Join the Team: Internship Opportunities

Animal Care Internship Application (pdf)       

All Other Departments Internship Application (pdf)      

Please Note: All candidates for internships must have completed at least one-year of college education to be considered for any available positions. Postions are currently available in Animal Care, Social & Digital Media, Marketing & Events, Volunteer Programs & Education. Please scroll down to see all available positions.


Animal Care – Aviculture Internship (Unpaid)

Interns will work side-by-side with animal keepers to provide daily husbandry, enrichment and exhibit maintenance to a varied bird collection. Aviculture Interns will be trained in bird management techniques and will have the opportunity to observe and sometimes participate in bird capture and restraint. Staff, interns and volunteers at Palm Beach Zoo engage visitors on a daily basis through formal keeper talks and informal animal encounters. Palm Beach Zoo is seeking applicants that have a passion for conservation and a desire to engage and educate the public on conservation initiatives.

All applicants must commit to a minimum of 360 hours over a 15 week period (three – five days per week) and must be physically able to stoop, bend, reach, climb, lift, carry or push at least 50 pounds in a south Florida climate. Applicants must also submit proof of a negative TB test, and proof of current college enrollment or of college graduation no more than three years prior to the graduation date. This internship is unpaid and no housing is provided. Selection preference for internships will be given to undergraduate or graduate-level students studying in the fields of biology, zoology, psychology or related disciplines who are looking to pursue a career in the zoological field. Applicants that have experience within a zoological, veterinary, environmental or rehabilitation facility are preferred.

Animal Care internships are offered in three sessions, interviews for each session will begin after each deadline:

  • Fall (September-December), deadline is August 15
  • Spring (January-April), deadline is November 1
  • Summer (May-August), deadline is March 1

To Apply: Complete the internship application and send it, as well as a résumé, cover letter identifying internship area of interest, and proof of college enrollment to Erin Hitsman, Volunteer Programs Manager. Mail: Animal Care Internship Program, Palm Beach Zoo, 1301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach FL 33405, Email here. Fax: 561-585-6085.

Animal Care - Commissary Internship (Unpaid)

Interns will work alongside the Commissary team members to perform the following job functions:

  • Assist in preparing animals’ diets according to established procedures or guidelines.
  • Inspect stored items, ensure rotation, and remove outdated or spoiled food.
  • Ensure physical security and quality standards of food items (meat, fish, vegetables, grain, etc.), food supplements, and vitamins.
  • Assemble food in properly marked containers and delivers or issues food to animal keepers.
  • Update diet sheets as they are submitted.
  • Clean and sanitize commissary facilities and associated animal feed storage areas, as well as dishes and other diet preparation items.
  • Uphold USDA and AZA standards.
  • Other duties as assigned.

All applicants must commit to a minimum of 360 hours over a 15 week period (three – five days per week) and must be physically able to stoop, bend, reach, climb, lift, carry or push at least 50 pounds in a south Florida climate. Applicants must also submit proof of a negative TB test, and proof of current college enrollment or of college graduation no more than three years prior to the graduation date. This internship is unpaid and no housing is provided. Selection preference for internships will be given to undergraduate or graduate-level students studying in the fields of nutrition, biology, zoology, psychology or related disciplines who are looking to pursue a career in the zoological field. Applicants that have experience within a zoological, veterinary, environmental or rehabilitation facility are preferred.

If the applicant is able to work 5 days per week, the internship can be combined with one of the other animal care internships with 3 days in the commissary and 2 days in animal care.

Animal Care internships are offered in three sessions, interviews for each session will begin after each deadline:

  • Fall (September-December), deadline is July 1
  • Spring (January-April), deadline is November 1
  • Summer (May-August), deadline is March 1

To Apply: Complete the internship application and send it, as well as a résumé, cover letter identifying internship area of interest, and proof of college enrollment to Erin Hitsman, Volunteer Manager. Mail: Erin Hitsman, Palm Beach Zoo, 1301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach FL 33405, Email: volunteer@palmbeachzoo.org

Animal Care – Herpetology Internship (Unpaid)

Interns will work side-by-side with animal keepers to provide daily husbandry, enrichment and exhibit maintenance to a collection of reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates. Herpetology Interns will be trained to handle various reptiles and amphibians along with other herp management techniques. Staff, interns and volunteers at Palm Beach Zoo engage visitors on a daily basis through formal keeper talks and informal animal encounters. Palm Beach Zoo is seeking applicants that have a passion for conservation and a desire to engage and educate the public on conservation initiatives.

