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Utah's Hogle Zoo

Utah's Hogle Zoo

Small Animal Building Internship

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


Utah’s Hogle Zoo is currently accepting applications for an internship with their Small Animal Building Keepers. This internship is geared towards college students and recent graduates who are interested in playing a direct role in caring for a variety of birds, mammals, insects, reptiles and amphibians. All applicants should be organized, self-motivated and have excellent people skills. This internship is an in-depth program requiring a 40 hour per week commitment for 12 weeks. Interns must be flexible with their schedule, and have the ability to work weekdays, weekends and holidays. It is an unpaid position and there is no housing provided. All internship positions are on a voluntary basis only. Housing, travel expenses and transportation are the responsibilities of the candidate.

REPORTS TO: Small Animal Building Husbandry Staff and Supervisor

DATES: Summer 2027, May 26, 2017 – August 24, 2017


The selected candidate will assist the Keeper staff in all aspects of maintaining aquarium displays for reptile and amphibian collections at the Zoo’s Small Animal Building.  This internship is designed to provide instruction in the following areas: animal husbandry, nutrition and diets, record keeping, public education and knowledge of a variety of animals. Intern duties may include the following under keeper supervision (may vary based on skill level and departmental needs):

  1. Assist with exhibit maintenance and cleaning
  2. Prepare daily diets and perform daily feedings
  3. Assist in the maintenance of back-up areas
  4. Conduct precise record-keeping 
  5. Assist with exhibit construction
  6. Provide positive and educational interaction with zoo guests
  7. Participate in animal enrichment


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 reptiles and amphibians preferred. Applicant should have a strong career interest in reptile and amphibian husbandry in a zoological setting. Candidate should be able to lift 50 pounds.  Interns need to have a recent TB test, and tetanus shot. 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: 40 hours a week for a minimum of 12 weeks. Interns are expected to work on holidays and weekends.

COMPENSATION: The Small Animal Building Intern position 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, essay and at least three references to:

Education Curator

Utah’s Hogle Zoo

2600 E Sunnyside Ave.

Salt Lake City, UT 84108


Experience Required

see job description



How to Apply

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Utah's Hogle Zoo
2600 Sunnyside Avenue Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City, UT 84108
Phone: 8015841728

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