Zookeeping & Ambassador Animal Internships

The Lincoln Children's Zoo is looking for individuals for our new zookeeping and ambassador animal internship program!

The Lincoln Children's Zoo is a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and is one of the fastest growing zoos in the country. As an intern, you will gain further experience in animal husbandry, training, enrichment, medical procedures, commissary, safety policies and protocols, record keeping, public speaking, and more. You will be a member of the zookeeping staff, working one-on-one with the animals and their caretakers. As an intern you will be required to commit to 25-40 hours per week for a minimum of 12 weeks, though 24 weeks is preferred. Convenient, fully furnished housing is available with the commitment of 40 hours/week.

Interns are divided into two categories based on previous experience. Level 1 interns are typically new to the zookeeping field or have limited animal experience. Level 2 interns have typically completed a previous zoo internship or have other relevant exotic animal experience and are looking to develop their skills. Placement will be determined after reviewing your resume and completing an interview. Internships are unpaid.

Essential Qualities and Requirements

  • Working towards a career in animal care
  • Able to commit to at least 25 hours per week for a minimum of 12 weeks
  • Able to work both independently and within a team environment Able to work in all types of weather conditions
  • Able to stand for long periods of time, lift 25lbs
  • Provide a safe environment for the animals, themselves, keepers and guests by identifying, fixing, or reporting potential safety hazards
  • Must follow all written and verbal instructions and protocols
  • Willing to work a varying schedule, including weekends or holidays
  • Must be 18 years of age at the start of the internship
  • Must be punctual and reliable
  • Acquire a negative Tuberculosis (TB) test
  • Fully vaccinated against COVID-19

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to Olivia Wells, Olivia@ZelleHR.com.

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