All applicants must commit to a minimum of 360 hours over a 15 week period (three – five days per week) and must be physically able to stoop, bend, reach, climb, lift, carry or push at least 50 pounds in a south Florida climate. Applicants must also submit proof of a negative TB test, and proof of current college enrollment or of college graduation no more than three years prior to the graduation date. This internship is unpaid and no housing is provided. Selection preference for internships will be given to undergraduate or graduate-level students studying in the fields of biology, zoology, psychology or related disciplines who are looking to pursue a career in the zoological field. Applicants that have experience within a zoological, veterinary, environmental or rehabilitation facility are preferred.

Animal Care internships are offered in three sessions, interviews for each session will begin after each deadline:

  • Fall (September-December), deadline is July 1
  • Spring (January-April), deadline is November 1
  • Summer (May-August), deadline is March 1

To Apply: Complete the internship application and send it, as well as a résumé, cover letter identifying internship area of interest, and proof of college enrollment to Erin Hitsman, Volunteer Programs Manager. Mail: Animal Care Internship Program, Palm Beach Zoo, 1301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach FL 33405, Email: volunteer@palmbeachzoo.org. Fax: 561-585-6085.

Animal Care – Mammal Internship (Unpaid)

Interns will work side-by-side with animal keepers to provide daily husbandry, enrichment and exhibit maintenance to a varied animal collection. Interns may work with large and small mammals including primates, carnivores and herbivores as well as some reptiles and bird species. Mammal Interns will be trained in animal management techniques and will have the opportunity to observe and sometimes participate in animal training sessions. Staff, interns and volunteers at Palm Beach Zoo engage visitors on a daily basis through formal keeper talks and informal animal encounters. Palm Beach Zoo is seeking applicants that have a passion for conservation and a desire to engage and educate the public on conservation initiatives.

All applicants must commit to a minimum of 360 hours over a 15 week period (three – five days per week) and must be physically able to stoop, bend, reach, climb, lift, carry or push at least 50 pounds in a south Florida climate. Applicants must also submit proof of a negative TB test, and proof of current college enrollment or of college graduation no more than three years prior to the graduation date. This internship is unpaid and no housing is provided. Selection preference for internships will be given to undergraduate or graduate-level students studying in the fields of biology, zoology, psychology or related disciplines who are looking to pursue a career in the zoological field. Applicants that have experience within a zoological, veterinary, environmental or rehabilitation facility are preferred.

Animal Care internships are offered in three sessions, interviews for each session will begin after each deadline:

  • Fall (September-December), deadline is July 1
  • Spring (January-April), deadline is November 1
  • Summer (May-August), deadline is March 1

To Apply: Complete the internship application and send it, as well as a résumé, cover letter identifying internship area of interest, and proof of college enrollment to Erin Hitsman, Volunteer Programs Manager. Mail: Animal Care Internship Program, Palm Beach Zoo, 1301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach FL 33405, Email: volunteer@palmbeachzoo.org. Fax: 561-585-6085.

Animal Care – Program Animals Internship (Unpaid)

Interns will work side-by-side with animal trainers to provide daily husbandry and enrichment to the program animal collection consisting of birds, mammals and reptiles. Program Animal Interns also participate in animal shows as animal handlers and by delivering dialogue on microphone. This internship offers opportunities to observe and sometimes participate in animal training sessions. Program Animal Interns will be trained to handle various birds, mammals and reptiles and learn a variety of behavior management techniques. Staff, interns and volunteers at Palm Beach Zoo engage visitors on a daily basis through formal keeper talks and informal animal encounters. Palm Beach Zoo is seeking applicants that have a passion for conservation and a desire to engage and educate the public on conservation initiatives.

All applicants must commit to a minimum of 360 hours over a 15 week period (three – five days per week) and must be physically able to stoop, bend, reach, climb, lift, carry or push at least 50 pounds in a south Florida climate. Applicants must also submit proof of a negative TB test, and proof of current college enrollment or of college graduation no more than three years prior to the graduation date. This internship is unpaid and no housing is provided. Selection preference for internships will be given to undergraduate or graduate-level students studying in the fields of biology, zoology, psychology or related disciplines who are looking to pursue a career in the zoological field. Applicants that have experience within a zoological, veterinary, environmental or rehabilitation facility are preferred.

Animal Care internships are offered in three sessions, interviews for each session will begin after each deadline:

  • Fall (September-December), deadline is July 1
  • Spring (January-April), deadline is November 1
  • Summer (May-August), deadline is March 1

To Apply: Complete the internship application and send it, as well as a résumé, cover letter identifying internship area of interest, and proof of college enrollment to Erin Hitsman, Volunteer Programs Manager. Mail: Animal Care Internship Program, Palm Beach Zoo, 1301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach FL 33405, Email: volunteer@palmbeachzoo.org. Fax: 561-585-6085.

Social & Digital Media Internship (Unpaid)

Are you a natural storyteller who loves animals? Do you like interacting with people? Do you like creating digital content and writing blogs?

