Work at the Zoo!

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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.

How current are the job postings below?

Job postings were last updated on September 8, 2014

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:

Membership Sales Supervisor

The Membership Sales Supervisor assists in the supervision of the on-grounds Membership Sales Team.  Hours vary depending upon the season. Approximately 28 hours per week April through September and November and December. Approximately 8 -12 hrs per week January –March and October. The responsibilities include selling and processing memberships, scheduling, training new employees, payroll, maintaining supplies and equipment, working with other departments and attending daily start meetings with the Visitor Services Department and relaying appropriate information as needed.  This position assists the Assistant Director of Development/Membership and the Membership Sales/Zoo PAL Manager.  The appropriate candidate should have excellent communication skills and be able to lead and motivate co-workers along with the ability to handle customer complaints and concerns.  Position also requires good computer skills in order to provide clerical support to the Membership Office by answering phones, processing membership cards, and performing general computer tasks involving the Zoo’s membership database.  Must be willing to work weekends, holidays and evenings during events throughout the year.  This position pays a base + commission. Please send your resume to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


Part time team oriented facility security needed for first shift, 24 hours per week, may include 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, fire science background. Please send your resume to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Baker / Cake Decorator

PT 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. For consideration submit resumes to Recruiting Manager, The Toledo Zoo PO Box 140130 Toledo, Ohio 43614 or email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) .

Seasonal part-time positions we are currently hiring for:

Seasonal Switchboard Operator

The Zoo is looking for a pleasant & responsible seasonal switchboard operator during “Lights Before Xmas” from November 14th thru December 31st. Hours vary from 5:00pm to 9:00pm or 10:00pm depending on the evening. Position requires between 16 to 24 hours of availability per week including some weekends.  Prefer experience with a multi line phone system and the ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously. Please send your resume to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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

Food Service

Carnivore Cafe:
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


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

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

Career information for zoo related fields

For information on “Zoo Careers” please visit the following websites:
American Association of Zoo Keepers, Inc.

Association of Zoos & Aquariums

Job Shadowing

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.