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“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.
The marine animal internship is designed to be a volunteer career learning experience with Como’s African penguins, tufted puffins, harbor seals, California sea lions and polar bears. Interns will gain first hand experience in data collection, food preparation, exhibit maintenance, public presentations, and husbandry. College credit is required for 12 weeks and a minimum of 25 hours per week May through September or 15 hours per week for fall and winter semesters.
Meet all cleanliness and safety standards in all areas supporting the marine animal collection
Assist with daily diet preparation
Assist with daily feeding and husbandry for African Penguins and Tufted Puffins
Provide enrichment for all marine animals
Assist with routine record keeping and participate in weekly veterinary consultation
Narrate a combination of daily Island Training demonstrations, keeper talks, and/or Sparky shows
Provide routine animal observation; reporting any concerns to the keepers on duty
Participate in a special project – proposed by intern or zoo staff
Perform other duties as assigned
Currently be in a degree program in zoology, biology or a related field with preference given to those interested in a career with marine mammals
Be available to work weekdays, weekends, days, 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
Be able to endure exposure to cold temperatures on a regular basis
Intern application must:
Be currently enrolled in a
Be available for at least 25
hours per week for summer
semester and at least 15 hours
for fall and winter semesters.
Meet all qualifications listed
in the position description
(as outlined here)
Receive college credit for the internship
A complete Como 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 from a professional in
your primary field of study
Verification that college credit will be granted for the internship
Completed Internship Application form (found on our website)
Visit our website at www.comozooconservatory.org and download the marine animal application. Submission information is located on the application materials.
Como Park Zoo and Conservatory1225 Estabrook DriveSaint Paul, MN 55103Phone: 651-487-8252Fax: 651-487-8278
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