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ASIA TRAIL ANIMAL KEEPER INTERNSHIPS

The National Zoo provides the opportunity for interns to gain experience in the zoo keeping field by participating in daily animal keeper activities including animal husbandry, nutrition, enrichment and training, and visitor education. The newly completed Asia Trail, featuring a variety of Asian carnivores, is seeking applicants for consideration to serve as interns for 2014 spring and fall sessions.

JOB DUTIES

  • Assist animal keepers with feeding, cleaning, exhibit preparation and renovation, and behavioral observations.
  • Provide formal and informal interpretive educational programs for visitors.
  • Help design and implement animal enrichment programs.
  • Learn and follow animal/keeper safety guidelines, operations, and polices.
  • Develop or select an educational project to complete during the internship.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Must have or currently be pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in a related field.
  • Must have experience working around animals.
  • Must have strong communication skills.
  • Must be able to work in a team environment with staff, other interns and volunteers.
  • Must enjoy working outdoors in all weather conditions.
  • Must be in good physical condition and be able to lift at least 50 pounds.
  • Will be subject to fingerprinting and a background check.
  • Must have a negative TB test.
  • A trial working day is required prior to applicant acceptance into the program. This assures that the internship activities are understood by the selectee.

TERM OF APPOINTMENT

There are two internship sessions throughout the year: spring and fall. Interns will work 40 hours a week (Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.)

APPLICATION DEADLINES

  • Spring session runs March 1 to May 31. Applications accepted between November 1 to December 1 only.
  • Fall session runs September 1 to November 30. Applications accepted between May 1 and June 1 only.

STIPEND/CREDIT

This is an unpaid internship. If the internship is desired for college credit we can accommodate. Personal health insurance is the responsibility of the selectee.

LODGING

Interns must make their own arrangements in the Washington, D.C., area.

TO APPLY

To apply, go to: https://solaa.si.edu/solaa/SOLAAHome.html
Then select "New to SOLAA? Create Account Here"
When you complete the information to create an account, you will see a screen where you select the type of appointment you are interested in. You will select "Internship". Then you will select the unit you are interested in, "National Zoological Park." Then you will select the Program you are interested in, "National Zoological Park Internship Program." Finally, once you begin completing the application, you will indicate the Project (= to department) you are interested in, “Rock Creek - Asia Trail."

Your application is considered complete when you hit “Submit” and when your references have been received (your SOLAA submitted application and references must be received by the deadlines as noted above). Information that will be requested (in SOLAA) includes:

  • Basic personal information
  • Resume
  • College or university and current academic status (unofficial transcripts acceptable)
  • Degrees held or expected
  • An essay stating:

    Why you are interested in an internship at the National Zoo, including specifically the area selected (ASIA TRAIL) and any prior animal experience.

    What you hope to get out of this internship (learning objectives)

  • Two letters of reference, submitted directly to SOLAA

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Email Stacey Tabellario at tabellarios@si.edu