If you share our core values, perhaps you belong in a Zoo (our Zoo)! Check out the career opportunities below.

Internships

The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden Internship Program is designed for current college students in their junior or senior year or recent college graduates. Under the guidance and supervision of Zoo staff, interns will develop skills and gain valuable real-world experience in their field of interest. For a minimal fee, housing may be available for a limited number of interns.

The CZBG Intern Program provides students with a unique opportunity to be alongside animal care or Zoo staff, gain valuable hands-on experience, develop professional contacts in the Zoo community, and attend lectures and continuing education courses presented by staff from a variety of departments. Topics include basic animal husbandry, operant conditioning, enrichment, nutrition, veterinary care, public speaking and presentations, green practices and conservation, and job-seeking/interview skills.

Qualifications

 The ideal candidate will meet the following requirements: 1) Current college junior or senior working toward a degree in a related field, or a recent graduate with a related degree; 2) hard-working, highly motivated and professional; 3) demonstrate commitment to working with children, adults, and wildlife in a zoo setting; and 4) comfortable working with and handling many different species encompassing all classes of animals.

Working Conditions/Other Requirements:  All internships are unpaid. While performing the duties of this position the intern is regularly required to stand; walk; climb or balance and grasp objects.  In addition, the intern is regularly exposed to outside weather conditions; must be able to lift & move 50 pounds without mechanical assistance. The CZBG is open 364 days a year. Interns can expect to have a regular set schedule but may be scheduled to participate on some weekends, holidays, etc.

  • Appointment is conditional upon passing a pre-start drug & nicotine screen
  • Must provide a negative TB test result prior to beginning the internship
  • Candidates must provide proof of current medical insurance, and maintain this insurance for the duration of the internship

To apply for an internship, qualified applicants must apply via our online application on our website. Please be prepared to provide the following documents and information with your application:

  • Cover letter and resume (PDF format preferred, but will accept Word documents)
  • Contact information for two professional references.

Successful candidates will embrace and continuously demonstrate the Core Values of the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden which include, but are not limited to:  Building Collaborative Relationships through open communication and active listening; having Positivity and Energy through positive attitudes and making time to celebrate successes; having Accountability, Mutual Trust and Respect through taking ownership of issues, learning from mistakes, treating others with respect, holding self and others accountable and doing what you say you’re going to do; possessing Progressive Thinking through being a self-directed learner, and learning from others, thinking creatively, challenging the status quo respectively, and demonstrating relentless pursuit for improvement; and having Pride, Passion & a Sense of Ownership through respect and care for the living collection, going the extra mile, always being an advocate for the Zoo and demonstrating a strong personal ownership.


Internship Session Information: 

FULL-TIME internships are 14 weeks and typically follow a full-time work-week pattern: 4-5 consecutive days per week, approximately 8 hours per day, generally from 7:00 or 8:00am to 3:00 or 4:00pm; final schedules are set by the department supervisor. Currently, we offer FULL-TIME sessions in the Summer, Fall, and Winter/Spring.

PART-TIME (September – April) internships are ~36 weeks/9 months, 2-3 days per week, approximately 8 hours per day, generally from 7:00 or 8:00am to 3:00 or 4:00pm; final schedules are set by the department supervisor. Currently, we offer a part-time session beginning in the Fall.

  • Summer Session: FULL-TIME runs mid-May through mid-August. Applications are accepted Jan 1 – Jan 31.
  • Fall Sessions: FULL-TIME runs mid-September through mid-December, and PART-TIME runs mid-September through late April. Applications are accepted May 1 – Jun 30.
  • Winter/Spring Session: FULL-TIME runs mid-Jan through mid-Apr. Applications are accepted Sep 1 – Oct 31.

Exact start dates are noted in each area’s description. End dates are determined by whether the position offered is FULL-TIME or PART-TIME 


Current Internship Opportunities (Unpaid)

Click on the position to view descriptions of each area and/or specific internship goals.

Africa: Jan 6 through Apr 10, 2020

Please check out the following link to learn more about this habitat and animals in our care here: Africa.

Animal Commissary: Jan 6 through Apr 10, 2020

Please check out the following link to learn more about this position: Animal Commissary Internship.

