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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

 Admissions Lead
 Human Resources Recruiter
 Executive Administrative Assistant
 Volunteer Programs Coordinator
 Zoo Keeper – Children’s Zoo
 Applications Support Analyst – IT 
 Graphic Designer
 Part Time Zoo Keeper – Children’s Zoo
 Part Time Zoo Keeper – Children’s Zoo
 Horticulture Technician
 Zoo Keeper – Hoofstock
 Painter I
 Zoo Keeper – Carnivores

Temporary / Seasonal Employment Opportunities

 Guest Service Representative Seasonal Need
 Greeter –  Seasonal Need
 Seasonal Specialist – Education
 Camp Zoofari Teacher Job Description – Lead
 Camp Zoofari Teacher Job Description – Non-Lead


We are currently offering paid internships in our Collegiate Conservation Program. Please read the Internship Description and Requirements, then fill out the application form. Deadline to apply is March 23, 2015.

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

Questions? Please email us at