- Grizzly Principal Wild Animal Keeper
- Maintenance Manager
- Maintenance Technician
- Maintenance Technician - Life Support Systems/Plumber
- Mammal Swing Wild Animal Keeper
- Senior Sales Associate
- Temporary Wild Animal Keeper - Avian
- Temporary Wild Animal Keeper - Ectotherm
- Temporary Wild Animal Keeper - Hoofstock/Primate
- Vice President of Life Sciences
The Akron Zoo is an equal opportunity employer and drug-free workplace.
Specific qualifications and requirements for current openings can be found within each application listed above.
Generally speaking, conservation and scientific programs in zoos and aquariums have become highly technical and specialized. Although practical experience with animals may sometimes be substituted for academic training, most entry-level keeper positions now require a four-year college degree. Training in animal science, zoology, marine biology, conservation biology, wildlife management and/or animal behavior is preferred. Curatorial, research and conservation positions typically require advanced academic degrees.
However, advanced academic training in and of itself is insufficient, and it may take years of “on-the-job training” for someone to learn the practical aspects of exotic animal care. A few institutions offer curatorial internships, which are designed to provide this practical experience.
Students wishing to pursue animal-related careers are encouraged to carefully review the curriculum of the schools they wish to attend, as some programs focus more on a zoological application than others.
Students who are interested in the business side of zoo and aquarium operations should concentrate on skills related to a particular area of expertise, such as accounting, public relations, marketing or personnel management.
Whatever your career goal, guidance counselors can offer assistance in determining the most appropriate course of study.