Denver Zoo
  • Animal Care-Animal Ambassadors
  • Denver, CO, USA
  • Hourly
  • Seasonal

These are seasonal positions and as such are not eligible for benefits at this time.

Denver Zoo is a leader in animal care, wildlife conservation, education, and guest experience. We are passionate about our commitment to excellence in support of our mission to secure a better world for animals through human understanding. We provide extraordinary experiences every day for our animals and visitors and our core values of Protect, Honor, Innovate, Serve, Engage, and Empower are evident in everything we do.  We value the different strengths our staff bring to Denver Zoo. We expect our staff to embrace and to commit to our core behaviors for engagement: Passion, Respect, Innovation, Diversity, and Excellence.


Denver Zoo's Animal Care Department has an opportunity for Seasonal Animal Ambassadors Zoo Keepers to provide energetic and creative assistance with animal care and other various Animal Ambassador Collection activities. The Wildlife Theater houses animals that take part in a mixed species summer wildlife show, and comprise species ranging from a dog, to a pot-bellied pig to parrots to birds of prey. The Gates Animal Housing area supports a variety of on and off site programs, including classes and media, with species from invertebrates to reptiles and amphibians, to small mammals and a wide variety of bird species. Together, these two areas also support behavior based demonstrations across zoo grounds.

The selected candidates will contribute to a team of talented, experienced staff and volunteers. We currently anticipate that these seasonal, hourly positions will begin April 1, 2018 and go through Sept 9, 2018. Two positions are available at 20 hours per week, working primarily in our Gates Animal Housing area, and 2 full time positions are available at 40 hours a week, working primarily in our Wildlife Theater area. Applicants must be available to work weekends, holidays, and some evenings. Applicants must submit a cover letter with resume to be considered.

 Essential Functions:

  • Daily husbandry for the Animal Ambassador collection, which includes mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates. These tasks include cleaning enclosures, preparing diets and providing enrichment for this animal collection.
  • Completing various projects to maintain animal care and upkeep of the facility.
  • Assisting in the presentation of live animal shows and demonstrations, which may consist of small groups to larger audiences.
  • Assisting in the training of animals.
  • Demonstrating excellent customer service skills while working with visitors.
  • Coaching and serving as mentors for teen volunteers.
  • Maintaining excellent communication, both written and oral, with supervisors.
  • Representing the zoo professionally to guests and demonstrating excellent customer service skills when working with visitors.
  • Adheres to and promotes Denver Zoo's mission, core values, and strategic initiatives.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to Denver Zoo's Safety & Sustainability Policies by adhering to all environmental, safety, & health regulations, procedures, and goals.
  • Value and consistently apply Denver Zoo's ROADMAP (Reaching Our Audiences by Developing Mission Aligned Programs) process and resources in engaging and educating guests at Denver Zoo.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Working respectfully with other keepers, staff, and adult and teen volunteers.
  • Maintaining flexibility and a positive attitude in an ever-changing work environment.
  • Ability to successfully complete multiple tasks within deadlines.
  • Following all safety protocols and advising supervisors of safety concerns.
  • Ability to work outside in varying climates/weather conditions.
  • Performs various tasks as assigned.


  • Student/graduate of environmental education, biology, zoology, psychology, or related fields.
  • Willingness to handle animals (training will be provided).
  • Enjoy working with children and the public.
  • Interpretation experience and/or public speaking skills a plus.
  • Interest in conservation and environmental education.
  • Bilingual Spanish is a plus.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds and work dexterously with hands and arms.
  • Ability to stand for extended periods of time.
  • Clear driving record.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands for this position involves light lifting under 25lbs and also requires carrying, pushing, pulling, and occasional heavy lifting up to 50lbs. The employee is regularly required to stand, walk, talk and listen.  The employee frequently is required to use hands to maneuver handle or feel objects, tools or controls.  The employee is occasionally required to sit, climb or balance; also, reach, stoop, kneel or smell.  Specific vision abilities required include close, distance, color, peripheral, depth perception vision and ability to adjust focus.   Minimal crouching, crawling, climbing, and non-confined sitting are also required. The position requires both mental and visual concentration.

Work Environment:

This position requires a substantial amount of contact with staff, volunteers, and other departments. The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts and in outside weather conditions and may be occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles and chemicals.  This employee will be required to have contact with animals. The employee may be exposed to chemicals and zoonosis. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

 Compensation and Benefits: 

These are seasonal positions and as such are not eligible for benefits at this time.




Completed applications must be submitted by February 26, 2018


Denver Zoo reserves the right to close the position prior to the above date.

Denver Zoo is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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