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teenager holding a guineaHave you ever wondered what it would be like to chop up a salad for a sloth or send kids for a spin on a carousel? Adult volunteers assist in may areas of the Zoo, including guest services, animal care, and special events. If you'd like to join us please read the information below.

Applicants need to meet these requirements:

  • must be at least 18 years of age
  • must commit to a volunteer term of at least 6 months
  • must provide written proof of a negative TB skin test every 12 month (if working in contact with animals or their food)

Application Procedure:

  • Applicants will be contacted to set up an interview with the Volunteer Coordinator.
  • Upon being accepted, new volunteers will attend an orientation class and receive training in specific areas of service.
  • Once training has been completed, new volunteers will be given assignments.


After being accepted into the program, each volunteer will pay a one-time fee of $25; the fee includes a uniform t-shirt & a name tag.

Applications are available at the Zootique gift shop or Click here for a downloadable version then email it to Silvia Schuh at sschuh.mzoo@gmail.com.

If you have questions please contact Silvia Schuh at (309) 434-2250 or sschuh.mzoo@gmail.com

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Miller Park Zoo Conservation Internship  

The Miller Park Zoo is located in Bloomington, IL in Central Illinois.  It is one of the smallest AZA-Accredited institutions at 4 acres but has a very diverse animal collection.  The Miller Park Zoo has a number of conservation initiatives that fit well with an internship program. 

Miller Park Zoo is currently accepting applications for a conservation internship (up to 3 positions available per session). 

This internship program is designed to provide learning opportunities and practical experience, while gaining valuable knowledge relating to a career in wildlife conservation. The Conservation Intern will assist the Zoo Curator and Superintendent of Parks Maintenance with the preparation and facilitation of conservation programs, the majority of which will be field-work, but will also include research and helping with on-site programs. Our internship offers a hands-on opportunity to work in a conservation program in a zoological setting.  

Interns will be involved in the organization of Zoo activities and programs that engage Zoo staff in sustainability and conservation work. Internship will take place at the Zoo with time split between the Zoo and off-grounds.  


  • 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year college students working toward a sustainability/conservation related career in a wildlife, environmental, communication, or education-related field. A recent college graduate with this focus will also be considered.  

  • Applicants interested in this position should be detail oriented, dependable and exhibit excellent communication skills.  

  • Ability to conduct research, compile, and analyze data 

  • Passion for sustainability, conservation, and wildlife  

  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office products particularly, Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint 

  • Exhibit excellent oral communication and writing skills, including public speaking 

  • Ability to multi-task and excel in a fast-paced environment  

  • Effective project management skills essential  

  • Experience working in the field preferred, it is however essential the candidate enjoy working outdoors.  

  • Interns need to have a recent TB test, and tetanus shot.  

  • Demonstrate maturity, self-motivation, and an ability to follow direction.    


This opportunity involves moderate physical activity. Walking and lots of time outside may be required for specific projects, in all different weather conditions including heat, humidity, rain, cold, or dust. It may also involve considerable physical exertion such as reaching, repetitive motions, and lifting and/or moving heavy objects (up to 50 lbs.). Due to the nature of this environment, interns will have heavy public contact requiring considerable interpersonal skills, extensive interaction with the public, some donors and members. 


  • Maintain Beehives both on and off Zoo grounds 

  • Maintain Pollinator Gardens both on and off Zoo grounds 

  • Maintain Puerto Rican Crested Toad and Illinois Chorus Frog breeding population 

  • Assist Eastern Box Turtle field project 

  • Assist with Animal Care 

  • Give presentations to Zoo Guests 

  • Perform other tasks assigned 



The Conservation Internship is unpaid. Professional development opportunities will be available. Possible college credit is available for those able to receive it through their college/university. No housing provided. 


24-40 hours a week for a minimum of 400 hours. Interns may be scheduled to work on holidays. 


Send a resume, cover letter, and informal transcript to: pburvenich@cityblm.org  

Peter Burvenich, Curator 

Miller Park Zoo 

1020 South Morris Avenue 

Bloomington, IL 61701 


For timely consideration, all materials are due: 

  • December 1st – Spring session 

  • March 1st – Summer session 

  • July 15th – Fall/winter sessions 



The Miller Park Zoo in Bloomington, Illinois is offering hands on experience for the future Zoo professionals to learn Zoo management from experienced Keepers. Several Full-Time internship, and a few part-time opportunities are available to those interested in developing their careers and contributing to the success of the Miller Park Zoo. Miller Park Zoo is a smaller institution which prides itself on providing its interns with a wider range of opportunities.



  • Will be able to experience a variety of protocols that include the overall maintenance of a variety of exhibits, record keeping, diet preparation, animal observations and animal transports.

  • Must have the ability to work independently and be self-motivated.

  • Must be able to climb ladders/stairs/fences, lift and carry crates/animals/ feed, operate mowers, operate weed eaters, load and operate wheel barrows loaded, be agile and flexible to maneuver in and around animals within exhibits and holding areas.

  • May be asked to complete a season long project as assigned by Zoo Staff.

  • Must have strong communication skills with speaking with the general public is required.

  • Will be responsible for other duties as assigned by Zoo Staff.



  • Prefer candidates that are pursuing a degree in a Biology related field.

  • Must commit to a schedule including weekends and holidays.

  • Must be prepared to work in inclement weather and in all weather conditions.

  • Must be have a TB test screening done in the last 12 months. Will need proof of testing before first day of internship.

  • This internship is unpaid and there is no housing provided.



    If interested, we are now accepting applications for

    Please send application, cover letter, resume and unofficial transcripts to


    Peter Burvenich, Zoo Curator
    Miller Park Zoo  1020 S Morris
    Bloomington, IL 61701 pburvenich@cityblm.org

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