Conservation Intern; Phoenix, Arizona

Phoenix Zoo
Phoenix, Arizona
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This position is a summer paid internship based at the Phoenix Zoo's Johnson Conservation Center, and works with ten native species from a broad range of taxa, including black-footed ferrets, narrow-headed gartersnakes, desert fish, and more. The Conservation Intern gains hands-on experience with the Phoenix Zoo’s native species conservation programs, including maintaining the safety, health and well-being of assigned animals. This position supports other departmental/institutional efforts including field work, research, and guest outreach. We encourage applications from individuals from groups historically underrepresented in conservation science. Essential Duties: 1. Provide quality guest service to both internal and external guests by maintaining a WILD (friendly, helpful, positive and professional) working attitude and appearance. 2. Learn how to conduct routine husbandry by assisting Johnson Conservation Center staff with feeding prescribed diets, monitoring and reporting diet consumption, observing and reporting any health or behavioral abnormalities of specimens, and assisting in handling, restraint and treatment of animals, under appropriate supervision and following Standard Operating Procedures. 3. Participate in appropriate field conservation activities as assigned (e.g., transport, surveys and animal releases). Camp overnight if needed for field conservation activities. 4. Assist with research projects as opportunities are available. 5. Conduct at least one presentation about research, fieldwork, and/or husbandry experiences. 6. Assist with guest outreach experiences and other communication activities, as appropriate and available.
1. High school diploma required. 2. Current enrollment in a four-year degree track in life sciences with a minimum 60 credit hours completed; OR a four-year degree in life sciences completed within the last two years. 3. Demonstrated interest in conservation science and applied conservation biology, as well as animal husbandry. 4. Ability to lift up to 50 pounds. 5. Ability to bend, stoop, crawl and walk on uneven surfaces. 6. Ability to work indoors and outdoors, often in extreme weather conditions. 7. Ability to pass pre-employment background check, drug test, and clear a tuberculosis test. Additional Details/Requirements: 1. Applicants must upload a resume as well as a cover letter explaining interest in the position and any prior experience with conservation, research, field work, and/or animal husbandry. 2. Applicants must email an up-to-date copy of their unofficial university/college transcript to Please apply at:
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