Animal Excellence Research: Jan 6 through Apr 10, 2020

This professional internship at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden will assist the Animal Excellence Coordinator in implementing an evidence-based approach to animal care, excellence, and management.  Using science to better understand animal behavior, animal welfare, and our visitors’ perception of animal well-being is integral to the zoo’s mission and is the best way to promote a thriving animal community and an optimal visitor experience. Interns will assist with applied behavioral research projects and other initiatives related to animal welfare and overall excellence and will attain practical experience conducting research and working in a zoological facility.

Please check out the following link to learn more about the internship’s specific goals here: Animal Excellence Research Internship Description.

Animal Nutrition: Jan 6 through Apr 10, 2020

Please check out the following link to learn more about the internship’s specific goals here: Animal Nutrition Internship Description.

Aviculture Department: Jan 6 through Apr 10, 2020

Please check out the following link to learn more about the habitats and animals in our care here: Wings of the World/Aviculture.

Cat Ambassador Program: Jan 6 through Apr 10, 2020

Learn the inner workings of a show department and work with the animal trainers of the Cat Ambassador Program. The ideal candidate must be motivated and interested to interact with guests and improve the overall visitor experience. Strong customer service skills are a must. The Cat Ambassador intern will have the responsibility of crowd control and visitor engagement during our public shows. Species in the ambassador programs include cheetah, ocelot, serval, red river hog, and domestic cats and dogs.

Elephant Department: Jan 6 through Apr 10, 2020

Please check out the following link to learn more about this habitat and animals in our care here: Elephant Reserve.

Environmental Education: Jan 6 through Apr 10, 2020

The Zoo’s Education Department taps into the skills, innovation, assistance, energy, and talent of our interns, but also strives to provide interns with real-world experiences that can translate into career preparedness. Interns learn many aspects of informal education including interpretive training and storytelling skills, public speaking, participatory education and inquiry, classroom management, and curriculum development for camps and programs. Interns will be responsible for completing a project related directly to the programs they are assisting with, observing and potentially teaching.

Event Staff Intern for Group Sales Department: Jan 6 through Apr 10, 2020

Please check out the following link to learn more about this position: Event Staff Internship

Horticulture - Native Plant/Wetland: Jan 6 through Apr 10, 2020

Interns gain first-hand experience in maintenance and expansion of the Zoo’s Native Plant Program. Interns will also help with growing native federally endangered species, such as Short’s goldenrod, Cumberland sandwort, northern monkshood, running buffalo clover, Virginia spirea and other endangered species. Work also includes propagation, such as divisions, cuttings, and seed collecting and germinating. An intern will also set up and run small research comparisons on native plants and growing conditions. Interns may also work in the CREW lab, which is project dependent. Interns work with native flora, including planting, pruning, watering, mulching, and weeding along with labeling established native gardens. Interns will also help evaluate flora on which species make good landscape plants. Interns will learn identification, cultural requirements, and various propagation techniques for native flora. They may also spend time at our off-site wetlands space at Bowyer Farm. The ideal candidate will be hard-working with a sincere interest in further developing their horticultural knowledge and skills in a public garden setting and students who are motivated to take full advantage of the opportunities provided.  Must be a student currently enrolled in horticulture, landscape architecture or a closely related field.  A knowledge and passion for plants are required; a positive attitude is a must to join our team!

Horticulture - Landscape Design and Maintenance: Jan 6 through Apr 10, 2020

A unique internship experience in public horticulture combining animal immersion habitats in a botanical garden environment. The Botanical Garden features a wide diversity of trees, shrubs, perennials, stunning summer annual displays and a large production nursery. Our internship program offers students a unique opportunity aimed at allowing interns to improve their horticultural knowledge and skills relevant to caring for and managing CZBG’s diverse living collection and grounds.  Working alongside and learning from professional horticulture staff, interns will have the opportunity to gain experience through participation in activities such as pruning, arboriculture, plant propagation, greenhouse and nursery management, IPM, plant records, as well as basic horticultural tasks. The interns’ daily tasks may include assisting with planting, watering, weeding, pruning, mulching and overall daily garden maintenance. In addition, the intern will gain a variety of experience in many facets of public horticulture including record keeping, plant identification, and visitor interaction.  The student should have enthusiasm for working in a public garden and flexibility to perform a wide variety of tasks. The ideal candidate will be hard-working with a sincere interest in further developing their horticultural knowledge and skills in a public garden setting and students who are motivated to take full advantage of the opportunities provided.  Must be a student currently enrolled in horticulture, landscape architecture or a closely related field.  A knowledge and passion for plants are required; a positive attitude is a must to join our team!

