Do you want to pursue a Zoo Career?

There are several career paths you can pursue within a zoo, including zoo keeping, veterinary science, biology & zoology, education... If you are unsure what path is the right for you, check out the BIAZA's Zoo Careers Guide and the AZA's Types of Zoo and Aquarium Jobs.

Photo: Dallas Zoo

What to study?

Depending on the country, there are different education paths you can pursue if you are interested in working in a zoo. Biology, Zoology, Veterinary Science, Animal Behaviour & Welfare are all relevant subjects for a zoo job.

However, some countries offer very specific courses on the subject. You might be interested in studying one of these if you want to have a zoo specific education.

Aspiring zoo scientist?

Job Vacancies

Zoo Research & Conservation

Life Sciences Manager (Natives)

Werribee Open Range Zoo (Zoos Victoria)

Werribee Open Range Zoo has an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated, confident and enthusiastic Life Sciences Manager (LSM) to join the Natives Team. The Natives LSM will be responsible for and measured against success on progress across three keys areas:


Team Focus: Leadership of the team keeping staff, particularly shaping the culture, supervision, management and skill/career development. Team culture is measured through monthly feedback.


Animal Care: Ensuring a high standard of health and welfare of animals in the collection. Implementing constant husbandry learning and improvement, new training programmes with the training coordinator and annual welfare reviews. The wildlife includes some endangered species programmes where the key focus is supporting breeding and release programmes.


Visitor Focus: The animal collection includes variety of native species whose purpose is visitor engagement with a key focus on sharing our care and compassion with visitors. The LSM will work closely with the Visitor Engagement Team to grow the visitor engagement and ensure the wildlife are sufficiently reliant enough to achieve their purpose.


Deadline: March 10

Conservation Research Internships (x3, Paid, Summer 2021)

Memphis Zoo

(1) Urban Wildlife: The urban wildlife intern will work with Dr. Jennifer Clarke to 1) camera trap small mammal species in both field sites and 2) to monitor nocturnal light levels and camera trap southern flying squirrels to gain an index of the species’ activity and habitat use in both forests. The intern will gain experience with question/hypothesis/prediction design, camera trapping techniques, small mammal identification, methods of measuring nocturnal illumination, data entry, and data analysis. Deadline: March 12.


(2) Amphibian Ecology & Conservation: The Amphibian Ecology and Conservation Intern will work with Dr. Sinlan Poo (Research Scientist, Department of Conservation and Research). The intern will learn a variety of field and laboratory techniques, including visual encounter surveys, hormone induced spermiation/ovulation, sperm assessment, cryopreservation, captive breeding, in vitro fertilization, amphibian development and morphology assessments, and field monitoring of tadpoles and juveniles. Additionally, the intern will have the opportunity to communicate their research to the public through educational outreaches at the Zoo. Deadline: March 15. 


(3) Louisiana Pine Snake: ​The Louisiana pine snake research intern will work with Dr. Mark Sandfoss to collect and analyze biological samples (semen, blood, fecal) with the aim of understanding the reproductive physiology of the species and refining reproductive technologies used in the captive breeding program. The intern will learn a variety of laboratory techniques, including sperm assessment, cryopreservation, and hormone analysis. Additionally, the intern will participate in animal husbandry activities and learn methods for the collection and storage of biological samples. There will be some opportunities to interact with other researchers at the zoo working on a variety of conservation related projects. Deadline: March 12.

Conservation Technician I

Phoenix Zoo

Responsible for maintaining the safety, health and well-being of all assigned conservation specimens through the performance of documented husbandry practices, especially husbandry of animals reared specifically for release to the wild. This position assists in training volunteers and interns; participates in field conservation and research activities; provides support for conservation partnerships as assigned, and participates in guest interaction in support of the ACNC’s mission and goals. 

