Jobs at Woodland Park Zoo



Working at Woodland Park Zoo

Woodland Park Zoo is committed to attracting, developing and retaining highly qualified employees. As a 24/7 environment, we have a variety of career opportunities, including positions in animal management, development, education, facilities, horticulture, guest services, information technology, marketing, retail, security and more. 

At the zoo, employment is more than just a job. Employees are able to develop their appreciation of animals, the natural world and the need for conservation on a local and global level, while contributing their specific skills and talents to our mission: 

Together, we serve our mission:

Woodland Park Zoo saves animals and their habitats through conservation leadership and engaging experiences, inspiring people to learn, care and act.


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What's it like to work at a zoo?

If you would enjoy working in a dynamic environment with a talented, dedicated and fun team, we invite you to apply online today.

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Get advice on what it takes to become a zookeeper and other frequently asked questions about working in a zoo.

Learn more about zoo careers





Build your career experience with a zoo internship. From events production for ZooTunes concerts to Zookeeping, a wide variety of positions are available.

Find an internship


Volunteers are essential to Woodland Park Zoo and we hope you will consider joining our team. 

Learn about volunteer opportunities for adults and teens


Job Shadowing

We are not able to coordinate job shadow requests due to the volume of requests, scheduling difficulties and safety issues. For more information, visit the Zoo Careers section of our website. Occasionally, keepers are able to complete email interviews about their vocations. Please contact to request an email interview.


Food and Gift Services Jobs

Looking for work opportunities in food services, ZooStore gift shop or Kaman's art shops?

Apply through our service partners:

Apply for jobs with Lancer Catering (Food Service)
Apply for jobs with Event Networks (ZooStore)
Apply for jobs with Kaman's Art Shoppes, Inc.




Zoo Employees Model Our Core Values

Achieving our mission requires great people who are bright, creative, and energetic, and who actively demonstrate the following values:

  • Commitment
  • Caring and Respect
  • Teamwork and Participation
  • Innovation
  • Integrity
  • Service
  • Fun


Commitment to Diversity

Woodland Park Zoo is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We are strongly committed to ensuring nondiscrimination and equal opportunity in all areas of employment. WPZ does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, political ideology, creed, ancestry, veteran's status, gender identity/ expression or any other characteristic protected by law. Further, WPZ takes affirmative action in support of this policy to employ, and advance in employment, applicants and employees who represent the cultural and ethnic diversity of the zoo industry and our community.



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