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Join the Zoo Crew! Most positions involve high visitor interaction and require upbeat, friendly people. We offer a flexible schedule, fun atmosphere, and discounts on food and merchandise.
How do I apply?
To apply for a position at the Toledo Zoo, pick up an application at our Visitor Services office which is located at the main entrance off Anthony Wayne Trail. The office is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Applicants must be at least 16 years old to apply for a position, unless the posted job states differently. In some cases a resume may also be requested for certain open positions (see individual job postings for details).
How current are the job postings below?
Job postings were last updated on April 23, 2015
Full-time Positions we are currently hiring for:
There are currently no full-time positions available.
Year-round Part-time Positions we are currently hiring for:
Enrichment Coordinator Animal Behavior / Administration Department
This year round part time position, under limited supervision, will work with the Curator of Behavioral Husbandry and Research and zoo keepers to coordinate the scheduling of enrichment throughout the zoo, and on developing and validating assessment methods for enrichment to assess the effectiveness of enrichment programming. This position will also be responsible for the training of new enrichment and research interns and implementing programs that engage the public. Critical components of this program include researching new enrichment techniques, evaluating enrichment offered, scheduling random enrichment, systematic documentation and evaluation of enrichment initiatives, and evaluation of the effectiveness of enrichment on animal behavior and welfare.
Catering #2 Front of House Supervisor
Part-time #2 Supervisor position available in the Catering Front of House department. This position is responsible for overseeing events at various sites, supervising the catering staff, following policies and procedures and working with clients to ensure customer satisfaction. Requires knowledge of food sanitation guidelines, exceptional customer service skills and at least 1-2 years supervisory food service experience. Must be available nights and weekends. This position reports directly to the Senior Catering Manager.
Part time team oriented facility security needed for all shifts, 24 hours per week and may include holidays & weekends. Responsibilities include security rounds, monitoring of building intrusion/fire detection systems, air/water temperature ranges and water filtration systems. Prefer candidates with law enforcement or fire science background.
Visitor Services Office Assistant
Part-time position is available for an outgoing, articulate individual to assist with daily office activities. This position requires working some weekends and nights. Must be computer literate with excellent data entry skills, outstanding phone etiquette, detail oriented, and able to work with internal and external customers.
Part time Baker needed with 2-5 years of experience. Food sanitation certification preferred. Must have experience decorating (Wedding, Birthday, & Shower cakes) and utilize current decorating trends (fondant, buttercream, airbrush, etc.). Responsibilities include: “From scratch” baking of all baked goods, and good customer service skills. Weekday and weekend availability is required.
Seasonal part-time positions
Applicants for the following positions can pick up an application at our Visitor Services department (located off of the Anthony Wayne Trail)
Part-Time Seasonal Business Office Associate
Part-Time Seasonal Wedding Coordinator
Park Operations Exhibit Experience Position
The Toledo Zoo is seeking individuals to work a variety of Customer Experience based exhibits. These exhibits include but are not limited to the Aquarium Touch Tank (shark and ray touch opportunity), Parakeet Retreat (bird feeding opportunity), Penguin Walkthrough, and Galapagos Tortoise exhibits. These positions require outgoing, friendly and energetic individuals who engage guests at these exhibits while maintaining the safety of both guest and animals alike. Employees will be required to learn specific facts about the collection in order to answer guest questions and to better engage them during their visits.
Background in animal study/care is preferred, but not required.
Applicants must be able to stand on their feet for 8 hours, lift up to 50 lbs. and be available to work nights and weekends.
This position reports to the Special Events Supervisor in the Park Operations Department.
Catering Food Production:
Employees prepare food for a variety of in-house catered events.
Positions: Picnics, Box lunches, Weddings, Dinner Parties
Job Functions: Dishwashers, Cold Prep, Hot Prep, Grill, Clean-up
Responsible for taking care of the client(s) and running catered events.
Positions: Banquets, Picnics, Dinners, Weddings
Job Functions: Set-up, Clean-Up, Tear-Down, Servers, Bartenders
Employees of the Cafe provide fast, friendly service in a cafeteria-style setting.
Positions: Grill, Hospitality, Deli, Cooler
Job Functions: Cleanup, Cook, Servers, Cashier, Food Prep
Concessions: Fast-paced food service with high visitor interaction and accurate cash handling.
Positions: Concession stands, Birthday parties, Vending
Job Functions: Customer service, Food Prep, Cashier, Cleaning
Roamers continually walk the property to clean up the litter, pull trash, clean trash cans and graphics. Must have a valid driver’s license and be at least 18 to apply.
Job Functions: Clean-up, Trash collection
Horticulture staff maintain all of the permanent landscapes and include mowing, weeding, watering, fertilizing, mulching, planting and maintaining the annual flower beds, rake leaves, and maintain ornamental water features. They also assist with the installation and removal of the holiday lights for the Lights Before Christmas display. Must have a valid driver’s license and be at least 18 to apply.
Job Functions: Mowing, Planting, general maintenance of landscaping, installation and removal of holiday lights displays.
Horticulture staff assist with the installation and removal of the holiday lights for the Lights Before Christmas display. Must have a valid driver’s license and be at least 18 to apply.
Job Functions: Installation and removal of holiday lights displays
Employees assist visitors with merchandise selections, provide outstanding customer .service, and accurate cash handling.
Positions: Gift Shop, Gift Carts, Rentals, Photo Opportunities
Job Functions: Stocking, Cashier, Cleaning, Customer Service
Park Operations: Employees take care of a variety of visitor needs throughout the zoo.
Outstanding customer service a must!
Positions: Admissions, Parking, Rides, Patio Roamers, Greeters, Cashiers, Ride Operator
Job Functions: Picnic area clean-up, Concert/Event set-up and clean-up, Parking attendant
Warehouse: Employees must be at least 18 years of age with a valid driver’s license.
Positions: Stocking, Stock selection, Drivers, Unloaders
Job Functions: Stocking shelves, Unload Shipments, Deliveries within Zoo
Career information for zoo related fields
For information on “Zoo Careers” please visit the following websites:
American Association of Zoo Keepers, Inc.
Unfortunately, we are unable to accomodate requests for job shadowing within our animal departments due to the dangerous nature of the positions and due to the high volume of requests we receive.
Internships at the Zoo
Internships are handled by the Zoo’s Volunteer department and may or may not be paid opportunities. Learn more.