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Internships for biology students
Internships at The Texas Zoo
The Texas Zoo, a zoological institution located in Victoria, TX, serves the surrounding community as a leader in conservation education. We are seeking multiple motivated individuals who are currently pursuing education in the biology field or recent graduates in Biology or related fields to be Animal Health & Welfare, Wildlife Care, Conservation Education, and Research interns for the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. Hands-on experience working directly with our Wildlife Care staff, including animal husbandry, preparing diets, training animals, developing enrichments, administering medication, and much more will be provided. All classes of animals need care; including primarily birds (parrots, waterfowl, bird of prey), reptiles (snakes and tortoises), and mammals (small and large carnivores, aquatic mammals, primates, exotic equine, and many more). Internship is unpaid and housing is not provided, but the zoo is happy to help interns find nearby housing. The University of Houston Victoria provides summer housing for interns, if space is available, at an affordable cost.
All of our internships are very quickly paced, and require passion and fast learning. Interns will gain their independence after a few weeks and they are expected to perform as well as Wildlife Care Staff members.
- Must be at least part-time enrolled in classes, working toward a degree in Biology, Zoology, Wildlife Management, or related fields (Recent graduates also accepted)
- Must be willing to work 20 to 40 hours a week
- Must be available to work evenings, weekends, and holidays. Start and end dates are very flexible.
Description of Internship Specializations and Deliverables:
- Animal Health & Welfare Internship: Geared more towards the nutrition and welfare of animals including but not limited to administering medicine, weighing animals, diet preparation, analyzing behaviors, adjusting diets accordingly, and animal observations. This internship is an excellent experience for pre-vet students, as interns will be present and sometimes assist in medical procedures. Interns will be required to take ethograms of animals daily. Throughout the term of the internship, the intern will be required to assist the Enrichment Coordinator with weekly enrichment of the collection. The interns will also develop and carry out a project of their choosing and present to The Texas Zoo Staff at the end of their internship.
- Wildlife Care Internship: Geared more towards daily care for animals including but not limited to cleaning animal exhibits and night houses, training sessions, developing enrichment, diet preparation, independently caring for the animals, keeper chats, and educational presentations. Throughout the term of the internship, the intern will be required to assist the Enrichment Coordinator with weekly enrichment of the collection. The interns will also develop and carry out a project of their choosing and present to the Texas Zoo Staff at the end of their internship. Also, interns must develop a training plan for desired animal, taking daily notes of behaviors, and presenting the progress to The Texas Zoo staff.
- Conservation Education: Geared more towards animal outreaches on and off site, keeper camps, and daily care of the education animal collection. Interns will get the chance to develop new programming and informative graphics throughout the park.
- Research Internship: Geared more towards writing proposals, data collection, analyzing data, and writing. Interns will work side by side with our Conservation/Research specialist to help develop a research plan. We have a variety of animals you can work with, or you can piggyback on to existing projects already. Currently, we are putting tags on our lynx, ocelots, jaguars, coatis, lemurs, bears, and hopefully other species of animals to learn more about their physiology. Please note, this includes several wildlife care duties as well. This is an excellent opportunity for students interested in pursuing their master’s degrees, as they will be fully immersed into developing and carrying out their own research projects.
If you are interested in more than one of these internships, you can do them all! If college credits are desired, it is solely the student’s responsibility to coordinate through their academic institution to receive credits. Our staff is very flexible and will tailor internships to fit your needs.
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