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Explore job opportunities and internships for the zoo, the Oregon Zoo Foundation, and Metro. Oregon Zoo hires a workforce representative of our communities, understanding that a diverse workforce strengthens our organization so we can fulfill our mission. We value diversity and support a positive and welcoming environment where all our employees can thrive.

visitors learning from zoo educator at wildlife garden

The Oregon Zoo is governed and operated by Metro,  greater Portland's regional government. Metro employees are dedicated to public service, excellence, teamwork, sustainability, innovation and respect. 

Zoo jobs at Metro

View job opportunities for open positions at Oregon Zoo and throughout Metro. 

Foodservice and private events jobs

View job opportunities in food and catering services, managed by our partner, Levy Restaurants.

Oregon Zoo Foundation jobs

Oregon Zoo Foundation is recruiting for a new Executive Director.  View position specification here.



The zoo offers internships in a range of fields.

Most but not all zoo internships are unpaid, and offer real-world work experience and mentoring by professionals. Internships are available at the college or graduate level.

Learn more about the following available internships:

Veterinary preceptorship
Veterinary technician student program
Zoo apprenticeship program 

The application process for all internships requires the successful completion of a background check.

To be considered for a college or graduate-level internship, a student must be receiving academic credit from, or be fulfilling an academic requirement of, an accredited institution of higher education. It is the responsibility of the intern to ensure that all university or college requirements are met to receive credit.