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

This full-time, year round position is responsible for the care of the Behavioral Husbandry Department animal collection and assisting the Area Supervisor and Department Curator in the supervision of Ambassador Animal keeper staff. In addition the Employee joins the rest of the team in developing and presenting on-site amphitheater shows, and in the presentation of other educational and promotional programs both on and off site. The Ambassador Animal Lead Keeper is also responsible for training animals for said programming and for husbandry behaviors. Read full description. (posted 6/22/17)

The Registrar is responsible for maintaining a record of the inventory of the collection, recording information from the daily reports, assisting in the acquisition/disposition of animals, assisting in acquiring permits and being familiar with all current Federal, State, and local regulations for the operation of the Park. Read full description. (posted 6/7/17)

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 6/7/17)

The Security Guard person is responsible for maintaining the park in a safe and secure condition. The Security Guard will perform patrols throughout their work shift and address any Guest and/or Staff security concerns that may emerge. Security Guard is responsible for protecting zoo assets. Security Guard will be responsible for communication of Severe Weather responses and participate in all of the zoo’s emergency protocols. Security Guard is responsible for the coordination of parking guests when required. Work hours consist of 6:00 am until 4:00 pm Tuesday through Friday and additional hours when needed for events. Read full description. (posted 5/25/17)

Employee will perform a wide range of functions on the Rhino Team at the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere. Primary responsibility is to feed, clean, train, and maintain assigned collection animals (four young Southern White Rhino recently received from South Africa, eventually transforming into a breeding group when male(s) arrive); clean animal exhibits, yards, night enclosures, and contiguous areas; perform light exhibit construction; operate zoo vehicles; maintain integrity of existing landscape. Additionally, employee will be responsible for educating the public on the rhino exhibit animal collection and providing the best care for the animals in the collection. Read full description. (posted 5/19/17)

The Area Supervisor of Carnivores’ primary responsibilities include supervision of keeper staff, participation in the general care of assigned collection animals and maintenance of exhibits. He/She will be responsible for educating the public on the Carnivore Department’s animal collection and providing a friendly, safe and clean atmosphere for families to enjoy the Nashville Zoo. Read full description. (posted 5/15/17)

The Nashville Zoo is seeking an experienced Curator of Mammals to join our team. With three new exhibits opening soon (Sumatran Tiger, Andean Bear and White Rhino), a new 24,000 square foot state of the art Veterinary Hospital opening in 2018 along with a 40-acre Africa exhibit, the timing of this rare opportunity is perfect for the ideal candidate. Read full description. (posted 5/9/17)

The Groundskeeper is responsible for keeping his assigned areas in a clean and safe condition. Groundskeeper 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 3/17/17)

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 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 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)

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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 4/6/17)

All Guest Services Associates at Nashville Zoo are a big part of the success of the daily operations and the enjoyment of our guests. Our Guest Services Attractions Associates are responsible for providing excellent customer service, friendly smiles, outgoing personalities and an amazing experience for our guests. Read full description. (posted 4/6/17)

Our Guest service Associates are responsible for providing excellent customer service, friendly smiles, outgoing personalities and an amazing experience for our guests. Cashiers work primarily in Entry Village selling admission tickets, greeting guests, scanning admission tickets, renting strollers/wheelchairs and informing guests of daily Zoo happenings. Read full description. (posted 4/6/17)

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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
3 full days per week for 8-12 weeks

 

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

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.

 

Animal Care Internships

The Ambassador Animal 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.

The Avian Department is offering an internship focusing on the day-to-day care of the avian collection across the Zoo. The intern will rotate through multiple areas from large exhibits, like flamingo and lorikeet, to smaller behind-the-scenes breeding areas.

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 what it takes to support the animal operations of the Zoo.

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.

The Mammal Department is offering multiple internships across the department, which includes the Hoofstock, Contact Area, Primate, and Carnivore Teams. Interns will work alongside keepers in the day-to-day animal care routines for a variety of animals.

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 Business Development Intern will have the opportunity to assist with projects in the Development Department that may include: maintaining the Zoo's donor database, prepare donor acknowledgements and mailings, and assist with the planning and execution of Sunset Safari, the Zoo's annual fundraiser.

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.

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.

The Human Resources Intern will have the opportunity to apply their experience to projects that may include: payroll processing, 401K programs, benefit programs, and employee assistance and training.

The Marketing and Public Relations Intern will have the opportunity to work closely with the marketing team to assist in a variety of projects that may include: archiving the Zoo's media, event support, photo and video assistance for digital platforms, and management of the editorial calendar and social media accounts.

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.

The School Programs Intern will have the opportunity to work closely with the School Programs Manager to assist in a variety of projects that may include: development, facilitation, and evaluation of education programs, lesson plan editing and design, and development of content for education resources.