You may be Palm Beach Zoo's next Social and Digital Media Intern! This internship will benefit someone who is interested in gaining valuable knowledge in a well-rounded marketing role via digital communications, media relations and audience development. The Social and Digital Media Intern will play an active role in creating digital content for the Zoo's hip & happening social platforms, and website that is relevant to our mission to inspire people to act on behalf of wildlife and the natural world.

Some things to expect from this internship are:

  • Produce high-quality, creative, and relevant videography of animals, Zoo programs, and Zoo events that complement Zoo campaign themes, aligns with our brand
  • Edit engaging videos to be published on the Zoo’s social channels
  • Write blogs
  • Completes other social and digital media projects as assigned.

SKILLS

  • Creative self-starter and idea generator who is comfortable with both taking initiative and working in collaboration.
  • Knowledge of digital videography and photography cameras and equipment
  • Experience with Microsoft applications, basic photo-editing, and video-editing software, and internet browsers. Experience with Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and InDesign a plus.
  • Familiarity and facility with mainstream social media platforms, including but not limited to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube
  • Detail oriented with strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Available to work very flexible hours, including lots of WILD weekends.
  • We require that you bring your own computer to complete internship projects and tasks. Zoo photo and video cameras will be provided.

Candidates must maintain a calm and positive attitude under pressure, exhibit a strong work ethic, and enjoy working with a wide range of personalities and animals! Most importantly, the candidate should be flexible and willing to take on multiple tasks in a fun, yet challenging environment.

Requirements: All applicants must be pursuing a degree in the areas of business, marketing, communications, recreation, or a related field and must commit to a minimum of 360 hours of work over a 15 week period with a minimum of and three (3) per week, as well as be able to work outdoors in a typical Florida climate and lift up to 50lbs. This internship opportunity is unpaid and no housing is provided. All interns must be able to work nights and weekends as needed, no major holidays (Christmas, Thanksgiving or Easter) are required. Computer experience including Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher and Power Point is a must. Due to potential exposure to non-human primates, all applicants regardless of placement must present proof of a negative TB test administered within the past year.

Available sessions:

  • Fall (September-December), deadline is July 1
  • Spring (January-April), deadline is November 1
  • Summer (May-August), deadline is March 1
To Apply: Complete the volunteer/internship application and send it, as well as a resume, cover letter identifying internship area of interest, proof of college enrollment (or degree if just graduated) to Mail: Erin Hitsman, Volunteer Manager, Palm Beach Zoo, 1301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach FL 33405, Email: volunteer@palmbeachzoo.org. Fax: 561-585-6085.
 

Marketing & Events Internship (Unpaid)

The Palm Beach Zoo has internship opportunities available for undergraduate level students that are interested in gaining experience in the fields of marketing, advertising, and event planning. 

Some things to expect from this internship are:

  • Seeking out and researching new marketing partnerships and co-ops
  • Assisting with advertising buys, paying of invoices, creation of ads including graphics and writing copy/scripts, and assisting with ROI studies
  • Special event planning and implementation including but not limited to the procurement of supplies, booking of entertainment, set-up and breakdown
  • Report preparation, visitor demographic research, and general clerical duties including returning phone calls/emails, filing, data entry, and assisting with mailings when necessary

Requirements: All applicants must be pursuing a degree in the areas of business, marketing, communications, recreation, or a related field and must commit to a minimum of 360 hours of work over a 15 week period with a minimum of and three (3) per week, as well as be able to work outdoors in a typical Florida climate and lift up to 50lbs. This internship opportunity is unpaid and no housing is provided. All interns must be able to work nights and weekends as needed, no major holidays (Christmas, Thanksgiving or Easter) are required. Computer experience including Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher and Power Point is a must. Due to potential exposure to non-human primates, all applicants regardless of placement must present proof of a negative TB test administered within the past year.

Available sessions:

  • Fall (September-December), deadline is July 1
  • Spring (January-April), deadline is November 1
  • Summer (May-August), deadline is March 1
To Apply: Complete the volunteer/internship application and send it, as well as a resume, cover letter identifying internship area of interest, proof of college enrollment (or degree if just graduated) to Mail: Erin Hitsman, Volunteer Manager, Palm Beach Zoo, 1301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach FL 33405, Email: volunteer@palmbeachzoo.org. Fax: 561-585-6085.
 

Veterinary Technician Internship (Unpaid)

The Palm Beach Zoo and Conservation Society is home to over 550 animals from Florida, North, South and Central America, Australia, and Madagascar. Our institution houses many ambassador animals including koala, capybara, malayan tigers, north american black bears, giant anteaters, a variety of primate and avian species and many more. The staff and animals are here to inspire people to act on behalf of wildlife and the natural world.

