Herpetology Intern (Summer 2024)

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Internships at Zoo Atlanta are designed to provide training and professional work experience that will help you achieve your academic and professional goals. Intern positions are unpaid and open to applicants enrolled in a degree-seeking program or who have recently graduated within two years from a college program in a field relevant to the internship being applied for.

  • PLEASE APPLY FOR THIS INTERNSHIP ONLINE AT: https://zooatlanta.org/internship
  • Summer 2024 Term Schedule:
    Applications due: Friday, March 1
    Determination letters sent by Friday, March 29
    ​​​​​​​Term: May 6 - August 1 or May 28 - August 31

Herpetology Intern

  • PLEASE APPLY FOR THIS INTERNSHIP ONLINE AT: https://zooatlanta.org/internship

Zoo Atlanta's Herpetology Department plays an integral role in the Zoo's mission by providing informative, educational and engaging experiences; being respectful and responsible stewards of animals and the physical and financial assets entrusted to us; and engaging in related conservation activities and research. The Herpetology Department serves as one of the Zoo’s Centers of Excellence.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: This voluntary internship program provides qualified individuals with professional experience in the daily care of the departments’ animals and the opportunity to support animal care staff. The main role of interns is to work directly with animal care staff to keep areas clean, thus helping contribute to the welfare of the animals. Interns also have the opportunity to and are expected to participate in ongoing captive research programs.

RESPONSIBILIITES: Herpetology department interns are supervised by animal care staff within the department, however with some specific projects interns are expected to have the ability to work autonomously following direction. In addition to assisting with cleaning, some interns may have the opportunity to be involved with public presentations, diet preparation, animal feeding and special projects, including the creation of enrichment items and participation in research programs. Interns will be exposed to a wide variety of species, including amphibians, turtles and tortoises, lizards, and a large variety of snakes. Interns are expected to be comfortable working in proximity to these animals, however are prohibited from any interaction with venomous species. Assignments and opportunities that are available to a Herpetology Department intern are based on individual progress during the internship.


  • Provide support to Herpetology Department staff in daily animal care duties
  • Enhance productivity and efficiency of the Herpetology Department team
  • Allow qualified individuals the opportunity to gain professional experience as a keeper intern at a world-class zoological facility
  • Provide an opportunity to gain a strong understanding of potential careers in animal husbandry, research, and conservation.

  • PLEASE APPLY FOR THIS INTERNSHIP ONLINE AT: https://zooatlanta.org/internship

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About Zoo Atlanta


800 Cherokee Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30315, US

Mission Statement

We save wildlife and their habitats through conservation, research, education and engaging experiences. Our efforts connect people to animals and inspire conservation action.


Zoo Atlanta is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to saving wildlife and their habitats. We dedicate our resources to conservation, research, education and engaging experiences to help connect people to animals and inspire conservation action. Learn more about us on our website: zooatlanta.org.


Animals, Community, Environment


Mon May 06, 2024 - Thu Aug 01, 2024


Zoo Atlanta800 Cherokee Ave SEAtlanta, GA 30315



  • Environmental Education
  • Animal Care / Handling
  • Multi-Tasking
  • People Skills




  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • • Must be able to work 8–32 hours/week • Must be able to work a minimum of 4 hours per day on assigned days
  • Please visit our website for more info.

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