Join the Tanganyika Wildlife Park Family

Opportunities that will work with your goals and interests to help you on your path to success.

OUR MISSION

We passionately believe that humans have the responsibility to be stewards for the animals in our care and in the wild, so we strive to strengthen the connections between people and the natural world by providing REAL experiences that are entertaining and educational.

Careers

Do you love helping others connect with wildlife? Do you have a passion for conservation and want to work somewhere Wildly Different?

 

If your answer is YES, then join the Tanganyika Career Team!

 

WHY TWP

Our park thrives on 25 acres of land is rapidly expanding which is why we are looking to grow our team by 20%!

 

If you like a fast paced, growth mindset culture, come join the change.

 

The most successful employees at Tanganyika enjoy sharing their love of animals with our guests, relish in the opportunity to be creative, are constantly looking for ways to make improvements within their circle of influence, enjoy working on a small team, and take pride in their work.

 

Are you the next member of the TWP Family?

Internships

As an intern at TWP, you’ll spend time working in each area of the park, from the birds to the giraffes while learning how to educate guests. You’ll gain first-hand experience working hands-on with the animals at the park and be assigned to work Encounter Stations to gain customer service skills and become an excellent reader of behavior!

You also will have the opportunity to teach and assist with a variety of programs and tours in addition to attending monthly workshops.

Come join the Tanganyika family and we’ll invest in your future while you help us build ours!

REQUIREMENTS

  • 18 years of age or older before the start of the internship

  • Preference will be given to those with previous experience, a Zoo Science Degree or other related field
  • Ability to stand or walk and be able to perform physical work outside in all weather conditions

  • Ability to bend, stoop, and lift 50-75 pounds when necessary

  • Ability to work long hours, weekends, weekdays, and holidays
  • Excellent public speaking and customer service skills

  • Desire to grow as a team member, animal keeper, and human being

INTERNSHIP LENGTH

February 14th – November 13th, 2022

*This is a partially paid 40-hour workweek internship (10 hours unpaid)

VOLUNTEER

ONGOING VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS

The Docent Program is a year-round volunteer program for teens and adults age 14 and up.

Docents are able to volunteer for a wide variety of activities at the park including Education Programs, Camps and Classes, Animal Encounter Stations, special events, Animal Care (18 and up), office projects, animal handling, and more!

Docents sign up for the activities and programs that fit their interests and schedule, so it’s a great flexible option for busy students and professionals alike.

Some opportunities allow Docents to work directly with Educators, Keepers, and other team members, while others are more independent. Basically, there’s something for everyone!

A general training class is required (currently available virtually and in-person), as well as more specific training for many of the different activities.

Apply online for our Docent Program here: Tanganyika Docent Application

The Counselor in Training Program (CIT) is a summer volunteer program for teens ages 14 to 18.

CITs are scheduled for 75 hours of service with our Connections Team throughout the summer. The main focus of this program is assisting with Safari Summer Camp!

Each week, CITs lead pods of 7-10 students through Park Tours, Animal Encounters, crafts, games, science experiments, and other fun activities – all under the direction of our Education Team, of course!

In addition to camp, CITs also assist at the Animal Encounter Stations and learn to facilitate informal educational encounters throughout the Park.

Many of our CITs wish to go on to animal-focused careers, but regardless of their future career path, CITs will build valuable skills including teamwork, customer service, and public speaking. 

Because we often have more applicants than we have positions available, the CIT Program does require a written application and an interview. CIT applications are generally available beginning in January and are due mid-March, and training will take place in April and May. 

For more information or to receive an application, email edu@twpark.com

Our Teen Keepers program is the perfect opportunity for youth ages 14 to 21 to gain firsthand experience with zookeeping as a career.

First-year Teen Keepers meet once per month. Each meeting features a project behind-the-scenes with the Care Team. Projects vary greatly, but Teen Keepers have helped with habitat maintenance, prepping habitats for new animals, landscaping, deep cleaning, and more.

Each project ends with an animal experience – either an ambassador visit, a special meet and greet, or a feeding experience.

In addition to the monthly project and animal experience, Teen Keepers attend Core Classes to learn the basics of zookeeping. These classes cover basic animal care and husbandry, tools of the trade, diet formulation and preparation, and vet care – just to name a few!

Once Teen Keepers have completed their Core Classes, they are eligible to test to be a Keeper Shadow. Once they have passed their test, Teen Keepers will volunteer weekly (or bi-weekly during the school year) with members of the Care Team, working one-on-one with the keepers.

*Cost: $50 (includes t-shirt)

To request more information, please click here.

WORKDAYS & Special Events

In addition to our ongoing volunteer programs, we also have opportunities for group volunteer workdays. These workdays are great for companies looking to give back, church youth groups, scout troops, or any other group of teens, adults, or families that want to volunteer! 

Finally, the Park hosts several Special Events throughout the year – including Bunny Bonanza, Pumpkins at the Park, and Safari of Lights – that rely on volunteer help! It’s a great chance for students that need service hours – or for anyone that wants to be involved – to give back in a fun way.

For information about either volunteer workdays or special event volunteering, contact edu@twpark.com.

OUR CULTURE

Our staff, volunteers, and interns are all one team working towards our common goals of providing excellent welfare to the animals in our care, creating lasting connections with guests, and contributing to captive conservation.

With our focus on both professional and personal development, our aim is to help everyone on the team continually be the best they can be!

Conveniently located right outside of Wichita, Kansas!