Interpretation Internship (Unpaid)


Cause Areas


Thu Mar 01, 2018 10:00 AM - Fri Aug 31, 2018 02:00 PM


2630 Cahaba RoadBirmingham, AL 35223


Do you want to inspire a Passion to Conserve the Natural World? As an interpretive intern you will have the opportunity to gain experience in presenting thematic interpretive programs, operate guest stations, and develop your knowledge on a variety of topics including conservation, wildlife biology, botany, history and park management.

Applicants must be college students or recent graduates majoring in the natural, physical or cultural sciences, communication, education, natural science interpretation or recreation and resources management. As part of your internship, you will receive training in methods that were developed by Denver Zoo’s ROADMAP program and the National Association for Interpretation’s Certified Interpretive Guide Course.

JOB TITLE: Unpaid Interpretation Intern


This supervised interpretation position interacts directly with guests, volunteers, and other Zoo staff. Upon completion of training, the placement consists of:

  • Assisting in development and presentation of interpretive experiences to school and family groups. Will also have the opportunity to assist in education programs and activities throughout the Zoo.
  • Working closely with other interpretive staff members and volunteers in locations such as the Chipangali Research Station and the new Giants of the Amazon exhibit.
  • Learning to make positive contributions to enhance the guest experience at the Birmingham Zoo.

DATES OF SERVICE: Unpaid Internship could begin in March and could last until the end of August.


Applicants will be ranked according to their knowledge, skills and abilities in the following areas:

  • Ability to work with all age groups
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Customer-service oriented and enthusiastic about providing guest’s an enriching experience
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both speaking and writing
  • Experience or interest in interpretation and/or environmental education


  • Must successfully pass a required background investigation
  • Requires frequent walking for long distances and over uneven terrain; will also stand for long periods of time
  • Will be expected to wear the approved Zoo uniform and observe the same personal appearance standards required of all Zoo Adult Volunteers and Staff
  • Must be able to work a set schedule which will include flexible hours, evenings, holidays, and/or weekends
  • Frequent exposure to the outside elements and summer heat can be expected.


  • Provides opportunities for cross-training with other Zoo departments
  • Observe and participate in interpretive training and conservation lessons
  • Receive first-hand experience in an Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) accredited institution

DEADLINES - Applications must be submitted by April 15 for Summer Internship (or until filled)


  • People Skills
  • Storytelling
  • Public Speaking
  • Multi-Tasking
  • Environmental Science

Good Match For


Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 10hr/wk
  • Must commit to a set schedule. Interview required

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