ARC One Year Intern – Full-Time

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San Francisco, CA
United States

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The San Francisco Zoo's Intern Program offers a hands-on working experience to individuals with a career interest in a zoological field. The objective of the Zoo's internship program is to provide practical, on-the-job experience; provide exposure to zoo operations and zoo careers; and demonstrate the unique advantages of zoo internships as a supplement to more conventional learning programs.  Full-time zoo employees supervise interns.  “One-Year” internships are paid an internship salary of $14.00/hour plus medical, dental, & vision benefits, one-week paid vacation, and sick leave per San Francisco’s Sick Leave Ordinance. The goal of this internship is to learn and successfully perform (under supervision) the duties and responsibilities of a Zoo employee in the Animal Resource Center (ARC).  The ARC houses the educational animal collection of the Zoo, including reptiles, amphibians, small mammals, raptors and other birds.  Experience will include:


Oversee and coordinate with ARC volunteers daily.
Training ARC volunteers on animal husbandry and animal handling. 
Daily animal husbandry tasks including, cleaning enclosures, diet preparation, handling the ARC’s collection of program animals, and enrichment.
Assist ARC staff with animal training and medical treatments.
Presentation of public programs, including a daily animal encounter for Zoo guests.
Lead tours of the ARC and help with special events.
Assist staff with ARC programs – Nature Trail, Wildlife Theatre, and ZooMobile.
Performs other related duties as requested and required.


Qualifications: College level coursework in biology, zoology, ecology, or related area; ability to present information to groups; and career interest working with animals.  Must be able to tolerate dust and animal hair/dander. 


Education: High school diploma or general education degree (GED).


Other Qualifications: Minimum age requirement is 18 years.


Desired Qualifications:  The San Francisco Zoo encourages bilingual candidates to apply.


Preferred Experience:  Previous experience working with animals or as a volunteer in the ARC is preferred.  Lack of this experience does not disqualify a candidate for the position.


Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands; and talk or hear.  The employee frequently is required to stand and walk.  The employee is occasionally required to sit, reach with hands and arms, and climb or balance.  The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to outside weather conditions including inclement weather. 


Salary: $14.00/hour

APPLICATION: Please apply via our web site at Please attach a cover letter with your resume.

How to Apply:

Please apply via our web site at Please attach a cover letter with your resume.