Internships are available to college students looking to gain knowledge and experience in the animal care field. The following teams accept interns: Ambassador, Aquatics, Avian/Reptiles, Carnivore/Pinniped, Large Mammals/Hoof-stock, and Small Mammals. Please see area descriptions for more information.
Summer interns must be available a minimum 32 hours per week, between the hours of 7:00am – 4:00pm, including weekends and holidays.
Spring and Fall interns must be available a minimum of 16 hours per week, between the hours of 7:00am – 4:00pm, including weekend and holidays.
Animal Care Intern Learning Objectives:
Additional Information about Animal Care Areas
Interns will have the opportunity to work with and learn about a wide variety of animals including mammals, reptiles, birds, amphibians, and invertebrates.
Species in the area include a variety of Indo-Pacific and Atlantic tropical reef fishes and invertebrates, Amazonian fish, reptiles and amphibians, African cichlids, Pacific cold-water fish and invertebrates, and North American pond turtles. Interns, who have SCUBA certification who have passed a doctor’s physical assessment may be asked to aid in diving to clean exhibits.
Avian & Reptiles
Interns will gain experience in daily husbandry, exhibit upkeep, observations, enrichment and training for a diverse group of birds. This includes 30+ species of birds and 3 species of reptiles. Please note penguins are not a part of the bird team.
Interns will gain husbandry experience working around Magellan penguin, ring tailed lemur, gibbon, pacific harbor seal, and California sea lions. Interns must be able to work safely outdoors in all weather conditions. Interns work alongside mentor trainers to observe animal training sessions with pinnipeds, primates, Amur tiger and African lion. Access into the cat complex is limited.
Interns will gain experience with all aspects of exotic ungulate husbandry. Species in this section: reticulated giraffe, black rhino, okapi, yellow-backed duiker, addax, red river hogs, nyala, Hartmann’s mountain zebra, and Bactrian camels.
Small Mammals & Kids Kingdom
Interns work alongside keepers to observe animal procedures, handling, and transport. Species in this section: Bennett's wallaby, Nigerian dwarf goats, llamas, mulefoot pigs, common Indian peafowl, trumpeter swans, and miniature donkey. Individuals may gain the opportunity to assist with the daily care of red panda and cotton-top tamarin. If rabies vaccinated, interns may have the opportunity to work with Egyptian and Jamaican fruit bats. For safety precautions, interns will not be working with our Japanese macaques.