The Toledo Zoo offers several unpaid internship opportunities. Animal Care positions are designated for college juniors and seniors in upper level education courses. Other limitations may apply. For additional information, contact Bill Davis, volunteer coordinator at the Toledo Zoo: 419.385.5721, ext. 2045, or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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

Animal Behavior internship

Schedule: 40 hours per week. Hours must be completed during regular business hours (8am – 5pm)
Responsibilities:         
• developing ethograms
• observing and monitoring animal behavior
• entering data based on the observations (spreadsheet applications)
• developing conclusions based upon that data
• investigating ways to use those conclusions to enhance behavior modification or achieve some other goal.

Avian Care internship

Schedule: 8 hours per week minimum. Hours are generally completed during regular departmental hours (7am – 5pm)
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 Animal Center internship

Schedule: 16 hours per week minimum during the school year, 24 hours per week minimum during the summer. Hours are generally completed during regular business hours (8am – 5pm)
Responsibilities:
• provide care of the animal (mammals, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, aves), including cleaning and food preparation
• may perform behavioral observations and make behavioral enrichment
• assist keepers with exhibit maintenance, including Nature’s Neighborhood set up or other cleaning and miscellaneous yard maintenance
• should be prepared to do informal public presentations before the end of internship experience

Graphic Design internship

Schedule:  20 hours per week minimum. Hours are generally completed during regular business hours (8am – 5pm), Monday – Friday.
Responsibilities
• develop a variety of publications and on-grounds graphics
• develop new graphics and refine current graphics on Zoo grounds
• provide newsletter support/invitations
• produce flyers, brochures, handouts or other materials
Additional requirements: a portfolio of work samples is required – both computer and fine art

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

Mammal Department internship

Schedule: 16 hours per week minimum during the school year, 24 hours per week minimum during the summer. Hours are generally completed during regular business hours (8am – 5pm)
Responsibilities:
• provide care of the animals, including cleaning and food preparation
• may perform behavioral observations and make behavioral enrichment
• assist keepers with exhibit maintenance, including lobby or other cleaning and miscellaneous yard maintenance
• should be prepared to do informal public presentations before the end of internship experience

Primate Care Internship

Schedule:  40 hours per week.  Hours must be completed during regular business hours (8am – 5pm)
Must also complete a TB test prior to placement (not required with application)
Responsibilities:
•  Provide daily care of the animals, including cleaning, food preparation, and behavioral enrichment
•  Assist keepers with exhibit maintenance and large enrichment/furniture construction.
•  Assist keepers with special projects as needed
•  May perform behavioral or training session observations.

Youth Program Development internship

Schedule: 10 hours per week minimum. Hours are generally completed on weekends during the school year but are flexible during the summer. Hours are predominately served during regular business hours (8am – 5pm)
• 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


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.

Thank you for your interest in the Toledo Zoo’s Internship Program. If you have any questions or for more information about our internship opportunities, please contact the volunteer coordinator at 419.385.5721, ext. 2045, or email us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Download a volunteer application