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Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens

Mammal Keeper Assistant Unpaid Internship

As a Zoo intern in our mammal department, you will not be observing others perform their duties; you will be put to work as a Zoo Keeper!  Working side-by-side with an on-staff mammal keeper, you will get the opportunity to learn all aspects of what it takes to run a successful Zoo, from providing top quality basic animal care to top notch guest experiences and customer service.

Responsibilities can include:

  • cleaning animal exhibits, holding areas, buildings and/or grounds
  • unloading hay
  • retrieving or storing bags of grain or salt blocks
  • pushing or unloading filled wheelbarrows
  • preparing animal diets
  • record keeping
  • presenting to the public
  • assisting with enrichment, literature research and conservation projects
  • assisting with animal training projects
  • assisting with some veterinary procedures
  • follow all safety instructions and procedures
  • other duties as assigned

Please note that this is not meant to be an exhaustive list of responsibilities and that the requirements of the internship are subject to change as required.

Health and Safety:

This internship can be physically demanding. Consider these factors when applying:

  • must be able to lift a minimum of 50 pounds
  • frequent bending, stretching, climbing into small spaces
  • occasionally strenuous tasks
  • extreme weather conditions related to outdoor work
  • strong odors, dust, hay and animal hair/fur/dander

Duration/Time Commitment:

Internships may require working a Saturday, Sunday or holiday. Minimum of 24 hours to maximum of 40 hours a week is expected. Summer internships will begin May 15th and conclude August 18, 2017.

Experience Required

Qualifications: • Minimum high school diploma or GED certificate required • Candidates pursuing an accredited degree in animal care, zoology or related field strongly preferred • Relevant experience with animals is beneficial • Ability to follow oral and written instructions, have strong communication skills and be self-motivated is highly desired. • Ability to work successfully as part of a team as well as individually • Willingness to get wet & dirty • Good public speaking skills • Excellent record keeping skills • Valid driver’s license with dependable transportation

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

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

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