Undergraduate Research Assistant Internship, Conservation and Field Biology

From the cooperative breeding programs and conservation action campaigns we lead, to restoration of local wildlife and green practices on site, conservation is at the heart of everything at the MN Zoo.  The engine of Zoo’s conservation work is its Conservation and Field Biology Research team.  These scientists work locally, regionally, and internationally to lead projects that address a wide range of threats to endangered species and their natural habitats.

The Conservation and Field Biology Research Assistant Intern works under the direction of the Field Conservation Supervisor and may receive additional direction from the MN Zoo’s Conservations Biologists and/or Conservation Specialists.  The Intern may assist with research tasks including data collection, management, and analysis; maintaining equipment and spaces to assure proper research procedures are followed; and communicating project updates.

Conservation and Field Biology Research Assistant Internship Working Conditions:

  • Schedule:
    • During normal weekday work hours (M-F)
    • 8-16 hours/week, 12 weeks
  • Location:
    • Both indoors in an office setting and outdoors on the public grounds of the Zoo or at field research locations
  • Activity Level:
    • Medium to high levels of physical activity required, including standing for long periods, lifting and/or carrying objects up to 25 pounds, working outdoors in potentially inclement weather, and traversing uneven ground.
    • Interns in this placement do NOT participate in animal husbandry assignments with the Zoo’s exotic animal collection.