The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is known for many things- our conservation efforts, our green initiatives, our friendly staff… but did you know that we have a strong set of core values that make us the best team around and a Top Workplace in Cincinnati? We’re more than coworkers… we’re family. By building Collaborative Relationships, displaying Positivity & Energy, having Pride, Passion & a Sense of Ownership, supporting Accountability, Mutual Trust & Respect, and embracing Progressive Thinking, we have built a team of dedicated staff that focuses on our visitors, community & future. We look forward to having you join the team!

  • Pay rate is $12.00/hour
  • Seasonal position is 25 hours/week for ~ 8 months
  • Weekly work schedules include both weekend days and holidays

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Clean animal displays, holding areas, service areas, public sections and grounds
  • Complete inspection of all enclosures to ensure the safety of the animal collection
  • Identify maintenance issues and correct or repair each as required, reporting non-correctable maintenance issues, including potential safety hazards, to the Head Keeper
  • Observe general animal health and behavior, on a daily basis, and report any abnormal circumstances to a supervisor
  • Maintain records of health, behavior, enrichment, operant conditioning and visitor engagement
  • Prepare and follow prescribed diets and feeding procedures for the animal collection
  • Perform operant conditioning and enrichment programs when instructed
  • Instruct new personnel in the proper methods of animal care and handling consistent with approved policies and procedures
  • Assist in the training, supervision, evaluation of volunteers, interns, and vocational students
  • Assist animal health and curatorial staff with animal transport and medication administration
  • Provide engaging interactions with guests that inform the public of biodiversity and conservation
  • Interact with the public and Zoo staff in a professional and courteous manner


The ideal candidate will:

  • Possess or be working towards a bachelor’s degree in an animal related field
  • Have demonstrated knowledge and successful experience in animal husbandry with primates
  • Show an understanding of operant conditioning and enrichment
  • Demonstrate excellent communication and problem-solving skills, while applying good judgment, to deliver animal care and guest experiences that meet the highest standards
  • Have the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers (including staff, interns, students and volunteers) and public in a professional manner
  • Demonstrate a positive and team-oriented attitude

Working Conditions: Employment is contingent upon passing a post-offer, pre-employment drug & nicotine screen. While performing the duties of this job the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, climb, balance, and grasp objects. In addition, the employee is regularly exposed to outside weather conditions. They must be able to lift & move 50 pounds without mechanical assistance They must possess a valid driver’s license (and insurable to drive a Zoo vehicle). The ability to work a flexible schedule (including holidays, weekends and evenings) is required.

The deadline to apply for this position is Saturday, June 12th 2021.

To apply for this position: Qualified applicants must apply via our online application on our website at http://cincinnatizoo.org/about-us/job-opportunities/.

We strive to be an organization that is diverse and reflects the fullness of society. With a strongly held value for an organizational culture characterized by inclusion and belonging, we are committed to equity in all we do. We are especially interested in candidates who can contribute to our organization’s diversity and who want to walk alongside us in our commitment to inclusion and equity.

The world-famous Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is committed to inspiring visitors to care about wildlife and wild places.  It was voted the #1 Best Zoo in a USA TODAY reader poll and has also received rave reviews from Child Magazine, Parents Magazine, USA Today and TripAdvisor.  Over 1.8 million people visit the Zoo’s award-winning habitats, and more than 500 animal and 3000 plant species annually.

The Zoo, an accredited member of the Association of  Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) for almost 30 years, is internationally known for its success in the protection and propagation of endangered animals and plants and engages in research and conservation projects worldwide. Known as the #GreenestZooInAmerica, the Zoo is doing its part to conserve natural resources that are critical to saving wildlife and its habitats and is committed to greening its daily operations and reducing its impact on the environment with rain gardens, recycled building materials, solar panels and more. The Cincinnati Zoo is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is an equal opportunity employer and does not and will not discriminate against any applicant or employee based on race, religion, color, sex, gender, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, genetic information, military or veteran status, and/or any other characteristic or protected status. We are a Queen City Certified Leader in Gender Equity. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

To apply for this position: Qualified applicants must apply via our online application on our website at http://cincinnatizoo.org/about-us/job-opportunities/.

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
3400 Vine St
Cincinnati, OH 45220
Phone: 5134873436