Assistant Animal Keeper

Under close supervision, participates in all aspects of daily animal care and maintenance of particular exhibits. 

•    Provides daily care to animals and their enclosures.  Including, but not limited to cleaning, feeding, watering, securing, grooming (i.e., domestic animals), observing, animal training and enrichment, record keeping and maintaining exhibits
•    Tasks may include heavy manual and skilled work such as moving and manipulating heavy food items, hoses, bales of hay, equipment and crated animals
•    Participates in required lectures, seminars and workshops as part of their apprenticeship
•    Advances zoo mission through participation in conservation programs - assists in development and delivery of educational programs formally through Education Department, and informally through interaction with zoo guests; assists with tours for guests, staffs and volunteers; may assist in research projects
•    Cleans and maintains animal exhibits including use of chemical agents and special tools which are used to ensure the health and safety of the animals as well as the proper presentation to the public 
•    Maintains animal exhibits for less dangerous species under the supervision and discretion of the lead keeper.  Exhibits housing more dangerous animals will not be maintained until the later stages of the probationary period
•    Under close supervision, maintains excellence in exhibit display including furnishing, modifying and performing minor repairs and upkeep as appropriate.
•    With supervision, prepares and distributes animal diets as determined by senior animal management staff.  Humanely dispatches live feed items
•    Shifts and manually restrains animals other than common domestics or exotics used in handling programs under close supervision and in the immediate presence of a qualified animal keeper during the initial 2 months of the apprenticeship
•    Under close supervision, administers therapeutics as prescribed by the veterinarian
•    Monitors health of animals on a daily basis by observing eating habits, general activity, behavior and appearance, interaction with others, etc.  Reports abnormal behavior and problems to area supervisor without delay.  Assists with the preparation of detailed written daily reports for supervisor
•    Monitors the condition of habitats, equipment and facilities and initiates work orders requests and emergency repairs as needed 
•    Maintains clean and safe work environment
•    Maintains an inventory of equipment and supplies 
•    Adheres to established animal handling and related safety guidelines.  Participates in established animal escape drills and procedures.  Under supervision, captures, restrains, and transports animals                                     
•    May be assigned jobs that require coordination with other zoo departments
•    Orients and trains staff assigned to work locations               

•    May have direct responsibility for a specialized aspect of assigned animal collection.
•    Other duties as assigned to maintain efficient and quality zoo operations
•    Work necessary hours as requested including all shifts, weekends, holidays, and special events

•    Knowledge of general husbandry practices and methods
•    Knowledge of animal behavior and natural history; common environmental enrichment and animal training practices; biology and related subjects
•    Knowledge of animal behavior as an indication of general health, reproductive potential and well being
•    Knowledge of occupational hazards involved and the safe work practices to employ while in proximity of potentially dangerous animals
•    Knowledge of materials, methods, tools and equipment used in cleaning operations
•    Skill in making thorough observations and documenting observations
•    Ability to keep comprehensive and accurate records according to established procedures
•    Ability to both give and follow oral and written directions effectively 
•    Ability to organize tasks and time to ensure timely completion of all projects
•    Strong oral and written communication skills
•    Ability to work in any of the assigned animal areas fulfilling all requirements of the title  
•    Ability to exercise sound judgment in analyzing animal behavior problems or emergency situations, and to respond with appropriate action
•    Ability to work with and be comfortable around potentially dangerous and unpredictable animal species
•    Ability to work with potentially dangerous machinery, restraint devices and toxic chemicals and/or drugs
•    Ability to interact courteously, respectfully and productively with supervisors, fellow employees, volunteers, zoo visitors and general public 

•    Graduation from a high school or the equivalent (GED) is required.
•    Graduation from an accredited college or university with a degree in Biological Sciences (i.e. Biology, Zoology, Ecology) or a closely related discipline is preferred. 

Previous experience performing animal care activities in a zoo, aquarium or like institution is desirable.  Experience in designated taxonomic area preferred. 

Note:  A comparable combination of education, experience or training that would provide the level of knowledge, skills, and ability required may qualify an individual.

