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ZooTampa at Lowry Park

Aviary Internship—Fall 2021

Aviary Internship—Fall 2021


Internship Period: August 23, 2021-November 27, 2021

Deadline to Apply: June 3, 2021 at 5:00 pm EST


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 the Aviary Department, interns will learn about the husbandry and behavior of diverse avian species within large aviaries which inclued, but not limited to; African Penguins, Shoebill Storks, African and Asian hornbills, Various Parrot species, waterfowl, wading birds, and many more!  Interns who successfully complete the 14 week internship will have a better understanding of basic avian biology, anatomy, and avian husbandry.


Internship functions include, but are not limited to:

  • Performing daily care of the animals alongside the keepers.
  • Diet preparation, cleaning, disinfecting utinsils/dishes for the animals in the collection.
  • Assist in cleaning animal habitats in both guest areas and non-guest areas.
  • Engaging with guests in our interactive habitats such as our Lorikeet Landing Aviary and African Penguin Chat.
  • Assisting with maintenance of animal habitats which may include but not limited to; scrubbing, hosing, raking, planting, perching, pressure washing, digging.
  • Assist with behavioral observations and daily record keeping.
  • Design a large scale animal enrichment for the birds under our care.
  • Research (3) species under our care and perform a Natural History Form on said species.


  • High school diploma or GED required.
  • Applicants currently pursuing a degree in any of the biological or life sciences are preferred.
  • Potential academic credit may be available subject to program eligibility requirements.
  • Possess a sincere desire to work with both animals and guests.
  • Excellent communication and customer relations skills.
  • Ability to effectively work independently and within a team.
  • Must be able to multi-task.
  • 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 14 week internship. 
  • Must be able to commit to a schedule of a minimum 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.  They will also gain experience in working with a large and diverse bird collection.  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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