Detroit Zoological Society
  • Volunteer Services
  • Royal Oak, MI, USA
  • Unpaid - college credits only
  • Internship

The Volunteer Services Intern provides support to the staff of the Zoo with a dedicated, trained volunteer corps made up of people who bring unique skills, a love of nature and a concern for the environment to ten different programs.

The Volunteer Services Internship is an unpaid, for credit only. Students must provide information from their school on internship requirements and provide the certification documentation necessary to receive credit.

This internship will provide hands-on experience and involve all facets of the department.

The Volunteer Services Intern will support, both publicly and privately, the principles of the Detroit Zoological Society, maintain a professional manner when dealing with all constituencies and always preserve a high level of confidentiality.

This job description is by no means all-inclusive and may be subject to change during a performance period due to the needs of the Detroit Zoological Society and its leadership. This document will be reviewed on a continual basis and will be modified as needed.

Authority and Accountability

The Volunteer Services Intern has the authority to carry out the job requirements and responsibilities and is accountable to the Volunteer Services Manager.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist in planning and executing volunteer orientations, trainings, meetings, and the annual Volunteer Appreciation Party
  • Coordinate scheduling of volunteers, record hours in database and submit reports
  • Conduct research on topics related to volunteer recruiting, retention and recognition as needed
  • Execute general office duties as they relate to the daily operations of the project and department, including but not limited to: data entry, copying, filing, faxing, responding to requests for information, supervising special mailings
  • Work with Volunteer Services staff.
  • Other duties and responsibilities may be assigned from time to time.

Working Conditions: Regular work schedule includes evenings and weekends. Occasional early-mornings are required. The work environment is generally comfortable and most work is indoors although the position requires work outdoors with exposure to seasonal weather conditions for special events and various regular activities of the Volunteer Services department.

Physical Requirements: The ability to perform all principle duties. Requires moderate physical effort on a daily basis such as walking, bending, stooping and standing for an extended period of time. Able to lift up to 20 pounds.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Minimum

  • Must be eligible for college credit
  • Junior or senior level college student enrolled in the appropriate majors: meeting and event planning, marketing, business management/administration, non-profit management, public relations, human relations, training or similar.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher and PowerPoint; Internet proficiency.
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills
  • Creative, friendly, enthusiastic.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and work in a timely manner
  • Ability to deal with various age groups in a professional manner
  • Some weekends, evenings and irregular hours required

 Preferred

  • Event planning experience
  • Experience as a volunteer
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