Employment/Internship Opportunities

We are currently accepting applications for the following job opportunities:

Education Internships – Summer 2016

Future educators – this job is for you! Develop your professional skills in a fun, hands-on environment! This internship focuses on educating children ages 2-14 about science, animals & conservation. It is a career-related internship that helps prepare you for the professional workplace. Interns are directly mentored and extensively trained through a self-reflective & experiential based training program.

For internship details and cover letter/resume tips & application process click here.

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Conservation Assistant

Position Overview:

The Zoological Society of Milwaukee’s (ZSM) Conservation Department seeks to hire a full-time assistant to support the administrative functions of the conservation office and related projects – primarily the Bonobo Species Survival Plan (Bonobo SSP) and the Bonobo and Congo Biodiversity Initiative (BCBI). The Conservation Assistant will provide administrative and technical assistance to the Office Manager and the Conservation Coordinator to assist with a wide variety tasks. This person’s key role will be to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the department in order to meet the growing scope of activities.

ZSM manages two international conservation projects, the Bonobo SSP and BCBI. The Bonobo SSP is a captive management program that coordinates the breeding, care, and long-term survival of bonobos – an endangered great ape – living in zoos in North America. BCBI is a field-based conservation program that works to ensure the survival of wild bonobo in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Both programs require diligent administration, fund-raising and budgeting, recordkeeping, financial tracking, and data entry and analyses. In addition to general office help, the Conservation Assistant will provide clerical and technical support to these programs.

Responsibilities include:

  • Assistance to the Bonobo SSP Coordinator
    • Regularly update the bonobo studbook population database using SPARKS and ZIMS software
    • Gain familiarity/proficiency with specially designed population software
    • Provide data for the master planning process
    • Communicate with zoos to obtain current population information and track population changes (births, deaths and transfers), issues and problems
    • Prepare reports to participating zoos and stakeholders; send/share data to related organizations; assist with annual questionnaires
    • Maintain the research project database and files
    • Assist with annual meeting organization, preparations and reporting
    • Monitor correspondence/communication within the SSP (especially when coordinator is in DRC)
    • Maintain SSP website/Facebook
  • Support office/accounts manager
    • Help track project expenses, process receipts and maintain payment records
    • Provide assistance to grant development and reporting (e.g., information searches, data, photos, etc.)
    • General office assistance (mail, phone, filing)
  • Support BCBI
    • Assist with field data entry
    • Help test equipment/maintain equipment inventory
    • Provide logistical support as needed
    • Assist with maintenance of photo library
  • Support to Conservation Coordinator
    • Prepare conservation meetings: prepare agenda, announcements and communication, minutes and reports
    • Conduct internet research and fact-finding
    • Maintain resource library and bibliographies
  • Other duties and support as needed and assigned


  • Position requires: minimum B.S./B.A. degree (science preferred) or 3 years of related experience; excellent writing/communication/organizational/interpersonal skills; advanced computer proficiency (MS Office: Word, Excel, etc.) and ability to learn and master specialty software; data entry/mathematical analysis experience preferred; accuracy, attention to detail; and commendable work record. Must be motivated to learn and work both independently and as a team member on a variety of technical/non-technical tasks. Work requires proven ability to solve problems using a logical sequence.
  • Applicant must possess a professional demeanor and positive attitude.
  • Car and valid WI driver’s license.
  • Ability to lift up to 40 pounds.

This is a full-time position located at ZSM’s main office on the grounds of the Milwaukee County Zoo.

Application process:

  1. Applicants should email a cover letter, CV/resume, and the names, email addresses and telephone numbers of three professional references to conservation@zoosociety.org by December 17, 2015. Applications will be accepted and considered through 12/17/15 with candidate interviews to begin after 1/4/16.
  2. Your letter should describe your interest in the position and how your experience/qualifications match the position description. Please address your letter to:

    Dr. Gay Edwards Reinartz
    Director, Bonobo and Congo Biodiversity Initiative/Conservation Coordinator
    Zoological Society of Milwaukee
    10005 W. Bluemound Rd.
    Milwaukee, WI 53226-4383

  3. Please include your last name on each filename.
  4. No telephone calls, please.

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