Opportunities with ZSM

Looking for a career or internship opportunity at the Zoological Society of Milwaukee? We have many different departments to create one collaborative environment. Jobs at the Society include customer service, education, theater, graphic design, finance, fundraising and communications. The Zoological Society wants hardworking candidates with a positive attitude and a passion to make a difference.

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The Zoological Society is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to an environment that is inclusive and welcoming – celebrating the diverse qualities, perspectives, values, and experiences of all people. Simply put, we welcome all people at all times.

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Career Opportunities with ZSM

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Check back for employment opportunities as they become available.

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Internship & Volunteer Opportunities

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Internships are available in different departments throughout the year. The Conservation Education Department hires multiple college interns in the summer to assist with camps and classes. The Communications Department hires interns in the fall, spring and summer to assist with public relations and social media. Our Special Events team hires interns to work closely with them for event planning and fundraising duties.

The Zoological Society of Milwaukee’s Conservation Education Department is pleased to provide a paid internship opportunity for current college students or recent graduates as part of our summer education (Zoo Camp) programs. This 10-week internship runs from the beginning of June until mid-August. Interns hired will help educate children ages 3-14 about science, animals, and conservation through interactive teaching strategies.

Successful candidates will assist instructors in classroom educational activities, lead Zoo tours, supervise and evaluate high school assistants (volunteers), prepare classroom materials, and other duties related to Zoo Camp as assigned. Interns will receive ongoing training and professional mentoring from Society Conservation Education staff and experienced Zoo Pride volunteers.

Internship positions are open to any major of study for those passionate about education, wildlife, natural resources, and/or social sciences. This program does not offer direct animal handling or veterinary experience and does not provide housing.

The application window for Summer 2023 has closed. To be notified when applications open for Summer 2024 (likely in January 2024), please fill out this form.

For those local to the Milwaukee area, consider volunteering with Zoo Pride to increase your experience in the field and make your application more competitive for next season. Our volunteer program is extremely flexible and perfect for the busy college student’s schedule!

This position helps educate children ages 3-14 about science, animals and conservation in our seasonal enrichment Zoo Classes. This role works closely with an experienced team of educators and volunteers and is supervised by the Programs Operations Manager. Conservation Education Interns play a critical role in support of the Zoological Society of Milwaukee’s (ZSM) mission to educate people about the importance of wildlife and animals and support the Milwaukee County Zoo, and the Conservation Education department’s vision to inspire and empower all members of our community to take conservation action. This position is unpaid and eligible for course credit only.

We are seeking students who are available to work a minimum of 1 Saturday or Sunday per week during the fall semester, from Sept. 9-Dec. 17, 2023. Please contact anad@zoosociety.org with any questions.

Apply here by Aug. 25

Are you 14-18 years old and interested in science, animals, working with kids, or simply volunteering in your community?

If you are interested in volunteering during the school year, please contact Paul Vandermeuse at paulv@zoosociety.org.

During the summer, the Zoological Society’s Conservation Education Department provides opportunities for high school students to volunteer in our Summer Zoo Camps. Our High School Assistants spend two consecutive weeks assisting with camp activities, Zoo tours, and general prep under the guidance of a college mentor.

The application window for the Summer 2023 High School Assistant Program is closed. If you are interested in year-round volunteer opportunities at the Zoo, consider joining Zoo Pride. Flexible shift scheduling is great for busy high school students!

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Auditions & Jobs with Kohl’s Wild Theater

Writers and Composers

Kohl’s Wild Theater commissions playwrights and composers to develop new plays or musicals about specific conservation topics under a “for hire” contract. To be considered for a future contract, writers or composers may send their resume and two writing/music samples to Christopher Orth, interim manager of artistic direction, at chriso@zoosociety.org. Writing samples should be under 10 pages and should be from a play or musical for young audiences.


Kohl’s Wild Theater contracts costume, set/props, sound and puppet designers to design new plays and musicals. Interested designers may send their resume to Michael Cienfuegos-Baca, technical supervisor, at michaelc@zoosociety.org.

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The Zoological Society team will continue to update this page as new internship and career openings are made available. Check back in the future for more open positions!