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Zoological Intern - Social Sciences Research Assistant
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Job Description

The Zoo encompasses a 485 acre campus and is home to more than 5,300 animals with about 1.29 million guests visiting annually. The Zoo is a coordinator of international conservation and breeding programs and is the State's largest environmental educator with over 400,000 participants annually. The Zoo's conservation programs protect endangered species and preserve critical ecosystems and its education programs engage audiences at the Zoo, throughout our region, and around the world.

Job Details

Job Class: Intern

Working Title: Zoological Intern - Social Sciences Research Assistant

Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers

Date Posted: 09/16/2019

Closing Date: 10/11/2019

Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Minnesota Zoological Garden / Zoo Gardens-Non Employee

Division/Unit: Conservation / Conservation Education Nature

Work Shift/Work Hours: 8 -12 hours per week for 12 weeks

Days of Work: Flexible; will include some weekends

Travel Required: No

Salary Range: This is an unpaid spring semester (2020) internship. Mandatory Zoo Orientation for all spring 2020 interns will take place on Saturday, January 25, 2020.

Job Summary

Job Summary

The Social Sciences and Evaluation Research Assistant works under the direction of the Minnesota Zoo's Research & Evaluation Specialist, who supports Zoo-wide conservation education by developing, implementing, and analyzing audience research and program evaluation efforts. This work helps to ensure that educational programs and guest experiences achieve maximum mission-related outcomes. The Research Assistant Intern assists the Research & Evaluation Specialist with various projects, including exhibit evaluation and other social science research. Tasks may include data entry and analysis; conducting intercept surveys and interviews; preparing literature reviews and/or annotated research bibliographies, and visitor observations.


Minimum Qualifications:

* Enrollment in an accredited, appropriate post-secondary (undergraduate) program that requires completion of a work-based internship as part of its academic program. Most such internships require that students be earning academic credit required for graduation.

* Customer service skills sufficient to work with visitors, staff, support organizations and outside interests with courtesy, respect, and interest in positive problem solving in person, over the phone, and by email.

* Excellent communication skills and the ability to engage with members of the public of all ages.

* Excellent attention to detail.

* Ability to understand and follow complex, multi-step instructions.

* Familiarity with survey data collection on paper as well as tablet computers.

* Computer skills in word processing, spreadsheet and other software applications sufficient to create emails and enter, compile, store and retrieve data.

* Math skills sufficient to add, subtract, multiply, divide, work with fractions and make basic measurement conversions.

Preferred Qualifications:

* Enrollment in a post-secondary undergraduate academic program in the social sciences.
* Interest in museum interpretation, evaluation and/or research.

* Experience in an informal learning environment.

Physical Requirements

* Ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions on uneven terrain.

* Ability to negotiate all types of terrain.

* Ability to sit, stand, walk, and lift/move up to 15 pounds regularly.

* Ability to tolerate loud noises regularly throughout the day

* Ability to stand for long periods of time throughout the day

Additional Requirements

All candidates must provide the following additional materials in order to be considered for an interview:

* Current transcript (unofficial acceptable)
* Response to an online survey, sent by email, following initial screening of applications
* Copy of proposed spring semester (2020) course schedule

Application Details

How to Apply

Click "Apply" at the bottom of this page. When applying, please attach/upload a copy of your resume and a letter of interest. If you have questions about applying for jobs, contact the job information line at 651-259-3637.

For additional information about the application process, go to http://www.mn.gov/careers.


If you have questions about the position, contact Mary Saurino at mary.ann.saurino@state.mn.us or 952/431-9307.


The State of Minnesota is an equal opportunity, affirmative action, and veteran-friendly employer. We are committed to providing culturally responsive services to all Minnesotans. The State of Minnesota recognizes that a diverse workforce is essential and strongly encourages qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.

We will make reasonable accommodations to all qualified applicants with disabilities. If you are an individual with a disability who needs assistance or cannot access the online job application system, please contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email careers@state.mn.us. Please indicate what assistance you need.

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