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Indianapolis Zoo

Oceans Biome Animal Care Internship

The Indianapolis Zoo's Internship Program offers a unique opportunity for current college students to become actively involved in the Zoo's conservation, research, education and recreation efforts. Interns can enhance their knowledge and experience in various animal care and administrative roles. 

Zoo Internships are open to current college students – who are at least at entering their sophomore year – enrolled in a four-year degree program. Interns serve 20-40 hours per week for 12 consecutive weeks. Positions are experience-based and are therefore unpaid. The Zoo can provide information to assist with your housing and transportation search.

The Zoo’s aquarium houses one of the nation’s largest shark touch tanks! The Oceans biome is home to numerous other species including a wide variety of reef fish, moray eels, cownose rays and seahorses to name a few!

Duties and Responsibilities:

-Support the Zoo’s mission of protecting nature and inspiring people to care for our world.

-Prepare diets (blend, chop, mix meal gel), clean and disinfect utensils, perform other food room chores.

-Performs routine exhibit care (clean inside windows and walls, hydro-cleaning gravel, backwash filters, change water, clean skimmer baskets, scrubbing exhibits).

-Assist in animal feeding.

-Assist with general cleanup and maintenance of off-exhibit areas (hose or sweep floors, use squeegee).

-Observe animal behavior and update daily task sheets.

-Perform routine facilities checks and record keeping (check and record water temperatures and filter flow rates, collect water samples for lab).

-Assist with special projects (designated research, painting, minor plumbing, etc.)

-Perform specified lab procedures to assist with water quality testing.

-Other tasks as assigned by Aquarist staff.

The Indianapolis Zoo protects nature and inspires people to care for our world. The Zoo is a world-renowned facility and the first to be accredited as a zoo, an aquarium and a botanical garden by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the American Association of Museums. Home to nearly 1,600 animals and 23,000 plants, including many threatened and endangered species, the Indianapolis Zoo is the largest zoo in the United States that receives no direct tax support.

How to Apply

To apply, please submit the Summer Session Application form, along with a cover letter, resume, two letters of recommendation and a current (official or unofficial) transcript; March 10 is the deadline to apply. Please visit our website at https://www.indianapoliszoo.com/jobs-volunteer/internships/ for more information.

Indianapolis Zoo
1200 West Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46222
Phone: 317-630-2001

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