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Youth Volunteer Opportunities

The Youth Development Department promotes positive personal, social and professional development through Teen Programs and service opportunities. Program participants gain a better understanding of the natural world and the role the Zoo plays in it. All of the programs below coincide with the public and private school community service requirements for graduation.

Summer Camp Internships

Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo’s Summer Camp Internship Program provides teens (ages 15 and older) the opportunity to earn service hours by assisting with our summer camps Mon – Fri from 8:15am – 4:00pm. Interns are asked to commit 3 or more weeks. Applications are accepted from February to May.

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Event Volunteers

Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo utilizes teen volunteers (ages 15 and older), for seasonal and special events like Zoo Boo in the fall or Wild Wonderland in the winter. Volunteers earn service hours by working 4 or 8-hour shifts. Applications are accepted throughout the year.

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Student Resource Guide

Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is dedicated to serving as an educational resource for the community. We receive many requests from students of all ages who are seeking to pursue projects or homework assignments at the Zoo, and we greatly appreciate the interest. There are many ways to learn more about the Zoo’s commitment to conservation, education and research.

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Other Internships

Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo currently provides internships for college Junior, Senior, or Master’s level students or recent graduates. Zoological Career Workshops are offered for High School students as a learning opportunity about animal-related careers. Workshops include enrichments or husbandry experience, an animal encounter, and a behind-the-scenes look at caring for animals in the Zoo.  View the events calendar for more information.

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Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is a globally recognized, accredited zoological society and one of the more popular tourist destinations in Tampa, Florida. We offer over one million annual visitors the chance to learn about 1,300 animals in a way that’s exciting, interactive and fun. We also operate one of the world’s foremost breeding programs, helping to save some of our planet’s most threatened species from extinction. In addition to breeding, we are home to Florida’s premier manatee rescue and rehabilitation center, dedicated to the treatment and safe release of one of our state’s most famous resident animal species. Yet with all of this and so much more, we have one simple mission: to connect to the living earth for the protection of future generations of all species, including humans.


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