Job Openings

Careers at Brookfield Zoo

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. Click here or button below to enter the Career Center.

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The Chicago Zoological Society employs approximately 370 full-time employees and, for the busy summer season, hires 600-700 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:


Human Resources

Animal Keeper

Information Systems

Animal Nutrition

Janitorial Services






Police Department



Graphic Arts


Grounds Maintenance


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’s Food Service Concessions, Retail & Gift Shops, and Catered Events are managed by our business partner, SSA. If you are interested in job opportunities in these areas, please follow this link to be redirected to the SSA Career website for more information.

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.

Online Career Center

Online Career Center

Visit our online Career Center to search for job openings and to apply for a position with the Chicago Zoological Society.

Internships at Brookfield Zoo


Our College Experiential Learning Opportunities (C.E.L.O.) program include internships and research opportunities in a variety of areas and fields.

Animal Welfare

Animal Welfare

Read about our innovative practices in animal welfare to ensure the ultimate care of our individual animals.

Community Outreach

Community Outreach

Learn about our community-based programming that is sure to engage and educate our next generation of environmental stewards.!