Watch your career take flight at the Calgary Zoo! We offer extraordinary benefits like helping to conserve nature and enjoying the rare opportunity to work alongside animals. Check out our current job openings to see if there's a position for you.
Benefits of Working at the Zoo
- Competitive compensation package
- Annual performance bonus
- Flexible benefits plan, including health-spending account
- Employer-matching RRSP program
- Competitive vacation and flex days entitlement
- Discounts on food, beverage and merchandise
- A complimentary annual pass for you and your immediate family members
- A fun work environment and the opportunity to work in a park full of wild animals!
Frequently Asked Questions
Who does the hiring for the Calgary Zoo?
The Calgary Zoological Society employs the majority of staff at the zoo. The zookeepers are employed by the City of Calgary and assigned to work at the zoo.
How do I become a zookeeper?
Turnover is extremely low in this field, so it’s quite competitive. We receive hundreds of applicants when Animal Care positions are posted.
Many of our zookeepers have a university degree with courses in biology, zoology, anatomy, animal behaviour or animal husbandry. They also have animal handling experience gained through volunteering at a zoo, veterinary clinic, farm, humane society, wildlife rehabilitation center, animal shelter or another animal-related organization. Many new graduates with limited experience begin working at the zoo in another department. As an employee or a volunteer you will have the opportunity to become familiar with the zoo and meet our zookeepers.
Can I shadow a zookeeper?
Due to limited resources and the excessive number of requests we regularly receive, we are unable to offer a shadowing program.
Do you offer internships/practicums?
We don’t offer internships or practicums in our Animal Care department, but other departments may have paid or unpaid opportunities. See our current job postings for available opportunities.
How old do you have to be to work at the zoo?
Applicants must be at least 15 years old. Some positions may require that you be at least 18 years of age.