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Mammal Keeper and Behavior Internship

Organization: Toledo Zoo (AZA Member)
Location: Toledo, OH, United States
Job or Internship: Internship

Reports to: Associate Curator of Primates and Small Mammals, and Curator of Behavioral Husbandry and Research

Schedule: 5 days per week, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

May-August 2013, with the possibility of extension

Application Deadline: February 25, 2013

Internship Overview:

This internship is designed for college students or recent graduates interested in pursuing a career in zoo keeping or animal behavior. This position will be shared between the Large Mammal and Animal Behavior departments. The intern will work directly with the zoo keepers to assist with daily cleaning and general husbandry during part of the day, and with the Curator of Behavioral Husbandry and Research to develop enrichment for big cats, bears, rhinos and hippos, and conduct behavioral research on the animal collection. This internship will promote knowledge and experience in the care, behavior and natural history of several species, as well as enrichment programming and behavioral research techniques.

This internship is unpaid but housing may be available.


Junior or Senior in college or recent graduate

Major in Biology, Animal Behavior, Psychology, Zoology, or other related field

Previous hands-on work with exotic animals

Strong willingness to learn

Positive attitude, team mentality

To apply please email a cover letter, current resume and 3 references to:

Beth Posta

Curator of Behavioral Husbandry and Research

The Toledo Zoo

419-385-5721 ext. 2051