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Animal Enrichment Intern

JOB TITLE: Animal Enrichment Intern, Lincoln Park Zoo
LOCATION: Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago, IL
REPORTS TO: Allison Kao, Behavioral Husbandry and Enrichment Manager
This internship is designed for college students or recent graduates interested in pursuing a career in animal care or animal behavior. Interns will work directly with the Behavioral Husbandry and Enrichment Manager, animal keepers and the Zoo Monitor program to learn the principles of providing enriching experiences and evaluating behavior in order to promote great welfare. 
This internship will focus on helping develop and implement an enrichment evaluation program to be used throughout the zoo. The intern will conduct daily observations on the Zoo’s animals using Zoo Monitor and assist with data analysis. In addition the intern will help with the research and development of species specific behavior profiles, behavior video profiles and other assigned projects.
A recent TB test will be required. Because of the nature of working close to a variety of animals, both alongside the management and keeper staff, the applicant needs to demonstrate maturity, self-motivation, and an ability to follow direction.
This position is open to begin in June 2021. This is a three month position with the option to extend if deemed reasonable for both parties. This is a paid, 32 hr/week position, interns may be asked to work on weekends or from home at times. To apply please visit;

·        Assist with on-grounds behavioral monitoring projects using Zoo Monitor
·        Perform research on animal behavior of certain species as needed, with high attention to detail and enthusiasm
·        Capture or find video examples of specific behavioral goals
·        Research new ideas for enrichment
·        Complete a unique project that is mutually agreed by the intern and staff.


·        Become proficient using ZooMonitor to record behavior
·        Gain in-depth knowledge about the science of animal behavior  
·        Learn the skills necessary to care for exotic animals
·        Understand the process of SPIDER as it pertains to a enrichment program
·        Learn the processes of behavioral research and how it can be applied to an enrichment program
·        Gain an understanding of the duties of a Behavioral Husbandry Manager


·        Performs other duties as assigned.

·        Possess strong computer, organizational (project management), and communication skills (written and spoken)
·        Willingness to work outside in harsh field conditions (i.e., rain and heat); willingness to work early morning hours as necessary
·        Strong willingness to learn
·        Positive attitude, team mentality
·        Proficiency in Microsoft Excel
·        Previous hands-on work with animals
·        Works well in a team environment as well as independently
·        Maintains a positive and flexible approach to daily responsibility

·        Junior or Senior in college, or recent college graduate
·        Major in Biology, Animal Behavior, Psychology, Zoology or other related field