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Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium

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Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium is seeking an intern for the Nutrition Department to assist in browse collection and distribution for animals at the Zoo and Wildlife Safari Park. The Nutrition Department at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium is comprised of a Nutrition Laboratory, a centralized Animal Commissary, and a Browse Team. Together these areas work to make sure that every animal at the Zoo and Wildlife Safari Park is provided with a nutritionally complete diet that encourages engagement in natural feeding behaviors. The Browse Team is responsible for collecting and distributing browse to meet the specialized dietary and behavioral needs of all the Zoo’s browsing herbivores, as well as preserving adequate browse to supply these animals through the winter months. 
 
EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: 
  • Develop, work on, and present an internship project aligned with the research needs of the Nutrition department.  
  • Attend weekly professional development sessions.  
  • Complete learning goals on internship checklist.  
  • Participate in and complete a mid-point and final evaluation.  
  • Assist in and complete tasks as assigned, including but not limited to: 
  • Assist with planting, caring for, and harvesting from approved browse harvesting locations. 
  • Learn to reliably identify toxic and approved species of browse. 
  • Assist distributing browse to animal areas. 
  • Learn about various browse preservation techniques and assist with preserving and storing browse through freezing or ensiling. 
  • Help maintain records of browse activities and assist with browse-related nutritional studies as-needed. 
  • This position offers no direct animal interaction. 
  • Other duties may be assigned. 
  • Must be at least 18 years old. 
  • Must follow safety guidelines and always demonstrate safe working practices. 
  • Must have effective time management skills for working in a fast-paced and flexible work environment.  
  • Must possess strong communication skills; Communicate frequently and in a professional manner with supervisor and team members. 
  • Must work well with others and have the ability to work independently.  
  • Must be team-oriented and willing to work with other interns, volunteers, and staff members to further not only the goals of the Department but also of the Zoo’s Mission Statement. 
  • Must attend shifts on time and as scheduled.  
  • Must have the ability to follow detailed instructions.  
  • Must complete a TB Test before beginning internship. 
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Experience Required

Previous experience working at an AZA institution is preferred, but not required.

Further Comments

EDUCATION: Interns must be currently enrolled in, or have recently graduated from, a college or university. A minimum of one year of coursework in a major field of study to be applied during the internship (e.g. animal science, biology, nutrition, zoology, horticulture, etc.) is preferred. Must be motivated to continue expanding knowledge base as it applies animal nutrition. PHYSICAL DEMANDS: This position may involve considerable physical exertion, including lifting of heavy objects (50+ pounds) and/or assuming awkward positions. Applicants are strongly encouraged to consider these physical requirements before applying for an internship in this area. Interns that are not able to meet the physical requirements for the position may be reassigned to another department.

Salary

Unpaid

How to Apply

Visit https://www.omahazoo.com/volunteer to apply.  Prospective interns can only submit ONE application per person specific to their top their choice but may indicate up to two other areas that interest them on their application.  
Must submit cover letter and resume to volunteers@omahazoo.com at the time you apply. Applications without these materials will not be considered.   
Your cover letter should include clearly defined career goals including how interning in the area you selected as your top choice will help you achieve your goals.  
Interns must provide their availability at the time of their interview. Interviews may be conducted over the phone, in person, or over Zoom. 

Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium
3701 S. 10th Street
Omaha, NE 68107
Phone: 402-738-2098

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