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 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. PLEASE NOTE: Due to the uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus we cannot confirm at this time if we will be offering any housing to Summer 2021 interns.

The CZBG Intern Program provides students with a unique opportunity to work and learn from 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 student 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.

  • All interns must be fully vaccinated for COVID and provide documentation of date
  • 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 early-Jan through mid-Apr. Applications are accepted Nov 1 – Nov 30.

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 3 through Apr 10, 2022

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

Animal Commissary: Jan 3 through Apr 10, 2022

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

Animal Excellence Research: Jan 3 through Apr 10, 2022

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 3 through Apr 10, 2022

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

Aviculture Department: Jan 3 through Apr 10, 2022

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 3 through Apr 10, 2022

Learn the inner workings of a show department and work with the animal trainers of the Cat Ambassador Program. Interns will have the opportunity to become a part of the Cat Ambassador Program, working closely with the trainers to engage the public and care for the department’s animals. In addition to husbandry and animal care, ideal candidates must have a willingness to learn about behavior management and operant learning. Interns will also have opportunities to strengthen their interpersonal and interpretive skills during our public shows and events. Species in the CAP department include cheetah, ocelot, serval, red river hog, African porcupine, and domestic cats and dogs.

Children's Zoo, Red Panda & Roo Valley: Jan 3 through Apr 10, 2022

Please check out the following link to learn more about this habitat and animals in our care here: Children’s Zoo and Roo Valley

Elephant Department: Jan 3 through Apr 10, 2022

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

Environmental Education: Jan 3 through Apr 10, 2022

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 3 through Apr 10, 2022

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

Herpetology & Fish: Jan 3 through Apr 10, 2022

Please check out the following link to learn more about this habitat and animals in our care here: Reptiles and Komodo Dragon

Horticulture - Native Plant/Wetland: Jan 3 through Apr 10, 2022

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 3 through Apr 10, 2022

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: Jan 3 through Apr 10, 2022

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!

Invertebrate Husbandry and Display: Jan 3 through Apr 10, 2022

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

Night Hunters: Jan 3 through Apr 10, 2022

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

Primate Department: Jan 3 through Apr 10, 2022

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

Rhino Reserve: Jan 3 through Apr 10, 2022

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

Veterinary Technician - SUMMER SESSION ONLY

The Veterinary Technician Internship is a minimum of 6 weeks (40 hours per week unpaid, un-benefited) professional intern position with the Animal Health Department. Two separate internships are offered during the summer months with the first internship session beginning in mid-May and the second session starting in mid-July. Regular off-days to be determined.

Under general supervision provides assistance to the Veterinary Staff in the veterinary care of the animal collection. Responsibilities include:

  • Set up for procedures
  • Set up and perform laboratory procedures, including fecal exam for parasites, urinalysis; prepare and correctly labels and submits specimens for evaluation by outside laboratories. Positions animals for diagnostic radiographs, operates radiograph equipment and produces diagnostic digital radiographs following recommended safety protocols.
  • Assists in surgical procedures, including preparing and maintaining the animal in proper position and preparing and maintaining the sterile surgical environment. Follows appropriate surgical etiquette and assists veterinarians in surgical procedures as needed and directed.
  • Assists with general anesthesia of patients by monitoring physiological parameters – heart rate, respiratory rate, blood pressure, oxygenation.
  • Provides medication administration through topical, oral, intravenous, intramuscular, and subcutaneous.
  • Participates in medical behavior training.
  • Assists with necropsy procedures.
  • Maintains the Zoo Hospital, including sanitation, maintenance of physical plant, equipment maintenance, and inventory of supplies and medications.
  • Prepares medications, calculates drug dosages.
  • Performs miscellaneous treatments including dental prophylaxis, ear cleaning and wound care.
  • Reports daily observations and diagnostic results accurately in computerized animal records.
  • Interacts with keeper staff as needed.
  • Maintains a safe environment including the handling and disposal of sharp objects and biological samples, as well as other Zoo related and animal related safety protocols.
  • Has a basic understanding of zoonotic diseases.
  • Familiar with basic CPR procedures.
  • Interacts with Zoo visitors courteously and offers proper attention at all times.

