Denver Zoo
  • Interns-Animal Care-Primates
  • Denver, CO, USA
  • Unpaid Intern

Denver Zoo is a leader in animal care, wildlife conservation, education, and guest experience. We are passionate about our commitment to excellence in support of our mission to secure a better world for animals through human understanding. We provide extraordinary experiences every day for our animals and guests and our core values of Protect, Honor, Innovate, Serve, Engage, and Empower are evident in everything we do.  We value the different strengths our staff bring to Denver Zoo. We expect our staff to embrace and to commit to our core behaviors for engagement: Passion, Respect, Innovation, Diversity, and Excellence.

Animal Care Internships are offered in the Spring, Summer and Fall. All Animal Care Internships are nonpaid. Full time Animal Care Internships last up to 16 weeks and require the candidate to complete 32-40 hours per week. Part time Animal Care Internships last up to 6 months and require the candidate to complete at least 200 hours. Candidates may earn school credit. All candidates must include a resume AND cover letter with their application.

Animal Care Interns will assist the animal care staff in providing the safe exhibition, handling, feeding, and daily husbandry of animal species at the Zoo. All interns will complete a learning plan that will include hands-on training and mentoring. All interns will be introduced to Denver Zoo culture and procedures, learn safety procedures and guidelines, and be provided an overview of all aspects and work of an animal keeper.

The Primate team cares for a variety of taxa including 20+ species of primates, other small mammals and several bird species.



To be considered a candidate for this position, the following criteria are required:

  • You must submit a cover letter. You may include it in the same document as your resume, or upload them separately
  • Working towards a bachelor's degree (or graduated within last two years) in an animal-related field
  • Available to work weekends and holidays
  • Have effective communication skills (written, oral and listening)
  • Previous animal experience is preferred
  • Must pass background check, provide proof of a negative TB test and pass drug/alcohol screening

Animal Care Interns are expected to:

  • Receive feedback and implement it
  • Work in a fast paced, team environment
  • Work alone without supervision
  • Remain calm and perform under pressure

Work Environment:

Much of the work involves walking, standing, lifting, crouching, pushing, pulling and carrying items. Must be able to lift between 25-50 pounds and work dexterously with hands and arms. This position requires a substantial amount of contact with staff, volunteers, other departments and zoo guests. The intern will be exposed to all weather conditions, chemicals and zoonosis. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Appropriate clothing, including footwear, is required.


Completed applications must be submitted by March 21, 2018

Denver Zoo reserves the right to close the position prior to the above date.

Denver Zoo is an Equal Opportunity Employer




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