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

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.

Bsal MOOC Coordinator

EAZA

EAZA and the EAZA Amphibian Taxon Advisory Group (TAG) are organizing a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on the emerging wildlife disease, Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans (Bsal). This online learning event is due to take place in early 2021 and is being organized in close collaboration with the University of Ghent, Amphibian Ark, Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (Kent University, UK), Institute of Zoology (ZSL) and the Wild Planet Trust. This MOOC, coordinated primarily by the Bsal MOOC Coordinator, will aim to provide an overview of the current knowledge and understanding of Bsal, the threats it poses to caudata populations both free-living and in human care as well as the conservation opportunities that the ex situ community can contribute towards (as highlighted by the recent EAZA Amphibian Regional Collection Plan).

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Deadline: December 21, 2020

Wildlife Manager

Hidden Vale Wildlife Centre

The role is to develop a wildlife breeding program, in coordination with Turner Family Foundation (TFF) and University of Queensland (UQ) personnel where applicable, to oversee the breeding and release of wildlife at the Hidden Vale Wildlife Centre. 

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Deadline: December 11, 2020.

Research & Rescue Director

SeaWorld Abu Dhabi

We are looking for a passionate and dedicated Research and Rescue Director. In this role you will lead and develop the Research and Rescue Center at SeaWorld Abu Dhabi. 

The R4 Director will collaborate with SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment’s Chief Zoological Officer and the General Manager for SeaWorld Abu Dhabi to implement the vision of the Research and Rescue Center, manage the research lab, hire and manage internal and external research scientists, and serve as primary liaison to the General Manager of SeaWorld Abu Dhabi. You will be responsible for the development and will nurture relationships with local and international researchers and research facilities to further the mission of the Research and Rescue Center at SeaWorld Abu Dhabi.

Laboratory Technician

OdySea Aquarium

OdySea Aquarium is looking for an energetic, dedicated person to join the Animal Health Department in the role of Water quality/Laboratory Technician.  This position’s main focus will be conducting the water quality for all aquatic systems at the aquarium, and providing support to the Animal health department, OdySea Aquarium’s Animal Care Team, animal collection, and sister facilities.  Areas of concentration include water quality analysis, proper equipment operation & maintenance, inventory, and establishing and updating standard operating procedures that emphasize current industry standards. 

Charlotte R. Schmidlapp Scholar at CREW

(Animal Division) - Paid 5-Month Internship

Cincinnati Zoo

Each Scholar would 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 Scholars will be immersed in the scientific process from start to finish. In addition, the Scholars would have an opportunity to learn about many other projects being conducted by CREW’s scientific team and

to observe and participate in procedures unrelated to their own projects to broaden their training.

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