Communications & Development Interns

Interns are involved in the implementation of the Utica Zoo’s PR plan and will gain hands-on knowledge and experience running a local and regional campaign. Interns write press materials, edit, organize news clips files, give building tours to media, set up and work booths at outreach events, update media databases, assist at special events and more. Within the department, graphic design, advertising and web based marketing will also be explored and developed. Interns also assist with duties related to fundraising, which could include: helping with creation of database for grants and foundation work, grant and foundation research, assisting with the Development staff with donor events, research potential funding sources (foundations, corporations, individuals, and public sources), data entry and other administrative duties as assigned. Interns also assist with Adopt and Animal fulfillment and new member acquisition campaigns. Interns will work closely with the staff and volunteers, providing support to all departments. Could include other responsibilities as they develop, based on intern’s interest areas and organization needs.

Applicants should have an interest in public relations and related course work, be comfortable in new situations, be able to react to situations quickly and multi-task as well as have a strong interest in conservation, wildlife, non-profit organization and conservation education Strong writing and research skills, flexible availability, ability to work in a team or independently and effective interpersonal skills and excellent writing skills are also required.

Housing may be available but is NOT guaranteed.  Interns must have a driver’s license, reliable transportation and basic computer knowledge. All staff, volunteers & interns over the age of 18 must submit: Authorization for Release of Personal Information, Background Screening Request Form and Volunteer Application. Please be able to show proof of a negative Tuberculosis (Mantou) test as well.
Contact Details:  Resumes with appropriate cover letters should be sent to

Nikki Sheehan, Utica Zoo, One Utica Zoo Way, Utica, NY, 13501. 


Fax: 315-738-0475. 

The cover letter should include your areas of interest, goals and what you can offer the zoo. Forms will be sent to eligible applicants.

Start Date: Flexible

End Date: Flexible

Hours & Days: Flexible; Business hours 7 days a week, 9am-5pm year round

Wage: Unpaid; College credit may be available through your school

Hours & Admission

April 1- October 31: Open 10AM til 4:45 PM
November 1 - March 31: Open 10AM, admission/gift shop closes at 3PM & Zoo gates close at 4PM

Admission 4/1- 10/31 11/1- 3/31 & Group
Child 3-12 $4.75 $2.50
Adult 13-61 $7.75 $4.25
Senior 62+, Military, College w/ ID $6.75 $3.50

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