Jobs

 Thinking about a career working with animals?

The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo is committed to promoting the zoological profession and nurturing the desire within the next generation of zoologists, conservationists and animal care specialists by offering programs all along their professional journey – from job shadowing to internships to scholarships

Review below for a list of our career programs as well as a list of current job opportunities for those looking for full- and part-time employment.

Job Shadows

Are you a high school student considering a career as a zoo keeper? Gain a better understanding of this rewarding career by applying for a Job Shadow at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo.

Job Shadow Information

Job Shadow Application

Job Shadows are available on a limited basis and must be scheduled at least 3 weeks in advance. A $15 fee is charged for each Job Shadow experience. Scholarships are available for students demonstrating financial need.

If you have questions about any of the resources or programs listed above, contact the Zoo Education Department at 260-427-6808 or education@kidszoo.org.

Internships

Students can gain meaningful experience while meeting school requirements. The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo accepts college students and high school seniors throughout the year for internship positions in:

Education

Zoo Education Internship

Description:
Assist Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo Education Department with programming and ongoing projects.

Duties:
Assist with various tasks in the Zoo Education Department, which may include:

  • On-site and/or outreach program development and presentation
  • Development and/or maintenance of education program materials, graphics and displays
  • Small animal handling
  • Providing assistance to zoo volunteers in educational presentations

Duties may vary with season.

Requirements:

  • College student who has completed at least one year toward undergraduate degree in education, biology, zoology, environmental science or related field.
  • Experience teaching children and youth in a formal or recreational setting.
  • Demonstrated interest in zoo education.
  • Must be outgoing, adaptable, and able to plan and carry out a variety of activities with minimal supervision.
  • Possess a valid driver’s license.
  • Available to work a flexible schedule.

Availability:
Education interns will work 20 to 40 hours per week; weekend, holiday or irregular hours may be required. Internships last six to twelve weeks. May through September is preferred; shorter internships will be considered for October through April. Duration of the internship is flexible to meet the student’s school requirements.

Compensation:
Internships at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo are unpaid positions. There is no housing or stipend offered by the zoo. Interns will work as volunteers for the duration of their internship.  A paid position is not guaranteed at the completion of an internship.

Credit:
The zoo staff is happy to provide necessary documentation for the student’s college credit.

To Apply:
Complete the application online. If you have questions, contact the Volunteer Manager at 260-427-6828 or volunteer@kidszoo.org

Recreation

Recreation Internship

Description:
Add to the visitors’ experience by providing various interactive recreational activities throughout the zoo to individuals and small groups.

Duties:

  • Plan, develop, and implement a variety of brief recreational activities to add value and variety to the zoo visitors’ experience, including but not limited to games, face painting, etc.
  • Circulate zoo grounds offering these activities.
  • Assist with the delivery of special events.

Requirements:

  • College student pursuing a degree in recreation, education or other related field.
  • Must be outgoing, adaptable, and able to plan and carry out a variety of activities.
  • Available to work a flexible schedule.

Availability:
Recreation internships are available during zoo’s open season from the last Saturday of April through mid-October. Duration of the internship is flexible to meet the student’s school requirements.

Compensation:
Internships at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo are unpaid positions. There is no housing or stipend offered by the zoo. Interns will work as volunteers for the duration of their internship. A paid position is not guaranteed at the completion of an internship.

Credit:
The zoo staff is happy to provide necessary documentation for the student’s college credit.

To Apply:
Complete an application online. If you have questions, contact the Volunteer Manager at 260-427-6828 or volunteer@kidszoo.org

Zoo Keeping

Zoo Keeping Internship

Description:
The purpose of the zoo keeping internship is to introduce students to the daily care of exotic animals.  For more information on zoo keeping as a career, click here.

Duties:

  • Daily care and maintenance of animals in the area to which you are assigned; including feeding, cleaning, and all other duties necessary to maintain animal health.
  • General maintenance of zoo grounds, which may include exhibit maintenance, weeding, mowing, trash cleanup, restroom maintenance, and other duties necessary to maintain cleanliness and safety within the zoo.
  • Interact with zoo visitors as needed to answer their questions.
  • Collect data through animal observation and interpret data as needed.
  • Learn about the zoo’s animals through books, magazines, journals, discussions with keepers, and personal observation.

