Zoo Idaho Education Internships

Zoo Idaho education interns will sail into Idaho wildlife informal education! This position aims to prepare individuals for a position working as an informal environmental educator with interest in local wildlife biology and ecology. Interns will be trained on the legal and safety issues associated with working with youth as well as how to translate sophisticated science to youth. They will work closely with the Education Curator in the development and delivery of lessons for K-12 informal education. Interns will also be trained on proper husbandry techniques and animal care standards and how to teach others about proper animal care.

Unpaid Internship for High School Students

Number of Positions Offered: 4 Summer Positions, June–August

How to Apply: Any interested applicants should send cover letter, resume, and essay of intent to rshearouse@pocatello.us.

Deadline to Apply: Friday, May 28, 2021

Intern’s Objectives/Career Goals

To work as an informal environmental educator with an interest in wildlife biology and ecology.

Zoo Idaho’s Objectives

To develop environmental educators based on our mission:
“Preserving Intermountain West wildlife and habitat through conservation and education.”

Opportunities/Benefits for Intern
  • Practice curriculum development and creating hands-on inquiry-based lessons
  • Training in how to align lessons to education standards/environmental literacy principles
  • Training in how to translate sophisticated science into material that kids can understand
  • Practice lesson delivery in the field
  • Practice lesson evaluation
  • Training in animal husbandry practices
  • Training on specific legal and safety issues associated with working with youth
  • Training in how to assess customer needs/preferences (schools and families)
  • Experience in animal training and care
Requirements of Intern
  • Must have good academic standing.
  • Must report to internship on time.
  • Required time commitment: 20 hours a week
  • Demonstrate a willingness to learn. Ask questions—we are here to help you develop your knowledge and skills. Have a positive attitude.
  • Complete all assignments in a timely manner and according to Zoo Idaho standards.
  • Dress appropriately. When working with k-12 students must wear the provided Zoo Idaho shirt, clean jeans or khaki pants or shorts and comfortable, closed-toe shoes.
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