Education and Program Animal Internship

The Lincoln Children's Zoo is offering the chance to participate in unpaid internships with our Program Animals. This is a unique and exciting opportunity to work alongside education staff, develop important professional relationships, and gain valuable experience. Our education animals consist of a diverse collection of birds, small mammals, reptiles, amphibians and insects.

A successful candidate will assist Education staff and participate in many aspects of husbandry including:
Animal handling
Animal training
Diet preparation and feeding
Cleaning of animal holding areas and cages
Observing and recording animal condition, behaviors, and responses

Interns are required to complete a minimum of 200 hour commitment.
Interns must have a current or be willing to have annual TB screening done.
Interns must have a strong desire to learn and be able to accept constructive criticism. They must have a basic, positive interest in animals and have good interpersonal skills.

Candidates must currently be enrolled in a college institution, have completed at least 2 years of course work, and have an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher. or a recent graduate (within 1 year of application).
Animal handling training is a positive, but not required. Candidate must be pursuing a degree that is animal related.

Work Environment
Program Animal internships consist of a scheduled work week to be determined by the supervisor and intern. A minimum commitment of 200 total hours is required. Interns must be flexible with their schedule and have the ability to work weekdays, weekends and holidays.

Physical Environment
This position involves considerable physical exertion such as bending, crouching, reaching, and standing for long periods of time and regular lifting of heavy objects (up to 25 pounds).