Animal Care Internships

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The Utica Zoo offers professional animal care internships all year long.  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 (list not all inclusive).  This is a VERY hands on experience.  We are looking for responsible, hard-working individuals that desire to learn about the role of a zookeeper and their day to day activities.  See below for descriptions of summer and non-summer program requirements.

 

Animal Care Internships (non-summer) – Resume and cover letters are accepted year-round for the non-summer program.

Animal Department internships are available all year long.  Non-summer internships are slightly different than our summer program (see below).  It is recommended that applicants consider reading about both programs before submitting documents.  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 do some public speaking and will have direct contact with visitors.

This internship is 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 8 hour shift or two 4 hour shifts.  Additional hours are recommended to gain the most complete experience.  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.  After 16 weeks, we would consider extending the internship after a review of the intern’s progress.

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 (must be within 6 months of start date).  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.  See bottom of page for a brief description of the animal areas.  The animals in each area may be cared for by other sections depending on workload.

Contact Details:  Submit a one page resume with appropriate cover letter to Beth Ricci, 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 Care Internships (Summer) - Please submit resume and cover letter by March 31, 2015 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 (generally 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.  See bottom of page for a brief description of the animal areas.  The animals in each area may be cared for by other sections depending on workload.

Contact Details:  Resumes with appropriate cover letters should be sent to Beth Ricci, 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, Argentine black and white tegu, white-naped crane, and a variety of duck species.

North Trek/African Alley: African lions, Ruppell’s Griffon vulture, crested porcupines, ring-tailed lemurs, African serval, Mexican wolves, Arctic fox, snowy owls, Canada lynx, bald eagle, Hartmann’s mountain zebra and ostrich.

Asian Realm: Bactrian camels, blackbuck antelope, peafowl, Chinese alligators, urial sheep, Chinese muntjac, 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 non-venomous 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 and red fox.

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

Education: See Education department internships tab in the Learn section.  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.  Note:  resume and cover letter are sent to a different email address.

 

 

 

 

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

Upcoming Events

Dec
23
Tue
10:30 AM Zoo Adventures – Holiday Special
Zoo Adventures – Holiday Special
Dec 23 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Zoo Adventures - Holiday Special
Join us for a special holiday Zoo Adventures. Story, craft and of course, animals! Free for Members, $5.00/ child for non-members, adults free.
Dec
27
Sat
10:30 AM Dangerous Defenses – Zoo Explorer
Dangerous Defenses – Zoo Explorer
Dec 27 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Dangerous Defenses - Zoo Explorer
Dangerous Defenses-December programs will focus on the different ways animals keep themselves safe. Antlers and Horns and Prickly Thorns! Animals protect themselves in an amazing array of ways. Join zoo educators as we learn about animal defenses. We will meet a few of our education animals and tour the zoo. This program is free with your admission and recommended for ages 5 and up.
Dec
31
Wed
11:00 AM Happy Zoo Year
Happy Zoo Year
Dec 31 @ 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Happy Zoo Year
On New Years Eve (Wednesday, December 31st) the Utica Zoo will be celebrating “Happy Zoo Year” from 11 to 1 pm in the Auditorium. Madagascar the movie will be shown on a projector screen. Kids will be able to participate in arts & crafts, and animal meet & greets. There will be a Hot Chocolate toast at Noon with free cookies on the side. Regular Winter Admission. Free for Members. The Utica Zoo is open on New Years Day.
Jan
8
Thu
10:30 AM Zoo Adventures – Over and Under ...
Zoo Adventures – Over and Under ...
Jan 8 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Zoo Adventures - Over and Under the Snow
Join our monthly preschool program as we explore the world of animals through storybooks! Each session includes a story, animal meet and greet, snack, and activity. The cost is $5.00 per child for members and $10.00 per child for non-members. Child admission included and Adults are free. The class meets in the auditorium at 10:30am.

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    Holiday Hoot 2014

    December 14th, 2014 – The Utica Zoo welcomed Santa Claus and visitors to the annual Holiday Hoot today. Children were able to get their pictures taken with Santa by Whitesboro Fun Pix, and also let Santa know what they wanted for Christmas. Chuck E. Cheese stopped by to give tokens to kids, and take photos as well. Docents and educational staff brought out animals that the whole family could interact with. The mild temperatures made it a perfect day to walk around the Utica Zoo and see all the animals on exhibit. Children participated in arts and crafts in the Auditorium. Visitors enjoyed hot chocolate and coffee, along with free cookies and candy. People brought gifts for our animals from Read More

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