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Check out the job openings below and submit your online application.  Keeper internships available under the tab ‘Get Involved’. Please note that only thoroughly completed applications will be accepted. Wildlife Safari is a drug-free workplace and applicants must pass a drug screen (including for Marijuana) prior to being offered a position.


Animal keeper and veterinarian positions are posted on AZA’s website as they become available.

Education Animal Ambassador | $14.00 an hour | Full Time, Permanent

Position Overview

The Education Department at Wildlife Safari is currently accepting applications for a Animal Ambassador Position with great people skills, a passion for animals and education, and an energetic, positive, personality to fill the Education Animal Ambassador position in the Education Department. The Education position directly assists the Education Director in coordinating daily operations of the Education Department and is responsible for the development and implementation of educational programs including interpretation as well as the management of the department’s animal collection.

Will create curriculum for camps and classes, runs day camps and homeschool programs, presents public outreach programs, conducts guided tours, overnight camps, and creates social media posts, flyers and posters. Other responsibilities include professional networking, public relations, and public speaking. The Educator will work with the Education team to market and enhance the Education Department’s unique programs as well as help with their evaluation.

The Education positiin is responsible for the husbandry and well-being of all species allocated to the department. Duties include but are not limited to: cleaning enclosures, diet preparation, handling of all education animal collection, behavioral conditioning, daily enrichment, and medical care and admission of drugs under the direction of the Veterinarian/Education Director.

This is a unique, exciting and hands-on opportunity to further one’s career in Zoo Education!

Education and Experience Requirements:

  • Must be able to pass a drug test, including marijuana
  • Bachelor’s degree in a field complementary to Wildlife Safari’s mission; Zoology, Wildlife Biology, Conservation Education, Environmental Education, or related field
  • A combined minimum of 2 years experience in work relevant to animal husbandry and knowledge of captive animal management as well as experience as a formal or an informal educator or interpreter
  • Operant conditioning experience preferred
  • Experience working with children of a variety of ages a must, from pre-school to  high school
  • Proven ability to develop and deliver effective educational programs
  • Experience with Microsoft excel, publisher and power point
  • Able to speak to the public both individually and in a presentation setting
  • Demonstrated strong leadership, good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work as a part of a team
  • Personal vehicle and valid driver’s license
  • Negative TB test
  • Ability to work 40 hours a week
  • Required to work outdoors and indoors in extreme weather conditions; ability to lift up to 50 (fifty) pounds


  • Health and dental benefits after 60 days
  • Aflac benefits
  • Free membership with recipicol zoo
  • 40% off in Restaurant and Gift Shop
  • Sick leave and paid time off
  • Vet and vehicle services at cost
  • Free animal encounters
  • Employee parties throughout the year

This is a permanent, full-time position. Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

Landscaper | $14.00 an hour | Full Time, Permanent

Position Overview

Maintain grounds by using hand and power tools and equipment. Workers typically perform a variety of tasks, which may include any combination of the following: watering, mowing, trimming, planting, fertilizing, digging, raking, sprinkler installation, decorating, and creating while providing curb appeal. The main focus of this position is to work alone doing weed wacking, mowing, and clearing debris in different areas of the drive thru.

Position Goal

The goal of the landscaper is to keep the grounds looking presentable in a safe and positive manner.



  • Use hand tools to manually remove brush and debris
  • Read and interpret safety operating documents used to operate equipment
  • Cut lawns using push mower and riding mowers
  • Ability to follow safety procedures on a daily basis
  • Interact with employee and guest in a courteous manner
  • Trim shrubs, bushes, trees, and pull weeds
  • Rake, mulch, and prune grounds as needed
  • Apply fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides as needed
  • Shovel and move landscaping materials
  • Perform minor repairs and maintenance on equipment utilized for Landscaping
  • Perform other assigned duties


    • Ability to work throughout the seasons in various weather conditions
    • A minimum high school diploma or equivalency
    • Candidates must agree to a background check
    • Valid Driver’s license and clean driving record
    • Must be able to pass drug test including random tests
    • Must be able to lift 50 lbs and be able to bend and lift
    • Must possess excellent organizational skills with ability to juggle multiple responsibilities
    • Must wear weather appropriate clothing, including hats, gloves, boots and rain gear
Carnivore Keeper | $14.00 an hour | Full Time, Permanent

*Scroll to the bottom for steps to apply*

Position Overview

This is a full-time staff position responsible for the daily animal husbandry of a designated department or area.  Works independently and in a team environment to apply highest standards of animal care, enrichment and training.  Interacts with the public to educate them about the collection and conservation concerns, providing keeper talks and encounters.  Works closely with the vet staff to maintain animals’ good health and well-being.

Position Goal

To provide exceptional animal care to the park’s collection while creating a memorable and fun guest experience.  The keeper is the first line of defense in assuring animal and guest safety.  The keeper is the expert on the well-being and needs of each of the animals in the department’s collection.

Key Responsibilities

Performs the general daily care of the animals in assigned exhibit and holding areas.  Maintains exhibits and holding areas in a clean and presentable condition at all times.

Carefully observes the animal collection for signs of illness or injury and reports problems to the department Supervisor.

Works closely with the vet staff to diagnose and treat medical needs of the collection.  Assists with examinations, take downs and procedures.  Administers prescribed treatments.

Prepares food in accordance with dietary requirements and restrictions.

Provides enrichment as agreed to by department management.

Trains animal collection as possible and for the purpose of educating and entertaining park guests.

Abides by department or species’ protocols to assure the highest level of keeper and public safety.

Conducts keeper talks and animal encounters as scheduled by guest services.

Maintains accurate and complete records as required by department.

Performs restraint, crating/uncrating and general transport of animals as needed.

Participates in all zoo activities and events, for example, shows and after hour fund raisers, as required by management.

Assists in data collection for approved research projects.

Assists department supervisor as needed.

Responds to department emergencies to maintain guest and animal safety.


  • Able to pass a drug test, including marijuana, and annual tuberculosis tests.
  • At least one year previous experience working in a drive thru, or other zoo environment preferred.
  • At least 2 years college education in a zoological or related field; bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • Able to endure extreme weather conditions.
  • Able to bend, stoop, crawl and walk on uneven surfaces, and lift up to 50 lbs.
  • Valid drivers license with a clean driving record
  • Able to work in team and independently as needed.


How to Apply

Send Cover Letter, Resume and three references to:


Mail to:

Wildlife Safari

c/o Carnivore keeper position

PO Box 1600

Winston, OR 97496

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Wildlife Safari will consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. Wildlife Safari will not discriminate against any applicant for employment because of physical or mental disability in regard to any position for which the applicant is qualified.

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