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Jun. 9, 2023
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

(last admission is at 5pm)

Right Now at the Zoo

  • 1:00 PM Bear Feeding
  • 1:30 PM Giraffe Keeper Chat
  • 1:30 PM Cat Country Chat
Daily Schedule
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  • 9:00 AM Gates Open
  • 5:00 PM Last Entry
  • 5:30 PM Gates Close
African Veldt
  • 10:00 AM Giraffe Feeding Adventure (Seasonal, March-October)
  • 1:30 PM Giraffe Keeper Chat
  • 2:00 PM Rhino Keeper Chat
  • 2:30 PM Elephant Feeding & Chat
Animals of the Night
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  • 3:00 PM Aquarium Keeper Chat
Cat Country
  • 1:30 PM Cat Country Chat
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Dragon's Lair
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  • 10:00 AM Reptile Chat
Northwest Passage
  • 11:00 AM Sea Lion Show
  • 2:00 PM Polar Bear Chat
  • 3:00 PM Sea Lion Show
Once Upon a Farm
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Pelican Pool
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Penguin Rock
  • 3:00 PM Penguin Feeding
Primate Canyon
  • 1:30 PM Gorilla Keeper Chat
Teton Trek
  • 1:00 PM Bear Feeding
Tropical Bird House
  • 2:00 PM Tropical Bird Feeding
Zambezi River Hippo Camp
  • 10:30 AM Hippo Chat
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Today, the Memphis Zoo is one of Memphis’ highest attended attractions in Memphis and in 2022 voted as one of the Top 4 Zoos in the country. The Zoo’s conservation programs circle the globe – from cooperative programs in China for giant pandas to local efforts to save the Louisiana pine snake.  Our Team and Volunteers are dedicated to providing an enriching sanctuary for our animals, as well as a friendly and educational experience for our guests.  Together, we are building one of the world’s great zoos.

The non-profit Memphis Zoological Society (MZS) is looking for passionate individuals who are customer-service oriented and dedicated to the Zoo’s mission: To Create Adventures. Save Wildlife.

The Zoo offers a wide range of experiences for every type of individual. Our Team understands the importance of our role in global conservation efforts and contributes fully to our mission. Seasonal, Part-Time, Full-Time, and Internships are currently available.  Some positions also offer flexible scheduling.  We have opportunities in our Facilities Operations, Business Administration, Customer Service (Retail Food Service Special Exhibits), Culinary, Guest Education, Admissions, Research & Conservation, and more!

Seasonal, Part-Time, Full-Time and Internships are currently available.  Some positions also offer flexible scheduling.  We have opportunities in our Operations, Retail, Culinary, Education, Research & Conservation and Animal Care teams.

All offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment drug screening and background check.


Qualifications and Application Process

1. Qualifications:

  • friendly individuals with excellent communication and customer service skills
  • Able to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Comfortable working indoors and outdoors in all weather conditions
  • Able to work in a diverse team environment
  • At least 16 years of age
  • Must pass a background check and drug screening

2. Hiring Process:

  • If you are interested in more than one position, please apply for each job individually. You may also fill out an application for a General Interest pool from which all hiring managers can pull. All applications must be fully complete to be considered for a position.
  • If your qualifications meet our needs, we will contact you for further information and a possible interview. Interviews may be held in-person, online, or over the phone.
  • If hired, you will be expected to pass a background check. Additionally, you will be asked to take a drug screening within three (3) days of acceptance.

3. Application:

  • Most of the postings between February and October are Seasonal opportunities. Seasonal positions are generally required to work most weekends and some holidays. Occasionally, they may be scheduled for evenings with advance notice. Seasonal positions typically last six (6) months or less.
  • If you are excited about the prospect of working for one of the world’s great zoos, you can browse opportunities and submit your application by Clicking Here
  • If you are interested in internship opportunities, you can browse opportunities and submit your application by Clicking Here
  • Alternatively, you can learn more about volunteer opportunities by Clicking Here


Perks for all Team Members

All Team Members are eligible for the following perks. We strive to give Team Members a positive and fulfilling experience working with us.

  • Membership OR ticket package
  • Access to an Employee Assistance Program (confidential and free counseling)
  • Employee discounts on food, merchandise and camps
  • Preview Events and Family Nights
  • Behind-the-scenes sneak peek at new exhibits
  • Self-guided professional development e-courses
  • Chance for internal promotion


Benefits for Full-Time Team Members

Living our mission and values is rewarding on its own, and our total rewards program adds to the experience.  Full-Time MZS team members are offered all of the perks listed above plus a wide range of benefits that include but are not limited to:

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Plans
  • HSA or FSA options
  • Basic Life Insurance and Voluntary Life Insurance
  • Short-Term and Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • 401(k) plan with employer matching
  • Generous Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • Continuing Education or Tuition Reimbursement
  • Flexible scheduling or remote options with certain positions
  • Expanded membership and ticket package worth $480

The Memphis Zoo believes that human diversity is as important as the biodiversity we seek to conserve. World-class zoos are comprised of world-class team members representing a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. We value a diverse workplace and strongly encourage people of color, LGBT individuals, people with disabilities, members of ethnic minorities, and veterans to apply.

The Memphis Zoo is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will not be discriminated against because of race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, religion, national origin, citizenship status, disability, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, or any protected category prohibited by local, state or federal laws.

If you need to request any accommodations for the interview or hiring process, please let your hiring manager or HR know. Human resources can be contacted by emailing: [email protected]


All offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment drug screening and background check.

The Memphis Zoo participates in e-verify and is an EEO/ADA/veteran employer.