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Animal Care Intern - Paid

Posted: May 21, 2024 Expired: November 27, 2023
Saginaw Children's Zoo
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Saginaw Children's Zoo

The Saginaw Children’s Zoo is one of just six zoos and aquariums in the state to be accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) — a distinction for meeting the highest standards in animal care and providing fun, safe, and educational family experiences.

Animal Care Intern - Paid

Animal Care Intern (Paid)

Share our passions for animals with us! With your help, we can strive to be the BEST little Zoo in Michigan. As a champion for animals and children, we create extraordinary experiences for all. The Saginaw Children’s Zoo seeks individuals who wish to provide our visitors and the community with engaging encounters. Be a part of something BIG! As one of the zoos and aquariums accredited by the AZA, we offer programs and experiences unmatched by many while creating a family-friendly atmosphere in the heart of the Great Lakes Bay Region.

Title: Animal Care Internship (paid)

Description: The Saginaw Children’s Zoo is looking for individuals new to the zoo field who are interested in gaining practical, on-the-job experience caring for invertebrates, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. Under the mentorship of experienced animal care professionals, intern responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Daily husbandry of animals
  • Evaluating animal welfare
  • Preparing diets
  • Record keeping
  • Providing enrichment
  • Public interaction and visitor engagement
  • Assisting in veterinary procedures as assigned

A successful candidate for this position has a positive attitude, a teamwork-oriented mindset, a strong work ethic, is dependable, communicates well in both oral and written formats, and is interested in learning new skills.

This is a full-time (40 hr/week), paid position for six (6) months.

Experience: Unpaid experience OR less than one (1) year paid experience in an animal care setting. This position is intended to provide an introduction to a career as an animal care professional in an AZA-accredited institution. Individuals with more than one year of paid experience in an animal care setting will not be considered.

  • Four-year college degree in related field
  • Experience working on a team
  • Effective communication skills, verbally & written 11.16
  • Computer competency and proficiency with Microsoft Office
  • Ability to work on projects independently under direction
  • Ability to manage time effectively
  • Ability to work in inclement weather & difficult situations
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including holidays, weekends, evenings and emergency situations.
  • Ability to lift and maneuver 50 lbs. on a regular basis
  • Ability to work safely around allergens such as hay, straw, and grass
  • Ability to follow all procedures, protocols and policies.

Salary: $12.05/hr

How to Apply: , and fill out an application. AND

Please send resume and cover letter to

Questions or need a hard copy application? Email

About the Company

We are Champions for animals and children; We create extraordinary experiences for all.  Our vision is to be the BEST little Zoo in Michigan!  We are situated on 10 acres of landscaped paths featuring beautiful gardens, animal exhibits, and the region’s only hand-carved carousel.  Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) since 2009 we are home to over 190 animals.    



How to Apply

, and fill out an application, AND

Please send resume and cover letter to

Saginaw Children's Zoo
1730 S. Washington Ave
Saginaw, MI 48601
Phone: 989-759-1408

@Saginaw Zoo

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