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The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo is northeast Indiana’s largest tourist attraction, hosting more than 600,000 guests annually. The Zoo is consistently named one of the nation’s “Top Ten Zoos for Kids” by national media outlets and is a conservation leader, contributing more than $300,000 annually to local, regional and international efforts to protect wild animals and habitats. The Zoo cares for more than 1,600 animals and participates in 63 cooperative species survival plans.

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Employment Opportunities

Join the Zoo team! Every employee is an important part of the mission and success of the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo. As a member of our team, you’ll be a vital part of our mission of connecting kids and animals, strengthening families, and inspiring people to care.

Together We Are Better

The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo is proud to be part of a vibrant and diverse community. We value our team members, volunteers, guests, and supporters. We welcome their unique perspectives and experiences. Our strengths lie in these differences. Together, we inspire people to care about nature and one another.

You belong here!

Apply now! Click on the available opportunities below to find out more about the position, requirements, and application process.

Year-Round Opportunities

Maintenance Technician (Full-Time)

Applications are being accepted for a full-time Maintenance Technician.

Responsibilities: The Maintenance Technician serves in the zoo’s Maintenance Department. This position assists with technical, general, and preventative maintenance needs for the zoo as needed such as, but not limited to, carpentry, electrical, HVAC, plumbing, rides, fabrication, and vehicles. Other duties will include snow removal, maintaining small engine equipment, and vehicles. Click here for a full job description.

Requirements: High school diploma or GED, valid driver’s license, and ability to be insured and operate zoo vehicles and rides are required. Three years of maintenance experience in three of the following six fields is preferred: carpentry, electrical, plumbing, HVAC, automotive, or rides. Previous experience operating a forklift, bobcat, and small engines, such as mowers and snow blowers, is preferred.

Benefits: This is a full-time position requiring availability for a 40-hour work week year-round. Full-time benefits include Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Long-Term Disability Insurance, 403b Plan, 403b Matching, Employee Assistance Program, Paid Days Off, Paid Holidays, Paid Health & Wellness Days, and Paid Parental Leave as well as optional Dental, Vision, Life, and Pet Insurance Programs. All team members receive Employee Perks such as a free Staff Membership, concessions and retail discounts, development opportunities, and appreciation programs.

Click Here to Apply

Application Deadline: April 26,2024

Life Support System Technician (Full-Time)

Applications are being accepted for a full-time Life Support System Technician.

Responsibilities: The Life Support Systems Technician serves in the zoo’s Maintenance Department. This position is responsible for general and preventative life support system maintenance needs for the zoo, as well as other plumbing projects as needed. Additional duties may include understanding and testing water quality parameters as it pertains to life support systems. Click here for a full job description.

Requirements: Aquatic Animal Life Support Operator (AALSO), Certified Pool Operator (CPO), and/or Aquatic Facility Operator (AFO) certification is required within one year of hire (certification must be maintained throughout employment). Three years of life support maintenance, electrical, and plumbing experience as well as previous experience with ozone generation, safety, and handling are preferred.

Benefits: This is a full-time position requiring availability for a 40-hour work week year-round. Full-time benefits include Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Long-Term Disability Insurance, 403b Plan, 403b Matching, Employee Assistance Program, Paid Days Off, Paid Holidays, Paid Health & Wellness Days, and Paid Parental Leave as well as optional Dental, Vision, Life, and Pet Insurance Programs. All team members receive Employee Perks such as a free Staff Membership, concessions and retail discounts, development opportunities, and appreciation programs.

Click Here to Apply

Application Deadline: April 26, 2024

Animal Care Supervisor: Australian Adventure (Full-Time)

Applications are being accepted for a full-time Animal Care Supervisor in the Australian Adventure section. This section of the zoo features a variety of Australian mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians including Eastern grey kangaroo, dingo, Australian passerine, psittacine, and waterfowl species, woma python, and red-eyed tree frog..

Responsibilities: The Animal Care Supervisor is a working leadership position that provides direct supervision of employees and coordination of daily operations in a specified animal area and assists with other zoo operations as required. Expected time spent in the field versus administrative duties is 70/30. Click here for a full job description.

Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in life sciences or a related field and three years of experience in a zoological setting are required. Operant conditioning experience is preferred.

Benefits: This is a full-time position requiring availability for a 40-hour work week year-round. Full-time benefits include Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Long-Term Disability Insurance, 403b Plan, 403b Matching, Employee Assistance Program, Paid Days Off, Paid Holidays, Paid Health & Wellness Days, and Paid Parental Leave as well as optional Dental, Vision, Life, and Pet Insurance Programs. All team members receive Employee Perks such as a free Staff Membership, concessions and retail discounts, development opportunities, and appreciation programs.

