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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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Special Events Intern

Date Posted
February 7, 2020

Job Details

Department: Development
Reports to: Director of Events

Blank Park Zoo is looking for a responsible, energetic, self-starter who is eager to learn and is highly motivated to assist with event planning efforts and operations. The Special Events Intern is responsible for providing direct support to the events team for the 2020 summer season. The individual will assist with the logistical planning, coordination and implementation of public and private events at the Zoo. The position offers hands-on experience and the opportunity to gain new skills to be applied in your career field.


The following duties are normal for this position. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all inclusive.  Other duties may be required and assigned.

  • Assist the events team and Development Department with tasks related to special events and development
  • Assist in fundraising, planning and execution of special events such as Zoo Brew, Dreamnight, Zoobilation Gala, and Gators on the Green
  • Assist in the execution of rentals, including weddings, company outings and elementary family nights
  • Assist with Zoo event promotions, including social media and signage
  • Create and present an event-focused project throughout the summer
  • Maintain strong communication with Zoo staff and volunteers
  • Conduct and facilitate event recap meetings
  • Additional tasks as assigned by the supervisor



The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Ability to work independently and manage multiple tasks
  • Ability to work well with all staff and volunteers
  • Proven reliability and organizational skills
  • Must be able and willing to work outside a standard work week, including nights and weekends, as needed
  • Ability to handle a flexible workload and schedule
  • Excellent problem-solving abilities – ability to respond and dissolve issues in real-time


  1. Flexible - Ability to handle a flexible workload with a variety of assignments
  2. Independent - Must be able to operate independently, exercise initiative, and demonstrate capacity for detail and follow-up
  3. Positive - Must be a positive, effective team member and be able to establish professional working relationships.
  4. Clear communication skills, both verbal and written
  5. Customer-Oriented – Must be able to exercise professional customer service skills at all times, with many different types of people and all situations

Education and Experience

Must be currently enrolled in, or graduated from, an accredited college or university, with major course work in public relations, communications, sales, event management, or a related field. Minimum of 2 years’ experience in customer relations and/or event sales required.

Language Ability

Ability to communicate effectively to all ages of clients, visitors and staff, both verbally and written

Computer Skills

Excellent computer business skills required

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Ability to bend, twist, lift 50 pounds
Ability to walk on uneven surfaces such as hills, snow, ice, grass, mud, etc.
Ability to be outside in a variety of weather conditions, including heat and cold

Contact Information

To Apply:

Please complete the online job application and attach your cover letter and resume.

Click here for online application

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