Summer Education Department Internships

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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:

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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