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Application Deadline: April 19, 2024

Animal Care Supervisor: African Journey & Indonesian Rain Forest (Full-Time)

Applications are being accepted for a full-time Animal Care Supervisor in the African Journey and Indonesian Rain Forest section. This section of the zoo includes a wide variety of Indonesian bird and reptile species, Sumatran tigers, Sumatran orangutans, clouded leopards, Javan gibbons, African lions, spotted hyenas, cape porcupine, radiated tortoise, serval, bat-eared fox, and banded mongoose as well as de Brazza’s, spot-nosed, colobus, and swamp monkeys.

Responsibilities: The Animal Care Supervisor is a working leadership position that provides direct supervision of employees and coordination of daily operations in a specified animal area and assists with other zoo operations as required. Expected time spent in the field versus administrative duties is 70/30. Click here for a full job description.

Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in life sciences or a related field and three years of experience in a zoological setting are required. Operant conditioning experience is preferred.

Benefits: This is a full-time position requiring availability for a 40-hour work week year-round. Full-time benefits include Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Long-Term Disability Insurance, 403b Plan, 403b Matching, Employee Assistance Program, Paid Days Off, Paid Holidays, Paid Health & Wellness Days, and Paid Parental Leave as well as optional Dental, Vision, Life, and Pet Insurance Programs. All team members receive Employee Perks such as a free Staff Membership, concessions and retail discounts, development opportunities, and appreciation programs.

Click Here to Apply

Application Deadline: April 26, 2024

Commissary Assistant (Full-Time)

Applications are being accepted for a full-time Commissary Assistant.

Responsibilities: The Commissary Assistant performs the essential duties of the zoo’s commissary, including food preparation and storage. This position prepares animal diets in accordance with species-specific Diet Worksheets; assists the Commissary Supervisor with ordering and inventory; properly rotates, stores, and inspects animal food stocks; and maintains the kitchen, food storage areas, and equipment as instructed. Click here for a full job description.

Requirements: High school diploma or GED and one year of experience in a food preparation role are preferred.

Benefits: This is a full-time position requiring availability for a 40-hour work week year-round. Full-time benefits include Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Long-Term Disability Insurance, 403b Plan, 403b Matching, Employee Assistance Program, Paid Days Off, Paid Holidays, and Paid Parental Leave as well as optional Dental, Vision, Life, and Pet Insurance Programs. All team members receive Employee Perks such as free zoo admission, guest passes, and concessions discounts as well as appreciation and recognition programs and events.

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Application Deadline: April 26, 2024

Horticulture Specialist (Full-Time)

Applications are being accepted for a full-time Horticulture Specialist.

Responsibilities: The Horticulture Specialist performs work necessary to provide a clean, vibrant, and healthy landscaped environment for zoo guests to enjoy. This position assists the Horticulturist with horticulture planning and support, supervision, and training of department staff as well as planning, installation, and maintenance of flower beds, planters, and general landscapes; maintaining shrubs, trees, and turf; tropical plant care; leaf cleanup; snow removal; landscape projects; and horticulture equipment maintenance. Click here for a full job description.

Requirements:  Two years of horticulture or related experience and valid driver’s license are required. Must be at least 18 years of age. Associate’s degree in horticulture science, botany, forestry, or a related field is preferred.

Benefits: This is a full-time position requiring availability for a 40-hour work week year-round. Full-time benefits include Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Long-Term Disability Insurance, 403b Plan, 403b Matching, Employee Assistance Program, Paid Days Off, Paid Holidays, Paid Health & Wellness Days, and Paid Parental Leave as well as optional Dental, Vision, Life, and Pet Insurance Programs. All team members receive Employee Perks such as a free Staff Membership, concessions and retail discounts, development opportunities, and appreciation programs.

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Application Deadline: April 19, 2024

Aquarist (Full-Time)

Applications are being accepted for a full-time Aquarist. This position is responsible for daily husbandry, water quality, and maintenance duties for all species located in the Aquarium, including Indo-Pacific reef species, black-tip reef shark, zebra shark, giant grouper, lion fish, moon jellyfish, cownose rays, southern stingrays, and corals. The Aquarist may also assist with other species located in the Aquatics section including North American river otters, African black-footed penguins, American alligators, California sea lions, and harbor seals.

Responsibilities: The Aquarist performs work necessary to provide basic daily animal care for the zoo’s aquarium animals, ensures appropriate animal wellbeing, and performs husbandry practices such as life support and water quality maintenance, operant conditioning, enrichment strategy, and assisting with husbandry and enclosure furnishing and life support design. Click here for a full job description.

