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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. Save the application to your computer.

 HZI Employment Application

2. Fill it out. You can type in the form after you have saved 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 Please indicate the position title in the subject line that you wish to apply for. If you prefer to fax, please fax to 713-533-6758, Attention Brandy.

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

 Staff Accountant (Must include Cover Letter & Resume to apply)
 Zoo Keeper – Natural Encounters
 Conservation Sustainability Coordinator
 Graphic Designer
 Zoo Keeper – Carnivores
 Frame Carpenter
 Horticulture Supervisor
 Development Research Analyst 
 Master Plumber
 Animal Nutrition Keeper I
Painter I
 Water Quality Tech
 Guest Service Representative
 Zoo Keeper – Primates
 Zoo Ranger
 Horticulture Technician
 Veterinarian Technician Supervisor

Temporary / Seasonal Employment Opportunities

 Zoo Crew -Volunteer Coordinator
 Zoo Naturalist – Children’s Zoo / Swap Shop
 Seasonal Zoo Keeper APC – Birds 2016
 Overnight Programs Teacher


The Houston Zoo currently has no paid internship at this time. All paid internships will be posted here when available and managed by the human resources department.

Unpaid internships are offered in animal care and non-animal care areas, veterinary conservation research, and through the Collegiate Conservation Program.

Visit the Internship webpage for more information and to apply:


Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering is a great way to get to learn more about the Houston Zoo, gain new experiences, and give back to the community. Volunteers may assist with activities in nearly every department, with events, and in education throughout the Zoo. In doing so, our Volunteer team helps save animals in the wild!

Visit the Volunteer webpage for more information and to apply: