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Toledo Zoo & Aquarium

Enrichment and Animal Welfare Internship

Toledo Zoo Enrichment and Animal Welfare Internship

Winter 2022



Reports to:      Curator of Behavioral Husbandry


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

                        January –May 2022

Application Deadline: October 15, 2021



Internship Overview:

This internship is designed for college students or recent graduates interested in pursuing a career in zoo keeping, animal behavior, animal welfare, enrichment or behavioral research. Interns will work directly with the Curator of Behavioral Husbandry and animal keepers to learn the principles of enrichment, animal welfare and behavioral research through hands-on enrichment activities and animal observations. This internship will focus on the development and implementation of enrichment for various zoo animals, including carnivores, elephants, hoofstock, and birds, as well as research to evaluate behavioral scenarios and the effectiveness of enrichment.  The intern will also assist with other projects throughout the Zoo, including animal welfare assessments, development of new enrichment ideas, enrichment construction and enrichment evaluation.


This internship is unpaid and housing is not provided.



Junior or Senior in college or recent graduate

Major in Biology, Animal Behavior, Psychology, Zoology or other related field

Strong willingness to learn, positive attitude, team mentality

Previous hands-on work with animals

Proficiency with Microsoft Excel preferred



To apply please email a cover letter, current 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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