Jobs/Internships


 

Job Opportunities

Below are the current career opportunities available at Nashville Zoo. However, we do accept job applications anytime. Submit an application here.

We also post job opportunities on other websites, including on Nashville's Center for Nonprofit Management webpage and through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums job listing board.
 

Current Job Openings

The Payroll & Benefits Coordinator will work closely with the other members of the Human Resources Department to deliver outstanding Human Resources support to the institution. The focus of this position is to coordinate and carry out payroll, benefits, and other human resources operational functions in an organized and timely manner. Read full description. (posted 2/9/17)

The Security Guard is responsible for ensuring the safety and security of all zoo staff, guests, vendors and property. Depending on the assigned post the officer will either patrol the zoo property or provide stationary security presence. While on duty the Security Guard will address any Vendor, Guest and/or Staff safety or security concerns that may emerge. In addition to scheduled shifts officer may be required to work special events after normal zoo operating hours. Security guards will be required to work weekends, holidays and during inclement weather. Read full description. (posted 2/9/17)

The Gardener position is responsible for maintaining the landscape of their assigned area. The Gardener must work hours appropriate to meet the needs of the Zoo. This may require weekend, holiday, and early or late shift start times. Read full description. (posted 1/20/17)

The Education Office Manager reports to the Education Director. The Education Office Manager is part of the dedicated team of Nashville Zoo education leaders who are committed to integrating education into the guest experience and recognize the significance of education in fostering community support for the Zoo. The Education Office Manager is an experienced leader with excellent management skills and the ability to coordinate multiple projects simultaneously. Read full description. (posted 1/20/17)

Camp programs are designed for children ages 4-14. The Education Assistant is responsible for facilitating age-appropriate lessons, activities, crafts, and games that focus on animals, conservation, and the environment. Camp programs are offered primarily between May and August, with break camp programming extending into March and October. The Education Assistant works Monday through Friday, from the end of May through the beginning of August. This is a seasonal, full-time position. Read full description. (posted 1/20/17)

Interpretive programs are focused on two areas of the zoo, our Grassmere Historic Farm and Kangaroo Kickabout exhibit. The Education Assistant will lead guided tours of the Grassmere Historic Home and Farm, as well as interact with guests at our Kangaroo Kickabout exhibit. The Education Assistant educates guests on the history of our property, and how Grassmere ties into the story of Nashville Zoo. This position also provides basic rules and etiquette, as well as interpreting animal knowledge, for the residents of our Kangaroo Kickabout exhibit. Interpretive programs are offered from March through October, with some tours being offered in December. This is a seasonal, part- to full-time position. Read full description. (posted 1/20/17)

Member Services Associates are responsible for the following activities: selling memberships, recruiting members for the Zoo, assisting and greeting guests. Member Services Associates must work hours appropriate to meet the needs of Zoo visitors and consistent with peak season days and hours. Saturdays and Sundays are normal working days. Occasional evening and early morning hours are required. This position will staff the Membership Building located in the Entry Village. Read full description. (posted 1/20/17)

Teen programs are designed for teens ages 13-18. The Education Assistant coordinates the activities of teens acting as trail interpreters throughout the zoo and manages ZooTeens both onsite and at offsite events. The Education Assistant works Tuesday through Saturday, from the end of May through the beginning of August. Read full description. (posted 1/18/17)

The Turf Care Technician is responsible for ensuring that the zoo’s grass/turf areas, landscaped turf areas, parking lot medians, animal habitat turf areas, and all other grassed or turf areas are kept in a clean, well-manicured, and in good general agronomic health. Read full description. (posted 1/11/17)

The “Event Ambassador” will assist with basic duties needed before, during and after an event to help ensure we create a positive experience for our event guests and birthday party attendees. Read full description. (posted 1/6/17)

Performs administrative duties for Chief Development Officer and development staff. Provides support to Board of Directors and Development Committee. Maintains complete confidentiality of all donor records. Requires strong writing and computer skills. Read full description. (posted 12/19/16)

This position is responsible for all aspects of management of the Primate and Carnivore departments of Nashville Zoo at Grassmere. Reporting directly to the Director of Animal Operations, the Primate/Carnivore Curator assists with animal acquisitions, husbandry programs, daily exhibit maintenance, oversight of routines, animal enrichment, training programs, exhibit design, and all aspects of staff selection, training, and development. Read full decription. (posted 12/19/16)

The Grounds Steward is responsible for keeping the outdoor park areas in a clean and safe condition. The Grounds Steward is responsible for providing support to the zoo’s Special Events and Emergency Response programs. Work schedule may include early or late start times and working weekends and holidays as required for meeting the zoo’s operating needs. Read full description. (posted 4/15/16)

The Custodian is responsible for the cleaning and maintaining of the zoo’s buildings, viewing windows, signs and removal of litter from our walkways. The Custodian is responsible for performing event set up and breakdowns. Work schedule may include early or late start times and working weekends and holidays as required to meet the zoo’s operating needs. Read full description. (posted 10/28/15)

The 3rd shift Custodian is responsible for the cleaning and maintaining of the zoo’s buildings, viewing windows, signs and removal of litter from our walkways. The 3rd Shift Custodian is responsible for performing event set up and breakdowns. Position requires Custodian to perform nightly security rounds at least one night per week or more if needed. Work hours are 9:00pm to 6:00am and schedule will include working weekends and holidays as required to meet the zoo’s operating needs. Read full description. (posted 10/28/15)

Guest Services Associates are responsible for the following activities: selling daily admissions-related items, recruiting members for the Zoo, assisting and greeting guests. Guest Services Associates must work hours appropriate to meet the needs of Zoo visitors and consistent with peak season days and hours. Saturdays and Sundays are normal working days. Occasional evening and early morning hours are required. Read full description. (posted 9/16/15)

