Jobs and Internships

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Employment Opportunities at
Dickerson Park Zoo

Year-round employment – No vacancies at this time
Positions for zookeepers and maintenance personnel are hired through the City of Springfield Human Resources department. For information on applying for these positions, please visit the City of Springfield’s website.

Seasonal employment – No vacancies at this time
Some positions for seasonal grounds workers are hired through the City of Springfield Human Resources department. For information on applying for these positions, please visit the City of Springfield’s Web site http://www.springfieldmo.gov/business/jobs/city.jsp

Guest Services seasonal employment – We are currently hiring for the 2014 season.
Positions for Guest Services (food/drink sales, gift shop, etc.) are hired through Friends of the Zoo. Friends of the Zoo applications (PDF) can be picked up at the zoo admission gate or printed from the PDF.

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Internships

Zoo Internship Application
All students wishing to apply for an internship at Dickerson Park Zoo must complete the Internship Application.

Guides for Screening Volunteers
All students wishing to apply for an internship at Dickerson Park Zoo must review the Guidelines for Screening VOlunteers.

Zookeeper Internship
Description (PDF)
Internships for students pursuing degrees in biology, zoology, conservation, wildlife management or similar fields are available on a limited basis year-round. Please contact Mike Crocker, Zoo Director, for availability and application process.  mcrocker[@]springfieldmo.gov

Interested in being a zookeeper? Watch this video of a former DPZoo intern who now works at the Kansas City Zoo.

Public Relations/Marketing Internship
Description
 (PDF)
Internships for students pursuing degrees in communications, public relations, marketing or similar fields are available on a limited basis year-round. Please contact Melinda Arnold, Public Relations/Marketing Director, for availability and application process.  marnold[@]dickersonparkzoo.org

Event Planning Internship
Description
 (PDF)
Internships for students pursuing degrees in communications, recreation/leisure, entertainment management or similar fields are available on a limited basis year-round. Please contact Erin Sorensen, Event Coordinator, for availability and application process. esorensen[@]dickersonparkzoo.org

Education Internship
Description
Internships for students pursuing degrees in education, biology, conservation or similar fields are available on a limited basis year-round. Please contact Pam Price, Director of Conservation Education, for availability and application process. pprice[@]dickersonparkzoo.org