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Our zoo keepers find vast rewards in what they do. By providing the best quality care possible for their animals and educational opportunities for their guests, they know that they are doing whatever they can to further conservation efforts around the world.
To get started in a Zoo career, the best thing you can do is to work hard in school. Even animal care jobs that the public may view as “menial labor” usually require a minimum of an Associate’s degree, plus hands-on experience with animals. Classes such as computer skills, technical writing, public speaking, biology, and math all contribute skills that make the job much easier.
Students wishing to pursue animal-related careers should carefully review the curriculum of the schools they wish to attend, as some programs focus more on zoo and aquarium training than others. Some colleges and universities actually offer specialized degrees in zoo keeping and zoo management.
Hand-in-hand with education, zoos often require experience with animals, outside the range of normal household pets. Volunteering or working with local vet offices, zoos, wildlife parks, equestrian centers, farms, and other animals will not only give you experience but also help you determine if this job is right for you. Most animal care work does require physical strength and endurance, the ability to make detailed observations, make quick decisions and keep detailed records. It takes an incredible commitment to care for captive animals and maintain a recreational facility, seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day, rain or shine. To learn more about volunteer opportunities at Utah’s Hogle Zoo, click here.
Animal care is not the only side to the Zoo! It takes all types of people and jobs to keep a busy zoo running smoothly. Utah’s Hogle Zoo offers employment in a wide variety of areas including: guest services, maintenance, administration, education, marketing, secretarial, accounting, information technology, fundraising, graphic design, photography, human resources, security, concessions, catering, record keeping, and housekeeping. Students interested in the business side of zoo and aquarium operations should concentrate on skills such as accounting, marketing, personnel, or business. Whatever your career goal, guidance counselors can offer assistance in determining the most appropriate course of study.
Due to the nature of the work and conditions at the Zoo, we are unable to accommodate job shadows at this time. If you have a teen who is interested in learning more about what it’s like to work at the Zoo, please look into our Keeper Camp and volunteer programs.