Careers

Your future begins here!

The zoo offers a wide range of opportunities in a unique environment.  We’re open daily, including holidays, weekends, and some evenings for special events.  To apply, you must be 16 years of age or older and may be required to consent to a pre-employment background and drug screen.

Full-time Benefits

When you join the Kansas City Zoo team as a full-time staff member, these benefits are available:

  • Medical, dental, vision, and supplemental benefits
  • 401K with match
  • Paid time off
  • Complimentary zoo admission
  • Unique work atmosphere

Employment Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How old do you have to be to apply?

A: To apply, you must be at least 16 years old.

Q: What jobs do you currently have available?

A: All available jobs can be viewed by visiting the Employment Opportunities page.

Q: Does the Zoo offer internships?

A: We do offer internships. Animal internships are typically posted in January or February and run May through August, depending on availability. Non-animal internships may be available in different departments and will be posted on our job applications page.

Q: May I check on the status of my application?

A: Each year, the Kansas City Zoo receives more than 1,500 applications for employment. Due to the large volume of applications received, we will be unable to contact every applicant and cannot accept follow-up or status-check phone calls.

You will be contacted if your education, professional experience, and skill set match a current need.

*Friends of the Zoo, Inc., (FOTZ) of Kansas City is an Equal Opportunity Employer and considers all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, mental or physical disability that does not preclude performance of essential job duties, or any other status protected by law. FOTZ supports and promotes workforce diversity and strives to foster a work environment of respect and inclusiveness where the contributions of all workers are valued and recognized.

**The Kansas City Zoo receives a high volume of applications for employment.  Due to the amount of applications received, we will be unable to contact every applicant and cannot accept follow-up or status-check phone calls.  Applications are reviewed regularly, and qualified candidates will be contacted directly.

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