Chicago Zoological Society Youth Volunteer Corps - Commuter

Chicago Zoo

  • $0

  • Not released yet

  • New dates coming soon

  • 9th - 12th

  • Free


Opened in 1934, Brookfield Zoo is managed by the Chicago Zoological Society and is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). The Chicago Zoological Society is committed to developing people_Сйs capacities and competencies, serving as a mentor and trainer, providing experiential learning to individuals seeking to understand, develop, and establish careers in the fields of zoology and conservation. In fulfilling this role, the Society has a long-standing Internship Program that has been recognized as one of the top programs for college students in the country. The program, established in 1975, was one of the first in the nation to allow students pursuing careers in animal care the opportunity to work side by side with professional zookeepers, learning the skills and techniques necessary to manage exotic zoo animals. Since that time, the Internship Program, now called the College Experiential Learning Opportunities program, has evolved to include internships and research opportunities in a variety of areas and fields. Areas Zookeeper internships are available with a variety of animals: Large animals, Domestics, Small animals, Birds, Reptiles, Hoof Stock, Amphibians, Marine Animals, and Nutrition. Specific opportunitiesvary term to term. Please check back often for available internships. Other college experiential learning opportunities are available in a variety of non-animal areas including: Marketing and Special Events, Education, Human Resources, Public Relations, Development, Horticulture, Environmental, and Conservation Biology. Specific opportunities vary term to term. Please check back often for available internships. Please note: Internships and work-study opportunities may not be offered in all areas every term based on animal and staffing needs.ExternshipsMinimum Requirements C.E.L.O. program applicants must meet the following minimum requirements: Completion of one (1) year of college or equivalent (approximately 24 credit hours) Overall grade point average of 2.5 (out of 4.0) Be willing to commit to a 12 week term (generally 5 days/week, 40 hours per week) for all keeper internships.л_ Other areas often take part time interns. Have a sincere interest in the particular field where the intern desires placement. Some positions require more experience. Please read each position description below to determine whether or not you are qualified. Completed applications must be received by 5pm (CST)л_on the deadlines listed below. Please note, internships and work-study opportunities may not be offered in all areas every year. Term dates may be somewhat flexible based on student_Сйs academic calendar.If an interview is desired to further consider the applicant for an internship opportunity, the applicant will be notified by e-mail. Selected interns must clear a full background check in order to begin. Offers are subject to this clearance. Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more details!Tetanus Vaccine Required For the welfare of employees and animals, proof of a current tetanus vaccination is required for all internships prior to the start of the internship assignment. In some animal areas, additional inoculations/tests may be required (measles, vaccine, TB test, etc.). All tests/vaccinations areл_at the applicant_Сйs expense.Application Details Students who want to be considered for an internship or participation in the work-study program must complete: C.E.L.O. Online Application (Please do not complete the online application until positions have been posted for your desired term as opportunities vary throughout the year.) Cover letter responding to C.E. L.O. prompts (see below) Current resume detailing education and other qualifications, including work history and any other relevant experience such as military or volunteer service. Two (2) professional letters of recommendation that include a candid assessment of the candidate_Сйs aptitude, qualifications, background, and suitability for the program. References should include the л_length and capacity in which the individual has known the applicant as well as contactл_information should more information be needed.л_(Letters may be sent separately by references.) An unofficial or official copy of the applicant_Сйs most recent transcripts for all the colleges or universities attended. Official copies will be required if you are offered a position. If you feel you would need any sort of accommodations to fulfill this internship successfully, please complete an ADA Accommodations formл_and return it to C.E.L.O. Cover Letter To be considered for an internship or work-study with C.E.L.O. program, you must submit professional cover letter describing your particular interest.л_ Your cover letter and resume are considered separate items. Both must be submitted for consideration. Please submit applications via mail (address below), fax: 708-688-7609, or email (.pdf files are best, no google docs will be accepted): No phone calls please. All dates are subject to change. Please check back often for updated opportunities. л_ *Interview dates may be somewhat flexible based on candidates' needs. Chicago Zoological Society is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer - M/F/V/D Please be aware that the Chicago Zoological Society, which operates Brookfield Zoo, is committed to equal employment opportunity and takes affirmative action to employ and advance in employment qualified minorities, females, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. To help us maintain our commitment to affirmative action, we ask that you please answer the Voluntary Self-Disclosure questions found on our online application. The information will be used solely for recordkeeping and reporting purposes. Submission of this information is purely voluntary and choosing not to disclose this information will not subject you to any adverse treatment. The form will be kept separate from your application for employment. We appreciate your willingness to assist us.

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Brookfield, Illinois


January 1 2060

Financial AID


Grade Levels

9th / 10th / 11th / 12th

Last Updated on

August 9 2017

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Start Date

January 1 2060

End Date

January 1 2060

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