Orangutans/Forests Primates Animal Care Internship

Indianapolis Zoological Society
US IN Indianapolis 46222
part-time standard
Job Description


The Indianapolis Zoo is home to the Simon Skjodt International Orangutan Center, recipient of the AZA's Exhibit Award for Innovation. This internship offers the opportunity to work side-by-side with the staff who care for the Zoo's 12 orangutans. Primate species in Forests include ring-tailed lemur and white-handed gibbon.


To apply, please submit the Spring Session Application form, along with a cover letter, resume, two letters of recommendation and a current (official or unofficial) transcript; November 10 is the deadline to apply. Please visit our website for more information.


Duties and Responsibilities:

-Support the Zoo’s mission of protecting nature and inspiring people to care about our world.

-Assists with cleaning, diet preparation and general husbandry of assorted animals.

-Assists with maintenance of exhibits, backup areas and food preparation areas.

-Assists with daily inspection of animals and exhibits to forecast potential health or security problems and exhibit needs.

-Observes and reports equipment and maintenance needs.

-May assist with record keeping, including enrichment, daily check-off assignments and fecal observations.

-Performs zoo keeping related duties as required.

-May work weekends, holidays or evenings as needed.

-Assist with keeper chats and demonstrations when needed.