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Education Department Internship

Sarasota Jungle Gardens is a privately owned zoological and botanical garden in Sarasota, Florida. Our park hosts species of flora and fauna from around the world. Our park was opened in 1939 and continues to be one of Sarasota’s favorite family attractions. Sarasota Jungle Gardens has daily educational animal shows, keeper talks, and animal interactions. Our mission is to educate and inspire our community through interactive experiences with animals and nature supported by unmatched customer service.

Description

Sarasota Jungle Gardens is in search of students passionate about education and conservation, looking for an opportunity to learn in the zoological field. Students are able to experience a functioning zoological organization and develop beneficial education skills. This is an unpaid internship. Interns working in the education department will develop skills of public speaking, animal care, animal handling, and offsite programs. Education department animals include reptiles, birds of prey, amphibians, mammals, parrots, invertebrates, flamingos, and fish. Interns will primarily focus on expanding abilities to speak formally and informally to a wide range of audience sizes and ages, both at the park and at offsite outreach programs.

Interns can expect to:
  • Learn and perform daily keeper talks about selected species
  • Develop public speaking skills in a range of scenarios
  • Learn about animal care and husbandry
  • Learn and assist with positive reinforcement training
  • Help to create new educational programs
  • Assist with offsite outreach experiences
  • Learn record keeping, observation methods, and the importance of animal enrichment.
  • Gain experience for a future in zoological education
Internships Dates:

Fall August-December

Spring January- April

Summer May-July

Requirements

Interns are expected to work a total of 30-40 hours a week. Hours are typically 8:30am-4:30pm and are scheduled according to education department needs. Hours may change based on education scheduling. A lunch stipend will be provided. Individuals interested in this position must be of 18 years or older and be seeking a biology-related degree. Candidates who have graduated with a biological degree will be considered within 6 months of graduation. Interested persons must be able to work long hours in the heat of Florida, be available for all scheduled shifts, be comfortable with public speaking, have an interest in education, and be passionate about the natural world. Candidates must be on time, organized, self-driven, and have a willingness to learn to be considered for this position. Candidates must also be able to pass a level 2 background check and drug screen.

How To Apply

Interested individuals should email a cover letter, resume, and at least one letter of recommendation to: education@sarasotajunglegardens.com