Animal Welfare


The Racine Zoo is seeking dedicated and enthusiastic interns to work alongside Animal Care Specialists to assist in nurturing 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 pounds. A current negative TB test must also be provided and a tetanus vaccination is highly recommended. Intern positions are experience based and are therefore unpaid. They must also complete a project and/or paper that will benefit the Zoo. It is required that an intern dedicate 24 hours per week over the course of three months (schedules may be flexible based on the candidate's availability). Summer internships run from May-August and the deadline for applications is March 1st. Interns are also accepted in the fall and spring semesters. The deadline for fall applications is September 15 and the deadline for spring applications is December 15. It is advisable to apply as early as possible.

To apply, please send or e-mail a cover letter, resume and list of three references to the Racine Zoo, Attention: Ann Felhofer, 200 Goold Street, Racine, WI 53402