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 (March 2017)


Front Desk / Base

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is seeking an exceptional candidate for the position of “Base” (also known in other companies as reception desk/switchboard). This candidate will be responsible for serving as the main point of contact for the public. They are also responsible for operating as a central point of contact for employees. A successful candidate in this position will have an exceptional phone demeanor, as well as experience with data entry, records management, processing paperwork, ordering supplies, operating postage meter and providing general customer service. This is a full-time non-exempt position. Come join our fun and fast-paced team!
View full job description.

To apply: Please send your cover letter, resume and wage requirements (all three are required for consideration) to Jenny Koch, marketing director, at Please type “Base Application” in the subject line. No phone calls, please.

Philanthropy Assistant

The Philanthropy Department is looking for an energetic, detail-oriented, and multi-skilled Philanthropy Assistant for our fast-paced office.
View full job description.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume and salary requirements (submissions will not be considered without all three) to A Zoo application is not required for this position. No phone calls please.

Grants Manager

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is looking for an experienced part-time (20 hours per week) Grants Manager. View full job description.

To Apply: Send cover letter, resume, writing sample and salary expectations (submissions will not be considered without all four) to A Zoo application is not required for this position. No phone calls please.


Summer Camp Mentor

Summer Camp Mentors take a leading role in environmental education for toddlers through 12th graders in the Zoo’s overnights, birthday parties, early childhood programs, zoo tours, zoo camp and other programs. The goal of these programs is to instill and foster a lifelong love for nature and animals as well as introduce or develop lifelong passions for activities that tie youth directly to wildlife and/or wild places. Through live animal presentations, games, crafts and Zoo hikes, mentors will help children to teenagers to provide a link between people and nature and meet these program goals. Summer Camp Mentors must be able to start on May 17th. Camp runs through August 9th, 2017.
View full job description.

To Apply: Please email cover letter, resume, current CPR/First Aid certifications, and the answers to the questions below to NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

Application Questions for Summer Camp Mentor:

  1. Of the following age groups, which would you say you are most comfortable working with?
  2.     Preschool-Kindergarten    1st-2nd Grade    3rd-4th Grade    5th-6th Grade

  3. Describe a time when you witnessed or participated in a child connecting with nature:
  4. Which would you say you are more passionate about: children or animals? Why?
  5. Describe the tools in your “management of children toolbox”:


EdVenture Teen Program Internship

Designed to provide you with an opportunity to learn about the highest quality leadership in environmental education. Our EdVenture programs focus on exposing youth (ages 12-17) to the natural world. Therefore, your internship will assist you with educating and mentoring teens through the Zoo’s summer program in their projects, leadership skills, and conservation efforts.
Time commitment: It is expected that Interns be able to commit to a minimum of 3 days per week, maximum 5 days per week. Days will vary. Each internship consists of 380-640 hours between May-August. View full job description.

To Apply: Please email application and answers to this questionnaire to: No phone calls please.


Maintenance Team Manager

The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is seeking a strong, organized and experienced leader with excellent communication, negotiation, and superior time-managements skills. The ideal candidate will have a strong knowledge of: how complex facilities operate; regulatory compliance; and budget management/planning. The candidate must also understand predictive maintenance and demonstrate how they will accomplish time-sensitive and high priority objectives under adverse and sometimes ambiguous conditions.
View full job description.

However, the most important attribute of this candidate will be an ability to lead a team of experienced, motivated and highly-skilled technicians and unlock their full potential as they support the many missions of the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

To Apply: Please send a resume, cover letter, reference list and salary expectations to No phone call please.


First Responder

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is looking for a seasonal EMT first responder to provide efficient immediate care to visitors in need of medical attention from basic first aid to emergency medical response. When not engaged in primary functions, this person will be walking the zoo as a liaison for guests. Great personality is paramount as this job requires guest interactions during the day. Valid certifications required.
View full job description.

To apply:E-mail resume and cover letter to, Guest Services Manager. No phone calls please.


Guest Services Jobs

We are looking for highly dedicated individuals 21 years and older preferred to join the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Guest Service team. Hours for these positions will range from 20-40 hours per week and will include weekends and holidays. Availability for evening events required.
We will be conducting interviews for the following:

  • Admissions – We are looking for people who want to work in a fast paced guest oriented environment. Must have a great personality and be able to work with all kinds of people. Applicants must be flexible. Data entry skills are required. Applicants must be interested in building great guest experiences.
  • Shuttle Drivers – We are looking for outgoing personality for our shuttle service around the Zoo that will be comfortable talking to guests about the Zoo animals and exhibits.
  • Guest Services – We are looking for friendly and outgoing people to run a carousel, and sell giraffe feedings. Must be able to handle money and make change. Applicants must be interested in building great guest experiences.
  • Parking – We are looking for good communicators to direct traffic, assist guests, and keep our parking lots safe. Applicants must have a composed and outgoing personality. Must be able to handle chaotic situations with a good attitude. Applicants must be interested in building great guest experiences.
  • Sky Ride – We are looking for attentive, safety and detail oriented people to operate a chairlift ride. Applicants must be comfortable directing guests and checking machinery for safety. Must have positive verbal communication skills and a great personality. Applicants must be interested in building great guest experiences.
  • Shuttle Drivers – We are looking for outgoing personality for our shuttle service around the Zoo that will be comfortable talking to guests about the Zoo animals and exhibits.

To apply: Download the Job Application (pdf) and return it to:
Guest Service Jobs – Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, 4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Rd., Colorado Springs, CO 80906
via email: or Fax: 719-633-2254 (No phone calls please.)


Food Service and Retail Positions

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

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

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


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.