VOLUNTEER Be Where You Belong. Experience the Wonders of Volunteering at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory. Como Park Zoo and Conservatory features many fascinating connections between humans, plants and animals. Como’s mission is to inspire the public to value the presence of living things in our lives. Annually more than 50 interns and 1500 volunteers work in partnership with staff to realize the mission of Como. Interns assist staff in animal and plant management, public education and visitor services and gain valuable educational career building experiences within Como’s unique zoological and botanical environments. Most Internship positions are offered each semester. All internships are unpaid. CLICK HERE for more information & the Como Internship FAQ Volunteer Opportunities Here are some of the ways you can be involved as a volunteer at Como. Please note that current opportunities vary based on availability and seasonal needs. Current volunteer position openings are noted on the application form.
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Contact us by email at [email protected] or call 651-487-8252.
Como Park Zoo and Conservatory features many fascinating connections between humans, plants and animals. Each year, more than 50 interns and 1300 volunteers work in partnership with staff throughout the campus to promote the mission of Como. Intern opportunities are offered year round in some areas and seasonally in others.
Before getting started, please note that:
Check out our Como Intern Program FAQ for more information and review the descriptions below.
The following Horticulture Internships are now available:
The following Education Internships are now available:
A Como Zoo Animal Care internship will provide hands on learning opportunities for college students interested in pursuing a zoo career. The internship will provide a unique opportunity for students to work side by side with zookeepers to understand the husbandry and management of zoo species.
Under the guidance of zookeepers, interns will acquire practical experience in the areas of animal husbandry, training, enrichment, enclosure maintenance, and animal observation. Our internships run for a minimum of 10 weeks and a minimum of 20 hours per week during the school year or 32 hours per week during the summer (schedules will include weekend and holiday hours).
General Requirements to be aware of for Zoo placements:
– Receive college credit for the internship
– Be able to lift 50 pounds
– Fulfill hourly requirements
– Schedules will include weekend and holiday hours
– A negative TB test and a Hepatitis B vaccination are required to work in the Primate area.
– As a matter of policy and procedure, interns will not be able to touch or hand-feed animals
Learn more about each Zoo internship by clicking on the links below:
Animal Support Intern
Application Deadlines for all departments:
We will accept applications past the stated deadline if openings remain. Please email or call to find out if we have openings remaining past the application deadlines.
A complete Como intern application must include the following:
Application materials can be submitted electronically or via regular mail.
If you have any questions about applying, contact Volunteer & Intern Services at:
[email protected] 651-487-8252
Nature Walk Youth Interpreter. For youth ages 13-17 with a strong interest in the natural world and a desire to share information with the public. More information with an application is posted HERE January 1st through March 8th for the upcoming season. Please print, complete and mail or fax your application by March 8th.
Want to help create a better world? We thought so!
Through the Youth Engagement Program, high school-aged youth utilize their strengths to identify and address the unique conservation needs within their community. YEP teams develop projects that inspire others to take action for a better world.
Highlights of the program include: