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ZooTampa at Lowry Park

Spring 2023 Animal Department Internships


ZooTampa's Spring 2023 Animal Department Internships are now open.


Apply today, selections for this highly sought out opportunity will be made soon. 


Deadline to apply: Friday, December 23, 2022 at 5:00 PM

Internship Dates: February 20, 2023-May 27, 2023

General Internship Description: ZooTampa at Lowry Park is currently seeking enthusiastic and motivated individuals interested in learning about the Animal Care field. Our interns work side-by-side with experienced animal care staff every day in order to create enrichment, educate zoo guests on conservation efforts & observe husbandry training in the areas in which they are assigned. In addition to the hands-on experience, there is an online course to supplement and expand upon the in-person experiences gained during this internship.


Available internships include:

  • Aquatics
  • Reptiles
  • Aviary
  • Animal Nutrition
  • African and Asian Animals
  • Primates.

Who We Are


ZooTampa at Lowry Park is one of the most popular zoos in the southeastern U.S., with over 1 million visitors annually. We have grown to what now encompasses 56 acres of naturalistic wildlife habitats in a lush, tropical garden setting with wide-ranging activities. The Zoo, accredited by Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), offers popular educational programming, fun recreational amenities, up-close animal encounters and engaging seasonal events for which it has won awards as one of the country’s most family-friendly zoos.


Our mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and care for animals; create exceptional personalized experiences that connect people with wildlife and each other in fun, immersive ways.


Our vision is that everyone we touch is motivated to join us in taking action to protect and preserve wildlife.


Your day to day


Internship functions include, but are not limited to:

  • Assist in diet preparation, feeding, exhibit maintenance, cleaning, record keeping, and other responsibilities.
  • Assist animal care staff in implementing enrichment for various species.
  • Participate in trainer lecture series given by the animal care staff.
  • Participate in behavioral observations and data collection/entry (as required).
  • Develop a fundamental understanding of operant conditioning.
  • Assist animal care staff in training sessions


  • High school diploma or GED required.
  • Applicants currently pursuing a degree in biological or life sciences or
  • Seeking a career in the Animal Field
  • 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 multitask.
  • Must be able to follow specific instructions and be comfortable self-directing.
  • Ability to communicate ideas and contribute effectively.
  • Must be 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 30 to 40 hours per week preferred.
  • The schedule may be ten-hour days (7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.) with one weekend day of availability required.

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to work in extreme weather conditions in 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.
  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds and move heavy objects.

Additional Requirements:

  • Candidates seeking academic credit must have arrangements agreed upon between the Zoo and their school before beginning the internship.
  • All offers are contingent on successfully completing a criminal background screening and executing a required hold harmless/liability release agreement.
  • The candidate will be responsible for the background check cost (typically $25, but certain jurisdictions may have additional fees).
  • Contingent upon receipt of documentation of negative TB test within the last six months and Tetanus vaccination within the previous five years.
  • Interns must have personal health insurance coverage for illness or injury (as the Zoo workers’ compensation program does NOT cover interns or volunteers).


  • 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 appropriate, and important networking contacts.

Who is eligible?

  • A high school diploma or GED is required.
  • Applicants must be 18 years or older.
  • College students looking to meet academic requirements are welcome to apply, however current or recent enrollment is not required for consideration for this program.
  • A resume & cover letter are optional.

Please Note:  Interns must arrange for their own housing accommodations and transportation.  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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