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 at least 18 years of age and either students currently enrolled in a degree program or recent college graduates. Interviews may be done over Skype.

We are currently accepting applications for Fall Internships
Start dates are flexible, and Fall Internships may start as early as mid-August

How to Apply:

  • 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 Tim at tim@southwickszoo.com or Sarah at sarah@southwickszoo.com about EARTH Discovery Center internships and Danielle at dkpoirier10@gmail.com about Bird department internships.

Click here to download the Fall Internship Application

 

EARTH Discovery Center

Responsible to: EARTH Education Coordinators, Samantha Russak, Betsey Brewer

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.

EARTH interns will:

3 interns

  • 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

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

Responsible to: Danielle Poirier

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.

Bird interns will:

  • Clean cages of and prepare diets for show birds and exhibit 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 educational presentations.
  • Interact with the public 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.

 

Benefits (all internship positions):

  • Discounts for food purchased at zoo during work hoursintern for website
  • 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!