Utica Zoo Education Department Internships & Docents

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Our unique program provides interns with the opportunity to work with both our collection of education animals and visitors of all ages!  Daily animal care duties include cleaning, feeding, record keeping, and enrichment.  In addition, interns will assist with educational programming such as daily animal presentations, zoomobiles, birthday parties, and zoo camp sessions.

Public speaking experience is preferred. Interns must be able to lift a minimum of 50lbs as well as be prepared to work in various weather and environmental conditions.  Direct physical contact with animals is required.  Students who are enrolled in or have graduated from a college level zoology, wildlife, environmental science, ecology, or any science education or interpretation program are preferred.

The internship is unpaid.  Housing is available through a local university for a fee.  Transportation is the responsibility of the intern.   Proof of a negative TB test, along with a recent tetanus vaccination is required.  This internship will require work during the weekends.

Summer internship applications should be submitted by April 30th.

Contact Details:   Resumes with appropriate cover letters should be sent to Mary Hall, Education Manager, Utica Zoo,One Utica Zoo Way, Utica, NY, 13501.  Email: mary.hall@uticazoo.org

Make a Difference – Become a Docent!

What is a Utica Zoo Docent?
A zoo docent is a volunteer, teacher, or guide who is dedicated to educating the public about the environment, wildlife, conservation, and the Utica Zoo.

What does a docent do?
*Leads guided educational tours and assists with classes on and off zoo grounds.

*Helps during zoo special events.

*Interacts with and educates zoo visitors using bio-facts, live animals and other educational tools.

*Participates in animal enrichment activities.

*Acts as a zoo ambassador.

* Interprets ecosystems and conservation through the use of biofacts and education animals.

2015 Docent Class will be Sunday, February 8th at 1PM.

Things to remember…

The main role and purpose of the Utica Zoo volunteer is to interact with zoo visitors. Very few  volunteer opportunities involve direct  contact with animals other than those in the Education Collection.

All volunteers must complete a two hour safety and zoo policy orientation as well as any additional training required for the desired level of volunteer.

Completion of this process does not obligate the Utica Zoo to choose you as a volunteer, nor does it obligate you to accept any volunteer position offered.