Requirements: A Bachelor’s Degree in an animal-related field, one year of experience in an aquarium or zoological setting, and PADI/NAUI SCUBA open water or higher certification are preferred. High school diploma or GED is required.

Benefits:  This is a full-time position requiring availability for a 40-hour work week year-round. Full-time benefits include Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Long-Term Disability Insurance, 403b Plan, 403b Matching, Employee Assistance Program, Paid Days Off, Paid Holidays, Paid Health & Wellness Days, and Paid Parental Leave as well as optional Dental, Vision, Life, and Pet Insurance Programs. All team members receive Employee Perks such as a free Staff Membership, concessions and retail discounts, development opportunities, and appreciation programs.

Click Here to Apply

Application Deadline: April 19, 2024

Security Ranger (Full-Time)

Applications are being accepted for a full-time Security Ranger in the Safety and Security department.

Responsibilities: The Security Ranger performs multiple duties throughout the zoo including perimeter and gate checks, clearing the zoo of daytime guests, monitoring zoo grounds during and after hours, and preserving the safety of guests, animals, and property. This position works cooperatively with other departments and walks zoo grounds extensively throughout the work day in all weather conditions. This position works a primarily night-shift schedule, 6pm-6am. Click here for a full job description.

Requirements: One year of previous security, guest service, loss prevention, or hospitality experience is required. High school diploma or GED, CPR/AED certification, and successful completion of Weapons Team certification within 30 days of hire are required. EMT experience is preferred. Must be at least 18 years of age.

Benefits: This is a full-time position requiring availability for a 40-hour work week year-round. Full-time benefits include Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Long-Term Disability Insurance, 403b Plan, 403b Matching, Employee Assistance Program, Paid Days Off, Paid Holidays, Paid Health & Wellness Days, and Paid Parental Leave as well as optional Dental, Vision, Life, and Pet Insurance Programs. All team members receive Employee Perks such as a free Staff Membership, concessions and retail discounts, development opportunities, and appreciation programs.

Click Here to Apply

Application Deadline: April 19, 2024

Operations Services Assistant

Applications are being accepted for a part-time Operations Services Assistant.

Responsibilities: The Operations Services Assistant performs multiple duties throughout the zoo including general cleaning, warehouse assistance, meeting and event space setup, technology and event support, and coordinating with external warehouse vendors. Click here for a full job description.

Requirements: High school diploma or GED and valid driver’s license are required. One year of maintenance or operations experience is preferred.

Benefits: This is a part-time position requiring availability for up to a 29-hour work week year-round. Part-time benefits include Health & Wellness Days, Employee Assistance Program, 403b Plan, and optional Vision, Dental, and Pet Insurance Programs. All team members receive Employee Perks such as a free Staff Membership, concessions and retail discounts, development opportunities, and appreciation programs.

Click Here to Apply

Application Deadline: April 26, 2024

Temporary Opportunities

Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo Seasonal Opportunities

Join us for the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo Job Fair on March 9 from 9-2 p.m. Register for the Zoo Job Fair HERE.

  • Seasonal or part-time positions, April through December
  • 15 to 40 hours per week
  • Must be at least 16 years of age

Team Member Perks

  • One free meal during each of your workdays in the zoo season
  • 50% discount on other zoo concessions during your workdays in the zoo season
  • Free fountain drink refills during your workdays in the zoo season
  • Guest service and job-specific training
  • Learning and development opportunities
  • Recognition and appreciation events and programs
  • Individual Staff Membership
  • One single day digital guest admission pass redeemable during each visit
  • Free ride wristband for you and one accompanying guest redeemable during each visit
  • Select discounts on guest event admission
  • 20% discount on zoo gift shop purchases
  • 50% discount on Kids for Nature campers in your immediate family

Guest Experience Event and Sales Associate: Guest Experience Event and Sales Associates assist in planning and execution of the zoo’s guest experience events, host birthday parties, assist with small-scale events such as Mother’s Day Brunch and Opening Day Ceremony, and help with major guest experience events such as Wild Zoo Halloween, Dino Days, and Wild Zoo Wonderland. Click here for a full job description. Click Here to Apply

Development Associate: The Development Associate serves in the zoo’s philanthropic Development Department. This position assists with multiple duties within the department. Associates should have a passion for sharing the zoo’s mission and plan to work a flexible schedule to include evenings and weekends to support donor events and donor relations activities, as well as other functions as directed by the Director of Philanthropy and Community Relations. This position also contributes to positive guest experiences and performs other duties as required.  Click here for a full job description. Click here to apply. 

