Careers

Corporate Alliances Intern

Lincoln Park Zoo is the nation’s most historic and one of the last free zoos in the country.  More than 1,000 animals make their home here in an environment that reflects their habitats in the wild.  Lincoln Park Zoo is a leader in wildlife conservation, education, and recreation.

The Corporate Alliances internship will provide experience working in the Development Department at Lincoln Park Zoo.  This internship is an ideal opportunity to gain experience working in a fast-pace office environment, focusing on Corporate Fundraising, Sponsorship and Events.
 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
•    Provide support for the corporate promotions program, handling pre-event logistical details and acting as a point of contact during the promotional activation hours.
•    Assist with special event sponsorship promotion and activation logistics prior to the event.
•    Assist with the daily management of Lincoln Park Zoo’s Chicago Marathon team, LPZoo26.2.
•    Update corporate records, as needed, in the Raiser’s Edge fundraising database
•    Assist with the daily management of Lincoln Park Zoo’s Corporate Partner companies
•    Accompany the Director and Manager of Corporate Alliances in meetings with existing and potential corporate supporters
•    Gain exposure to other areas of the Development Department and Zoo Operations overall: Annual Fund, Membership, Board Activities, Events, Guest Services, Marketing, Communications, Zoo Foods
 

QUALIFICATIONS:
The ideal candidate is either working toward a Bachelor’s degree or is a recent college graduate.  The candidate should be extremely organized and be able to work under pressure.  Proficiency in MS Office applications are needed to succeed in this position.  Must be able to lift a minimum of 30 lbs.  Please note: This position is an unpaid opportunity but is eligible for college credit.

COMMITMENT:
Candidate will ideally be available to begin a part-time schedule in the spring.  Days and hours are very flexible.  Ideally available on some weekends and evenings in addition to the typical work week schedule. Internship would end in early December.
 

Guest Service Concessions

Provide professional and courteous service to guests and operate seasonal concessions.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
•    Greets all guests in a welcoming and courteous manner.
•    Open and close concessions including completing operational checklists and forms, selling services, cash handling, operating equipment and balancing banks.
•    Perform in an usher role for special events
•    Maintain order and tidiness of the work area which includes cleaning duties.
•    Is knowledgeable of concession operations.
•    Through cross training, be able to work at all concession areas.
•    Adhere to dress code.
•    Maintain the Seven Guidelines to Great Guest Service.

ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES
•    Accept directions during safety drills and emergency situations.
•    Other duties as assigned
 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES
•    Posses a pleasant, service-oriented and enthusiastic personality.
•    Excellent communication skills.
•    Excellent organizational skills.
•    Ability to quickly and accurately operate cash register or PC.
•    Ability to perform numerical detail work with speed and accuracy.
•    Ability to work independently
•    Ability to handle multiple work assignments.
•    Ability to interact courteously and respectfully with supervisors, fellow employees, volunteers, guests and general public.

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
High School degree (or equivalent)

EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
One-year cash handling experience preferred
NOTE:  A comparable combination of education, experience or training that would provide the level of knowledge, skills and ability required may qualify an individual

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
Ability to work alone for long periods
Ability to remain on feet for long periods of time
Ability to traverse zoo grounds
Ability to work in small, confined space
Ability to work in all weather conditions
Ability to work with mild cleaning supplies
Ability to do light lifting of boxed merchandise
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS
Available to work all necessary hours, including weekends, holidays, special events and all shifts. 
 

Field Conservation Interns

Three field conservation internship positions are available for regional wildlife recovery projects. Two positions (Internships A and B) will be based in Lake County, Illinois, assisting the Reintroduction Biologist in:
•    (Internship A) monitoring and recovery of grassland mammals (meadow jumping mice and least weasels) monitoring of reintroduced smooth green snakes, and conducting amphibian chytrid survey work
•    (Internship B) conducting sampling for Graham’s crayfish snakes and sampling amphibians.
•    Internship A will be 21 weeks in duration, beginning around May 11, 2015 and ending in mid-September 2015.
•    Internship B will be 15 weeks in duration, beginning around May 11, 2015, ending in Mid-August (some flexibility in start date for the crayfish snake/amphibian internship.


The third position, (Internship C), will be based primarily in DuPage County, monitoring for smooth green snakes, with additional work and travel conducting amphibian chytrid sampling in DuPage, Kane, Cook, McHenry, and Will Counties.
•    Internship C will begin around May 11, 2015 and continue for 18 weeks, ending in late August/early September.

In your cover letter, please specify if you are primarily interested in (A) Lake County green snakes and mammals survey position, (B) Lake County crayfish snake and amphibian sampling position, or (C) the DuPage County green snakes and chytrid sampling position.  All positions will require a valid driver’s license and a personal vehicle.
 

