address19246 James Monroe Hwy Leesburg, VA 20175

Careers

Careers

 

Internship Programs

 

Interested in pursuing a career in education, zoos, or conservation? Need experience with large or exotic animals to build your resume or fulfill a veterinary technician requirement? Leesburg Animal Park offers two internship programs throughout the year.

 

Animal Care Internship Program

 

  • Interns may assist with one or more of the following:
  • Learn and perform basic husbandry for a variety of domestic and exotic animals
  • Maintain enrichment calendar, and create new enrichment for a variety of domestic and exotic animals
  • Assist staff with exhibit maintenance.
  • Care and maintain pollinator’s garden
  • Assist in animal maintenance. May include grooming, hoofpicking, nail trims, deworming etc.
  • Learning to maintain animal records, observing animal behavior and recording an ethogram, participating in animal training programs etc.
  • Engage with the public during informal educational animal presentations. May include a live animal or biofacts
  • Maintenance of park grounds
  • May be scheduled for a Zoo To You offsite program

 

Conservation Education Internship Program

 

  • Interns may assist with one or more of the following:
    • Participate in offsite programming through Leesburg Animal Park’s Zoo To You
    • Assist in prepping for offsite programming
    • Participate in summer camps as teacher’s aide
    • Participate in zookeeper for a day camps as teacher’s aide
    • Assist camp teacher in prep for summer camps or zookeeper for a day camps
    • Create presentation for Conservation Corner’s info board
    • Engage with the public during informal educational animal presentations. May include a live animal or biofacts
    • Participate in weekly education program at Leesburg Animal Park
    • Prep for Leesburg Animal Park birthday parties and assist in hosting (weekends only)

 

Qualifications

 

  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Must have a valid driver’s license
  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs
  • Must be able to work outside in all weather conditions
  • Must have interest and enthusiasm for conservation and wildlife education
  • Must be comfortable engaging with audiences of all ages
  • Must be willing to take initiative and be motivated to seek new learning opportunities
  • Must have excellent communication skills
  • Must have excellent organizational skills
  • Must be willing to work in both solo and team situations

 

Stipend

This is an unpaid internship.  If applicable, LAP will work with an intern to obtain credit hours, but it is the responsibility of the intern to verify availability through their school and supply the required paperwork in a timely fashion.

 

Term of appointment

 

  • Each program commitment is for 12-16 hours per week. Length of term and starting/ending dates are flexible.  Applicants should indicate availability when submitting their application
  • Spring Session: 
    • February 1st – April 30th, application deadline January 15
  • Summer Session:
    • May 1st – July 31st, application deadline April 15
  • Fall Session: 
    • August 1st – October 31st, application deadline July 15
  • Winter Session: 
    • November 1st – January 31st, application deadline October 15

Status: Open

Location: Leesburg Animal Park

 

Interested in applying?

 

Apply for an internship

Please submit the following via email to: manager@leesburganimalpark.com. Applications that fail to include all requested items will not be considered.

 

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Names and contact details of two professional references
  • Desired program and session term (Animal Care OR Conservation Education and Spring, summer or fall session) and availability
  • L.A.P. Employment Application

 

Apply for a position in Animal Care

 

Do you already have animal care and/or conservation education experience?

Please submit the following via email to Shirley at admin@leesburganimalpark.com. Applications that fail to include all requested items will not be considered.

 

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Names and contact details of two professional references
  • Specify if you are looking for part-time or full-time employment
  • L.A.P. Employment Application