Now hiring temporary positions!

To view a list of our currently open positions, you will need to visit our on-line Career Center. If this is your first time visiting the Career Center, you will need to first create a profile before you can search our open positions.
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The Chicago Zoological Society employs almost 450 full-time employees and, for the busy summer season, hires 1,000-1,200 seasonal workers. A talented staff and wide variety of skills, backgrounds, and talents are required to operate the zoo every day of the year. We have a wide variety of positions available. In addition to our animal care staff, we also have professional, administrative, scientific, executive, technical, trades, clerical, restaurant, merchandising, groundskeeping, and service positions to name just a few.

Here are some of the areas that may have job opportunities.

  • Administration
  • Animal Keeper
  • Animal Nutrition
  • Accounting
  • Catered Events
  • Education
  • Facilities
  • Food Services
  • Fundraising
  • Graphic Arts
  • Grounds Maintenance
  • Human Resources
  • Information Systems
  • Janitorial Services
  • Marketing
  • Membership
  • Police Department
  • Retail Operations
  • Security
  • Warehouse
To view a list of currently open positions, click here to visit our Career Center. If this is your first time visiting the Career Center, you will need to create a profile before you can search available positions.

Click here to apply for a position

You can also find more information on our website about how to apply for a job at the zoo, employee benefits, CZS University Classes for employees, and the Society's commitment to diversity and inclusion. If you have questions, check the Frequently Asked Questions page.

The Chicago Zoological Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer and considers all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, mental or physical disability that does not preclude performance of essential job duties, or any other status protected by law. The Society supports and promotes workforce diversity and strives to foster a work environment of respect and inclusiveness where the contributions of all workers are valued and recognized.

The institution serves an ethnically and financially diverse audience and is committed to responding to the needs of its guests and providing them with tools and information to encourage more environmentally friendly actions and lifestyles.

The Society promotes a participative management approach and is a highly team-oriented organization. A high degree of cooperation in projects and programs is evident, and employees from all levels and departments of the organization are involved.

For more information about available positions, call the Brookfield Zoo Job Hotline for recorded information at (708) 688-8881.
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I certify that the answers given by me on this application are true, complete, and correct to the best of my knowledge. I understand that any misstatement or omission may result in the withdrawal of my application or, if I have been placed as Chicago Zoological Society volunteer, in the termination of the volunteer assignment at any time. I authorize investigation of all information contained in this application, on my resume, and/or provided during any interview as may be deemed necessary by the Chicago Zoological Society to make a volunteer placement decision. I also authorize any previous employer or references to release to the Society any and all infor-mation concerning my work history and background or my past volunteer experience and background, including, but not limited to, performance, disciplinary, and attendance records, etc. to consider my application for placement as a Society volunteer. I also hereby consent to a complete background check, including a criminal background check.

If I am placed as a Society volunteer, I agree to abide by all current and subsequently issued rules and policies of the Society. I understand the Society shall be entitled, without further consent, to use in any manner any picture, audio, or video recording of me or my voice in association with my volunteer assignment(s). Placement and volunteer assignments are at the sole discretion of the Society. Accordingly, any assignment by the Society may be withdrawn, and placement in the Society’s volunteer program may be terminated at any time.