Job Postings

Paid Internship


Tanganyika Wildlife Park

Closing Date
January 16, 2022

2022 Keeper Internship

Tanganyika Wildlife Park in Goddard, KS is looking for hardworking, self-motivated, dedicated animal care staff. Currently the park is 25 acres and has another 40+ acres to expand and we plan on growing. A new children’s zoo and safari park are among the plans for expansion. Tanganyika prides itself in providing wildly different experiences for its guests and being stewards for the animals in our care. In the past year, we have developed a set of core values to guide leadership and our team to improve and continue to meet our goals of becoming a destination park for visitors and a great place to work. If you like a fast paced, growth mindset culture come join the change.

As an intern you’ll spend time working in each area of the park, from the bird routine to giraffe routine and learning how to educate guests. You’ll gain first hand experience working hands on with the animals at the park and you’ll be assigned to work encounter stations where you’ll gain customer service skills and become an excellent reader of behavior. You also will get the opportunity to teach and assist with a variety of programs and tours. In addition, monthly workshops will help grow your knowledge and skills. Come join the Tanganyika family and we’ll invest in your future while you help us build ours.

If you love watching guests feed lettuce to a giraffe, helping kids connect with lorikeets, chopping carrots, talking to guests about animals, and assisting keepers in daily husbandry and care then you need to spend the season with us. Did we mention we also have amazing team members you’ll be spending your days with?

How long is the internship? February 14th – November 13th 2022

What hours will I be working? Hours will vary but interns should expect to work 30 paid hours and 10 hours unpaid each week. The unpaid hours will give you extra scheduled time to work on your individual project, get more time in your favorite animal area, more one-on-one time with keepers, training time, or to simple aid a keeper on a larger project.

This is a paid internship.

Do you offer housing? Limited housing is available on a first-come, first-served basis and is not guaranteed. $300 a month.

Education and Pre-requisites

-18 years of age or older before the start of the internship
-Preference given to college students working towards a degree or those that have a degree in a zoo science, wildlife biology, zoology, or other related field
-Excellent public speaking and customer service skills
-Desire to grow as a team member, animal keeper, and human being
-Ability to stand or walk and be able to perform physical work outside in all weather conditions
-Ability to bend, stoop, and lift 50-75 pounds when necessary
-Ability to work long hours, weekends, weekdays, holidays, and everyday
-Interns are required to work with the keepers of their area to create and assess an original enrichment device or approved habitat improvement project

Desired skills, experience, and individual qualities:
-Self motivated
-Hard working
-Ability to read behavior
-Fast learner
-Operant conditioning experience
-Conflict resolution

Compensation and benefits

Not specified.

Application instructions

Deadline to apply is January 16th 2022. Please check your email for updates, interview scheduling and communication from our Internship Team.

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