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:

World-wide Job Vacancies:

Zoo Research & Conservation

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Under general supervision, assists the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA’s) conservation and science-related activities. Responsibilities include: maintaining and utilizing departmental databases, assisting with the administration of AZA’s grant programs, providing administrative support for AZA SAFE: Saving Animals From Extinction and other conservation and science programs, preparing and editing reports and updates for publication, and preparing and giving presentations. Position will communicate with, and provide excellent member services to, SAFE Species Programs, AZA members, AZA Committees, and the general public; and will complete general clerical duties as needed. Reports to the Vice President of Conservation and Science.

Deadline: September 14, 2020

Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA)

Program Assistant, Conservation Programs

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Hours: Part-time 15 hours/week. Position will continue at least through August of 2023.

This position is anticipated to start on 10/01/2020.



Omahas Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium is seeking a Part-Time Endocrine Processing Technician to work in our Reproduction department. This position reports directly to the Lead Scientist and Lead Endocrine Technician overseeing grant activities. This position is grant funded and the duration of this position is solely related to the acquisition of funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium

Endocrine Processing Technician (Part-time)


Wilhelma in Stuttgart is a zoological and botanical garden with about 11,000 animals in about 1,200 species and thus one of the most species-rich zoos not only in Germany but worldwide. In addition, there are about 8,500 species and varieties of plants in the historical park and in the greenhouses at Wilhelma. With an annual number of visitors of more than 1.6 million, Wilhelma is one of the largest leisure facilities in Baden-Württemberg. Wilhelma is run by the state of Baden-Württemberg and calls for applications for the position of head of the Department of Zoology (m/f/d), which also includes curative tasks for mammals and birds as well as the deputy of the director, as of 01.06.2021.

GCSS positions are 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.

Wilhelma Zoo

Head of Department of Zoology

For other zoo-related jobs, check the following links:

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