Blank Park Zoo
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 Commissary Internship

Date Posted
December 20, 2017

Job Details

Application Deadline:  March 1, 2018

The Blank Park Zoo is now accepting applications for the 2018 commissary internship. Internships are open to hard working, motivated candidates considering a career in zoo keeping or animal nutrition.    Internships are nonpaid; housing and transportation are the responsibility of the intern.  Summer intern dates are as follows:  May 16 – August 11, 2018.

Description of intern duties & responsibilities:

Assist commissary staff with daily duties.
This includes diet preparation, cleaning, disinfections, and stocking. 
Dedicated volunteer that is willing to volunteer at least two days a week from 8:00 – 12:00pm.

Volunteer will be responsible for:

  • Showing up on time and when scheduled
  • Learning diet preparation and sanitation practices
  • Cleaning kitchen and feed storage areas
  • Seasonally – assist with garden
  • Reporting any problems to the commissary staff


  • Must be a currently enrolled college student in good standing, studying zoology, ecology, animal nutrition, or related field.
  • Proof from university that the internship will be for college credit
  • Must be a positive, effective team member and be able to establish professional working relationships
  • Test Negative for TB, test will need to be done and paperwork turned in by the first day.
  • Successfully complete a background check
  • Capable of lifting 25 lbs.
  • Able to cut vegetables & fruit safely
  • Be able to follow detailed directions and ask questions if clarification needed
  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to take initiative
  • Does not mind strong smells
  • Available a minimum: three days week, totaling a maximum of 20 hours per week from, May 16 – August 11, 2018, including weekends and holidays.
  • Complete BPZoo intern courses.

Contact Information

To Apply 

Please send an Animal Care Intern Application, resume and cover letter indicating department of interest to: Christine Eckles, Volunteer Manager, 7401 SW 9th St, Des Moines, IA 50315 or email:

Click here for the Commissary Intern Application.

Application Deadline: March 1, 2018

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