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Summer Internship in Primates, Animal Ambassadors, Mammals, Herps and More

Hiring Organization:
Zoo Atlanta

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Position Description:
We envision a world in which humankind values, protects and preserves the diversity of species on Earth. We strive to inspire the citizens of Atlanta and Georgia and all visitors to the Zoo to value wildlife on Earth and to help safeguard existing species through conservation. We do this by, providing an informative, educational, and engaging experience, being respectful and responsible stewards of the animals and the physical and financial assets entrusted to us, and engaging in related conservation activities and research.

Zoo Atlanta's Program Animals Department plays an integral role in the zoo's mission, by raising awareness of conservation issues and providing engaging, educational and entertaining experiences as we strive to inspire people to environmental action.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: What are Program Animals? We are the most diverse department in the zoo, caring for every animal taxa with the exception of fish. Program Animals are animals that have close contact with zoo guests on a regular basis and these include both our show birds and the animals used for educational programming both on and off grounds. Although Program Animals keepers and interns do not conduct classroom programs, keepers do conduct informal animal encounters on zoo grounds as well as host two different live animal shows on grounds. From Memorial Day to Labor Day we have 3 shows per day, six days per week. Much of the internship during this time will be spent ensuring keepers are able to present a high quality show to our guests by being an active participant in behind the scenes show preparation. From Labor Day to Memorial Day we have shows only on Saturdays and Sundays, so much of your internship will be focused on making enrichment, observing training sessions, and preparing enclosures for impending winter (or summer) weather.

RESPONSIBILIITES: This voluntary program provides the intern with professional experience in the daily care of the Program Animals animal collection. This collection includes snakes, lizards, invertebrates, small mammals, and a variety of birds. The main role of interns is to be educated in the roles and responsibilities of being a Program Animals keeper. This education is provided by participating in many keeper duties which may include cleaning animal enclosures to mopping area floors to making and giving environmental enrichment. Opportunities for observing animal training sessions and animal contact is not guaranteed to any intern and is determined based on the individual intern?s performance during the early part of their internship. By demonstrating a strong work ethic, interns may have the chance to participate in animal encounters and behind the scenes show support.

? Learn the roles and responsibilities of Program Animals keepers.
? Understand the basic health and welfare needs of the animals in the collection.
? When possible, meet zoo staff in other departments.
? Gain knowledge in the behind the scenes workings of Zoo Atlanta.
? Gain experience and knowledge that will assist you in making choices regarding a future career in this field.
? Receive recommendation letters for future internships and employment opportunities based on internship performance.

? Must be 18 years of age or older (Upper Classman and recent graduates preferred)
? Must be able to commit to 4 assigned, 8 hour days (8:30-4:30) throughout the internship term
? Must provide proof of negative TB test and be willing to submit to a background check
? Must be able to work quietly, efficiently and safely around live animals. This includes the ability to follow specific protocols and guidelines that are in place to ensure your safety and that of the animals. Any Intern who demonstrates an inability to follow written protocols and guidelines will be dismissed at the discretion of the Program Animals department and the Internship Supervisor.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Must be able to be on your feet for up to 4 hours at a time and lift up to 30 pounds.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: Must be able to work outdoors in all weather conditions. Zoo Atlanta is open to the public 363 days out of the year, therefore, all positions at Zoo Atlanta may require employees and interns to work some weekends, holidays, and evenings.


Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):

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New opportunities each term. Opportunities in Primate department as well.

Contact Information:
Rebecca Bearman
800 Cherokee Ave Se
Atlanta, GA 30315

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