Job seekers interested in permanent employment for animal care or labor/maintenance positions should complete a county application, located on the Onondaga County website: http://www.ongov.net/employment/jobs.
Go to the zoo every day and be a part of the success of one of the most beloved attractions in the region! The Rosamond Gifford Zoo is home to approximately 700 animals on 43 acres attracting more than 370,000 visitors each year and ranks among the top 10% of zoos in the nation. The Friends of the Zoo exist to provide financial support to the Rosamond Gifford Zoo.
There are no available positions at this time. Thank you!
The Rosamond Gifford Zoo and Friends of the Zoo offer animal-related internships, as well as internships in our marketing, event planning and education departments. Unless otherwise noted, internships are unpaid.
Event planning internship inquiries should be directed to Jim Mahler, director of food & beverage, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Internship is unpaid.
Animal-related internship inquiries should be directed to Nancy Asherman in the zoo's administrative office at email@example.com.
Available blocks and applicable deadlines for animal department internships:
DEADLINE FOR COMPLETED APPLICATION PACKET
June 1, 2016
November 1, 2016
March 1, 2017
Blocks may be flexible depending on student need.
The purposes of Rosamond Gifford Zoo's intern program are:
(1) to provide practical, on-the-job experience
(2) to provide exposure to zoo operations and zoo careers
Interns are supervised and instructed by permanent, full-time zoo employees. A member of the department to which the intern has been assigned will serve as the intern's mentor.
Interns are required to keep a journal and complete a management project during their term. They will complete such readings and written assignments as may be required by the department to which they have been assigned. Schedule will be agreed upon in advance.
The internship term is generally 12-14 weeks with a minimum of 12 hours per week or 4 weeks with a minimum of 40 hours per week. Interns will work on a flexible schedule, which may include some weekends and holidays. The internship term and schedule is variable and may be adjusted to meet student needs.
Interns may arrange for course credit with their school advisor. Rosamond Gifford Zoo's animal managers can certify successful completion of internships and will issue a grade transcript to all interns completing the term.
Interns will receive no monetary compensation during their internship.
Interns can be dismissed for unacceptable performance of duties/responsibilities and/or for non-compliance with Rosamond Gifford Zoo regulations and procedures.
Requirements for Application
These requirements are to be collected by the applicant and sent as a complete packet to Nancy Asherman in the zoo's administrative office, firstname.lastname@example.org, or mailed to the following address:
Rosamond Gifford Zoo
Attn: Animal Department Internships
1 Conservation Place
Syracuse, NY 13204
Complete application packets for internships must be received by the deadline for the desired block listed above. Any applications received after the deadline date will not be considered. Incomplete application packets (missing any of the items noted 1 through 4 above) will not be considered.
Following the deadline for application submission, all packets will be reviewed by animal managers. Within 2-3 weeks after the deadline, all applicants will be notified whether or not they have been chosen for an interview. Interview arrangements will be made with selected candidates. After the interview process, prospective interns will be informed if they will be placed in the program. At that time, an animal area will be assigned and the schedule finalized.
For further information, please contact us at (315) 435-8511 x100 and ask for Nancy Asherman.
Click here to download an Animal Internship Application.
All inquiries regarding the Job Shadow program should be directed to John Moakler, collection manager, at email@example.com.
The Rosamond Gifford Zoo's Job Shadow program offers a unique opportunity for high school students in grades 10-12 to experience a day in the life of a zoo employee. The student will spend up to one full day (8 hours) following an employee through their normal workday, helping perform their daily duties or observing when an activity requires. There may be some hands-on work with animals, under very close supervision of the keeper. Students will not be left alone with any animal at any time. If the student has a special interest in a particular animal or aspect of zookeeping (e.g. training, diets, etc) an effort will be made to accommodate the student. Job shadow candidates are accepted January-June and September-December.
Please review the following protocols established for the job shadow. If you have any questions, please contact John Moakler at (315 ) 435-8511 x100.
Click here to download a Job Shadowing application.
Click here to download a Parent/Guardian Permission Form.
Please mail completed application to:
Rosamond Gifford Zoo
1 Conservation Place
Syracuse, NY 13204
“Zoo keeper” is a term used to describe an individual who cares for animals in zoological parks or aquariums. A career as a zoo keeper offers a unique opportunity in the specialized and demanding profession of maintaining exotic animals for conservation, research, public education and recreation.
Interested in becoming a zoo keeper? The American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK) has a comprehensive document which will give you a better idea of what the profession entails and information to start you on the road to making this a career. You can access the information by clicking on this link: https://www.aazk.org/zoo-keeping-as-a-career/.
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