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Enrichment Intern

Posted: March 21, 2024 Expired: November 27, 2023
Lincoln Park Zoo
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Lincoln Park Zoo

Lincoln Park Zoo

Enrichment Intern

Enrichment Intern

Chicago, IL

Lincoln Park Zoo inspires communities to create environments where wildlife will thrive in our urbanizing world. The zoo is a leader in local and global conservation, animal care and welfare, learning, and science. A historic Chicago landmark founded in 1868, the not-for-profit Lincoln Park Zoo, is a privately-managed, member-supported organization and is free and open 365 days a year. Visit us at 

This internship is designed for anyone interested in pursuing a career in an animal care or animal behavior field. Interns will work directly with the Behavioral Husbandry and Enrichment Manager’s , animal keepers and utilize the ZooMonitor program to learn the principles of providing enriching experiences and evaluating behavior in order to promote great welfare. 

This internship will focus on helping implement a in-depth enrichment evaluation program for a specific building. The intern will conduct daily observations on the Zoo’s animals using ZooMonitor and assist with data analysis. In addition, the intern will be responsible for researching and gaining knowledge about species specific behavior that could aid in helping to develop on-going enrichment initiatives and other assigned projects.

A recent TB test and Covid vaccine will be required. Because of the nature of working close to a variety of animals, both alongside the management and keeper staff, the applicant needs to demonstrate maturity, self-motivation, and an ability to follow direction.

This position is scheduled to begin in June/July 2024. This internship can be a three-month or six- month position. This is a paid ($15.80/hr), 40 hr/week position, interns may be asked to work on weekends or from home at times. To apply please go to Careers | Lincoln Park Zoo (


  • Assist with on-grounds behavioral monitoring projects using ZooMonitor
  • Perform literature research on animal behavior of certain species as needed, with high attention to detail.
  • Capture or find video examples of specific behavioral goals
  • Research new ideas for enrichment
  • Complete a unique project that is mutually agreed by the intern and staff.


  • Become proficient using ZooMonitor to record behavior
  • Gain in-depth knowledge about the science of animal behavior  
  • Learn the skills and concepts necessary to care for exotic animals
  • Understand the process of SPIDER as it pertains to an enrichment program
  • Learn the processes of behavioral research and how it can be applied to an enrichment program
  • Gain an understanding of the duties of a Behavioral Husbandry Manager


  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • Present personal project to animal care staff
  • Interns are expected to participate in various professional development and networking events hosted by the zoo as part of the internship program
  • Must complete a presentation at the end of their internship


  • Possess strong computer, organizational (project management), and communication skills (written and spoken)
  • Willingness to work outside in harsh field conditions (i.e., rain and heat); willingness to work early morning hours as necessary
  • Strong willingness to learn
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel
  • Previous hands-on work with animals
  • Works well in a team environment as well as independently
  • Maintains a positive and flexible approach to daily responsibility


  • Junior or Senior in college, or recent college graduate
  • Major in Biology, Animal Behavior, Psychology, Zoology or other related field

Lincoln Park Zoo is committed to an environment that is inclusive and welcoming. Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and others who identify as nonwhite, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, and those with lived experience with racism and/or misogynoir are encouraged to apply We celebrate the diverse qualities, perspectives, values and experiences of all people.  For Wildlife. For All.



How to Apply

Lincoln Park Zoo
2001 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60614
Phone: 13127422000
Fax: Lincoln Park Zoo

@Lincoln Park Zoo

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