Does it help to work in any capacity at the Memphis Zoo, such as an entry-level position?
Yes, there are advantages for existing employees applying for open job positions in the Zoo. Be aware that some jobs may require that you stay in the position for a minimum length of time. If you are not an employee, then become a volunteer. As an employee or a volunteer, you will have the opportunity to become familiar with the Zoo and network with the appropriate staff. Please keep in mind that competition is very strong for some job titles and the applicant who best meets the educational requirements and has the most appropriate work experience will be offered the job.
How do I become an animal keeper?
If you are serious about becoming a keeper, then we recommend that you get as much hands-on experience with domestic, preferably exotic, animals as possible. A Bachelor of Science degree in Life Sciences such as Biology or Wildlife Management may be required depending on the job. San Diego Zoo has a great article (Wildlife Care Specialist FAQ | San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance) about becoming a keeper that you can reference.
What are some ways to gain animal experience?
- Volunteer at a Zoo
- Veterinary offices
- Animal training classes
- Local Humane Society
- Local Park Service
- Wildlife rehabilitation centers
- Animal shelters
- Pet Breeders
- Horse Stables and boarding facilities
- 4-H Clubs
Can I send you a resume to keep on file for future openings?
No, applications and/or resumes are accepted for current job openings only.
Do you offer internships?
Yes, we offer a range of paid and unpaid internships at different times of the year. You can visit our internship page by Clicking Here to learn more.
Do you offer volunteer opportunities?
Yes, Click Here for more information about volunteering for a variety of opportunities.
What is the best way to apply for a job?
Apply online by Clicking Here. Paper applications are no longer accepted.