The Indianapolis Zoo empowers people and communities, both locally and globally, to advance animal conservation. The Zoo is a world-renowned facility and the first to be accredited as a zoo, an aquarium and a botanical garden by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the American Association of Museums. Home to nearly 1,600 animals and 23,000 plants, including many threatened and endangered species, the Indianapolis Zoo is the largest zoo in the United States that receives no direct tax support.
The Indianapolis Zoo's Internship Program offers a unique opportunity for current college students to become actively involved in the Zoo's conservation, research, education and recreation efforts. Interns can enhance their knowledge and experience in various animal care and administrative roles.
Marine Mammal Animal Care
Working with one of the most diverse marine mammal collections in the U.S., this internship is ideal for individuals wishing to learn more about proper husbandry for marine mammals. Interns in these areas may encounter Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, California sea lions and Pacific walrus.
Duties and Responsibilities:
-Support the Zoo’s mission of empowering people and communities, both locally and globally, to advance animal conservation.
-Participate in weekly Trainer Lecture Series, complete required quizzes and comprehensive final examination.
-Perform diet preparation, cleaning and occasional feeding of animals under the supervision of staff.
-Perform maintenance of exhibits, back-up areas and food preparation areas.
-May observe and assist with daily inspection of animals and exhibits to forecast potential health, security problems and exhibit needs.
-May observe and assist training staff with the treatment of animals for medical purposes.
-May observe and assist training staff in the collection and transfer of animals.
-May observe and report equipment and maintenance needs.
-May assist staff in training demonstrations.
-Under the supervision of staff, performs record keeping, including food and medication sheets, as well as a concise daily log as needed.
-May assist staff with the enrichment of animals.
-Works with other Zoo departments as needed.
-Performs related duties as required.
Zoo Internships are open to current college students – who are at least at entering their sophomore year – enrolled in a four-year degree program. Interns serve 20-40 hours per week for 12 consecutive weeks. Positions are experience-based and are therefore unpaid. The Zoo can provide information to assist with your housing and transportation search.
To apply, please visit our website at https://www.indianapoliszoo.com/jobs-volunteer/internships/ for more information. Please submit the Fall Session Application form, along with a cover letter, resume, two letters of recommendation and a current (official or unofficial) transcript to your application; July 10 is the deadline to apply.