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

Racine Zoo is seeking dedicated and eager 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. Zookeeping 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.

 


 

Conservation Education Internships

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
  • 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 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.

 

Please send resumes to asummers@racinezoo.org

Applications considered on a rolling basis.
No phone calls, please.

 


 

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 (and sometimes managing on his or her own) special events including, interacting with Zoo guests, and working on other special projects. 

Please send resumes to interns@racinezoo.org

No phone calls, please.

 


 

Marketing Internship

The Zoo is seeking one to two enthusiastic and self-motivated interns to help manage our social media platforms, create press releases, posters for events, help update our website, and more. Graphic design and website 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.

Please send resumes to interns@racinezoo.org

No phone calls, please.

 


 

 

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.

Please send resumes to asummers@racinezoo.org

No phone calls, please.