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Blank Park Zoo

Open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Admission: $14 Adult | $8 Child

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Open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Admission: $14 Adult | $8 Child

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2018 Summer Conservation Internship

Date Posted
December 20, 2017

Job Details

Application Deadline - March 1, 2018

The Blank Park Zoo is now accepting applications for a 2018 summer conservation internship. The internship program is open to candidates, 18 or older, currently enrolled or recently graduated from college, with an interest in wildlife conservation. It is nonpaid; housing and transportation are the responsibility of the intern. 

Interns are required to be here for eight weeks, starting May 16 – August 10, 2018.

The Conservation Intern will assist BPZ Conservation Manager with general wildlife conservation tasks, while learning about various conservation principles including (but not limited to) the following:

  • In-situ conservation (in the wild)
  • Ex-situ conservation (within zoos)
  • Conservation messaging to various audiences
  • International wildlife conservation organizations
  • Zoos and Aquariums Committing to Conservation (ZACC)
  • Conservation fundraising
  • Green zoo operations
  • Conservation education
  • Conservation marketing, social media
  • Event planning
  • Pollinator conservation



  • College student in good standing, studying zoology, ecology, conservation biology, or related field
  • Successfully complete a background check
  • Capable of lifting 50 lbs.
  • Willing and able to work in all weather conditions
  • Available to work 8 -16 hours per week, Monday – Friday, 9:00am - 4:00pm, may include some weekends
  • Experience with Publisher and Excel preferred, but not required
  • Must be comfortable with public speaking
  • Must have excellent writing skills
  • Select and execute a project with the help of the Conservation Manager, which will be presented at the completion of the internship.
  • Complete BPZ intern courses 


Contact Information

To Apply:

Please send a Conservation Intern Application, resume and cover letter to: Christine Eckles, Volunteer Manager, 7401 SW 9th St, Des Moines, IA 50315 or email: 

Click here for the Conservation Intern Application

Application Deadline - March 1, 2018

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