Job Opportunities

Spend All Your Time at the Zoo.

If you care about animals as much as we do, we want to hear from you!

Browse the list below for current opportunities at the Zoo.


Application Process

  1. Download a standard Zoo Job Application (PDF).
  2. Follow the instructions included with the job listing to reach the appropriate person and department. (Calling the Zoo is not the best way to reach us about jobs, as we have many departments.)
  3. Submit your resume to:
    • The e-mail address listed with job opening.
    • Fax number (719) 633-2254. On your cover sheet, indicate the department your information should be given to.

Note: Jobs listed on this web site may be filled at any time and are subject to availability. We try to keep this list current, but jobs may be available that are not listed.



Current Openings (July 2018)

Finance Cashier

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is seeking an exceptional candidate for the position of Finance Cashier. The Finance Cashier ensures that all admissions, guest services, EdVenture programs, Development department and other revenues are accurate and accounted for on a daily basis. The position requires the candidate to be flexible, working 6-9 hours per day, 4-5 days per week in a split shift (8:30am-12:30pm and 3:00pm-close).
View full job description.

To apply: Please send your cover letter, resume and salary requirements (all three are required for consideration) to Kathy French, VP of Finance and HR, at [email protected]. Please type “Finance Cashier” in the subject line. No phone calls please.


Animal Dept. Volunteer & Revenue Programs Coordinator

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo (CMZ) is currently seeking a motivated, creative thinker to fill the position of Animal Department Volunteer & Revenue Programs Coordinator. This person will become the front line of fostering opportunities for our guests to fall in love with our animals. This is a full time position that requires a dedicated team player that fits into our Zoo culture. This requires a tactful individual with strong problem solving skills and demonstrated ability to work effectively with all levels of staff, helping to advance the Mission and Vision of the zoo.
View full job description. ​

To apply: Please submit a resume and cover letter to Allison Ford via email [email protected]. Resume should be no more than 2 pages, single sided. Resume and cover letter files should have the applicant’s name FIRST in the file name (i.e. ‘John Doe resume’, or ‘Jane Doe cover letter CMZ’). Please do not send zipped files. Deadline for application submission is July 18, 2018 at 5 p.m. No phone calls, please.


Development Assistant

​Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is seeking a qualified and passionate candidate for the position of Development Assistant. We are looking for someone with an exceptionally positive and team-oriented attitude who has a strong work ethic and and shows great attention to detail. This position is primarily responsible for supporting the Development Department in all areas as needed. This position is non-supervisory in nature. Adheres to and supports all organizational policies and procedures and standards. Promotes teamwork!
View full job description. ​

To apply: Please send your cover letter, resume and salary requirements (all three are required for consideration) to Kelley Parker, Director of Development, at kpark[email protected]. Please type “Development Assistant Candidate” in the subject line. No phone calls, please.


Horticulture Curator

The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is seeking a highly skilled and experienced Horticulture Curator to engage fully and to own the on-grounds beauty of the Zoo; strategically manage the Zoo’s horticulture assets; and effectively utilize available staff and budget to accomplish horticultural goals and Zoo objectives. This is a full-time, benefited, salaried position.

This is a working supervisor position and candidates will spend 80% to 90% of their time on grounds dedicated to horticulture work throughout the Zoo both individually as well as managing the team on horticulture-related projects. This is a physically demanding position that will be conducted in all weather conditions. Weekend duty may be required as well as additional holiday and evening event support.

A degree in horticulture or extensive related work experience is required. The ability to run typical small and large horticulture equipment is required. Proven project and budget management experience is required for this position. Adaptability, exceptional customer service and people skills, maturity, good judgement and strong management experience is expected.

Candidates must pass a background investigation and drug screening. Candidates must have a valid Colorado driver’s license, be insurable as a driver in the state of Colorado, and candidates must have reliable transportation.



Human Resources Generalist

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is seeking an exceptional candidate for the position of Human Resources Generalist. The HR Generalist nurtures a healthy, vibrant and fulfilling work environment while managing employee on-boarding and compensation and benefits programs in addition to handling employment compliance requirements. Please view full job description.

To apply: Please send your cover letter, resume and salary requirements (all three are required for consideration) to Elizabeth St. Onge, Chief Culture Officer, at [email protected]. Please type “HR Generalist” in the subject line. No phone calls please.


Public Relations & Social Media Manager (job description updated 1-9-18)

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is seeking an exceptional candidate for the position of Public Relations and Social Media Manager in the Marketing Department. This candidate will have a minimum of 5 years of relevant public relations experience and will ideally have some supervisory experience. Candidate must also have a demonstrated familiarity and ability to plan and execute business-related social media campaigns. This position will directly supervise the Assistant Manager of Public Relations & Social Media. Candidate must be an extremely organized multi-tasker with strong documentation skills. Candidate must also be an unbridled optimist and a self-starter who can work with minimal supervision. A successful candidate in this position will have an insatiable curiosity about what others are doing around the Zoo, and have a passion to inform our guests and the community about their work. This is a writing-intensive, full-time exempt position that typically works Monday through Friday, but evenings and weekends are required for staffing events. Come join our fun and fast-paced team! View full job description.

To apply: Please send your cover letter, resume and salary requirements (all three are required for consideration) to Jenny Koch, marketing director, at [email protected]. Please type “Public Relations & Social Media Manager Candidate” in the subject line. No phone calls, please.


Guest Services

The Zoo is looking for an experienced, customer service oriented individual to help us provide the best Zoo experiences for our Guests! Please review the Qualifications and Requirements section of the attached Job Description. If you are an outgoing, team-oriented individual- this may be the position for you! View full job description.

To apply: please send applications or resumes to [email protected]. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.


Food Service and Retail Positions

(Managed by Service Systems Associates / Taste Catering)
Seasonal positions may be available. Contact department heads for info.

  • Retail Sales Associates
  • Food Service Staff
  • Catering Staff
  • Concession Stand Supervisors

To apply: Download the SSA Job Application (pdf) and return it to:
SSA (Job Application) – Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, 4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Rd., Colorado Springs, CO 80906
Via email: [email protected] (No phone calls please.)

For more information please contact:
Concessions & Retail: Mary Gorkowski – [email protected]
Catering: April Hall, Director of Catering – [email protected]


Adult Volunteers

Have time on your hands? Want to do something worthwhile in an exciting, beautiful setting? Come to the Zoo and volunteer. You’ll be glad you did. Whether you want to help keep our animals comfortable, help children have a wonderful zoo experience, or work in an office, your efforts are needed. More about adult volunteering…


The Cheyenne Mountain Zoological Society is an Equal Opportunity Institution.