Zoo Staff Employment

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Thanks for considering employment at the Indianapolis Zoo​​, a national leader in animal conservation and one of Indiana's top tourist destinations. The Zoo is a private, 501(c)3 institution, and we're looking for motivated individuals to join our staff.

We only accept online applications for current job openings. Mailed, faxed and hand-delivered applications will not be considered. Candidates are encouraged to attach a cover letter and résumé to the online application. Please enter the title of the position you're applying for in the "Position Desired" section of the application. Completed applications are reviewed daily and forwarded to management for further consideration. Candidates being considered for employment will be co​ntacted individually. Please do not contact us to "check on" your application.

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​Full-Time Positions​

Area Manager of Deserts

With a primary focus on herpetology, this position demands strong management and supervisory skills and venomous snakes knowledge.

Job Responsibilities

  • Supervises staff, adult volunteers, and interns

  • Selection, acquisition and de-acquisition of specimens

  • Assist, plan and directing exhibit modifications

  • Ensure the health and welfare of the collection

  • Submit quarantine arrival forms and, if needed, organize and implement quarantine procedures for animals quarantined in the area

  • Oversee and direct animal introductions and seasonal animal moves

  • Maintain records, permits and licenses

  • Oversee safety and security of the area

  • Fulfill staffing needs

Working Conditions

  • Work outdoors and indoors under all environmental conditions

  • Perform very heavy work exerting at least 100 pounds of force occasionally, and or up to 50 pounds of force frequently

  • Climb and maintain body equilibrium while performing various jobs

  • Heavy visual acuity required and good hearing

  • Follow Universal Protection Precautions and Bloodborne Pathogens Guidelines.

  • Possible occupational exposure (Category B employee) to human bloodborne pathogens

  • Working with harsh or hazardous chemicals (e.g., chlorine sanitizers or cleaning compounds). Exact chemicals and training will be explained by the area curator.


  • A minimum four years of professional work experience working in a Zoo or similar organization, and at least two years of staff supervisory experience

  • A minimum of four years of professional work experience with venomous snakes

  • Bachelor's degree in zoology, biology, or a related field is required

  • Outstanding communication skills

  • Must be able to use behavioral enrichment techniques to modify/enrich animals within the area

  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal and organizational skills

  • Intermediate user of Outlook, Excel, E-time, Workorder, Performance Impact, PAT, KDR and Word.

When submitting an application, include the names and contact information of three professional (no family or friends) references. Preferably references are current or former supervisors, or someone who can speak knowledgeably about your work, abilities and skills.

Apply or see additional application requirements​ below. [close]

​​Building Automation T​​echnician

Whether it’s doing routine maintenance on the fire panel in the Tiger exhibit, running electrical wire in the Simon Skjodt International Orangutan Center, or checking the PLCs in the Dolphin Pavilion, the Building Automation Technician job at the Indianapolis Zoo offers an amazing environment to work in! ​

Job Responsibilities​

  • Work closely with the Zoo's Honeywell system to monitor temperatures, humidity, ozone, chlorine, and Freon and ozone levels.

  • Routine maintenance for fire panels

  • Run electrical wiring

  • Check PLCs

Working Conditions

  • Physical demands of this position require heavy lifting, climbing ladders and scaffolding, stooping, kneeling, crouching, pushing, pulling and lifting

  • Standing and walking for long periods of time may be required

  • Working outside in all types of temperatures and weather conditions in required

  • Must be able to work on weekends and on holidays

  • Uniforms, PPE and tools are provided.​


  • Basic HVAC and electrical system troubleshooting skills

  • Familiarity with instrumentation and calibration

  • Fire panel systems knowledge

  • Solid experience with Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC)

  • Knowledge of and compliance with related OSHA regulations

  • Intermediate computer skills

  • A high school diploma or GED is required

  • A minimum of 5 years of work experience in system or building controls, HVAC and/or electrical work​

The Zoo is located in the heart of Indy's vibrant downtown area, and our employees a competitive benefit package (medical, dental, vision, and life insurance, 403b) upon 90 days of employment, immediate paid holidays. Once eligible, new full time employees enjoy 160 hours of paid time off. 
Deadline to apply is Jan. 31.

Apply or see   additional application requirements ​below.​​ [close]​​​​

Painter — General Maintenance Technician​

The Zoo’s skilled trades professionals work behind-the-scenes to keep our mechanical, structural, and equipment needs serviced and running smoothly.

We have an immediate opening for a Painter/General Maintenance Technician. The Painter/General Maintenance Technician will primarily focus on painting interior and exterior surfaces, maintaining related equipment, surface preparation, and drywall repair/replacement. Expert knowledge of different types of paints and surface coatings is required.

Must also have the ability to read and apply directions that relate to the mixture, use, and application of various kinds of coating materials, solvents, and pre-coating agents, for example, paint, varnish, epoxy, Teflon, paint remover, alkali and phosphate compounds, pickling mixtures, and anti-growth agents.

As part of the Facilities team, this role will also assist with a wide variety of routine maintenance such as replacing light bulbs and doorknobs, fixture installation, and changing filters. The successful candidate must be able to follow instructions (written and verbal), be a cooperative team player, and remain flexible in assignments.

The work schedule will require working some weekends, holidays and overtime as needed.  Different shift work may be required due to business demands.  Must have a valid Indiana driver’s license (or obtain one within 30 days of hire), and have a driving record that is insurable by the Zoo’s insurance company.​

Working Requirements, Physical Demands, and Conditions:

1. Must have a High School Diploma/G.E.D., and at least two years of professional work experience in residential or commercial paining. 

