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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 Zoo North Mammal intern will have an opportunity to work with a diverse collection of animals. The area consists of five routines which the intern will work on a rotational schedule. Species in the area include primates (lemurs, monkeys, and gibbons), small carnivores (meerkats and ASC otters) and Australian animals (emu, wallaby, and kangaroo). They will learn the natural history of the animals in the area and all aspects of husbandry including: diet preparation, training and enrichment, behavioral observation, veterinary procedures, exhibit renovations and record keeping. They will also have the opportunity to gain public speaking experience by assisting with area keeper talks, tours and demonstrations.
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 2017 Summer internships is March 10, 2017.
Please contact the Volunteer Department for additional information or an application:
Dallas Zoo650 S. RL Thornton FrwyDALLAS, TX 75203Phone: 4695547452Fax: 4695547380
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