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Dallas Zoo

Zoo Nutrition 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.

Prepare daily diets for all zoo animals under the direction of supervising personnel. Assist with inventory and quality control of all perishable foods.  Assist with cleanliness of food preparation area and dishes.

The Animal Nutrition Center is a centralized food preparation operation that provides for all dietary needs of the animal collection at the Dallas Zoo. The Animal Nutrition Center operates 7 days a week from 6:30 am to 3:30 pm. This Internship provides work experience within a comprehensive nutrition program and includes animal food production, as well as animal nutrition research components.

No direct animal contact takes place in this role.


Work alongside nutrition keepers to prepare and deliver balanced and enriching diets for the 2500+ animals living at Dallas Zoo and the Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park.  Assist in nutrition research projects such as food nutrient analysis (sample processing, data collection and entry) and quality control (forages, feeds, browses, etc.). Track, organize and present data on animals in our collection to the Animal staff as part of a brown bag lecture series Work in a team environment to accomplish area tasks.


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. RL Thornton Frwy
Dallas, TX 75203
Phone: 4695547452
Fax: 4695547380

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