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 Maintenance Technician position is responsible for the repair, maintenance and modifications of our buildings, exhibits, public and animal barriers, animal holding areas and park wide grounds facility systems. The Maintenance Technician must work hours appropriate to meet the needs of the Zoo staff and visitors and consistent with peak season days and hours. This may require weekend, holiday and early or late shift start times. Read full description. (posted 4/22/16)

The Director of Guest Services is responsible for the overall guest experience in addition to the following activities: supervision, training and recruitment of staff, budget management and coordination of guest services staff in ticketing and admissions, operations, rentals, rides and attractions operations, business office front desk operations including park communications and daily ops updates, parking management, guest assistance, and experiential practices. The Director of Guest Services must work hours appropriate to meet the needs of Zoo visitors and consistent with peak season days and hours. Regular weekend and occasional evening hours are required. Read full description. (posted 4/15/16)

Under general supervision, employee will perform a wide range of functions in the Mammal Department at the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere. Primary responsibility is to feed, clean, and maintain assigned collection animals; maintain animal exhibits, yards, night enclosures, and contiguous areas; perform light exhibit construction; operate zoo vehicles and maintain integrity of existing landscape. Additionally, employee will be responsible for educating the public through keeper talks and other impromptu educational sessions as well as providing a clean and safe atmosphere for families to enjoy the Nashville Zoo. Read full description. (posted 4/15/16)

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 “Event Ambassador” will assist with any 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 3/10/16)

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)

The Horticulture Technician position is responsible for maintaining the landscape of their assigned area. The Horticulture Technician 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 9/16/15)

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)

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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 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 Education Animal Building (EAB) 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 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 veterinary internships for both undergraduate and graduate level veterinary science students, as well as post-graduate Vet Tech students. 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


Non-Animal Care Internships

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.