Painting of a wolf among tall brown grass and tree branches


The Red River Zoo Education Department is dedicated to helping people connect to nature through fun and dynamic learning experiences. We invite you to come and be a part of our team while gaining valuable experience and knowledge about effective program development, delivery, and evaluation in a zoo setting.

Education Department interns will be required to successfully complete program animal handling training with a variety of animals (small mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds and arthropods). Interns will be supervised by the Education Department staff.


Responsibilities include:

  • Program development
  • Program Preparation
  • Present on/off-site program
  • Program animal handling



  • College student or recent graduate (preferably in education, zoology, or related field)
  • Student in good standing, GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Applicants must have completed at least 1 year of college.
  • Capable of lifting 20lbs
  • Willingness to work with both animals and the public
  • Education internships consist of a scheduled work week to be determined by the supervisor and intern. Internships are generally 16 weeks long. A minimum commitment of 20-40 hours per week is required (considerations may be made for students attending classes). Interns must be flexible with their schedule and have the ability to work weekdays, weekends and holidays.


*Acceptance into the program is contingent on passing a background check.

All positions are unpaid with no housing or transportation provided.


To apply, please submit the following:

  • Resume
  • Letter of Interest, including dates of availability
  • 2 Letters of Recommendations
  • A copy of your unofficial transcript


Please send application materials to:

Red River Zoo

Heather Harelson Nutick

Director of Education

[email protected]

4255 23rd Ave. South

Fargo, ND 58104

701-277-9240 x 310