Current Positions

Full Time- Manager, Volunteer Services
Full Time Maintenance – Electrician
Full Time Animal Care Professional- Trails of Africa

Full Time- Manager, Volunteer Services

Summary: The Volunteer Manager is responsible for insuring that the operations of the Zoo’s adult and teen volunteer needs are met. Will evaluate the volunteer needs of the Zoo and staff accordingly.  Creates training, provides opportunities for volunteers increase their knowledge, and retain them in the program.  Recruits, directs and assigns volunteers based on their interest and the needs of the Zoo.  Works closely with the Education Department staff, education programs, and all Zoo departments.  Develops and supports Docent program.  Develops and manages department’s annual budget.


  • College degree required, or must be working on a college degree.
  • At least 3-5 yrs. previous volunteer program coordination experience preferred.
  • Must be goal oriented, highly motivated, and be able to multi-task.
  • Must possess excellent leadership, communications, and interpersonal skills.
  • Training and presentation skills required.

Please submit resume and cover letter to HR@BirminghamZoo.com

Click the link to download an employment application.

Full Time Maintenance – Electrician

Summary: The Birmingham Zoo is looking for an experienced Electrician to work in our busy maintenance department.  Exposure to the outdoor elements can be expected, as well as standing and walking for long periods of time.  Certification preferred.

Send resume and salary expectations to HR@BirminghamZoo.com EOE.

Click the link to download an employment application.

 Full Time Animal Care Professional- Trails of Africa


Trails of Africa is a $12 million innovative elephant exhibit which opened in 2011. The goal of Trails of Africa is to be the first zoo to house, and exhibit, a bachelor herd of African elephants.  A bachelor herd of elephants is a natural occurrence in range countries but has yet to be attempted in a zoo setting. Trails of Africa also includes other African animals such as White Rhino, Nile Hippo, Reticulated Giraffe, Red River Hogs, Zebra, and Ostrich.

Currently, Trails of Africa is seeking interested applicants for one (1) full time Animal Care Professional.  The primary responsibilities are daily husbandry and training of all animals within the section with the potential to become more focused on one area within Trails of Africa.  The successful candidate will be self-motivated, energetic, and TEAM ORIENTED. Pay may be based on experience.

Work Conditions:

  • Outside Environment
  • Working in close proximity with large, dangerous animals
  • Emphasis on well trained, well-mannered animals
  • 40+ hours per week
  • The successful candidate will be expected to work scheduled late night events, weekends, and/or holidays


  • Professional
  • Good communication skills
  • Safe work ethic
  • Works well within a team
  • Punctual


  • Previous experience working with elephants preferred
  • EMA/AZA member preferred
  • Completion of Principles of Elephant Management-1 course preferred
  • Understanding of Training Theory

Please send resumes and applications to lschillinger@birminghamzoo.com.


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.