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Employment Opportunities

Careers at the Zoo

We seek exceptional people who are excited to join the Zoo with a passion for what they do. The Zoo’s commitment to our animals, guests, education, and conservation efforts is at the foundation of what we stand for.

The Houston Zoo employs approximately 375 people on a regular basis (In addition to our employees, we also have around 650 volunteers!). This adds up to a substantial body of professionals and enthusiasts, whose talent and commitment to the organization and our education and conservation efforts serve to make this zoo a world-class facility. Within the Zoo, there are over 15 different job classifications, including animal keepers, facilities maintenance, grounds and housekeeping, horticulture, office administration, guest services, educational positions, marketing and development positions, conservation, veterinary, IT, and senior executive staff.

For most Zoo positions, experience and education are a must, especially for personnel who work directly with the animals. Our animal positions are highly competitive and require skilled individuals who usually have a background in a related life science field (e.g. biology, zoology, behavioral sciences).

Meet Some of Our Staff

Application Process

Applications and resumes should be sent to careers@houstonzoo.org. If you are interested in a specific job opening, please indicate the position title in the subject line.

Please download the application, fill it out, and save it on your computer. Then, attach it to your email along with your resume.
 HZI Employment Application

Featured Jobs

Take a look at our positions. We are always looking for talented candidates. If you have an interest in joining our team, we would love to see your credentials.

Regular Employment Opportunities
Assistant Curator of Primates
Horticulture Manager-Posting
Veterinarian Technician
Horticulture Technician I
Horticulture Lead Tech
Housekeeping Lead
Carnivore Supervisor
 Painter I 
 HVAC Tech I
 Group Sales Reservations (Call Center Agent) 
 Zoo Keeper – Hospital
 Zoo Keeper Children’s Zoo 
 Housekeeper I
 Purchasing Clerk – Runner 
 Groundskeeper I
 Life Support Systems Operator
 Admissions Supervisor
 Irrigation Specialist
 Guest Service Representative

Temporary / Seasonal Employment Opportunities

 Vet Clinic – Zoo Keeper -Part Time Temp


 Public Relations 2015 Intern - Paid

We are currently offering paid internships in our Collegiate Conservation Program. Please read the description and requirements and fill out an application here.

You can visit the 
Volunteering section of our site for our unpaid internship opportunities.

Questions? Please email us at careers@houstonzoo.org