From Jan 17 - Mar 2017, some areas of the Children's Zoo will be under construction to improve our guests' experience. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Volunteers

The Pride of Zoo Miami

Volunteers are the pride of Zoo Miami. They are a dynamic team of devoted and talented individuals who provide valuable assistance in almost every area of our operations.

Join our pride today!

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Adults

Adult Volunteer Programs

Do you want to be a part of wildlife conservation and education while having a good time? Then Zoo Miami is the place for you!  Volunteers play an important role in helping Zoo Miami's guests to connect, care, and conserve our wildlife and their habitats.

 Volunteer Request Form 

Requirements:

  • 18 years of age
  • Complete an interview and agree to a criminal background check and drug test
  • Commit a minimum of one year to the program and 60 hours of service per year (five hours per month)
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Internships

Limited opportunities for college students and graduates are available for internships at Zoo Miami and Zoo Miami Foundation. Unless noted below, internships are unpaid.

Conservation Education

Seeking several interns to assist with conservation education programs, citizen science, and outreach projects focusing on local ecosystems and wildlife. Potential intern projects include working with wild mammal populations on zoo grounds, assisting with wildlife surveys across Miami-Dade County, as well as assisting with educational programs. Please contact Dr. Gregory Koch (gkoch@zoomiami.org).

Development & Fundraising

Activities include data entry, donor gift fulfillment, folding and stuffing for mailings, donor research, and other development-related activities as needed. Ability to assist with weekend and evening events is a plus. Must be detail-oriented and able to use Microsoft Office. Contact Jamie Lassonde (jlassonde@zoomiami.org).

Marketing & Public Relations

Interns working in the Zoo Miami Foundation Marketing and Public Relations department may assist with general marketing tasks or be assigned to special projects as needed. Duties may include event planning and implementation assistance, conducting visitor surveys, writing press releases or stories, assembling press kits, maintaining a press clippings book, and research. This is an ideal opportunity to gain practical experience for a career in the field. Marketing interns must be able to work a minimum of 10 hours per week, including some weekends. Contact aobregon@zoomiami.org.

Special Events

Interns working with the Special Events Manager will be working under the Development department to assist in a variety of fundraising projects and events. Duties may include vendor research, such as getting quotes, production of sponsorship proposal packets, assisting with décor, volunteers, and other organizational aspects of the event. This is an ideal opportunity to gain knowledge and develop skills in special event planning. Must be able to work 15 hours per week. Good organizational skills and attention to detail is a must. Advanced computer skills, including Microsoft Word, Excel, Windows, and other related computer programs necessary. Contact sgreene@zoomiami.org

Animal Science Internship

This internship is designed to allow participants who desire a career in animal care to gain hands on experience in a zoological setting. The interns will not only be exposed to the daily tasks of keepers working in their sections but also educated in the areas of husbandry, training, enrichment, biology, conservation and record keeping. It is our goal to offer a dynamic internship to individuals who have chosen a career in husbandry and management of zoological animals.

Description: The internship at Zoo Miami is designed for college students or recent graduates interested in multi-species animal care. This internship is unpaid. Interns must commit to a minimum of 520 hours over a 16-week period (including but not limited to weekends and holidays). 

Requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Must be currently enrolled in college or recent college graduate
  • Must provide cover letter, resume and college transcripts
  • Must provide professional and/or academic references
  • Must be able to afford housing, food and transportation to Zoo Miami
  • Must have good communication skills, written and verbal
  • Must be able to lift at least 50 lbs and be in good physical condition
  • Must provide a current negative TB test prior to internship start date
  • Must submit to background check and fingerprint screening at designated county facility

Although this internship will better equip individuals for a job in the zookeeping field, this internship does not guarantee employment with Zoo Miami or Miami-Dade County. 

All applicants will be notified upon receipt of all materials. Qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview.  Selected applicants will be contacted by the coordinator of their acceptance and notified by Human Resources for further processing. 

Internship Application Deadlines:

Semester Applications Accepted Application Deadlines
Summer (May-Aug.) Feb. 1 - March 10 March 10
Fall (Sept.-Dec.) May 10 - July 10 July 10
Spring (Jan.-April) Sept. 10 - Nov. 10 Nov. 10

Interested applicants must submit a cover letter and resume along with the internship application form (below).

Internship Application Form

Submit Documents to: ASInternships@miamidade.gov

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SPECIES INCLUDED:

(But not limited to)

# OF INTERNS ACCEPTED
Africa 1 Giraffe, Zebra, Sable Antelope, Pygmy Hippopotamus 3
Africa 2 African Painted Dogs, Spotted Hyenas, Malayan Tapirs, Somali Wild Asses, Cuban Crocodiles, Gorillas, Chimpanzees, Tigers, Lions 2
Africa 3 Asian Elephant, African Elephant, Black Rhino, Greater One-Horned Rhino, Okapi 7
Amazon & Beyond (Atlantic) Bats, Jaguar, Giant Anteater, GR Otter, Guanaco, Rhea, Spider Monkey, Squirrel Monkey, Howler Monkey 2
Amazon & Beyond (Flooded) Harpy Eagle, a variety of Waterfowl, Passerines, other Softbills as well as small primates and reptiles 3
Amazon & Beyond (Cloud)

Reptiles, Amphibians, Fish, Turtles

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Asia 1 Anoa, Orangutan, Gibbon, Siamang, Clouded Leopard, ASC Otter, Gaur, Camels, Lemur, Sloth Bear 3
Asia 2 Aviary, Starling, Brooder, Komodo, Orinoco, Caiman, Iguana, Croc Pools 2
Australia Koala, Tree Roo, Emu, Singing Dog, Warthog, Duiker 2
Florida: Mission Everglades Alligator, Bobcat, Fox, Crocodile, Eagle, Caracara, Flamingo, Panther, Bear, Song Bird, Wading Bird TBD
Children’s Zoo Camels, Goats, Domestic Hoofstock, Meerkat, small mammals, Parrots 2
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Groups

Group Volunteer Program

Zoo Miami welcomes groups of volunteers to assist in one-time projects around the Zoo grounds. Activities will vary and may include planting, weeding, mulching, painting, and other Zoo beautification projects. Groups may also volunteer at some of Zoo Miami's special events, such as Zoo Boo and Egg Safari. Scout troops, sororities, fraternities, youth groups, and other community groups are accepted for volunteer workday projects and these will depend on the Zoo's needs. Projects may be scheduled for any day of the week and must consist of a minimum of four hours work.  Volunteers are encouraged to stay and enjoy the Zoo when the work is done.

fill out our online request form

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Corporate

Corporate Volunteer Program

Corporations play a special role by bringing groups of employee volunteers together, often for specific projects on either an ongoing, periodic, or one-time basis. These projects not only provide an invaluable service to the Zoo, but also afford a wonderful opportunity for employees to spend quality time together outside the workplace. If your company would like to become involved at Zoo Miami, we can tailor a program of activities that is just right for you and your employees. There are an unlimited number of possibilities, but the sample programs which follow offer some ideas to get you going. Contact education@zoomiami.org or 305-255-5551.

Please contact education@zoomiami.org or 305-255-5551 for more information.