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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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.

Check out our list of zoo-focused undergraduate and postgraduate taught courses and research opportunities:

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Do you want to be a zoo scientist? 

Unsure how to get there? Check out our blog post!

World-wide Job Vacancies:

Zoo Research & Conservation

Director of Conservation, Animal Health, and Research (Aquarium du Quebec)

June 28, 2020

Reporting to the Aquarium du Québec director, you will be responsible for conservation, animal health, and research at Aquarium du Québec. As Director of Conservation, Animal Health, and Research you will work closely with the other Aquarium managers to ensure that the overall offer is in line with the organization’s mission and meets customers’ needs. You will be responsible for the progress and success of the teams under your direction.

This position requires the ability to motivate and empower the members of your team.  You will be responsible for the collections management policy and the sharing of expertise with other institutions and organizations (e.g., in the areas of science and the environment). You will be the Aquarium du Québec director’s main ally and act as spokesperson for all issues related to the collections.

You will work with your team to come up with general guidelines for the entire animal collection and how it is presented, as well as the animal management plan, including acquisition, disposition, reproduction, social groups, transfer, etc. You will also be responsible for monitoring professional licenses and accreditations to ensure they are current.

Research Assistant (San Diego Zoo/Maui Bird Conservation Center, Hawaii)

June 28, 2020

The Research Assistant will support San Diego Zoo Global’s mission of saving species worldwide by conducting and supporting daily husbandry and conservation breeding activities at the Maui Bird Conservation Center in Olinda, Hawaii and at associated field sites. This position reports to the senior Research Coordinator.


As part of the San Diego Zoo’s Institute for Conservation Research and the Hawai‘i Endangered Bird Conservation Program, this facility is a crucial component of intensive conservation and reintroduction efforts for critically endangered avian species such as the ‘Alalā, ‘Akikiki, Palila, Kiwikiu, and ‘Akeke‘e.

Research Associate (San Diego Zoo)

June 28, 2020

The Research Associate will support San Diego Zoo Global’s mission of saving species worldwide by performing laboratory, animal care, and field duties in support of a variety of conservation research, endangered species propagation, and diagnostic activities. This position reports to the Associate Director Conservation Research.

The Research Associate will work in the Conservation Genetics group at the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research. The Research Associate will perform lab work using genetic methods to identify species, sex and parentage of animal species, fulfill requests for samples archived in the San Diego Zoo’s Frozen Zoo®, organize large numbers of samples, maintain extensive databases and conduct regular laboratory maintenance. The position also includes working supporting ongoing research projects in Conservation Genetics.

Animal Welfare Specialist (San Diego Zoo Safari Park)

June 28, 2020

The Animal Welfare Specialist will support San Diego Zoo Global’s mission of saving species worldwide by supervising the daily safe care and handling of the animal collection under their care as well as serve as a leader within the organization. Their primary responsibility is to oversee and manage the San Diego Zoo Global Animal Welfare Program and all of its components (primarily at the Safari Park) including but not limited to: all animal welfare assessments, leading Outcome Based Husbandry working groups, teaching evidence based welfare courses onsite and abroad, and managing all aspects of the enriched experience program. This position reports to the Curator of Applied Animal Welfare.

Conservation Manager (Wellington Zoo)

June 25, 2020

Our goal for Wellington Zoo’s conservation work is to make a genuine and ongoing contribution to saving wildlife and wild places in Wellington, in New Zealand, and around the world. We will achieve this by working with our community, supporting our partners, developing our people, and leading projects for impact on the ground. 

We are looking for a passionate, motivated Conservation Manager to ensure our Zoo continues to build its reputation and capability in conservation. 

Deadline: July 17th

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