Animal Enrichment Intern (New York)

Employment Type

: Full-Time


: Agriculture

Job Description

Internship Title: Animal Enrichment Intern
Department: Animal Department
Location: Prospect Park Zoo
Start Date: Rolling admission. Spring 3/15/19 & Summer 5/1/19
End date: Minimum of 6 weeks from Start Date, maximum of 6 months
Internship Schedule: Varied, but will include weekends and holidays.
Interns must commit to three 8-hour shifts per week for a minimum of 6 weeks. Extenuating or otherwise exceptional circumstances may be considered for less than the minimum required number of days, but no less than two 4-hour work days will be accepted.

Internship Description:
The Prospect Park Zoo is seeking interns for our Animal Enrichment Program. This is an exciting opportunity to develop and evaluate animal enrichment and contribute to the zoological community. As part of our team, you will assist with basic and applied research related to animal behavior and enrichment in a zoological setting through your involvement in the research, design, and implementation of animal enrichment. Interns will be expected to develop their own animal enrichment items with guidance from the Animal Department staff and evaluate animal responses and interactions with those items.
Internship is unpaid and housing is not provided. Intern must provide their own footwear appropriate for working outdoors in all weather conditions.
Primary Objectives:

Learn how to develop and implement novel enrichment for specific animals under the direction of Animal Department staff.
Video-record, observe, describe, and analyze animal behavior.
Data entry, analysis, and database management.
Assist with general husbandry tasks such as diet preparation, providing enrichment, or cleaning animal enclosures.
Give a brief PowerPoint presentation summarizing your internship at the end of the term.

Qualification Requirements

What We Require:

Must be 18 years of age, have a current negative TB test and proof of insurance.
Attention to detail and multi-tasking skills.
Interest in biology or a related field with an interest in an animal care career.
Must successfully pass a background check.
Must be available on weekends and holidays.
Must be willing to work outdoors in all weather conditions.
Ability to represent WCS in a professional manner and to establish and maintain positive, effective working relationships with employees, colleagues, and the general public.
Some tasks require climbing, kneeling, bending, navigating uneven terrain, and moderate lifting up to 50 pounds.Preferred Qualifications:

Preference will be given to undergraduate students or recent graduates studying biology, psychology, or related fields who wish to pursue a career in animal care or research.
Candidates with strong organizational and research skills including familiarity with ethograms preferred.
Preference will be given to those who have completed a previous Animal Care Internship at a zoological facility.

Please indicate the following in your statement of interest:

Why you are interested in this internship?
What you are looking to gain from this opportunity?
Tell us about you and your interests.
Include a brief summary of relevant coursework or experience.
Will you require student credit for this internship from your college/university? If you require student credit, you are responsible for providing credit information and requirements from your institution prior to starting the program.

For consideration, please email your statement of interest and resume/CV to:, specify PPZ Animal Enrichment Intern in the subject of your email.

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