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Primate Intern (Fall 2024)

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Company/Organization: Zoo Atlanta


Zoo Atlantas Primate Department plays an integral role in the Zoos mission by providing informative, educational and engaging experiences; being respectful and responsible stewards of animals and the physical and financial assets entrusted to us; and engaging in related conservation activities and research.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: This voluntary internship program provides qualified individuals with professional experience in the daily care of the department’s animals and the opportunity to support animal care staff. The main objective of interns is to learn and assist staff in the role of keeping areas clean and running efficiently. Animal contact is prohibited by all interns.

Primate department interns are supervised by primate animal care staff. In addition to assisting with cleaning and diet preparation, interns may have the opportunity to be involved with animal feeding and special projects, including the creation and implementation of enrichment items. Interns in the Primate Department will be exposed to a wide variety of species; orangutan, gorillas, old world monkeys, prosimians, tamarins and, sloths. Assignments and opportunities that are available to a Primate Department intern are based on individual progress during the internship. Interns will be assigned to one primate area per term; Small African Primates, Gorillas or Orangutans.

• Learn the roles and responsibilities of the Primate Department keepers.
• Understand the basic health and welfare needs of the animals in the collection.
• Allow qualified individuals the opportunity to gain professional experience as a keeper inter at a world-class zoological facility.
• Provide an opportunity to gain a strong understanding of potential careers in animal husbandry, training and conservation education.
• Work side by side with keeper staff as well as doing independent projects.
• Interns may be required to do a project that must be completed at the end of the internship.

Primate Department Internship Commitment:
• Must commit to at least 3-5 full days (up to 5 days) a week for all terms. Shifts are 8 hours (8am-5:00pm with an hour lunch break).

• Provide support to Primate Department staff
• Enhance productivity and efficiency of the Primate Department team


• Must be 18 years of age or older and currently enrolled or have graduated from a college/university within the past 2 years.

• Must be able to be on your feet for up to 4 hours at a time and be able to work approximately 8 hours per day on assigned days

• Must commit to at least three days (24-40 hours a week) for specified term.

• Must be able to work efficiently and safely around live animals

• Must provide proof of negative TB test and be willing to submit to a background check. Interns must abide by all rules and regulations set forth in the internship handbook and the primate department.

• Be prepared to work in all kinds of situation-- rain, cold or hot weather, and dirty conditions. This requires physical work such as sweeping, hosing, and moving exhibit furniture.

• Willingness to work closely with primate keepers and perform task requested of them to enhance the productivity of the department.

• Ability to follow detailed instructions and to work independently or as part of a team.

• Willingness to participate in an intern project or projects that will be determined after the start of the internship

• Understand the policies set forth by Zoo Atlanta and primate department and know that if not followed dismissal will result.



Start Date:


End Date:

, 12/20/24

Additional Info:
Fall 2024 Term Schedule:
Applications due: Wednesday, June 19
Determination letters sent by Friday, July 26
Term: August 27 – December 20
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