Herpetology Internships

About the Herpetology Internship

The Greensboro Science Center is looking for qualified interns for a summer herpetology internship. Interns will assist keeper staff in all aspects of daily animal husbandry and care. Interns should expect to learn AZA skills to prepare them for a full time career in this highly competitive field. The selected intern will work with a number of reptiles and amphibians and should be comfortable around snakes.


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“The Science Center got my foot in the door. Without it I wouldn't have gotten my other internships. It was my very first animal care experience.”

-Katie M., Herpetology Intern, Fall 2015
  • completing daily observations of animals
  • cleaning exhibits and holding spaces
  • preparing diets and assisting with feedings
  • ensuring personal and animal safety by following established protocols
  • learning modern practices that adhere to USDA and AZA standards
  • implementing enrichment and animal welfare practices
  • observing and assisting in administration of preventive health care
  • observing and assisting in husbandry training
  • working with native venomous species—under supervision of trained staff
Herpetology Intern, when possible, are typically on site for a 40 hour, 5 day schedule. Still in school? We’ll work around your schedule, as long as you have at least 3 full days available during the week/weekend. The selected applicant will be expected to start in May and continue through August.
Rick Bolling, Curator of Reptiles and Amphibians
  • Interns must be able to work in a team environment as well as independently, and must have good communication skills
  • Interns must be detail oriented, excellent listeners who can abide by rules and protocols for their own safety—as well as the safety of the animals in their care
  • Interns must be able to lift 50 lbs and be able to perform physical work outside in varied weather conditions
  • Interns must complete all intern paperwork and pass a background check
  • Interns must have proof of a current TB test (within the past year)
  • Interns must have college level schooling in zoology, biology or any other animal related field AND 6 months related animal care experience
  • Preference will be given to senior level or recent college graduates pursuing zookeeping as a career

To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter, and list of 3 people who can provide professional references for you (you do not need to submit the actual references) to internships@greensboroscience.org by 5:00 pm on Thursday, March 15. Please combine all three documents into one document with a file name that indicates your name and the internship you are applying for. Example John_Smith_Zoo_Internship. No phone calls please. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. Internship opportunities are unpaid and housing opportunities are unavailable.

Due to the large number of applications we typically receive, only selected applicants will be contacted for interviews. Final selections will be made no later than April 15.