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

Deputy Director of Animal Care and Conservation (Sedgwick County Zoo)

January 24, 2020

The purpose is to provide leadership, vision and support for the Zoo and its core zoological and conservation activities. This position provides support to the Executive Director/ CEO and serves in that role in his absence. Oversees Zoological Programs (Animal Curators, Animal Welfare, Registrar and Veterinary Services); Conservation Awareness (Education); Conservation Programs (Field Conservation and In-house Sustainability); as well as special project work under the direction of the Executive Director/CEO.


Plans and directs both short and long-range strategies and plans for animal care and management, education, and conservation.

  • Oversees the Zoo’s Conservation Awareness (Education) Department. Provide management and support for the Zoo’s conservation education programs, including but not limited to, outreach, Zoo camps, interpreters, the Zoo pre-school and all other educational programs.

  • Oversees the Zoo’s conservation mission, initiatives and goals. Investigates and identifies projects for consideration; oversees financial management of conservation-based programs

  • Develops, reviews, and maintains operational policies and procedures within key areas of responsibilities. Ensures policies for animal acquisition/disposition and research based projects are within Zoo and AZA policies and within local, state, federal and international laws and regulations

  • Plans, implements and participates in dangerous animal incident procedures and drills. Responsible for making quick decisions that may be a matter of life-and-death for visitors or staff. May be required to immobilize or destroy an animal in the event of a dangerous animal escape or someone in with a dangerous animal

Conservation Manager (Blank Park Zoo)

January 20, 2020


To direct, plan, and accomplish assigned aspects of BPZ’s conservation efforts.



The following duties are normal for this position.  These are not to be construed as exclusive or all inclusive.  Other duties may be required and assigned.

  • Understand and align work with the Zoo’s mission and values.

  • Collaborates with other Engagement department teams to ensure program, projects, and messaging are in line with department goals and values.

  • Coordinates with other Zoo departments to align resources to organize, direct, and prioritize Blank Park Zoo’s conservation programs.

  • Coordinates, organizes, and understands established Zoo conservation campaign programs – Plant.Grow.Fly, Stomp the Straw, and Iowa Hunters Lead the Way.

  • Seeks out and nurtures collaborative relationships with community partners to advance conservation programs.

  • Coordinates volunteer conservation engagement events.

    • UPCYCLE, Trash Bash, Prairie Seed Harvest Events, etc.

  • Facilitates networking with other conservation programs/local and international entities.

  • Collaborate with Special Events team to ensure conservation messaging is a part of all events.

  • Coordinate guest engagement opportunities with conservation programs.

  • Research and coordinate with Special Events on Hope for the Wild Speaker Series.

  • Organize new/renewal grant applications and annuals reports of Conservation field partners and ensures grants are rewarded in a timely fashion.

  • Aware of state and federal wildlife & conservation issues.

  • Zoo representative for SAFE initiative through AZA. Collaborate on programs that meet our mission.

  • Maintain records, budget, and data related to the conservation activities and programs

  • Contribute to monthly board reports.

  • Develop and work with Marketing and Social Media team on conservation program posts that are educational and engaging.

  • Assists Development department to solicit funding specifically for conservation through donor relationships, grant writing, and Involved in professional networking, public relations, media contacts, and public speaking.

  • Actively participate in Zoo Leadership program.  Creating a positive, problem solving, and open minded culture in accordance with the Blank Park Zoo SWEET Values.

Conservation Scientist - Nutrition (Chester Zoo)

January 16, 2020

We currently have an exciting opportunity for a Conservation Scientist: Nutrition to join the Chester Zoo Science Department on permanent basis. Using knowledge from the field of animal nutrition the role will focus on developing and implementing Chester Zoo’s Animal Feeding Programme.

The Role:

  • Run Chester Zoo’s Animal Feeding Programme by formulating new animal diets, and reviewing and amending current animal diets working closely with Animal Curators and Teams, and the Animal Supplies Department.

  • Provide timely nutrition advice and nutritional assessment of food, and keep accurate records of food items, nutrient composition, dietary practice and efficacy.

  • Progress our understanding of animal nutrition through targeted, collaborative research.

  • Participate in relevant scientific conferences, professional associations and science communication opportunities.

  • Provide training and consultancy on animal nutrition to zoo staff and students.

Deadline: February 3rd 2020

Executive Coordinator Conservation and Population Management (EAZA, Amsterdam)

January 13, 2020

The Executive Coordinator, Conservation and Population Management, provides liaison and support for the Monotreme Marsupial TAG, Carnivore TAGs, Small Mammal TAG, Primates TAGs and the EEPs that operate under the umbrella of these TAGs. Also, they will work as liaison to the EAZA Veterinary Committee. The successful candidate will report directly to the Animal Programmes and Conservation Manager and will work closely with departmental colleagues, including the existing Executive Coordinator positions.

Deadline: February 21st 2020

Paid Field Conservation Research Intern - Turtles & Mussels (Minnesota Zoo)

January 06, 2020

The Field Conservation Research Assistant Intern – Turtles & Mussels assists daily operations of the Minnesota Zoo’s Conservation Programs with particular emphasis on Minnesota’s threatened and endangered species of turtles and mussels.  Interns will support field research efforts, help with the collection and management of field data, perform data entry tasks, assist in the management of tools and materials, and other related tasks.

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