Duties & Responsibilites
The Field Conservation interns A and B will work alongside the Reintroduction Biologist in monitoring and recovery of grassland mammals, (meadow jumping mice and least weasels), monitoring of reintroduced smooth green snakes, monitoring of Graham’s crayfish snakes, and amphibian monitoring and chytrid sampling in Lake County, Illinois. Occasional independent work will be required. Intern C will work largely independently following training, monitoring green snakes in DuPage County and assisting with amphibian sampling for a regional chytrid survey in several Chicago Wilderness counties.
Field work will take place in multiple Lake County Forest Preserve District, Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, and McHenry County Conservation District, Forest Preserve District of Kane County, Forest Preserve District of Cook County, and Forest Preserve District of Will County sites outside of Chicago.
The field conservation interns will gain valuable skills with live trapping techniques, mark-recapture studies, disease sampling, gear decontamination protocol, radio-telemetry, and applied conservation projects that combine in situ conservation efforts with ex situ breeding and headstarting approaches. 
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS 
•        Identifying, handling, and ear tagging small mammals including a small carnivore
•         Setting, baiting, checking, removing, and cleaning live traps for small mammals
•         Handling, catching, and identifying small non-venomous snakes
•    Live-trapping for a  semi-aquatic snake and for amphibians using minnow traps
•         Radio tracking jumping mice, snakes, and least weasels
•         Disease sampling with amphibians and ectoparasite surveys of small mammals
•    Traveling between field sampling sites
•         Checking and maintain camera traps
•          Maintaining accurate data sheets
•         Recording environmental conditions
•         Conducting vegetation surveys
•          Data entry into Microsoft Excel
•    Use of GPS to navigate to and record waypoints
•         Aiding in construction of field enclosures for snake or mouse reintroduction

 


ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES
Because these positions are based at multiple field sites, applicants should have a personal vehicle for use for travel to and from field sites.  Limited mileage reimbursement will be available for travel between sites. For the Lake County position only, field housing may be available at $100/month. Field work will occur 5 days per week (M-F) for the duration of the season. Internship A is 21 weeks, Internship B is 15 weeks, and Internship C is 18 weeks (allowing some flexibility of start and end dates). Some weekend work may be necessary during radio-telemetry.  Trap checks will commence early in the day, and time of day may change as weather changes (with earlier trap checks as temperatures get warmer).
The ideal candidate will be comfortable working long hours in the outdoors with little shade, and with abundant biting insects, ticks, and poison ivy.  The ideal candidate will effectively communicate with the Reintroduction Biologist and forest preserve agency personnel regarding project details. Must be able to effectively communicate about the field projects with the public as the field sites are forest preserves with hikers, bicyclists, etc. The intern will attend Lincoln Park Zoo-related activities as necessary. The intern will perform other duties related to the field projects as assigned. All interns will have the opportunity to participate with all of the recovery projects at different points throughout the field season.
 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES
Must be able to lift and carry at least 35 lbs. (metal live traps or wooden coverboards) through habitat by foot; basic knowledge of local fauna or willingness to learn; must be comfortable wearing work gloves while handling small mammals; must be willing to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions, rain, heat, cold, etc.; must be tolerant of insect bites (because of its toxicity, DEET-based repellents cannot be used when working with reptiles and amphibians);  proficiency with Microsoft Office Excel and Word; flexibility regarding meetings, and situations as they arise; must be willing to work independently on occasion or generally as part of a three-person team; training will be provided for all internship activities.
Qualifications & Requirements
EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
 •         B.S. in biology, ecology, or a natural resources related field (or degree in progress with relevant course work)
 EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
 •         Previous experience working with wildlife and/or conducting scientific research; preference for those that have animal handling experience; have conducted or assisted with wildlife ecological studies, including small mammal live-trapping and monitoring, snake monitoring, and use of radio-telemetry equipment; possess knowledge of Illinois fauna, particularly mammals and reptiles; possess a valid driver’s license.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

•    A strong work ethic and a good sense of humor are ideal, especially while aiding in trap cleaning.

Retail Sales Associate

To work as a cashier, assist in restocking the sales floor, assist in checking in new merchandise, greet the guests as they enter the store and assist them with any questions they may have.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
   
•    Enters sales into the register and balances cash drawer daily.
•    Greets and welcomes all guests entering the shop, as well as thanking them for supporting the Zoo when they leave.
•    Monitors crowd levels and potential shoplifting situations, alerting management to any problems.
•    Follows all shop policies and procedures and seeks management assistance when needed.
•    Assists in straightening and restocking of shelves.
•    Answers Zoo related questions.
•    Knowledgeable in store merchandise.
•    Adheres to all loss prevention guidelines and procedures.
•    Perform various tasks and other duties as assigned.
 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES
•    Knowledge of guest service and retail operations.
•    Skill in effectively resolving difficult guest service situations.
•    Skill in presenting a pleasant, service-oriented persona, able to deal persuasively with zoo guests and vendors.
•    Ability to express oneself clearly and effectively in oral and written form. 
•    Ability to read and understand written and oral instructions. 
•    Ability to represent the Zoo in a professional manner at all times.
•    Well-developed interpersonal skills. Ability to get along with diverse groups.  Tactful and mature.
•    Ability to interact courteously and respectfully with supervisors, fellow employees, volunteers, zoo visitors and general public

