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Woodland Park Zoo

Animal Diet Specialist

Love animals? Want to make a positive impact on the planet? Come join the Woodland Park Zoo as an Animal Diet Specialist! We currently have one regular, full-time, benefited position available.

The Animal Diet Specialist is responsible for daily preparation of diets for animals within the zoo’s collection.


  • Prepares animal diets, following prescribed diet sheets, to be delivered to assigned areas of the zoo.
  • Stocks commissary kitchen with perishable food needed for diet preparation.
  • Cleans and organizes commissary kitchen in accordance with USDA regulations and AZA accreditation standards.
  • Maintains and monitors food quality according to USDA regulations and AZA accreditation standards.
  • Communicates with Commissary management regarding food order changes, stock shortages and quality concerns related to animal diet prep.
  • Performs routine record-keeping and related clerical duties such as data entry and maintenance of animal diet files.
  • Assists in training new staff or other staff in Animal Diet Specialist tasks as directed.
  • Creates food based enrichment per approved requests from Animal Management.
  • Washes and sanitizes animal diet dishes/containers returned to the Commissary.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Experience with diet preparation processes.
  • Must be able to work with hay, dust, crickets, worms, fish, blood, and dead prey animals.
  • Ability to handle knives/kitchen appliances in a safe manner.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, which may include evenings, weekend and/or holidays.
  • A valid Washington Driver’s License.
  • High school diploma, GED or equivalent.


  • Knowledge and experience with Microsoft Office.
  • At least six months related experience and/or training in a professional food or kitchen environment.


  • This position must frequently lift or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally lift and or move up to 75 pounds.
  • A considerable amount of walking and standing is required.
  • Some stooping and crouching is required to access items on lower shelves.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to perform essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to a typical warehouse environment. The commissary is not thoroughly heated or cooled and can be hot in the summer and cold in the winter. Food is stored in a walk-in cooler and walk-in freezer. This position is occasionally exposed to noise from trucks, forklift, and dust blowers. This position requires an ability to walk or transit across the 92-acre facility in variable weather conditions.

Want to know more? Read the full job description here!

Pay: $17.97 per hour.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old and have a valid WA driver's license with a safe driving history. A criminal background check, driving record review, pre-employment physical, and pre-employment tuberculosis test will be required of the selected applicant.



How to Apply

Application Directions: Applications are accepted online through our Jobs Page at; no other forms of application will be accepted. Resume is required, cover letter is optional but preferred. 


Woodland Park Zoo is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in application and employment for any reason, including race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin, age, disability or medical status including genetic information, and/or veteran’s status.

Woodland Park Zoo is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in all of its services. If you need accommodation in the application or interview process, please contact our recruiting team at


Woodland Park Zoo
5500 Phinney Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
Phone: 206548245

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