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Dallas Zoo

Savanna 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.

Savanna Intern will work in the Giraffe, Savanna Hoofed Stock and Warthog Barns. Species in the North Savanna include giraffe, greater kudu, Nile lechwe, zebra, ostrich, guinea fowl, and warthogs.  The intern will assist the keeper with cleaning, exhibit maintenance, enrichment, operant conditioning, browse collection and animal behavior observation.  The intern will observe training sessions and assist the keepers with protected contact training as requested.  The intern will assist with daily Keeper Talks/training demonstrations.  The intern will learn how to enter data into the electronic records.

Other opportunities include: monitoring elephant mixes with giraffe, kudu, lechwe, zebra, ostrich and guinea fowl, and observing animal transfers, introductions, training, and veterinary procedures.

Interns may also have the opportunity to spend one day in another section of the Animal Department.

The intern will complete designated training classes and will be assigned a project within the Savanna to be completed and presented to the work group.


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:



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Dallas Zoo
650 S. R.L Thorton Frwy
DALLAS, TX 75203
Phone: 4695547452
Fax: 4695547380

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