Undergraduate Research Fellowship

About the Position

Update 7/8/2024: This position requires candidates to have previously completed the 8-week summer training with our Animal Welfare and Research Team. This information was excluded in error on the original posting.

This is a temporary position, expected to last 1 year.

The Undergraduate Research Fellowship is an hourly, education-based position which actively supports and participates in Oakland Zoo’s animal welfare and wildlife rescue and recovery programs within our Animal Welfare and Research (AWR) Team under the Animal Care, Conservation and Research (ACCR) department. The Research Fellowship provides training and experience in applied research for early-career environmental scientists and advocates from underrepresented communities in STEMA. The position begins in the summer and continues across the academic year. Preference is given to latter-year undergraduates who have an academic advisor to sponsor the units at their university and will be able to commit to a minimum of 16-hours per week (four, 4-hr days per week, with flexible 2-weeks off) of intensive training during summer sessions (June to mid-August) and then in carrying out specific projects at the Zoo or in the field based on the number of unit hours per semester/quarter during the remainder of that academic year (September through mid-June), either through pay, units towards graduation, or both.  

Through developing laboratory and field skill sets, receiving mentorship from AWR staff in preparation for a career in environmental stewardship and research, Research Fellows rehearse skills though providing technical assistance for assigned programs within AWR, including gathering and managing research data either on site at Oakland Zoo or in the field; attending to the needs of animals, plants, and/or biological samples in managed care within AWR programs; and other animal welfare or wildlife recovery program research activities. They must demonstrate strong interest in gaining research-based analytical skills including time management, working independently and cooperatively, effective and timely verbal and written communication, and attention to detail. Research Fellows are encouraged to present their work at their university’s science clubs, fairs, or symposiums and/or to zoo staff and volunteers. The Fellowship is under the direct supervision of the Wildlife Recovery Program Manager at the Zoo and their academic advisor.

This opportunity is not available to high school or graduate students.

Animal Care, Conservation & Research





$19.95 per hour

Application Deadline:


Essential Job Duties

Who You Are

Required Education

Knowledge, Skills, and Qualities

May be representative, but not all-inclusive, of those knowledge, skills and abilities commonly associated with this position.

Who We Are

The Oakland Zoo (managed by The Conservation Society of California) is an award-winning facility stretching 100 acres and overlooking the city of Oakland atop the hills of beautiful Knowland Park. Our mission: Oakland Zoo deepens connection with animals, saves wildlife, and inspires champions for the natural world. As an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), The Zoo is part of the largest conservation organization in the nation. Our employees take PRIDE in our values of being Positive, Respectful, Inquisitive, Driven and Effective members of a team who places the care of our animals, stewardship of the natural environment, and the experience of our guests at the forefront of all that we do.

Oakland Zoo’s Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access

We believe that all people should have safe access to the Zoo and culturally relevant and responsive experiences with our staff, programs, and curriculum. The Oakland Zoo is also striving to create an equitable and inclusive internal culture where all staff members feel represented and valued for their identities and lived experiences. We examine how power, bias, race and other aspects of identity impact our organization. We work to build a culture of continuous learning and improvement toward a vision of equity and belonging for all staff. We are looking for team members who can actively join us in this process. We are committed to reflecting the diverse community in which we exist and strongly encourage people of color, LGBTQ+ identifying folks, and women to apply.

Equal Opportunity Employment

The Conservation Society of California is an equal opportunity employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, marital status or other characteristics protected by law. The Conservation Society of California also promotes respect for all people and will not tolerate harassment based on any of these characteristics.