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
High School degree (or equivalent)

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
Ability to remain on feet for long periods of time.
Ability to frequently bend, stoop, reach and climb.
No allergy to plants or animals which may interfere with the ability to work.
Ability to work in all weather conditions.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS
Available to work holidays and special events which may occur outside of regular work schedule as assigned. 
 

Conservation Camp Instructor (Summer 2015)

Lincoln Park Zoo is looking for fun and creative educators with formal or informal teaching experience to join the Camp team as Conservation Camp Instructors. Instructors will provide children with meaningful and memorable summer learning opportunities by teaching a variety of inquiry based and hands-on activities.  Instructors will be responsible for teaching groups of 13 – 18 campers each week. Campers will be divided into groups depending on age and grade level from 4 years old to entering 4th grade. This is a full-time seasonal position that will extend from May 27 – August 21, 2015.

Interview sessions will take place in person at Lincoln Park Zoo on Sunday, April 12, 2015 and Sunday, April 19, 2015. If an interview is desired, applicants will be notified by phone and placed in one of the two interview sessions. Applicants must be available for one of these dates.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Teach a pre-developed curriculum as well as create some components of the curriculum (crafts, games, supplementary science content, etc.)

  • Deliver content in a fun and unique way that will engage kids with the natural world around them.

  • Contribute to the zoo’s mission to connect children to nature.

  • Responsible for maintaining a safe, well managed camp group experience.

  • Communicate effectively and consistently with parents of campers.

  • Effectively collaborate with the summer staff which will consist of 16 fellow camp instructors.

  • Work directly with a co-instructor in a professional, effective, and cohesive manner.

  • Serve as a camp role model, a team leader, and an ambassador of Lincoln Park Zoo.

  • Provide mentorship for the Camp Teen Volunteers assigned to the camp group.

  • Accountable for accurate attendance sheets, accident reports, behavior reports, and timesheets.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES

  • Prior experience working with children in a formal or informal education setting.

  • Excellent classroom management skills.

  • Exceptional problem solving skills with the ability to adapt to changing environments, along with organizational, logistic and operational skills.

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.

  • Must be extremely trustworthy and punctual.

  • Great sense of humor.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree in education, environmental studies, biology or other related field.

  • Previous teaching or interpretation experience in a zoo, nature center, or other informal setting is preferred.

  • Basic computer skills: Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access.

 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Able to remain on feet and walk for extended periods of time. Frequently bend, stoop, reach, lift heavy objects, and climb.

Zoo Crew Instructor (Summer 2015)

Lincoln Park Zoo is looking for fun and creative educators with formal or informal teaching experience with a passion for working with middle school aged youth, to join the camp team as Zoo Crew instructors. Instructors will provide campers entering 5th- 8th grades with meaningful and memorable summer learning opportunities by facilitating a variety of inquiry and project based activities focusing on zoology and ecology. Instructors will be responsible for facilitating groups of 15 campers each week. This is a full time seasonal position that will extend from May 27 – August 14, 2015.

Interview sessions will take place in person at Lincoln Park Zoo on Sunday, April 12, 2015 and Sunday, April 19, 2015. If an interview is desired, applicants will be notified by phone and placed in one of the two interview sessions. Applicants must be available for one of these dates.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Instructors will facilitate a project based curriculum as well as create some components of the curriculum (crafts, games, supplementary science content, etc.) which will build off of the topics that the campers desire to focus on.
  • Instructors will help each camper develop and execute a research project based on the desired category they choose to focus on (i.e. zoology, ecology, or Biosciences).
  • Instructors will help facilitate content in a fun and unique way that will engage kids with the natural world around them.
  • Responsible for maintaining a safe, well managed camp group experience.
  • Contribute to the zoo’s mission to connect children to nature.
  • Communicate effectively and consistently with parents of campers.
  • Effectively collaborate with the summer staff which will consist of 16 fellow camp instructors.
  • Work directly with a co-instructor in a professional, effective, and cohesive manner.
  • Serve as a camp role model, a team leader, and an ambassador of Lincoln Park Zoo. Accountable for accurate attendance sheets, accident reports, behavior reports, and timesheets.
  • Zoo Crew instructors will be required to sleep over at the zoo five times during the summer and travel to offsite fieldtrips as part of the program.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES

  • Prior experience working with middle school aged youth (5th – 8th grade) in a formal or informal education setting.

