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Dallas Zoo

Dallas Zoo

Animal Outreach 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.

Outreach Interns will work alongside staff in all aspects of animal husbandry, enrichment, operant conditioning techniques, and will go on outreach programs on and off-site with our collection of birds, mammals, and reptiles. As interns gain experience, they may have the opportunity to assist with basic behavioral maintenance. (Please note: This internship does not involve the training of new behaviors and all contact with animals is contingent upon trainer approval and intern performance). They will have the opportunity to develop interpretive skills interacting with guests of all ages during our various outreach programs. Animal outreach interns may also work on assigned projects including behavioral observations, data collection, enrichment initiatives, and animal presentation development. Essential responsibilities include but are not limited to: food preparation, exhibit maintenance, daily and weekly cleaning tasks, public presentations, daily enrichment, and daily animal observations.

The intern will complete the Keeper Training course, Enrichment 101, and Shaping Animal Behavior-Tools for Effective Communication.


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 internship must pass background check and TB test.

The deadline for returning the 2017 Summer internship packet is March 10, 2017.

Please contact the Volunteer Department for additional information or 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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