Service Systems Associates Seasonal Opportunities

Join us for the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo Job Fair on March 9 from 9-2 p.m. Register for the Zoo Job Fair HERE.

  • Seasonal or part-time positions, April through December
  • 15 to 40 hours per week
  • Must be at least 16 years of age

Food Service Associate: Food Service Associates help concession stands, carts, and picnics deliver quality food and beverages for Zoo guests during their visit. Apply here. 

Gift Shop Sales Associate: Gift Shop Sales Associates welcome and assist guests during their visits to the Wild Things Gift Shop, stroller rental, and retail locations inside the Zoo. Apply here. 

Employee Perks

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Employee Perks

In addition to working at northeast Indiana’s largest tourist attraction, zoo employees also receive the following perks:

  • Unlimited free FWCZ admission for you + one accompanying guest
  • Twice annual “Friends & Family” admission and ride pass for you + 5 accompanying guests
  • 50% employee discount on zoo concessions during your workdays
  • 20% employee discount on zoo gift shop purchases
  • 50% employee discount on Kids for Nature campers in your immediate family
  • Annual employee picnic
  • Bi-weekly employee newsletter
  • Zoo uniforms + jacket provided
  • Recognition and appreciation events and programs
  • Guest service and job-specific training
  • Select passes for Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation facilities

Additional Perks for Year-Round FWCZ Employees

  • Complimentary Zoo Membership
  • Annual employee holiday party
  • Development and training opportunities
  • Benefits package for qualifying employees

Externships

Students pursuing degrees in animal health can meet externship requirements at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo. The zoo accepts college students throughout the year for externship positions in:

Veterinary Technician Externship

Description:
The purpose of the veterinary technician externship is to introduce veterinary technician students to the specialty of zoo veterinary technology. The extern will assist the veterinarian and technician daily with procedures, treatments, hospital maintenance, etc.

Duties:

  • Assist veterinary staff with routine procedures (immobilizations, physical exams, treatments, etc) as well as emergency procedures.
  • Assist veterinary technician with lab work (parasitology, urinalysis, in-house blood work, preparing samples for outside laboratories).
  • Assist with hospital maintenance (equipment cleaning, sterilization, inventory, etc).
  • Care for animals (cleaning and feeding) in hospital holding/quarantine when needed.
  • Enter data into MedArks program and file records.
  • Dispense medications under supervision of the veterinary technician.
  • Assist with necropsies.
  • Responsibilities will be dependent on the applicant’s experience and skills.

Requirements:

  • Students should be enrolled in an accredited veterinary technology program with a long-term interest in zoo/wildlife medicine.  Experience with exotic species is preferred but not required.
  • Students should be willing to learn, eager to create and complete projects and have a respect for wild animals. Students should also work well with others. It is preferred that the student have some previous animal experience.
  • Applicants must be available to work at least 30 hrs/week (40 hrs/week preferred) and must be able to work a flexible schedule.
  • A negative tuberculin test within the past year is required. Current rabies, hepatitis B, and tetanus vaccinations are recommended.

Availability:
Externships are available all year.  The largest volume and diversity of clinical procedures occur in the winter months.  Externships will last a minimum of 4-6 weeks, depending on the student’s requirements for school.

Compensation:
Externships at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo are unpaid positions. There is no housing or stipend offered by the zoo. Externs will work as volunteers for the duration of their externship.  A paid position is not guaranteed at the completion of an internship.

Credit:
The zoo staff is happy to provide the necessary documentation for the student’s college credit.

To Apply:
Complete an application online. If you have questions, contact the Volunteer Programs Manager at

260-427-6800 EXT. 302 or volunteer@kidszoo.org

Veterinary Medicine Externship

Description:
Support the zoo’s veterinary department by assisting with animal care, procedures, and hospital maintenance. The externship is designed to introduce the student to the field of zoo/exotic veterinary medicine. The extern will report directly to the zoo’s veterinarian.

Duties:

  • Assist veterinary staff with routine procedures (immobilizations, physical exams, treatments, etc) as well as emergency procedures, with emphasis on duties performed by the veterinarian.
  • Assist veterinary technicians with hospital and equipment cleaning and maintenance as needed.
  • Assist keeper staff with daily care of animals housed at the veterinary hospital or in quarantine as needed.
  • Work on other tasks or special projects as needed.
  • Responsibilities will be dependent on the applicant’s experience and skills.