  • Experience with and/or understanding of the scientific research process.

  • Excellent classroom management skills.

  • Exceptional problem solving skills with the ability to adapt to changing environments, along with organizational, logistic and operational skills.

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.

  • Must be extremely trustworthy and punctual.

  • Great sense of humor.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree in education, environmental studies, biology, ecology, zoology or other science related field.

  • Previous teaching, facilitation, or interpretation experience in a zoo, nature center, or other informal setting is preferred.

  • Basic computer skills: Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access.

 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Able to remain on feet and walk for extended periods of time.

  • Frequently bend, stoop, reach, lift heavy objects, and climb.

Women’s Board Internship Position (Unpaid)

The Women’s Board internship will provide experience working with a volunteer fundraising board for Lincoln Park Zoo.  The intern will primarily assist with coordination of the annual Zoo Ball, the zoo’s largest fundraiser, which raises more than $1,000,000.  This internship is an ideal opportunity for gaining experience in event planning as well as fundraising and development.

Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo, a historic landmark founded in 1868, is dedicated to connecting people with nature by providing a free, family-oriented wildlife experience. A leader in conservation science both globally and locally, the zoo exemplifies the highest quality animal care and educational outreach. The not-for-profit zoo, managed by The Lincoln Park Zoological Society, is a member-supported organization and one of the nation’s only free, privately managed zoos.
 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
•    Assist the Women’s Board Coordinator with the daily management of the Women’s Board
•    Assist with the coordination of Zoo Ball fundraising efforts, which may include tasks related to Silent Auction, Raffle and night-of needs such as data entry and preparation of event materials
•    Participate in post-event wrap-up, which will include fulfillment of Silent Auction purchases and cataloging of event supplies
•    Assist with the Zoo Ball event registration process as needed
•    Attend event-related Women’s Board meetings and activities as needed
•    Assist with the coordination of invitation mailing and tracking responses
•    Assist with efforts to document, organize, and archive Zoo Ball processes and materials
•    Assist with efforts to document, organize, and archive Women’s Board processes and materials
•    Other duties as assigned
 

QUALIFICATIONS:
Ideal candidate is working toward a Bachelor’s degree or is a recent college graduate with an interest in fundraising and/or event planning. Candidate should be well organized and be able to work under pressure as the event date nears.  Proficiency in MS Office applications is needed to succeed in this position. Experience with graphic design software is preferred.  Must be able to lift a minimum of 30 lbs. Please note: This position is an unpaid opportunity, but eligible for college credit.

COMMITMENT:
Candidate will ideally be available to begin a part-time schedule beginning in spring.  Full time hours begin during early summer.  MUST be available the entire week of July 6-10 with late night hours.  Zoo Ball will be held Friday, July 10, 2015.  Internship should end in mid-August.
 

Guest Engagement Leader

Guest Engagement Leaders interpret the animal collection and conservation initiatives of Lincoln Park Zoo to guests. They are responsible for facilitating inspiring educational experiences and for providing excellent guest service to all visitors.  This job is a part-time position, which begins in early May and continues until mid-September. Shifts consist of four full workdays (including one weekend day), at a total of 24 – 30 hours per week.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
•    Narrate training demonstrations to large audiences of 50-300 people
•    Deliver a suite of animal and conservation focused presentations and tours to diverse groups of participants
•    Handle and present animals for educational programs
•    Communicate messages clearly to zoo visitors using a microphone and in one-on-one interactions
•    Serve as a credible source of information about various zoo topics
•    Use interpretive skills, props and artifacts to engage visitors 
•    Assist with and deliver special event programs
•    Perform various tasks and other duties as assigned
 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES
•    Able to interact positively and energetically in an informal learning environment 
•    Able to clearly and effectively communicate with visitors of various ages, backgrounds and knowledge levels 
•    Comfortable presenting educational programs to single guests as well as large audiences
•    Maintains a positive and flexible approach to daily responsibilities.  Works well in a team environment as well as independently
•    Courteous and respectful with team members, other staff, volunteers and zoo visitors

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
•    Bachelor’s degree in biology, zoology, education, communication or similar preferred, or working toward a degree


PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
•    Capable of walking across zoo grounds, standing for long periods of time and working in a variety of weather conditions
•    Capable of carrying supplies up to 20 pounds, and moving a rolling cart weighing up to 150 pounds

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS
•    Previous experience with interpretive program delivery is desired
•    Experience working with a wide variety of audiences preferred 
•    Ideal candidate is an outgoing individual who enjoys interacting with the public, sharing information with enthusiasm, and has a passion for education and conservation
•    Must be available to come to the Zoo for the following:
o    Group interview (invitation only): March 28, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. or April 11, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
o    Staff training (for those hired):  May 4 – 7, 2015 and May 11 – 14, 2015;
9 a.m.  – 4 p.m.