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Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens

Education Unpaid Internship

Department Overview:

The vision of the Jacksonville Zoo and Garden’s Education Department is to inspire everyone within our reach to take positive action to protect wildlife and wild places.

Our Mission is to:

  • Provide educational and entertaining programs;
  • Promote awareness and conservation of plants, animals and natural resources;
  • Employ a professional and knowledgeable staff;
  • And, deliver positive, memorable guest experiences.

In support of our mission, the Education Department develops implements and evaluates programs suitable for a variety of audiences. Every program features up-close and hands-on encounters with a collection of small animals in both formal and informal settings.

The PepsiCo Foundation Education Campus features four climate-controlled classrooms, large auditorium, and public restrooms located very close to the picnic area in the south parking area, conveniently located near bus parking.

Responsibilities can include:

  • Assist with preparation and break-down of facilities and materials in programs.
  • Assist Zoo staff members with administrative responsibilities pertaining to programming including check-in, cleaning and organizing supplies, updating letters or other information, and photographing groups and activities for use in the website or other publications.
  • Lead live animal presentations to students (includes handling of animals, training provided).
  • Assist Educators with the implementation of programs including leading groups on Zoo grounds, assisting with and/or teaching portions of curriculum.
  • Complete project (or maintain journal) pertaining to area of interest upon completion of internship.
  • Rotation in other areas of the Education Department (Community Education, Park Programs etc.)
  • Other duties as assigned by the Curator of Education.

Experience Required

Qualifications: • Minimum commitment of 24 hours to a maximum of 40 hours per week. o Spring (Mar-May or Apr-June) o Summer (June 8th – August 14th) • Summer – requires camp training • Currently, enrolled in an accredited college or university limited to college or mastery level students with an interest in early childhood development, recreation or education. • Preferred degrees are early childhood education, elementary education, or recreation; other degrees will be considered. • Two years experience working with children and live animals desired. • Possess outstanding written and verbal communication skills. • Passion for children. • This position requires considerable flexibility and patience. Candidates must also be able to work well both independently and cooperatively in a positive, team oriented environment. • Ability to lift a minimum of 25lbs. • Must be able to work in all weather conditions including heat, humidity, rain, cold, and dust.

Further Comments

If selected for an internship candidates must adhere to reference checks, level 2 background fingerprints, proof of a negative tb test within the past year (at intern’s expense), drug screen and pay the $50 intern fee (this fee covers your fingerprints and drug screen). A current tetanus vaccine is recommended.


N/A - Unpaid

How to Apply

Visit our website: Application deadline is April 30, 2017.

Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens
370 Zoo Parkway
Jacksonville, FL 32218
Phone: 904-757-4463

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