Cosley Zoo Education Intern

Employment Type

: Full-Time


: Education - Excluding Post Secondary

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Deadline: Open until filled

General Purpose

Responsible for the presentation of informal programs offered to Cosley Zoo visitors. This is an unpaid internship requiring a minimum of 20 hours per week over a twelve week period. Shifts must be completed in four-hour increments. Hours and days are assigned on a first come-first served basis. The schedule will include at least one weekend day.

Education Internship Sessions Available:

• March-May (application deadline January 31)

• June-August (application deadline March 15)

• September-November (application deadline July 31)


Must be at least 18 years of age and have completed a minimum of one year of coursework at an institution of higher learning with an interest in conservation and education. Animal handling experience preferred but not required. Must have excellent oral communication skills. 

Essential Duties

1. Prepare and present interpretative programs to zoo visitors.

2. Handle appropriate animals for programs.

3. Prepare oral and written reports as requested by supervisor.

4. Interact with the public offering education, information, assistance, or control when necessary.

5. Follow and implement Cosley Zoo and Wheaton Park District policies and guidelines.

6. Must assist with the development and facilitation of a minimum of two special events outside of scheduled hours.

Other Duties and Responsibilities

1. Assist with the facilitation of rentals.

2. Assist with the development of educational programming.

3. Performs duties as assigned.

4. Attend staff meetings or other special meetings if applicable.

Psychological Considerations

Must enjoy interacting with children. Must be able to effectively provide for persons with special needs. Must be comfortable speaking to groups of various ages. Must be able to resolve issues which may arise with staff and general public. May feel stress dealing with large numbers of people in a busy environment.

Physical Demands

Moderate walking; frequent standing or climbing stairs. Must be able to lift and carry 30 pounds up to 30 yards. Must be comfortable working around domestic animals and captive wildlife. Will be exposed to odors and items associated with animals, including hay, animal hair, feces, and chemicals. May be exposed to all types of weather conditions.

Cognitive and Safety Considerations

Must exhibit good problem solving abilities, be flexible, organized and creative. Must be able to meet the physical demands of the job while showing good judgment and safety awareness. 

This is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills, duties, requirements and effects of working conditions associated with the position. While this is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current position, management reserves the right to revise the position when circumstances change; e.g., emergencies, rush jobs, changes in personnel, workload, technological developments, etc.

Wheaton Park District is an equal opportunity employer. EOE/M/F/D/V

* The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.

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