•    Ability to remain on feet for long periods of time
•    Ability to regularly perform a variety of physical tasks that include but are not limited to climbing, bending, stooping, kneeling, twisting, reaching, crawling
•    Physical strength, including ability to frequently move up to fifty (50) pounds
•    Ability to work in small, confined spaces
•    Ability to work in all weather conditions
•    Ability to wear requisite Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that may include rubber/latex gloves, steel-toed boots/shoes, face shields, eye goggles
•    No allergy related to plants or animals that may interfere with the ability to work
•    No impairment of sight, smell, hearing, touch balance and ability of movement that might interfere with ability to work
•    Ability to maintain immune response to exposure to infectious and parasitic diseases

•    Available to work all necessary hours, including weekends, holidays, special events and all shifts.
•    A valid driver’s license with a good driving record is preferred   

Major and Planned Gifts Coordinator

The Major and Planned Gifts Coordinator will assist in the day-to-day activities related to major and planned giving and the zoo’s Pride of Chicago campaign, a comprehensive $125 million initiative. The coordinator will report to the Senior Director of Major and Planned Gifts and will provide support to all members of the major, planned and campaign team through the preparation of financial and fundraising activity progress reports, donor correspondence, proposals and materials for donor meetings.  Additional support will also be required at times for senior-level zoo staff and trustee volunteers.

•    Work with the Senior Director of Major and Planned Gifts in activities related to major and planned gifts and the zoo’s Pride of Chicago campaign.
•    Support the Director of Planned Giving and Major and Planned Gifts Officers as needed.
•    Maintain precise organization and high-level detail with donor records (through data entry), processing gift receipts and acknowledgements, drafting gift agreements, and managing a pledge reminder system.
•    Create custom financial and prospect pipeline reports through Raiser’s Edge queries and exports.
•    Draft proposals, donor correspondence, acknowledgements and other written materials.
•    Proactively prepare staff and volunteer meeting materials including agendas, briefing summaries and financial reports.
•    Assist with maintaining and executing an annual stewardship plan for all $1M+ zoo donors.
•    Coordinate with the Donor Relations team the planning and execution of cultivation activities, events and volunteer meetings.
•    Schedule donor tours and maintain inventory of donor gifts.
•    Collaborate with Development Services, Annual Giving, Accounting and Communications and Marketing teams as appropriate.


•    Available to work evenings and weekends necessary.
•    Enter and maintain Raiser’s Edge activity and reports.
•    Maintain Financial Reports using Excel

•    Strong proficiency with general office software programs, esp. Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint). 
•    Knowledge of fundraising-specific Raiser’s Edge preferred.
•    Exceptional written and verbal communication skills. 
•    Organizational skills and attention to detail essential.
•    Strong administrative skills required. 
•    Ability to interact courteously and respectfully with supervisors, fellow employees, volunteers, zoo visitors and general public.
•    Candidate should thrive in a fast-paced, demanding environment.

Bachelor’s degree preferred.

Three or more years’ experience in Development or corporate environment preferred.

Ability to remain on feet for long periods of time
Ability to operate and safely drive electric carts
Ability to work in all weather conditions

Annual Giving Coordinator

Integral member of Annual Giving and Membership teams, responsible for implementing strategy to acquire and maintain a broad base of donors.  Manage various revenue-generating efforts with direct responsibility for approximately $200,000; team responsibility of approximately $3M.  Coordinate monthly Annual Fund renewal process, in-house mailings, select direct mail, recurring gifts program and Board Friends efforts.  Oversee ADOPT and Wish List programs, including revenue, expense and marketing.  Provide customer service to members and donors  as a primary contact for Annual Fund and Membership hotlines.

•    Manage monthly Annual Fund renewal appeal efforts for Donor Club-level donors ($365+), to include both paper mail and e-renewals.
•    Coordinate in-house mailings for current and prospective Donor Club donors, including lapsed mailings, prospect solicitations and incremental campaigns.  Collaborate with Development Directors for list review and systematic documentation.
•    Manage recurring gift program, including solicitations, acknowledgments, marketing, web presence, policies, expanding breadth of program, and coordination with multiple internal teams.
•    Manage and grow Wish List program. Oversee list theme and copy development, marketing, website updates, and sales tracking.
•    Manage, plan and execute ADOPT an Animal efforts, including short and long term program strategy, revenue and expense planning, promotion and advertising. Maintain and update ADOPT materials including fact sheets, premiums and photos; responsible for ADOPT fulfillment.
•    Ably execute Raiser’s Edge queries, exports and reports, and conduct analyses based on this information. Maintain thorough documentation of actions, appeals and proposals in Raiser’s Edge.
•    In coordination with the Senior Director of Annual Giving, manage all aspects of annual Board Friends campaign, including direct communication with members of the Board of Trustees, development of solicitation strategies, copy development, appeal execution, tracking and reporting.
•    Steward Annual Fund donors through various channels, including: assisting Director of Annual Giving with Donor Club donor stewardship; routine acknowledgment phone calls, management of Annual Fund welcome packets and Donor Club acknowledgment fulfillment.
•    Attend and assist with donor, member and Development special events.
•    Serve as a primary contact for the Annual Fund and Membership hotlines and email inboxes, answer Annual Giving, membership and ADOPT questions, and process donations received over the phone.
•    Assist Associate Director of Membership with biannual Direct Mail acquisition efforts, as needed.
•    Assist as necessary with other mailings, events and duties as assigned.


