Enrichment and Research Internship

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

Reports to: Curator of Behavioral Husbandry and Research

Schedule: 5 days per week, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

5-month or 6-month internship beginning January 2014

Application Deadline: October 20, 2013

Internship Overview:

This internship is designed for college students or recent graduates interested in pursuing a career in animal behavior, enrichment or behavioral research. Interns will work directly with the Curator of Behavioral Husbandry and Research, and animal keepers to learn the principles of enrichment and behavioral research through animal observations and hands-on enrichment activities. This internship will focus on the development and implementation of enrichment for various zoo animals and research to evaluate behavioral scenarios and the effectiveness of enrichment. The intern will conduct daily observations on the Zoo’s animals, enter behavioral data into a computer program, and assist with data analysis. The intern will also assist with other enrichment projects throughout the Zoo, including development of new ideas, enrichment construction, and evaluation.

This internship is unpaid and housing is not provided.


Junior or Senior in college or recent graduate

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

Strong willingness to learn

Positive attitude, team mentality

Proficiency with Microsoft Excel

Previous hands-on work with animals

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