Requirements:

  • Applicants must be enrolled in Veterinary School.
  • Applicants should have a long-term interest in exotic animals, and be experienced and comfortable with dealing with domestic species. Experience with exotic species is preferred, but not required.
  • Applicants must be available to work at least 30 hrs/wk (40 hrs/wk preferred) and must be able to work a flexible schedule.
  • A negative tuberculin skin test must be performed within one year of the start date.
  • Current rabies, hepatitis B, and tetanus vaccinations are recommended.

Availability:
Externships are available all year.  The largest volume and diversity of clinical procedures occur in the winter months. Externships will last a minimum of 4-6 weeks, depending on the student’s requirements for school.

Compensation:
Externships at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo are unpaid positions. There is no housing or stipend offered by the zoo. Externs will work as volunteers for the duration of their externship.  A paid position is not guaranteed at the completion of an internship.

Credit:
The zoo staff is happy to provide necessary documentation for the student’s school/college credit.

To Apply:
Complete an application online. If you have questions, contact the Volunteer Programs Manager at

260-427-6800 EXT. 302 or volunteer@kidszoo.org

Internships

Students can gain meaningful experience while meeting school requirements. The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo accepts college students and high school seniors for positions available throughout the year:

Media Internship

Description:
Assist Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo Communications Department with all aspects of video and photographic communications and contribute to planning and executing communication projects.

Duties:
Assist with various tasks in the Zoo Communication Department, which may include:

  • Film video and shoot photographs throughout the zoo including animals and guests that can be used for print and social media.
  • Assist in the end-to-end process from storyboarding to logistics to shooting to editing and publishing.
  • Catalog videos and photos on Zoo Graphic Drive.
  • Visually document special events during zoo season.
  • Assist Communication, Education and Development staff with programs and events as needed.

Requirements:

  • College student pursuing a degree in visual arts, communication, or related fields.
  • Proficient in the use of Adobe Creative Suite.
  • Proficient with social media such as Facebook live, Twitter, YouTube, Snapchat, & Instagram.
  • Must be outgoing, adaptable, and able to plan and carry out a variety of activities with minimal supervision.
  • Possess a valid driver’s license.
  • Available to work a flexible schedule.

Availability:
Communication interns will work 20 to 40 hours per week; weekend, holiday, or irregular hours may be required. May through August is preferred; shorter internships will be considered for October through April. Duration of the internship is flexible to meet the student’s school requirements.

Compensation:
Internships at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo are unpaid positions. There is no housing or stipend offered by the zoo. Interns will work as volunteers for the duration of their internship. A paid position is not guaranteed at the completion of an internship.

Credit:
The zoo staff is happy to provide necessary documentation for the student’s college credit.

To Apply:
Complete an application online. If you have questions, contact the Volunteer Programs Manager at

260-427-6800 EXT. 302 or volunteer@kidszoo.org.

Communication Internship

Description:
Assist Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo Communication Department with public relations, web site, and social media projects.

Duties:
Assist with various tasks in the Zoo Communication Department, which may include:

  • Review, update and assist in website development increasing user interactions.
  • Assist Communication department with preparing content for zoo’s social media channels and blog.
  • Assist zoo with social media research.
  • Complete special projects to support zoo’s communications program.
  • Assist with writing media releases and articles for zoo publications.
  • Perform other duties as needed.

Requirements:

  • College student pursuing a degree in communication, marketing or related fields.
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office, internet applications and content management systems.
  • Knowledge in website management and development.
  • Proficient with social media such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Snapchat, & Instagram.
  • Possess a valid driver’s license.
  • Available to work a flexible schedule.

Availability:
Communication interns will work 20 to 40 hours per week; weekend, holiday, or irregular hours may be required. May through August is preferred; shorter internships will be considered for October through April. Duration of the internship is flexible to meet the student’s school requirements.

Compensation:
Internships at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo are unpaid positions. There is no housing or stipend offered by the zoo. Interns will work as volunteers for the duration of their internship. A paid position is not guaranteed at the completion of an internship.

Credit:
The zoo staff is happy to provide necessary documentation for the student’s college credit.

To Apply:
Complete an application online. If you have questions, contact the Volunteer Programs Manager at

260-427-6800 EXT. 302 or volunteer@kidszoo.org

Zoo Keeping Internship

Description:
The purpose of the zoo keeping internship is to introduce students to the daily care of exotic animals. For more information on zoo keeping as a career, click here.

Duties:

  • Daily care and maintenance of animals in the area to which you are assigned; including feeding, cleaning, and all other duties necessary to maintain animal health.
  • General maintenance of zoo grounds, which may include exhibit maintenance, weeding, mowing, trash cleanup, restroom maintenance, and other duties necessary to maintain cleanliness and safety within the zoo.
  • Interact with zoo visitors as needed to answer their questions.
  • Collect data through animal observation and interpret data as needed.
  • Learn about the zoo’s animals through books, magazines, journals, discussions with keepers, and personal observation.

