Summer 2012 Animal Care Intern-Maryland
Plumpton Park Zoological Gardens - Rising Sun, MD

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Job Description : Animal Care Internships assist the zoo's keeper staff with basic animal husbandry duties. In addition special projects can be arranged or designed to meet qualifications for school credit.

Plumpton Park Zoological Gardens is inviting applications from college or graduate students majoring in animal sciences, biology, zoology, wildlife and fisheries management, psychology for animal care, or related field for internship positions starting immediately or for winter/spring/summer of 2012. These internship positions are unpaid over negotiable time periods to provide applicants with valuable experience in a zoological setting. Internships may require a minimum of 120 hours or more, with at least a weekly commitment of 10 hours per week for a semester, OR a one month minimum commitment.

Students that participate in this internship program will be exposed to providing daily care and management to zoo animals, animal training and enrichment, diet preparation, monitoring animal behavior, record keeping, pen design and maintenance, observe veterinary care, special events planning, public interpretation, observational research, and field research. Animal care interns should be familiar with positive reinforcement and operant conditioning training techniques.


Responsibilities vary depending on the area. Assisting keepers with daily tasks typically include: cleaning animal exhibits and holding areas, unloading hay bales, cleaning buildings and grounds, retrieving or storing bags of grain or salt blocks, pushing or unloading filled wheelbarrows, driving golf carts, diet preparation, record keeping, public presentations, and other assigned duties.

Animal Care Internships will focus on several areas within the zoo:

Hoofstock (Large mammals & farmstock)
Small Grain Mammals
Reptiles and Amphibians