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Utah's Hogle Zoo

Utah's Hogle Zoo

Behavioral Enrichment Intern

Organization: Utah’s Hogle Zoo (AZA Member)
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Job or Internship: Animal Behavior Internship


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. The Animal Behavior Intern assists the Behavioral Enrichment Coordinator with the preparation and facilitation of the behavioral enrichment and training program at the Zoo. Our internships offer a hands-on opportunity to work in a behavioral enrichment program in a zoological setting and require a minimum commitment of ten weeks.


REPORTS TO: Behavioral Enrichment Coordinator

DATES: Summer 2017, May 30 – August 12


The Animal Behavior Internship program is designed to provide participants with practical learning experience and knowledge in the field of behavioral enrichment and training. In return, the intern makes a significant contribution to the behavioral enrichment program at Utah’s Hogle Zoo. Intern duties may include the following (may vary based on skill level and departmental needs):

  • data entry and computer based applications.
  • assist with behavior-related education and interpretation.
  • organize and distribute enrichment items.
  • help organize supplies for volunteer enrichment projects, help to monitor these projects.
  • attend, video record, and/or transfer to tape for various training and enrichment sessions.
  • attend and transcribe notes for training and enrichment related meetings around the zoo.
  • research training, enrichment and behavioral issues and needs.
  • help develop and organize the documentation needed to support training and enrichment programs in various departments, including: training plans, enrichment requests, training session documents, observation forms, etc.
  • help with development and implementation of new training and enrichment program components, including enrichment calendars, behavioral observations, and enrichment and training evaluation.
  • complete a written and oral evaluation of the internship.
  • keep a daily log and summary report of activities and experiences.
  • complete an independent project.

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, psychology, environmental science, etc.)  and should have a basic knowledge of operant conditioning and/or of animal behavior. 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. Applicant must be able to work 24 hours per week for 10 weeks. 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: 24 hours a week for a minimum of 10 weeks. Interns are expected to work on holidays and weekends.

COMPENSATION: The Animal Behavior 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 15, 2017. Please visit  to fill out an application and send a resume, cover letter, unofficial transcripts and at least three references to:


Education Curator

Utah’s Hogle Zoo

2600 E Sunnyside Ave.

Salt Lake City, UT 84108


Experience Required

college graduate or currently enrolled in course work related to position, see job description



How to Apply

on-line application, resume and cover letter

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

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