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Zoo New England
1 Franklin Park Road
DescriptionZoo New England is the non-profit corporation that operates Franklin Park Zoo in Boston and Stone Zoo in Stoneham, Massachusetts. Zoo New England operates on earned revenues and state, private, and corporate funding.
Participation in the Animal Care Internship program with Zoo New England is a unique and exciting way to gain invaluable, hands-on experience in the field of zookeeping. Qualified applicants will have the opportunity to work alongside zoo staff while learning and completing daily animal care tasks. Interns will assist zookeepers in routine animal care including animal observations, diet preparation, enclosure cleaning and servicing, behavioral enrichment, and record keeping. Interns may also assist with exhibit design and construction, graphics, education programs, and veterinary procedures.
ResponsibilitiesPosition Title: ANIMAL CARE INTERN
Responsible To: Assistant Curator, and as assigned, Lead Keeper
Supervise: May exercise direct supervision over volunteers on an as assigned basis. Monitors, and provides safety control over non-animal staff repair crews and contractors working within and adjacent to assigned exhibits.
Assists Zookeepers in the following duties:
Participates in the care and feeding of the animal collection, which may include mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates.
Participates in procedures designed to meet the nutritional needs of exotic animals. This includes preparing diets according to specifications, checking foodstuffs for spoilage, feeding animals according to procedures, recording food intake and making notes on changes, making recommendations to the Zookeepers for diet changes based on food intake, behavior, and general appearance.
Clean exhibits and adjacent public areas to insure sanitary and safe conditions (including hosing, scrubbing, sweeping, raking, shoveling, and disinfecting) to remove manure, unconsumed food, litter, poisonous plants, and foreign objects; cut grass.
Under the supervision of a Zookeeper: switch animals in adjacent stall, pens, or dens for feeding or cleaning.
Observe animals for unusual behaviors or appearance, signs of illness or injury, aggression, breeding, births, egg laying, hatching deaths, and eating habits. Contribute to the maintenance of daily records and report problems to the Zookeepers.
When applicable assist in the artificial incubation of eggs and handraising of young by maintaining equipment and applying appropriate techniques to insure viability, health, and survival of eggs and hatchlings.
When assigned and supervised by the area Assistant Curator: assist zoo veterinarian in medical procedures by capturing and restraining animals.
Medicate animals according to the Veterinarians' instructions including measuring out medication or putting medication in food or water.
Acclimate animals to stalls, chutes, crates, halters or perches for use in medical procedures, transfers, or educational programs.
When assigned and supervised by the area AC: assist in transfer of animals by capturing, restraining, crating, and transporting.
Monitor and maintain exhibit buildings and grounds by monitoring heating systems, recording temperatures, making minor repairs using hand and power tools, by landscaping, painting, shoveling snow, and picking up litter. Report problems to area Lead Keeper or AC.
Participate in formal and informal programs to educate zoo guests. Answer questions from zoo guests by providing information about the animals and zoo policies. Monitor exhibits to insure safe interactions between zoo guests and the animals.
Assist impaired guests by directing them to appropriate zoo staff, or calling an ambulance.
Monitor laborers and contractors while they are working in animal areas and watch animals for sig
RequirementsZoo New England will consider applicants who have completed 2 or more years of college courses in biology, zoology, or related fields with an overall 2.5 (C+) grade point average. The majority of interns are current college students, although others may qualify for the program (see application requirements). Upon acceptance into the program students are required to submit written documentation from a physician or clinic of a negative TB test taken within the last 12 months. Interns should identify any special requirements for receiving academic credit at the start of the internship.
The Animal Care internship is a commitment of volunteering (unpaid) 40 hours per week for a period of 10 to 12 weeks, or 400 hours. Internships are rolling and may begin at any time during the year. There is no application deadline. Summer is the busiest intern season and positions fill up by May. There are 5 potential areas of assignment: Stone Zoo is all one area, the other four areas are within the Franklin Park Zoo, and they consist of: A Birds’ World, the Children’s Zoo, Hooves & Horns and the Tropical Forest. Area assignments will be made by the staff but take the applicant’s experience and preferences into account. However, availability and suitability will take priority.
During this internship, interns must agree to abide by all Zoo New England regulations concerning safety and conduct. Interns will attend weekly classes on different aspects of zookeeping, and must complete a project of their own design. At the end of the internship, interns will be evaluated by their supervisors and receive certificates for completing the program.