Volunteer and Employment

Animal Specialist Intern


To improve and maintain a healthy habitat for COSI's animal residents, supplement the knowledge of the staff who provide the ongoing care for them and add value to the Guest experience by adding a variety of participative learning experiences.

Duties & Responsibilities

DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT: Provide hands-on care for animals, developing and implementing enrichment methods. Research and recommend additional engaging and educational activities for our guests (of all ages) that would involve the potential for "hands-on" discovery about various animals.

OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Under the supervision of the Manager of Living Collections, duties may include:

a. Animal husbandry.

b. Research current zoological studies, related to maintaining safe and healthy

environments for animals within a science center setting.

c. Recommend and research other species that would complement our existing selection.

d. Serve as an example to other COSI Team Members and Volunteers in matters of appearance, attitude, and performance in a manner best serving COSI paid and Volunteer Team Members and Guests.


a. Zoology or related field major/minor (preferred)

b. Commitment, enthusiasm, resourceful, attention to detail

c. Experience in caring for animals required.

d. Experience working with children is preferred.


  • Reports to: Manager of Living Collections
  • Pay: Unpaid Internship

Ready to Apply?

By Mail to:
COSI Volunteer Dept.
attn: Volunteer & Resources
333 West Broad St.
Columbus, OH 43215


Questions or Applications:
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