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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 wildlife and inspires everyone to make conservation a priority in their lives.


Apply to open zoo positions

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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What's it like to work at a zoo?

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

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Build your career experience with a zoo internship.

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

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Interviewing for a Zoo Job

To learn what to expect in your zoo interview and how to be best prepared, please review this flyer.

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 Zoo Careers. Occasionally, keepers are able to complete email interviews about their vocations. Please contact zooinfo@zoo.org to request an email interview.

Food and Gift Services Jobs

Looking for work opportunities in food services or the ZooStore gift shop?

Apply through our service partners:

Apply for jobs with Event Networks (ZooStore)




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 employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in application and employment for any reason, including race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin, age, disability or medical status including genetic information, and/or veteran’s status.

Woodland Park Zoo is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in all of its services. If you need accommodation in the application or interview process, please contact our recruiting team at careers@zoo.org.


Diversity and Inclusion Vision Statement

Woodland Park Zoo thrives and excels as an inclusive and desirable place for people of all backgrounds. We reflect and positively impact the regional and global communities we serve.

Our Mission

Woodland Park Zoo saves wildlife and inspires everyone to make conservation a priority in their lives.

Land Acknowledgment

Woodland Park Zoo recognizes that these are the lands of the Tribal signatories of the Treaty of Point Elliott. We acknowledge their stewardship of this place continues to this day and that it is our responsibility to join them to restore the relationship with the living world around us.

5500 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98103   |  206.548.2500  |   zooinfo@zoo.org

Association of Zoos & Aquariums
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Humane Certification