Job Postings

Animal Care Professional – Elephants (all levels)


Birmingham Zoo, Inc.

Closing Date
March 4, 2019

The Birmingham Zoo is currently seeking applications for Animal Care Professionals in the Elephants Department (including Lead position). Under the direction of the Elephant Manager, the successful candidate will be responsible for providing a high level of animal care to bachelor herd of African elephants.

Primary responsibilities of this position include monitoring animal health, maintaining cleanliness of animal areas, providing environmental and behavioral enrichment, preparing diets, modifying exhibits, maintaining accurate records, and presenting both formally and informally for the public. The candidate must be a motivated self-starter that is enthusiastic and team oriented. This position requires a team player capable of positive interactions with staff, guests, and volunteers.

This is a full time position working at least 40 hours per week, including weekends, holidays, and late events as needed. Successful candidates will work in close proximity to dangerous animals, and professionalism and good communication are required.

Education and Pre-requisites


Bachelor’s degree in a relevant biological field required.
Experience in a zoological institution, experience with elephants preferred.
Must have excellent written and verbal communication as well as decision skills; have high energy and enthusiasm for completion of tasks; possess team building skills; and has the ability to handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
Must have ability to foster teamwork within and across teams.
Competency in computer skills.
Must have a current valid driver’s license with no prior traffic violations (within the last five years).
Must be First aid/CPR certified, or be willing to be certified.
Must have current negative TB test and provide documentation, or be willing to have a TB test.

Compensation and benefits

We offer an excellent benefits package and eligibility after 1 year to apply for the PiCA (Passion into Conservation Action) program. Check out our website for more information!

Application instructions

Please apply online:, About Us, Employment