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Utah's Hogle Zoo

Utah's Hogle Zoo

Special Education Intern

Organization: Utah’s Hogle Zoo (AZA Member)
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Job or Internship: Special Education Program Intern


Utah’s Hogle Zoo’s internship program is designed to provide an individual with a practical learning experience while gaining valuable knowledge related to his/her career goals. In 2015, Utah’s Hogle Zoo became the first museum institution in Utah to offer informal science education to students with special needs. This dynamic program, “Zoo Just for You” is one of the first of its kind in the zoo industry and works with everyone from preschool-aged children to adults with disabilities. Students come to the Zoo and receive hands-on community-based instruction while applying skills they have learned in speech, physical and occupational therapies.


Under the supervision of the Special Needs Programs Instructor, the Special Education Program Intern may help develop new curriculum and outreach, work to make the Zoo more accessible and inclusive, help with onsite and offsite classes, and teach and supervise Zoo volunteers with special needs.


Our internships offer a hands-on opportunity to work with youth and the general public in conservation and environmental education in a zoological setting and require a minimum commitment of ten weeks.


REPORTS TO: Education Staff

DATES: Summer 2017, May 30 – August 12, 2017


The Special Education Program Internship is designed to provide participants with practical learning experience and knowledge in the field of informal education. In return, the intern makes a significant contribution to the Education Department at Utah’s Hogle Zoo. Intern duties may include the following (may vary based on skill level and departmental needs):

  • Assist with onsite and offsite classes (transportation to offsite classes is provided)
  • Research animal natural history, ecology and conservation information
  • Present and engage students with exploration stations to students and families with special needs
  • Under the supervision of the Education Staff, oversee summer program for volunteers with special needs
  • Devise curriculum and conduct tours of the Zoo for guests and students with special needs

QUALIFICATIONS: Be currently enrolled in a college or university, or have recently graduated. Have a minimum of one year of course work in a major field of study to be applied during the internship (e.g. education, biology, zoology, environmental science, etc.). Experience working with children ages 4-12. Demonstrated enthusiasm for and interest in working with children, Zoo visitors, and zoo animals. . Interns need to have a recent TB test, and tetanus shot. Because of the nature of working close to a variety of animals, both alongside the management and keeper staff, the applicant needs to demonstrate maturity, self-motivation, and an ability to follow direction. A basic knowledge and understanding of computer word processing and PowerPoint is helpful. The ability to gain and hold a driver’s license is required. First Aid/CPR certified preferred. They must also pass a background check and a drug test if selected.

WORK SCHEDULE: Ideally work 40 hours a week for a minimum of 10 weeks. Work hours are flexible with 6-8 hours per day, 20-40 hours per week, from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and occasional Saturdays. Interns are expected to work on holidays and weekends. Schedule can be varied if necessary.

COMPENSATION: The Education Internship is unpaid. Professional development opportunities will be available. Possible college credit is available for those able to receive it through their college/university. No housing provided.

TO APPLY: Applications are due by March 1, 2016. Please visit to fill out an application and send a resume, unofficial transcript, cover letter, and at least three references to:

Education Curator

Utah’s Hogle Zoo

2600 E Sunnyside Ave.

Salt Lake City, UT 84108



Experience Required

1 year course work in related major field of study related to internship



How to Apply

via online application e-mail

Utah's Hogle Zoo
2600 Sunnyside Avenue Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City, UT 84108
Phone: 801-584-1714

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