San Francisco Zoo & Gardens
Closing DateDecember 31, 2023
Period of time for temporary position: (40 hours/week, may include working one weekend day, holidays, and occasional evenings)
The San Francisco Zoological Society (“Society”) is a non-profit institution that manages and raises funds for San Francisco Zoo and Gardens (“Zoo”). The Society’s mission, supra, is summarized as the 3 c’s: to connect our visitors with wildlife so that they care about nature and ultimately conserve it. The Society’s leadership team is comprised of a President & Executive Director as well as a professional team of Senior Managers. The Society endeavors to meet or exceed the standards of its industry peers, including those established by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (“AZA”). For over 25 years, the Society has been continuously accredited by the AZA.
The San Francisco Zoo’s Intern Program offers a hands-on working experience to individuals with a career interest in a zoological field. The objective of the Zoo’s internship program is to provide practical, on-the-job experience; provide exposure to zoo operations and zoo careers; and demonstrate the unique advantages of zoo internships as a supplement to more conventional learning programs. Full-time zoo employees supervise interns. Internships are paid an internship salary of $18.07/hour plus medical, dental, & vision benefits, one-week paid vacation, and sick leave per San Francisco’s Sick Leave Ordinance.
The goal of this internship is to learn and successfully perform (under supervision) the duties and responsibilities of a Zoo employee in the Children’s Zoo. Experience will include:
• Assist with the public education programs
• Assist with volunteer programs: recruitment, orientation, and works with scheduling, training, daily supervision.
• Assist keeper staff with animal care husbandry, diet and veterinary care of the large and diverse animal collection within the Children’s Zoo
• Completion of special projects as assigned by Curators as well as one project designed by the intern that advances animal wellness in the Children’s Zoo
• Assist staff with animal enrichment and training programs
• Support facility management and administration
Qualifications: College level coursework in biology, zoology, ecology, or related area; ability to present information to groups; and career interest working with animals. Excellent public speaking skills and be comfortable in front of a large audience, as well as the ability and desire to work with youth volunteers and people of all ages and backgrounds. Must be self-motivated, able to take initiative, and follow directions. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Other Qualifications: All applicants must be at least 18 years of age.
Education: High school diploma or general education degree (GED).
Physical Demands/Environment: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands; and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand and walk. The employee is occasionally required to sit, reach with hands and arms, and climb or balance. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to tolerate outside weather conditions including inclement weather and must be able tolerate dust, and animal hair/dander.
Salary: $18 07/hour
The San Francisco Zoo encourages bilingual candidates to apply. EOE
Application: Please apply via our web site at www.sfzoo.org. Please attach a cover letter with your resume.
Education and Pre-requisites
Compensation and benefits
Please apply via our web site at www.sfzoo.org. Please attach a cover letter with your resume.