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Lake Superior Zoo

Animal Care Intern

The Animal Care team at the Lake Superior Zoo are seeking motivated individuals with an interest in animal husbandry to apply for the summer internship program.


At the Lake Superior Zoo we care for over 300 animals of a variety of taxa.  Animal care interns work primarily with our education animals (reptiles, birds, small mammals, etc.), Australian animals, Nocturnal animals, and/or domestic hoofstock, while also having opportunities to learn about primates and large carnivores.

Learning Opportunities and Responsibilities:

  • Best practices in animal welfare
  • Cleaning animal enclosures and holding areas
  • Diet preparation and distribution with general nutrition
  • Environmental enrichment and its role in animal management
  • Guest interaction and education
  • Observation skills and proper animal handling and/or interaction
  • Orientation to daily recordkeeping and medical care
  • Overview of positive reinforcement training and its application


Summer internship dates are flexible but generally run mid-May through August.  Applications for the summer session are due by April 1st.  College credit may be earned upon request, email for more details.


  • Internships are unpaid, and have a minimum commitment of 20 hours per week.
  • Applicants should be enrolled or recently enrolled in a degree program in biology or a related field
  • Must have the ability to work with people of all ages, abilities, and cultures
  • Candidates need to be dependable, cooperative, and self-motivated
  • A negative TB test is required before beginning the internship




How to Apply

To apply, complete the internship application found at the following link, and return to:

Lake Superior Zoo
7210 Fremont St
Duluth, MN 55807
Phone: 218-730-4500
Fax: 218-723-3750

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