Summary: Founded in 1876, The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore is the third oldest zoo in the United States and is internationally known for its contributions in conservation and research. The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore is also a major tourist and educational destination and welcomes over 460,000 guests annually. The Animal Department is responsible for the daily care and wellbeing of the Zoo’s animal collection. Healthy animals and clean exhibits are vital to the Zoo’s mission of conservation, research, education, and recreation. To provide educational opportunities to Animal Keeper and Behavior Interns, interns participate in various aspects of the care of zoo animals and their environment, such as diet preparation, cleaning of habitats, enrichment and training. The educational opportunity provided to Animal Keeper and Behavior Interns, allows interns to gain insight into animal care and behavior through training, shadowing hands-on experiences and the completion of an approved project.
- Cleaning, maintenance, and alteration of animal enclosures, exhibits and facilities;
- Record keeping of daily activities, animal nutrition, and training programs;
- Creating enrichment and learning animal behavior; and
- Preparing diets.
Skill Set Required
- Minimum age 18;
- Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds, and work on feet for up to four hours;
- Must be comfortable working in all weather conditions and tolerance of strong odors, hay, straw, dust or dander;
- Must be able to commit to a minimum of 24 hours per week, 8 week minimum, 150 hours minimum
Preferred Areas of Study/Major(s)
animal science, zoology, biology, wildlife conservation, animal behavior, behavioral biology
Fall (Sep - Dec)
Hours per week:
20 or more hours
Interns must be able to volunteer full-days at least three times a week Mondays through Sundays, Minimum of 120 hours within a chosen semester, from 8:30am to 4:30pm.
U.S. Citizen/U.S. National
June 1, 2018
Resume, Cover Letter, Other - school transcript
Students should send resume and cover letter to the internship coordinator listed above.
Materials are accepted electronically.
Students should fill out an application on the following website:
and submit the following:
• School transcript, official or unofficial, and copies are accepted
• Cover letter explaining the applicant’s:
o Goals and how this internship will help achieve those goals;
o Relevant skills, activities, experience and/or classes;
o School requirements for internship credit (if applicable);
o Start and end dates, and days of availability,
Application materials should be emailed to the Volunteer Department: firstname.lastname@example.org
Interns may be subject to a background check.