The Buffalo Zoo Invites you to apply for the following positions

Internship Opportunities
Buffalo Zoo Hiring Marketing & Events Intern
The Buffalo Zoo is seeking a dynamic and energetic intern to assist with marketing, public relations, and event initiatives during Spring of 2015.


The ideal candidate should:

  • Be working towards a degree in marketing, public relations, or a similar field of study
  • Have an interest in working with non-profit organizations
  • Have excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Be familiar with Microsoft Office suite, Gmail, Google drive, social media, etc.
  • Be at least 18 years old with a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation
  • Have a flexible schedule including evening and weekend availability

The marketing and events intern will assist with fundraising events, media relations tasks, and other marketing efforts.

Term: 12-15 weeks
6-12 hours/week
This is an unpaid internship
College credit may be given

The selected candidate must provide proof of a negative reaction to a tuberculosis (TB) test performed within six months prior to the start of the internship.

To Apply, please send a cover letter and resume to  kjordan@buffalozoo.org.

Full Time Job Opportunities
Animal Keeper I position
The Buffalo Zoo is hiring one (1) Animal Keeper I position to be assigned to the Vanishing Animals Team. This is a full time, permanent position, including benefits and union representation. The Vanishing Team is responsible for Zoo’s Vanishing Animal
exhibits, as well as EcoStation, Lion/Tiger, and Gorillas.

Basic Purpose and Responsibility:

Under the supervision of the General Curator and Team Leader, the Keeper I is responsible for supporting the day-to-day operations associated with the husbandry of the animals and the maintenance of animal exhibits.

Essential Functions:

  • • Primary accountability for specific functions and results. The list of essential functions is not exhaustive and may be supplemented or changed as necessary.
    • Prepares and provides diet and feeding regime to designated animals as specified by the supervisor-in-charge.
    • Assists in the cleaning and shifting of animals to perform exhibit maintenance duties and modify exhibits to meet seasonal requirements.
    • Assists veterinary staff with any prescribed treatment routines or medication administration.
    • Records and reports any abnormal animal health or behavioral condition to the supervisor.
    • Assists with departmental research projects as directed by the Curator and provides support to other Zoo projects as neede.
    • Identifies any potential maintenance or safety issues and reports them to the supervisor.
    • Cooperates in answering questions presented by the public, other zoo employees, volunteers and interns to promote quality guest service.
    • Assumes the duties of Keeper II and Keeper III on an as needed basis.
    • Oversees work activities and provides training for interns or seasonal workers assigned to that area.
    • Performs any additional animal care duties or departmental responsibilities as directed by the supervisor.

Position Qualifications:

  • To perform at a proficient level and be fully qualified, a person would be expected to have:

    Education (Minimum Needed):
    • Two year degree in one of the natural sciences or a other discipline.

    Experience (Minimum Needed):
    • Experience with a diversified exotic animal collection gained through internships, volunteer experience or employment. Extensive domestic animal experience may be a qualifying substitute.

    Special Skills:
    • Experience with physical restraint equipment, vehicles and related maintenance equipment.
    • Demonstrated proficiency in use of all cleaning and husbandry equipment and supplies.


    • Must possess or be able to obtain within 30-days of employment a valid New York State driver’s license and have an average or better driving record based on the evaluation process of our insurance company. Retention of position is contingent upon maintaining required license. Must upgrade to classification appropriate to requirements (non-CDLC or CDL class).
    • Must be able to work weekends and holidays as necessary.
    • TB Test conducted annually.

If interested, please submit resume and cover letter by Friday. October 24, 2014 to Malia Somerville, General Curator, Buffalo Zoo, via msomerville@buffalozoo.org. Use subject line: Buffalo Zoo Vanishing Position. Attachments are to be formatted: Last name first name Cover Letter.Doc or PDF, and Last name first name Resume.Doc or PDF.

Part Time Job Opportunities
Sorry, There are no Part Time Job Opportunities at this time.

Part Time Seasonal Job Opportunities
Sorry, There are no Seasonal Job Opportunities at this time.

To Apply:  

All completed applications may be forwarded to: The Buffalo Zoo, 300 Parkside Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14214, Att: Human Resources or submitted directly to the Buffalo Zoo’s Parkside Gate.


When possible, the Zoo will fill job vacancies with qualified internal candidates. As necessary, vacant positions will be advertised in the newspaper, on the Buffalo Zoo web-site and in selected professional publications.

Individuals interested in employment with the Zoo may obtain an application by contacting the Zoo at (716) 837-3900 Ext. 100 or applications may be obtained at the General Admissions Gate at the Switchboard or on line.

Completed applications/resumes may be mailed to:

Buffalo Zoo
(Att: Human Resources Dept.)
300 Parkside Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14214

or returned to the General Admissions Gate. No phone calls please!

All applications and resumes will be held on file for one year.  These applications/resumes will be reviewed if an appropriate position becomes available.

The Buffalo Zoo is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its employment decisions on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, disability, veteran status, genetic predisposition, carrier status, sexual orientation, and all other categories covered under federal and local law.



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