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:
The goal of the Red River Zoo's education internship program is to provide a pre-professional work environment that gives you opportunities to further develop your skills through hands-on experience interpreting a wide variety of animal and nature based education programs. The following position is available to current college students enrolled in the education or biological science field.
Interns will assist the Junior Zookeeper Coordinator in the preparation and presentation of the Junior Zookeeper Program. The Junior Zookeeper Program allows children aged 11 to 17 a wonderful opportunity to learn about a variety of animals at the Zoo, and to share their knowledge with the public. Some of the things a Junior Zookeeper will do include Responsibility for the Zoo's Domestic Contact Area, Show & Tails, Docenting and Edu-Carts, Zoo Garden and Face Painting. The Junior Zookeeper program has proven to be a great way for kids to learn responsibility, build leadership and time management skills, gain self confidence, and get some quality time with animals. You will also be trained on how to handle a variety of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, and birds in a presentation setting and may be called upon to help with the education animal husbandry.
Positions available: 1-2 depending on individual's availability
Hours: Days and times will vary based on your schedule. At least 20 hours per week.
Duties include the following but are not limited to:
Students interested in applying for the education internship should send:
Deadline: Open until filled
For more information contact:
Leila Goulet, Director of Education
701-277-9240 ext 309
Send completed application packages to:
Red River Zoo
4255 23rd Ave S
Fargo, ND 58104