Requirements:

  • Minimally, applicants must be high school seniors or college students with an interest in wildlife.
  • Applicants must have the ability to work with minimal supervision but be able to work well with others on the animal care crew.
  • Applicants should be willing to learn, eager to create and complete projects and have a respect for wild animals. It is preferred that the student have some previous animal experience.
  • Applicant must possess ability to participate in physically demanding work, including the ability to lift 50 pounds.
  • Applicants must able to work a flexible schedule, which may include weekends and holidays.
  • Applicant must possess a valid driver’s license.
  • A negative tuberculin test is required if working with primates; testing is provided by the zoo. A current tetanus vaccination is recommended for all interns.

Availability:
Zoo keeping interns will work 20 to 40 hours per week; weekend, holiday or irregular hours may be required. Internships last six to twelve weeks. Duration of the internship is flexible to meet the student’s school requirements.

Compensation:
Internships at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo are unpaid positions. There is no housing or stipend offered by the zoo. Interns will work as volunteers for the duration of their internship. A paid position is not guaranteed at the completion of an internship.

Credit:
The zoo staff is happy to provide necessary documentation for the student’s college credit.

To Apply:
Complete an application online. If you have questions, contact the Volunteer Programs Manager at

260-427-6800 EXT. 302 or volunteer@kidszoo.org

Zoo Finance Internship

Assist Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo Finance Department with financial analysis.

Duties:

Assist with various tasks in the Zoo Finance Department, which may include:

  • Assist with financial modeling
  • Provide general accounting support
  • Help with accounts receivable analysis
  • Provide support for annual budgeting process
  • Assist with statistical analysis and other special projects
  • Present data-driven recommendations to the finance team

 

Requirements:

  • College student pursuing a degree in finance, economics, or related fields.
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Highly motivated with a desire to learn
  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel
  • Available to work a flexible schedule.

Availability:

Finance interns will work about 20 hours per week.  Hours of the internship are flexible to meet the student’s school requirements.

Compensation:

Internships at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo are unpaid positions. There is no housing or stipend offered by the zoo. Interns will work as volunteers for the duration of their internship. A paid position is not guaranteed at the completion of an internship.

To Apply:
Complete an application online. If you have questions, contact the Volunteer Programs Manager at

260-427-6800 EXT. 302 or volunteer@kidszoo.org

Education Internship

Description:

Assist Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo Education Department with programming and ongoing projects.

 

Duties:

Assist with various tasks in the Zoo Education Department, which may include:

  • On-site and/or outreach program development and presentation
  • Development and/or maintenance of education program materials, graphics, and displays
  • Providing assistance to zoo volunteers in educational presentations

Duties may vary with season.

 

Requirements:

  • College student who has completed at least one year toward undergraduate degree in education, biology, zoology, environmental science or related field.
  • Experience teaching children and youth in a formal or recreational setting.
  • Demonstrated interest in zoo education.
  • Must be outgoing, adaptable, and able to plan and carry out a variety of activities with minimal supervision.
  • Possess a valid driver’s license.
  • Available to work a flexible schedule.

 

Availability:

Education interns will work 20 to 40 hours per week; weekend, holiday or irregular hours may be required. Internships last six to twelve weeks. May through September is preferred; shorter internships will be considered for October through April. Duration of the internship is flexible to meet the student’s school requirements.

 

Compensation:

Internships at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo are unpaid positions. There is no housing or stipend offered by the zoo. Interns will work as volunteers for the duration of their internship. A paid position is not guaranteed at the completion of an internship.

 

Credit:

The zoo staff is happy to provide necessary documentation for the student’s college credit.

 

To Apply:

Complete the application online. If you have questions, contact the Volunteer Programs Manager at 260-427-6800 EXT. 302 or volunteer@kidszoo.org

Environmental Quality Internship

Description:

A limited number of Environmental Quality (volunteer) Internships are available at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo. The purpose of the Environmental Quality Internship is to introduce students enrolled in bachelor’s level science degrees (Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science or related fields) to the specialty of Zoo Environmental Quality Analysis. Candidates with diverse backgrounds and an interest in environmental testing are encouraged to apply. The intern will assist the Environmental Quality Technician daily with procedures, testing, analysis and data management of zoonotic environmental samples. The intern will work closely with the Environmental Quality Technician who will serve as mentor. The intern is expected to gain valuable professional skills as they explore their passion for analytical environmental testing.

