Conservation Education Internships


The Conservation Education Department of the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium provides education opportunities for approximately 300,000 people annually through programs at the zoo and in the community.    We currently offer internships in two separate areas of the department.  Please read the internship descriptions below to help you decide with internship you would like to apply.  You can apply for both, however if accepted for both, each is a separate 2 day per week requirement.

Application Period:
Fall Internship (September-December) - July 1st until filled
Spring Internship (January-May) - October 1st until filled
Summer Internship (May-August) - January 1st-February 28th

To Apply:
Please submit a resume, cover letter, and a letter of recommendation. The cover letter should include the following:
•    Why you are interested in an internship at the Pittsburgh Zoo
•    What you would like to gain from an internship
•    What intern opportunities interest you
Minimum Requirements:
Interns must be available at least 2 8-hour days per week for 10 weeks
Negative TB test
Clear Background Check

Animal Ambassadors Internship
Interns will have the opportunity to work hands on with the Conservation Education department’s animal care team as we maintain the zoo’s collection of over 50 animals used as ambassadors for public education.  Intern responsibilities include observation, feeding, cleaning, record keeping, and animal handling/presentations.  In addition, Interns will have lessons on public speaking/presentation, lesson development, animal training and enrichment, zoo careers, and guest service.  Interns will also have limited opportunities to observe education programs.

To apply, contact:
Beth Inches

KidScience/Zoo U. internship
Interns will have the opportunity to work with the KidScience & Zoo U. programs—year-round science enrichment programs for middle school and high school students.  An ideal candidate for these programs will have a strong background in biology, zoology, and/or animal behavior research, a passion for animals and conservation, and the ability to teach and work closely with highly motivated teens and pre-teens. The KidScience and Zoo U. programs meet on Saturdays, so interns should be able to work one Saturday and one weekday (Tuesday-Friday) each week. Intern responsibilities include assisting the program coordinator in preparing lessons and activities for the classes, classroom and activity management, designing and teaching at least one lesson plan, and generally displaying teaching and leadership skills. Interns will also have limited opportunities to gain hands-on experience with animal handling/presentation.

To apply, contact:
Mandy Revak