Employment Opportunities

The following is a description of some of the positions within the Cougar Mountain Zoo organizational structure. To be considered in case of an opening, forward your cover letter, resume and references to

Open positions will be noted in Green below.

Carissa and Rowley (2)

Position Progression

  • Keeper Aide
  • Assistant Keeper
  • Keeper 

Bird Department: Psittacines, Gruiformes, Ratites, etc.
Mammal Department: Ungulates, Primates, Felines, Canines, Marsupials, etc.

Keeper Functions (Bird and Mammal Departments)
Animal care including but not limited to: complete habitat upkeep, nutrition preparation, raising young, assisting in medical procedures, training, enrichment, record keeping, emergency response, capture, safety protocol, Volunteer/Intern supervision and involvement in Zoo Education Programs such as guided tours, lectures, demonstrations, outreach, close encounters, wildlife shows, etc.

Zoo Education Specialists
Responsibilities may include but not limited to guided tours, lectures, demonstrations, outreach, close encounters, wildlife shows, visitor oversight, hospitality, promoting Zoo programs, administering volunteers/interns, Zoo membership promotion, administration, quality control, oversight of public areas, managing Zoo wildlife museum, managing Zoo events, promoting the Zoo’s image and objectives.

Admission and Retail
Responsibilities include but not limited to daily admissions operation, administration and maintenance of Zoo gift shop and art gallery, printing and distribution of Zoo literature, promotion and administration of Zoo membership and other basic Zoo Programs

There are several positions in this category. Depending on the position, skills may include but are not limited to the following: facility maintenance, hardscape development, welding, heavy equipment operation, concrete forms/finishing, power tool operation, painting, excavating, vegetation maintenance, masonry, carpentry, plumbing, electrical work, general repairs and other position applicable skills.
Public Relations and Fundraising Director

Responsibilities may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Managing all in Zoo Fundraising Programs
  • Directing all outside of Zoo Giving
  • Directing all in and out of Facility Events
  • Promoting/Managing Zoo Membership
  • Managing Media and Public Relations
  • Overseeing Zoo Journal and other Publications
  • Managing Special Fundraising Drives
  • Partial or Full Management/Supervision of other Zoo activities related to Fundraising and Public Relations