Join the Team: Zoo Jobs & Internships

The Palm Beach Zoo is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to diversity in the workplace. 

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Carpenter (Full Time) >>

Qualified candidates should have at least 3 years of experience.  He/she will be capable of layout, fabricating, installing and repairing all types of carpentry work of a high quality for the maintenance, construction, and repair of all animal enclosures, buildings, fencing, etc. He/she will work from drawings, sketches, specifications, verbal instructions with little or no supervision. Working safely is a must. READ MORE >>

Director of Marketing (Full Time) >>

If you are a conservation minded marketing professional with proven success in the management of marketing, branding, sales, events, public relations and people, the nationally accredited Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society could be a perfect fit for you! The Director of Marketing role is an excellent opportunity for an experienced professional to lead, oversee and grow Palm Beach Zoo’s marketing department.  This opportunity will include working with other Zoo team members on marketing, public relations, special events, exhibits and programs. READ MORE >>

Controller (Full Time) >>

We are seeking a highly motivated, high energy, financial professional with strong analytical skills to assist the CFO in managing the financial and technical operations of our business. The successful candidate will have at a minimum a bachelor’s degree supplemented with either your CPA designation or a master’s degree and a minimum of 5 years related experience.  READ MORE >>

Admissions Clerk (Part-Time up to 30 Hrs) >>

Admissions clerks are the face of the Zoo! They deal with guests entering the Zoo and handle ticket sales, information questions, membership sales, carousel operations, and parking lot assistance. READ MORE >>

HVAC Maintenance Technician (Full Time) >>

Qualified candidates should have at least 3 years of experience.  He/she will be responsible to assist with monitoring, maintaining, repairing and carrying out the maintenance programs on the HVAC equipment, refrigeration, pumps, plumbing, filtration systems, kitchen equipment, lighting and other general maintenance.  He/she will work from drawings, sketches, specifications, verbal instructions with little or no supervision. READ MORE >>

Carpenter (Full Time) >>

Qualified candidates should have at least 3 years of experience. He/she will be capable of layout, fabricating, installing and repairing all types of carpentry work of a high quality for the maintenance, construction, and repair of all animal enclosures, buildings, fencing, etc. He/she will work from drawings, sketches, specifications, verbal instructions with little or no supervision. READ MORE >>

Tropics Café (Part-Time) >>

The Tropics Café is looking for high energy, enthusiastic, not-afraid-of-hard work employees! Positions are currently available for servers, line cooks, concessions window, dishwasher, hostess, weekend fountain shops, and more! Requirements: Availability to work weekends and some nights/holidays is a must. Previous restaurant and customer service experience are a plus. READ MORE >>

Gift Store Sales Associate (Part-Time) >>

Wildlife Trading Company, the premier Retail Outsource Partner for zoos, aquariums, and science centers across the US, is seeking energetic, customer focused employees for its gift shop operation in Palm Beach, Florida, at the Palm Beach Zoo. READ MORE >>

 

Internship Opportunities

Animal Care Internship Application (pdf)       

All Other Departments Internship Application (pdf)      

Please Note: All candidates for internships must have completed at least one-year of college education to be considered for any available positions.

 

Marketing Internship (Unpaid)

The Palm Beach Zoo has internship opportunities available for undergraduate level students that are interested in gaining experience in the fields of marketing, advertising, and event planning. Interns will participate in the following:

  • seeking out and researching new marketing partnerships and co-ops;
  • assisting with advertising buys, paying of invoices, creation of ads including graphics and writing copy/scripts, and assisting with ROI studies;
  • creation of marketing materials including in-park signage, reservation forms, banners, Web site and social media content, handouts, etc;
  • special event planning and implementation including but not limited to the procurement of supplies, booking of entertainment, set-up and breakdown;
  • report preparation, visitor demographic research, and general clerical duties including returning phone calls/emails, filing, data entry, and assisting with mailings when necessary;
  • managing the Palm Beach Zoo's extensive photographic database and media library/archive;
  • researching potential donor opportunities for event sponsorships as well as assist in fund raising initiatives such as outreaches at off-site locations and with the Paws for a Cause Animal Art and Zoo Parent Adoption programs; and
  • assisting with marketing/advertising/events related grant management and reporting when needed.

Requirements: All applicants must be pursuing a degree in the areas of business, marketing, communications, recreation, or a related field and must commit to a minimum of 360 hours of work over a 15 week period as well as be able to work outdoors in a typical Florida climate and lift up to 50lbs. This internship opportunity is unpaid and no housing is provided. All interns must be able to work nights and weekends as needed, no major holidays (Christmas, Thanksgiving or Easter) are required. Computer experience including Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher and Power Point is a must. Due to potential exposure to non-human primates, all applicants regardless of placement must present proof of a negative TB test administered within the past year.

