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We are currently accepting applications for the following job opportunities:

Education Internships - Summer 2019

Help educate children ages 2-14 about science, animals and conservation in our Zoo Summer Camps. Interns develop child management techniques, interactive teaching strategies and are directly mentored and extensively trained through a self-reflective, experiential training program.

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.

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.

There are no positions at this time. Please continue to check our website for future available positions.

Why we love teaching at the Zoo

Data Specialist for the Bonobo and Congo Biodiversity Initiative


The Data Specialist is dedicated to the Bonobo & Congo Biodiversity Initiative (BCBI), the ZSM’s bonobo conservation program in the Salonga National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).  The specialist assists the BCBI Director, Field Site Coordinator, and research team to achieve the technical aspects of the BCBI program with an emphasis on maintaining research and other field data, data quality control, basic GIS and mapping, assistance with data analyses, and report/grant preparation.  The full-time position is based in Milwaukee with periodic work in the DRC.


  1. Serve as BCBI’s data specialist by organizing, entering, and verifying data in various formats and preparing data for analysis.
  2. Conduct analyses independently or conjointly with research team members as directed.
  3. Maintain a GIS-mapping system/database and perform basic GIS functions and mapping.
  4. Help prepare project reports and scientific publications.
  5. Assist with reporting to funding agencies and other support entities.
  6. Support grant application and reporting processes.
  7. Conduct necessary bibliographic searches and maintain project bibliography.
  8. Provide technical and logistical support for field missions including equipment procurement and testing and field equipment inventories. 
  9. Organize and maintain field mission photos and videos.
  10. Regularly update and provide program content/photos for articles, press releases, social media, and the project website.
  11. Provide mission support and field assistance in DRC, as needed.
  12. Provide technical backup to team to solve computer/equipment issues.
  13. Participate in program promotion – talks, interviews, etc. – as needed.


Candidates shall possess at least three years of experience in data management/analysis and three years in basic GIS (Esri software).  The candidate should have practical experience in wildlife/botanical surveys, Distance analyses preferred (or similar analytical tools).  She/he should display competency in managing large amounts of scientific data (attention to detail), have sound knowledge of analytical methods, and have experience with standard statistical software.  She/he must have excellent writing and verbal skills and be able to write/edit reports for publications.  The candidate should be adept at learning new software and troubleshooting technical issues.  Candidate must be able to take directions yet work independently, communicate effectively to help solve problems with field team members (often advising/assisting remotely), and adapt to changing conditions/schedules as the project demands.  As a team member, the candidate must be highly motivated, committed to realizing the BCBI’s goals.  The applicant must have the ability to work in a remote tropical forest setting – typical to surveys and wilderness camping.


The candidate must minimally hold a master’s degree in conservation biology, natural resource management or a related field.  The candidate should have at least three years of work experience in a related field.  She/he must possess demonstrable skills in research and basic statistical analyses.  Field experience in an undeveloped country (or region) is desirable.  French language proficiency is highly desirable.


  • Must have vehicle, driver’s license, and current auto insurance.
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 50 lbs.
  • Ability to operate a computer keyboard, mouse and to handle office equipment.
  • Ability to maintain good attendance is a condition of employment and a function of this position.


  1. Applicants should email a cover letter, CV/resume, and the names, email addresses and telephone numbers of three professional references to conservation@zoosociety.org by January 7, 2019.  Your letter should describe your interest in the position and how your experience/qualifications match the position description and salary requirements (salary commensurate with experience).  Please address your letter to:  Dr. Gay Edwards Reinartz, Director, Bonobo and Congo Biodiversity Initiative/Conservation Coordinator, Zoological Society of Milwaukee, 10005 W. Bluemound Road, Milwaukee, WI 53226-4383.
  2. Please include your last name on each filename.
  3. No telephone calls, please

The Zoological Society of Milwaukee is an equal opportunity employer.

Closing Date: Monday, January 7, 2019.

For high-school volunteer summer opportunities, click here.