Conservation Research Internship

Understanding the connections between people, animals, and conservation


The intern will participate in research projects focused on better understanding Zoo audiences and how the Zoo can encourage them to participate in conservation and adopt behaviors that benefit animals and wildlife. We seek to understand what makes people do what they do. Together we will develop research protocols that allow us to gain insights into our audiences, and test ways to cultivate visitors to become conservation stewards.

Depending on the candidate, the intern may have the opportunity to develop and carry out independent research projects under the supervision of the Director of Conservation Impact.
You will:
  • Develop familiarity with social science research methods
  • Refine ability to develop and implement research projects
  • Conduct critical research and analysis related to conservation efforts
Through this and on-the-job mentoring, you will develop and enhance your research, critical thinking, and analytical skills. You will learn how to apply social science methods to conservation and social good.


  • Senior year undergraduate, post-graduate, or graduate level in environmental studies, sociology, human ecology, anthropology or other related fields
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Commitment to research and academic rigor
  • Strong interest in conservation and social science
  • Attention to detail
  • Self-starter with an ability to work independently
  • Familiarity with statistical analysis or qualitative research a plus
  • Training in social science research methods a plus


This internship is offered throughout the year with a commitment of at least four monthsat 20 hours per week. This position has a flexible schedule that includes weekdays and weekends. Duties may necessitate participation in evening and weekend events. Schedule flexibility and telecommuting possible. 

To Apply

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All applications received by human resources will receive an acknowledgement. However, only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted directly.