Interpretive Collection & Children's Zoo: Jan 6 through Apr 10, 2020

The Interpretive Collection houses the Zoo’s animal ambassadors. Our diverse collection of 200 individual animals encompasses 75 different species that include a wide variety of reptiles, amphibians, birds, mammals, and invertebrates. We provide the daily husbandry and care for these animals, and constantly strive to provide them with the best welfare possible through positive reinforcement, dynamic habitats, and behavioral based enrichment. Greater flamingos, Six-banded armadillo, Prehensile-Tailed Porcupine, Eurasian Eagle owl, and Cave-dwelling rat snakes are just a handful of species you will be working with! The Interpretive Collection staff and interns also occasionally help care for the animals in our Children’s Zoo.

Invertebrate Husbandry and Display: Jan 6 through Apr 10, 2020

Please check out the following link to learn more about this exhibit and the animals in our care here: World of the Insect.

Manatee Springs: Jan 6 through Apr 10, 2020

Please check out the following link to learn more about this habitat and the animals in our care here: Manatee Springs.

Additional qualifications are required for interns in this area:

  1. Certified SCUBA diver [PADI, NAUI, SSI, etc.]
  2. CPR and First Aid Certified
  3. Prior to start date, the selected candidate must provide the Dive Safety Officer with written physician approval to dive.

Night Hunters: Jan 6 through Apr 10, 2020

Please check out the following link to learn more about this habitat and the animals in our care here: Night Hunters.

Primate Department: Jan 6 through Apr 10, 2020

Please check out the following links to learn more about the habitats and the animals in our care here:

Reptile Department: Jan 6 through Apr 10, 2020

Please check out the following link to learn more about the habitats and animals in our care here: Reptiles & Dragons

Rhino Reserve: Jan 6 through Apr 10, 2020

Please check out the following link to learn more about this habitat and the animals in our care here: Rhino Reserve.

Wings of Wonder Bird Encounter: Jan 6 through Apr 10, 2020

Interns will assist the Ameritas Wings of Wonder staff with daily operations within a show department. Interns will assist with and gain skills in husbandry, enrichment, and have the opportunity to learn about positive reinforcement training with the Wings of Wonder trainer team. When we aren’t doing daily encounters in the summer, we are visiting local schools with our outreach program. The ideal candidate should be passionate about environmental education and inspiring change through public encounters/shows.


The application window for the Winter/Spring 2020 session is open NOW through October 31. Please click HERE to apply.

Thank you for your interest!  If you have additional questions, please email [email protected].

Sales Associate

The Cincinnati Zoo Gift Shops are now hiring fun, energetic, silly, optimistic and outgoing people to add to our team. Start date would be early March. Hours of operation are 9a-5p Monday through Sunday. Saturday and Sunday availability is a must. Cleaning and restocking merchandise are necessary job duties completed after the Zoo closes, typically adding 1.5 to 2 hours to the end of the shift. You will be required to work outside, selling to guests, with a positive attitude in most weather conditions, no exceptions.

Our primary goal is to provide every zoo guest with EXTRAordinary service.

Job Details

Expectations:

  • Be trust worthy and dependable
  • Be contagiously energetic, enthusiastic, silly, fun and goofy
  • Be able to effectively work in a team and independently
  • Have a positive attitude, optimistic outlook and generous smile
  • Be able to work a rotating schedule of 15-30 hours per week
  • Be outgoing and be able to start and carry-on conversations with guests
  • Be able to do simple math, including adding and subtracting without a calculator

Job Duties:

  • #1 priority is giving guests EXTRAordinary service
  • Adding-on items at all areas of service
  • Straightening and stocking the store
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Using cash register
  • Meeting and exceeding sales goals

We also have sales positions available geared towards those with educational backgrounds or experience working closely with children. If you feel that you fit this category, we encourage you to apply and note this in your application. Further information about this position will be provided during the interview process.

