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Brandywine Zoo

Reptile Show and Live Animal Encounter Intern

Brandywine Zoo is seeking outgoing applicants with a dynamic personality for Reptile Show and other live animal public presentations. Reptile shows are held Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays throughout the peak season (June-August), with live animal public presentations being held daily. During the shoulder season (May and September), reptile shows will be held on Saturday and Sunday. Interns in this position will be responsible for daily live animal encounters with the public, as well as assisting or leading Reptile Shows for the public. These shows average 75 people per program, so comfort with public speaking is a must. We are searching for a dedicated candidate available for a minimum of 4 months, up to 6 months. This position is flexible, with a minimum of three days per week required (Friday, Saturday or Sunday required) maximum of five days per week, 8am-4pm on scheduled days, and will serve as an Educator and work in the Education Department of the Brandywine Zoo. The role of the Animal Show intern is to lead informal and formal education opportunities for the public, deliver Reptile Shows and other live animal demonstrations, teach lessons for school groups or other scheduled programs, or assist with special events. This position will include daily husbandry of program animals as well. We’re looking for an individual with great people skills (especially with children!), is a self-starter, able to work as part of a team and independently, energetic, positive, creative, a positive sense of humor and has a passion for the environment! Zoo Educators are expected to be fun, safe, conscientious and a committed leader who gets along well with others.


• Applicants must be working toward or already have a degree in Education, Recreation, Museum Studies, Animal Science, or other Biological Sciences.

• Must have an interest in working with the general public; especially children ages 4-13.

TERM: 4-6 months 24+ hours/week minimum. Term start and end dates are flexible, but preferred May-September.

• Must be comfortable handling a variety of live animals, including reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates and mammals, and knowledgeable about their natural history.

• Must exhibit consistent professional characteristics such as a positive attitude, ability to show initiative, emotional maturity and self-responsibility.

• Comfortable with public speaking, including speaking over a microphone or loud speaker.

Experience Required

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: • At least 18 years old with valid driver’s license and reliable transportation • Provide proof of negative TB Test within the last 12 months before start date • Good physical condition: able to stand/walk for extended periods of time, kneel, crouch, and able to work in all weather conditions. • Be able to lift up to 25 pounds • Must be fluent in the English language (verbal and written communication) • Overall GPA must be 2.5 or higher • Good organizational skills • Able and willing to read and follow verbal and written work instructions and work independently • Willing to assist with administrative, customer relations, and housekeeping tasks and possibly animal care • Able to commit to upholding all Zoo safety and personnel policies, and support the overall mission • Able to professionally represent the Brandywine Zoo in all interactions with visitors, staff, and other members of the community

Further Comments

RESPONSIBILITIES: • Developing, implementing, presenting and evaluating wildlife shows that engage and inspire audiences through fun, exciting, and safe animal encounters that promote the mission of the Brandywine Zoo. • Training and presenting for Reptile Shows and other live animal demonstrations to both large and small audiences on a regular basis. • Ensuring all aspects of the show operation is running efficiently. This includes strong communication with the Guest Services to ensure program scheduling is accurate, and are carried out professionally and always on time. • Ability to work weekend days and flexible hours as schedules dictate. • Perform husbandry for program animals daily. Animal Show Interns will need to present various programs utilizing biofacts and program animals from our teaching collection to engage visitors on zoo grounds, assist zoo guests with way-finding, lead tours for scheduled groups, assist with the zoo’s special events, present live animal shows for the public, including Reptile Shows, and positively and professionally represent and promote the Brandywine Zoo and its programs. Animal Show Interns will assist with designing, developing, implementing, and evaluating programs, teaching all ages and stages, assisting with administrative duties, animal handling, some marketing of educational programs, and other duties as needed and assigned.


Interns receive free admission to all Delaware State Parks and the opportunity to attend most programs and activities at no fee.



How to Apply

TO APPLY: 1) Complete online intern application at Application Notes: Applications will be considered on a continual basis until May 1, 2017 or once all positions have been filled. Please note that candidates will also need to complete the online intern application found at, and resumes and cover letters will not be considered until this application is completed. Be sure to select ‘Brandywine Zoo’ in any questions designating your interest areas to insure your application arrives at the zoo.

Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE

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