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Bird Department Intern (Summer 2024)

Zoo AtlantaAtlanta, GA
Start date: 05/06/2024(flexible)Duration: 13 Weeks
Unpaid Internship16 - 24 hrs/wk

23 days ago


Summer 2024 Term Schedule:

  • Applications due: Friday, March 1
  • Determination letters sent by Friday, March 29
  • ​​​​​​​Term: May 6 – August 1 or May 28 – August 31

Zoo Atlanta's Bird 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: The bird department encompasses a large variety of bird species. Interns will have the opportunity to work alongside bird keepers in the day-to-day care of these species as well as interacting with guests. Bird interns will learn about bird husbandry, behavior, dietary requirements, operant conditioning training, enrichment, animal restraint, and species management. Interns will also have the potential, depending on the season, to learn about incubation and hand-rearing techniques of certain species.


•         Provide support to the Bird Department staff by enhancing productivity and efficiency.

•         Helping maintain clean indoor and outdoor habitat for the bird collection.

•         Diet preparation.

•         Interns must be comfortable answering questions from the public

•         Assist in administering enrichment.

•         Embody the mission and values of Zoo Atlanta at all times.


•         Allow qualified individuals the opportunity to gain professional hands-on experience at a world-class zoological facility.

•         Promote interest in animal keeping, training, education, and other zoo directed careers

•         Enhance productivity and efficiency of the bird department and its objectives.

•         Learn the roles and responsibilities of the Bird Department keepers.

•         Understand the basic health and welfare needs of the animals in the collection.

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• Must be 18 years of age or older. Upper classmen and recent college graduates are preferred.

• Summer Term: Must be able to work 32-40 hours/week

• Spring & Fall Term: Must be able to work 16-24 hours/week

• Must be able to work approximately 8 hours per day on assigned days.

• 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.

o This includes the ability to follow specific protocols and guidelines that are in place to ensure your safety and that of the animals.

• Must abide by all rules and regulations set forth in the internship handbook and the bird department.

• Willingness to work closely with bird keepers and perform tasks requested of them to enhance the productivity of the department.

• Willingness to participate in an intern project that will be determined after the start of the internship.

• Ability to interact with the public on a daily basis and to have the ability to answer questions by zoo guests.

About Zoo Atlanta

We’ve come a long way since opening our doors way back in 1889! Zoo Atlanta has changed dramatically since the earliest days of our Victorian origins, from the fascinating series of events that led to Atlanta’s first zoo, to the legendary Willie B., to the history of our giant panda program. We thank you for being part of the journey — our story is still being told!
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What happens after you send in your application?

Interviews for this role are expected to start on 03/29/24. We asked Zoo Atlanta what they would do if an applicant does not move forward in the hiring process, and this is what they said: “Due to the volume of applications received, we are unable to contact all applicants. Please note that determinations are based on qualifications and aligned with departmental needs. ”

Zoo Atlanta also indicates this role is likely to convert to full-time.

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