Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium volunteers work closely with zookeeper and aquarium staff performing basic husbandry duties and exhibit maintenance.
This opportunity is only available to Estrella Mountain Community College students. Applicants are REQUIRED to submit and online application, a resume, and a cover letter. Free resume/cover letter/mock interview assistance is available by appointment only at the EMCC Career & Transfer Center. To schedule your appointment please visit or call 623-935-8740 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are eight areas in which to volunteer:
- Hoof Stock
- Birds and Primates
- Small Mammals
- Ponds and carnivores
- The Aquarium
- Education and the Americas
Large carnivores and the baby animal nursery are excluded from the volunteer program due to obvious liability. One volunteer is assigned to each keeper per day. Reptiles, small mammals, and the aquarium are mostly indoors, the remaining areas are outdoors.
Interns working in outside areas must be capable of working in all weather conditions including temperatures above 100°F. Aquarium interns wanting to dive must first complete at least 64 hours of service. All divers must be open water certified and will have to complete a check out dive to qualify. Interns are never put in situations or required to perform any job with which they are not comfortable. Interns must be able to lift 50 lbs, work in the rain and/or 100º+F temps, able to climb an 8 ′ ladder and have reliable transportation.
- Current EMCC student
- Have a min. of a 2.5 GPA
- Applicants must be at least 18-years old and provide proof of age.
- Interns are required to work a minimum of 8 hours a day, one day a week
- Maintain a professional attitude and appearance as you are representing the zoo and aquarium
- Dress code consists of comfortable, appropriate clothing and closed-toe shoes, no sandals. Keep in mind, you will get dirty. ]
Interning at the Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium is hard work but very rewarding. Be prepared to stay busy and get dirty. In return, you will earn valuable husbandry experience with exotic wildlife. Successful applicants will learn and perform most of the duties required of an assistant zookeeper or aquarist, under the strict supervision of experienced staff.