Internship Opportunities

The Racine Zoological Gardens is located on the shores of Lake Michigan. Covering 32 acres, the Zoo is home to over 250 animals representing 76 species. The mission of the Racine Zoological Society is to foster an enlightening and affordable wildlife experience that improves the bond between people and nature. We love enthusiastic interns to join us for some invaluable experience!

 


 

Animal Welfare Internships

Animal Welfare Internships

Racine Zoo is seeking dedicated and enthusiastic interns to work alongside Animal Care Specialists to assist in maintaining the animal collection. Interns are involved in various aspects of animal care, including daily husbandry, diet preparation and delivery, exhibit maintenance, behavioral enrichment preparation, animal observations, and informal educational interactions with Zoo guests.

Internship candidates must have completed one year of college and be working towards a degree in biology, zoology, animal behavior, or any other related field. Candidates must have excellent communication skills, observation skills, and have the ability to work in a team environment. They must be reliable, trustworthy, and be able to follow oral and/or written instructions. Zoo keeping is a physically demanding profession, and interns are subjected to a variety of physical and environmental challenges. Interns may be required to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions. Tasks are occasionally strenuous and interns must be able to lift a minimum of 50 lbs. A current negative TB test is required and a tetanus vaccination is highly recommended. Intern positions are experience based and are therefore unpaid. Housing is not provided. It is required that an intern dedicates 12 weeks with a minimum of 4 days per week (schedules may be flexible based on the candidate’s availability). They must also complete a project and/or paper that will benefit the zoo. Summer internships run from May - August and the deadline for applications is March 1. Interns are also accepted in the fall (deadline of Sept 15) and spring semesters (Deadline of Dec 31). It is advisable to apply as early as possible.

 

To apply, please send or email a cover letter, resume, and a list of three references to:

Racine Zoo
Attention: Angie Sagert
Intern/Volunteer Coordinator
2131 North Main Street
Racine, Wisconsin 53402

or

akutchery@racinezoo.org

No phone calls, please.

 


 

High School Zoo Internships

Conservation Education High School Internship

Education interns learn about current issues in conservation and learn to interpret them to guests. $150 stipend available upon completion of internship.

Typical Duties:

  • Interns will participate in eight classes with Conservation Education staff on Tuesday evenings throughout the internship. This will include both structured learning and hands-on experiences. 

  • Interns will commit to 10 hours of weekend shifts over the course of the internship. These shifts will involve engaging the public in conversation about conservation initiatives with the goal of galvanizing people to take action. This may include use of biofacts, providing education and outreach at Zoo-sponsored conservation days, and assisting with research and program development. 

  • The internship will culminate in a final project where students will identify a current problem related to earth or biological sciences, and then propose solutions to their chosen problem which can be incorporated into future educational programming. 

 

Qualifications:

We are seeking motivated high school students looking to learn more about and gain experience in careers related to conservation, wildlife, animal care, interpretation, or education. This position requires strong writing, speaking, and organization skills including the ability to multi-task. Proven ability to interact with other staff, guests, and volunteers and to maintain an energetic and positive attitude. Must be willing to work outdoors in all weather conditions. 

 

If applying by email, please put “High School Internship” in the subject line. Please send a cover letter and completed application. If you choose, you may also submit a resume.

Please apply to:

Racine Zoo
Attention: Cassie Meredith
Conservation Education Specialist
2131 North Main Street
Racine, Wisconsin 53402
 

Or email to cmeredith@racinezoo.org

Applications due no later than Thursday, May 20th for the Summer 2021 Semester

Application: PDF

 

Program made possible thanks to a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

 


 

Working at the Zoo

Conservation Education Internship – Stipended and Unstipended Available

Education interns assist the Conservation Education Department in promoting awareness of conservation issues through engaging, educational, and entertaining zoo experiences.

Typical Duties and Results:

  • Assist in school programming and live animal presentations
  • Performing educational outreach animal encounters both on and off campus
  • Assisting with signage and interactive displays along with program development and research
  • Assist in teaching and leading on campus free programming for public school students (spring only)
  • Assist with teaching and leading summer camp classes (summer only)
  • Work with a variety of animals that include small mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and arthropods
  • Fulfill project that is beneficial to the Zoo and is completed within time frame of internship

 

Qualifications:

Candidates must have completed one year of a college degree program in biology, animal behavior, zoology, education, or other related field. Candidates must also have excellent communication skills, enjoy working with people of all ages, and be able to work in a team environment. They must be self-motivated, reliable, prompt, able to lift 50 pounds, and able to work in all weather conditions. Internships are experience-based and are therefore unpaid (housing is also not provided, however, nearby housing options are potentially available for a fee). It is required that an intern dedicates 24 hours per week over the course of three months, or 288 total hours (schedules may be flexible based on the candidate’s availability).

Must have, or be willing to learn basic first-aid, and CPR. Negative TB test required. Ability work outdoors, lift heavy objects, and risk periodic exposure to fairly predictable and controllable hazards associated with wild animals and zoonotic diseases.

Dates are flexible. Currently recruiting for spring and summer semesters

Two positions with a $200/month stipend are available each season

Full description

 

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to:

Racine Zoo
Attention: Aszya Summers
Conservation Education Manager
200 Goold Street
Racine, Wisconsin 53402

or email asummers@racinezoo.org with the subject line "Conservation Education Internship"

Applications considered on a rolling basis

No phone calls, please.

 


 

Support Services Internship

Support Services Internships

The Racine Zoo is seeking energetic and enthusiastic interns to help manage many of special events hosted at the Zoo.  Support Services interns will be responsible for assisting with special events, interacting with Zoo guests, and working on other special projects. 

To apply, please email a resume and cover letter to:

Special Events/Sales Manager, Chelsea Locke, at clocke@racinezoo.org with the subject line "Support Services Internship"

No phone calls, please.

 


 

Local Marketing Internship

Marketing/Graphic Design Internship

The Zoo is seeking enthusiastic and self-motivated interns to help manage our social media pages, create posters for events, help update our website, take photos at events, and more. Graphic design experience required. Website and photography knowledge is a plus. This is a great opportunity for any college student seeking a degree in graphic design or marketing and requires an internship upon graduation.

Full Description

To apply, please send a resume, cover letter, 3 – 5 examples of photography, and 3 – 5 examples of graphic design work to:

Marketing and Public Relations Manager, Kristen Humphrey, at kristen@racinezoo.org with the subject line "Marketing Internship"

No phone calls, please.

 


 

 Volunteer Coordinator

Volunteer Coordination Internship

Volunteer Coordination Interns assist our education department in managing our volunteer program. Duties include working with Volgistics scheduling software, communication, training and orientation, and creation of new volunteer opportunities.

Full description

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to: 

Racine Zoo
Attention: Aszya Summers
Conservation Education Manager
2131 North Main Street
Racine, Wisconsin 53402

or email asummers@racinezoo.org with the subject line "Volunteer Coordination Internship"

Applications considered on a rolling basis

No phone calls, please.