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Company/Organization: Nashville Zoo



Do you want to get experience working with animals at an AZA institution? As an Animal Care Intern you will have the opportunity to gain experience working with many of the worlds most unique animals. Animal Care Interns will be taught proper animal care techniques used by the Association of Zoo and Aquariums.

Internship opportunities may include Avian, Behavioral Husbandry, Carnivore, Ectotherms, Contact Areas, Hoofstock and Primates. Placements are based on staff capacity, therefore not all departments will offer an internship opportunity each session. Applicants may indicate preference of department, but final placement is assigned by the Zoo.

Applicants must be college aged or a recent college graduate with interest in the natural, physical or cultural sciences, communication, education, natural science, interpretation or recreation and resources management. Animal Care Internships will be on a full-time basis with interns working 30 to 40 hours per week.
JOB TITLE: Animal Care Intern

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES -- This supervised animal care position interacts directly with animals, guests, volunteers, and other Zoo staff. Upon completion of training, the placement consists of:

Assisting in training, cleaning, diet prep, and other husbandry duties
Working closely with other staff/volunteers to ensure a safe and healthy work environment
Learning to make positive contributions to enhance the guest experience at Nashville Zoo.
Due to strict animal husbandry guidelines and safety issues, there may be very limited or no animal contact or inside exhibit work with certain animals in the Zoo.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES -- Applicants will be assessed according to their knowledge, skills and abilities in the following areas:

Passion and interest in exploring zoo or conservation related field
Ability to work with all age groups
Ability to work independently and as part of a team
Guest-service oriented and enthusiastic about providing guests an enriching experience
Ability to communicate effectively, both speaking and writing


College aged or recent college graduate
Willingness to study and learn curriculum provided by Zoo
Submit to a criminal background check and drug screening
Submit proof of a negative TB Test
Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.
Requires frequent moving about for long distances and over uneven terrain
Will be expected to wear the approved uniform and observe the same personal appearance standards required of all Zoo staff
Must be able to work a set schedule which will include flexible hours, evenings, holidays, and/or weekends
Frequent exposure to the outside elements and summer heat can be expected.


Present and on time for all assigned shifts
Active engagement in all aspects of assigned duties
Attendance at all required training sessions and lectures
Attendance at all meetings with assigned Intern Coordinator, Volunteer Manager and other mentors
Completion of all assignments including two projects for each 12 week term
Maintain a written journal throughout internship term


Hourly rate of $12.50 per hour for up to 40 hours per week.
Housing provided or living expense stipend.
Provides opportunities to learn proper management of animals in captivity
Observe and participate in husbandry, training, and additional care for our resident animals
Receive first-hand experience in an Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) accredited institution

APPLICATION PROCESS Interested candidates should complete the application. To supplement your application, it is recommended that you attach the following documents:

Cover Letter
(2) Letters of Recommendation

When submitting your application upload Letters of Recommendation in the same place you upload your Cover Letter.

Paid Internship Info:





Fall 2023

Start Date:


End Date:

, November

Wildlife  AnimalCare   
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