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Do you want to pursue a Zoo Career?

The zoo industry is full of exciting careers to pursue, such as animal and veterinary care, education, conservation,  and research. If you are unsure what path is the right for you, have a look at the BIAZA Careers Guide and at AZA's list of types of zoo 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.

Job Vacancies
Zoo Research & Conservation

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Animal Science Manager – Curator of Wellness
Zoo Miami (United States)

Zoo Miami is currently seeking an exceptional individual to lead our (newly created) Animal Wellness teams. This position reports directly to the Assistant Zoo Director and is responsible for all aspects of management, planning, execution, and evaluation of the zoo’s Wellbeing, Enrichment and Behavior (WEB) team, Zoo Nutritionist, and Animal Nutrition team – collectively known as the Wellness team. 

We are searching for a team-oriented candidate that will be collaborative, engaging, and passionate in leading and developing the zoo’s Wellness team as well as helping guide the Animal Care team to become leaders in the field. This position is responsible for developing the assigned staff, who oversee the WEB team, Animal Nutrition team, and the Zoo Nutritionist.

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Manager of Animal Wellbeing 
(Zoo Animal Behavior and Enrichment Supervisor)

Zoo Miami (United States)

Zoo Miami is currently seeking an exceptional individual to lead our animal wellbeing, enrichment and behavioral initiatives. This position reports directly to the Curator of Wellness and is responsible for conducting research, collecting data, and observing animals to provide critical analysis of animal management, facility design, and training and enrichment in an effort to ensure the highest possible levels of animal wellbeing.  We are searching for team-oriented candidates that will be approachable, engaging, and passionate in leading and developing the Zoo’s renewed focus on operant conditioning as well as helping in the development of animal care staff.

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Animal Behavior and Enrichment Specialist
Zoo Miami (United States)

Zoo Miami currently has a full-time Animal Behavior and Enrichment Specialist available to be part of the Animal Wellness team. We are searching for team-oriented candidate that will be approachable, engaging, and passionate in leading and developing the Zoo’s renewed focus on operant conditioning as well as helping in the development of animal care staff and deliver exceptional customer service by creating friendly and positive interactions with all guests and co-workers. 

This position reports directly to the Manager of Wellbeing, Enrichment and Behavior (WEB) and is responsible for supporting and guiding staff in all aspects of management, planning, execution, and evaluation of the Zoo’s operant conditioning and enrichment programs.

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Research Technician (Right Whale Catalog)
New England Aquarium (United States)

We seek a Research Technician to join the long-standing right whale research team as part of the Kraus Marine Mammal Conservation Program at the Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life. The researcher must have a genuine passion for marine research and conservation and experience with whale photo-identification, preferably with North Atlantic right whales (NARW). This position is focused on all aspects of right whale photo-identification data processing including: image management and backup, data entry and coding, matching sightings of individual whales to the NARW Catalog, and data quality control. The researcher will be trained to use our customized DIGITS software for all data management. Additional duties may include participating in some field work, primarily on vessel-based platforms, writing reports and blogs, and assisting with data analysis. This is a grant-funded, one-year position with extension likely- dependent on future funding.

This is a full-time, 1-year, grant-funded position with extension likely. The position offers a comprehensive benefits package. The schedule will be Monday - Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm EST, and work will be conducted remotely. A laptop will be provided. Remote days are only available for residents of MA, RI, NH, ME, NY and VT. A private, high speed internet connection is required for remote work.

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