Employment

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 to 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

admissions attendant   |   part time, seasonal

The Admissions Attendant requires a friendly, outgoing, and patient disposition at all times. The admissions attendant must be able to handle cash and charge transactions. He or she needs to have a basic knowledge of mammals, avian and reptiles in a zoological environment. This person also needs to stay updated on all of the park history, daily schedule and special events.

Animal Care Professional -  Animal Ambassadors   I    Full Time

The Animal Care Professional will have previous experience in presenting live animals, public speaking and a strong background utilizing operant conditioning techniques.  General husbandry and care of assigned animals (birds, mammals and reptiles). Close observation of animal behaviors. Shift animals according to area’s safety protocol. Maintain detailed daily records on assigned animals. Inspect, clean, and maintain both exhibit and off-exhibit areas.  Propose and perform species-specific enrichment. Knowledge of husbandry requirements, and the prevention of zoonotic diseases. Knowledge of operant training techniques. Interact with guests during both formal and informal presentations. Assist in animal procedures including translocations, immobilizations, crating, and veterinary procedures. Respond to and assist management in guiding the resolution of emergency situations within the zoo. Observe safety policies and procedures in regards to the use of zoo’s equipment, materials, chemicals, and vehicles.

Animal Care Professional – Carnivores    I    Part Time

Under the general direction of the Animal Care Supervisor, the Animal Care Professional- Carnivore works with all animals in the carnivore department. He/she will be responsible for the daily care, feeding, enrichment and training of animals in the assigned areas. Duties will include but are not limited to maintaining cleanliness of animal habitats, assisting with veterinary procedures, developing and implementing training plans and keeping daily records while following Naples Zoo policies and protocols. This position requires guest interaction through scheduled keeper talks, Zoo Camp, and possible media events.  The incumbent will regularly work with other department Animal Care Professionals in a team setting as well as independently and will require effective communication skills as well as the ability to understand carnivore specific behaviors. The incumbent is required to work in extreme weather conditions typical to South Florida and have the physical ability to lift or move up to 50 pounds, operate landscaping equipment (mower, string trimmer, etc.) and simple power tools, work on varied uneven terrain, climb ladders, and ride a bicycle. The ideal candidate should have an introductory amount of knowledge of carnivores and their care in a zoological setting, be flexible, and enjoy working within a team setting.  Hours generally will not exceed 24 hours a week and dependent on the applicant’s schedule could be spread over 3 or 4 days. 

animal care professional - hoofstock/primates   |   full time

This position will involve working with all animals in all areas of the hoofstock and primate departments. These areas currently include but are not limited to the following: Old and New World monkey, gibbon and lemur species, giant anteater, agouti, gazelle, bongo antelope, zebra, duiker, giraffe, tortoise and cranes. Under the general direction of the Animal Care Supervisor, this position will be responsible for the daily care, feeding, enrichment and training of animals in the assigned areas. Duties will include but are not limited to maintaining cleanliness of animal habitats, assisting with veterinary procedures, developing and implementing training plans and keeping daily records while following Naples Zoo policies and protocols. This position will also require guest interaction through scheduled keeper talks, Wild Encounters, Zoo Camp and possible media events.  This position will regularly work with other department keepers in a team setting as well as independently and will require effective communication skills as well as the ability to understand species specific behaviors. . Keepers are required to work in extreme weather conditions typical to South Florida and have the physical ability to lift or move up to 50 pounds, operate landscaping equipment ( mower, string trimmer, etc.), work on varied uneven terrain, climb ladders, operate a canoe as well as a single engine pontoon boat and ride a bicycle.  The majority of the primates at Naples Zoo live in a unique open-air environment on an island system within a lake. Keepers often spend long periods of time on a pontoon boat or in a canoe. Experience preferred with similar species as well as operant conditioning/positive reinforcement training in an AZA accredited zoological facility in addition to an Associate degree in a Zoological science or a related Bachelor degree. Candidates must be able to work weekdays, weekends and holidays.

Director of Guest Services   I   Full Time   

Reporting to the Zoo’s President and CEO and serving on the Zoo’s senior management team, the Director of Guest Services directly supervises the Zoo’s admissions department and operation and the park services department and operation that includes the Primate Expedition boat cruises, the giraffe feeding experience and visitor station, day-to-day upkeep and cleanliness detail, safety and security.  The position also serves as the Zoo’s principal liaison with Service System Associates (SSA), the Zoo’s exceptional food, beverage and retail partner.  In summary, the position ensures that the Zoo is providing exceptional guest services designed to elevate connectivity to, enjoyment of and appreciation for the Zoo’s animal and botanical collection and educational and conservation programming and is responsible for operations relating to guest relations and overall guest experience.  The Director of Guest Services is accountable for the daily supervision and tactical development of Guest Services including Boat Expeditions, Giraffe Feeding, Admissions, and Park Services front line employees as well as for ensuring all guest areas are at an acceptable level of cleanliness and safety.  The Director serves as Liaison with contract food and retail business partners.  He/She is responsible directing and coordinating the opening and closing of guest areas as well as cash management and deposits.

Giraffe Feeding Station Attendant     I    Part Time 

This position requires a friendly, outgoing, and patient disposition at all times.  The Giraffe Feeding Station Attendant must be able to handle cash transactions.  He or she needs to have a basic knowledge of mammals, avian and reptiles in a zoological environment.  This person also needs to stay updated on all of the park history, daily schedule and special events.

park attendant   |   full time

The Park Attendant is mainly responsible for park cleanliness and guest safety. This person must be comfortable communicating with guests as individuals or in large groups. The ability to enforce zoo rules and policies is important as well as the ability to communicate in a personable way with guests when answering queries.

 

Submitting Applications:

email to:

jobs@napleszoo.org

or Mail to:

Human Resources Office, 1590 Goodlette Road, Naples FL 34102

or fax to:

239.262.6866

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

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