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About Wildlife Prairie State Park

Established in 1978, Wildlife Prairie State Park is a nonprofit living heritage experience that provides guests with rare recreational and educational opportunities with animals, plants and culture native to Illinois. The 2,000 acre zoological park is home to wolves, bison, waterfowl, black bears, elk, cougars, bobcats, otters, a butterfly garden, wildflowers, lakes, restored prairie and a sightseeing train. The park also features rare, threatened and endangered animals housed in large enclosures replicating their natural habitats.

Interns work under a supervisor’s direction in the park’s education or animal departments and must complete a project in addition to daily duties. Common responsibilities include greeting visitors, presenting programs to school groups and the general public (including programs at special events), monitoring trails, assisting with special events and other tasks, such as opening and closing procedures, animal care and research. Interns are also given the opportunity to write a research- based article for the park’s member newsletter.


Open to college juniors and seniors, recent graduates and grad students. Applicants must have completed at least two years toward a degree in outdoor/environmental education, parks and recreation, biology, education or a related field.

Wildlife Prairie State Park

Internship Coordinator
Wildlife Prairie State Park
Wildlife Prairie State Park
3826 North Taylor Road, R.R. #2, Box 50
Peoria, IL 61615-0998
Phone: (309) 676-0998


Number of Interns: Less than 10
Compensation/Benefits: Paid
Duration: N/A
Academic Level: College Juniors, College Seniors, Recent College Graduates, Graduate Students


Chicago, IL