Education/Outreach Intern, ZooMontana

Billings, MT

Position Title: Education/Outreach Intern

Organization: ZooMontana

General Description: The internship program at ZooMontana is designed to provide individuals with practical learning experience and valuable knowledge related to the Zoological field. Accepted education interns will work exclusively with our Education/Outreach team. Interns will participate in all daily activities of the education department. Activities include, but are not limited to, implementing on and off-site outreaches with animal handling, amphitheater programs, aid summer camp instruction and possibly animal care and training. This is a career-building step for those considering employment in a zoological or conservation-oriented facility with an emphasis on education outreach.

Essential Functions:

• Aid in Summer Camp programming.

• Deliver on and off-site education programs at/for schools, business meetings or special events.

• Deliver tours for onsite guests when needed.

• Handle animals under appropriate policies and protocols, including mammals,

birds of prey and reptiles.

• Assist with training of education animals for program use.

• Maintain records regarding number of programs delivered and children reached.

• Help maintain a clean and safe work environment within ZooMontana.

• Helps to implement fire, animal death and animal escape protocol.

• Conduct light office cleaning.

• Assist animal care staff as needed.

• Perform other duties as assigned.

Requirements:

• Must have a two- or four-year college degree, or be a student enrolled in a college or university pursing a degree in Biology, Zoology, Education, Environmental Sciences, Psychology, Pre-Vet, Veterinary Technology, or other related disciplines.

• Must have an academic advisor or sponsor; obtaining academic credit is up to the student.

• Must have a desire to learn professional animal care techniques.

• Must be able to work on weekends, holidays and flexible hours as well as various

evening hours.

• Must be willing to utilize technology within educational programming including but not

limited to PowerPoint presentations, smart board technology and video technology.

• Maintain clean driving record for safe operation of Zoo vehicles and possess and

maintain a state of Montana driver’s license.

• Must have excellent interpretation skills, be comfortable with public speaking and be

able to improvise when needed.

• Must be able to work with animals, adults and children of various backgrounds.

• Must be able to stand for extended periods of time.

• Must be able to withstand typical Montana climate.

• Must be able to lift 50 pounds

Skills:

• Must be able to communicate well with public and present a positive attitude even in difficult situations.

• Must be detail oriented and possess good record keeping methods.

• Must be self-motivated and able to think logically and solve any problems that arise with little or no guidance.

Criteria for successful completion of internship:

• Must work 32-40 hours a week for a minimum of 12 consecutive weeks. Other schedules may be considered.

• Must complete a brief project of the student’s choosing, approved by ZooMontana Education Coordinator and student’s academic advisor, by the end of the academic term. Examples of projects include a literature review of a species, a management project or an education program supplement.

Employment Dates: May 27, 2019 – August 15, 2019 (negotiable)

Application Procedure: Consideration for internships is ongoing. However, because of limited openings, we recommend applying as soon as possible.

Your application packet must include:

• Cover letter explaining why you are interested in an internship at ZooMontana.

• Resume.

• Letter of recommendation from an advisor or professional mentor.

How to Apply: Submit materials to Katie Elam at 2100 S. Shiloh Rd. Billings, MT 59106 or kelam@zoomontana.org

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