Internships

Internships with EARTH Ltd and Southwick’s Zoo are a rewarding experience where you will have the opportunity to learn and develop valuable skills while working in a unique setting. Applicants must be students currently enrolled in a degree program or recent graduates. Interviews may be done over Skype. We offer internships in the following departments:

EARTH Discovery CenterPrimatesBirdsSummer Camp ProgramMarketing

Internship Frequently Asked Questions

We will begin accepting applications: January 1, 2015
Deadline to apply: April 1, 2015
Early determination: March 15, 2015

Summer Internships begin no later than May 24 and end no earlier than August 16
EARTH Discovery Center internships require 300 hours for completion.

Internships are typically 3 days a week at 8 hours per day. Working at least one day on the weekends is required for most postions.


How to Apply:3 interns

  • Download the Internship Application for internship you are interested in
  • Mail your completed application along with your resume, cover letter, and letter of recommendation to:

EARTH Ltd.
c/o Betsey Brewer
2 Southwick’s Street
Mendon, MA 01756

If you have any questions please email Betsey Brewer at betsey@southwickszoo.com

Note: Certain departments have fewer openings. If the position you apply for is full, we may offer you an internship in another department if we feel you would be an appropriate fit.


 

 

EARTH Discovery Center
CLICK HERE to download EARTH Intern Application

Responsible to: EARTH Internship Coordinator; EARTH Director, Betsey Brewer
Time Commitment: 300 hours. 3 days a week, 8 hours each day. Must work at least one day on the weekend.

Goal/Objective: Interns at the EARTH Discovery Center learn proper animal handling techniques and assist staff with daily animal care, educational programs, and upkeep of the facility. Interns also interact with the zoo’s visitors and assist with other tasks as needed.

Responsibilities:

EARTH interns will:

  • Assist with animal husbandry with reptiles, small mammals, amphibians, and exotic birds (cleaning/food prep/etc.)
  • General up-keep of the Discovery Center: raking, sweeping, mopping, dusting, etc.
  • Transportation of animals from the Earth Discovery Center to numerous locations throughout the zoo
  • Work as a conscientious educator interacting with zoo visitors and answering questions
  • Assist with planning for educational programs such as Junior ZooKeeping.
  • Present certain “kits” at animal exhibits throughout the zoo (rotating schedule)
  • Perform membership transactions and administrative tasks when needed
  • Assist with preparation of live animal presentations as needed
  • Accompany staff on ZooMobile education programs as needed
  • Assist in other zoo areas, such as the deer forest, as needed
  • Complete an independent research project on an approved topic to be presented during EARTH Awareness Day.
    • Projects will be geared towards zoo visitors and should be a service project to the zoo and EARTH Ltd.
    • Proposals must be presented to Betsey and approved by deadline.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Must be a student currently enrolled in college or a recent graduate.
  • Must be able to take and follow directions to maintain a safe work environment for personnel, visitors and the animals at the zoo.
  • 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
  • Must be able to attend internship training orientation program and zoo tour.
  • Must be able to complete 300 hours and work at least one day during the weekend.

 

 

Primates
CLICK HERE to download Primate Keeper Intern Application

Responsible to: Head Primate Zookeeper, Michelle Breen; Primate Keepers: Jess Lanchansky and Ruth Mazeika. Also responsible to Betsey Brewer, Director
Time Commitment: 300 hours. 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (may be flexible); 3-4 days per week.

Goal/Objective: To help maintain all primate exhibits and animal care including food preparation, exhibit upkeep and some grounds maintenance.

Responsibilities:

Primate interns will:

  • Ensure the safety of zoo visitors, primate keepers and primates
  • Assist with animal husbandry on numerous primates and other animals throughout the zoo (cleaning/food prep/etc.)
  • Design and construction of animal enrichment
  • Help with upkeep of zoo grounds
  • Perform record keeping as needed

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Must be a student currently enrolled in college or a recent graduate.
  • Must be able to take and follow directions to maintain a safe work environment for personnel, visitors and the animals at the zoo.
  • 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
  • Must be able to attend internship training orientation program and zoo tour.

 


 

 

Birds
CLICK HERE to download Bird Department Intern Application

Responsible to: Jess Beckstrom

Goal/Objective: Interns in the bird department will learn proper bird handling and training techniques, leaving with a working knowledge of avian behavior and classical and operant conditioning. Interns will develop these skills by providing an exceptional level of care to our show and exhibit birds through cleaning, feeding, training, and enrichment.

