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

Research Associate (Disease Investigations) - Conservation Science

San Diego Zoo (United States)

The Research Associate performs all job assignments with a positive attitude that supports San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance's mission and vision of saving species worldwide by uniting our expertise in animal care and conservation science with our dedication to inspiring passion for nature and leading the fight against extinction. The Research Associate performs assigned laboratory, animal care, and field duties in support of a variety of conservation research, endangered species propagation, and diagnostic activities.

Dietician (Regular, Full-Time)

San Francisco Zoo (United States)

The Dietician is based at the San Francisco Zoo Nutrition Center and supports the integrated animal wellness program. The position plays a key role in ensuring optimal nutrition for the Zoo's animals.  The Dietician will work with the veterinary, animal care and animal wellness departments to maintain the health and psychological well-being of the Zoo's animals. The Dietician takes a specific role in understanding the effect and impact of diet on these animals. This includes, but is not limited to, the preparation of diets and assisting with the formulation and scientific assessment of diets and nutritional records; tracking diets and diet changes; and assisting with the diet review process. This position may be required to work weekends and holidays. 

Bird Staff & Conservation Assistant

International Centre for Birds of Prey (United Kingdom)

Overall purpose of post and main duties:

· Assist with cleaning and maintaining aviaries and general site maintenance, such as painting etc

· Assist with training and flying birds of prey for demonstrations and other visitor experiences

· Assist your team colleagues in all relevant duties.

· Assist with guided tours of the Centre and the cover of school visits and outreach events when necessary.

· Develop your understanding and knowledge of the birds in the collection, including your understanding of conservation issues in relation to projects undertaken by the Centre

· Oversee the day-to-day work, monitoring and record keeping of specified project/s at ICBP

· Assist in the collation and analysis of data collected from specified projects.

· Be familiar with legislation relating to relevant conservation project/s, such as health and safety, CITES regulations and the Wildlife and Countryside Act etc.

· Foster the Centre’s relationship with our partners and other conservation organisations.

· Work closely with management and other bird staff team members with regards to conservation project/s. Ensure your line manager is consulted and updated regularly.

· Encourage good relationships with all other centre departments. Network with other zoo professionals to maintain good relationships between the centre and external organisations.

· Any other duties as instructed by the Curator or Director of the Centre.


Deadline: May 28

Nutrition Laboratory Technician

Omaha'a Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium (United States)

We are seeking a Nutrition Technician that will provide assistance and support for all aspects of exotic animal nutrition at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium and the Wildlife Safari Park.  This position will assist the Nutrition Manager with all nutrition laboratory operations, including independently performing relevant laboratory chemical analyses and assisting with maintenance of diet records. 

Conservation Sciences includes the scientific disciplines of Comparative Nutrition, Reproductive Physiology, Rare and Endangered Plants, and Genetics.  Success of each department is dependent on a dedicated staff of scientists and laboratory technicians that are committed to the mission of the Zoo and to scientific inquiries and activities that:  

  • Enhance biological knowledge of plants and animals to improve health, husbandry, and well-being in managed environments 

  • Reduce threats and challenges that face plants and animals in natural habitats and ecosystems around the world 

  • Help improve sustainability of in situ and ex situ populations of plants and animals in managed environments, natural habitats and ecosystems around the world 

  • Place Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium as a global leader of multi-disciplinary, science-based conservation 

Head of Project Development (Nature-based solutions)

WWT Slimbridge (United Kingdom)

To support our ambition, we are recruiting a Head of Project Development to lead the development of significant new wetland projects that will deliver nature-based solutions (including climate change mitigation and adaptation) across the UK with the opportunity to develop work internationally in the future. These projects will also develop and demonstrate the use of innovative financing for wetland habitat creation at scale. The role will develop and manage meaningful relationships with external partners, sponsors and donors to successfully develop these new projects and exploit major opportunities when they arise, working closely with wetland experts and supporting staff across WWT.


Deadline: May 19

Zoo Animal Nutritionist (Part-time)

Bristol Zoo (United Kingdom)

We are looking for an experienced nutritionist with a PhD in animal nutrition or a related field to join our veterinary team and help us to maintain optimal animal health and welfare.  You should have a detailed understanding of zoo animal nutrition and dietary analysis and experience using dietary analysis software and of applied nutritional research.  You will also be required to train HE students in zoo and wild animal nutrition through the provision of formal and informal teaching and to supervise nutrition related research projects, so an interest in teaching would be an advantage.

If you are organised, with excellent communication and interpersonal skills and enjoy working in a collaborative environment, we would be very interested in hearing from you. 


Deadline: May 15.

Lead Technician - Saint Lucia Racer Conservation Programme

Jersey Zoo (British Isles)

We are currently seeking a new member of our team to develop and manage the Saint Lucia racer breeding facility on Saint Lucia. The Lead Technician will be responsible for the daily animal husbandry and animal welfare of all captive animals held under the Saint Lucia racer breeding programme in Saint Lucia. The Lead Technician will act as Durrell’s main focal point for the Saint Lucia racer husbandry on Saint Lucia and will maintain partnerships with local collaborators especially through on-the-job training of local support and through supporting snake work on offshore islands.


