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Detroit Zoological Society

Animal Welfare Residency

The Detroit Zoological Society's Center for Zoo Animal Welfare (CZAW) is accepting applications for animal welfare residents. Residencies are available to recent college graduates (no more than three years between graduation and start date) that are not eligible to receive college credits for the residency. 
CZAW is a resource center for captive animal welfare knowledge, research and best practices; a convener and forum for animal welfare science, practice and policy discussions; and a center conducting research and training, and recognizing advances in exotic animal welfare.
The research conducted through the Center represents two key areas of interest: developing additional measures of animal welfare and the effects of captive environments and management practices on welfare.
The CZAW animal welfare residencies are unpaid opportunities for recent graduates or students not seeking college credit. Residents will learn the processes used by researchers in the field of animal welfare while assisting in data collection and database management.
The Center offers two six month (24 weeks) long sessions each year running from January to June (Session I) and July to December (Session II).  These sessions have flexible start and end dates. Applications are due October 1st for Session I, and May 1st for Session II.  Each resident must be able to commit to a minimum of 24 hours of work per week for the duration on the residency.
  • Gain experience utilizing observational research techniques to monitor a variety of animal species for ongoing research on captive exotic animal welfare at the Detroit Zoo
  • Assist with data entry for research projects
  • Assist with literature searches
  • Help to update resource center materials including the online library
  • Assist with the management of databases
  • Develop and implement an independent applied animal welfare project and present the results to Life Sciences staff members
  • Bachelor’s degree in the biological or behavioral sciences
  • Coursework in research methods, biology, animal behavior, statistics or related fields
  • GPA of 3.2/4.0 or higher
  • Experience with behavioral data collection, preferably in a zoo setting
  • Must be self-motivated and have strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Experience with Microsoft Office products, especially Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Access and good organizational skills
  • Proof of a negative TB test on or before start date
  • Ability to work for a 6-month period, completing a minimum of 24 hours per week for a total of 576 hours of work


Unpaid internship

How to Apply

To apply: Go online to fill out an online application. In addition, you will need to submit a letter of interest and resume outlining why you are interested in the program and your educational background, a copy of your transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable), and 2 letters of recommendation. Only complete application submissions will be considered. Mail all additional application materials to Attn: The Center for Zoo Animal Welfare Detroit Zoological Society 8450 W. 10 Mile Rd Royal Oak, MI 48067 Or email all additional materials to, with “CZAW Residency” in the subject line.

Detroit Zoological Society
8450 W 10 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, MI 48067
Phone: (248) 541-5717

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