Jobs

Do you want to work at the zoo this summer?

We have open positions in culinary. Please complete the  SSA Job Application and bring it with you to our Guest Services Building M-F rom 8AM-5PM. Thank you for your interest in working at the zoo!

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Full- and part-time openings

Zoo Keeper: Education Department (Full-Time)

Applications are being accepted for a full-time Program Animal Keeper in the zoo’s Education Department. This position is responsible for the daily husbandry of the zoo’s program animals, including small parrots, snakes, lizards, amphibians, hedgehogs, rats, ferrets, guinea pigs, and rabbits. The Program Animal Keeper also presents animal-themed programs on zoo grounds to children and adults. Applicants must be detailed oriented, willing to perform physical labor, and possess a strong team work ethic. Proficiency in operant conditioning, program delivery, and animal care experience with a variety of species is preferred. Good communication and organizational skills are a must. Click here for a full 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 (Program Animal Keeper), 3411 Sherman Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46808; deliver to zoo office 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday; or email to employment@kidszoo.org.

Application Deadline: Friday, May 6

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 opportunities throughout their professional journey.

Internships

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

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

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:

  • Students should be enrolled in an accredited veterinary technology program with a long-term interest in zoo/wildlife medicine.  Experience with exotic species is preferred but not required.
  • 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

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.

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.

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.