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Zoological Society of Milwaukee Education

Milwaukee, WI

Feb 12, 2018
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DEADLINE -  February 12th, 2018

Mission Statement

The mission of the Zoological Society of Milwaukee is to take part in conserving wildlife and endangered species, to educate people about the importance of wildlife and the environment, and to support the Milwaukee County Zoo.



The Zoological Society of Milwaukee was established in 1910 as an informal group of community leaders who bought animals and raised funds for the Zoo. Today it is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization with the mission to conserve, educate and support the Milwaukee County Zoo. The Society has 44 full-time and 10 part-time employees who manage daily operations and programs. In the 2014-15 fiscal year, the Society raised more than $7.6 million to support the Milwaukee County Zoo.

Position Description

Help educate children ages 2-14 about science, animals and conservation in our 2018 Zoo Summer Camps. Interns are directly mentored and extensively trained through a self-reflective, experiential training program. Develop child management techniques and interactive teaching strategies; also have an opportunity to apply to team teach a class.


(1) Assist instructors with educational activities in the classroom and lead Zoo camp tours for children (primarily ages

4-9). Supervise and evaluate high school assistants and prepare classroom materials. Some team-teaching opportunities are available (application required). Applicants should support the mission and vision of the Zoological Society.


(2) Internship focuses on career-related skills that help prepare you for the professional workplace. Interns are encouraged to develop their skills through a reflective journaling program and mentor-based relationships with education staff.


(3) After completing one summer as a 1st year intern, applicants may apply to the 2nd year internship & Teaching Intern positions which include assisting with trainings, mentoring peers & teaching camps.


(4) Position does not allow for direct animal handling. Housing not provided



(1) Must be a current college student or recent college graduate (up to one year past graduation). Internship best matches sophomores-graduate level students. Freshman must have extensive experience with children in college to be competitive.

(2) Must have experience with children, strong child management and public speaking skills such as enthusiasm, voice inflection and varied facial expressions.

(3) Must exhibit consistent professional characteristics such as a positive attitude, initiative, emotional maturity, self-responsibility and a desire to develop

professional skills.

(4) Physical requirements: Walk through the Zoo for up to two hours, kneel, squat and carry storage boxes.

(5) International applicants must be legally authorized to work in the U.S. without Zoological Society sponsorship.(

(6) Attend ALL Required Trainings (confirm availability at interview):

  1. (a) Intern Training Dates: June 5th-9th  AND 11th-14th (approx. 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. with the exception on June 13th from 12 - 8 p.m.)
  2. (b) Are you a student teacher with questions about training conflicts? Call with questions prior to resume due date.

Duration & Compensation

Pay Rate: $9.00/hr (M-F, 8 hours per day)

Start Date: June 5th, 2018

End Date: August 16th, 2018

Work Days Off: July 4th, 5th, & 6th (Additional days off require approval prior to hiring)

Application Process

What To Send

  • Professional cover letter
  • Resume emailed
  • Email to Patty T. at pattyt@zoosociety.org by Feb. 12th, 2018 in the SAME attachment.
  • Email Subject Line: 2018 Summer Internship


If Selected for an Interview

  • Must be available for a March interview date (exceptions for alternate interview month must be arranged through email).
  • Bring 2 letters of recommendation to the interview.


Notification of Position

  • Applicants will be notified about hiring decisions by mid-April.
  • Applicants who receive a position will be required to fill out a Zoological Society application and pass a background check.


Application Tips

Cover Letter

  • Use standard cover letter format; include your major, year in school and future career goal(s).
  • Also include how this internship will assist you with your future career.



  • Use standard resume format (up to 3 pages).
  • Resumes should reflect all of your experiences with children.
  • Keep volunteer and paid experiences in separate categories (include details of what you did for each).
  • Leadership and science-related experiences a plus.
  • For education majors, include field work and/or student teaching-related experiences.

Additional Information 

Please see attached PDF: Zoological Society of Milwaukee Education Internship

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