Education: A graduate or currently enrolled in a Veterinary Technician program (preference given to students who are seniors).
Skills: Good written and oral communication skills. Good computer skills, including Microsoft Office (Word & Excel). General knowledge of medical terminology and disease processes. General knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians. Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions. Ability to calculate figures and amounts. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.

Wings of Wonder Bird Encounter: Jan 3 through Apr 10, 2022

This internship will assist the Ameritas Wings of Wonder team with daily operations within a public show department.  Interns will assist with husbandry, enrichment, and training with the Wings of Wonder team. They will also be involved in set up for Programs and Encounters on and off site.  The ideal candidate should have strong public interaction skills, be passionate about environmental education and inspiring change through public encounters.


The application window is open Nov 1 through Nov 30, 2021. 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.

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.

Please apply here: https://apply.jobappnetwork.com/clients/18834/posting/6432553/en


Barista

Please apply here: https://apply.jobappnetwork.com/clients/18834/posting/6422851/en

SSA at Cincinnati Zoo has a great opportunity for you!!!

We have a combined gift shop and food stand called Cup and Cone! We service Coffee Emporium, Graeters ice cream and snacks along with having an array of souvenirs for our guests!

We are looking for someone who can handle the fast-paced environment of coffee and ice cream while also helping our guests find the perfect item to take home! We have special items including, plush animals, hand-made jewelry, apparel and games of all sorts!

We look forward to viewing your application!

SSA: Built by family for families, SSA activates the moments between the experiences.

Are YOU the perfect addition to our team?  We are looking for the following traits to join our retail team:

  • Goal-oriented and flexible to meet the needs of the operation.
  • Demonstrates desire to help the team succeed.
  • Cash handling experience and register knowledge.
  • Barista experience preferred, with ability to navigate multiple drink menu items and build to the standard of service per location.
  • People person that is guest service oriented.
  • Knowledge of food safety standards, quality, and presentation.
  • Individual who brings excitement and opportunity to engage with the team and guests.
  • Responsibly geared towards presenting a clean and welcome experience for guests through upholding sanitation requirements.
  • Must be at least 16 years old for operating beverage equipment.

Limited positions available, PPE (face mask, gloves, apron) will be required for all shifts, Job duties will require individual to lift up to 15-35lbs and be on feet for long periods of time, please discuss with interviewing manager if accommodation is needed

Please inquire for full job description.

Position is Part-Time/flexible, with hours available based on season and operational need. Hours may be Full-Time during season given location, please confirm with hiring manager.

Position wage is hourly, dependent on experience

SSA Group, LLC. is an equal opportunity employer. We embrace diversity and equal opportunity through our commitment to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be.

Apply today!

Who are we? SSA is built by family, for families.

Much has changed since Kevin McNicholas founded this company in 1971, but even as our business grew, evolved and shifted into new markets, who we are has always stayed the same: We are a family business built on personal relationships, always taking the long view in our approach to business. Because we’re a family business, we think generationally in how we operate, always considering the long-term legacy and mission of our partners. In fact, facing behemoth, impersonal competitors on all fronts, SSA is uniquely positioned as a large company with a small company feel that can offer more of a personal relationship. Built by family, for families, we still are 100% independent. Our clients love that they have a direct line to Sean or Eric or Shannon, and that relationships still mean something to us. This personal feeling of family permeates our entire team and can even be felt on the front line, where our SSA team actually becomes a part of the institution’s family, too. From one generation to the next, SSA will always be there for our partners and our people.

SSA operates with Five Pillars in mind: People, Culture, Growth, Operational Excellence, and Social Responsibility.

This job opportunity is classified as a medium exposure risk job: include those that require frequent and/or close contact with (i.e., within 6 feet of) people who may be infected with SARS-CoV-2, but who are not known or suspected COVID-19 patients. In areas without ongoing community transmission, workers in this risk group may have frequent contact with travelers who may return from international locations with widespread COVID-19 transmission. In areas where there is ongoing community transmission, workers in this category may have contact with the general public (e.g., schools, high-population-density work environments, some high-volume retail settings).

