Hogle Zoo

Utah Field Conservation

**This application is now closed**


Application Deadline: February 21, 2022
Anticipated Start Date: May 23, 2022
Anticipated End Date: August 26, 2022
Hours/Week: 40 hours/week
Work Schedule: 4 x 10 hour days or 5 x 8 hour days, Monday - Saturday
Work Location: Interns report to Utah's Hogle Zoo.  This internship involves fieldwork.
Compensation: Scholarship can only be awarded to individuals identifying as female, and all genders who are of one or more of the following ethnic minority classifications: African American, American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, Asian, Latino, Hispanic or Pacific Islander, as defined by The Beagle Conservation Scholarship.

Program Requirements:

  • Must have completed at least 30 credit hours by the internship start date
  • Must be in good academic standing
  • Must be a declared major in the College of Science or a recent graduate

Additional Requirements for This Position:

  • Applicants must be able to stand for at least 3 hours, safely lift 40lbs and must be capable of hiking an incline (1000ft/mile)
  • Applicants must be comfortable driving a truck, camping with other interns unsupervised, be familiar with camp cooking
  • Applicants must be able to provide proof of a negative TB test and current tetanus vaccine as well as pass a drug test and background check.
  • Must be eligible to work in the United States
  • Experience working in the field preferred, it is however essential the candidate enjoy working outdoors and camping.
  • Demonstrated enthusiasm for and interest in working in the conservation field
  • Basic knowledge and understanding of Microsoft Office is preferred

Position Description:

This internship program is designed to provide learning opportunities and practical experience, while gaining valuable knowledge relating to a career in wildlife conservation. Working in the Conservation Department alongside the Utah Conservation Programs Supervisor and the Conservation Action Coordinator, this internship offers a hands-on opportunity to work in a conservation program in a zoological setting and aims to give applicants insight into the field of conservation biology with case study and practical experience within the conservation efforts of Utah’s Hogle Zoo. Most fieldwork will focus on amphibians, in particular the boreal toad. Our aim is to conduct visual encounter surveys across their state range to monitor known populations, as well as; determine presence at sites historically known to be inhabited, identify breeding ponds and discover potential habitat for future reintroduction programs. Other field work will include: restoration activities along the Jordan River, trail camera maintenance, photo sorting and animal identification, as well as helping with on grounds community science activities such as Caterpillars Count, and staffing conservation tables at Zoo events. As is the nature of field work, do not expect a 9-5 Monday- Friday schedule. Multiple overnight trips are planned along with a few weekend trips, including Sundays. As an intern we expect you to be working 32-40 hours a week but we also understand your other commitments and will accommodate flexibility within reason.

Additional Information:

This internship is part of the Facilitated Internship Program.

Applicants are encouraged to apply for the Career Exploration Scholarship.

Contact the internship coordinator at jacqueline.broida@utah.edu with any questions about the position, program, or scholarship.