The Red River Zoological Society's Internship Program offers individuals a unique opportunity to become actively involved in the mission of the Red River Zoo. Internships are available for motivated persons that have completed at least two years of college coursework, or college graduates seeking on the job experience. Internships provide practical experience in a zoological environment while gaining valuable knowledge related to his/ her career goals. This exciting and challenging atmosphere offers the opportunity to supplement and apply classroom knowledge.
The Internship Program at the Red River Zoo is designed for dedicated individuals that have at least 2 years of college courses completed or college graduates in an animal related science. The internship is unpaid, but college credits may be earned.
Under supervision and direction of the Red River Zoo staff, interns will learn skills and techniques necessary to provide care for the animals at the Red River Zoo. They will participate in the upkeep of exhibits/ enclosures, as well as zoo grounds, and interact with the visiting public during operating hours. The following duties and responsibilities are typically associated with the internship program. However, an intern may be called upon to do additional tasks not listed.
Keeper internships are physically demanding. Interns may be working in small spaces or in awkward positions that require bending or stretching. Interns must be able to safely lift 50 lbs. Keepers work in extreme weather conditions, so interns must be able to tolerate heat, cold, snow, wind and rain. They must also be able to tolerate strong odors such as hay, dust and animal hair/fur/dander.
Interns must have a current tetanus vaccination and be willing to have annual TB screening done.
Applicants must have completed at least 2 years of college and have an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher.
Interns must have a strong desire to learn and be able to accept constructive criticism. They must have a basic, positive interest in animals and have good interpersonal skills.
Keeper internships consist of a scheduled work week to be determined by the supervisor and intern. Internships are generally 16 weeks long. A minimum commitment of 30 hours per week is required (considerations may be made for students attending classes). Interns must be flexible with their schedule and have the ability to work weekdays, weekends and holidays.
All positions are unpaid with no housing provided.
Applications must be postmarked by the following dates for the following sessions: