Category Archives: Zoo Openings


This position contributes to the success of the Dallas Zoo by providing experienced care for animals and related work of maintaining buildings, grounds, and animals in assigned areas under direction of area supervisors and managers. This is a full-time position with regular working hours from 1PM – 10PM according to work schedule.


To provide care and maintenance of Dallas Zoo landscape areas. Performs all aspects of labor related to landscape maintenance and construction to include but not limited to the following: operation of all types of landscape maintenance equipment such as blowers, mowers, weed-eaters, edgers, tillers, aerators, chain saws, skidsteer, forklift and small vehicles; trimming of perennial plants, shrubs and trees; removal of trimmings, leaves and other landscape debris for proper disposal or recycling; preparation and planting of new landscape areas and perennial/seasonal color beds; installation of new landscapes.


Keepers are responsible for all aspects of animal care for the area species, which include: lions, cheetahs, mountain lions, ocelots, bobcat, macropods, giant anteaters, tapir, peccary, and koalas. Keepers also provide educational experiences for guests through daily demonstrations and keeper talks. Keepers participate in operant conditioning programs, and perform exhibit maintenance and improvements.


The Animal Outreach Department provides exciting animal programs to the community including local schools, churches, civic groups, and community events. It also serves as an animal resource for various Zoo activities, both on and off site, including Education Department programs, media appearances, and Special Event functions.


Guest Services is a fast paced, multi-faceted department responsible for parking, ticketing/admissions, along with rides and animal encounter operations at the Dallas Zoo and Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park. This supervisor performs a wide variety of guest service related duties including shift supervision for line staff members, opening/closing attractions such as the monorail or giraffe feeding, ensuring sound revenue collection and counts, assisting with the organizing and coordinating logistics for events including birthday parties, Senior Safari Wednesdays and Halloween Nights to name a few. They are also called upon as a point of contact in person or via telephone for zoo visitors, staff and business professionals. Duties are performed both indoors and outdoors.


The Membership Representative position serves as the primary point of contact for membership starting with the point of sale.


This position is responsible for teaching a variety of education programs at the Dallas Zoo and Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park. Instructors are expected to operate according to program standards and support the achievement of departmental outcomes. The Education Department has identified four key audiences: early childhood, youth, families, and educators. Each Instructor is intended to primarily focus on a particular audience; however, this position is expected to fill in with all audiences as needed. This is a non-benefited, part-time position. Education Instructors can work up to 29 hours per week as scheduled and assigned. Schedule varies by program.


The Events Manager is responsible for managing the planning, operational logistics and execution of major fundraising events and donor/member events and assisting as needed with public events for the Dallas Zoo and Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park. Key responsibilities include planning and analyzing cost-effective events, assisting with monetary and in-kind event solicitations, supervising the Events Specialist, and coordinating and managing sponsors, contractors, vendors, employees, and volunteers.


Responsible for teaching Summer Camps during the 2015 season, Monday – Friday, up to 40 hours per week (June 8 – August 21, 2015). This is a non-benefited, seasonal position and serves 120 campers per week. Campers are divided by grade level (PreK-12th grade) and each group has two lead teachers in addition to teen volunteers. The teacher to student ratio is 1:10. This position requires a high level of energy and enthusiasm, creativity, flexibility, and the ability to work with groups of all ages in both in and outdoor settings.


Provides all aspects of animal care for species in the area. Participates in operant conditioning training and husbandry programs, animal enrichment, and exhibit maintenance and improvements. Prepares and conducts educational presentation and tours for zoo guests. Leads projects as assigned and provides training guidance to
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