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.

Do you want to be a zoo scientist? Check out our blog post!

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World-wide Job Vacancies:

Zoo Research & Conservation

Program Analyst - AZA Reproductive Management Center (Saint Louis Zoo)

November 17, 2019

The Association of Zoos & Aquarium’s (AZA) Reproductive Management Center (RMC) is tasked with providing science-based reproductive management advice to AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums to support the long-term viability of animal populations in human care.  The RMC conducts research on predictors of successful reproduction in AZA-managed animal populations, uses modeling to identify optimal breeding strategies that meet population genetic and demographic goals while maintaining fertility, investigates the safety, efficacy and reversibility of contraceptives used in wildlife, and provides contraceptive recommendations to animal managers. 

Postdoctoral Fellowship - Touch-screen cognitive research (Jacksonville Zoo)

November 14, 2019

Applications are invited for a three-year funded postdoctoral position to lead a touch-screen cognitive research program with bonobos, gorillas, mandrills and other available animals at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens (JZG). This position reports into Wellness, a department within the Animal Care, Conservation & Wellness portfolio and will be directed by Dr. Terry L. Maple.

Research Associate (Lincoln Park Zoo)

November 13, 2019

The Research Associate is a full-time position to help implement an NSF-funded project to quantify interconnectedness and systemic risk in coupled human-natural systems. The Research Associate will be based at Lincoln Park Zoo and work closely with a multidisciplinary project team across the country. The Research Associate will be responsible for helping to compile and analyze existing datasets to develop indicators of ecological risk and inform assessment of systemic risk. S/he will assist with project implementation, facilitate connection between ecological datasets and other domains, and help disseminate project results.

Research Experience for Undergraduates Program - Conservation Science, Paid (Zoo Miami)

November 12, 2019

Zoo Miami, the Zoo Miami Foundation, and Florida International University (FIU) will offer a Research Experience for Undergraduates program funded by the National Science Foundation beginning in Summer 2020.  In this 10-week summer program, students will conduct independent research in conservation science under the mentorship of the conservation biologists, wildlife veterinarians, and education researchers at Zoo Miami and FIU. Students enrolled in college throughout the U.S. are eligible to apply.  Students from minorities underrepresented in science and students from universities with limited research opportunities are particularly encouraged to apply.

Applications Close: February 2nd, 2020

Students Notified of Acceptance: March 13th, 2020

Program Begins: May 24th, 2020

Program Ends: August 1st, 2020

Director of Conservation (Utah's Hogle Zoo)

November 11, 2019

The Director of Conservation provides conservation vision and leadership. This leader works with partners, the Zoo leadership team and staff to advance a strategic conservation agenda for wildlife and natural resources conservation, supporting the priorities outlined in the Zoo’s Century Plan. Furthermore, this leader is responsible for developing programs to engage staff and guests in conservation action.

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