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Company/Organization: The Texas Zoo


The Texas Zoo, a zoological institution located in Victoria, Texas, is looking for a hard-working college student or recently graduated student, that is passionate about animal welfare. The Educational Animal Welfare intern will have the opportunity to conduct environmental research on the animals within our collection, create new and exciting programming for the public, and innovate creative enrichment for multiple species. The intern will also play a crucial role in the care and management of the animals that reside in the barn and petting zoo within the zoo. This is a unique internship designed for students interested in pursuing a career in animal welfare, or a related field involving conservation or within the animal industry.
Applicants must have reliable transportation and are responsible for their own housing, however zoo staff can help applicants find housing. The Texas Zoo internships are unpaid. If college credits are desired, it is solely the studentís responsibility to coordinate through their academic institution to receive credits. Students requesting to conduct a special project during the internship must submit a proposal to be considered for approval.

Conduct research on individuals within the zooís collection and how they interact with their environment
Assist in caring for the animals in the education departmentís collection
Assist in barn/petting zoo management
Create and conduct programming to educate the public on animal welfare importance and our current efforts
Develop creative enrichment for species within the collection
Interact with the public via shows, outreaches, and other planned programming

Learning Outcomes:
Experience working with animals.
Experience in record keeping.
Animal enrichment
Data collection
Knowledge/experience in animal welfare issues
Experience in public speaking.
Experience working with children.
Experience working with various software platforms

Work Environment
The schedule for this internship may include week-ends, evenings and holidays. This position includes routine exposure to extreme heat, cold, or inclement weather. This position includes a high degree of public interaction with zoo guests of all ages. Applicant must exhibit strong professionalism and communication skills.


Must be at least 18 years of age.
Must be able to commit to a minimum of 20/hrs a week, but prefer 40 hrs/week
Must be available for 12-17weeks
Must be a current student (undergraduate or graduate), or have recently graduated
Excellent verbal and written skills.


20-40 hrs/week


12-17 weeks

Start Date:


End Date:

12/24/17, May

December 20, 2017
Animal  Welfare    zoo    wildlife    conservation 
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