Requirements:

  • Minimally, applicants must be high school seniors or college students with an interest in wildlife.
  • Applicants must have the ability to work with minimal supervision but be able to work well with others on the animal care crew.
  • Applicants should be willing to learn, eager to create and complete projects and have a respect for wild animals. It is preferred that the student have some previous animal experience.
  • Applicant must possess ability to participate in physically demanding work, including the ability to lift 50 pounds.
  • Applicants must able to work a flexible schedule, which may include weekends and holidays.
  • Applicant must possess a valid driver’s license.
  • A negative tuberculin test is required if working with primates; testing is provided by the zoo. A current tetanus vaccination is recommended for all interns.

Availability:
Zoo keeping interns will work 20 to 40 hours per week; weekend, holiday or irregular hours may be required. Internships last six to twelve weeks. Duration of the internship is flexible to meet the student’s school requirements.

Compensation:
Internships at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo are unpaid positions. There is no housing or stipend offered by the zoo. Interns will work as volunteers for the duration of their internship.  A paid position is not guaranteed at the completion of an internship.

Credit:
The zoo staff is happy to provide necessary documentation for the student’s college credit.

To Apply:
Complete an application online. If you have questions, contact the Volunteer Manager at 260-427-6828 or volunteer@kidszoo.org

Public Relations/Event Planning

Public Relations/Event Planning Internship

Description:
Support the zoo’s communications, education, and development staff by assisting with public relations and event planning.

Duties:

  • Assist with creation, promotion, and delivery of special events.
  • Assist with development and set up of fundraising activities.
  • Assist with writing media releases and articles for zoo publications.
  • Assist with various design projects as needed.
  • Assist members of the education department with programs as needed.

Requirements:

  • College student pursuing a degree in public relations,event planning, tourism, communications, or other related field.
  • Experience planning large or small events for schools or community groups.
  • Must be outgoing, adaptable, and able to plan and carry out a variety of activities with minimal supervision.
  • Possess a valid driver’s license.
  • Available to work a flexible schedule.

Availability:
Public Relations/Event Planning interns will work 20 to 40 hours per week; weekend, holiday or irregular hours may be required. May through August is preferred; shorter internships will be considered for October through April. Duration of the internship is flexible to meet the student’s school requirements.

Compensation:
Internships at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo are unpaid positions. There is no housing or stipend offered by the zoo. Interns will work as volunteers for the duration of their internship.  A paid position is not guaranteed at the completion of an internship.

Credit:
The zoo staff is happy to provide necessary documentation for the student’s college credit.

To Apply:
Complete an application online. If you have questions, contact the Volunteer Manager at 260-427-6828 or volunteer@kidszoo.org

Externships

Students pursuing degrees in animal health can meet externship requirements at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo. The zoo accepts college students throughout the year for externship positions in:

Veterinary Tech

Veterinary Technician Externship

Description:
The purpose of the veterinary technician externship is to introduce veterinary technician students to the specialty of zoo veterinary technology. The extern will assist the veterinarian and technician daily with procedures, treatments, hospital maintenance, etc.

Duties:

  • Assist veterinary staff with routine procedures (immobilizations, physical exams, treatments, etc) as well as emergency procedures.
  • Assist veterinary technician with lab work (parasitology, urinalysis, in-house blood work, preparing samples for outside laboratories).
  • Assist with hospital maintenance (equipment cleaning, sterilization, inventory, etc).
  • Care for animals (cleaning and feeding) in hospital holding/quarantine when needed.
  • Enter data into MedArks program and file records.
  • Dispense medications under supervision of the veterinary technician.
  • Assist with necropsies.
  • Responsibilities will be dependent on the applicant’s experience and skills.

Requirements:

  • Minimally, applicants must be college students with a long term interest in zoo/wildlife medicine. Students enrolled in an accredited veterinary technology program are preferred.
  • Students should be willing to learn, eager to create and complete projects and have a respect for wild animals. Students should also work well with others. It is preferred that the student have some previous animal experience.
  • Applicants must be available to work at least 30 hrs/week (40 hrs/week preferred) and must be able to work a flexible schedule.
  • A negative tuberculin test within the past year is required. Current rabies, hepatitis B, and tetanus vaccinations are recommended.

Availability:
Externships are available all year.  The largest volume and diversity of clinical procedures occur in the winter months.  Externships will last a minimum of 4-6 weeks, depending on the student’s requirements for school.  It is imperative that you check the availability calendar prior to applying.  By limiting overlap of extern schedules, we can help you acquire the most from your experience at the zoo.

Compensation:
Externships at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo are unpaid positions. There is no housing or stipend offered by the zoo. Externs will work as volunteers for the duration of their externship.  A paid position is not guaranteed at the completion of an internship.

