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Dallas Zoo

Lower Wilds of Africa - Great Ape 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.

The interns will work on a rotation schedule throughout the Lower Wilds of Africa, This section involves working with Great Apes, including Chimpanzees, Western Lowland Gorillas and Mandrills. The interns will learn the natural history of the animals in the area, all aspects of the daily animal husbandry – including training and enrichment opportunities, behavioral observations, animal introductions, and animal breeding.  They will also assist with the daily keeper talks and demonstrations performed in the area and learn to interact with the public in an educational and professional manner

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

The chosen candidate will also include participating with daily keeper presentations, learning to interact with the public in both an educational and professional manner.

Qualifications:

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.

The deadline for 2017 Summer internships is March 10, 2017.

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

Please contact the Volunteer Department for additional information or an application:

Salary

Non-stipened

How to Apply

volunteers@dallaszoo.com

Dallas Zoo
650 S. RL Thorton Frwy
Dallas, TX 75203
Phone: 4695547452
Fax: 4695547380

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