Zoo Careers

There are a variety of career options for those interested in working at a zoo. Potawatomi Zoo employees a Director, Keepers, a Dietician, General Curator, Veterinarian, Veterinary Technician, Educators, and more. If you would like to learn more about Zoo Careers, you can visit the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) website at http://www.aza.org/careers-zoos-aquariums/.

If you would like to learn more about a Keepers job or if you would like to gain some zoo experience, you can read about our Job Shadow and Internship programs below.

Job Shadows

Potawatomi Zoo offers Job Shadows for 8th-12th grade students, who are required to complete a job shadow as a school project. Zoo Job Shadows are a great opportunity for students interested in possibly pursuing a zoo career to meet Keepers, witness part of their daily routines, and ask them questions about their training, experiences, and the animals
in their care.

Students completing a Job Shadow at Potawatomi Zoo should dress appropriately for the weather conditions as they may be outside for all or a significant period of their shadowing experience. Students must wear close-toed shoes, such as boots or sneakers, since they will be entering animal areas.

Students must also submit a letter from their school stating that the Job Shadow satisfies a school requirement and a contract signed by both the student and a parent/guardian.

Scheduling a Job Shadow:

Contact the Education Department at #574-235-7621. You will be asked to provide some information including the student’s name, grade, and school in addition to availability and deadline for the project. After coordinating with the General Curator, the Education Department will call you back to confirm details of your Potawatomi Zoo Job Shadow.

Please Note:

  • Job Shadows are usually arranged during the morning hours so students can witness the busiest part of the Keeper’s day.
  • Job Shadows do not include animal contact.
  • Potawatomi Zoo is unable to take requests for specific animal areas, and some animal areas are unavailable for Job Shadows.