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Blank Park Zoo
7401 SW 9th St.
Des Moines, IA  50315

Job Title:
Animal Care Internship
Job Type:
Summer Employment
Hours Per Week:
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How To Apply:
To apply, please send a resume and cover letter indicating department of interest to Christine Eckles,
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Job Description:
Interns will be introduced to general animal husbandry practices, including: - Animal observation and record keeping - Proper diet preparation - Animal restraint and handling - Introduction to behavioral enrichment and training - Veterinary procedure participation - Daily cleaning and disinfection protocols - Public & volunteer interactions - Exhibit maintenance - Problem solving In addition, all interns will be required to select and execute a project with the help of animal care staff, which will be presented at the completion of the internship. Additional Information About Areas: Aquatics Candidate must have interest in all types of aquatic animals. Species in this area include California sea lions, harbor seals, penguins, otters, amphibians, and marine and freshwater fishes. Coursework in aquatic ecology, animal behavior, or previous experience working with the listed species highly desirable. Birds & Reptiles Coursework in ornithology and/or herpetology is preferred. Species in this area include Aldabra tortoise, scarlet macaw, Mauritius pink pigeon, rainbow lorikeet, and many more. Potential intern projects include but are not limited to: scale training, crate training, foraging enrichment, novel experience enrichment, and tactile enrichment. Small Mammals & Kids Kingdom Our area includes small mammals such as red pandas, Egyptian fruit bats, sloth, tamarins, wallabies and domestic livestock. We have training programs for tamarins, red pandas, and domestic hogs. We could also use ideas for enriching these animals as they can sometimes be somewhat difficult to enrich. Large Mammals/hoof-stock An opportunity exists for a safety conscious individual interested in gaining zoo keeping experience working alongside keepers in a protected contact environment. Animals in this section include giraffes/rhino/hoof-stock. Must have a strong work ethic and be a team player. Duties may include performing behavioral observations (ethograms), assisting keepers with training projects, developing/providing environmental enrichment, and public interaction/presentations in addition to daily husbandry tasks.
Job Qualifications:
Requirements: - College student in good standing, studying zoology, ecology, conservation biology, or related field - Proof from university that the internship will be for college credit - Negative TB test - Capable of lifting 50 lbs. - Willing and able to work in all weather conditions - Available to work 40 hours per week for at least 8 weeks, including weekends and holidays - Previous animal care experience preferred, but not required