Credit:
The zoo staff is happy to provide necessary documentation for the student’s college credit.

To Apply:
Complete an application online. If you have questions, contact the Volunteer Manager at 260-427-6828 or volunteer@kidszoo.org

Veterinary Medicine

Veterinary Medicine Externship

Description:
Support the zoo’s veterinary department by assisting with animal care, procedures, and hospital maintenance. The externship is designed to introduce the student to the field of zoo/exotic veterinary medicine. The extern will report directly to the zoo’s veterinarian.

Duties:

  • Assist veterinary staff with routine procedures (immobilizations, physical exams, treatments, etc) as well as emergency procedures, with emphasis on duties performed by the veterinarian.
  • Assist veterinary technicians with hospital and equipment cleaning and maintenance as needed.
  • Assist keeper staff with daily care of animals housed at the veterinary hospital or in quarantine as needed.
  • Work on other tasks or special projects as needed.
  • Responsibilities will be dependent on the applicant’s experience and skills.

Requirements:

  • Applicants must be enrolled in Veterinary School.
  • Applicants should have a long-term interest in exotic animals, and be experienced and comfortable with dealing with domestic species. Experience with exotic species is preferred, but not required.
  • Applicants must be available to work at least 30 hrs/wk (40 hrs/wk preferred) and must be able to work a flexible schedule.
  • A negative tuberculin skin test must be performed within one year of the start date.
  • Current rabies, hepatitis B, and tetanus vaccinations are recommended.

Availability:
Externships are available all year.  The largest volume and diversity of clinical procedures occur in the winter months. Externships will last a minimum of 4-6 weeks, depending on the student’s requirements for school.  It is imperative that you check the availability calendar prior to applying.  By limiting overlap of extern schedules, we can help you acquire the most from your experience at the zoo.

Compensation:
Externships at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo are unpaid positions. There is no housing or stipend offered by the zoo. Externs will work as volunteers for the duration of their externship.  A paid position is not guaranteed at the completion of an internship.

Credit:
The zoo staff is happy to provide necessary documentation for the student’s school/college credit.

To Apply:
Complete an application online. If you have questions, contact the Volunteer Manager at 260-427-6828 or volunteer@kidszoo.org

Lawrence A. Ackerman Scholarship

The Fort Wayne Zoological Society awards a one-time $2,000 scholarship to a high school senior pursuing a career in the stewardship of animals. Graduating high school seniors in Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells, and Whitley counties in Indiana are eligible to apply.

Interested students should contact the zoo at 260-427-6809 or download an application. The annual application deadline is February 1.

The Scholarship was established in 1992 to honor the late Dr. Larry Ackerman, who served as the zoo’s veterinarian for 25 years. Contributions to the fund are always welcome and may be mailed to Ackerman Scholarship Fund, 3411 Sherman Blvd., Fort Wayne, In 46808. Contributions are tax deductible.

Full- and part time openings

Maintenance & Operations (Full-Time)

Maintenance & Operations (Full-Time)

Applications are being accepted for a full-time position in the Maintenance and Operations Department. Duties include operating rides, janitorial duties, and other guest service operations. Other duties include maintenance on rides, buildings, facilities, and equipment. Click here for a complete job description.

This is a full-time position requiring availability for a 40-hour work week year-round (including weekends and holidays).

To apply: submit cover letter, resume, and application by mail: Zoo, Attn: Employment (Maintenance & Operations), 3411 Sherman Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46808; deliver to zoo office 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday; or email to employment@kidszoo.org.

Application Deadline: Friday, July 10  

Development Coordinator (Full-Time)

Development Coordinator (Full-Time)

Applications are now being accepted for a full-time Development Coordinator position.  The Development Coordinator is responsible for coordinating Zoobilee, Zoo Brew & Wine, Too, Drive You Wild Golf, Zoo Loo Au, and other events, as well assisting with the sponsorship program at the zoo.  Other functions may also be assigned by the Development Director.  This position also contributes to positive guest experiences and performs other duties as required.  Read the complete job description.

This is afull-time position requiring availability for a 40-hour work week year-round (including weekends and holidays).

To apply: submit cover letter, resume, and application by mail: Zoo, Attn: Employment (Development), 3411 Sherman Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46808; deliver to zoo office 8am-5pm daily; or email to employment@kidszoo.org.

