Zoo keeper holding a green iguanaThank you for considering the Amarillo Zoo in your search for employment.

The Profession as a Zookeeper
Zoo keeping is a profession that requires a great deal of dedication, responsibility and a strong work ethic. Zookeepers are very dedicated to their animals and their work. Despite generally low pay, zoo keeping is a very competitive field. When we have openings we typically we have numerous applicants for each position. As a zookeeper you have to love what you do and be willing to do it every single day regardless of weather, holidays or personal obligation. But, zoo keeping isn't just about taking care of animals — there is a high level of customer service that has come to be expected of zookeepers. You not only have to love animals but it helps to love working and communicating with people. Often times the zookeeper is the voice of the animals. Are you up for the challenge?

The minimum requirement for zookeeper positions at Amarillo Zoo is a high school degree. There is no experience requirement. However, the reality is that most of our applicants have at least a four year college degree with some experience working in a zoo, either paid or as volunteers.
One way to get experience is to be a volunteer. If this interests you, you may contact our Volunteer Department.
Occasionally, we have openings for seasonal zoo keepers. Although there is no formal education or experience requirement for these positions, they are also very competitive.
People interested in applying for zookeeper positions at the Amarillo Zoo must apply online at www.careers.amarillo.gov. Application can only be made when a position is available and listed on that web site.

We wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors.


Internship Positions 

Education Intern (non-paid)  More Information

To apply call the Education Department: 806-381-5605. 


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The Amarillo Zoo is located in Thompson Park. Take Hwy 287 North off of I-40, take the N. 24th Ave. exit and go West, turn right into Thompson Park and follow the signs to the Zoo parking lot.

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