Reproductive Physiology Research Internship (Paid +Housing), Summer 2023

Memphis Zoo
Memphis, TN
Job Category
$12.10/ hr + group intern housing
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
General Description: Memphis Zoo’s Department of Conservation & Research is offering 12-week, 40hr/ week paid internships in conservation biology. The position is available to upper-level undergraduate students and early post graduates (1-2 years). This internship offers a unique research experience in a zoo setting working with scientists conducting cutting edge and frontline projects to save wildlife, and will provide valuable training in laboratory techniques, experimental design, and data analysis for many professional careers in general biology, conservation, ecology, and veterinary sciences. Specific Project & Internship Description: Summer Reproductive physiology intern will be under direct supervision of Senior Conservation Scientist, Beth Roberts ( The Reproductive physiology intern will study multiple aspects of reproductive physiology, health, and welfare of endangered species. Interns will be trained in the use of a variety of laboratory equipment and skills to assist with the investigation of biomarkers of reproductive health and the development of assisted reproductive technologies for mammals, snakes, and tarantula. Depending on project needs, interns may perform hormone extractions, enzyme immunoassays, semen analysis, and sperm cryopreservation as well as gain experience and knowledge in reproductive physiology, literature review, sample inventory, and data management, organization, and analysis in Microsoft excel and additional software as needed. Interns may also participate in educational outreach at the Zoo, perform husbandry duties for endangered dusky gopher frogs and Louisiana pinesnakes. Travel to other zoos and working unconventional hours and on weekends may occur dependent of project needs.
Preference will be given to applicants: • Who have completed or are working towards a bachelor's degrees in biology, zoology, ecology, animal behavior, or related fields. • Have previous research experience in laboratory and/or field setting • Are interested in pursuing graduate school or careers in ecology, physiology, or conservation science. Requirements for this position include: • Completion of undergraduate coursework in related field of study and at least two laboratory-based courses, is required. • Experience in using basic lab equipment and micropipettes • Self-motivated and strong interpersonal and communication skills • Experience with Microsoft Office Excel and have good organizational skills • Timeliness and ability to adhere to a schedule • Applicants must have good attention to detail and be able to perform repetitive tasks in a laboratory setting. They must also be able to follow directions, work independently, and handle confidential information. • The ability to work within a diverse and inclusive team of researchers • All successful candidates are required to submit to a background check and drug test. They must also show proof of COVID-19 vaccination. • Applicant must be able to work in the United States. Employer will not pay fees associated with relocation or visa/work permit applications. • The intern may need to travel with their research mentor to additional work sites outside the zoo and may be working unconventional hours and on weekends. Women and underrepresented groups in STEM are encouraged to apply. Duration: This internship is full-time (40 hrs /week) for 12 weeks. An applicant must be available for an entire 12-week period from start date of internship. Start date is flexible for the position but preferred start date is between May 20th and June 10th. Materials to Submit: The application deadline is March 15th but submissions will be reviewed as received. APPLY ONLINE at There are several Research Internship being advertised, so do check that you are applying for --“Reproductive Physiology”. Please make sure to submit the following application materials as ONE PDF: (1) A cover letter describing your interests and experience (2) CV (3) Unofficial college transcript (4) Contact information for three professional references. Submit the PDF via the Memphis Zoo job application website in the Resume section. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Preferred candidates will be contacted for an interview via Zoom. Send questions to Beth Roberts with the subject line “Summer Reproductive Physiology Internship”.
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