200 L & E Railroad
Slade, KY 40376
(606) 663-9160


          The Kentucky Reptile Zoo internship program offers upperclassmen college students or recent graduates the chance to receive hands-on training experience at a facility with one of the most extensive and diverse reptile collections in the world.

          We have 3 sessions available:

                       Summer: May through August
                       Fall: September through mid-January
                       Spring: Mid-January through April
          Most summer interns should expect to stay as long as they can between semesters. Typically summer interns are limited by their school schedules, so spring and fall interns should expect to to be flexible in their start and end dates, to allow smooth transitioning. However, the exact timing is determined based on individual schedules.

Our interns assist in the captive maintenance of the zoo’s  reptile collection,  give interpretive talks and interact with the public, assist with educational outreach programs, help maintain cleanliness and organization of the facility, and perform other duties as assigned. In addition, interns have the option to  complete at least one research project related to the field of herpetology, which can be done to meet academic credit requirements in their institutions.

Interns will NOT be involved in the handling of any venomous species.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • An upperclassmen college student (junior or senior) or recently graduated student
  • Students majoring in the biological or natural sciences are preferred
  • A valid driver’s license
  • Personal transportation is highly recommended
  • Must be willing to work weekends, receiving two days off during the week instead
  • An ability to communicate effectively with people
  • Comfortable handling snakes and other reptiles on a daily basis
  • Orientation to details
  • Positive attitude and strong work ethic
  • An interest in reptiles!

          Benefits include experience at one of the most well known reptile facilities in the world alongside professional herpetologists, housing (laundry included), and $55/week stipend to cover expenses.
Interns have been successful in their careers- almost all of our former interns now work in zoos, labs, and research facilities across the country!

Deadlines are February 15 for spring, April 15 for summer, July 15 for fall and November 15 for winter.

To apply, send a cover letter, resume, transcript, and at least 2 (preferably 3) references to:
Kat Dale
Internship Coordinator
Kentucky Reptile Zoo
200 L&E Railroad
Slade, KY 40376
or email to: kyreptilezoo@kyreptilezoo.org