Prior retail experience is not necessary for any of our positions, but you must possess the combined skills and knowledge needed to understand and execute outstanding customer service with every guest in a fast paced, ever changing environment.

To apply use the following link: https://bit.ly/2GvucAT


Stock Associate

The Cincinnati Zoo Gift Shops are now hiring spring/summer Stock Associates to add to our retail team.   Scheduled hours are 7am-4pm.  You will be required to occasionally work outside with a positive attitude in most weather conditions, no exceptions.

The Stock Associate is responsible for refilling sold down goods, stocking sales floor and warehouse shelves, breaking down boxes, cleaning, tagging merchandise and assisting the Warehouse Manager.

Expectations:

  • Be trust worthy and dependable
  • Be contagiously energetic, enthusiastic, silly, fun and goofy
  • Be able to effectively work in a team and independently
  • Have a positive attitude, optimistic outlook and generous smile
  • Be able to work a rotating schedule of 15-30 hours per week
  • Be outgoing and be able to start and carry-on conversations with guests
  • Be able to do simple math, including adding and subtracting without a calculator
  • Be able to lift and carry upwards of 50lbs
  • Be able to lift boxes over your head
  • Have a valid driver license
  • Be able to follow directions and make decisions on your own

Job Duties:

  • Stocking sales floor and warehouse shelves
  • Straightening and stocking the store as needed
  • Daily housekeeping – mopping, sweeping, dusting, breaking down boxes
  • Tagging merchandise
  • Assisting the Warehouse Manager where needed
  • Driving the stock from one location to another

Prior warehouse and/or stocking experience is preferred for this position preferably in a retail setting.

To apply use the following link: https://bit.ly/2GL5taY


Catering

The Company

Service Systems Associates is the leading provider in visitor services for cultural attractions in the country. We currently operate at over 55 different cultural attractions (Zoos, Aquariums, Museums, and other iconic attractions) across the country providing services in concessions, retail, and catering operations. We are currently in our biggest growth phase in the company history that started in 1971. We are actively seeking individuals eager to learn and advance through the company as we grow and look internally for development and advancement.

Duties:

  • Serves food and beverage to guests and buffet lines.
  • Gain knowledge of menu items.
  • Professional appearance and cleanliness must be maintained at all times.
  • Replaces food and beverage during events.
  • Gives excellent customer service at all times.
  • Assist in the break down of events assuring everything is clean and put away appropriately.
  • Always has a positive attitude no matter the circumstances or the personnel.
  • Maintain food and space cleanliness as to SSA standards.
  • Perform any other tasks that may be assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Previous experience preferred.
  • Demonstrates excellent customer service skills
  • Excellent communication is a must.
  • Be able to adhere to food safety regulations.
  • The ability to stand and walk for long periods of time.
  • Must be able to lift up to 50lbs.
  • Be able to work in a very physically demanding environment.
  • Must be able to stand and walk for long periods of time, outdoors and indoors.
  • Must be available to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends.

Apply for SSA by emailing [email protected].


Food Service Associate Positions

SSA, a third party company with the Cincinnati Zoo is now hiring for all culinary and customer service positions. We are only looking for people who will have MONDAY-FRIDAY availability going into the fall from 9a-6p and who is graduated or no longer in school. Be prepared for an on-site interview.

SSA is looking for applicants who are:

  • Highly Motivated
  • Customer Service Dedicated
  • Prepared for a fast paced environment
  • Skilled with communication and teamwork

Requirements:

  • Reliable Transportation
  • Strong Customer Service & Communication Skills
  • Flexible to work weekend hours
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Energetic people who love to work in a fun-filled, high energy atmosphere
  • Can stand on feet for long periods of time
  • Previous food service experience is a plus, but not a requirement!!!

Apply by emailing [email protected]


Kaman’s Art Shoppes Opportunities

Kaman’s Art Shoppes is America’s largest amusement and theme park concessionaires. We offer a variety of art, photo, candy and specialty services.

Current opportunities with Kaman’s Art Shoppes at the Cincinnati Zoo are:

  • Handimals
  • Face Painters

Apply here – http://www.kamansjobs.com

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