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The Northern Trail Department is responsible for the daily management and care of the Minnesota Zoo’s entire collection of 20 species of outside large mammals.  Among the species cared for by Northern Trail staff are brown bears, Amur leopards, and wild boar.  There are more than 100 individual animals in the Northern Trail collection.

Duties of interns working on the Northern Trail include cleaning, animal husbandry, diet preparation and feeding, and monitoring animals exhibited along the trail.

All interns complete an individual project developed in consultation with Zoo staff.

Internship availability and commitment:

Internships are available year-round.  Interns work 40 hours per week for 10-12 weeks. Shift times may vary.