2. Unwavering commitment to safety. 

3. Required to climb ladders and scaffolding, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, stand, walk, push, pull and lift.

4. Required to perform physically demanding, heavy work, which includes lifting up to 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or in excess of 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or in excess of 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

5. Must have computer skills and “Intermediate” knowledge in Word, Excel, and Outlook programs.

6. Works indoors and outdoors in all kinds of weather, exposed to temperatures ranging from -10 to 90+ degrees.

7. Adheres to all safety policies, and wears proper safety equipment (PPE) including dust masks, respirators, goggles, hearing protectors, and safety harness.

8. Must follow Universal Protection Precautions and Blood borne Pathogens Guidelines.  Possible occupational exposure (Category A employee) to human blood borne pathogens.  

9. Works around equipment that has a significant noise level, and exposed to strong smelling materials and substances.  Exposed to various solvents, chemicals, and cleaning solutions.

10. Works dusty conditions and pollens.

11. Must be comfortable working at heights while using proper fall restraint procedures and equipment.

Compensation for this entry level position ranges between $14.50 and $15.25, depending upon experience.  Please indicate your hourly rate requirement on the application.

The deadline to apply is Jan. 31.

Apply or see additional application requirements​ below. [close]​

Water Quality Specialist

Our Water Quality Specialist monitors water quality in all exhibit, holding and storage tanks through testing methods approved by the management, and has direct responsibility for maintaining water quality records as required, and meet state, local, and federal requirements.  Must have a strong understanding of water filtration, and filter systems. Responsible for the health and well-being of any collections assigned to his/her care.

Duties and skills required include, but are not limited to:

  • A minimum of two years of directly related work (volunteer) experience.

  • Outstanding knowledge of water chemistry, water chemistry parameters, and operating testing equipment.

  • Highly motivated, self-directed, able to work independently, and enjoys working in a lab setting.

  • Purchases lab supplies and maintaining quality and cleanliness of lab.

  • Monitors and maintains life support equipment associated with chlorine, ozone, ORP, and the protein skimmers.

  • Implements fish and invertebrate quarantine procedures in coordination with the Area Manager of Oceans.

  • Performs prescribed routine water testing, troubleshooting water parameter problems

  • Performs routine feeding, cleaning, and general maintenance duties associated with aquatic exhibits.

  • Obtains and maintains CPR/First Aid certification.

  • Is an intermediate user of Outlook, Excel, KDR and Word. 

  • Must follow Universal Protection Precautions and Bloodborne Pathogens Guidelines.

  • There are strenuous physical requirements and demands of this position, including but not limited to: 

  • Able to work outdoors and indoors under all environmental conditions. 

  • Able to perform very heavy work exerting at least 100 pounds of force occasionally, and or up to 50 pounds of force frequently. 

  • Able to climb and maintain body equilibrium while performing various jobs.

  • Visual acuity and good hearing are required.

  • Possible occupational exposure (Category B employee) to human bloodborne pathogens. 

  • Possible exposure to dangerous chemicals (e.g. chlorine bleach, cleaning agents, etc.) 

  • SCUBA certification is strongly preferred.

The Indianapolis Zoo offers a competitive total compensation package that includes medical, dental, vision, life, and short-term disability; 403b plan; paid holidays, and generous paid time off. 

Applications must be received by Jan. 31. Apply or see additional application requirements below. [close]

​Part-Time Positions​​​

Butterfly Keepers

Have you ever thought that the job of your dreams would be working inside a magnificent glass conservatory, surrounded by beautiful flowers and lush green plants with beautiful butterflies fluttering through the air? For a limited time, that job exists at the Indianapolis Zoo! We are hiring part-time Butterfly Keepers to work through November to care for our butterflies that are flittering through the Hilbert Conservatory.  

Butterfly Keepers walk through the exhibit, care and feed the butterflies, answer questions for guests, observe guest/butterfly interactions, cleaning the exhibit space and office area.  The pay for this position is $8 per hour. 

During our summer hours, the Hilbert Conservatory is open 9am-5pm Monday-Thursday, 9am-7pm Friday-Sunday, and for special events, evening hours are extended until 8:30pm. Butterfly Keepers must be able to work these hours, as well as weekends and holidays.

Duties include:

  • Learn and explain butterfly behavior to a wide range of guests, from school-aged children to senior citizens.

  • Provide exceptional customer service.

  • Maintain professional demeanor and image at all times.

  • Receive and inventory butterfly chrysalis shipments

  • Monitor chrysalis development

  • Walk and stand for long periods of time

A high school degree/G.E.D. is required for this role. A bachelor degree from an accredited institution in Zoology, Biology, Animal Science, Wildlife Biology, or other life-science field is preferred. 

Apply ​or see additional application requirements below. [close]

​​Additional Application Requirements

A​ll​ applicants must meet the following requirements:​

  • ​​When applying, please include the job title as stated above in the "position desired" section of the application.

  • Please attach a cover letter and résumé with your application.

  • Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a limited criminal background check, a drug test and pre-employment training on child protection.

  • Some positions require the successful completion of a driving record check.

  • Employees must adhere to our grooming standards (No visible tattoos on the face or neck. Other visible tattoos may not contain offensive or derogatory images or language. No visible piercings, no tongue piercings, no ear gages, etc.)

  • The Indianapolis Zoo is a drug free/smoke free environment.

  • The Indianapolis Zoo is an Equal Opportunity Employer.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​