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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

1. Download the application.

HZI Employment Application

2. Fill it out. You can type in the form and save it to your computer, or you can print it out and write on it (please print legibly)

3. Send it in. Email your completed application and resume to If you are interested in a specific job opening, please indicate the position title in the subject line. If you prefer to fax, please fax to 713-533-6758.

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

 Human Resources Assistant
 Horticulture Technician
 Sr. Director of Education
 Guest Service Representative
 Housekeeping Lead
 Director of Development Communication
 Zoo Ranger

Temporary / Seasonal Employment Opportunities

(none at this time)

Internships “Paid”

 Public Relations 2015 Intern

Questions? Please email us at

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

Questions about Collegiate Conservation Program?  Please email us at