Employment

Current Positions

Education Administrative Associate – Part Time (17 hrs. per week)
Visitors Services – 2015 Spring/Summer Seasonal Employment
Seasonal Animal Care Worker- Trails of Africa
Animal Care Professional- Primates (Full Time)
Animal Care Professional-Primates (Seasonal)
Lorikeet Attendant – Bird Department (Seasonal)
Spring and Summer Animal Department Paid Internships

Education Administrative Associate – Part Time (17 hrs. per week)

Summary: 

The Part Time Education Administrative Associate is responsible for supporting the staff from all branches of the Education Department. The Education Administrative Associate is the primary point of contact with the public for program registration, record keeping and processing payments for all Education programs.  In addition, the Education Administrative Associate is responsible for providing organizational and logistical support for Zoo events (Party for the Planet, National Wildlife Week, Mother’s Day event, Father’s Day event, Boo at the Zoo, ZooLights Safari, etc.) For these Zoo events the Education Administrative Associate is responsible for providing the educational messaging.  This requires attending special events meetings, collaborating with other departments and reporting to the Education Programs Manager with information/updates. This position requires a strong ability to work in a team oriented atmosphere.

Essential job functions include:

  • Manages the Education Department’s front of house operations.
  • Operates the customer database system.
  • Updates Education programs in the Zoo’s back office system.
  • Collects and reviews all paperwork from attendees
  • Operates the POS system; this includes calculating and collecting transactions and submitting deposits.
  • Collects and prepares needed supplies
  • Effectively handles customer service concerns
  • Designs, implements and evaluates the educational messaging for Zoo events.
  • Manages attractions and logistics for Zoo events.
  • Attends meetings for Zoo events.
  • Collects and prepares needed supplies for Zoo events.

Minimum qualifications (Special skills, knowledge, ability, education, etc.):

  • Preferred college degree
  • Preferred experience in customer service related tasks.
  • Must be goal oriented, highly motivated, and be able to multi-task.
  • Must possess excellent, interpersonal, organizational, oral and written communication skills.
  • Must have proficiency in Microsoft Office, especially Excel, Word and PowerPoint

Physical demands:

  • Frequently required to stand; walk; sit; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, bend, crawl, crouch and talk or hear.
  • Routinely lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
  • Depending on assignment, exposure to the elements can be expected.

Interested candidates should a cover letter and resume to HR@BirmnghamZoo.com

Visitors Services – 2015 Spring/Summer Seasonal Employment

Join the Zoo Crew now to begin this spring and summer!  We are currently taking applications for various Visitor Service positions such as ticket sales, amusements, birthday party assistants, etc.  These assignments could last from March to August, 2015.  These positions require excellent customer service skills and the ability to interact with Zoo visitors in order to make their experience memorable and fun.   Working outdoors in the elements is a requirement as well as standing for long periods of time.  Full time and part time hours available, however must be willing to work flexible hours and weekends.  Send resume to HR@BirminghamZoo.com

Seasonal Animal Care Worker- Trails of Africa

Description:

Birmingham Zoo, Inc. is accepting applications for 1 paid seasonal position in Trails of Africa. This position will be held from 1.March.2015-30.June.2015. Trails of Africa includes zebra, gazelle, giraffe, ostrich, red river hogs, hippo, rhino, and elephants. Preferred applicants have completed, or are in the process of completing, a degree in animal husbandry, biology, or a related field and are at least 18 years of age. Previous experience working with exotic animals, knowledge of animal husbandry and/or experience with operant conditioning are strongly preferred. Safety is paramount for guests, staff and collection animals.  Therefore, the employee will be closely monitored by a staff member to ensure safety protocols are being followed at all times. The preferred candidate must be able to easily lift 50 pounds and be willing to work in adverse weather conditions. The preferred candidate also must be able to bend, lift, easily walk zoo grounds, possess good oral and written communication skills, and have a valid driver’s license. The successful candidate will pass a drug test and background check and must provide documentation of a negative TB test in the past 6 months.  Housing will be the responsibility of the employee. Pay rate is $7.50/hour.

Duties will include, but are not limited to:

  • Assisting Animal Care Professionals with daily husbandry tasks
  • Animal observations
  • Observing training sessions
  • Providing enrichment to the collection animals
  • Performing animal chats for guests
  • Guest interaction associated with giraffe feeding station
  • Working after-hours events

Please submit resume, cover letter, and application to bbeury@birminghamzoo.com no later than.. Applications can be found on www.birminghamzoo.com.

