Volunteers

The Pride of Zoo Miami

Volunteers are the pride of Zoo Miami - join our pride today!

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Adults

Adult Volunteer Program

Do you want to be a part of wildlife conservation and education while having a good time? Then Zoo Miami is the place for you!  Volunteers play an important role in helping Zoo Miami's guests to connect, care, and conserve our wildlife and their habitats.

 Volunteer Request Form 

Requirements:

  • 18 years of age
  • Complete an interview and agree to a criminal background check and drug test
  • Commit a minimum of one year to the program and 60 hours of service per year (five hours per month)
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Internships

Limited opportunities for college students and graduates are available for internships at Zoo Miami and Zoo Miami Foundation. Unless noted below, internships are unpaid.

Conservation Education

Seeking several interns to assist with conservation education programs, citizen science, and outreach projects focusing on local ecosystems and wildlife. Potential intern projects include working with wild mammal populations on zoo grounds, assisting with wildlife surveys across Miami-Dade County, as well as assisting with educational programs. Please contact Amanda Gonzalez (agonzalez@zoomiami.org).

Development & Fundraising

Activities include data entry, donor gift fulfillment, folding and stuffing for mailings, donor research, and other development-related activities as needed. Ability to assist with weekend and evening events is a plus. Must be detail-oriented and able to use Microsoft Office. Contact Jamie Lassonde (jlassonde@zoomiami.org).

Marketing & Public Relations

Zoo Miami Foundation Marketing and Public Relations interns will be involved in general marketing tasks and special projects.  They will learn about event planning and implementation, how to conduct visitor surveys, write press releases or stories, assemble press kits, maintain a press clippings book, and research. This is an ideal opportunity to gain practical experience for a career in the field and further cultivate their skills through a real-life work experience.  This internship will help them acquire marketing skills and provide them with knowledge of various marketing strategies. Ultimately, they will gain broad experience in marketing and should be prepared to enter any fast paced work environment. Marketing interns must be able to attend a minimum of 10 hours per week, including some weekends. Contact Andrea Obregon (aobregon@zoomiami.org).

Special Events

Interns working with the Special Events Manager will be working under the Development department to assist in a variety of fundraising projects and events. Duties may include vendor research, such as getting quotes, production of sponsorship proposal packets, assisting with décor, volunteers, and other organizational aspects of the event. This is an ideal opportunity to gain knowledge and develop skills in special event planning. Must be able to work 15 hours per week. Good organizational skills and attention to detail is a must. Advanced computer skills, including Microsoft Word, Excel, Windows, and other related computer programs necessary. Contact Nicole Kolich (nkolich@zoomiami.org).

Animal Science Internship

This internship is designed to allow participants who desire a career in animal care to gain hands on experience in a zoological setting. The interns will not only be exposed to the daily tasks of keepers working in their sections but also educated in the areas of husbandry, training, enrichment, biology, conservation and record keeping. It is our goal to offer a dynamic internship to individuals who have chosen a career in husbandry and management of zoological animals.

Description: The internship at Zoo Miami is designed for college students or recent graduates interested in multi-species animal care. This internship is unpaid. Interns must commit to a minimum of 520 hours over a 16-week period (including but not limited to weekends and holidays). 

Requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Must be a U.S. resident
  • Must be currently enrolled in college or recent college graduate
  • Must provide cover letter, resume and college transcripts
  • Must provide professional and/or academic references
  • Must be able to afford housing, food and transportation to Zoo Miami
  • Must have good communication skills, written and verbal
  • Must be able to lift at least 50 lbs and be in good physical condition
  • Must provide a current negative TB test prior to internship start date
  • Must submit to background check and fingerprint screening at designated county facility

Although this internship will better equip individuals for a job in the zookeeping field, this internship does not guarantee employment with Zoo Miami or Miami-Dade County. 

All applicants will be notified upon receipt of all materials. Qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview.  Selected applicants will be contacted by the coordinator of their acceptance and notified by Human Resources for further processing. 

Internship Application Deadlines:

Semester Applications Accepted Application Deadlines
Summer (May-Aug.) Feb. 1 - March 10 March 10
Fall (Sept.-Dec.) May 10 - July 10 July 10
Spring (Jan.-April) Sept. 10 - Nov. 10 Nov. 10

Interested applicants must submit a cover letter and resume along with the internship application form (below).