Flora Restoration Biologist

Durrell Wildlife/Jersey Zoo

We are seeking a highly motivated individual to lead on Durrell’s flora restoration strategies, primarily on Round Island off the coast of Mauritius. Working with the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation (MWF) Flora Team and other MWF and Durrell staff, the position will be responsible for delivering the Round Island Management Plan for the restoration of Round Island’s plant communities and critical species. This will include: the management of the Round Island plant nursery and seedbank; overseeing all planting and plant after care on the island; further developing and implementing biosecurity protocols; the collection, management and reporting of data; and supporting the wider programme for the restoration of Round Island.

Deadline: February 26

Conservation Effectiveness Officer 

Durrell Wildlife/Jersey Zoo

We are currently seeking a new member of the Conservation Effectiveness Team to work with colleagues across the organisation to improve the effectiveness of Durrell’s conservation programmes globally. The post holder will play an advisory and facilitator role, supporting programme teams to plan, track, review, and adapt their conservation interventions, and ensuring teams adhere to and maximise the potential of Durrell’s adaptive management processes.

Deadline: February 26

Conservation Program Associate

White Oak Conservation

The Program Associate works closely with the Conservation Program Manager and team members to plan, implement, and ensure the success and growth of the capacity building and education programs at White Oak.  The Program Associate is responsible for logistics and coordination of existing programs and assists in the development and implementation of new programs. The Program Associate supports the conservation department through participation in all facets of the professional training programs including, but not limited to, developing and delivering education and training programs, developing and monitoring key performance and program metrics, communicating with internal departments and external partners, and marketing of programs. 

Conservation Research Apprentice (12 months)

Brandywine Zoo

The Brandywine Zoo manages several in-situ conservation programs in Delaware. The two primary programs are monitoring endangered American Kestrels and an Urban Wildlife Monitoring Program, which operates several smaller projects. Other additional projects may be added during the year, as time allows. This position annually starts and ends in January.


Stipend: A stipend of $100/week will be provided for the duration of the internship. Interns are not employees of the State of Delaware- they are considered volunteers and are not paid for their service. Interns may elect to receive a stipend to help cover expenses incurred during their volunteer intern service. The stipend is a fixed amount of $100 per week for service of 30 – 35 hours per week or $50.00 per week for service of between 20 – 29 hours/ week paid biweekly as a direct deposit into the Intern’s bank account.

Research Coordinator - Seabirds

Alaska Sealife Center

The Alaska SeaLife Center which generates and shares scientific knowledge to promote understanding and stewardship of Alaska’s marine ecosystems, is seeking applications for a Research Coordinator - Seabirds. This position is responsible for coordination of seabird research projects at the Alaska SeaLife Center.

Senior Biologist: Center for Conservation at Apollo Beach

The Florida Aquarium

This position will work on the Center for Conservation (CFC) Coral Team to achieve The Florida Aquarium’s mission to protect and restore our blue planet.  The Senior Biologist is a working aquarist who oversees the daily activities of Biologists in their assigned areas and is responsible for the husbandry and propagation of the CFC’s collection of Western Atlantic coral species and other marine invertebrates.  Interface regularly with staff from partner organizations including the University of Florida, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and the Tampa Electric Company.  Perform essential and secondary job functions in accordance with guidelines set and approved by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and other safety regulatory agencies.   

Charlotte R. Schmidlapp Scholar at CREW

(Plant Division) - Paid 5-Month Internship

Cincinnati Zoo

This position is in the PLANT DIVISION of The Lindner Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW). Through a generous grant from the Charlotte R. Schmidlapp Foundation, funding has been secured for an internship for a promising young woman scientist.


The Scholar will work under the training and supervision of a CREW senior scientist on a specific project that she will “own” over the entire 20-week course of her internship. The Scholar will be immersed in the scientific process from start to finish. In addition, the Scholar will have an opportunity to learn about many other projects being conducted by CREW’s scientific team and to observe and participate in protocols unrelated to their own projects to broaden their training.


At the end of her internship, each Scholar will be expected to compile and analyze the data and then gain the experience of presenting the results of her study in a poster or paper at a professional conference in her field. Depending on the scope of the study and the outcome of the project, the results may provide the substance of a stand-alone publication of which the intern could be primary author, or it could be incorporated into a larger manuscript of which the intern could be a co-author.

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