All California Residents: By clicking the “APPLY NOW” button and submitting your job application, you agree you have reviewed the SSA Group California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) Candidate and Employee Privacy Notice (“Notice”). The English Notice is linked here, and the Spanish Notice is linked here

San Francisco Residents: Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records. Please see the “Fair Chance Ordinance – Know Your Rights” document linked here for more information. By clicking the “APPLY NOW” button and submitting your job application, you agree you have reviewed the “Fair Chance Ordinance – Know Your Rights” document.

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Retail Warehouse Associate

Please apply here: https://apply.jobappnetwork.com/clients/18834/posting/6422945/en

SSA: Built by family for families, SSA activates the moments between the experiences.

Are YOU the perfect addition to our team?  We are looking for the following traits:

  • Demonstrates organizational and planning skills with working knowledge of FIFO for food warehouse systems.Previous experience with running/stocking product at cultural attractions, with ability to navigate larger location.
  • Physical ability to stand and walk for extended periods and to move and handle boxes (35lbs-50lbs or more) as necessary to operation, which entails lifting and perform all functions as set forth above
  • Ability to work varied hours/days, including nights, weekends and holidays, as needed
  • Goal-oriented and flexible to meet the needs of the operation.
  • Responsibly geared towards presenting a clean and welcome experience for guests through upholding sanitation requirements.

Requirements: Driving company vehicle and/or golf cart within the scope of employment requires a valid driver’s license and is subject to a DMV check; must be 16 years or older.

Limited positions available, PPE (face mask, gloves, apron) will be required for all shifts, Job duties will require individual to lift up to 15-35lbs and be on feet for long periods of time, please discuss with interviewing manager if accommodation is needed

Please inquire for full job description.

Position is Part-Time/flexible, with hours available based on season and operational need. Hours may be Full-Time during season given location, please confirm with hiring manager.

Position is wage is hourly, dependent on experience

SSA Group, LLC. is an equal opportunity employer. We embrace diversity and equal opportunity through our commitment to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be.

Apply today!

Who are we? SSA is built by family, for families.

Much has changed since Kevin McNicholas founded this company in 1971, but even as our business grew, evolved and shifted into new markets, who we are has always stayed the same: We are a family business built on personal relationships, always taking the long view in our approach to business. Because we’re a family business, we think generationally in how we operate, always considering the long-term legacy and mission of our partners. In fact, facing behemoth, impersonal competitors on all fronts, SSA is uniquely positioned as a large company with a small company feel that can offer more of a personal relationship. Built by family, for families, we still are 100% independent. Our clients love that they have a direct line to Sean or Eric or Shannon, and that relationships still mean something to us. This personal feeling of family permeates our entire team and can even be felt on the front line, where our SSA team actually becomes a part of the institution’s family, too. From one generation to the next, SSA will always be there for our partners and our people.

SSA operates with Five Pillars in mind: People, Culture, Growth, Operational Excellence, and Social Responsibility.

This job opportunity is classified as a medium exposure risk job: include those that require frequent and/or close contact with (i.e., within 6 feet of) people who may be infected with SARS-CoV-2, but who are not known or suspected COVID-19 patients. In areas without ongoing community transmission, workers in this risk group may have frequent contact with travelers who may return from international locations with widespread COVID-19 transmission. In areas where there is ongoing community transmission, workers in this category may have contact with the general public (e.g., schools, high-population-density work environments, some high-volume retail settings).

All California Residents: By clicking the “APPLY NOW” button and submitting your job application, you agree you have reviewed the SSA Group California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) Candidate and Employee Privacy Notice (“Notice”). The English Notice is linked here, and the Spanish Notice is linked here

San Francisco Residents: Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records. Please see the “Fair Chance Ordinance – Know Your Rights” document linked here for more information. By clicking the “APPLY NOW” button and submitting your job application, you agree you have reviewed the “Fair Chance Ordinance – Know Your Rights” document.

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