Application Deadline: Friday, July 31 

Zoo Instructor - ZSI Program (Part-Time)

Zoo Instructor: ZSI Program (Part-Time)

The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo is searching for a part-time Zoo Instructor for the ZSI (Zoo Scientific Inquiry) Program. This grant-funded initiative places the Zoo Instructor in area 4th grade classrooms weekly for nine weeks to deliver hands-on, inquiry-based lessons.  The Zoo Instructor will deliver lessons and supporting materials aligned with Indiana Academic Standards; collaborate with teachers to modify lessons as needed; administer pre-and post-lesson assessment tools; and evaluate the program’s effectiveness.  The successful candidate will have classroom teaching experience; a passion for science; strong organizational skills; attention to detail; and excellent communication skills, both written and oral; and possess a valid Indiana Driver’s License. Read a complete job description.

This is a temporary, part-time position, requiring approximately 25 hours per week from late July 2015 through late May 2016.

To apply: submit cover letter, resume, three references, and application by mail: Zoo, Attn: Employment (Zoo Instructor – ZSI Program), 3411 Sherman Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46808; deliver to zoo office 8am-5pm daily; or email to employment@kidszoo.org.

Application Deadline: Friday, July 17

Zoo Instructor - Animal Tales Program (Part-Time)

Zoo Instructor: Animal Tales Program (Part-Time)

The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo is searching for a part-time Zoo Instructor for the Animal Tales Program.  This grant-funded program visits early childhood classrooms with zoo programs, which include live animals and literacy activities.  The successful candidate will have teaching experience, either in the classroom an informal learning environment; strong organizational skills; attention to detail; and excellent communication skills, both written and oral. Candidate must possess a valid Indiana Driver’s License and a reliable vehicle to transport materials from zoo to classroom sites. Read a complete job description.

This is a temporary, part-time position, requiring approximately 16-20 hours per week from mid-September 2015 through late May 2016.

To apply: submit cover letter, resume, three references, and application by mail: Zoo, Attn: Employment (Zoo Instructor – Animal Tales), 3411 Sherman Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46808; deliver to zoo office 8am-5pm daily; or email to employment@kidszoo.org.

Application Deadline: Friday, July 17

Seasonal Job Openings

Note: Please complete the correct application(s) for the position(s) you are applying for, as Zoo and Service Systems Associates application forms are different.

Seasonal ZOO ASSISTANT

Zoo Assistants help guests at the
admission gate, rides, and
throughout the zoo

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Sell admission, memberships, and ride passes
Assist guests at rides and activities
Operate rides
Assist with horticulture duties such as
mowing, weeding, and watering
Housekeeping duties such as cleaning restrooms and emptying trash & recycling
Perform other duties as necessary
Work outdoors in all weather conditions
Weekends and holidays are required
Temporary position: Mid-April to Mid-October15 to 40 hrs/week
Starting pay: $7.25/hour
Must be at least 16 years of age
Download & print application

Seasonal GIFT SHOP SALES ASSOCIATE

Sales Associates work at the Wild
Things Gift Shop, Stroller Rental,
and other retail locations at the zoo.

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Greet and assist guests
Serve guests quickly and efficiently
Adhere to SSA customer service program
Stock and display merchandise in shops
Maintain a clean, safe, and organized work environment
Uphold policies and procedures
Oversee quality and control of product
Maintain accurate cash drawers
Perform other duties as necessary
Temporary position: Mid-April to Mid-October
15 to 40 hrs/week
Starting pay: $7.25/hour
Must be at least 16 years of age
Download & Print Application

Seasonal FOOD SERVICE ASSOCIATE

Food Service Associates work at
restaurants, concession stands,
and concession carts at the zoo.

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Greet and assist guests
Serve guests quickly and efficiently
Adhere to SSA customer service program
Food preparation and service
Maintain a clean, safe, and organized work environment
Uphold policies and procedures
Maintain accurate cash drawers
Perform other duties as necessary
Temporary position: Mid-April to Mid-October
15 to 40 hrs/week
Starting pay: $7.25/hour
Must be at least 16 years of age
Download & Print Application

Statement of Equal Opportunity The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo is operated by the Fort Wayne Zoological Society through a cooperative agreement with the City of Fort Wayne’s Department of Parks and Recreation. All employees and volunteers work for the Fort Wayne Zoological Society. The Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer and treats all applicants, employees, and volunteers without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital or veteran status, mental or physical disability that does not preclude performance of essential job duties, or any other status protected by law. The Society will offer all reasonable accommodations required by law to employees and volunteers with known disabilities. The Society supports and promotes diversity in its workforce and on its Board of Directors and strives to foster a work environment of respect and inclusiveness where the diversity and contributions of all applicants, employees, volunteers, and visitors are valued and recognized.