Dane County, WI

Dane County, WI

LTE Intern – Zoo Education

Salary: $22.94 Hourly

Location : Madison, WI

Job Type: Limited Term Employee

Job Number: 2024-00024

Department: Henry Vilas Zoo

Opening Date: 06/27/2024

Closing Date: 7/11/2024 11:59 PM Central

FLSA: Non-Exempt

Bargaining Unit: 720


The Dane County Henry Vilas Zoo has a Limited Term Vacancy for a LTE Intern – Zoo Education position in Madison, WI.

Limited Term Employees (LTEs) are limited to 1,200 hours in a payroll year and are not guaranteed any hours per week.

Equity, Definition and Examples of Duties


As an employer, we strive to provide a work environment where diversity and differing opinions are valued, creativity is encouraged, continuous learning and improvement are fostered, teamwork and open/honest communication are encouraged, and meeting customer needs through quality service is a shared goal. All employees must be able to demonstrate multicultural competence – the awareness, knowledge, and skills needed to work with others who are culturally different from self in meaningful, relevant, and productive ways. Applicants from traditionally underrepresented populations including women and racial and ethnic minorities, and persons with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.


Zoo Educators are the core of the Zoo learning experience. Zoo Education Interns are responsible for implementing child-led scientific and engineering investigations based around real-life scenarios at the zoo. They must have an appreciation for science education and a commitment to conservation and working with children. They should be prepared to learn about current education methods for child-led science investigations, Next Generation Science Standards, and encourage children to make discoveries for themselves. This is a great experience for anyone wanting to go into elementary or middle school education, science education or science-related fields, or environmental education. A love for children is essential and an interest in animals is important.


Zoo Education Intern positions are 20 hours a week, 12:30PM to 5:45PM on Mondays, and 2:00PM to 5:45PM on Tuesdays through Fridays for the full 2024-2025 MMSD school year: September 4th, 2024 to June 11th, 2025. Education Interns, with the support of Zoo Educators and Instructors, help to implement the Zoo Afterschool Program’s educational programming by facilitating scientific investigations and engineering challenges with students, establishing norms for scientific investigations and discussions, and to use specific questioning skills to push students’ critical thinking.

Education, Experience & Special Requirements

Education, Training and Experience:

Requires training and/or experience equivalent to one semester of college. Prefer previous experience working with kids, especially in a classroom, camp, or afterschool setting.

Special Requirements:

Must have CPR and First Aid training or be willing to get it before camp starts. Must attend training days from August 27th-29th, exact times TBD.

Background Check Statement: Some positions may require a criminal background check which can include fingerprinting due to the nature of the job’s responsibilities. Wisconsin’s Fair Employment Law, s. 111.31 – 111.395, Wis. Stats., prohibits discrimination because of an arrest or conviction record. However, Dane County may disqualify an applicant if the position’s responsibilities are substantially related to the applicant’s criminal history (e.g., the nature of the crime and its relationship to the position, whether hiring, transferring or promoting an applicant would pose an unreasonable risk to the business, its employees, customers and vendors, etc.) Management reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

For Bilingual Positions:

  1. Provide services in both English and the required foreign language (e.g., Spanish, Hmong, etc.), including oral interpretation and written translations in that language.
  2. Applicants being considered for Bilingual positions will be tested during the recruitment process. This may consist of either being able to respond to questions in that language (e.g., Spanish, Hmong, etc.) during the interview; or passing an oral translation (English to foreign language / foreign language to English) exam prior to employment.

Physical and Environmental Work Requirements:

Strength to perform average lifting of less than 5 pounds and occasionally over 15 pounds. Body agility and equilibrium for activities including touring and games. Ability to walk 2 or more miles per day. Ability to sit, stand, kneel, stoop, crouch, and crawl. Ability to work indoors and outdoors in all weather conditions. Ability to use finger, wrist, and hand motions. Ability to see and hear within normal ranges with or without adaptive devices. Ability to speak and be heard.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Ability to learn several programs with pre-set curriculum and set them up with assistance. Ability to uphold the Zoo’s Behavior Policy. Ability to learn and support the vision of the Education Department and the Henry Vilas Zoo. Demonstrated respect for all animal species. Demonstrated attendance punctuality and reliability. Ability to work with all ages, but especially with children between 5 and 11 years of age. Demonstrated appreciation for science education and a commitment to conservation. Knowledge of relevant safety precautions and practices. Ability to organize and perform necessary duties in the most efficient, effective, and safe manner. Ability to work efficiently and cooperatively with others. Demonstrated reasoning skills and the ability to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, and/or diagrammatic form. Excellent verbal, written, and presentation skills. Ability to effectively relate with coworkers, supervisors, and the general public.


Do you have training and/or experience equivalent to one semester of college?

  • Yes
  • No


Do you have CPR and First Aid training or are willing to get it before camp starts?

  • Yes
  • No


The selected candidate must attend camp training days from August 27th – 29th. Are you able and willing to meet this requirement?

  • Yes
  • No

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