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Internships

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, resumé, 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 April 1)
FALL: September – December (applications due July 1)

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:
Interns must be available for spring, summer or fall session, 4 – 5 days a week, for a three-month period.

Requirements:
Preferred candidates are enrolled in or have recently completed undergraduate studies in zoology, biology or a related field.

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:
Interns must be available at least two days a week from 8:30 am – 4 pm for the entire 13-week session.  

Requirements:
Preferred candidates are enrolled in or have recently completed undergraduate studies in zoology, education, biology or a related field.

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:
Interns must be available for spring, summer or fall session, at least two days a week, 9:00 am – 5:30 pm, for a three-month period.

Requirements:

  • Preferred candidates are enrolled in or have recently completed undergraduate studies in marine biology or a related field.
  • Desire to learn critical aquarium-keeping skills associated with maintaining a collection of fishes and invertebrates.

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:

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

Requirements:

  • Open to students who are currently enrolled in, or recently graduated from, an accredited college or university, with a background or degree in biology, environmental studies, conservation, marine science or related fields.
  • Must be able to lift and carry at least 50 lbs and be comfortable working outside in all weather conditions.
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CONTACT BREVARD ZOO

8225 North Wickham Road
Melbourne, FL 32940

phone: 321.254.9453

fax: 321.259.5966

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