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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.
The Intern will assist the Zoo’s professional horticulture staff with managing the Zoo grounds and gardens. The horticulture team is dedicated to the daily operation and maintenance of the facilities garden displays which include a wide variety of native plants.
The intern will gain experience through participation in daily horticultural tasks which may include plant species identification, landscape design, planting, watering, weeding, pruning, mulching of beds, including annual displays and perennial gardens, tree care, plant propagation, maintenance of browse gardens with the help of Zoo volunteers and the care and maintenance of equipment and tools used in performance of the job. The Intern will develop knowledge of toxic plants and those suitable for consumption by animals in the Zoo’s collection. Intern will work in a team environment to accomplish area tasks. Must be able to perform physical tasks and work actively in inclement weather.
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 2017 Summer internships is March 10, 2017.
Please contact the Volunteer Department for additional information or an application:
Dallas Zoo650 S. RL Thorton FrwyDallas, TX 75203Phone: 4695547452Fax: 4695547380
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