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ZooTampa at Lowry Park

Animal Nutrition Internship - Fall 2021

Animal Nutrition 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.



While working in the Animal Nutrition Department, interns will learn all aspects of diet preparation for ZooTampa. The primary role of the intern focuses on zoo-wide diet preparation with opportunities to create enrichment. There is an online course to supplement and expand upon the in-person experiences gained during this internship. On occasion, interns may assist our Associate Curator of Animal Behavior with enrichment items and behavioral observations or the Zoo Registrar in logging a variety of enrichment data into our system.


Internship functions include, but are not limited to:

  • Prepares animal diets as instructed by Commissary Manager and Veterinarian, including but not limited to weighing, chopping, mixing, measuring, packing, and handling various sources of protein.
  • Ensures quality control of all food items and goods.
  • Responsible for maintaining proper sanitation in food preparation areas and keeping equipment, walk-ins, freezers, and storerooms cleaned.
  • Follows the departmental safety procedures provided.
  • Assist with researching and formulating novel animal enrichment ideas and devices for Animal Department use.
  • Create food-based enrichment for approved requests within the Animal Department.


  • High school diploma or GED required.
  • Applicants currently pursuing a degree in any of the biological or life sciences are preferred.
  • Experience in food preparation, nutrition, and record-keeping is preferred.
  • Working knowledge of occupational hazards and appropriate safety precautions.
  • Working knowledge of minor maintenance skills.
  • 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 minimum of 30 hours per week, with 40 hours per week preferred.
  • Some weekend shifts may be required.

Physical Abilities:

  • Must be able to withstand typical Florida climate, sometimes temperatures exceed 90 degrees.
  • Must be willing to work varied and long shifts, including holidays and weekends.
  • Must be able to lift at least 65 pounds.
  • Must be able to work in various physical positions, including sitting, bending, standing, walking, and driving.

Additional Requirements:

  • The candidate will be responsible for a non-refundable $25 Application Fee.
  • All offers are contingent on the successful completion of a criminal background screening and execution of a required hold harmless/liability release agreement.
  • Candidates must have documentation of a negative TB test within the last 12 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).


Applicants must submit an Internship Application, cover letter, and resume in order to be considered for a position. 



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. Potential academic credit may be available subject to program eligibility requirements. Candidates seeking academic credit must have arrangements agreed upon between the Zoo and their school before beginning the internship.


Please Note: Interns must make their own accommodation and transportation arrangements.  This is an unpaid internship.


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

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