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Location:  Stoneham, Massachusetts

The Stone Zoo, along with the Franklin Park Zoo, make up Zoo New England.  The following are three animal-related internship options for either of the Zoo New England zoos:

Interpreters work with the Education Department to encourage visitors of all ages to think and learn about animals, habitats and conservation by helping them interpret exhibits. A thorough training prepares you with fun facts, information, and teaching tips needed to be an effective interpreter, to answer guest questions, and to staff educational stations. This is a great position for outgoing and enthusiastic people who enjoy bringing environmental education to visitors.

Qualifications:  No experience is necessary and thorough training is provided. Interpreters must be able to work independently and present a positive, friendly and professional demeanor.

Time Commitment: Minimum of 4 hours per week or 3 consecutive months.

Zoo Ambassador

While showing community spirit and interacting with families in a positive and fun environment, these volunteers learn all about the zoos and develop valuable customer service skills. Ambassadors help assure that guests have a wonderful visit by greeting them upon arrival, explaining the benefits of Zoo New England membership, answering questions, and giving directions. Ambassadors also assist with exhibit openings, guest enhancement activities, and special events by helping before, during, and after events as well as staffing special activity stations throughout the year.

Qualifications: Ambassadors must be able to work both independently as well as part of a team and have excellent interpersonal skills.

Time Commitment: A flexible volunteer position with 4-hour weekend shifts available during peak visitation and special events.

Keeper Aide
Work behind-the-scenes with the Animal Management Department to help provide for the health,safety, care and enrichment of Zoo New England's diverse animal collection. Keeper Aides assist with preparing diets, feeding animals, cleaning holding areas and recording observations. NOTE: This position involves physically demanding, "dirty" work and does not involve hands-on work with animals.

Qualifications: Keeper Aides must be in good physical condition and able to pay careful attention to details including safety requirements. Prior animal care experience strongly preferred.

Time Commitment: Option One: An 8-hour (7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. winter or 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. summer) shift per week for six consecutive months. Option Two: A 4-hour morning shift per week for six consecutive months.

Stone Zoo
149 Pond Street
Stoneham, MA.  02180

Phone:  781-438-9503

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