Animal Care Professional- Primates (Full Time)

The Birmingham Zoo is currently seeking applications for Animal Care Professionals (3) in the Primate Department.  Under the direction of the Zoological Manager, the successful candidate will be responsible for providing a high level of animal care to eleven species of non-human primates as well as Giant Otters, African Crested Porcupines, and Hoffman’s Two-toed Sloth.

Primary responsibilities of this position include monitoring animal health, maintaining cleanliness of animal areas, providing environmental and behavioral enrichment, preparing diets, modifying exhibits, maintaining accurate records, and presenting both formally and informally for the public.  The candidate must be a motivated self-starter that is enthusiastic and team oriented.  This position requires a team player capable of positive interactions with staff, guests, and volunteers.

This is a full time position working at least 40 hours per week, including weekends, holidays, and late events as needed.  Successful candidates will work in close proximity to dangerous animals, and professionalism and good communication are required.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Basic knowledge of the management of captive primate populations, including related AZA conservation programs
  • Provide proof of a negative TB test
  • Good decision making skills
  • Work under challenging physical conditions and perform strenuous duties in extreme weather
  • Lift 50 pounds
  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant biological field
  • Minimum of one years’ experience with exotics
  • Demonstrate understanding of principles of operant conditioning
  • Obtain a valid Alabama State driver’s license within 30 days of hire
  • AZA member preferred
  • Experience working with great apes preferred

The Birmingham Zoo, Inc. is an EOE and drug free work place.  To apply please send a cover letter and resume to Birmingham Zoo, Inc., Human Resources, 2630 Cahaba Road, Birmingham, Alabama, 35223 or email to HR@birminghamzoo.com

 Animal Care Professional-Primates (Seasonal)

The Birmingham Zoo is currently seeking applications for a seasonal Animal Care Professionals (1) in the Primate Department.  Under the direction of the Zoological Manager, the successful candidate will be responsible for providing a high level of animal care to eleven species of non-human primates as well as Giant Otters, African Crested Porcupines, and Hoffman’s Two-toed Sloth.

Primary responsibilities of this position include monitoring animal health, maintaining cleanliness of animal areas, providing environmental enrichment, preparing diets, maintaining accurate records, and presenting both formally and informally for the public.  The candidate must be a motivated self-starter that is enthusiastic and team oriented.  This position requires a team player capable of positive interactions with staff, guests, and volunteers.

This is a seasonal position working at least 40 hours per week, including weekends, holidays, and late events as needed.  Successful candidates will work in close proximity to dangerous animals, and professionalism and good communication are required.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Basic knowledge of the management of captive primate populations, including related AZA conservation programs
  • Provide proof of a negative TB test
  • Good decision making skills
  • Work under challenging physical conditions and perform strenuous duties in extreme weather
  • Lift 50 pounds
  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant biological field
  • AZA member preferred

The Birmingham Zoo, Inc. is an EOE and drug free work place.  To apply please send a cover letter and resume to Birmingham Zoo, Inc., Human Resources, 2630 Cahaba Road, Birmingham, Alabama, 35223 or email to HR@BirminghamZoo.com

Lorikeet Attendant – Bird Department (Seasonal)

DUTIES
The duties of this position will include the daily inspection, feeding, cleaning, training, enrichment, and maintenance of the birds that reside in the Lorikeet exhibit.  This position will also be responsible for manning the Lorikeet exhibit and educating visitors. As well as other duties as assigned by the Curator or Zoological Manager.

Preference will be given to candidates who have had previous zoological experience or candidates that are working towards a college degree in zoology or a related science.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
18 years of age
High School Diploma/GED.
Good oral and written communication skills.
Must have good observational and record keeping skills.
Must have the ability to work as a team member and to interact with the visitors in a positive manner.

 Position Status: Seasonal, February 22 to October 31

Please send cover letter and resume to hr@birminghamzoo.com

Spring and Summer Animal Department Paid Internships

The Birmingham Zoo will offer limited paid internships to qualified candidates during the spring and summer season.  We will only accept applications and resumes when animal internships become available and are posted on here.

Click the link to download an employment application.

Please send resumes to:
Human Resources
Birmingham Zoo
2630 Cahaba Road
Birmingham, Alabama 35223
Fax: 205.879.9426

Human Resources E-mail

Please note that submitting an application does not guarantee an personal interview. The application is an initial part of the interview process.

The Birmingham Zoo is an Equal Opportunity Employer and drug-free facility.