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Aquarist Internship -- Summer 2020

Internship Period: May 26, 2020-August 29, 2020

Deadline to Apply: March 3, 2020 at 5:00 PM ET

Please note: If you are seeking an Animal Care internship, do not apply for more than two opportunities within the same term. Applying to more than two areas may disqualify the candidate from further consideration.

ZooTampa at Lowry Park is currently seeking enthusiastic and motivated individuals interested in learning about the Animal Care field.


The Aquarist Internship program is designed to be a hands-on learning experience working with the saltwater and freshwater fish of Florida. Interns are expected to assist and work with the aquarist staff with daily husbandry of fish, seahorses, elasmobranchs and invertebrates. This also includes water quality, life support systems, food prep and guest interactions. Applicants should have a strong interest in marine life and marine husbandry care.

With guidance from aquarist staff, intern duties include but are not limited to:

* Performing opening and closing routines.
* Performing daily care, food prep and feeding of animals.
* Assisting with maintenance of animal habitats.
* Maintaining water chemistries and quality.
* Making animal observations.
* Assisting with record keeping.
* Making and distributing animal enrichment
* Assisting with guest interactions.
* Assisting in training sessions


* 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.

Required Availability:

* Must be able to commit to a 14 week internship.
* Must be able to commit to a schedule of a minimum of 30 hours per week.
* Some nights and weekend shifts may be required.

Physical Requirements:

* 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.

Additional Requirements:

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.
* Candidate will be responsible for the cost of the background check (typically $25 but certain jurisdictions may have additional fees).
* All offers are contingent on the successful completion of a criminal background screening and execution of a required hold harmless/liability release agreement.
* 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).

Applicants must submit an Internship Application, cover letter and resume in order to be considered for a position.


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.

Please visit https://zootampa.org/intern-at-zootampa/ for more information.