Zoo New England manages Franklin Park Zoo in Boston and Stone Zoo in Stoneham. Both zoos are accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Zoo New England's mission is to inspire people to protect and sustain the natural world for future generations by creating fun and engaging experiences that integrate wildlife and conservation programs, research, and education.
If you are interested in exploring a career in animal care, giving back to the community or just having fun, volunteering at Zoo New England might be the adventure you've been looking for!
Would you recommend Zoo New England - Franklin Park Zoo?
I was an animal care intern at Franklin Park Zoo for 3 months. It was my dream to work with exotics, but this experience made me realize how much I hate the zoo business. I performed well, received a positive evaluation at the end of my internship, and learned a lot about the animals I love, but it was probably the worst work experience I've ever had. The keepers were rude, unwelcoming, and unpleasant to be around that I dreaded showing up to work every day. They were all very competent, but I was unable to form any kind of relationship with any keepers because everyone I met fit the same criteria: rude, unfriendly, and constantly exuding a horribly contagious negative energy.
I highly recommend doing interviews and extensive research before applying to this position, or at least before listing Hooves and Horns as the first choice on your application. It was the longest summer of my life, and I'm seriously passionate about animals (and have lots of other experience in the field).