Internship (Oregon Zoo)

Job Title:Zoo Internships

Closing Date/Time:Continuous

Salary:$0.00 Hourly

Job Type:Internship

Location:Oregon Zoo, Oregon


The zoo offers internships in many fields, from animal behavior to volunteer management.

Most but not all zoo internships are unpaid, and offer real-world work experience and mentoring by professionals. Internships are available at the college or graduate level, except for the farm youth volunteer internship at the Trillium Creek Family Farm, which is open to high school students.

Internships may be available in the following areas:

  • animal behavior and environmental enrichment

  • conservation and research

  • corporate sponsorship

  • development and fundraising

  • technical theater

  • volunteer management

  • Wild Life Live! show

To apply, please visit for complete application instructions and deadlines.

At Metro, we strive to hire a workforce representative of the communities we serve, understanding that a diverse workforce strengthens our organization. We value diversity and support a positive and welcoming environment where all of our employees can thrive.


 Essential Job Duties:

Animal behavior and environment enrichment internship:
Work with animal care and science staff in the design and implementation of behavioral research and/or the implementation and evaluation of various types of environmental enrichment.

Conservation and Research:
Assist in research and conservation projects. 

Corporate sponsorship internship:
The corporate sponsorship intern would assist the Oregon Zoo Foundation corporate relations manager with a variety of projects and events for eight to 10 hours per week, for 10 weeks.

Development and fund raising internship:
Assist in the Oregon Zoo Foundation's mission to secure financial support for the zoo's conservation, education and animal welfare programs.

Technical theater internship:
Help design, assemble and deconstruct events hosted by the Oregon Zoo.

Volunteer management internship:
Help maintain and manage a robust core of volunteers that aid in the zoo's mission of conservation and education.

Wild Life Live! show internship:
Assist Wild Life Live! program staff with basic animal husbandry and show duties. Special projects may be arranged depending on the intern's interests, availability and demonstrated skills. Interns may participate in the presentation of summer free-flight bird shows, classroom programs and on-grounds events and displays.


 Minimum Requirements:

To be considered for a college or graduate level internship, a student must be receiving academic credit from, or be fulfilling an academic requirement of, an accredited institution of higher education. It is the responsibility of the intern to ensure that all university or college requirements are met to receive credit.

Criminal background check: 
In order to protect the well being of its employees, the public and agency assets, Metro will conduct criminal background checks on all internal and external final applicants selected for Metro positions, including volunteers and interns. Employment at Metro is contingent on the successful completion of a criminal background check. By signing this application for employment, you are consenting to a background check, which includes a criminal history and a driving records check.  A background check will only be conducted if you are selected as a finalist for a position. If selected as a finalist, you will be contacted by Human Resources and provided a copy of the Fair Credit Reporting Act prior to initiation of a background check.


 Additional Information:

About the Oregon Zoo:
Owned and operated by Metro regional government, the Oregon Zoo has an annual attendance of over 1.6 million visitors. The zoo located along the MAX light rail line, just minutes from downtown Portland, is highly regarded nationally, regionally and locally. The Oregon Zoo is home to over 2,000 animals representing 279 species of amphibians, birds, fish, invertebrates and mammals. 
It's an exciting time at the zoo! The passage of a voter supported bond measure has allowed us to design and build new exhibits for elephants, primates, polar bears, rhinos, California condors and a new conservation education facility, a new veterinary center and penguin filtration system. The master plan includes a strong focus on water and energy conservation and improved sustainability of all zoo operations.

To learn more about the Oregon Zoo, visit