The 8.5 acre Wells Fargo Family Farm consists of typical Minnesota farm buildings, a diverse collection of domestic livestock, demonstration plots of crops, an orchard, natural wooded areas, and a wetland. The building interiors include interactive learning areas designed to be fun places to learn – about animal care, cycles of life, agricultural products and life on a family farm. The Wells Fargo Family Farm provides an opportunity to learn about the past, present and possible futures of farming in Minnesota. We have the first permanent public display of cloned animals and we also have American Cream Draft horses, which are a critically endangered breed. The family farm is open Spring thru Fall.farmTram

Summer Internship:

Approximately 400 hours between Memorial Day and Labor Day (start and end dates somewhat flexible). College credit required.

Responsibilities for the family farm internship include care and management of our animal collection, public demonstrations, participation in fairs and parades, and provide interpretation of our exhibit to guests as well as general information about the Zoo.

Duties to include:

  • Care and cleaning of animal exhibits and enclosures
  • Interact and provide interpretative information to Zoo volunteers and guests.
  • Maintain health and feed records.
  • Work with our Education Department to perform demonstrations for zoo classes, etc.
  • Assist farm and vet staff with routine health procedures including births, treatments, etc.

For more information, please contact: Internship Coordinator, Human Resources 13000 Zoo Boulevard, Apple Valley, MN 55124 E-mail: Human.resources.mnzoo@state.mn.us Fax: 952.431.9211         or

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All application materials should be sent to the Internship Coordinator by email at Human.Resources .mnzoo@state.mn.us