•    Advanced working knowledge of Raiser’s Edge fundraising database.
•    Demonstrated excellent interpersonal and written and oral communication skills.
•    Professional and enthusiastic demeanor and commitment to the zoo’s mission; comfortable interacting with a variety of donors and key stakeholders.
•    Strong project management skills, with proven ability to manage multiple concurrent time-sensitive projects; initiative and independence in carrying out responsibilities.
•    Detail-oriented, with strong organizational, analytical, and planning skills.
•    Proficient in all Microsoft Office applications, including the manipulation of Excel spreadsheets and Word mail merges.
•    Broad understanding of fundraising and marketing practices and principles.

•    Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college.

•    Minimum of two years experience in annual giving campaigns, fundraising or similar nonprofit environment.

•    Ability to traverse zoo grounds to facilitate tours, greet visitors, coordinate meetings; operate and safely drive electric carts.
•    Ability and willingness to work development department events as required, including evening, weekend and early morning hours.
•    Willingness to keep abreast of trends in the Annual Giving profession, through on-line training, reading publications, and memberships in professional organizations.
•    Includes some minimal physical labor required for transporting items on-grounds.


Research Intern, Urban Wildlife Institute

The Research Intern will gain valuable hands-on experience by assisting with various field and on-grounds research projects as part of the Urban Wildlife Institute. Specifically, the intern will conduct field work related to a large, urban survey of medium to large-sized mammals using motion-triggered cameras,  assist with monitoring bats across Chicago using acoustic detectors, monitor wildlife at Nature Boardwalk, enter data and assist with data organization, and maintain equipment. The successful candidate will be self-motivated, resourceful, and enthusiastic to work both in the field and in front of a computer. The intern will have an opportunity to design and execute a unique project if the essential job functions are met. Must be willing to work early hours and in varied weather conditions. This position is 35 hours per week for one year.

•    Assist with field research projects including the camera study, bat monitoring, and other projects as needed;
•    Conduct bird surveys and perform water quality testing at the Nature Boardwalk;
•    Perform data entry with high attention to detail and enthusiasm;
•    Test field equipment, inventory supplies, and prepare for upcoming field work;
•    Local travel in Chicago for field projects;
•    Serve as a credible source of information about general ecosystem functions pertaining to Nature Boardwalk .

•    Manage volunteers when appropriate;
•    Attend Lincoln Park Zoo and/or Urban Wildlife Institute-related activities as necessary;
•    Performs other duties as assigned.


•    Successful candidates must demonstrate understanding and passion for ecology and scientific research;
•    Possess expertise in field techniques for wildlife research;
•    Possess strong computer, organizational (project management), and communication skills (written and spoken); 
•    Willingness to work outside in harsh field conditions (i.e., summer and winter); willingness to work early morning hours as necessary;
•    Able to interact positively and enthusiastically with the public about our research;
•    Works well in a team environment as well as independently;
•    Maintains a positive and flexible approach to daily responsibility;
•    Must be able to lift at least 50 lbs;
•    Must be able to swim.

•    B.S. in biology, ecology, natural resources, or related field.

•    Preference for those that:
-    Have conducted or assisted with wildlife ecological studies, including use of remote-triggered cameras, or experience with bats
-    Are familiar with software including ArcGIS, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Access.
-    Possess knowledge of Illinois fauna, ability to ID birds by sight and song
-    Possess a valid driver’s license.


Student Research Facilitator

The student research facilitator is responsible for guiding youth and teachers through learner-centered, and student-driven experiences both on and off school grounds. Under the direction of the Student Programs Coordinator, this individual will seek to improve student understanding of conservation issues through experiences such as student-directed research projects, engagement with inquiry-based science experiences aligned with the research of zoo scientists and animal career staff, and exposure to career opportunities within the field of conservation science and education.   


