We're always accepting new Zovargo Animal Internships in San Diego to join our team

Who: Anyone age 18 and up can become an Animal Educator

Where: We travel throughout San Diego County and beyond! 

Requirements: 5-15 Hours a Week, Own your own vehicle, and have a valid driver license and insurance. 

Benefits: Animal handling and husbandry experience, experience educating all ages, learn how to utilize interpretive teaching techniques, learn and gain experience in delivering conservation education programs. Gain experience and coaching in public speaking and delivering exciting education programs to audiences of all ages. 

Length of Animal Internships: 6 Months

To apply, complete our online application by clicking the "Apply Now" button below. We'll be in touch! 



Q: Where will I Intern at? 
A: All over San Diego County. Our animal education program is mobile - "We bring the Zoo to You." Our team of Animal Intern Educators meet us on location to help with set-up and delivery of the animal program. 

Q: I'm looking for experience with animals. Is this the right fit for me?
A: While you certainly WILL gain experience learning and working with lots of different species, you should know that we are Educators first! You should be comfortable speaking in front of a crowd because all interns start out doing this first before getting trained on working with the animals. Particularly if you are looking to work in the Veterinary field, this internship is not the best fit for you as we don’t hand you an animal right away and you aren’t going to be doing any medical procedures.

Q: What is a typical week or day like at Zovargo?
A: Each day is different and each week is different! Some weeks we are booked every day and others we have scattered bookings through the week. We do not have a set schedule, but we let you know well in advance what the schedule looks like, so you can plan accordingly.

Q: What's the team like at Zovargo? 
A: Our team is made of up people just like YOU! Many of our team members are working, in school, and working on developing their skills to land the perfect job. Our animal internship program is for individuals who know the career field they want to work in, but just need time to practice, get support, and gain experience in the animal career field. 


Animal Internships San Diego Job Description


  1. Gain confidence in speaking in front of various audiences.

  2. Obtain training and experience on how to provide age-appropriate education programs.

  3. Understand how to deliver interactive, conservation-focused programs.

  4. Deliver animal programs on many animal species including guinea pigs, parrots, insects and everything in between.

  5. Confidently handle many different species of animals and present the animals for interactions.

  6. Trained Educators with a combined 20 years of experience provide mentoring, coaching, professional training, and 1-1 professional development for all educators.


  1. Deliver engaging, interactive, educational programs to audiences of all ages.

  2. Notify Education Manager of your intended program attendance - no less than 48 hours prior to an event.

  3. Dress appropriately for each program upon starting the probationary period.

    a. Zovargo dress code: Tan or Olive green shirt (no wrinkles), Shirt w/ collar preferred. No logos on shirt. Pants: No ripped jeans, dark jeans preferred, or olive/tan cargo pants. Shoes: close toe shoes or sneakers. No dress flats or dress shoes, please.

  4. Arrive timely to scheduled education events willing to help with set-up, tear-down and executing the program. (Arrival time is 30 minutes prior to the program unless otherwise directed).

  5. Provide education programs as a team with other educators. Teamwork is a must!

  6. No phone use during Zovargo programs (no snap chats/taking photos / texting/etc..). 

  7. Log hours and mileage as directed.

  8. Be part of a Project Teams during your internship.


  1. Must have your own vehicle and be a registered owner, licensed driver.

  2. Must have means to accommodate gas expense. Unpaid travel is a requirement in this position. We do not offer/manage a carpool (it’s encouraged, but we cannot arrange this for you).  

  3. Must have a smart phone and be able to navigate successfully to events.

  4. Must be able to dedicate six months of time to the internship. This is a minimum of one program a week, No exceptions.

  5. Should have experience delivering educational programs or speaking in front of audiences.

  6. Should have experience handling animals, but we are willing to train those willing/able to proceed and make progress in this area!

  7. Should have some experience working with children/youth.

  8. Ideal candidate should be able to lift 30 pounds. Our outreach programs involve some labor hauling in our educational props, displays, and animals

Length of animal Internships San Diego

Six months and flexible availability to fulfill an average of 5-15 hours per week to support education events. This is a minimum of 1 event per week. 

Location of animal Internships San Diego

Zovargo is an outreach program that "Brings the Zoo to You." We are always on the move and could be in North County of San Diego one day, then down in South Bay the next. We have training sessions/meetings in central San Diego, but our regular work location is always changing depending on the day. Join our animal internships San Diego today! :)