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ZooTampa at Lowry Park

Animal Ambassador Program Internship –Fall 2021

Animal Ambassador Program 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.


Zoo Tampa at Lowry Park is currently seeking enthusiastic and motivated individuals interested in learning about the Animal Care field.   
While working in the Animal Ambassador Program Internship, Interns will focus on developing their skills in the care and husbandry of a mixed species collection in the Animal Ambassador department. Species include domesticated livestock, small and medium-sized exotic mammals, parrots, birds of prey, amphibians, invertebrates, and reptiles. Interns will also assist with animal shows behind the scenes and with some public interactions. This internship will focus on teaching positive reinforcement operant conditioning training techniques as it pertains to animal interactions as well as medical and husbandry procedures. In addition, they will learn about animal presentations and interpretation and the importance of delivering a strong conservation message.


While working in our Animal Ambassador Internship, interns can expect to:

  • Gain knowledge of working around a variety of animal species.
  • Observe and assist with our bird of prey shows behind the scenes, daily macaw fly-overs and animal mingles.
  • Develop knowledge of animal behavior and training.
  • Develop public speaking/presentation skills and learn how to deliver a strong conservation message while keeping an audience engaged and entertained.
  • Provide daily care and feeding of animals in the collection.
  • Maintain animal habitats and holding areas.
  • Perform record keeping, behavioral observations and animal enrichments.
  • Have the support and assistance of the department in achieving personal goals.
  • Learn the importance of positive guest relations and educating the public.
  • Represent Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo through exemplary customer service and behavior.


  • 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.  
  • Schedule/Hours are flexible. Must be available to work weekends, holidays and night events if needed.

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 college 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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