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Thank you for your interest in joining Naples Zoo. We have hundreds of applicants each year but only a few join our select team of dedicated professionals. Please e-mail your resume or print the Zoo Employment Application, complete it, and e-mail it to

(Due to the high volume of applicants, we may not be able acknowledge receipt of your application; we will be in touch should we need additional information or select you to interview for one of our open positions.)

Employment Application

Please note: INTERNSHIP information and VOLUNTEER opportunities are listed separately.

Current Openings

Grounds Supervisor     Salaried     40 hrs/wk
The Grounds Supervisor is responsible for supervising and assisting with landscape duties and functions as necessary to meet operating needs with a high degree of efficiency and independence.  Maintain performance standards, coordinate assigned staff, and foster positive team environment.  Assist in planning and review of Zoo's horticulture and grounds projects for high quality landscapes and naturalistic exhibits.  This is a working supervisor position and will report to the Director of Gardens & Grounds.

Horticulture Technician     Hourly 40 hrs/wk
The Horticulture Technician is responsible for landscape duties and functions as necessary to meet operating needs with a high degree of efficiency and independence to maintain performance standards.  The horticulture technician must have the ability or the ability to learn the use of mowers, edgers, trimmers, chainsaws and other landscape equipment that pertains to the work.  The ability to drive a golf cart and tractors is also necessary for this position.  Proper safety equipment and training is provided for this job.

Maintenance Technician     Hourly     40 hrs/wk
This position requires a working and practiced knowledge of a wide variety of maintenance and construction skills and principles including, but not limited to: carpentry, roofing, small and large engine maintenance and repair, automotive, tractor, golf cart and lawn equipment maintenance and repair, fencing, welding, painting and basic electrical and plumbing skills.  Proper safety equipment is provided for this job.

Director of Education Salaried     40 hrs/wk
Naples Zoo is seeking creative, experienced, entreprenurial candidates for the newly created position of Director of Education reporting directly to the President/CEO. This is a unique and exciting opportunity to build an educational program portfolio to continue to position Naples Zoo as the leader in conservation and envrironmental education in the Southwest Florida market. Additionally, the Director of Education will serve as a lead designer of a new 9,000+ square foot educationally facility to be built as the centerpiece to the Zoo's new entrance experience. The Director of Education will also serve on a newly formed senior management team that is eager to see Naples Zoo grow and improve from its already strong and respected foundation.

Interested candidates should have significant experience in designing, implementing and evaluating conservation and environmental education programs in an AZA-accredited zoo or aquarium or comparable mission-based organization and should have demonstrated and successful experience in recruiting, evaluating and leading staff and in building a successful team. Bachelors degree in an applicable field is required. Masters degree will be viewed as a plus. Ability in building, monitoring and managing a departmental budget is a must.

Naples Zoo is a 501(c)(3) non-profit receiving no operational funding from city, county or state sources. The Zoo is in a strong financial position and is in the silent phase of a $25 million capital campaign that will result in a new entrance experience, new exhibits, major exhibit renovations, a new veterinary hospital and a major Zoo endowment in addition to the new educational facility. To date, nearly $8 million has been raised toward the $25 million goal.

Again, this is a unique and exciting opportunity for the right individual. Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to as soon as possible and no later than February 28, 2015. Given the right qualifications, select candidates will be notified by the Zoo and may be interviewed for the position before February 28th. Candidates not selected for interview will not be notified and follow up calls will not be returned. Salary and benefits will be consistent with the AZA's most recent Salary Survey and/or commensurate with experience and potential.

Staff Veterinarian (FULL TIME)

Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens is seeking applications for the position of Staff Veterinarian, reporting directly to the Zoo’s Director of Animal Programs.  This is an exciting opportunity to join a respected and growing Zoo, help design a new veterinary hospital, and build a vet department that will meet the Zoo’s current and future plans.

Most specifically, the Staff Veterinarian will provide comprehensive medical care to the collection including but not limited to maintaining a preventative medical program, providing acute care for sick or injured animals, providing convalescent care for animals recovering from illness or injury, and providing complete pathology services. 

Direct responsibilities include:

  • Implement and monitor a preventative health care program for the collection to include parasite surveillance procedures and control, infectious disease screening, physical exams and humane euthanasia when necessary.
  • Oversee quarantine program for newly arrived animals.
  • Manage medical and surgical cases.
  • Conducts necropsies on animals in the collection to determine cause of death.
  • Implement and monitor collection diets to assure nutritional requirements are being met.
  • Maintain and update medical records using ZIMS.
  • Ensure compliance with USDA, AZA and FWC rules and regulations with regards to medical care.
  • Develop working relationship with FWC and USFWS in regards to Florida panthers.


  • Must possess a DVM/VMD degree from an accredited institution.
  • Post –doctoral experience in a zoological park or with exotic animals is preferred.
  • Maintain a State of Florida Veterinary License, USDA Accredited Veterinary License, Drug Enforcement Agency License, and continuing education hours.
  • Knowledge of guidelines established by standard veterinary medicine procedures; specialized veterinary medicine procedures such as AZA, AAZH, AAHA, and APHIS-USDA.
  • Experience in applied biology, unique anatomy, special physiology, social structure and reproduction of a wide variety of wild animals.
  • Experience and expertise in drugs used in wild animals, their use and the various dart systems used to administer the drugs.

To apply:  Send cover letter, CV and references to

Send resumes to

or to address below.

Mail resumes to:

Human Resources Office, 1590 Goodlette Road, Naples FL 34102

or fax to: 239.262.6866

You can also fill out an application or drop resumes off at the zoo itself.
The zoo is conveniently located in the heart of Naples.


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