The Melvin J. & Claire Levine Animal Care Complex is a 10,000 square foot LEED certified building, comprised of a hospital and quarantine facilities. The fully functioning hospital includes an in-house laboratory, digital radiography, ICU, pharmacy, a surgical suite, and necropsy room. The Veterinary staff consists of a head veterinarian and two certified veterinary technicians. As an intern you will assist with preventative medicine, care of medical cases, quarantine, pathology, laboratory diagnostics, maintaining medical records and data entry under the supervision of the veterinarian or veterinary technicians. The intern will gain hands on experience in the care and handling of reptiles, birds, primates, carnivores, hoofstock, and amphibians. The intern is to complete one major project and present it to the veterinary technicians at the end of their internship.

There is no stipend for this position.  Housing and transportation is the responsibility of the student. Preference is given to those students with veterinary clinic experience.

Requirements:

  • Currently a senior or a recent graduate from an AVMA accredited Veterinary Technician Program.
  • Have a current negative TB test.
  • Be able to perform professionally and work well with others.?
  • Be able to commit to 30-40 hours per week for 8-12 weeks, length of stay will depend on performance.

Recommended:

  • Current Tetanus vaccine & Rabies titers/vaccine - without proper vaccinations there are restrictions on interaction with certain species.

Application should include:

  • Cover letter, including the goals you hope to achieve during your time at the Palm Beach Zoo and Conservation Society
  • Resume, including current or recent Veterinary Technician Program unofficial transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation from a professional source (Professor, past employer, other internships)
  • Preferred start and end dates

Send application packet: Via fax to: 561-833-7135 Attn: Veterinary Technicians - Amber Landacre, CVT & Erin McNally, CVT or via email to: volunteer@palmbeachzoo.org

Education Internships (Unpaid)

The Palm Beach Zoo's mission is to protect wildlife and wildlife habitat, and to inspire others to value and conserve the natural world. Education interns assist in meeting this mission, while gaining valuable hands-on experience. Summer internships run May 31 - August 13, part-time or full-time.

Job Description: Gain teaching and animal-handling experience by assisting with the zoo's summer camp program. Present animal encounters to campers and to the public. Lead small groups of campers in zookeeping activities. Teach science lessons. Assist education staff in developing and evaluating new curriculum. Full-time interns will complete a term project.

Requirements: Applicants should be college students with at least one year completed, or recent college graduates. Good communication and public speaking skills required. Able to interact well with children, staff, volunteers and zoo guests. Self-motivated, reliable, up-beat, and able to work outdoors in hot/humid weather. If accepted, applicants must provide proof of a negative TB test within the last year, and must pass a drug screen and background check.

To Apply: Send resume and cover letter, proof of college enrollment, and one letter of recommendation to Palm Beach Zoo, Attn: Kelly Miller, Education Programs Manager, 1301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach, FL 33405.

Volunteer Services Internship (Unpaid)

The Palm Beach zoo volunteer office is offering a NEW and exciting internship opportunity in the field of Volunteer Services. The volunteer office has grown tremendously this past 2 years from 32 active volunteers to 200, and with one time volunteers saw a total of 799 volunteers last year. With this recent growth, came transformation of the volunteer office as a whole. We transformed the old hospital into the volunteer headquarters with a new intern office, manager’s office and volunteer break room. The volunteer office developed gold and eagle scout program that has led to the renovation of our winter bird room, lemur island and coming soon howler monkey and wallaby exhibit that has been engineered and overseen from start to finish by the zoos volunteer manager. We are looking forward to year 3 of the volunteer program and growth! This internship will work alongside our volunteer services manager to help gain experience in volunteer services in a way you never thought possible!  Interns will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn how to use volunteer management systems like volgistics
  • Help develop year three of the Youth Volunteer Corps
  • Develop skills to help with retention and recruitment
  • Learn about retention programs
  • Learn the HR side of unpaid employees

All applicants must commit to a minimum of 360 hours of work over a 15 week period and must be able to work outdoors in typical Florida climate and be able to lift at least 50 lbs. All applicants must be able to provide proof of a negative TB test and proof of current college enrollment or of college graduation no more than six months prior to application date. This internship opportunity is unpaid and no housing is provided. Selection preference for internships will be given to undergraduate or graduate-level students studying in the field of, psychology, communications other related disciplines who are looking to pursue a career in Human Resources or Volunteer Services.

To Apply: Complete the volunteer/internship application and send it, as well as a resume, cover letter identifying internship area of interest, proof of college enrollment (or degree if just graduated) to Erin Hitsman, Volunteer Programs Manager. Mail: Volunteer Services Manager, Palm Beach Zoo, 1301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach FL 33405, Email: volunteer@palmbeachzoo.org. Fax: 561-585-6085.

Animal Care Internship Application (pdf) 

All Other Departments Internship Application (pdf)

 

Please Note: All candidates for internships must have completed at least one-year of college education to be considered for any available positions.

The Palm Beach Zoo is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, or age in the recruitment and employment of staff.

 

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