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CZS/Brookfield Zoo

Seasonal Animal Care Specialist, Ungulates

This position supports the Zoo’s Giraffe Feeding Encounter and requires excellent interpersonal and communication skills.  Seasonal Animal Care Specialists contribute to creating an extraordinary guest experience and directly facilitate the connection between zoo guests, giraffes, and conservation messages.  There is no direct animal care involved in this position, however Seasonal Animal Care Specialists work closely with the giraffe herd during feeding encounters and are expected to learn about individual animals, assist in daily food and browse preparation, and monitor animal behavior. 
This position also requires that you must be at least 18 years of age and have a valid driver’s license. This is a temporary (seasonal) position. The union hourly wage for this position is $15.00 per hour. 

This is a part-time position, working 20-25 hours per week, beginning as soon as possible.  The shifts are between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.  This includes all weekdays, weekends, and holidays between May and October.  

As one of the top zoos with over 450 species of animals, you will demonstrate your practical understanding of animal behavior, ability to work with live animals safely, and attention to details while closely observing assigned animals, carefully observing the condition of the assigned area and animal enclosures, and maintaining animal record documentation as assigned.

Experience Required

High school graduate or equivalent required. Bachelor's degree or college coursework in relevant biological field or equivalent combination of training and experience preferred. Minimum six months animal care facility, farm, kennel, or equivalent animal experience preferred. Incumbent must possess an understanding of practical principles of animal behavior and ability to work with live animals safely. Knowledge of natural history, zoology, or animal husbandry preferred. Must be able to interact in a courteous and professional manner. Must be able to learn and integrate information, knowledge, and direction quickly. Must be reliable. Must be capable of dealing with emergencies calmly and efficiently. Must be able to read, write, and speak the English language fluently. Experience and/or ability to work and interact effectively with a diverse, multicultural audience. Multilingual ability and Spanish fluency a plus.

Further Comments

The Chicago Zoological Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Workplace safety is the Chicago Zoological Society’s top priority. We require all employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 unless they request and receive a religious or medical exemption. New hires must have at least received their first vaccine dose prior to their start date and must test weekly until fully vaccinated. If fully vaccinated, new hires must receive the first booster, if due, within 30 days of their start date.


15.00/hour per union contract

How to Apply

If interested in being considered for this opportunity, please visit the CZS Career Center to obtain more details about the position and to apply by submitting your profile.  Please visit our website at  Please use the Advanced Search feature to look for requisition number 2369BR.

CZS/Brookfield Zoo
3300 Golf Road
Brookfield, IL 60513
Phone: 7086888400

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