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Brevard Zoo is proud to not just practice our mission of “wildlife conservation through education and participation,” but also mentor students through our internship programs. These opportunities are unpaid and available in many departments at the Zoo.

If you wish to be considered for an internship, please submit an online application and send a cover letter, resume, two letters of recommendation from professors and/or employers and a transcript (unofficial transcripts are accepted) to knichols@brevardzoo.org or the following address:

Kathleen Nichols
Director of Volunteer Programs
Brevard Zoo
8225 N. Wickham Rd.
Melbourne, FL 32940
Fax: 321.259.5966

Internship Offerings:
SPRING: January – April (Applications due November 1)
SUMMER: May – August (Applications due March 15)
FALL: September – December (applications due July 15)

Internships may start at any time but must fall during these windows.

Internship Application Form Link

Animal Department Internships

Interns accepted into this program will:

  • Reflect our mission of “wildlife conservation through education and participation.”
  • Gain hands-on animal husbandry experience under the guidance of a zookeeper or manager.
  • Learn about natural history and animal husbandry, receive feedback from supervisors and work on independent projects to enhance their knowledge and fulfill college requirements.

The typical intern is expected to:

  • Assist keepers with preparing diets.
  • Clean and maintain exhibits and holding areas.
  • Learn about record keeping.
  • Observe the training of husbandry behaviors.
  • Observe medical procedures with the keepers.

Availability: Must be able to commit to a regular schedule for 4 – 5 days a week for the entire session.

Requirements:

  • Preferred candidates are enrolled in or have recently completed undergraduate studies in zoology, biology or a related field.
  • Must be able to lift and carry at least 50 lbs. and be comfortable working outside in all weather conditions.

Aquarist (Animal Department) Internships

Interns accepted into this program will:

  • Reflect our mission of “wildlife conservation through education and participation.”
  • Gain hands-on animal husbandry experience under the guidance of an aquarist.
  • Learn about natural history and animal husbandry, receive feedback from supervisors and work on independent projects to enhance their knowledge and fulfill college requirements.

The typical intern is expected to:

  • Assist aquarists with preparing diets.
  • Clean and maintain aquariums.
  • Learn about record-keeping.
  • Observe the training of husbandry behaviors.
  • Observe medical procedures with aquarists.

Availability: Must be able to commit to a regular schedule for 4 – 5 days a week for the entire session.

Requirements:

  • Desire to learn critical aquarium-keeping skills associated with maintaining a collection of fishes and invertebrates.
  • Preferred candidates are enrolled in or have recently completed undergraduate studies in marine biology or a related field.
  • Must be able to lift and carry at least 50 lbs. and be comfortable working outside in all weather conditions.

Education Animal Care Internships

Interns accepted into this program will:

  • Reflect our mission of “wildlife conservation through education and participation.”
  • Gain hands-on animal husbandry experience under the guidance of a zookeeper or manager.
  • Learn about natural history and animal husbandry, receive feedback from supervisors and work on independent projects to enhance their knowledge and fulfill college requirements.
  • Receive mentorship in diet preparation, feeding, cleaning, following standard operating procedures and exhibit maintenance and repair.

The typical intern is expected to:

  • Assist in the husbandry, care, enrichment, training, handling and maintenance of the education animal collection as part of the keeper team.
  • Facilitate interpretive animal encounters with guests.
  • Complete reading assignments and worksheets to increase their understanding of zoos and many aspects of the zoo world.
  • Work to ensure the health and safety of education animals, volunteers and guests.

Availability: Must be able to commit to a regular schedule for 4 – 5 days a week from 9 am to 5:30 pm for the entire session.

Requirements:

  • Preferred candidates are enrolled in or have recently completed undergraduate studies in zoology, education, biology or a related field.
  • Must be able to lift and carry at least 50 lbs. and be comfortable working outside in all weather conditions.

Sea Turtle Healing Center Internships

Interns accepted into this program will:

  • Reflect our mission of “wildlife conservation through education and participation.”
  • Gain hands-on sea turtle husbandry and medical care experience under the guidance of Sea Turtle Healing Center staff.
  • Learn about sea turtle anatomy, biology, conservation and current research topics
  • Receive feedback from supervisor and work on projects to enhance their knowledge and fulfill college requirements.

