Reptile ZooSlade Kentucky

Kentucky Reptile Zoo

200 L&E Railroad Place

Slade KY


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 internships for all four seasons.

Internships run 12 to 16 weeks, with 12 weeks being the minimum. 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 be able to be flexible in their start and end dates, to prevent overcrowding. In general, the seasons run Dec-Feb, March-May, June-August, and September- November. However, the exact timing is determined based on individual schedules.

The intern will 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, the intern has the option to  complete at least one research project related to the field of herpetology.

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

Eligibility Requirements:

A upperclassmen college student (Junior or Seniors) or recently graduated college student;

Former interns have arranged for academic credit with their institutions
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, 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 1 for spring, April 1 for summer, July 1 for fall and November 1 for winter.

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

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