Internship Program - Suspended for 2021
In the interest of the health of Little Rock Zoo staff and potential interns, the 2021 internship program has been suspended.
Interns in the program gain valuable experience with exotic animals by training with professional zookeepers.
Interns will receive a $500 stipend sponsored by the Arkansas Zoological Foundation. Housing and transportation are the responsibility of the intern.
Must be a college student or recent graduate majoring in biology, zoology, or other related field
- Must have completed a minimum of 4 semesters at the start of the internship
- Student in good standing, GPA 2.5 or higher
- Capable of lifting fifty (50) lbs
- Up-to-date vaccinations, recent physical and negative TB test (dated within 6 months of start date). Documentation will be required the first day of the internship term.
- Available to work weekends and holidays
- Available to work thirty-two to forty (32-40) hours per week a minimum of ten (10) consecutive weeks beginning the first week of June.
- Available to attend mandatory orientation
*Acceptance into the program is contingent on passing a background check*
**Animal experience is preferable, but not required**
The 2021 Summer Internship Program has been suspended.*
Applicants must submit all of the following documents to be considered:
-Letter of interest including dates of availability
*please include any prior obligations and time off requirements
-School transcript (may be unofficial)
Conservation Educator Internship - Applications for Education Internships Are Now Available
Little Rock Zoo Conservation Education interns will participate in educational programming on animal and environmental topics, and will also assist in the development of said programming for a wide range of audience ages. Interns will be tasked to assist with classroom programs, on- and off-site animal presentations, and Zoofari summer camp. Tasks may require some strenuous activity, so candidates should be in good health and able to apply safe working practices. Suitable candidates should be comfortable interacting with people, presenting in front of crowds, and working with children; it is also essential that candidates are able to contribute positively as part of a team. Photoshop experience is a plus, as the team creates signage throughout the zoo.
While interns will handle Ambassador Animals and may assist the education keepers, this is not an animal care internship – while we will consider all applicants, those with an interest in education may find this internship more suitable than those focused on animal care.
Animal Care Internships - Applications for Animal Care Internships Are Now Available
Little Rock Zoo animal care interns work alongside the zoo’s animal keepers learning the ins and outs of animal husbandry in a zoological setting. Tasks may include but are not limited to feeding, cleaning, enrichment, training, exhibit maintenance, and public speaking. These tasks include some strenuous activity so candidates should be in good health, able to lift up to 50lbs, and able to apply safe working practices. Suitable candidates must be positive, patient, good workers with well-developed observational skills. Weekly schedule may vary so interns must be flexible; any possible conflicts must be mentioned prior to the acceptance of the position. Interns will also have the opportunity to learn about zoo management and animal welfare topics through lectures and activities offered throughout the summer.
Species in this internship include lion, sloth bear, caracal, fox, grizzly bear, serval cat, Malayan tiger, river otter, bush dog, jaguar, fossa and many more.
Hoofstock and Birds Internship
These Interns will be exposed to the elephant program and daily routine, however direct experience with the elephants will be limited. Species in this internship also include greater kudu, black rhino, plains zebra, giant anteater, red river hogs, lorikeet, ostrich, a variety of free flight tropical birds and more.
Great Apes Internship
Species in this internship include gorilla, chimpanzee, and orangutan.
Ambassador Animal Care Internship
Species in the Ambassador Animal area include African penguin, bald eagle, crowned crane, spur-thigh tortoise, opossum and a large variety of other small mammals, birds of prey, and reptiles. Interns will also work in the Arkansas Heritage Farm featuring heritage breed domestic animals along with a variety of waterfowl and small mammals. Additionally, interns may participate in the Zoo’s educational programs including the Wild Wonders Animal Show, off-site programming, and media appearances.
Species include ringtail lemurs, siamang, capuchins, gibbons, and many more small primates.
Species include American alligator and a variety of venomous and nonvenomous snakes, turtles, frogs, fish, tortoises and invertebrates. Interns will learn safe handling techniques for venomous species; however interns will not be directly handling venomous animals.
Animal Care Internship Applications are available here.
For questions, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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