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Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens

Summer 2017 - Small Mammals Intern

The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens is a conservation resource providing experiences that excite and inspire children and adults to learn and act on behalf of wildlife. The Zoo empowers our guests to respect, value and care for our natural resources, as we commit to contributing globally to the conservation and preservation of wildlife. As a regional resource in the Central Florida area and beyond, we provide innovative and creative solutions through collaboration, practices, and partnerships. The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens small mammals department plays an integral role in the zoo's mission, by raising awareness of conservation issues and providing engaging, educational and entertaining experiences as we strive to inspire people to environmental action.



The small mammals department encompasses a wide variety of species. Interns will have the opportunity to work alongside keepers in the day-to-day care of these species as well as interacting with guests. Small mammals interns will have the opportunity to learn about animal husbandry, behavior, dietary requirements, operant conditioning training, enrichment, animal restraint, and species management.



Provide support to the small mammals department staff in daily animal care duties. Enhance productivity and efficiency of the small mammals department team. Allow qualified individuals the opportunity to gain professional hands-on experience. Promote an opportunity to gain a strong understanding of potential careers in animal husbandry, research, and conservation.



Small mammals department interns are supervised by animal care staff within the department, however with some specific projects interns are expected to have the ability to work autonomously following direction. In addition to assisting with cleaning, interns will have the opportunity to be involved with public presentations, diet preparation, animal feeding and special projects, including the creation of enrichment items and participation in research programs. Interns will be exposed to a wide variety of animals including monkeys, lemurs, sloth, porcupines, and more. Assignments and opportunities that are available to a small mammals department intern are based on individual progress during the internship.



Must be 18 years of age or older. Upper classmen and recent college graduates are preferred.

Must be able to work 16-24 hours/week. Must be able to work approximately 8 hours per day on assigned days. Must provide proof of negative TB test and submit to drug testing prior to start of internship. Must be able to work efficiently and safely around live animals.




This position involves a lot of walking and lifting. Time outdoors is expected, in all different weather conditions including heat, humidity, rain, or dust. It may also involve considerable physical exertion such as climbing, reaching, assuming awkward positions, repetitive motions, and lifting and/or moving of heavy objects (up to 50 pounds) on a regular basis. Due to nature of this environment, interns will have some public contact requiring considerable communication skills.


The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens is open to the public 363 days out of the year, therefore, all positions may require employees and interns to work some weekends, holidays, and evenings.


Directions: 2017 Summer Term: June - August. Application due by March 15, 2017. TO APPLY: Include a cover letter, resume and 2 letters of recommendation (Letters of recommendation may be submitted by the applicant or the reference; however, the applicant’s name should appear in the subject line). Cover letter must include: Term for which you are applying. Why you are applying for this internship. What makes you a good candidate for this internship? E-mail all materials to by the deadline date, no later than 4:00PM EST. Submit all required documents in PDF or Microsoft Word. Eligible applicants will be contacted for a phone interview by the Small Mammals Department Intern Coordinator shortly after the application deadline. COLLEGE CREDIT: You will need to contact your college/university advisor to determine if our program qualifies for credit at your institution. We make every effort to support additional projects your advisor requires in order to receive credit and are happy to discuss concerns and/or modifications of our program with your advisor. Any paperwork, including project terms, evaluations, minimum hours, or any other requirements must be submitted upon acceptance into the program. No preferential treatment will be granted to interns earning credit over interns not earning credit. Visit

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June - August +

How to Apply

Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens
3755 NW US Hwy 1792
Sanford, FL 32771
Phone: 407-323-4450
Fax: 407-321-0900

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