2024 Fall Internship - Animal Care Job at Chattanooga Zoo, Chattanooga, TN

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  • Chattanooga Zoo
  • Chattanooga, TN

Job Description

The Chattanooga Zoo Animal Care Internship program is a husbandry-based experience that will provide foundational knowledge and skill set needed to enter the animal care field. This experience-based opportunity gives interns hands-on skills assisting staff in the daily care of animals and exhibits, record keeping, and interacting with zoo guests . Th is is a paid internship position that offers college credit based on your college or institution's requirements and provides an opportunity for learning and experience in one of the following focus areas:

Area 1 & 6 - Giraffe Barn & Asia

Area 2 & 10 - Africa and Small Mammals

Area 3 & 5 - Reptiles and So uth Ame rican Amazonia

Area 4 & 7 - South America and Petting Zoo

Area 8 & 9 - North American & Ambassador Animals

Position Roles & Responsibilities

  • Performs outdoor tasks including daily husbandry routines, diet preparation and distribution, enrichment distribution and evaluation, behavioral observations
  • Observe operant conditioning sessions with a multitude of species
  • Participates in public education spotlights
  • Maintain accurate records
  • Comply with all Chattanooga Zoo policies and procedures

For a complete list of roles and responsibilities , please see Full Job Description below.

Minimum Qualifications and Program R equire ments

  • Minimum 18 years of age
  • Currently enrolled in a college or university or have graduated within the past 12 months
  • Completed at least 30 college credits with a 2.5 GPA or above
  • Available to work 24 hours per week (360 total hours)
  • Available for 15 weeks from August 24 - December 7, 2024
  • Ability to read, speak and write English in order to successfully complete essential job functions
  • Willing and able to work outdoors in all types of weather
  • Passion for working with animals and serious about learning
  • Successfully complete a background check, drug screen, and TB skin test
  • Submission of a completed application on ApplicantPro which includes all of the following:
    • Transcript of college coursework confirming 30 or more college hours with a 2.5 GPA or above
    • Resume and cover letter which includes your area of interest
    • R eference letter of a NON-family member on official company or school letterhead with a date and a signature
  • SEE APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS BELOW

Physical Requirements

Medium: Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 30 pounds of force frequently. This position requires standing, walking, climbing bending, stooping and lifting/holding a majority of the time.

Physical Environment:

This position requires constant movement across zoo grounds for the majority of the workday and is routinely exposed to external elements which include heat/cold, wet/humid & dry/arid weather conditions.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Application and all documents must be submitted via ApplicantPro by July 15, 2024

  • Submit a completed application which includes all of the following:
  • Upload resume AND cover letter which includes your area of interest
  • Upload transcript of college coursework confirming 30 or more college hours with a 2.5 GPA or above
  • Upload reference letter of a NON-family member on official company or school letterhead with a date and a signature. Reference letters which do not follow this requirement will NOT be accepted.

!!! Please, submit ALL required documents in the RESUME SECTION - Submitted Documents

BEFORE you submit your application !!!

The Friends of the Zoo, Inc (Chattanooga Zoo) is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Zoo will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.

We are committed to an inclusive environment and value the diverse qualities, perspectives, and experience of all individuals.

The Chattanooga Zoo has adopted a smoke-free campus to serve as a leader in promoting a healthy workplace and environment.

The Chattanooga Zoo is a member of the Tennessee Drug-Free Workplace program . This position requires pre-employment screenings which will include: a background check, credit check, drug screen & tuberculin skin test.

Job Posted by ApplicantPro

Job Tags

Internship, Seasonal work, Outdoor,

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