Goals:

  • To provide an educational experience to college level learners in the field of zoo specific environmental quality testing.
  • To expose the intern to the zoo environment, regulations, and practices.
  • To expose the intern to the maintenance and operation of zoo life support systems.

 

Duties:

  • Assist environmental quality staff with routine environmental testing procedures (water quality, soil testing, air testing etc).
  • Assist environmental quality staff with obtaining environmental samples as needed.
  • Enter data collected into the Zoological Information Management System (ZIMS) and maintain accurate analytical records.
  • Assist with routine maintenance, calibration, and cleaning of environmental quality instrumentation.
  • Assist with laboratory maintenance such as cleaning organizing, sterilization, and inventory.
  • Attend departmental meetings and depending on the candidate’s abilities, may also present during meetings.
  • Responsibilities will be dependent on the applicant’s experience and skills. Other duties may be assigned.

 

Requirements:

  • Minimally, applicants must be currently enrolled in a bachelor’s degree in a science field, with a long-term interest in environmental quality or environmental testing. Candidates enrolled in an accredited program are preferred.
  • Preference will be given to candidates with previous analytical experience. Completed course work will be considered acceptable.
  • Candidate should be willing to learn, eager to create, proficient at completing projects and work well with others.
  • Applicants must be available to complete at least 120 hours within 4-12 weeks.
  • A negative tuberculin test within the past year is required. Current rabies, hepatitis B, and tetanus vaccinations are recommended.

Availability:

Internships are available year-round. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Interns are expected to complete at least 120 hours. These hours might be divided in many ways to suit the needs of the intern but must be approved by the FWCZ staff. Interns are expected to work at least 3 hours a day and should complete the internship within 4-12 weeks. For instance, a 4 week internship (30 hrs/week) could be completed during summer months or between semesters while the 12 week internship (10hrs/week) might work well during the semester. It is imperative that you check availability prior to applying.

Compensation:

Internships at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo are unpaid positions. There is no housing or stipend offered by the zoo. Interns will work as volunteers for the duration of their internship. A paid position is not guaranteed at the completion of an internship.

Credit:

The zoo staff is happy to provide the necessary documentation for the student’s college credit.

To Apply:

Complete the application online. If you have questions, contact the Volunteer Programs Manager at 260-427-6800 EXT. 302 or volunteer@kidszoo.org

Volunteer Management Internship

Description:
Assist Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo Volunteer Programs Manager and learn all aspects of the volunteer management cycle, as well as gain an understanding of the role volunteers play in a nonprofit.

Duties:
Assist with various tasks in the Volunteer Department, which may include:

  • Review, update and assist in daily recordkeeping of volunteer assignments and service hours.
  • Assist with daily volunteer activities, providing clear direction and outline of responsibilities for assigned roles, and provide regular evaluation of activities.
  • Utilize volunteer management computer software to maintain volunteer records, produce a newsletter, and communicate weekly with all volunteers about upcoming opportunities.
  • Orchestrate recruitment, screening, and application process of new volunteers and interns.
  • Assist with formal training and in-depth orientation for volunteers.
  • Assist in developing new volunteer opportunities by creative brainstorming, exploring ways to further the Zoo’s mission, support a positive guest experience, and collaborate with Zoo staff on support needs.
  • Research database information and follow-up with lapsed or inactive volunteers for retention purposes.
  • Perform other duties as needed.

Requirements:

  • College student pursuing a degree in Human Relations, Management, or related fields.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, internet applications and content management systems.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, and careful attention to detail.
  • Ability to maintain a calm and friendly attitude in a busy environment.
  • Proficient with coordinating Facebook group postings
  • Available to work a flexible schedule.
  • Previous leadership and/or volunteering experience is a plus.

Benefits:

  • Develop experience working on a wide variety of volunteer management projects
  • Gain exposure to a fast-paced, collaborative office environment
  • Work side-by-side with an experienced Volunteer Programs Manager
  • Organize and attend volunteer trainings and meetings
  • Unlimited free FWCZ admission for you and one accompanying guest
  • 50% discount on Zoo concessions while interning
  • 20% discount on Zoo Wild Things Gift Shop purchases
  • FWCZ uniform and jacket provided while interning
  • Professional recommendation

Availability:
Volunteer Management interns will work 20 to 40 hours per week; weekend, holiday, or irregular hours may be required. April through October is preferred; shorter internships will be considered for October through March. Duration of the internship is flexible to meet the student’s school requirements.

Compensation:
Internships at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo are unpaid positions. There is no housing or stipend offered by the zoo. Interns will work as volunteers for the duration of their internship. A paid position is not guaranteed at the completion of an internship.

