Animal Training and Enrichment 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 to 6-month internship available beginning in 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 training or animal behavior. Interns will work directly with the Curator of Behavioral Husbandry and Research and animal keepers to learn the principles of animal training and enrichment through research as well as hands-on work with the animals. This internship will focus on seal training and polar bear enrichment. The intern will participate in animal training session and schedule, implement and evaluate daily polar bear enrichment.

This internship is unpaid and housing is not provided


Junior or Senior in college, or recent college graduate

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

Strong willingness to learn

Positive attitude, team mentality

Proficiency in Microsoft Excel

Previous hands-on work with animals

Job Duties:

Develop and 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

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

Beth Posta

Curator of Behavioral Husbandry and Research

The Toledo Zoo

419-385-5721 ext. 2051