Zoo Careers and More!
Thank you for your interest in joining Naples Zoo. We have hundreds of applicants each year, but only a few join our select team of dedicated professionals. Because of the kind of work we do, applicants need to be at least 18 years old. Please e-mail your resume or print the Zoo Employment Application, complete it, and e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Naples Zoo is a Drug Free Workplace.
(Due to the high volume of applicants, we may not be able acknowledge receipt of your application; we will be in touch should we need additional information or select you to interview for one of our open positions.)
Please note: INTERNSHIP information and VOLUNTEER opportunities are listed separately.
admissions attendant | part time | seasonal
This position requires a friendly, outgoing, and patient disposition at all times. The admissions attendant must be able to handle cash and charge transactions. He or she needs to have a basic knowledge of mammals, avian and reptiles in a zoological environment. This person also needs to stay updated on all of the park history, daily schedule and special events.
educator | part time | Hourly
Educators teach on-grounds and off-site education programs. They lead education groups using interactive activities and teach them about the zoo, caring for animals, conservation, and our environment. Educators are scheduled on an as-needed basis and the number of hours depends solely on the number of programs booked. Educators will be trained to handle program animals and are required to maintain their handler status. This is a seasonal, part-time position. Flexibility in schedule is a plus. Willingness to teach all age groups is important.
park attendant | part time | seasonal
The Park Attendant is mainly responsible for park cleanliness and guest safety. This person must be comfortable communicating with guests as individuals or in large groups. The ability to enforce zoo rules and policies is important as well as the ability to communicate in a personable way with guests when answering queries.
reptile keeper | full time | Hourly
Do you enjoy educating people about the plight of reptiles? The Naples Zoo is seeking an experienced and enthusiastic individual to join our reptile department as a full time reptile keeper. Our team cares for a variety of native venomous snakes, large crocodilians, non-venomous snakes, lizards, amphibians, and invertebrates and shares our enthusiasm for these creatures through several daily presentations. We invite you to bring your skills to our team! A minimum of 1 year paid experience working with venomous snakes and large crocodilians in a zoological setting is required for this position. Public presentation experience is required. A college degree in a biological science and experience at an AZA accredited facility is preferred. Previous experience with operant conditioning is preferred. Experience using small, non-motorized watercraft is preferred. Keepers are required to work in extreme weather conditions typical to South Florida and have the physical ability to lift or move up to 50 pounds, operate landscaping equipment ( mower, string trimmer, etc.) and simple power tools, work on varied uneven terrain, climb ladders, and ride a bicycle. Essential duties and responsibilities include: General husbandry and care of assigned animals (small and large lizards, venomous and non-venomous snakes, tortoises, American alligators), interact with guests during both formal and informal presentations including venomous snake presentations and alligator training sessions, transfer and handle a variety of dangerous reptiles for husbandry and presentation purposes using proper techniques and tools to ensure safety for guests, animals, and staff at all times, follow safety protocols and be able to respond to potential emergencies involving large constrictors, adult American alligators, or venomous reptiles, closely observe animal behavior and take detailed daily records, propose and perform species-specific enrichment, assist in animal procedures including translocations, immobilizations, crating, and veterinary procedures, respond to and assist management in guiding the resolution of emergency situations within the zoo, observe safety policies and procedures in regards to the use of the zoo’s equipment, materials, chemicals, and vehicles, inspect, clean, and maintain both exhibit and off-exhibit areas.
summer camp counselor | june 3 - august 9 | part time
Naples Zoo is seeking summer camp counselors! Camp Counselors teach children an appreciation for wildlife and the natural world. Naples Zoo prides itself on its mission to inspire people of all ages to respect, value and help conserve wildlife and our natural world. Camp includes: crafts, activities, tours, exclusive experiences and animal encounters. Counselors will enthusiastically engage campers by leading them through environmental and conservation education lessons, Zoo tours, animal encounters, arts and crafts, games and activities for age groups ranging from 5-12 years old. Counselors are responsible for the achievement, learning, conservation action, overall enthusiasm and safety of your campers at all times. Counselors are required to be available full time, Monday-Friday, from June 3 to Aug 9 and pass an extensive background check. Counselors are required to be at least 20 years old, have experience working with children and have an enthusiasm connecting others to nature and wildlife.
or Mail to:
Human Resources Office, 1590 Goodlette Road, Naples FL 34102
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You can also fill out an application or drop resumes off at the zoo itself. The zoo is conveniently located in the heart of Naples.