Chicago Zoological Society / Brookfield Zoo

About Chicago Zoological Society / Brookfield Zoo

The Chicago Zoological Society has a wide variety of exciting employment opportunities available. If you are interested in working for a world-class organization that is dedicated to conservation, then Brookfield Zoo is the place for you.

The Chicago Zoological Society employs almost 450 full-time employees and, for the busy summer season, hires 1,000-1,200 seasonal workers. A talented staff and wide variety of skills, backgrounds, and talents are required to operate the zoo every day of the year. We have a wide variety of positions available. In addition to our animal care staff, we also have professional, administrative, scientific, executive, technical, trades, clerical, restaurant, merchandising, groundskeeping, and service positions to name just a few.

You can also find more information on our website about how to apply for a job at the zoo, employee benefits, CZS University Classes for employees, and the Society's commitment to diversity and inclusion. If you have questions, check the Frequently Asked Questions page.

The Chicago Zoological Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer and considers all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, mental or physical disability that does not preclude performance of essential job duties, or any other status protected by law. The Society supports and promotes workforce diversity and strives to foster a work environment of respect and inclusiveness where the contributions of all workers are valued and recognized.

The institution serves an ethnically and financially diverse audience and is committed to responding to the needs of its guests and providing them with tools and information to encourage more environmentally friendly actions and lifestyles.

The Society promotes a participative management approach and is a highly team-oriented organization. A high degree of cooperation in projects and programs is evident, and employees from all levels and departments of the organization are involved.


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“people, experience”

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