Available sessions:

  • Fall (October-December), deadline is September 7
  • Spring (January-April), deadline is December 1
  • Summer (May-August), deadline is March 1

To Apply: Complete the volunteer/internship application and send it, as well as a resume, cover letter, cover letter identifying internship area of interest, proof of college enrollment (or degree if just graduated), and two samples of writing as well as proof of a negative TB test to Claudia Harden, Marketing Manager. Mail: Marketing Internship Program, Palm Beach Zoo, 1301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach FL 33405, Email: info@palmbeachzoo.org, Fax: (561) 585-6085. No phone calls please.

Media Relations Internship (Unpaid)

Do you like animals? Do you like talking about animals? Have you ever thought about working for broadcast TV news? If you answer “Yes!” to these questions, then look no further! The Palm Beach Zoo is proud to offer an internship in our Media and Public Relations Department. Interns have the opportunity to work closely with our Media Relations Manager, who has more than eight years’ experience as an anchor and reporter. 

Interns will have the opportunity to:

  • Work closely with news stations
  • Learn cutting-edge techniques to create digital and print press releases
  • Learn how to pitch news stories, and think like a media representative
  • Be the voice for the animals in the Zoo
  • Learn how to produce videos using media industry-standard equipment
  • Follow-up with news stations, while making contacts yourself

The opportunities are endless at the Palm Beach Zoo! 

To Apply: Complete the volunteer/internship application and send it, as well as a resume, cover letter identifying internship area of interest, proof of college enrollment (or degree if just graduated) to Joe Landmichl, Volunteer & Docent Manager. Mail: Media and Public Relations Internship Program, Palm Beach Zoo, 1301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach FL 33405, Email: volunteers@palmbeachzoo.org. Fax: 561-585-6085.

  • Fall (October-December), deadline is September 7
  • Spring (January-April), deadline is December 1
  • Summer (May-August), deadline is March 1

Animal Care Internships (Unpaid)

Animal Care interns will work side-by-side with professional animal care staff providing daily husbandry, enrichment, record keeping, exhibit maintenance, and diet preparation for the zoo's animal collection. Interns will learn the fundamentals of operant conditioning and how it is used for husbandry training purposes. Interns will also provide interpretive talks for zoo visitors, focusing on natural history and conservation education. Conservation Ambassador Animals interns will learn about animal training techniques used for visitor education and will assist with our "Wings Over Water" show and our "Wild Things" show. All applicants must commit to a minimum of 360 hours of work over a 15 week period and must be able to work outdoors in typical Florida climate and be able to lift at least 50 lbs. All applicants must be able to provide proof of a negative TB test and proof of current college enrollment or of college graduation no more than six months prior to application date. This internship opportunity is unpaid and no housing is provided. Selection preference for internships will be given to undergraduate or graduate-level students studying in the field of biology, zoology, psychology, or other related disciplines who are looking to pursue a career in zoology. Applicants that have experience within a zoological, veterinary, environmental, or rehabilitation organization are preferred. 

The Palm Beach Zoo is currently offering Animal Care internships in the following areas:

  • Birds and Mammals
  • Conservation Ambassador Animals
  • Reptiles and Amphibians

Animal Care internships are offered in three sessions, interviews for each session will begin after each deadline:

  • Fall (September-December), deadline is July 1
  • Spring (January-April), deadline is November 1
  • Summer (May-August), deadline is March 1

To Apply: Complete the internship application and send it, as well as a résumé, cover letter identifying internship area of interest, and proof of college enrollment to Joe Landmichl, Volunteer & Docent Manager. Mail: Animal Care Internship Program, Palm Beach Zoo, 1301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach FL 33405, Email: volunteers@palmbeachzoo.org. Fax: 561-585-6085.

Education Internships (Unpaid)

The Palm Beach Zoo's mission is to protect wildlife and wildlife habitat, and to inspire others to value and conserve the natural world. Education interns assist in meeting this mission, while gaining valuable hands-on experience. Summer internships run May 31 - August 13, part-time or full-time.

Job Description: Gain teaching and animal-handling experience by assisting with the zoo's summer camp program. Present animal encounters to campers and to the public. Lead small groups of campers in zookeeping activities. Teach science lessons. Assist education staff in developing and evaluating new curriculum. Full-time interns will complete a term project.

Requirements: Applicants should be college students with at least one year completed, or recent college graduates. Good communication and public speaking skills required. Able to interact well with children, staff, volunteers and zoo guests. Self-motivated, reliable, up-beat, and able to work outdoors in hot/humid weather. If accepted, applicants must provide proof of a negative TB test within the last year, and must pass a drug screen and background check.

To Apply: Send resume and cover letter, proof of college enrollment, and one letter of recommendation to Palm Beach Zoo, Attn: Education Programs Manager, 1301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach, FL 33405.

Animal Care Internship Application (pdf) 

All Other Departments Internship Application (pdf)  

Please Note: All candidates for internships must have completed at least one-year of college education to be considered for any available positions.

The Palm Beach Zoo is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, or age in the recruitment and employment of staff.

Contact Us

Palm Beach Zoo

1301 Summit Boulevard
West Palm Beach, Florida 33405-3035
(561) 547-9453

Support for the Palm Beach Zoo is provided by:

Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.