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State of Minnesota Zoo Intern Paid - Conservation Research - Turtles & Mussels in Apple Valley, Minnesota

Job Summary

Job Summary

This position assists daily operations of the Minnesota Zoo’s Conservation Program, with particular emphasis on Minnesota’s threatened and endangered species of turtles and mussels. This position will support field research efforts; help with the collection and management of field data, perform data entry; provide care for imperiled turtles and mussels; assist in the management of tools and materials; and other related tasks.

Job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Demonstrate and maintain appropriate workplace behaviors and protocols as established by the Minnesota Zoo so that animal’s health and well-being is maintained, staff have a safe and respectful work environment, and guests have a welcoming and extraordinaryexperience
  • Implement established field research and husbandry protocols associated with native turtles and mussels to ensure the highest standards of scientific integrity and animal care are maintained
  • Collect data associated with all field research and husbandry activities and log all activities / enter data to ensureappropriaterecord-keepingthat willfacilitate increased scientific knowledge of native turtles and mussels
  • Maintain spaces so that proper health and quarantine procedures are assured
  • Perform other duties as assigned or apparent to ensure the smooth functioning of the department and its projects


Minimum Qualifications
  • Enrollment in an accredited, appropriate post-secondary program (working toward a degree in Conservation Biology, Ecology, Wildlife Management, Zoology or closely related field) that either requires completion of a work-based internship as part of its academic program or offers academic credit for an internship.
  • Knowledge of basic biology and zoology.
  • High level of attention to detail.
  • Interest in zoo-based conservation of wildlife.
  • Computer skills in word processing, spreadsheet and other software applications sufficient to create emails and enter, compile, store and retrieve data.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience conducting field research related to ecology and / or wildlife biology.
  • Experience working with reptiles and / or native mussels.
  • Work experience with animal husbandry.
  • Experience with aquatic systems, or an interest in learning about them
  • Valid driver's license

Physical Requirements

  • Ability to work outside under potentially extreme weather conditions.
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time and walk long distances on uneven and occasionally wet terrain.
  • Ability to life, carry and move up to 50 pounds.
  • Ability to operate a golf cart, i.e., possess a valid driver’s license.
  • Manual dexterity sufficient to operate basic hand tools, light power tools, sprayers, and basic cleaning supplies.
  • Ability to climb, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, stand, walk, run, jump, push, pull, lift, stand still, and sit still.
Additional Requirements

This position requires successful completion of the following:

Applicants who pass initial screening will be required to submit the following materials:

  • Current official transcript (unofficial is acceptable)
  • Valid driver's license.

Application Details

How to Apply

Click "Apply" at the bottom of the page. If you have questions about applying for jobs, contact the job information line at 651-259-3637.

For additional information about the application process, go to http://www.mn.gov/careers.


If you have questions about the position, contact Roxanne Lane at roxanne.lane@state.mn.us


The State of Minnesota is an equal opportunity, affirmative action, and veteran-friendly employer. We are committed to providing culturally responsive services to all Minnesotans. The State of Minnesota recognizes that a diverse workforce is essential and strongly encourages qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.

We will make reasonable accommodations to all qualified applicants with disabilities. If you are an individual with a disability who needs assistance or cannot access the online job application system, please contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email careers@state.mn.us. Please indicate what assistance you need.

Job Title: Zoo Intern Paid - Conservation Research - Turtles & Mussels

Location: Apple Valley

Job ID: 44042

Regular/Temporary: Intern

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers

Date Posted: 02/20/2021

Closing Date: 03/08/2021

Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Minnesota Zoological Garden / Zoo Gardens-Non Employee

Hiring Agency: Minnesota Zoological Garden / Zoo Gardens-Non Employee

Division/Unit: Conservation / Field Conservation

Work Shift: 1st and 2nd Shift Hours

Work Hours: 1st and 2nd Shift Hours

Work Shift/Work Hours: 1st and 2nd Shift Hours

Days of Work: Days vary depending upon work activities

Travel Required: No

Salary Range: $12.00

Classified Status: Non-Status

Bargaining Unit/Union: 223 - Non-Employee/Unrep

Job Class: Intern - Paid

Working Title: Zoo Intern - Conservation Research Assistant - Turtles & Mussels