Education Internship

The Red River Zoo Education Department is dedicated to helping people connect to nature through fun and dynamic learning experiences.  We invite you to come and be a part of our team while gaining valuable experience and knowledge about effective program development, delivery, and evaluation in a zoo setting.

Education Department interns will be required to successfully complete program animal handling training with a variety of animals (small mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds and arthropods).  Interns will be supervised by the Education Department staff.

Responsibilities include:

Program development

Program preparation

Present on/off site program

Program animal handling

Animal Care

Food preparation and distribution



-College student or recent graduate (preferably in education, zoology, or related field)

-Student in good standing, GPA of 2.5 or higher

-Applicants must have completed at least 1 year of college.

-Capable of lifting 20lbs

-Willingness to work with both animals and the public



Education 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 20-40 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.


*Acceptance into the program is contingent on passing a background check.


All positions are unpaid with no housing or transportation provided.

To apply, please submit the following:


-Letter of Interest, including dates of availability

-2 Letters of Recommendations

-A copy of your unofficial transcript


Please send application materials to:

Red River Zoo

Heather Harelson Nutick

Director of Education

4255 23rd Ave. South

Fargo, ND 58104

701-277-9240 x 310