  • As core facilitator for the Young Researchers Collaborative program (Peak Responsibility Time: September-May):

    • Oversee development of individual research projects aligned with scientific practice at Lincoln Park Zoo

    • Guide students with data gathering and analysis related to animal behavior, space use, biodiversity, etc both on and off zoo grounds.

    • Modify and revise curriculum to provide additional opportunities for students to engage authentically with the field of conservation science.

    • Support authentic field trip experiences for students and teachers through both visit supervision and/or curriculum development as part of the Young Researchers Collaborative program

    • Provide training, oversight, and support to teachers to support implementation of Young Research Collaborative research activities.

    • Provide training in the area of technology-aided research projects to educators and support modifications to existing digital curriculum resources.

    • Deliver educator programming related to creating stronger ties between classroom practice and research and mission of the zoo.

    • Support logistical planning of zoo field trips by ordering buses, scheduling, and planning of the trip

  • As core facilitator for the Malott Family Research Apprenticeship Program (Peak Responsibility Time: June-August)

    • Supervise seasonal paid interns (high school or college aged) participating in the RAP program in all areas from appropriate dress, timeliness, attendance, and job delivery

    • Conduct interviews, hiring, and training to support youth in conducting authentic zoo research

    • Develop and implement professional development and team building activities for interns.

    • Guide youth in setting personal goals and striving for excellence in the workplace

    • Promote a team-based work environment among the interns

    • Oversee individual research projects of RAP interns as well as serve as liaison between RAP interns and Animal Care and Urban Wildlife lnstitute staff.

  • Applicable to both responsibilities and other duties as assigned:

    • Generate program reports and support program evaluation efforts.

    • Deliver student-directed and inquiry-based programming for students at the K-16 level.

    • Provide guidance to students who contact the zoo with interest in conducting original research in the area of conservation science.

    • Support development and delivery of additional related programming as resources allow

    • Attend professional educational conferences as zoo representative as requested which may involve local, regional, or national travel.

    • Work a flexible schedule that may involve delivering multiple, hour-long programs in a row with limited breaks

    • Work weekends and/or evenings as needed to deliver programming to youth and teachers

    • Perform various tasks and other duties as assigned



·       Ability to successfully manage and supervise interns and/or entry level professionals

·       Ability to work with groups of 40 students on zoo grounds and in a classroom environment

·       Ability to interact comfortably with culturally and linguistically divers students of all ages, with varying abilities,

·       Ability to work in a team and problem solve to ensure timely completion of all projects

·       Ability to interact courteously and respectfully with supervisors, fellow employees, volunteers, zoo visitors and general public

·       Have good driving record and ability to drive zoo vehicles

·       Have reliable transportation



Undergraduate degree in biology, zoology, education or closely related discipline required. 



Experience with informal and/or formal education

Experience working with culturally, linguistically, and developmentally diverse learners



Must be able to stand for long periods of time and work in a variety of weather conditions.

Must be able to regularly walk up stairs and move equipment on a rolling cart up to 100 pounds.

Research Assistant--Ape Cognition

Assists with running touchscreen research studies with chimpanzees and gorillas housed at the Regenstein Center for African Apes under the supervision of the Lester E. Fisher Center for the Study and Conservation of Apes

•    Run daily touchscreen sessions with zoo-housed chimpanzees and western lowland gorillas, often run ‘on exhibit’, in view of zoo guests
•    Assist with educational programs interpreting research methods and findings to zoo guests and donors
•    Liaise with members of the Zoo’s Animal Care and Education staff to schedule and run touchscreen sessions and to share research updates
•    Maintain a database of data collected during research sessions
•    Assist with data analysis and interpretation for dissemination of research findings at conferences and via published peer-reviewed articles
•    Present research at national and international academic conferences
•    Assist with supervision and training of Center interns as required
•    The ability to work occasional evenings and weekends as required


•    Bachelors degree in biology, psychology, anthropology, zoology or related field
•    Observational data collection experience with primates
•    Experience running noninvasive cognitive or behavioral experimental research with captive primates

•    Masters degree in biology, psychology, primatology, anthropology, zoology or related field
•    Experience running computer-based (e.g., touchscreen or joy-stick) research with captive primates
•    Experience programming Visual Basic or comparable software

Associate Population Biologist, AZA Population Management Center

Provides scientific and logistical assistance to the cooperatively managed animal programs of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Initiates and collaborates in data analyses and research related to the management of small populations of animals.


