INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
 

The Little Rock Zoo is now accepting applications for 2018 summer animal care internships. The Zoo is seeking dependable, hardworking college students interested in the field of animal care. Interns will gain valuable experience with exotic animals by training with professional zookeepers. These internships are unpaid and experienced based.  Housing and transportation are the responsibility of the intern. The 2018 summer internship term will begin Friday, May 25th, 2018 and will continue until mid-August. End dates may be no earlier than August 4th and no later than Sept 1st. 

 

Requirements:

-College student or recent graduate in biology, zoology, or related field
-Must have completed a minimum of 4 semesters at the start of the internship
-Student in good standing, GPA 2.5 or higher
-Capable of lifting 50 lbs
-Up-to-date vaccinations, recent physical and negative TB test (dated within 6 months of start date). Documentation will be required the first day of the internship term.
-Available to work weekends and holidays
-Available to work 32-40 hours per week a minimum of 10 consecutive weeks beginning on Friday May 25th 2018

*Acceptance into the program is contingent on passing a background check*
**Animal experience is preferable, but not required**

To Apply:
 

Applicants must submit all of the following documents to be considered:
-resume
-letter of interest including dates of availability
*please include any prior obligations and time off requirements
-school transcript (may be unofficial)
-completed internship application including Background Questionnaire

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD APPLICATION

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD REQUIRED BACKGROUND QUESTIONNAIRE

ALL REQUIRED DOCUMENTS MUST BE SUBMITTED TOGETHER IN ONE COMPLETE PACKAGE

Deadline for summer 2018 applications is Friday, March 2nd. Packages received after that date will not be considered regardless of postmark date
 

Mail completed application packages to:


Little Rock Zoo 

Attn: LRZ Internship Program
1 Zoo Drive
Little Rock, AR 72205  
DO NOT E-MAIL APPLICATIONS 

APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED ELECTRONICALLY  

 

Available Animal Care Internships:

 

Carnivore Internship

 

Interns work alongside carnivore keepers learning their daily routines. Tasks may include, but are not limited to feeding, cleaning, enrichment, training, exhibit maintenance, and public speaking. Daily tasks include some strenuous activity so candidates must be in good physical condition, able to lift up to 50lbs, and able to apply safe working practices. Interns will be trained in all carnivore areas; Big Cats, Bears, and Small Carnivores. Species include Lion, Sloth Bear, Ocelot, Fox, Grizzly Bear, Serval, Tiger, River Otter, Bush dog, Jaguar, Fossa and many more. Weekly schedule may vary so interns must be flexible; any possible conflicts must be mentioned prior to the acceptance of the position.

Hoofstock and Birds Internship

 

This position will offer interns the opportunity to learn husbandry practices for a wide variety of birds and hoof stock. Interns will shadow keepers in the Large Hoofstock, Small Hoofstock, and Birds Teams. The Large Hoofstock area includes Camel, Rhino, Alpaca, and Asian Elephant. During the interns time in Large Hoofstock, interns will be exposed to the elephant program and daily routine, however direct experience with the elephants will be limited. Daily tasks include some strenuous activity so candidates must be in good physical condition, able to lift up to 50lbs, and able to apply safe working practices. Other animals will include Greater Kudu, Plains Zebra, Giant Anteater, Red River Hogs, Lorikeet, Bald Eagle, Ostrich and a variety of free flight tropical birds and more. 

 

Great Apes Internship

 

Professional keepers will instruct interns in the daily husbandry of great apes. Interns will experience feeding, cleaning, enrichment, training, observational studies, and visitor interaction. Daily tasks include some strenuous activity so candidates must be in good physical condition, able to lift up to 50lbs, and able to apply safe working practices. Suitable candidates must be positive, patient, good workers with well-developed observational skills. Species in this area include Gorilla, Chimpanzee, and Orangutan.

 

Arkansas Heritage Farm Internship

 


Interns will have the opportunity to experience the routine in one of the Zoo’s newest exhibits, The Arkansas Heritage Farm. Interns will learn the daily husbandry tasks including feeding, cleaning, enrichment, operant conditioning, record keeping and visitor education. Interns will also help facilitate encounters between domestic animals and guests. The Farm includes Heritage breed goats, sheep, chickens, horses, and donkeys along with a variety of waterfowl and small mammals. Daily tasks include some strenuous activity so candidates must be in good physical condition, able to lift up to 50lbs, and able to apply safe working practices.

 

Ambassador Animal Care Internship

(2 positions) 

A position designed for students who are interested in conservation, education, and zoo animal husbandry. Each intern will experience the Ambassador Animal area daily routines, including the Penguin Pointe Exhibit and the Wild Wonders Amphitheater. Amount of time in each area will be dependent on intern’s area of interest and zoo needs. Interns will be instructed by the conservation education keeper staff learning animal training and handling techniques as well as enrichment, medical treatment, record keeping, and general husbandry of a variety of birds of prey, penguins, small mammals, non-venomous reptiles, and more. Interns will also participate in the zoo’s educational programs including the Wild Wonders Animal Show, off-site programming, and media appearances. Candidates must have a strong work ethic and be self-motivated. Applicants should also have excellent public speaking skills and be willing to work as part of a team of staff and volunteers. A basic dive certification is also a plus but not a requirement. Species in the Ambassador Animal area include African Penguin, Bald Eagle, Crowned Crane, Spur Thigh Tortoise, Opossum and a large variety of other small mammals, birds of prey, and reptiles.

 

Primates Internship

 

Professional keepers will instruct interns in the daily husbandry of a variety of small primates and lesser apes.  Interns will experience feeding, cleaning, enrichment, training, observational studies, and visitor interaction. Daily tasks include some strenuous activity so candidates must be in good physical condition, able to lift up to 50lbs, and able to apply safe working practices. Suitable candidates must be positive, patient, good workers with well-developed observational skills.  Species include lemurs, siamang, capuchins, gibbons, and many more.

If you have questions not answered by this page you may e-mail kbarszczowski@littlerock.gov or leave a message at (501) 661-7271 and we will return your call.