performance based)

  • Must complete an Intern project by end of Internship

  • To get the most out of this internship, a schedule of 20+ hours a week commitment required


  • This is an unpaid internship but staff will assist in locating affordable housing options

How to Apply:

  • Submit resume and cover letter to Shanna Simpson at

  • Please specify in email heading which internship you are applying for as we have different Internships. This one is "General".




How to Apply

Submit resume and cover letter to Shanna Simpson at ssimpson@topekazoo.or

Topeka Zoo and Conservation Center
635 SW Gage Blvd
Topeka, KS 66606

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