Deadline: May 20.

Director of Animal Care, Conservation & Education

Utica Zoo (United States)

The Utica Zoo is seeking a dynamic and motivated professional to be the Director of Animal Care, Conservation, and Education and the AZA Accredited zoo in upstate NY.

If you’re a leader seeking the opportunity to make an impact merging conservation messaging/advocacy with the expectation of delivering excellent husbandry for exotic & domestic animals in human care, this team opening is for you!   Engage in visionary growth while directing exhibit design, collection planning, and navigate professional growth of a motivated staff.

Responsible for the management of the animal care and education departments and staff, this position oversees all aspects of the animal collection including, but not limited to; health & welfare, enrichment, collection and strategic planning, training, compliance, permitting, accreditation, exhibit design, research, education, and conservation.

Utica NY is a growing vibrant city, rich in history and blazing new trails in exciting industries such as Nano Technology, competitive sport teams including Utica City Football and nationally recognized AHL Comets and curling teams.  Renown coffee roasters, local Craft Beer breweries, a diverse cultural population boasting the best food in the nation and a strong music and arts scene encourages a strong work/life balance.  The natural beauty and resources found at this base of the Adirondack Park provide ample outdoor activity options and the low cost of living along with a competitive compensation package are all KEY to this being a fantastic opportunity! 

Pathology Fellow - Conservation Science

San Diego Zoo (United States)

The Disease Investigations group at San Diego Zoo Conservation Science has an opening for the Jane and Marshall Steel Fellowship. The available position is a 1-year, full-time fellowship open to veterinary anatomic pathologists interested in gaining diagnostic experience in non-domestic species, as well as to researchers seeking post-doctoral opportunities in conservation science.


Fellows will be a part of a team of veterinary pathologists and researchers with expertise in epidemiology, infectious diseases, toxicology, and molecular biology.

Coordinator of Wildlife Management - Urban Wildlife Institute

Lincoln Park Zoo (United States)

Utilizing Lincoln Park Zoo’s diverse scientific specialties, the Urban Wildlife Institute (UWI) studies the interaction between urban development and the natural ecosystem to develop scientific standards for minimizing human-wildlife conflict. Landscape ecology, animal behavior, population biology, epidemiology, and other core disciplines contribute to an increased understanding of ecosystem health in an urban setting. The Urban Wildlife Institute aims to use Chicago as a model for wildlife management and coexistence in urban areas.

This position will work closely with UWI’s Assistant Director and Director to develop the connection between the Institute’s broader field research program to on-grounds wildlife management learning programs, and community engagement. 

Senior Scientist/Veterinary Pathologist - Conservation Science

San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance (United States)

The Senior Scientist/Veterinary Pathologist supports San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance's mission and vision of saving species worldwide by uniting our expertise in animal care and conservation science with our dedication to inspiring passion for nature and leading the fight against extinction. The Senior Scientist/Veterinary Pathologist develops programs for scientific research; conducts independent and collaborative research in a specialized area of biological science. This position reports to the Department Director.

Computational Biologist 

Chicago Zoological Society/Brookfield Zoo (United States)

The Computational Biologist contributes to the success of the Chicago Zoological Society (CZS) by further developing, maintaining, providing technical support for, and helping to build capacity in the use of computer modeling tools that advance risk assessments, conservation planning, and management for threatened species which contributes to the Society’s innovations in science, education, research, conservation, and animal welfare.

The Computational Biologist will work as part of the small team of conservation scientists at the Species Conservation Toolkit Initiative (SCTI) to design, build, and support software that is used globally by wildlife managers, researchers, and students. SCTI is a multi-institutional, international partnership to ensure that the new innovations and tools needed for species risk assessment, conservation planning, and managing populations are developed, are globally available, and are used effectively. The initiative leverages expertise in population biology, computer programming, and species conservation planning. 

Coral Restoration Manager

The Florida Aquarium (United States)

The Coral Restoration Manager is a proven coral conservation leader responsible for the management of the Coral Conservation Program’s (CCP’s) grant/permit processes and reporting, reef restoration coordination, and coral/marine invertebrate dispositions, health inspections, and release activities.  The position isHR based at The Florida Aquarium’s Center for Conservation Campus, located in Apollo Beach Florida.  This leader must have experience working with a wide variety of coral experts and possess exemplary management skills. This position is also responsible for working closely with partners from a variety of universities, state and federal agencies, and non-profit organizations, representing The Aquarium in regional working groups and the reef restoration community, and identifying new partnership and funding opportunities.  Communication and organizational skills are paramount and this individual will have an established ability to manage collaborative partnerships and the capacity to develop strategic processes and protocols. The ability to work in a dynamic environment requiring flexibility and creativity is also critical.

Assistant Director - Lester E. Fisher Center for the Study and Conservation of Ape

Lincoln Park Zoo (United States)

Provides administrative and leadership support for the Lester E. Fisher Center for the Study and Conservation of Apes while guiding a suite of research activities aimed at furthering the mission of the Center.

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