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Memphis Zoo

Northwest Passage / Teton Trek Internship

The Memphis Zoo has an exciting and unique internship opportunity with the Northwest Passage / Teton Trek team! Interns will work alongside keepers to gain firsthand experience in all aspects of animal care including, but not limited to, diet preparation, exhibit cleaning and maintenance, water quality monitoring, and public demonstrations (both formal and informal). The Northwest Passage/Teton Trek team is responsible for a variety of taxa including California sea lions, polar bears, black bears, brown bears, gray wolves, American elk, bald eagles, and a variety of waterfowl. Interns are expected to accomplish a special research, observational, or school project. A commitment of 10-12 weeks and 40 work hours per week is expected. The internship is unpaid; however, housing is available. The internship will run mid-May through Mid-August. Start and end dates are flexible.

  • Preference is given to those currently studying a related science field or those who have just completed one.  All applicants must have completed their freshman year at an accredited college or university and must have a GPA of 3.0 or greater.

  • Applicants must be able to work in all weather conditions including extreme heat, on all terrain, and be able to lift 50 lbs.

  • Must pay $50 volunteer membership fee (covers shirt, badge, and background check)

  • Cleaning: Approximately 60 percent of the time is spent maintaining a clean and healthy environment for the animals, staff, and public.

  • Food preparation: Approximately 15 percent of the time is spent preparing diets for all the animals. This includes thawing, sorting, weighing, cutting, and vitamin administration.

  • Recordkeeping: Approximately 5 percent of the time is spent maintaining records of weights, diets, water quality, job duties accomplished, and other records that are assigned by the animal care staff.

  • Public interactions: Approximately 15 percent of the time is spent interacting with the public and answering guests' questions.  Interns will be expected to learn informal keeper chats as well as assist keepers with the formal sea lion show (including speaking on a microphone).

  • Special project: Approximately 5 percent of the time is spent working toward accomplishing a special project. This may be a requirement of the school, or may be assigned by the supervisor.

Materials to submit:

Applications must be submitted by March 31, 2017, and should include a letter of interest and resume or CV along with an application (downloaded here 

Materials to submit:

Applications must be submitted by March 31, 2017 and should include a letter of interest and resume or CV along with an application (downloaded here or at https://www.memphiszoo.org/volunteers#intern).  All materials should be emailed to volunteer@memphiszoo.org with the applicant’s last name and “Northwest Passage/Teton Trek Internship” in the subject line. The letter of interest should describe the applicant’s interests and experience related to biology/wildlife with more detail than what is provided in the CV. Applications with incomplete materials will not be considered.

 

 

How to Apply

https://www.memphiszoo.org/volunteers#intern

Memphis Zoo
Memphis, TN 38112

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