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.

Suitable for undergraduate or graduate level college students with course work in biology or zoology. Course credit and letters of recommendation are available, however this is an unpaid internship.

Interns will be assigned various projects, which may include:

  • operant conditioning techniques and the use of positive reinforcement in animal training
  • animal handling and training techniques
  • implementation and record keeping for environmental enrichment program
  • public presentations and speaking
  • weighing animals, diet preparation and cleaning enclosures
  • work with basic raptor mew design, perching, flooring and maintenance.


Preference will be given to interns with related animal experience. Days vary with the show season. Interns should be available 32 hours per week for 12 weeks. Some flexibility available.

Note: This internship can be physically demanding. Must be able to lift 30 to 50 pounds. Consider these factors when applying:

  • frequent bending, stretching, lifting
  • extreme weather conditions related to outdoor work.

To apply, send the following:

  • resume
  • cover letter
Your cover letter should address:
  1. What are your career goals and how would this internship help you achieve them?
  2. What kind of coursework and/or experience do you have that would make
you a valuable intern?
  3. In what areas are you most interested in attaining experience through this internship?


Summer term – March 1


By email

Tanya Paul
Put "Wildlife show internship" in the subject of your email.

By mail

Tanya Paul
Oregon Zoo
4001 SW Canyon Road
Portland, OR 97221