Please Note: All candidates for internships must have completed at least one-year of college education to be considered for any available positions.
Animal Care – Program Animals Internship (Unpaid)
Interns will work side-by-side with animal trainers to provide daily husbandry and enrichment to the program animal collection consisting of birds, mammals and reptiles. Program Animal Interns also participate in animal shows as animal handlers and by delivering dialogue on microphone. This internship offers opportunities to observe and sometimes participate in animal training sessions. Program Animal Interns will be trained to handle various birds, mammals and reptiles and learn a variety of behavior management techniques. Staff, interns and volunteers at Palm Beach Zoo engage visitors on a daily basis through formal keeper talks and informal animal encounters. Palm Beach Zoo is seeking applicants that have a passion for conservation and a desire to engage and educate the public on conservation initiatives.
All applicants must commit to a minimum of 360 hours over a 15 week period (three – five days per week) and must be physically able to stoop, bend, reach, climb, lift, carry or push at least 50 pounds in a south Florida climate. Applicants must also submit proof of a negative TB test, and proof of current college enrollment or of college graduation no more than three years prior to the graduation date. This internship is unpaid and no housing is provided. Selection preference for internships will be given to undergraduate or graduate-level students studying in the fields of biology, zoology, psychology or related disciplines who are looking to pursue a career in the zoological field. Applicants that have experience within a zoological, veterinary, environmental or rehabilitation facility are preferred.
Animal Care internships are offered in three sessions, interviews for each session will begin after each deadline:
Fall (September-December), deadline is July 1
Spring (January-April), deadline is November 1
Summer (May-August), deadline is March 1
To Apply: Complete the internship application and send it, as well as a résumé, cover letter identifying internship area of interest, and proof of college enrollment to Erin Hitsman, Volunteer Programs Manager. Mail: Animal Care Internship Program, Palm Beach Zoo, 1301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach FL 33405, Email: email@example.com. Fax: 561-585-6085.