Internships

The Toledo Zoo offers several unpaid internship opportunities. All internships require applicants to be currently enrolled as a college junior or senior, or have recently graduated with a 4 year degree. Other limitations may apply. For additional information, contact Liz Emerson, volunteer coordinator at the Toledo Zoo: 419.385.5721, ext. 2169, or liz.emerson@toledozoo.org.

Prospective intern applicants must submit a cover letter, resume and volunteer application for consideration. Selected applicants may be asked to complete an interview in person or by phone.

Internships are offered each spring, summer and fall. The following are the postmark deadlines for each placement period:

Spring: October 15
Summer: February 15
Fall: June 15
The following positions are available for the fall 2017 academic period.

Avian Care internship

Schedule: 16 hours per week minimum. Hours are generally completed during regular departmental hours (7:30am – 4:30pm)

Responsibilities:
• provide daily care of the animals, including cleaning, feeding, and behavioral enrichment
• assist keepers with exhibit maintenance, including lobby or other cleaning and miscellaneous yard maintenance
• assist keepers with special projects as needed
• support office projects, including filing and updating records.

Education “Play Naturally Toledo” internship

Schedule: 15 hours per week minimum.  Position requires weekend and evening availability for Play Naturally Toledo events.  Additional hours can be completed Tuesday – Saturday during regular departmental hours (8am – 6pm)

Responsibilities:
• Track participant attendance
• Contact participants and program partners before events
• Track staff time devoted to Play Naturally Toledo
• Administer the Play Naturally Toledo Facebook page
• Develop play based activities for events
• Set up events on location
• Assist with program registration and track study participants

Enrichment and Research internship

Schedule: May through August, 5 days per week, 8:30 – 5:00 p.m.

Requirements:  In addition to the requirements listed above, applicants must also
• Be currently enrolled as junior or senior in college or recent graduate
• Major in biology, animal behavior, psychology, zoology or other related fields
• Proficiency in Microsoft Excel
• Previous hands-on work with animals
• Have a positive attitude, team mentality and strong willingness to learn
• Submit 3 references

Responsibilities:
• Develop, coordinate and implement enrichment for various zoo animals, including carnivores, elephants, hoofstock, and birds
• Evaluate behavioral scenarios and the effectiveness of enrichment
• Assist with the development of new ideas, enrichment construction and evaluation, and animal welfare research for animals throughout the zoo

Herpetology Curatorial internship

Schedule: 15 hours per week minimum. Hours are generally completed Monday – Friday during regular business hours (8am – 5pm)

Responsibilities:
• perform office management duties, including filing and data entry.
• support research initiatives as necessary.
• provide care for the animals, including cleaning, feeding, and enrichment
• assist keepers with exhibit maintenance, including lobby or other cleaning and miscellaneous yard maintenance

Marine Mammal Training and Enrichment internship

Schedule: May through August, 5 days per week, 8:30 – 5:00 p.m.

Requirements:  In addition to the requirements listed above, applicants must also
• Be currently enrolled as junior or senior in college or recent graduate
• Major in biology, animal behavior, psychology, zoology or other related fields
• Proficiency in Microsoft Excel
• Previous hands-on work with animals
• Have a positive attitude, team mentality and strong willingness to learn
• Submit 3 references

Responsibilities:
• Develop, coordinate and implement daily enrichment for polar bears
• Prepare seal diets and participate in daily feeding/training sessions
• Enter training records into a computer program
• Develop enrichment schedules for several species
• Construct and implement enrichment items for various species
• Conduct behavioral observations
• Data entry and analysis

Primate Care and Behavior internship

Schedule: May through August, 5 days per week, 8:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Requirements:  In addition to the requirements listed above, applicants must also
• Be currently enrolled as junior or senior in college or recent graduate
• Major in biology, animal behavior, psychology, zoology, anthropology or other related fields
• Previous hands-on work with exotic animals
• Have a positive attitude, team mentality and strong willingness to learn
• Submit 3 references

Responsibilities:
• Assist primate keepers with with daily cleaning and general husbandry
• Develop enrichment with the Curator of Behavior and Enrichment for primates, maned wolves and otters
• Conduct behavioral research to monitor behavior and evaluate the effectiveness of enrichment on primate collection

Youth Program Development internship

Schedule: 6 – 8 hours per week minimum. Hours can be completed weekends, predominately served during regular business hours (8am – 5pm)

Responsibilities:
• develop and implement new programs for ZOOTeen volunteers
• coordinate team-building activities and social/educational outings
• provide on-grounds and off-grounds supervision of ZOOTeen activities

 

We are unable to provide housing assistance or stipends.  

The number of available openings varies from season to season and from year to year. If you are not accepted into the internship program at this time, you are encouraged to check in the future for possible openings.

Download a volunteer application

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