Intern - Conservation Education
The Zoological Society of Milwaukee's Conservation Education Department is pleased to provide a paid internship opportunity for current college students or recent graduates as part of our summer education (Zoo Camp) programs. This 10-week internship runs from the beginning of June until mid-August. Interns hired will help educate children ages 3-14 about science, animals, and conservation through interactive teaching strategies.
Successful candidates will assist instructors in classroom educational activities, lead Zoo tours, supervise and evaluate high school assistants (volunteers), prepare classroom materials, and other duties related to Zoo Camp as assigned. Interns will receive ongoing training and professional mentoring from Society Conservation Education staff and experienced Zoo Pride volunteers.
Internship positions are open to any major of study for those passionate about education, wildlife, natural resources, and/or social sciences. This program does not offer direct animal handling or veterinary experience and does not provide housing.
For a complete application and consideration for a position, be sure to include a resume and cover letter. Phone screenings and interviews will begin by early March. If you have any additional questions, please email Ana Dixon (firstname.lastname@example.org).
This list of duties and responsibilities is not all-inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties and responsibilities, as deemed appropriate.
- Serve as Conservation Education intern for Zoological Society of Milwaukee's summer education programs (Zoo Camps and Classes).
- Study and learn curricula, prepare classroom materials, and set-up and clean classroom spaces.
- Assist education instructors in classroom educational activities and lead Zoo tours.
- Implement policies and procedures to ensure a safe and engaging Zoo education experience for participants.
- Mentor and evaluate High School Assistants (volunteers) on a daily basis with supervision by the High School Coordinator.
- Focus on career development and professional skills during internship through reflection, mentoring, and evaluation.
- Learn and employ strong child management and interpersonal skills to connect to and relate with a variety of participants, family members, and volunteers, ranging in age and diversity.
- Act with integrity and professionalism in the workplace at all times, and in representation of ZSM on Zoo grounds.
- Assist with Conservation Education Department light housekeeping.
- Must be at least 18 years of age and current college student or recent graduate.
- Open to any major of study for those passionate about education, conservation, wildlife, natural resources, and/or social sciences (e.g. informal or formal education, conservation, zoology, biological sciences, forestry, human dimensions, psychology, etc.)
- Must be CPR/1st aid/AED certified or be willing and able to become certified.
- Must be able to attend mandatory trainings at beginning of June.