Join our team

Join our team!

Work with us and discover something wild! The Metro Richmond Zoo is a unique establishment with a well-trained professional staff. We accept applicants year round in a number of animal and non-animal related positions. Join our team!

  • We accept all applications and may contact you if an opportunity rises.

Current Job Openings

Zoo Crew Team Member

The zoo is currently accepting applications to fill many Zoo Crew Member (non-animal care) positions.  Zoo Crew Members focus on enhancing our guest experience by preparing, operating, and cleaning up the public access facilities at the Zoo.  Cleaning bathrooms and picking up trash are vital tasks to keeping our facilities presentable.  These facilities are divided into 6 Divisions:

Zoo Crew Member (non-animal care)

(Work in any one, or all of our 6 divisions)

  1. Guest Services
  2. Gift Shop
  3. Food Services
  4. Ride Operation
  5. Treetop Zoofari
  6. Projects/Maintenance

Full zoo crew member job description

How to Apply

1. Download and print Employment Application

2. Prepare resume and optional cover letter

3. Drop off in person or e-mail both documents to employment@metrorichmondzoo.com and include the position you are applying for in the subject bar.

Clean exhibit windows and make new friends!

Sell daily tickets

Make smoothies and sell frozen bananas

Sell merchandise in the gift shop with a smile

Drive the train with a smile

Give the guests a sky high experience on our sky lift!

Operate the carousel with a smile

Clean up after our barnyard buddies each morning with a smile

Smile as you make new friends!

Plunge with a smile

Enjoy guests' smiles in our interactive budgie exhibit!

Keep the gardens fresh with a smile

Clean up time with a smile

Cruising through the zoo with a smile

Provide delicious food from the concession stand with a smile

Zip the zoo for morning maintenance checks with a smile

Treetop Zoofari harness training with a smile

Grounds keeping with a smile

Training guests at Treetop Zoofari with a smile

Clear the pathways each morning with a smile

Restock the gift shop shelves for the next guest with a smile

Prepare and serve food orders with a smile


Veterinary Technician

Under the guidance of the zoo veterinarian, the vet tech is responsible for providing high quality healthcare to all 2,000 animals at the Metro Richmond Zoo including all species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates. The vet tech collaborates with the animal care team to promote the general well being of all animals. The zoo has an on-site animal hospital with a small pharmacy, surgery room, blood chemistry analyzer, and x-ray equipment.

Veterinary Technician 

A few of the required tasks include:

  1. Oversees medical care of all zoo animals under the direction of the veterinarian
  2. Performs veterinary diagnostics and prepares treatment plans
  3. Provides care for sick and injured animals
  4. Administers anesthesia, monitors animals under general anesthesia, and assists in surgery
  5. Organizes and maintains pharmacy and orders drugs and medical supplies

How to Apply

1. Download and print Employment Application

2. Prepare resume and cover letter

3. Drop off in person or e-mail all three documents to employment@metrorichmondzoo.com and include the position you are applying for in the subject bar following your name.

Benefits and Perks

  • Medical insurance
  • Retirement with company match
  • Paid time off
  • Food and merchandise discounts
  • Free tickets into the park
  • Potential for bonuses
  • Variable work tasks
  • Work with a variety of exotic animals
  • Fast paced – never a dull moment

Grounds Worker

Responsible for maintaining the physical grounds and guest’s access ways in the best light possible.  Provides technical knowledge and insight to the health and development of our landscaping.  Provide occasional leadership as situations arise.

Grounds Worker 

A few of the required tasks include:

  1. Cutting grass, edging, trimming, and weeding
  2. Trimming bushes and trees as necessary and per their proper season
  3. Performing preventive maintenance and minor corrective maintenance on landscaping equipment
  4. Fertilizing, seeding, and watering
  5. Plan, budget, and propose new horticulture projects

Full Ground Worker job description

How to Apply

1. Download and print Employment Application

2. Prepare resume and optional cover letter

3. Drop off in person or e-mail both documents to employment@metrorichmondzoo.com and include the position you are applying for in the subject bar.


Laborer

Assists the maintenance and project team with renovation and new exhibit construction. Fast paced hard working job.  Very rewarding with the diversity of tasks and the on the job training opportunities. 

Laborer 

A few of the required tasks include:

  1. Moves, secures, installs, builds, loads, or unloads materials.
  2. Performs some specialized tasks which may require on-the job training.
  3. Moving tools, equipment, or other material as directed by supervisor.
  4. Light building maintenance: changing filters, light bulbs, door handles, ballasts, ect
  5. Helping with exhibit construction and renovation

Laborer job description

How to Apply

1. Download and print Employment Application

2. Prepare resume and optional cover letter

3. Drop off in person or e-mail both documents to employment@metrorichmondzoo.com and include the position you are applying for in the subject bar.

Benefits

  • Medical
  • Retirement with company match
  • PTO
  • Food and Merchandise discounts
  • Free Tickets into the park
  • Bonus potential

Perks

  • Variable work tasks
  • Work around animals
  • Flexible schedule
  • Day-Time hours (no nights)
  • No Sundays required
  • Fast paced; no dull moment
  • Work outdoors and indoors

Metro Richmond Zoo is an equal opportunity employer.



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