Zoo Openings

Zoo Openings

Dec 1, 2015


This position is responsible for training and presenting wildlife programming in the Wilds of Africa and Savanna regions of the zoo, including the Wild Encounters Stage, Simmons Safari Base Camp, and the zoo’s Monorail Train.  It also serves as an animal resource for various zoo activities, including the Education Department’s programs and special event functions.  This job encourages and facilitates a strong team, work ethic and positive attitude in the work environment at all times. The Interpretive Specialist I will work with a team of trainers to ensure that animals are utilized safely and appropriately to provide fun and engaging wildlife presentations that convey the Dallas Zoo’s Mission of Conserving Wildlife and Inspiring a Passion for Nature. This position is budgeted for a maximum of 23 hours/week.



  • Helping to develop and present wildlife programs that engage and inspire audiences through fun, exciting, and safe animal encounters that promote the mission of the Dallas Zoo.
  • Understanding and applying operant conditioning and primarily positive reinforcement strategies to train and maintain husbandry and show behaviors.
  • Daily oversight for wildlife housed at the Wild Encounters holding and Savanna barns.  Duties will include animal husbandry, socialization, enrichment, and training of a diverse collection of mammals, birds, and reptiles.
  • Record-keeping and scheduling for animal husbandry, training, enrichment, program usage, and various zoo operations.
  • Ensuring all aspects of the Wild Encounters, Simmons Safari Base Camp, and the zoo’s Monorail train are running efficiently.
  • Maintaining building maintenance and appearance of the Wild Encounters Stage and holding as this area will also be utilized for behind the scene tours.
  • Effective communication and interface with animal health, nutrition, and various zoo departments.
  • Understand and uphold Zoo policies and protocols to ensure safe, efficient operations and positive guest experiences.
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • Bachelor’s degree in the biological sciences (biology, zoology, psychology, etc.) or relevant experience.  Up to one year of experience caring for and/or handling animals strongly preferred.
  • Public presentation and animal training experience strongly desired, with the ability to present to both small and large crowds.
  • Candidate must possess excellent organizational skills, impeccable time management, and the ability to function in a dynamic, team-oriented environment to succeed in this position.
  • Must be able to work as part of a team and independently to achieve positive results.
  • Must be able to perform the physical challenges involved in the daily duties of the department including talking for long periods, walking throughout the park, lifting/carrying equipment weighing approximately 50 lbs, sitting, kneeling, stooping, crawling, twisting, reaching above head, pulling, bending, and climbing stairs and ladders. Candidate must be able and willing to perform all above duties outdoors and in all weather conditions.
  • Must be able to work weekends, holidays and some evenings.
  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal skills required.
  • Working use of Microsoft based office programs (Excel, Word, Outlook).
  • Fluency in both English and Spanish languages desired but not mandatory.
  • Valid Class “C” driver’s license required to operate Outreach vehicles and reliable transportation.


How to apply

Apply online: You may download an application or e-mail a resume with cover letter to zoojobs@DallasZoo.com. Be sure to place the job code of the position for which you are applying in the subject line. Job codes are on the individual job listings.

Apply by mail: Download and mail a completed application or resume with cover letter to: Dallas Zoo Management, Inc. Attn: Human Resources 650 S. R.L. Thornton Frwy Dallas, TX 75203

Apply by fax:  Download and Fax a completed application or resume with cover letter, Attn: Human Resources at 469.554.7388.

Apply in person:  You may complete and turn in an application or drop off a resume with cover letter, Attn: Human Resources.

Please note:  All applicants desiring to be considered for more than one posted position must apply for each position separately.

Due to the heavy volume of applicants, only those selected for interviews and/or further screening will be contacted.

Successful candidates must pass pre-employment drug screening, background check and TB test.

Join the Dallas Zoo Management, Inc. community to experience a unique, challenging and rewarding career. If you are interested, please email your resume and cover letter to zoojobs@DallasZoo.comAll applicants MUST place job code INTSP-PT in the subject line to be considered.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for this position without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin or ancestry, disabled veterans and veterans of the Vietnam era.