Keeper FAQ

So, you want to be a keeper?

It’s hard to find someone who doesn’t like animals, and many, many people want to work with them. So, if you really want to pursue this career, how do you go about it? Here are answers to the frequently asked questions we get about becoming an animal keeper. To find out more about the variety of jobs people do at the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, click here.

Featured Jobs


Work permits are mandatory for anyone under 18 years old. Positions require limited or no experience. In-house training provided.

Career Paths

Passport to Your Future

At San Diego Zoo Global, we are committed to providing a rewarding and engaging work experience for all, whether it be in retail, animal care, architecture, or facilities, just to name a few areas! Our employees work here because they are committed to our mission and vision, and they are treated well. Many opportunities are available to move around, move up, learn, and grow within the organization. Here are a few areas where you may want to start your career with us:


Passport to Your Future:
ZOO U - San Diego Zoo Global College Relations Program

Looking for an adventure next summer?

Be part of our College Relations program and work as a summer intern for the world-famous San Diego Zoo or the San Diego Zoo Safari Park—two of the busiest, most reputable, and most popular tourist attractions in the country!

Diversity and Inclusion

San Diego Zoo Global (SDZG) is committed to valuing diversity and practicing inclusion, because our workforce is our greatest asset and our guests are our number one priority!

Vision Statement:

We will be an employer of choice where we celebrate our employees, their diversity, and our exceptional community partnerships. Together we roar with pride!

Partnership Contact Confirmation

Thanks for your interest in the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park. Our properties, along with the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research, are all operated by San Diego Zoo Global, a private, non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization. We are committed to an international leadership role in conservation, recreation, education, and reproduction of endangered species.



Joining this world class organization, whose vision is to lead the fight against extinction, can be rewarding in more ways than one.  While encouraging you to put your passion for wildlife to work, we offer our team members an array of comprehensive health, financial, and recreational benefits to help them maintain a good work/life balance.  Explore the rewards below.*

*Several of the benefits we offer to employees at San Diego Zoo Global are listed here.  Throughout the hiring process, we will provide you with more details on the specific benefits you will receive.

Our Culture

Put Your Passion for Wildlife to Work

Our San Diego Zoo Global (SDZG) family is frequently asked, "What's it like to work for SDZG?" or "How would you describe the culture of SDZG?" We decided to investigate these questions thoroughly and ask our employees how they should be answered.


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