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The Toledo Zoo and Aquarium

Marine Mammal Training and Enrichment Internship - Summer 2017

Internship Overview:  This internship is designed for college students interested in pursuing a career in animal training or animal behavior.  Interns will work directly with the Curator of Behavior and Enrichment and animal keepers to learn the principles of animal training and enrichment through research as well as hands-on work with the animals.  This internship will focus on seal training and polar bear enrichment. The intern will participate in animal training sessions and schedule, implement and evaluate daily polar bear enrichment.  The intern will also conduct behavioral research to monitor polar bear behavior and evaluate the effectiveness of enrichment. This internship is unpaid and housing is not provided.

Internship Duties:

  • Develop, coordinate and implement daily enrichment for polar bears
  • Prepare seal diets and participate in daily feeding/training sessions
  • Enter training records into a computer program
  • Develop enrichment schedules for several species
  • Construct and implement enrichment items for various species
  • Conduct behavioral observations
  • Data entry and analysis

Reports to:  Curator of Behavior and Enrichment                   

Schedule:  5 days per week, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

May - August 2017

Application deadline: February 22, 2017

Experience Required

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 Proficiency in Microsoft Excel Previous hands-on work with animals

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How to Apply

To apply please email a cover letter, resume and 3 references to: Beth Posta Curator of Behavior and Enrichment The Toledo Zoo 419-385-5721 ext. 2051

The Toledo Zoo and Aquarium
2700 Broadway
Toledo, OH 43614
Phone: 419-385-5721

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