Animal Care Internships

Summer - Please submit resume and cover letter by March 31, 2014 at 5 pm EST.

The Utica Zoo offers full-time (40 hrs/week) Animal Care Department Internships during the summer season each year.  The internship begins at the end of May and lasts for approximately 9 weeks (May 27th-August 1st).  Interns will work under the direct supervision of the animal care staff and assist in all aspects of their daily activities.  This is a VERY hands on internship.  Duties will include cleaning, feeding, record keeping, enrichment, diet preparation, exhibit maintenance/construction, as well as assisting during veterinary procedures and education programming.  Interns will be required to conduct short presentations to the public daily.  Intern positions are available in a number of specialized areas within the zoo.  Interns do not rotate to different animal areas during the summer but can experience different aspects of all areas through veterinary procedures or projects.  The internship is very physical and demanding.  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 often limited.  Applicants must be enrolled in or have graduated from a college level zoology, biology, pre-vet, wildlife or related program.  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.

Contact Details:  Resumes with appropriate cover letters should be sent to Beth Ricci, Assistant Animal Curator, Utica Zoo, One Utica Zoo Way, Utica, NY, 13501.  Preferred contact is through email.  Email: beth.ricci@uticazoo.org.  Phone: 315-738-0472 ext. 33  Fax: 315-738-0475.  The cover letter should include your areas of interest, goals and what you can offer the zoo.

Animal Area Concentrations:

Tropical Core: Primates – White-handed gibbons, Mexican spider monkeys, golden lion tamarins, cotton top tamarins; red panda; California sea lions.

North Trek/African Alley: African lions, Ruppell’s Griffon vulture, crested porcupine, ring-tailed lemurs, African serval, Mexican wolves, red fox, snowy owls, Canada lynx, bald eagle.

Asian Realm: Bactrian camels, blackbuck antelope, peafowl, Chinese alligators, whooper swans, various duck species, white-naped crane, golden-headed lion tamarin, rhinoceros iguanas, Burmese pythons, leopard tortoise, spiny-tailed lizard, prehensile-tailed skink, gila monsters, pine snake, kinkajou, blue-tongued skink, additional reptiles and invertebrates.

Children’s Zoo: Domestic livestock including Jacob sheep, Nigerian dwarf goats, domestic donkey, zebu, pot-bellied pigs, chickens, alpaca.  Exotic species including Bennett’s wallaby, beaver, emu, barn owls, North American porcupine.

Commissary/Vet Services: Diet preparation, quarantine(new) animal care, assisting with veterinary services and computer documentation.

Education: Interns working in education work under a different supervisor.  Interns assist with summer camp, daily animal presentations, mobile zoo programs, birthday parties and care of the education animal collection.  Please specify your interest in the Education section when sending resume and cover letter.

Each area excepts two interns.

 

 

Winter/Spring – Please submit resumes by January 31, 2014

The Utica Zoo is offering internships for the late winter/spring session.  Animal care interns assist with routine animal husbandry of over 200+ animals. The internship experience includes working alongside the animal care staff in the feeding, cleaning of enclosures, diet preparation, observation of animal behavior, enrichment and record keeping.

UNPAID- you must be able to provide your own housing and transportation (limited public transportation in our area).

Hours: Must be willing to commit a minimum of 8 hours per week in one or two day shifts of at least 4 hours.  In order to gain experience in all animal areas, candidates must work at least 12 weeks.  Interns may work up to 40 hours per week and up to 16 weeks .

Qualifications: Must be in a biology based university program or be recently graduated from the same.

Requirements:  Must be able to work in any weather conditions.  Must be able to lift 50lbs.
Proof of negative tuberculin test required.  Tetanus vaccination recommended.

Other:  Access to the staff veterinarian is limited; therefore, if your goal is to work with a veterinarian, this may not be the internship for you.  This internship is designed as a zookeeping program.  You will learn the inter-workings of a small zoo and how the animals are cared for.  The internship is very physical and demanding.  Direct physical contact with animals is often limited.

Contact Details:  Submit a one page resume with appropriate cover letter to Beth Ricci, Assistant Animal Curator, Utica Zoo, One Utica Zoo Way, Utica, NY, 13501.  Preferred contact is through email.  Email: beth.ricci@uticazoo.org.  Phone: 315-738-0472 ext. 33  Fax: 315-738-0475.  The cover letter should include your areas of interest, goals and what you can offer the zoo.

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Hours and Admisson

April 1 to October 31: Open 10AM until 4:45 PM
November 1 to 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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