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Volunteer

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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.

Adult Volunteer Information Packet 

Adult Volunteer Request Form

Recruiting Session

Apr 21, 2018

Oct 20, 2018

Teens

Teen Volunteer Programs

We offer two different volunteer opportunities for teenages in Grades 9-12: specialized Conservation Teen Scientists and general Teen Volunteers.

 


The Conservation Teen Scientist program (CTS) is primarily focused on visitor engagement, learning, and is long-term (many students stay with the program for all 4 years of high school). CTS students receive training in environmental conservation topics and develop useful life skills while helping Zoo Miami achieve its educational mission. Zoo instructors and local conservation partners teach the CTS participants about global wildlife conservation topics, local enviromental issues, and the role of accredited zoos in public engagement. The students may be given opportunities to help with hands-on fieldwork in regional locations.

2017 CTS Recruitment will occur between Aug 21 to Nov 24

CTS Application Form
 

Teen Volunteer


The Teen Volunteer program includes more general activities around the zoo and are typically short duration (such as for community service hours). We recruit Teen Volunteers four times throughout each year. Please review for the Teen Volunteer packet for more information and application materials.

Teen Volunteer Packet

Teen Volunteer Form
 

Information Session

Sep 30, 2017

Jan 5, 2018

Apr 7, 2018

Jul 7, 2018

Sept 29, 2018

Applications Due

Oct 6, 2017

Jan 12, 2018

Apr 13, 2018

Jul 13, 2018

Oct 5, 2018

Parent/Student Orientation

Oct 14, 2017

Jan 20, 2018

Apr 21, 2018

Jul 21, 2018

Oct 13, 2018

Student Training

Oct 21, 2017

Jan 27, 2018

Apr 28, 2018

Jul 28, 2018

Oct 20, 2018

Groups

Group Volunteer Program

We also welcome volunteers from companies, scout troops, fraternities, and other community groups to assist with one-time projects and events around the Zoo Miami. These projects provide an invaluable service to the Zoo while also providing a wonderful opportunity for groups to spend quality time together. We can tailor a program of activities that is right for your group.

Please contact volunteer@zoomiami.org or 305-255-5551 to make arrangements.

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.

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
Fall (Sept.-Dec.) Sept. 10 - Nov. 10 July 10
Spring (Jan.-April) Jan. 10 - March 10 Nov. 10
Summer (May-Aug.) May 10 - July 10 March 10

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

Submit Documents to: ZMInternships@miamidade.gov

Area

Description

(But not limited to)

# of Interns Accepted
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.  2
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. 2

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 480 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
Fall (Sept.-Dec.) May 10 - July 10 July 10
Spring (Jan.-April) Sept. 10 - Nov. 10 Nov. 10
Summer (May-Aug.) Jan. 10 - March 10 March 10

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

Submit Documents to: ASInternships@miamidade.gov

AREA

SPECIES INCLUDED:

(But not limited to)

# 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
Amphitheater cheetahs, birds of prey, large snakes, parrots and other small mammals 2
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 and Orinoco crocodiles

2
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
Children’s Zoo Camels, Goats, Domestic Hoofstock, Meerkat, small mammals, Parrots 2
Florida: Mission Everglades Alligator, Bobcat, Fox, Crocodile, Eagle, Caracara, Flamingo, Panther, Bear, Song Bird, Wading Bird  2

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).

Sales and Events Internship

The Sales and Events Team is currently seeking applicants who desire a career in Hospitality Management and Tourism. Zoo Miami caters to approximately one million guests annually. The interns will not only be exposed to the daily tasks of the Sales and Events team by working in their sections but they will also be educated in the areas of park operations. It is our goal to offer a dynamic internship to individuals who have chosen a career in Hospitality and Tourism and would like to gain firsthand experience in an attraction/ zoo setting.

Description: The internship at Zoo Miami is designed for college students or recent graduates interested in Sales, Events and park operation. This internship is unpaid. Interns must commit to a minimum of 384 hours over a 16-week period including but not limited to weekends and holidays.

Responsibilities:

  • Group check-in
  • Clerical office work
  • Assist in execution of events
  • Meet with at least five different zoo divisions
  • Participate in lectures on customer service, park operations, etc.

Requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • 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 submit to background check and fingerprint screening at designated county facility

Although this internship will better equip individuals for a job in the hospitality 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
Fall (Sept.-Dec.) May 10 - July 10 July 10
Spring (Jan.-April) Sept. 10 - Nov. 10 Nov. 10
Summer (May-Aug.) Jan. 10 - March 10 March 10

Please note- Animal interactions are limited.

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

Submit Documents to: ZMInternships@miamidade.gov

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).

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