Zoo Intern – Conservation Research Assistant – Turtles & Mussels: Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley MN

Minnesota Zoological Garden
Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley MN
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Job Class: Intern - Paid Working Title: Zoo Intern - Conservation Research Assistant - Turtles & Mussels Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers Date Posted: 02/20/2021 Closing Date: 03/08/2021 Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Minnesota Zoological Garden / Zoo Gardens-Non Employee Division/Unit: Conservation / Field Conservation Work Shift/Work Hours: 1st and 2nd Shift Hours Days of Work: Days vary depending upon work activities Duration: 14 weeks beginning in the end of May, exact start and end dates are negotiable Travel Required: No Salary Range: $12.00 Classified Status: Non-Status Bargaining Unit/Union: 223 - Non-Employee/Unrep FLSA Status: Nonexempt Job Summary This position assists daily operations of the Minnesota Zoo’s Conservation Program, with particular emphasis on Minnesota’s threatened and endangered species of turtles and mussels. This position will support field research efforts; help with the collection and management of field data, perform data entry; provide care for imperiled turtles and mussels; assist in the management of tools and materials; and other related tasks. Job responsibilities include, but are not limited to: -Implement established field research and husbandry protocols associated with native turtles and mussels to ensure the highest standards of scientific integrity and animal care are maintained. -Collect data associated with all field research and husbandry activities and log all activities / enter data to ensure appropriate record-keeping that will facilitate increased scientific knowledge of native turtles and mussels. -Maintain spaces so that proper health and quarantine procedures are assured. -Demonstrate and maintain appropriate workplace behaviors and protocols as established by the Minnesota Zoo so that animal’s health and well-being is maintained, staff have a safe and respectful work environment, and guests have a welcoming and extraordinary experience. -Perform other duties as assigned or apparent to ensure the smooth functioning of the department and its projects. The Zoo encompasses a 485 acre campus and is home to more than 5,300 animals with about 1.29 million guests visiting annually. The Zoo is a coordinator of international conservation and breeding programs and is the State’s largest environmental educator with over 400,000 participants annually. The Zoo’s conservation programs protect endangered species and preserve critical ecosystems and its education programs engage audiences at the Zoo, throughout our region, and around the world. Questions about the position should be directed to Dr. Seth Stapleton, Director of Field Conservation: seth.stapleton@state.mn.us To Apply: go to https://careers.mn.gov and use the search term 'zoo internship'. Posting 44042.
Minimum Qualifications -Enrollment in an accredited, appropriate post-secondary program (working toward a degree in Conservation Biology, Ecology, Wildlife Management, Zoology or closely related field) that either requires completion of a work-based internship as part of its academic program or offers academic credit for an internship. -Knowledge of basic biology and zoology. -High level of attention to detail. -Interest in zoo-based conservation of wildlife. -Computer skills in word processing, spreadsheet and other software applications sufficient to create emails and enter, compile, store and retrieve data. Preferred Qualifications -Experience conducting field research related to ecology and / or wildlife biology. -Experience working with reptiles and / or native mussels. -Work experience with animal husbandry. -Experience with aquatic systems, or an interest in learning about them. Physical Requirements -Ability to work outside under potentially extreme weather conditions. -Ability to stand for long periods of time and walk long distances on uneven and occasionally wet terrain. -Ability to life, carry and move up to 50 pounds. -Ability to operate a golf cart, i.e., possess a valid driver’s license. -Manual dexterity sufficient to operate basic hand tools, light power tools, sprayers, and basic cleaning supplies. -Ability to climb, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, stand, walk, run, jump, push, pull, lift, stand still, and sit still. Additional Requirements Applicants who pass initial screening will be required to submit the following materials: -Current official transcript (unofficial is acceptable) -Valid driver's license.
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Dr. Seth Stapleton, Director of Field Conservation: seth.stapleton@state.mn.us
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