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ZooTampa at Lowry Park

Reptile & Amphibian Internship -- Winter 2019

Reptile & Amphibian 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. 



While working in our Herps department, interns will learn all aspects of reptile and amphibian husbandry with a focus on Florida native herps, South American anurans, crocodilians and large tortoises. 


Internship functions include, but are not limited to:

  • Performing daily care and feeding of animals in the collection.
  • Assisting with maintenance and fabrication of animal habitats.
  • Making behavioral observations.
  • Assisting with record keeping.
  • Making and distributing animal enrichment.
  • Assisting with guest interactions.

Please note: Interns will not work directly with large crocodilians or venomous snakes. 



  • 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.
  • Ability to effectively work independently and within a team environment.
  • 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. 
  • Must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher.

Required Availability: 

  • Must be able to commit to a 14 week internship. 
  • Must be able to commit to a schedule of 30 hours per week.
  • Some nights and weekend shifts may be required. 

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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