* Work with Studbook Keepers and Species Coordinators from zoos around the country to prepare pedigree (“studbook”) databases for analysis; complete standard demographic and genetic analyses on the populations; and develop recommendations for future breedings in cooperatively managed conservation programs.

* Assist in the preparation and publication of reports on population analyses and breeding recommendations, and facilitate communication of these to zoos participating in the breeding programs.

* Analyze databases and other records to resolve issues related to animal population management.

* Conduct and/or participate in research and development of techniques for demographic and genetic management of animal populations.

* Provide assistance (via phone, email, internet conferencing) to studbook keepers and species coordinators on questions related to database analyses and population management.

* Participate in training of population management topics to zoo professionals, zoo visitors, and other audiences.

* Travel to AZA related conferences and meetings.

* Develop and/or assist with the development and maintenance of population management software.


* Successful candidates must have strong computer, organizational, and communication skills (written and spoken);

* Successful candidates would likely have a strong background in population biology, use and interpretation of simulation and deterministic models, and broad biological knowledge of species biologies;

* A commitment to wildlife conservation through management of wild and zoo populations;

* A willingness to participate in the department’s team approach to projects.


* Master’s Degree is strongly preferred; Bachelor’s Degree is essential. Knowledge of basic zoology or biology preferred. Experience with zoo based population management programs is desirable. Must be able to work up to 10 weekends per year.

Please submit a resume with a brief cover letter highlighting your relevant experience, education, interests and career goals as attachments by email (or Human Resources Department, Lincoln Park Zoo, P.O. Box 14903 Chicago, IL 60614).

Veterinary Resident

This three year residency is focused on exotic animal medicine in an urban zoo setting.  The program meets credentials as established by the American College of Zoological Medicine (ACZM) and the European College of Zoological Medicine (Zoo Health Management) is supervised by a Diplomate of these colleges.  The residency is supported by two full-time veterinarians, three veterinary technicians, and a ZooMed Support Intern.   The clinical training and literature review is designed to prepare the resident as competent in zoo medicine and be eligible for ACZM and ECZM certification.


This ~1,000 animal collection has hoofed animals, megavertebrates, marine mammals, large carnivores, non-human primates, herptiles, birds and fish. The resident is supervised during and responsible for veterinary procedures and record maintenance throughout the collection during their program.  Increasing independence in these roles is expected with each year completed.  With advancing program status, the resident additionally will focus on nutrition, departmental procedural coordination, and shipment and quarantine procedures.   Pathology is coordinated through on-site participation with prosections conducted by University of Illinois Zoological Pathology Program which provides ACVP service to zoological institutions based in Chicago; a dedicated four week rotation in this service is provided.


Per ACZM and ECZM guidelines, the resident will have scholarly opportunities to complete their original research project for board-certification.  Four additional publications will be expected that utilize historic and prospective case availability and concurrent with ongoing conservation and science projects supported by the institution.  The resident will guide veterinary students during their preceptorship rotations and participate in teaching and presentation opportunities for the institution.  The resident will complete a graduate-level biostatistics course.  Other advanced academic courses or pursuit of a graduate degree will be considered for interested residents.  Resident will be funded to attend AAZV or similar national conference at least once during their program and for one-time attendance of the ACZM preparatory course. Conference presentations or posters will be expected during the residency. 


The position starts in mid-July 2016 with annual re-appointment for a maximum of three years based on annual performance. Residents will be employed by Lincoln Park Zoo with compensation and benefits provided in accordance with their position grade of the institution.


Applicants must hold a DVM from an AVMA accredited program and have minimally completed a one-year internship or equivalent practice experience. Licensure to practice or eligibility for licensure in Illinois is needed to apply with full licensure required before beginning the residency. Federal accreditation will be obtained once resident is established in the program.  Queries can be made to Kathryn C. Gamble DVM, MS, Dipl. ACZM, Dip. ECZM (ZHM) (  Applications should include a letter of intent, application form (available at, curriculum vitae, original veterinary school transcripts, and three letters of reference. All application materials are to be submitted through


Incomplete applications at the deadline (16 October 2015) will not be considered for this position.