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Como Park Zoo and Conservatory

“To inspire our public to value the presence of living things in our lives” We at Como Park Zoo and Conservatory hold everything we do against the expectations laid forth in our mission statement. Every animal exhibit, plant exhibit, education class and youth camp is driven by this statement and our commitment to the community in which we live.

Animal Support Internship

This Como Zoo Internship is designed to provide career learning in animal husbandry, data collection, and food preparation for the animals in Como’s Animal Support Building. The species within this area are birds, small mammals, amphibians, reptiles and invertebrates. This position is unpaid and will require college credit.


• Assist with daily diet preparation

• Assist with daily feeding and husbandry for animals in the Animal Support Building, Bird Yard and other holding areas. 

• Provide enrichment for the animals in the Animal Support Building and Bird Yard.

• Assist with routine record keeping and participate in weekly veterinary consultation

• Provide routine animal observation; reporting any concerns to the keepers on duty

• Perform other duties as assigned


• Intern will demonstrate safe, professional and respectful and behavior in all work areas

• Follow established policies and procedures when working on Como Campus

• Address issues and concerns in a timely and professional manner

• Work pre-arranged shift, (minimum: 3 days per week, 3 hours between 8-4:00)

• Give advanced notice for shift changes

• Fulfill all training requirements and provide feedback


• Currently be in a degree program in zoology, biology or a related field with preference given to those interested in a career in zoo keeping/ animal care

• Be available to work weekdays, weekends and holidays

• Obtain prior approval for college credit for the internship

• Demonstrate high quality ability to work independently or with a team

• Ability to lift objects in excess of 50 lbs.daily

• Ability to periodically lift objects in excess of 70 lbs

NOTE: As a matter of policy and procedure interns will not be able to touch or hand-feed animals  

Further Comments

Intern applicants must: • Be currently enrolled in a degree program • Be available for at least 12 hours between 8am-4:00pm 3 days a week • Meet all qualifications listed in the position description (above). • Receive college credit for the internship A complete intern application must include: • Cover letter indicating reasons for interest in a Como internship • Resume summarizing education and employment experiences • Two letters of reference; at least one reference submitted by a college instructor with knowledge of your academic performance and commitment to your major. • Completed Internship Application form (found on our website) Deadlines for applications: Fall semester: August 10th Spring semester: November 10th Summer semester: March 10th



How to Apply

visit and download the Animal Support intern application.

Como Park Zoo and Conservatory
1225 Estabrook Drive
Saint Paul, MN 55103
Phone: 651-487-8252
Fax: 651-487-8278

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