Employment

The Oregon Zoo is governed and operated by Metro, the Portland metropolitan area regional government. Metro employees are dedicated to public service, excellence, teamwork, sustainability, innovation and respect. Metro is committed to hiring a diverse workforce.

For job openings at the Oregon Zoo, visit the jobs page at Metro, the Portland area regional government. It lists open regular, temporary and seasonal positions for the Oregon Zoo.

You can submit an application online and fill out an online job interest card to receive email announcements when new positions become available.

The zoo also offers internships in many fields from veterinary technicians to volunteer management. Most but not all are unpaid. Internships are available at the college or graduate level, except for the animal care internship at the Trillium Creek Family Farm, which is open to high school students. Availability of internships varies.

Oregon Zoo Foundation employment opportunities

Thank you for your interest, but the Oregon Zoo Foundation is not hiring at this time. 

Zoo careers

Biology and management of zoo animals: Learn about a new academic program being offered in partnership with Portland Community College, the Oregon National Primate Research Center and the Oregon Zoo.

Career profiles: Meet some Oregon Zoo employees and learn what it takes to do their job.

The American Association of Zoo Keepers offers information about being a zookeeper.

Association of Zoo Veterinary Technicians offers information on becoming a zoo veterinary technician.