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

Interested in an internship?
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo offers internships for people ages 18 and older, learn more.

Application Process:

  1. Departments may have their own application process. Read the instructions per job listing carefully and follow them.
  2. If the application instructions refer to the standard Zoo Job Application (PDF), download it HERE.
  3. Calling the Zoo is not the best way to reach us about jobs, as we have many departments.
  4. 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 Opportunities at the Zoo:

Giraffe Center Veterinarian

This is a dual role position, with 3/5th commitment as primary veterinarian for the International Center for the Care & Conservation of Giraffe (Giraffe Center) & 2/5th commitment as associate veterinarian for the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo (CMZoo) animal collection. This is a full-time, 40 hour/week salaried position with competitive benefits, including generous accrued vacation/holiday/sick time; opportunities for prorated end-of-summer and year-end bonuses totaling up to 11% (based on Zoo performance); group medical, dental, vision, life, & disability insurance; among many other benefits! View full job description.

COMPENSATION: $90,000-95,000/year dependent upon experience level
To Apply: Submit a resume, cover letter, & 3 names of references to [email protected] by August 1, 2023 deadline. No phone calls please.


Guest Experience Manager

This position is responsible for the overall management of the Guest Experience Department including supervisory functions and hands-on support. The Guest Experience Manager is responsible for ensuring and facilitating excellent service to our guests at all times. This position manages all aspects of the Guest Experience Department including, but not limited to, base/reception, parking, admissions, carousel, shuttle, giraffe experience, elephant and rhino feedings, and Sky Ride. The Guest Experience Manager promotes professional working relationships with both internal and external customers. This position is supervisory in nature; adheres to and supports all organizational policies, procedures, and standards; and promotes teamwork! View full job description.

COMPENSATION: $51,000/year
To Apply: Please send a resume and cover letter to [email protected]. No phone calls please.


VETERINARY TECHNICIAN

Congratulations on your decision to join the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo veterinary team! Work at one of North America’s top 10 zoos in the city that U.S. News and World Report named the #1 Most Desirable Place to Live and the #2 Best Place to Live in the U.S. for 2022-2023. Join our team, which includes 3 veterinarians and a hospital manager/veterinary technician, in addition to this full-time posted position. You will work with one of North America’s largest giraffe herds and help be on the forefront of advancing giraffe medicine as part of our Giraffe Center, in addition to providing the highest level of care for the multitude of other species that captivate our guests and team members daily. You will help grow and maintain an active teaching program including: a post-graduate zoo veterinary technician position; veterinary students from Colorado State University and Western University Colleges of Veterinary Medicine; and help fulfill MOU’s with the United States Air Force Academy Falconry Program and the Fort Carson United States Army Post’s Veterinary Team. View full program description and application requirements.

COMPENSATION: $22.00-$24.50/hour ($45,000-51,000/year) –dependent upon experience level; with competitive and generous benefits
To Apply: Review required application materials in the program description link for details. Send a resume and letter of interest and 3 reference names to [email protected]. No phone calls please.


Post-Graduate Veterinary Technician Program

Congratulations on your decision to pursue a career as a Zoo Veterinary Technician! Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is an excellent place to begin your journey. During the 6 month program, you will gain valuable hands-on experience in zoo wildlife care, working closely with experienced veterinary technicians, zoo veterinarians and zoo keeper staff. After the program, you will be better prepared to be competitive for other zoo veterinary technician positions. Please keep in mind that you may need to move around to find the right job. This program is open to post graduate, credentialed, experienced veterinary technicians only. View full program description and application requirements.

COMPENSATION: Stipend of $1200 at the end of each month.
To Apply: Review required application materials in the program description link for details. Applications close in February for a start date of May (runs May-October), and close in August for a start date of November (runs November-April). Send a resume and letter of interest to [email protected], addressed to Brenda Cordova. No phone calls please.


Seasonal Part-time Animal Revenue Assistant

This position assists the Animal Department with administrative duties, and animal revenue programs. Promotes professional working relationships with both internal and external customers. This position is non-supervisory in nature. Adheres to and supports all organizational policies and procedures and standards. Promotes teamwork! View full job description.

COMPENSATION: $16-18 per hour
To Apply: Please submit resume and cover letter to Steve Carter via email [email protected] by 5:00 p.m.
on Saturday, April 15, 2023. Resume should be no more than 2 pages, single sided. No phone calls please.


Curator of Horticulture

Would you enjoy a combination of leading a horticulture team, and hands-on horticulture work as part of a team focused on connecting people with wildlife and wild places? We are looking for just that person to help us take care and improve the landscape of our beautiful mountain side zoo! We are looking for a team oriented horticulture leader to oversee all aspects of the Horticulture Department including leadership, planning, maintenance, records, permits, budget, growth of our hydroponic farming program, and to to assist with new exhibit design and construction by performing core functions outlined in the full job description. View full job description.

COMPENSATION: $55,000-$72,000 (candidates without Landscape Architecture Degree/License)
$72,000 to $90,000 (candidates with Landscape Architecture degree and/or License)
To Apply: Please apply via Indeed at this link. No phone calls please.


Photographer/Videographer

Builds attendance and image for Cheyenne Mountain Zoo by capturing and editing original photos and videos for use in social media content creation. Must have an insatiable curiosity about our animals and a desire to share them with our social media followers, newsletter subscribers, members and other audiences. Must have an excellent eye for photo/video composition and documented experience in producing finished content. Video editing experience using Premiere Pro is required. Additionally, provide assistance to the Zoo’s Graphic Designer by using existing templates for brand development, visual presentations, logos, signage, promotional materials, and print collateral for a wide range of mediums. Assist with project management to include printing, mounting, fabrication and installation of signage as needed. Assists with promotion and execution of special events. This position is non-supervisory in nature. Promotes professional working relationships with both internal and external customers. Adheres to and supports all organizational policies, procedures and standards. Promotes teamwork! Please view full job description here.

COMPENSATION: $21.63/hour; full time/40 hours per week. Opportunities for prorated end-of-summer and year-end bonuses totaling up to 11% (based on Zoo performance). This position is a fully benefited position including group medical, dental, vision, life, and disability insurance; paid holidays, vacation & sick time; retirement plan; a zoo membership; and discounts on concession and gift shop purchases.
To Apply: Please submit your cover letter, resume and a link to your portfolio (all three are required for consideration) via Indeed. Your online portfolio or dedicated social media account must show examples of professional work including video filming and editing, photography and graphic design. This portfolio should also include any examples of other creative experience you’d like to highlight – including, but not limited to, illustration, animation, user experience, social media content creation or content writing, or web design. No phone calls or emails, please.


Food Service & Retail Positions

(Managed by The SSA Group)

– Barista
– Busser
– Cashier
– Catering Staff
– Concession Stand Supervisor
– Line Cook
– Office Assistant
– Retail Sales Associate
– Warehouse Runner

For more information please contact:
Catering: [email protected]
Retail: [email protected]
All other: April Hall, General Manager – [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.