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Employment/Internship Opportunities

We are currently accepting applications for the following job opportunities:

Education Internships

The deadline has already passed for Education Internships for summer 2018. If you are interested in applying for the summer 2019 Education Internships, view our website in November 2018 for updated information.

For internship details and cover letter/resume due dates please click here.

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Learn more by checking out a video about our Education Internships and articles highlighting some of our amazing interns.

Membership Assistant/Guest Services

Where:  Zoological Society of Milwaukee (Milwaukee County Zoo grounds, 10005 W. Bluemound Rd., Milwaukee, WI 53226
  15-25 hours per week
Pay Rate:


  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to multi-task in a fast-paced setting.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • A positive attitude and flexibility in an ever-changing environment.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel is required, as well as a willingness to learn other software programs.
  • Enjoy dealing with people.
  • Cash handling and customer service experience is required.
  • Ability to work rotating weekends, evening special events, and holidays.

Job Description

This is a part-time position for a person with strong customer service and clerical skills in our membership office, guest services, and west entrance office (summer hours only).  This position will interface with the public and our members both over the phone and in person answering zoo-goer questions and selling a variety of items including our yearly Zoo Pass membership.  Candidates must be available to work more hours during late spring and summer.

Questions?  Contact Cindy at cynthiag@zoosociety.org or 414-258-2333 ext. 216.

To apply, please forward a resume as well as a cover letter or description of why you are interested in this position to membership@zoosociety.org.

Senior Director of Programs

The Zoological Society of Milwaukee (the Society) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to conserve wildlife and endangered species, to educate people about the importance of wildlife and the environment and to support the Milwaukee County Zoo (the Zoo). The Society seeks an experienced and collaborative Senior Director of Programs to join its management team. This newly created role will work closely with and report to the CEO to provide a holistic review of the organization’s direct service programs including Education and Zoo Pride, the organization’s volunteer program. As needed, this position will also help support our conservation program working in partnership with the current head of the function. Combined, these programs educate more than 300,000 people annually, affect the guest experience for more than one million visitors to the Zoo and help save species from extinction.

Together with the CEO and program staff, the Senior Director of Programs will help us advance our mission by creating a strategic plan; strengthening the business models; driving program and revenue growth; and continuing to innovate our programs while solidifying relationships with partners and funders and serving as the program’s spokesperson. 

We are looking for a candidate who is intelligent, strategic, dedicated and collaborative. This position requires a commitment to the Society’s mission, proven management skills, excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and the ability to manage multiple priorities. This is a full-time position located at the Society’s office on the grounds of the Milwaukee County Zoo.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Lead team of 13 experienced education, theater and volunteer management staff and oversee department budgets of ~$1.7 million; identify opportunities for program and revenue growth.
  • Provide direction for curriculum and content development for education programs that reach all age groups from Stroller Safaris for infants and toddlers to photography classes for adults. Additionally, the Society offers camps, classes for children and families, school programs, field trips, teacher workshops and internships.
  • Oversee our successful Kohl’s Wild Theater program that reaches 150,000 people annually through on and off-site theater programs that promote conservation and inspire action.
  • Collaborate with the Society’s creative department and the Zoo to create and support a strategic interpretive plan.
  • Work closely with volunteer manager to refresh our Zoo Pride volunteer program of more than 500 active volunteers who provide a wide range of assistance to the Zoo and the Society.
  • Increase program visibility in the community, serve as program spokesperson and manage relationships with collaborative partners.
  • Work closely with our Development Department to support grant proposals, fundraising efforts and donor relationships.
  • Ensure all programs align with the priorities of the Society and the Zoo and meet or exceed the accreditation standards of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
  • Serve as a member of the Society’s management team; serve as staff liaison to Board of Directors committees.

Job Requirements: 

Start Date:  As soon as possible

Work Hours:  8:30am-4:30pm. This is a salaried position that requires periodic evening and weekend hours.

Required Education:  minimum of a Bachelor's Degree

Required Experience:  at least 7 to 10 years of experience in education, conservation or nonprofit administration; management experience required; excellent interpersonal skills.

Relocation stipend available for candidates living outside of our region.

The Society is an equal opportunity employer. Send a cover letter and resume including salary requirements (salary commensurate with experience) to:


Zoological Society of Milwaukee
Human Resources Office
10005 W. Bluemound Rd.
Milwaukee, WI  53226


Email to: hr@zoosociety.org

Part Time Weekend Instructor Positions

Zoo ClassesJoin our team of educators and volunteers in the Zoological Society Conservation Education Department at the Milwaukee County Zoo. Our engaging education programs are designed to support the development of environmental and scientific knowledge through developmentally appropriate, hands-on learning.

2 & 3 year old Instructor Positions

Two positions are currently available to teach 2-year-old (with adult) Zoo Classes and 3-year-old (with adult) on select Saturdays and/or Sundays.  Instructors attend training and shadow each class topic prior to teaching in their first year. Seeking candidates who are interested in returning every September–May (continued employment based on performance and interest).  Summer positions may be open based on availability.

Click on the LINKS to learn about teaching at the Zoo or about the position details and application process/deadline. 

For high-school volunteer summer opportunities, click here.