ZooTampa Primates Internship – Winter 2021, Applications Invited
ZooTampa Primates Internship – Winter 2021, Applications Invited. Voted Best Kids Attraction in Tampa Magazine’s Best of South Tampa 2021 awards. Five-time winner of the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence (2010-2015), ZooTampa at Lowry Park is one of the most popular zoos in the southeastern US, with over 1 million visitors annually. The Zoo originated in the 1930’s as a municipal department with a small number of Florida native species.
ZooTampa at Lowry Park is currently seeking enthusiastic and motivated individuals interested in learning about the Animal Care field.
Description: Interns focus on the care and husbandry of various primate species while learning about the complexities of primate social structure, behaviour and ecology. Interns participate in animal observations, enrichment sessions, medical procedures as well as observe training sessions. Through a series of lectures, interns will develop an understanding of how to train using operant and classical conditioning.
As an intern, you can expect to assist with and learn:
- Daily care and feeding of animals in the collection.
- Maintenance of animal exhibits.
- Behavioural observations and record keeping.
- Complete individual projects as well as periodically test your knowledge gained during the experience.
- Animal enrichment and public interaction.
- Learn the importance of positive guest relations and educating the public.
- Learn about the principles of positive reinforcement, classical conditioning and shaping to train these animals.
- Represent ZooTampa through exemplary customer service and behaviour.
- High school diploma or GED required.
- Applicants currently pursuing a degree in any of the biological or life sciences are preferred.
- 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 multi-task.
- Must have the ability to follow specific instructions and also be comfortable self-directing.
- Ability to communicate ideas and contribute effectively.
- Must be at least 18 years of age.
- Must be able to commit to a schedule of 30 hours per week.
- The schedule is typically ten-hour days.
- Must be available to work weekends and night events if needed.
- Must be able to commit to a 14-week internship.
- Ability to work in extreme weather conditions typical to 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 of time.
- Must be able to lift 50 pounds and move heavy objects.
If an internship offer is made, it is contingent on:
- Candidates seeking academic credit must have arrangements agreed upon between the Zoo and their school before beginning the internship.
- All offers are contingent on the successful completion of a criminal background screening and execution of a required hold harmless/liability release agreement.
- The candidate will be responsible for the cost of the background check (typically $25 but certain jurisdictions may have additional fees).
- Contingent upon receipt of documentation of negative TB test within the last 6 months and Tetanus vaccination within the last 5 years.
- Interns must have personal health insurance coverage for illness or injury (as volunteers and interns are not covered by the Zoo workers’ compensation program).
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 applicable and important networking contacts.Please Note: Interns must make their own accommodation and transportation arrangements. This is an unpaid internship.