The Minnesota Zoo’s Human Resources team is responsible for supporting about 280 full-time, part-time, and intermittent staff. In the spring and summer, that number grows to about 370 with the addition of temporary staff.

The Minnesota Zoo employs people from a wide variety of backgrounds. In addition to typical “zoo jobs” such as veterinary technicians, interpretive naturalists, zookeepers, zoologists, and veterinarians, the business end of the Zoo requires people with many different skills, from accountants and marketing staff, to carpenters and guest services staff.

The Zoo is an Agency of the State of Minnesota, and its employees are public employees, with salary and benefits set by union contracts and compensation plans.  Interns will receive an introduction to public employment, HR considerations in a union environment, and best practices in the field.

Responsibilities for the Human Resources Intern include function audits, training materials development and management, scheduling, database/spreadsheet development and data entry, and special projects.

Applicants should be interested in studying business, entrepreneurship, human resources, or office management. Basic knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite required.

Human Resources Internship Working Conditions:

  • Schedule:
    • Scheduled between 8:00 and 4:30 daily
    • 32 hours/week, four days/week, 8 hours/day, 10 weeks
    • Interns are scheduled Monday-Thursday
  • Location:
    • Indoors in the MN Zoo main building (administration)
  • Activity Level:
    • Interns work in an office environment, seated at a desk
    • Interns in this work area do NOT work with the animal collection and will have minimal contact with Zoo guests