Job Postings

Fall Reptile Internship


Kentucky Reptile Zoo

Closing Date
August 17, 2019

The Kentucky Reptile Zoo internship program offers college students or recent graduates the chance to receive hands-on training experience at a facility with one of the most extensive and diverse reptile collections in the world.

The intern will assist in the captive maintenance of the zoo’s reptile collection, collect admissions to the exhibit, give interpretive talks and interact with the public, assist with educational outreach programs, and perform other duties as assigned.  In addition, the intern will have the option to complete a research project related to the field of herpetology.  The intern will not be involved in the handling of any venomous species.

We are looking for interns who would be able to start the last week of August, in order to be settled by Labor Day weekend.

Education and Pre-requisites

– A college student or recently graduated college student; Former interns have arranged for academic credit with their institutions
– Students majoring in the biological or natural sciences are preferred
– A valid driver’s license
– Personal transportation is recommended
– Must be willing to work weekends, receiving two days off during the week instead
– An ability to communicate effectively with people
– Comfortable handling snakes and other reptiles on a daily basis
– Must be willing to do work such as lifting, bending, stooping, carrying heavy objects, and be willing to do work outdoors in a range of weather conditions
– Orientation to details
– Positive attitude and strong work ethic
– An interest in reptiles!

Compensation and benefits

Benefits include experience at one of the most well known reptile facilities in the world alongside professional herpetologists, housing, and $55/week stipend to cover expenses. Interns have been successful in finding zoo keeper positions!

Application instructions

To apply, send a cover letter, resume, transcript, and at least 2 (preferably 3) references to:
Kat Shoemaker

Internship Coordinator

Kentucky Reptile Zoo

200 L&E Railroad

Slade, KY 40376

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