This position is responsible for conducting Backstage Pass Tours in the Animal Departments and also assists in the care of the Behavioral Husbandry Department animal collection. In addition, the Backstage Pass Guide also presents on-grounds animal encounters and assists the Behavioral Husbandry Department with all other programming as needed. Read full description. (posted 1/11/17)

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The HR Generalist is responsible for performing HR-related duties on a professional level. The position carries responsibilities in the following functional areas: Recruitment/talent acquisition, onbaording and orientation, benefits administration, training, payroll/compensation, policy implementation and employment law compliance. Read full description. (posted 12/29)

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Internship & Externship Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in an internship or externship with Nashville Zoo. Our program provides an opportunity for college students and recent graduates to acquire experience and knowledge by working alongside our Zoo staff. Although our internship/externship positions are not paid, the experience is no doubt a benefit for future endeavors.

 

Program Requirements:

Internships
College students receiving class credit
20-40 hrs/wk for 8-12 weeks
Externships
College students or post graduates - career-focused experience
16-20 hrs/wk for 4-8 weeks
 

Application Process:

#1 - Prepare your cover letter and resume

You will be asked to upload your cover letter and resume on the last page of the online intern application (next step).

#2 - Submit an application

Use this form to apply.

#3 - Send us 2 letters of recommendation

One letter of recommendation should come from a representative of the school you currently attend. Email both of your letters to intern@nashvillezoo.org.

#4 - We'll contact you

Upon receiving the completed application, selected students will be contacted to schedule an interview. Efforts are made to place students in their area of interest, however sometimes this is not feasible.

 

Application Deadlines:

  • Spring Semester applications due by November 15
  • Summer Semester applications due by March 15
  • Fall Semester applications due by July 15

Contact Information:

MAIL:
Nashville Zoo
Attn: Intern Coordinator
3777 Nolensville Pike
Nashville, TN 37211
 

Animal Care Internships

The Ambassador Animal Building (AAB) Intern assists in the care and maintenance of the education animal collection and in the presentation of educational animal shows and programs both on and off zoo grounds. This collection includes a wide variety of arthropods, mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians. Read full description.

The Avian Department is offering an internship for undergraduate or graduate students working towards a degree in Zoology, Wildlife Management, Biology, and other related fields. The Avian intern assists in the care and maintenance of the avian collection. Read full description.

The Commissary Intern assists in the dietary preparation and general cleaning of the kitchen, coolers and grain room. The Intern will gain an understanding of animal nutrition and animal feeding behavior. Read full description.

The Ectotherm/Aquatics and Herpetology department is offering an internship for an undergraduate or graduate student with a strong interest in Ichthyology and Herpetology. The intern will assist in the care and maintenance of the animal collections housed in the Aquatics and Herpetology department. Read full description.

The Mammal department is offering an internship for undergraduate students working towards a degree in Zoology, Wildlife Management, Biology, and other related fields. The Mammal Intern assists in the care and maintenance of the mammal collection. Read full description.

Nashville Zoo offers unpaid veterinary internships for both undergraduate and graduate level veterinary science students, as well as post-graduate Vet Tech students.

All veterinary internships are 40 hr/week with some weekends on call. Students will work with the Zoo's veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and hospital keepers. Students will research upcoming and current cases and assist with preventative and emergency care. Students will give a presentation at the end of their externship on a current, pertinent topic or the student's research project.

For information on Veterinary Internships, please contact Katelyn Stafford kstafford@nashvillezoo.org. Submission deadlines for Veterinary Internships vary from those listed for other internships.

Pre-Vet Undergraduate Vet Students
  • Internships available in the spring or fall semesters only
  • Spring Semester applications due by October 1; Fall Semester applications due by March 1
1st - 3rd Year Graduate-Level Vet Students
  • Internships available in summer only
  • Applications due by December 1
4th Year Graduate-Level Vet Students
  • Clinical rotation applications are accepted at any time
  • Flexible dates

Submit an application for a Vet Internship
Post-Graduate Vet Tech Students
  • Internships available in the spring, summer or fall semesters
  • Spring Semester applications due by October 1; Summer Semester applications due by December 1; Fall Semester applications due by March 1

Please note, Students are responsible for providing their own transportation as well as housing. A $10 program fee and proof of negative TB test (within a year) will be required upon starting.

 

Non-Animal Care Internships

The Development department is offering an internship for undergraduate students working towards a degree in Business, Marketing, Public Relations, or Communications. Read full description.

The Event Specialist Intern will directly assist the Director of Special Events, Event Operations Manager and Events Coordinator. Interacting with clients and business partners such as onsite catering, SSA, may be required. Responsibilities to include but not limited to: event logistical planning and research, event preparation and set-up, event day responsibilities including oversight of volunteers, area set-up and problem solving as needed, event break down, general event duties including birthday party assistance and light administrative duties as needed. Read full description.

The Historic Site intern will have the opportunity to assist with projects at the Grassmere Historic Farm that may include: exhibitions, research, collection management, planning and design, special events, education, interpretation, and volunteer and visitor services. Read full description.

The Human Resources department is offering an internship for undergraduate students working towards a degree in Human Resources or Business. Interns will assist the HR Department during their daily routine. Read full description.

The marketing and public relations department is offering an internship for undergraduate students working towards a degree in Marketing, Public Relations, Communications, Interactive Media or any related major. Recent graduates will also be considered. Read full description.

The Onsite Interpretation Intern assists in the research, creation, implementation, and delivery of public interpretive programs at Nashville Zoo along with the training of volunteers in public program delivery. Read full description.

The School Program intern assists in the research, creation, implementation, and presentation of programs that fall under the supervision of the School Programs Manager. Read full description.