If you share our core values, perhaps you belong in a Zoo (our Zoo)! Check out the career opportunities below.


The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden Internship Program is designed for current college students or recent college graduates. Under the guidance and supervision of Zoo staff, interns will develop skills and gain valuable real-world experience in their field of interest.

The CZBG Intern Program provides students with a unique opportunity to work and learn from Zoo staff, gain valuable hands-on experience, develop professional contacts in the Zoo community, and attend lectures and continuing education courses presented by staff from a variety of departments. Topics include basic animal husbandry, operant conditioning, enrichment, nutrition, veterinary care, public speaking and presentations, green practices and conservation, and job-seeking/interview skills.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will meet the following requirements: 1) Current college student working toward a degree in a related field, or a recent graduate with a related degree; 2) hard-working, highly motivated and professional; 3) demonstrate commitment to working with children, adults, and wildlife in a zoo setting; and 4) comfortable working with and handling many different species encompassing all classes of animals.

Working Conditions/Other Requirements:  All internships are unpaid. While performing the duties of this position the intern is regularly required to stand; walk; climb or balance and grasp objects.  In addition, the intern is regularly exposed to outside weather conditions; must be able to lift & move 50 pounds without mechanical assistance. The CZBG is open 364 days a year. Interns can expect to have a regular set schedule but may be scheduled to participate on some weekends, holidays, etc.

  • All interns must be fully vaccinated for COVID and provide documentation of date
  • Appointment is conditional upon passing a pre-start drug & nicotine screen
  • Must provide a negative TB test result prior to beginning the internship
  • Candidates must provide proof of current medical insurance, and maintain this insurance for the duration of the internship

To apply for an internship, qualified applicants must apply via our online application on our website. Please be prepared to provide the following documents and information with your application:

  • Cover letter and resume (PDF format required)
  • Contact information for one professional reference

Successful candidates will embrace and continuously demonstrate the Core Values of the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden which include, but are not limited to:  Building Collaborative Relationships through open communication and active listening; having Positivity and Energy through positive attitudes and making time to celebrate successes; having Accountability, Mutual Trust and Respect through taking ownership of issues, learning from mistakes, treating others with respect, holding self and others accountable and doing what you say you’re going to do; possessing Progressive Thinking through being a self-directed learner, and learning from others, thinking creatively, challenging the status quo respectively, and demonstrating relentless pursuit for improvement; and having Pride, Passion & a Sense of Ownership through respect and care for the living collection, going the extra mile, always being an advocate for the Zoo and demonstrating a strong personal ownership.[/symple_toggle]

2023 Internship Opportunities: COMING SOON!

Thank you for your interest!  If you have additional questions, please email [email protected].

Who are we? SSA is built by family, for families. SSA is now hiring fun, energetic, silly, optimistic and outgoing people to add to our team.