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Toledo Zoo & Aquarium

Marine Mammal Enrichment and Training Internship

Toledo Zoo Marine Mammal Enrichment and Training Internship

Winter 2022



Reports to:      Curator of Behavior Husbandry


Schedule:        Monday-Friday, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

                        January – May 2022


Application deadline: October 20, 2021


Internship Overview:

This internship is designed for college students or recent graduates interested in pursuing a career in zoo keeping or behavioral husbandry. Interns will work directly with the Curator of Behavioral Husbandry and animal keepers to learn the principles of environmental enrichment and animal training. The intern will schedule and construct daily polar bear and seal enrichment and conduct behavioral research to monitor animal behavior and evaluate the effectiveness of enrichment. Interns will learn principles of animal training through workshops, discussions and observation of seal training sessions.


This internship is unpaid and housing is not provided.



Junior or Senior in college or recent graduate with a major in Biology, Animal Behavior, Psychology, Zoology or other related field

Strong willingness to learn, positive attitude, and team mentality

Proficiency in Microsoft Excel preferred


Primary Responsibilities:

Develop, coordinate and implement daily enrichment for polar bears

Prepare seal diets

Develop enrichment schedules for several species

Construct and implement enrichment items for various species

Conduct behavioral observations

Data entry and analysis



To apply please email a cover letter, resume and 3 references to:

                        Beth Posta

                        Curator of Behavioral Husbandry

                        The Toledo Zoo


419-385-5721 ext. 2051


How to Apply

Beth Posta

Curator of Behavioral Husbandry

The Toledo Zoo

419-385-5721 ext. 2051

Toledo Zoo & Aquarium
2 Hippo Way
Toledo, OH 43609
Phone: 4193855721

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