Are you passionate about wildlife research? Do you love to be outdoors, searching for and learning about Minnesota’s native animals, big and small? And are you excited to share that passion with others? If so, our BioDiscovery Project internship might be for you!
The Minnesota Zoo’s new BioDiscovery Project aims to discover and document the native biodiversity found in the undeveloped areas on the Minnesota Zoo's 485-acre site; share our discoveries through wildlife photography, social media, and interpretive programming; and provide opportunities and tools for others to learn about and participate in conservation research benefiting Minnesota’s native wildlife.
BioDiscovery Project interns will spend the field season learning about Minnesota’s native animals, wildlife ecology, field work techniques, and what it’s like to work at a conservation-minded zoological institution. Interns will also have the opportunity to develop their own field project or educational program, with the assistance of the BioDiscovery Project Coordinator.
Duties to include:
Internship applicants must be able to work outdoors under a variety of conditions. We’re looking for energetic, enthusiastic, reliable interns who work well with people of all ages. Applicants should be interested in wildlife research, and able to work in an outdoor setting. Given the unpredictable nature of field work, successful intern applicants also will be flexible and willing to accommodate changes to scheduled tasks. Ability to use digital SLR cameras and GPS units is preferred but not required. Computer skills, writing skills, and animal handling or identification skills are also preferred.
A student intern MUST be receiving academic credit from, or fulfilling an academic requirement for, an accredited educational institution. In most instances, student interns are upper division majors or minors in the areas of biological science, ecology, conservation biology, pre-veterinary medicine, education, or related disciplines.
Applications MUST include:
Internships are unpaid and are 8 – 14 weeks in length; hours vary, but generally range from 20 – 30 hours per week.
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