Employment Opportunities

Welcome to the Louisville Zoo Human Resources Page.

If you are interested in volunteering at the Zoo, please visit Volunteer Opportunities.


We are currently not accepting seasonal applications.

Animal Department

Zoo Service Assistant — One year of college with a declared major in Biology or closely related field and one year of working with animals in an institutional setting. Assist area animal keepers with duties to help facilitate the occurrence of regularly scheduled animal presentations.


Education Instructor — One year of college seeking a degree in elementary or secondary education, one year of experience working with children in formal or informal teaching setting (school, day camp, zoo or other cultural attraction) and background knowledge of biology, ecology or related field. Must be able to handle small exotic animals for educational purposes, have good communication/teaching skills, be willing to be First Aid/CPR certified and work a varied part-time schedule. Education positions start at $19.27 hourly.

Guest Services

Zoo Service Worker — Various duties including: cleaning, ticket scanning, welcoming guests, interacting with guests and answering questions, safety and security, attendant for seasonal attractions and assisting with crowd and traffic control. Must be a minimum of 16 years of age. Varied schedule availability.

Zoo Service Worker (Special Events) – Assist with planning and producing public events including Boo at the Zoo, Throo the Zoo 5k Run/Walk, Wild Lights and more! Must be a minimum of 16 years of age. Varied schedule availability.

Rides Operator – Operates trams, carousel, cart shuttles and Ropes Course; will also maintain cleanliness and inspections of all attractions. Candidates must be a minimum of 17 years old, with Tram driver position also requiring a valid driver’s license.

Splash Park SupervisorOversees daily operation of the splash park including direct supervision of the splash park staff, performing water quality testing and maintenance, and interacting with staff and guests. Reports to the Guest Service Supervisor. Must be able to obtain CPR/First Aid/Aquatic Facility Operator Certification (provided by the Zoo). Must be a minimum of 18 years of age. Previous supervisory and/or water quality experience preferred.

Splash Park Attendant — Crowd control, water quality testing, public safety and maintain cleanliness of the park. Must be CPR/First Aid Certified. Must be a minimum of 16 years of age.


Zoo Aide — Grass cutting, mulching, trimming and grounds maintenance. Must be 18 years of age and possess a valid driver’s license.  Horticulture positions start at $17.48 hourly.

Membership, Marketing, Front Desk & Admissions

Zoo Service Clerk — All areas include basic computer operating skills and guest interaction. Some areas will require experience working with money, balancing a cash drawer, operating a multi-line switchboard and making PA announcements and radio announcements. Must be a minimum of 16 years of age.

Marketing Seasonal — Requires basic computer operating skills with some experience in  writing or graphic design.  Must be a minimum of 16 years of age. Marketing positions start at $17.15 hourly.

Minimum wage is $16.65 hourly (unless specified above).
The Louisville Zoo is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Rules, Requirements & Benefits

Employee Requirements

  • Customer service must be a priority to applicant applying
  • A minimum of 16 years of age (Some jobs may require 18 years of age)
  • Seeking candidates with primarily daytime availability
  • Must be flexible to work days, nights, weekends and holidays
  • Some jobs require a valid driver’s license
  • Some positions require CPR/First Aid Certification, which is provided by the Zoo


Uniform Shirts are provided by the Zoo; however uniform pants and/or shorts must be purchased at your expense before date of employment.

Zoo Benefits

  • Unique, fun environment
  • Discount in Gift Shop and food areas with Zoo ID
  • Free admittance to Zoo while employed
  • Free parking

Links to Apply

Zoo Full-Time and Part Time Staff

SSA FOOD Application

SSA Retail Application