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

Jim Hill Diversity Fellowship for Conservation (Tennessee Aquarium)

March 22, 2020

The Jim Hill Diversity Fellowship program honors the contributions of one the Tennessee Aquarium's pioneering leaders, who advocated for diversity in all areas of the Aquarium's work.

The Jim Hill Diversity Fellowship is an 11-week, work-based learning opportunity at the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga, Tennessee. This experience is designed to help guide and empower conservation-minded students to develop solutions to complex conservation challenges in our communities and gain valuable hands-on work experience.

Deadline: April 1st 2020.

Endocrinologist (CZS Brookfield Zoo)

March 18, 2020

The Endocrinologist contributes to the success of the Chicago Zoological Society and excellence in conservation science and animal welfare by managing the CZS Endocrine Research and Service Lab to improve daily animal care and welfare.  The lab is part of the Center for Science of Animal Welfare (CSAW) and is dedicated to advancing the field of wildlife endocrinology.  

Fisheries Science Research Assistant (New England Aquarium)

March 11, 2020

We are seeking a full-time Research Assistant to assist with field work primarily related to sharks and secondarily to sea turtles, and to provide data collection and analysis support for several ongoing projects within the Fisheries Science and Emerging Technologies research program of the Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life at the New England Aquarium.Position will be primarily based in southeastern Massachusetts with work taking place in and around Cape Cod, Boston, Martha's Vineyard, and Nantucket.

Director of Conservation and Science (Bristol Zoo)

March 08, 2020

A new Strategy for the Society was developed in 2019 and Saving Wildlife is one of the five central objectives for the Society. This will be achieved through an increase in the proportion of species in our collection with targeted conservation action (such as breeding programmes, scientific research and links to field projects) to 50% or more by 2025. As importantly, another objective is Joining the Conversation and we intend that we will lead on at least five big local, national or international conservation issues, so more people know who we are and what we stand for. The Director of Conservation & Science will be central to achieving these objectives.

In order to realise this ambition, we are seeking a well-rounded individual; someone with wisdom and leadership; someone who inherently understands the importance of our conservation activities and how to realise their potential in the context of a charity operating two zoos. We hope that you will bring a blend of skills, experiences and character traits that will allow you to thrive and flourish in our organisation. Your character is as important as your professional skills.

Deadline: April 20th 2020

Director of Animal Care, Conservation, & Education (Utica Zoo)

February 26, 2020

The Utica Zoo is seeking a dynamic and motivated professional to be the Director of Animal Care, Conservation, and Education at 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 and domestic animals in human care, this team opening is for you! Engage in visionary growth while directing exhibit design, collection planning, and navigating 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 and welfare, enrichment, collection and strategic planning, training, compliance, permitting, accreditation, exhibit design, research, education, and conservation.

Deadline: April 17th 2020

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