The typical intern is expected to:

  • Assist in sea turtle husbandry, including diet preparation and feeding, daily observations and enrichment.
  • Assist staff with medical care of sea turtle patients including proper restraint techniques, administering medications and fluids, treating wounds and helping with routine medical exams, blood work, radiographs, laser therapy and other procedures.
  • Assist with necropsies and sample collection.
  • Learn care and maintenance of filtration systems.
  • Give educational tours and help with educational outreach programs.
  • Learn record-keeping protocols.

Availability: Must be able to commit to a regular schedule for a minimum of 2 – 3 days a week from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, including one weekend day, for the entire session.

Requirements:

  • Preferred candidates are enrolled in or have recently completed undergraduate studies in biology, environmental studies, conservation, marine science or a related field.
  • Must be able to lift and carry at least 50 lbs. and be comfortable working outside in all weather conditions.

Conservation Department Internships

Interns accepted into this program will:

  • Reflect our mission of “wildlife conservation through education and participation.”
  • Gain hands-on experience assisting with diverse conservation programs ranging from field work to educational outreach under the guidance of a mentor.
  • Receive feedback from supervisors and work on independent projects to enhance their knowledge and fulfill college requirements.

The typical intern is expected to:

  • Interact with guests through conservation education and interpretation.
  • Assist with husbandry of endangered Perdido Key beach mice for captive breeding program.
  • Assist with oyster reef restoration including preparing materials, community outreach and field deployment.
  • Assist with mangrove and other native plant care and related outreach/field work.
  • Shadow conservation coordinator during Florida scrub-jay monitoring.
  • Assist with diamondback terrapin outreach and fieldwork.
  • Learn citizen science activities.
  • Data collection and data entry relevant to ongoing Zoo conservation projects.

Availability: Must be able to commit to a regular schedule for 4 – 5 days a week for the entire session.

Requirements:

  • Preferred candidates are enrolled in or have recently completed undergraduate studies in conservation, environmental studies, zoology, biology or a related field.
  • Must be able to lift and carry at least 50 lbs. and be comfortable working outside in all weather conditions.

Restore Our Shores Internships

Interns accepted into this program will:

  • Reflect our mission of “wildlife conservation through education and participation.”
  • Gain hands-on experience assisting with Indian River Lagoon living shoreline restoration programs.
  • Receive feedback from supervisors and work on independent projects to enhance their knowledge and fulfill college requirements.

The typical intern is expected to:

  • Interact with guests through conservation education and interpretation.
  • Assist with oyster reef restoration including preparing materials, community outreach and field deployment.

Depending on intern goals/objectives, other duties may include assisting with one or more of the following:

  • Mangrove and other native plant care and related outreach/field work.
  • Oyster gardening and other citizen science activities.
  • Data collection and data entry relevant to ongoing and new restoration projects.
  • Reef construction and methodology investigation.
  • Community presentations and promotion of the various projects’ and Brevard Zoo’s conservation messages.

Availability: Must be able to commit to a minimum of 16 hours per week for the entire session. Some nights and weekends will be required.

Requirements:

  • Preferred candidates are enrolled in or have recently completed undergraduate or graduate studies in biology, conservation, aquaculture, environmental science, oceanography, sustainability, horticulture, environmental education, biology education, ocean engineering, civil engineering or a related field.
  • Must have a reliable form of transportation.
  • Must be able to lift and carry at least 50 lbs. and be comfortable working outside in all weather conditions and habitats.

Education Program Internships

Interns accepted into this program will:

  • Reflect our mission of “wildlife conservation through education and participation.”
  • Gain informal teaching experience offsite at local schools in our after school programs.
  • Learn about interpretation, receive feedback from supervisors and work on curriculum writing project where you will write and teach in the program.

The typical intern is expected to:

  • Assist in program preparations.
  • Facilitate after program activities with staff.
  • Complete reading assignments and worksheets to increase their understanding of interpretation and zoos.
  • Complete and implement a month lesson for the program.

Availability:

  • Must be able to commit a minimum of days a week from 12 to 5 pm for the entire session
  • Fall: Last week of August through second week of December
  • Spring: third week of January through second week of May

Requirements:

  • Preferred candidates are enrolled in or have recently completed undergraduate studies in education.
  • Once accepted into the internship, must obtain fingerprinting through the school board.
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