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Organization: Minnesota Zoo (AZA Member)
Location: Apple Valley, Minnesota, United States
Job or Internship: Job

The Minnesota Zoo welcomes over 1.3 million guests each year to experience emotional connections with wildlife, learn about science and conservation, and gain a greater appreciation for the wild places that sustain animals?and people?around the world. An investment of more than $76 million in the past six years has poised the Minnesota Zoo to be a world-leading zoo transformed with the addition of innovative new exhibits and strengthened wildlife conservation and education activities.

As part of an exciting new initiative which aims to balance priorities in animal care and guest experience, we are seeking hard-working, team-oriented and passionate individual to fill a full-time, limited zoologist position in our Biological Programs division. This individual will provide daily lead work for our Close Encounters program requiring a strong background in training program and/or show animals and demonstrated strengths in teambuilding and leadership. Additionally, this individual will have rotating responsibilities working with a variety of species on the Zoo?s Minnesota, Tropics and Northern Trails featuring award winning state-of-the-art immersive exhibits. Rotating duties between multiple work units will require a positive attitude, the ability to be self-disciplined, to demonstrate flexibility, creativity and responsibility in use of time. Excellent communication skills will be essential to work effectively with peers and enthusiastically engage our guests. The success and growth of this new program will require a candidate who desires to work cooperatively in a high-demand environment, who shares the Minnesota Zoo?s commitment to provide the highest standard of animal care including behavioral enrichment and training and who is passionate about connecting people, animals and the natural world.

Please note the position is considered limited with a maximum of three years and the potential to become a permanent position. The hours and days of work will vary depending on the needs of the work area.


Applicants must demonstrate in the resume ALL of the minimum qualifications in order to be considered for the position.

1. A college degree with a minimum one of the following: Bachelors of Biology,

OR Zoology, OR Wildlife Management OR closely related discipline; or an associate degree with a minor in Biology, Zoology, Wildlife Management or

closely related discipline AND

2. Four years of FULLTIME PAID experience with a zoo or aquarium AND

3. Two years experience in a lead role capacity in a zoo or aquarium

*Examples of a lead role may include being a primary zookeeper or animal trainer for a work area, coordinating interns or volunteers for a work area,

serving in a leadership position in professional organizations.

Experience MUST include all aspects of animal husbandry:


Describe your qualifications for the following:

a) Strong animal husbandry skills for a variety of taxa; AND

b) Behavior management: animal training and enrichment; AND

c) Animal handling and restraint; AND

d) Team leading/development; AND

e) Training and handling of program/show animals; AND

f) Interpretive program planning, development and presentation

2) Provide a training plan for a show or medical/husbandry behavior YOU have

successfully trained.

*If the supplemental information is not provided your application will not be considered*


Please visit the State of Minnesota website at Create a profile and apply to the job posting.


Email the Assistant Human Resources Director at