Credit:
The Zoo staff is happy to provide necessary documentation for the student’s college credit.

To Apply:
Complete an application online. If you have questions, contact the Volunteer Programs Manager at

260-427-6800, EXT. 302 or volunteer@kidszoo.org

Zoo Capital Project Internship

Assist Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo Capital Project Department with capital improvement and internal development projects.

Duties:

Assist with various tasks in the Zoo’s Project and Facility Department, which may include:

  • Support capital improvement projects by attending design and development meetings, interacting with various vendors and contractors, and monitoring of project health and status.
  • Assist in managing the day-to-day activities of projects, including assisting with project responsibilities and schedules.
  • Assist with research for new project and improvement ideas.
  • Complete special projects to support zoo’s CIP program.
  • Capture detailed meeting and notes and minutes when requested.
  • Perform other duties as needed.

Requirements:

  • College student pursuing a degree in architecture, interior design, project management, engineering, or related fields.
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office, SketchUp, and Adobe Photoshop.
  • Knowledge in project management processes and methodologies.
  • Available to work a flexible schedule.

Availability:

Project interns will work 20 to 40 hours per week; weekend, holiday or irregular hours may be required.  May through August is preferred; shorter internships will be considered for October through April.  Duration of the internship is flexible to meet the student’s school requirements.

Compensation:

Internships at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo are unpaid positions. There is no housing or stipend offered by the zoo. Interns will work as volunteers for the duration of their internship. A paid position is not guaranteed at the completion of an internship.

To Apply:
Complete an application online. If you have questions, contact the Volunteer Programs Manager at

260-427-6800, EXT. 302 or volunteer@kidszoo.org

Fundraising / Event Planning Internship

Description:
Support the zoo’s philanthropic development staff by assisting with donor relations and fundraiser event planning.

Duties:

  • Assist with creation, promotion, and delivery of signature fundraiser events and other donor-focused events.
  • Assist with development and set up of fundraising activities.
  • Assist with writing and donor communication.
  • Assist with various design projects as needed.
  • Work alongside the development department.

Requirements:

  • College student pursuing a degree in public relations, event planning, tourism, communications, hospitality, or other related field.
  • Experience planning large or small events for schools or community groups.
  • Must be outgoing, adaptable, and able to plan and carry out a variety of activities with minimal supervision.
  • Possess a valid driver’s license.
  • Available to work a flexible schedule.

Availability:
Fundraising/Event Planning interns will work 20 to 40 hours per week; weekend, holiday or irregular hours may be required. May through August is preferred; shorter internships will be considered for October through April. Duration of the internship is flexible to meet the student’s school requirements.

Compensation:
Internships at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo are unpaid positions. There is no housing or stipend offered by the zoo. Interns will work as volunteers for the duration of their internship. A paid position is not guaranteed at the completion of an internship.

Credit:
The zoo staff is happy to provide necessary documentation for the student’s college credit.

To Apply:
Complete an application online. If you have questions, contact the Volunteer Programs Manager at

260-427-6800 EXT. 302 or volunteer@kidszoo.org

Lawrence A. Ackerman Scholarship

The Fort Wayne Zoological Society awards a one-time $2,000 scholarship to a high school senior pursuing a career in the stewardship of animals. Graduating high school seniors in Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells, and Whitley counties in Indiana are eligible to apply.

Interested students should contact the zoo at 260-427-6800 or download an application. The annual application deadline is February 1.

The Scholarship was established in 1992 to honor the late Dr. Larry Ackerman, who served as the zoo’s veterinarian for 25 years. Contributions to the fund are always welcome and may be mailed to Ackerman Scholarship Fund, 3411 Sherman Blvd., Fort Wayne, In 46808. Contributions are tax deductible.

Statement of Equal Opportunity

The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo is operated by the Fort Wayne Zoological Society through a cooperative agreement with the City of Fort Wayne’s Department of Parks and Recreation. All employees and volunteers work for the Fort Wayne Zoological Society. The Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer and treats all applicants, employees, and volunteers without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital or veteran status, mental or physical disability that does not preclude performance of essential job duties, or any other status protected by law. The Society will offer all reasonable accommodations required by law to employees and volunteers with known disabilities. The Society supports and promotes diversity in its workforce and on its Board of Directors and strives to foster a work environment of respect and inclusiveness where the diversity and contributions of all applicants, employees, volunteers, and visitors are valued and recognized.

Together We Are Better

The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo is proud to be part of a vibrant and diverse community. We value our team members, volunteers, guests, and supporters. We welcome their unique perspectives and experiences. Our strengths lie in these differences. Together, we inspire people to care about nature and one another.

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