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Dallas Zoo

Dallas Zoo

African Hoofstock Internship

The Dallas Zoo’s College Internship Program provides an interesting and rewarding learning opportunity for currently enrolled undergraduate or post-graduate students at an accredited college/university in the United States. Interns become actively involved in the Zoo’s animal care departments, conservation/research efforts, operations, and administrative positions.

African Hoofstock Intern will be trained to work on all 4 routes in the section, assisting the keepers with daily animal care, enrichment, and animal observations.  The intern will observe training sessions and assist the keepers with protected contact training as requested.

The intern will complete designated training classes and will be assigned a project within the Hoofstock section to be completed and presented.

They may also tour the Animal Nutrition Center, Research Department, and other mammal sections.


Must be able to perform the physical challenges involved in the daily duties of the department including talking for long periods, walking throughout the park, lifting/carrying equipment weighing approximately  50 lbs., sitting, kneeling, stooping, crawling, twisting, reaching above head, pulling, bending, and climbing stairs and ladders. Candidate must be able and willing to perform all above duties outdoors and in all weather conditions.

Interns work 20-40 hours per week for a minimum of 12 consecutive weeks during one of the sessions listed below. The purpose of the placements is to help the intern gain experience related to their education, and most are unpaid positions. The Dallas Zoo will work with students to document necessary time or projects needed to gain university credit for the internship. Unfortunately, we cannot provide transportation, housing, or a stipend.  Position limited to US nationals.

Candidates selected for an internship must pass background check and TB test.

The deadline to submit the 2017 Summer internship application is March 10, 2017. Please contact the Volunteer Department for additional information or to get an application:
650 S. R.L. Thornton Freeway
Dallas, TX 75203-3013



How to Apply

Dallas Zoo
650 S. RL Thornton Frwy, DALLAS
DALLAS, TX 75203
Phone: 4695547450
Fax: 469-554-7380

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