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Saginaw Children's Zoo Animal Care Intern - Paid

For graduating seniors! 

Share our passions for animals with us! With your help, we can strive to be the BEST little Zoo in Michigan. As a champion for animals and children, we create extraordinary experiences for all. The Saginaw Children’s Zoo seeks individuals who wish to provide our visitors and the community with engaging encounters.

Be a part of something BIG! As one of the zoos and aquariums accredited by the AZA, we offer programs and experiences unmatched by many while creating a family-friendly atmosphere in the heart of the Great Lakes Bay Region.

Title: Animal Care Internship (paid) 


The Saginaw Children’s Zoo is looking for individuals new to the zoo field who are interested in gaining practical, on-the-job experience caring for invertebrates, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals.  Under the mentorship of experienced animal care professionals, intern responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:  

  • Daily husbandry of animals 
  • Evaluating animal welfare 
  • Preparing diets  
  • Record keeping 
  • Providing enrichment 
  • Public interaction and visitor engagement 
  • Assisting in veterinary procedures as assigned 

A successful candidate for this position has a positive attitude, a teamwork-oriented mindset, a strong work ethic, is dependable, communicates well in both oral and written formats, and is interested in learning new skills.  

This is a full-time (40 hr/week), paid position for six (6) months. 

Experience:     Unpaid experience OR less than one (1) year paid experience in an animal care setting.  This position is intended to provide an introduction to a career as an animal care professional in an AZA-accredited institution.  Individuals with more than one year of paid experience in an animal care setting will not be considered. 

Position Requirements: 

  • Four-year college degree in related field 
  • Experience working on a team 
  • Effective communication skills, verbally & written.
  • Computer competency and proficiency with Microsoft Office 
  • Ability to work on projects independently under direction  
  • Ability to manage time effectively  
  • Ability to work in inclement weather & difficult situations 
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including holidays, weekends, evenings and emergency situations. 
  • Ability to lift and maneuver 50 lbs. on a regular basis 
  • Ability to work safely around allergens such as hay, straw, and grass 
  • Ability to follow all procedures, protocols and policies. 

Salary:     $11.16/hr

How to Apply:

Visit our website, www.saginawzoo.com.  In the “Careers” section, click on “Apply Now” to fill out an application.  

Please send resume and cover letter to alliedhrsolutions@saginawzoo.com

Questions or need a hard copy application? Email apply@saginawzoo.com                                         

About the Company                

  • We are Champions for animals and children; We create extraordinary experiences for all.  Our vision is to be the BEST little Zoo in Michigan!   
  • We are situated on 10 acres of landscaped paths featuring beautiful gardens, animal exhibits, and the region’s only hand-carved carousel.   
  • Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) since 2009 we are home to over 190 animals. 




How to Apply


How to Apply:

Please send resume AND cover letter to alliedhrsolutions@saginawzoo.com


Visit our website, www.saginawzoo.com. In the "Career" section, click on "Apply Now" to fill out an application. 

Questions or need a hard copy application? Email apply@saginawzoo.com


Saginaw Children's Zoo
1730 S. Washington Ave
Saginaw, MI 48601
Phone: 989-759-1408

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