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Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens

Education Animal Keeper Unpaid Internship

Education Animal Keeper Unpaid Internship


The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is seeking an outgoing, motivated professional for this internship opportunity.  The Education Animal Keeper Internship offers a great chance to work with a wide range of animals and learn valuable husbandry techniques necessary to becoming a successful zookeeper.

The Education Animal Keeper Intern is responsible for assisting the Zookeeper in the daily care and feeding of zoo animals including the cleaning and maintenance of buildings, grounds, and exhibits.

Responsibilities can include:

The successful candidate for this position will be able to:

  • directly assist zookeepers in all aspects of animal husbandry, including behavioral enrichment, operant conditioning, exhibit maintenance, diet preparation, animal observations, and vet care.
  • follow oral and written instructions and have strong communication skills with staff and the public.
  • work individually and in a group setting.

The successful candidate may be asked to complete a season-long project as assigned by the Education Animal Keeper.

The Education Animal Care Internship is a commitment of 24 to 40 hours a week for a 3-month time period.

Experience Required

Qualifications: • High school diploma or GED certificate • Candidates should be pursuing a degree in a zoological related field, or recently graduated within the last year • Must be able to work weekends and holidays as assigned • Must commit to a schedule • Must maintain a valid driver’s license Health and Safety Must be able to climb ladders/stairs/fences, lift and carry crates/animals/feed weighing 50 lbs., operate power tools, load and operate wheel barrows loaded up to 100 lbs., be agile and flexible to maneuver in and around animals within exhibits, corrals, and holding areas. Proof of a recent negative TB test is also required.

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 Internship

How to Apply

Visit our website: Application deadline is April 8, 2017.

Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens
370 Zoo Parkway
Jacksonville, FL 32218
Phone: 904-757-4463, ext. 175

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