At this time, we are only accepting applications for Fall/Winter Animal Care internships with the Primate Department. We will begin accepting applications for our 2019 Spring/Summer internship program in January 2019.
If you have any questions, please email or call Samantha Russak at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-258-9182 ext 214
Internships with EARTH Ltd and Southwick’s Zoo are a rewarding experience which provides college students and recent college graduates the chance to learn and develop valuable skills while working in a unique setting.
- Discounts for food purchased at the zoo during work hours (does NOT apply to Galliford’s Restaurant).
- Discounts for gifts purchased at the zoo gift shop.
- Season’s pass to use for yourself and friends for entrance to the zoo on non-work days (after 2nd week of internship).
- The opportunity to gain experience and work with a great group of people!
At this time, we are only accepting applications for Fall/Winter Animal Care internships with the Primate Department.
We will begin accepting applications for our 2019 Spring/Summer internship program in January 2019.
To apply, please fill out and submit the online application along with your resume and cover letter. Documents must uploaded as pdfs.
Please read internship requirements and position descriptions prior to submitting your application.
All interns will be responsible to their direct supervisors, in addition to Samantha Russak, Director of Education and Betsey Brewer, Executive Director of Conservation, Education, & Research.
Animal Care Internships
Fall/Winter Primate Department Internship
Availability: October through early February, however we can be flexible with start and end dates and schedules. Applicants must be available to intern for at least 8 consecutive weeks.
Number of available positions: 2-3
Direct supervisors: Head Primate Zookeeper: Michelle Breen; Primate Keepers: Ruth Mazeika, Britney Brosseau, Jess Lanchansky, Lauren Culley, and Sarah DiCarlo
Goal/Objective: Interns in the primate department will actively participate in animal care and help maintain all primate exhibits as well as additional exhibits throughout the zoo, along with some grounds maintenance.
Primate interns will:
- Ensure the safety of zoo visitors, primate keepers, and primates
- Assist with animal husbandry for numerous primates and other animals throughout the zoo (cleaning, food prep, etc.). The Primate department currently cares for 18 primate species, 2 marsupial species, 4 large rodent species, and 2 reptile species (over 130 individuals)
- Design and construct animal enrichment
- Help with upkeep of zoo grounds, including occasional collecting of trash bags at the end of the work day
- Perform record keeping as needed
- Must be at least 18 years of age.
- Applicants must be available to intern for at least 8 consecutive weeks.
- Must be a student currently enrolled in college or a recent college graduate.
- Must be willing and able to work with children of varying ages, as well as adults, in a professional manner.
- Must be able to take and follow directions to maintain a safe work environment for personnel, visitors, and the animals at the zoo.
- All interns will be required to complete assignments during their internships, dependent on department.
- Fall applicants must be available at least 2 days each week.
- Must be able to lift 50lbs.
- Must be able to stand for long periods of time and work in varying weather conditions including heat and rain.
- Must be able to crawl, climb, and reach to clean low and “awkward” areas.
- Must be able to be in close proximity to hay and shavings and other possible allergens, such as: dust, mold, and grass.