The Potawatomi Zoo is now accepting intern applications for all of 2022! There are three seasonal opportunities with each session lasting around 16 weeks. The internship program is designed to offer hands-on experience to those interested in entering the zookeeper profession. Interns will be expected to shadow zookeepers in their daily routines. By doing so interns will gain knowledge and experience of a variety of animal taxon through basic husbandry, enrichment, training, diets, exhibit design and maintenance, medical care, animal knowledge, and more.
2022 Internship dates:
Spring Session: January 3-April 22
Summer Session: May 2-August 9; Deadline to apply is April 15th
Fall Session: August 29-December 16; Deadline to apply is July 31st
Start and end dates are flexible.
EACH SESSION IS LIMITED TO 6 INTERNS; SPACES ARE OPEN UNTIL FILLED, SO DON’T DELAY!
- Must be 18 or older to apply
- Vaccinations should be up to date. Proof of negative TB test (within the past 6 months) and current COVID-19 vaccination is required prior to start date for all interns. Records of these must be submitted before working with these animals.
- Available to intern weekends and holidays
- Available to intern 40 hours a week for a 16-week period; schedule is 8 hr days, 5 days per week (8:00 am – 4:30 pm). Schedule is subject to change during the open season (7:00 am – 3:30 pm or 9:00 am – 5:30 pm).
- 2020 Open Season runs April, 2020 – November, 2020
- Follow all Potawatomi Zoo Protocols.
- Zookeeper work can be physically demanding. Interns must be able to work in small spaces, awkward positions that require bending and stretching, and be able to safely lift 50 lbs.
- Tolerance of strong odors, dust, hay, animal fur/hair/dander and weather conditions.
- College student or recent graduate in biology, zoology, or related field is preferred.
The intern program is an unpaid education internship, of which housing and medical coverage is not included. Preference will be given to science majors enrolled in a Bachelor’s Degree program.