Responsibilities:

Bird interns will:

  • Clean cages of and prepare diets for show birds and exhibit birds
  • Carry out daily husbandry tasks at Parakeet Landing, which include cleaning, feeding, and assisting the public while maintaining high standards of health and safety for all birds
  • Assist with daily husbandry projects
  • Create and distribute enrichment to all birds on a daily basis
  • Train and handle a wide variety of parrots during husbandry and shows
  • Assist in training new show and husbandry behaviors
  • Provide a support role in the “Bird Talk” show
  • Interact with the public and assist with photos before and after each show
  • Keep records of training, enrichment, and daily happenings
  • Complete an independent, staff approved training and enrichment project with a bird of your choice

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Must be a student currently enrolled in college or a recent graduate.
  • Must be able to take and follow directions to maintain a safe work environment for personnel, visitors and the animals at the zoo.
  • 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
  • Must be able to attend internship training orientation program and zoo tour.

 


 

 

EARTH Ltd. Wild Adventure Summer Program Intern
CLICK HERE to download Summer Camp Intern Application

Responsible to: Program Director, Jan Weatherbee; EARTH Director, Betsey Brewer
Time Commitment:
Approximately 180 hours. Interns will work 5 days a week for a period of six weeks

Goal/Objective: Interns in this department will help guide and oversee campers through the daily adventures of the summer program.

Summer Programs offered by EARTH Ltd are:

  • Introduction to Animal Ecology (grades 1,2)
  • Animal Behavior Camp (grades 2,3,4)
  • Adventure and Ecosystems (grades 5,6,7)
  • Teen Zoology Excursion (ages 13-16)

Responsibilities:

  • Assist with daily camp tasks and help plan activities for campers.
  • Enthusiastically engage campers in a schedule of crafts, games, activities, animal encounters, and zoo tours.
  • Know, enforce, and follow all safety guidelines associated with all program areas in the zoo. This includes but is not limited to being responsible for your campers/students safety and their whereabouts at all times. Also know and understand ALL emergency procedures associated with the summer programs.
  • Build and maintain a good rapport with campers and parents.
  • Assist with clean-up and organization of zoo camp.
  • Chaperone campers on excursions.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Must be a student currently enrolled in college or a recent graduate.
  • Must be able to take and follow directions to maintain a safe work environment for personnel, visitors and the animals at the zoo.
  • Must be comfortable working with children.
  • Must be patient, friendly, and approachable.
  • Must be able to plan, organize, and lead activities
  • Preferably CPR and First Aid certified
  • Must be able to attend internship training orientation program and zoo tour.
  • Note: Most internships are unpaid. A minimum commitment of 120 hours is required.

 

 

Marketing
CLICK HERE to download Marketing Intern Application

Responsible to: Betsey Brewer, Director
intern for website Time Commitment: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (may be flexible); 2-3 days per week

Goal/Objective: The marketing internship offers the opportunity to develop skills in various areas such as advertising, social media, public relations, and event planning. Marketing interns need to be creative and detail oriented. They must also be able to contribute when working as a group, and also able to work independently.

Responsibilities:

Interns will assist with assorted marketing activities and will:

  • Create marketing materials including but not limited to: handouts, flyers, and social media content.
  • Update and contribute to the zoo and EARTH’s Facebook, Instagram, and other social media outlets.
  • Create content, such as blog entries, for the website.
  • Assist with events including planning, coordination, fundraising, set up, and break down.
  • Edit photos, videos, and other media as needed.
  • Assist other departments with tasks when necessary.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Must be a college junior or senior currently working towards a degree in marketing, communication, public relations, or another similar field OR a recent college graduate.
  • Must be self motivated with a positive attitude.
  • Must be creative and flexible with strong problem solving skills.
  • Must be able to follow instruction carefully.
  • Must be capable of working independently as well as part of a team.
  • An interest in wildlife, biology, conservation, or similar topics preferred.
  • Must have knowledge of web and social media outlets and experience with PowerPoint, Word and Excel.
  • Must have strong communication skills.
  • Experience with Adobe Photoshop or other photo editing software preferred.
  • Experience with video editing is preferred, but not required.
  • Must be willing to work outdoors at times.

Benefits (all internship positions):

  • Discounts for food purchased at zoo during work hours
  • 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)
  • Zoo shirt (to be returned at end of internship)
  • The opportunity to gain experience and work with a great group of people!