Work at the Zoo!

Looking for an Employment Adventure?


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 April 10, 2014

Full-time Positions we are currently hiring for:

There are currently no full-time positions available.

Seasonal part-time positions we are currently hiring for:


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


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.


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

Caricature Artists:
Employees sketch caricatures of the Zoo guests. Must have excellent drawing skills and be able to draw at the interview.
Job Functions:  Duties also include great customer service, display building, tattooing, and maintaining daily procedures. Also must maintain high communication skills. These positions require previous art experience and or related schooling.

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


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.

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.