Career Opportunities

Interested in spending a little time at the Zoo to prepare for your career?  Take a look at what we have to offer below.  Please make sure you read any documents carefully, and that you qualify for the opportunity. 

Many people enjoy being around animals and are interested in making a difference. A career in a zoo may be the right thing for you. "So, you Want to be a Zoo Keeper, Trainer or an Aquarist?" authored by the American Association of ZooKeepers may help you learn more about what it takes. 

Internships


Potter Park Zoo offers unpaid internships to college students or college graduates in animal related fields as well as those interested in hospitality, public safety and marketing. Those seeking animal related internships are asked to read Potter Park Zoo's animal care internship description and requirements here. Please apply here.

Deadlines and other relevant dates for applicants are below: 

Spring 2017

Applications due: Oct. 21, 2016
Interviews begin: Oct. 24, 2016
Applicants notified by: Nov. 2, 2016
Internship start date: Jan. 9, 2017
Internship end date: April 28, 2017  

Job Shadows


Potter Park Zoo allows job shadowing opportunities with zookeeping staff to allow participants to gain a better understanding of zoo careers. This program is open to students 13 years and older and is scheduled as time is avaiailble. Please allow at least two weeks for processing and scheduling of job shadow esperiences. Space is limited in this program and slots are filled on a first come, first serve basis for those submitting completed applications. Those interested in this program are asked to read the Potter Park Zoo Job Shadow Program Requirements. Please apply here.

Job Openings


Part Time Openings

  • Guest Services (no openings at this time)
  • Events (no openings at this time)
  • Public Safety (no openings at this time)


Full Time Openings

  • Zoo Keeper Aide (no openings at this time)
  • Animal Keeper (no openings at this time)
  • Maintenance (no openings at this time)
  • Public Safety (no openings at this time)

Seasonal Openings

  • Animal Encounters: Wings Down Under, Contact Area, Pony Path (no openings at this time)
  • Customer Service (no openings at this time)
  • Education: Zookambi (no openings at this time)
  • Maintenance (no openings at this time)

Zookeeper Independent Study


Zoology, or related field, students in their third or fourth years of school are encouraged to apply for a semester long independent study for credit.

Veterinary Preceptorship


Students in their third or fourth (clinical) years of school are encouraged to apply for a 3-6 week preceptorship.  There are no pre-veterinary externships available, students have to be in veterinary school or veterinary technology school to perform an externship in the veterinary department.