Zoo Careers and More!

Thank you for your interest in joining Naples Zoo. We have hundreds of applicants each year, but only a few join our select team of dedicated professionals. Because of the kind of work we do, applicants need to be at least 18 years old. Please e-mail your resume or print the Zoo Employment Application, complete it, and e-mail it to jobs@napleszoo.org. Naples Zoo is a Drug Free Workplace.

(Due to the high volume of applicants, we may not be able acknowledge receipt of your application; we will be in touch should we need additional information or select you to interview for one of our open positions.)

Employment Application

Please note: INTERNSHIP information and VOLUNTEER opportunities are listed separately.

Current Openings


Development associate   |   full time

This position requires a friendly, outgoing, and patient disposition at all times. The Development Associate is responsible for ensuring donor gifts are processed and recognized in a timely fashion. He or she plays a major role in donor and member stewardship and ensures certain aspects of the development program run smoothly. Must be comfortable with technology. Candidate must be able to work independently and efficiently.

Director of Animal Programs   |   full time

Reporting to the President and CEO, the Director of Animal Programs serves on the Zoo’s Senior Management Team and is responsible for directing the operation of and short and long-term planning for the zoo’s animal programs, including but not limited to animal care and husbandry, veterinary care, nutrition, behavior management and acquisitions/dispositions.  In doing so, the Director of Animal Programs is charged with meeting or exceeding all AZA accreditation, USDA and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) standards and requirements, obtaining and maintaining all necessary permits, and with overseeing and preparing all necessary collection records.  He/she develops, administers and monitors the department’s budget and plays a leadership role in exhibit design/re-design, master plan and strategic plan development and implementation.  

The Director of Animal Programs directly supervises the Zoo Veterinarian and four animal care supervisors.  He/she is expected to effectively work with and manage the animal care team in a way that assures maximum team member engagement, strong teambuilding, and positive, productive and respectful departmental and inter-departmental communication and conflict resolution.  He/she is typically the designated media spokesperson for the Zoo’s animal related announcements, stories, updates and reports.  Historically, the Director of Animal Programs has served as a travel host for one of two African safaris offered by the Zoo each year.    

The incumbent will be a team builder and team player and will have significant experience in zoo/exotic animal management, habitat/exhibit design and in leading, managing and developing staff.  Minimum requirements include a bachelor’s degree in biological or natural sciences and 7 years of experience in progressive leadership and supervisorial positions in an AZA accredited organization. Naples Zoo is located in Naples Florida.  Join our leadership team and be rewarded with an AZA industry competitive salary and excellent benefits including health, dental, life, paid time off, and a 403(b) retirement plan.  Please email a cover letter and resume and to HR@napleszoo.org by August 1, 2020.  The submission of references is encouraged but not required.  Naples Zoo is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Florida Drug Free Workplace.


This position is responsible for landscape duties and functions as necessary to meet operating needs with a high degree of efficiency and independence to maintain performance standards. The horticulture technician must have the ability or the ability to learn the use of mowers, edgers, trimmers, chainsaws and other landscape equipment that pertains to the work.  The ability to drive a golf cart and tractors is also necessary for this position.  Proper safety equipment and training is provided for this job.

Submitting Applications:

email to:


or Mail to:

Human Resources Office, 1590 Goodlette Road, Naples FL 34102

or fax to:


You can also fill out an application or drop resumes off at the zoo itself. The zoo is conveniently located in the heart of Naples.