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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.

Naples Zoo has partnered with PMI, a professional employer organization. Employees are hired as PMI employees to work at the Naples Zoo. Please complete the online PMI employment application and email 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

Expedition Guide     40 hrs/wk     Hourly
The Expedition Guide must possess the ability to learn how to navigate a 32-foot catamaran through a primate-inhabited island system, narrating a 20-25 minute tour while offering insight into primate behavior and conservation.  This person must be comfortable dealing with the general public and able to communicate in a personable way to large audiences.  The guide is required to interact with individual guests as well, answering animal and nature related questions. 

Animal Care Staff – Venomous
40hrs/wk Hourly

Responsibilities: As part of the Show Department (venom team), the successful candidate will be responsible for the care of venomous reptiles and participation in reptile programs. Duties will also include care, presentation and training of birds and small mammals.


• General husbandry and care of assigned animals.
• Close observation of animal behaviors
• Shift animals according to area’s safety protocol.
• Maintain detailed daily records on assigned animals.
• Inspect, clean, and maintain both exhibit and off-exhibit areas.
• Propose and perform species-specific enrichment.
• Knowledge of husbandry requirements, and the prevention of zoonotic diseases.
• Knowledge of operant training techniques.
• Interact with guests during both formal and informal presentations.
• Assist in animal procedures including translocations, immobilizations, crating, and veterinary procedures.
• Respond to and assist management in guiding the resolution of emergency situations within the zoo.
• Observe safety policies and procedures in regards to the use of zoo’s equipment, materials, chemicals, and vehicles.
• Other duties as assigned.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

• Minimum 18 years old.
• Must be able to work as part of a team.
• Must be self-motivated and goal-oriented.
• Must be able to use a bicycle or tricycle.
• Strong communication skills and interpersonal skills are essential.
• Must have the ability to work flexible hours, including weekdays, weekends, holidays and evenings.

This position requires a high school diploma or equivalent. A college degree in a biological science is preferred. A minimum of 1 year previous experience working with venomous reptiles in a zoological setting is required. Previous experience with care/operant conditioning of birds and/or small mammals is preferred. Ideal candidate will be self-motivated, be able to work as part of a team and have strong communication and interpersonal skills. Be able to lift and carry up to 65 pounds. Be available to work flexible hours including weekends, holidays and evenings. Possess a valid driver’s license. Work is generally outdoors in all weather conditions.

Director of Development
The Director of Development reports to the President and CEO and serves as an integral external ambassador and representative for Naples Zoo. S/he works closely with the Board of Directors’ Development Committee and the Zoo’s senior management team to design and execute a comprehensive development strategy for the Naples Zoo.

S/he initiates, implements and regularly evaluates annual and long-range development plans to secure major gifts, foundation/grant funding, corporate sponsorships, annual funds, annual appeal gifts and planned/endowment gifts. S/he oversees fundraising events and effectively coordinates fundraising activities and events with the Zoo’s senior management team. S/he also plays a leadership role in the implementation and management of Zoo Capital Campaigns.

The Director of Development is responsible for the hiring, supervision and evaluation of Development Department staff and works with the President and CEO and the Director of Finance to accurately report on the progress of fundraising efforts as well as the departmental budget.

Requires Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Communications, Marketing, or related field from an accredited college or university, plus minimum of five years previous experience in the raising of significant funds, including the solicitation of major gifts. Minimum three years of previous managerial experience also required.

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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