Memphis Zoo Interns
  • Memphis, TN, USA
  • Other

The Memphis Zoo has an exciting internship opportunity with the Northwest Passage/Teton Trek team. The Northwest Passage/Teton Trek team cares for polar bears, black bears, grizzly bears, California sea lions, gray wolves, American elk, North American porcupine, bald eagles, and a variety of waterfowl. This internship is designed to be a learning opportunity for those interested in the field of animal husbandry. Interns will work alongside keepers to gain firsthand experience on all aspects of animal husbandry as it relates to the animal's physiological and psychological well-being. Interns will also learn about the fundamentals of operant conditioning and positive reinforcement training across several taxa, as well as general maintenance of enclosures and habitats. The ideal candidate for this position should be seeking a career in the animal care field and enjoy working in a team environment.

Essential Functions:

· Assists in the facilitation of formal and informal public presentations to engage guests and provide a positive guest experience.

· Actively observes animals' behavior, checking for any signs of illness or disorder; reports irregularities and abnormal behavior to Keepers and Team Leads.

· Prepares daily diets and maintains accurate records of assigned animals.

· Appropriately cleans and disinfects assigned animal enclosures/habitats according to written protocols and ensures a sanitary and safe environment.

· Completes a special project covering observations, research, enrichment, or another area of interest.

Program Overview and Requirements

The program spans 10-12 weeks and participants will be scheduled 40 hours per week. This internship is volunteer-based, & therefore unpaid. Housing will not be provided, though the team can assist in helping intern locate housing. Internship will begin in May and ends in August (specific dates are flexible). All applicants must have completed their 1st year at an accredited college or university. Ideal program participants must have completed college level coursework in the fields of Zoology, Biology, or a Science-related field and have a GPA of 3.0 or greater.

Work Environment: While performing the duties of this job, the employee frequently works in outside weather conditions. The intern is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, chemicals and vibration.

The noise level in the work environment fluctuates.

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an intern to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the intern is frequently required to stand, walk, sit, talk, and listen. The intern is constantly required to use hands and fingers to feel, handle, or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The intern is occasionally required to climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, and walk. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, color vision, and the ability to adjust focus.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


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