Internship Application Form

Submit Documents to: ASInternships@miamidade.gov

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SPECIES INCLUDED:

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# OF INTERNS ACCEPTED
Africa 1 Giraffe, Zebra, Sable Antelope, Pygmy Hippopotamus 3
Africa 2 African Painted Dogs, Spotted Hyenas, Malayan Tapirs, Somali Wild Asses, Cuban Crocodiles, Gorillas, Chimpanzees, Tigers, Lions 2
Africa 3 Asian Elephant, African Elephant, Black Rhino, Greater One-Horned Rhino, Okapi 7
Amazon & Beyond (Atlantic) Bats, Jaguar, Giant Anteater, GR Otter, Guanaco, Rhea, Spider Monkey, Squirrel Monkey, Howler Monkey 2
Amazon & Beyond (Flooded) Harpy Eagle, a variety of Waterfowl, Passerines, other Softbills as well as small primates and reptiles 3
Amazon & Beyond (Cloud)

Reptiles, Amphibians, Fish, Turtles

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Asia 1 Anoa, Orangutan, Gibbon, Siamang, Clouded Leopard, ASC Otter, Gaur, Camels, Lemur, Sloth Bear 3
Asia 2 Aviary, Starling, Brooder, Komodo, Orinoco, Caiman, Iguana, Croc Pools 2
Australia Koala, Tree Roo, Emu, Singing Dog, Warthog, Duiker 2
Florida: Mission Everglades Alligator, Bobcat, Fox, Crocodile, Eagle, Caracara, Flamingo, Panther, Bear, Song Bird, Wading Bird TBD
Children’s Zoo Camels, Goats, Domestic Hoofstock, Meerkat, small mammals, Parrots 2

Animal Health Internship

This internship is designed to allow participants who desire a career in veterinary medicine or animal nutrition to gain hands on experience in a zoological setting. The interns will not only be exposed to the daily tasks of vets, vet techs and keepers working in their sections but also educated in the areas of vet medicine, nutrition, husbandry, training, enrichment, biology, conservation and record keeping. It is our goal to offer a dynamic internship to individuals who have chosen a career in animal health of zoological animals.

Description: The internship at Zoo Miami is designed for college students or recent graduates interested in multi-species animal health. This internship is unpaid. Interns must commit to a minimum of 520 hours over a semester (including but not limited to weekends and holidays). 

Requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Must be a U.S. resident
  • Must be currently enrolled in college or recent college graduate
  • Must provide cover letter, resume and college transcripts
  • Must provide professional and/or academic references
  • Must be able to afford housing, food and transportation to Zoo Miami
  • Must have good communication skills, written and verbal
  • Must be able to lift at least 50 lbs and be in good physical condition
  • Must provide a current negative TB test prior to internship start date
  • Must submit to background check and fingerprint screening at designated county facility

Although this internship will better equip individuals for a job in the animal health field, this internship does not guarantee employment with Zoo Miami or Miami-Dade County. 

All applicants will be notified upon receipt of all materials. Qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview.  Selected applicants will be contacted by the coordinator of their acceptance and notified by Human Resources for further processing. 

Internship Application Deadlines:

Semester Applications Accepted Application Deadlines
Summer (May-Aug.) Jan. 10 - March 10 March 10
Fall (Sept.-Dec.) May 10 - July 10 July 10
Spring (Jan.-April) Sept. 10 - Nov. 10 Nov. 10

Interested applicants must submit a cover letter and resume along with the internship application form (below).

Animal Health Internship Form

Submit Documents to: ZMInternships@miamidade.gov

AREA

DESCRIPTION:

(But not limited to)

# OF INTERNS ACCEPTED
Hospital and Quarantine

Assist in all aspects of the daily routine in the veterinary hospital which may include processing laboratory samples, handling tissues, participating in animal immobilizations, necropsies, learning and applying proper disinfection and sterilization techniques. Duties also include cleaning of cages, yards and holding areas; preparing and distributing diets, data entry, monitoring health and welfare of assigned animals, animal handling and restraint, animal record keeping, research and observation and other related tasks.

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Animal Nutrition

Involved in all aspects of the daily routine in the Animal Nutrition Center, which may include diet preparation, food item stocking and inventory, food safety and sanitation, diet record keeping, diet analysis, nutritional monitoring and evaluation of animals, diet formulation, body condition scoring, food item sampling, food enrichment, necropsies, data entry, and nutrition-related research and observation.

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Please contact volunteer@zoomiami.org or 305-255-5551 for more information.