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.

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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.

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Job Vacancies

Zoo Research & Conservation

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Conservation Coordinator - Birds 

Global Center for Species Survival/Indianapolis Zoo (United States)

The Indianapolis Zoo and the IUCN Species Survival Commission have partnered to create the Global Center for Species Survival, operated from within the Indianapolis Zoo. The Global Center for Species Survival houses a multicultural team of full-time staff employed by the Indianapolis Zoo who are dedicated to support the missions of the Indianapolis Zoo and the SSC.  Work will be primarily performed on-site at the Indianapolis Zoo Global Center for Species Survival office, but travel may be required.

The Global Center for Species Survival Staff Team provides critical training, capacity and coordination support to further mobilize the species conservation efforts of IUCN SSC Network of experts alongside wider partner and key stakeholder communities. Seven Conservation Coordinators (each assigned to a specific taxon or realm) comprise part of the Global Center for Species Survival Staff Team.   

We are currently seeking a Conservation Coordinator: Birds to complete our team. This position is open and available to all candidates worldwide. International candidates must be able to acquire a work visa. Fluency in English a requirement of all positions.  Fluency in other languages is desired.

The Conservation Birds Coordinator will focus on assessing, planning and mobilizing policy and action for birds conservation around the world. 

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Deadline: August 22

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Flora Restoration Biologist

Jersey Zoo

This role will lead on Durrell’s flora restoration strategies, primarily on Round Island in Mauritius. Working with the 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. They may also be asked to advise on and contribute to relevant strategies and activities in Durrell’s other rewilding sites.

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Deadline: August 13

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Conservation Specialist (Part-Time)

Brevard Zoo (United States)

Assists with a variety of Brevard Zoo’s conservation activities, as delegated by the conservation manager. These duties include but are not limited to: Women of the Wild oversight, Quarters for Conservation selection and execution, beach mice and pollinator care, and other programs as directed.

RESPONSIBILITIES: 

  • Support for existing local conservation programs (sustainability, beach mice, pollinators, oyster and mangrove restoration, diamondback terrapins, sawfish, bats and others).   Office Work: 90%, Field Work:  10%

  • Review grant submittals for larger conservation efforts

  • Support for on-site conservation programs and associated tasks including Quarters for Conservation, conservation buttons, and Wildlife Emergency Fund

  • Manage Brevard Zoo conservation donations records including updating the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Annual Report on Conservation and Science (ARCS)

  • Communicate goals and objectives of the zoo through public speaking events, both with our partners and the community

  • Create and edit power point presentations

  • Assist with regular maintenance and oversight of the Zoo’s conservation kiosk

  • Prepare and submit required reports for partners following established timeline

  • Provide and oversee animal husbandry as part of conservation captive breeding program, to include data input and volunteer scheduling and management

  • Serve as coordinator of the Women of the Wild program, with oversight from conservation manager

  • Plan and execute meaningful events for WOW

  • Track basic budgets, included WOW and Q4C

  • Organize monthly update of programs, for use in newsletters and updates internally

  • Other duties as assigned.

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Vice President of Conservation and Science

Lincoln Park Zoo (United States)

The Vice President of Conservation & Science should possess leadership experience; a capacity to engage the mission of the zoo with passion and vision; an ability to bring together individuals and groups from various perspectives for collaboration; intellectual curiosity and a deep appreciation for and familiarity with new research and projects that address the complex needs of 21st century zoos; exceptional communication skills to enhance the visibility of the zoo’s work and its contribution to the community; willingness to explore new models of public engagement and conservation education collaborations, and a facility for critical evaluation and strategic implementation within a zoological setting.

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Director of Science

Zoological Society of London (United Kingdom)

The Director of Science role offers an exciting opportunity to lead our talented science community to support the delivery of ZSL’s strategy ZSL200 and our vision for a world where wildlife thrives. As the Director, you will bring outstanding leadership, coherence and engagement to the Science Directorate. Working in collaboration with our funding and academic partners, Research England, University College London and the Royal Veterinary College you will ensure the whole team is engaged, high performing, and focused, achieving the following goals for the Directorate to support the implementation of ZSL’s strategy in the following areas:

  • A world leading centre of research excellence in conservation science.

  • Accelerating the translation and use of research to maximise conservation impact.

  • Building capacity in students and conservation professionals through our unique education and training environment.

  • Inspiring new and diverse audiences to care about and better understand biodiversity conservation, particularly in the areas of wildlife health, saving threatened species and interactions between people and wildlife.

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Deadline: August 9

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Conservation Genomics Scientist 

Zoo New England (United States)

Zoo New England is seeking a full time scientist with experience in genomics and bioinformatics to help move forward ongoing innovative research exploring diseases of zoo and wildlife species, and the impacts of biodiversity and ecosystem health on human health.  Working with the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, our research brings together human-health focused genomic scientists and disease experts with zoological veterinarians to more sustainably conserve healthy populations of endangered species, while also informing and advancing research on similar diseases in humans.  Additional work with wild populations brings a One Health focus to pathogen spillover at the human-wildlife interface in areas such as Madagascar, where we are actively working with partners to bring about landscape level interventions to address biodiversity loss and its impact on zoonotic disease transmission to humans.  Long term goals for the institution are to establish a center for medical genomics of zoological species. 

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Deadline: July 25

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Curator of Animal Behaviour and Welfare 

The Buffalo Zoo (United States)

Reporting to the Chief Zoological Officer, this position is responsible for many developmental and administrative functions for the Zoo’s animal collection with the goal of promoting animal husbandry, care, and welfare, and supervision of the Animal Department staff.  This position works collaboratively with the Veterinary, Facilities, Guest Experience, Marketing/Events and Education departments.  

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EAZA Biobank Coordinator

EAZA Executive Office (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

The EAZA Biobank Coordinator provides support to the operation of the EAZA Biobank and acts as liaison to the EAZA Biobank Working Group. The successful candidate will report directly to the Director of Conservation and Population Management and will work closely with departmental colleagues, most importantly the population biologists from the EAZA Population Management Centre (PMC). The EAZA Biobank Coordinator will also work closely with the EAZA Population Management Advisory Group (EPMAG), the EAZA Reproductive Management Working Group, the Veterinary Committee and the EAZA Research Committee.

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Deadline: July 23, 2021