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Work at the Zoo

Ever wonder what it might be like to (literally) work at a zoo? Roger Williams Park Zoo offers a wide variety of career opportunities, from accounting to zoo keeping and everything in between. Our employees are dedicated individuals who pride themselves on upholding the Zoo’s mission to improve guests’ understanding of and appreciation for the natural world by focusing our work on the conservation of the earth’s animals, plants and other natural resources.

Current Job Openings

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How to Apply

To apply, please submit an application, resume, and letter of interest to:

Sheri Avery, Director of HR
Roger Williams Park Zoo
1000 Elmwood Ave.
Providence, RI 02907

You may also fill out a standard employment application, and submit it via mail, email, fax or in person. Questions? Contact us at (401) 785-3510 ext. 314 or email

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Why Work for the RI Zoological Society?

As an Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) accredited organization, Roger Williams Park Zoo maintains a high standard of excellence in animal care, conservation, environmental education, customer service, facilities management and more.

Roger Williams Park Zoo is also a proud supporter and member of the Association of Minority Zoo & Aquarium Professionals (AMZAP), a network of professionals currently working in exotic animal care and conservation disciplines focused on increasing minority representation throughout the zoo industry.

The Zoo has won numerous awards for our education programs and conservation work both locally and worldwide. Roger Williams Park Zoo won the Annual Worksite Health Award seven years in a row, from the Greater Providence Chamber for our workplace excellence.

RIZS provide our many dedicated staff members with the best benefits available including:

  • Health, vision, life and dental insurance plans
  • Paid time off
  • 403b Retirement savings plan with employer match
  • Employee appreciation events
  • Zoo memberships with benefits
  • Discounts on Zoo concessions
  • And much more

The mission of Roger Williams Park Zoo as leaders in conservation and animal care, is to create engaging experiences that empower guests to join us in conserving wildlife and wild places.

Additional Ways to Get Involved

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are critical to achieving our mission and are an indispensable part of the Zoo team; their enriching interactions with Zoo visitors, along with their endless enthusiasm, dedication and support are priceless. Volunteer positions available for teens and adults!

Two Zoo Docents interacting with Zoo guests near Zoo entrance.

Internship Opportunities

Roger Williams Park Zoo offers a wide variety of internship programs, from veterinary and animal care to education, marketing and public relations, and more.  Our internships are unpaid, but offer valuable hands-on experience.

an intern watering plants in the faces of the rainforest exhibit and smiling at two hyacinth macaws sitting on a branch.
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