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Great Plains Zoo is located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The following was copied directly from their website:

Volunteer Animal Care Specialist Internship[]

Animal Care Intern[]

The Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum is offering an opportunity for education and experience for tomorrow’s workforce. The Great Plains Zoo and Delbridge Museum of Natural History has several internship opportunities available to those interested in pursuing a career in Animal Care and Zoo Management.

General Statement of Duties

The Animal Care Intern is responsible for assisting the Zookeeper in the care and feeding of zoo animals including the cleaning and maintenance of buildings, grounds, and exhibits.


Assist the Zookeeper in the general daily care of the animals in the assigned exhibit and holding areas. Maintains exhibits and holding areas in a clean and presentable condition at all times.

Assist in the observation the animal collection for signs of illness, general lethargy, injury, and dietary problems.

Must have the ability to follow oral and written instructions.

Must be able to climb ladders/stairs, lift and carry crates/animals/feed weighing 70lbs., operate mowers, handle fire hose for cleaning, operate weed eaters, load and operate wheel barrows loaded up to 150 lbs., be agile and flexible to maneuver in and around animals within exhibits, corrals and holding areas.

May be asked to complete season long project as assigned by the Area Supervisor and/or the Director of Animal Programs.

Responsible for other duties as assigned by the Area Supervisor and/or the Director of Animal Programs.

Must have strong communication skills as speaking to the general public is required.

Health and Safety

Must maintain current tetanus vaccination (5years) and be willing to have annual TB test done.

Must be able to lift and carry up to 70 lbs.


The Animal Care Intern reports directly to the Area Supervisor and/or Director of Animal Programs.


Requires a high school diploma or GED certificate. Prefer candidates that are pursuing a degree in a zoological related field. Must be able to work weekends, holidays, and evenings as assigned. Must commit to a schedule; 400 hours is required for successful completion of internship. Must also maintain a valid drivers license.


IN ADDITION TO ANIMAL CARE INTERNSHIPS: There are also internship positions available specifically working in the Hy-Vee Face to Face Farm with our Junior Zookeeper Program. The program is geared for high school students who clean and feed the animals in the Face to Face Farm. Some time is also spent helping youth present and handle small education animals to our guests. Must be willing to work with and encourage youth and enjoy public speaking.