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ZooTampa at Lowry Park

Primates Internship -- Winter 2019

Primates Internship -- Winter 2019

Internship Period:  November 25, 2019-February 29, 2020


Deadline to Apply: September 3, 2019 at 5:00 PM ET


Please note: If you are seeking an Animal Care internship, do not apply for more than two opportunities within the same term.  Applying to more than two areas may disqualify the candidate from further consideration.


ZooTampa at Lowry Park is currently seeking enthusiastic and motivated individuals interested in learning about the Animal Care field. 

Description:   Interns focus on the care and husbandry of various primate species while learning about the complexities of primate social structure, behavior and ecology.  Interns participate in public talks, animal observations, enrichment sessions, medical procedures as well as observe training sessions.  Through a series of lectures, interns will develop an understanding on how to train using operant and classical conditioning. 
As an intern, you can expect to assist with and learn:

  • Daily care and feeding of animals in collection.
  • Maintenance of animal exhibits.
  • Behavioral observations and record keeping.
  • Complete individual projects as well as periodically test your knowledge gained during the experience.
  • Animal enrichment and public interaction.
  • Learn the importance of positive guest relations and educating the public.
  • Develop public speaking skills. 
  • Learn about the principles of positive reinforcement, classical conditioning and shaping to train these animals.
  • Represent ZooTampa through exemplary customer service and behavior.


  • Applicants must be a Junior, Senior or Master’s level student or recent graduate with preference given to candidates currently pursuing a degree in any of the biological or life sciences.
  • Possess a sincere desire to work with both animals and guests.
  • Excellent communications and customer relations skills.
  • Ability to effectively work independently and within a team environment.
  • Must be able to multi-task.
  • Professional attire may be required.
  • Must have the ability to follow specific instructions and also be comfortable self-directing.
  • Ability to communicate ideas and contribute effectively. 
  • Must be at least 18 years of age.

Required Availability: 

  • Must be able to commit to a schedule of 30 hours per week.
  • Schedule is typically ten hour days.
  • Must be available to work weekends and night events if needed.
  • Must be able to commit to a 14 week internship. 

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to work in extreme weather conditions typical to west central Florida (i.e., heat, rain or cold).
  • Must have physical endurance for long, high volume days and be able to stand/walk for long periods of time.
  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds and move heavy objects. 

Additional Requirements:
If an internship offer is made, it is contingent on:

  • Candidates seeking academic credit must have arrangements agreed upon between the Zoo and their school before beginning the internship.
  • All offers are contingent on the successful completion of a criminal background screening and execution of a required hold harmless/liability release agreement.
  • Candidate will be responsible for the cost of the background check (typically $25 but certain jurisdictions may have additional fees).
  • Contingent upon receipt of documentation of negative TB test within the last 6 months and Tetanus vaccination within the last 5 years.
  • Interns must have personal health insurance coverage for illness or injury (as volunteers and interns are not covered by the Zoo workers’ compensation program).

Internships are unpaid and are designed to meet academic requirements, as applicable, and provide valuable real-world experience for participants.  Successful completion of an internship may also yield letters of recommendation, a portfolio of their work when applicable and important networking contacts.
Who is eligible?
Applicants must be a Junior, Senior or Master’s level students or recent graduates.  Applicants must submit an Internship Application, cover letter and resume in order to be considered for a position. 
Please Note: Interns must make their own accommodation and transportation arrangements.  This is an unpaid internship.
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How to Apply

ZooTampa at Lowry Park
1101 W Sligh Ave
Tampa , FL 33604

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