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Who We Are

Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium®, an equal opportunity employer, sets out to inspire, educate and engage people to serve as lifelong stewards for animals, their habitats and their conservation, both locally and from a far. Together, we can preserve and enhance the legacy of the Zoo and its animals for future generations to come.

A team of about 300 full-time and 650 part-time staff members strong, Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium benefits the lives of more than 1,415 species across 162 acres of land. We also support the efforts of 50 field conservation projects and 20 research projects that help ensure a future for endangered and critically endangered flora and fauna around the world, even right here in Nebraska.

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Employee Recruitment Process

Applicants looking to start a career at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium will undergo a very thorough five-part selection process.

Submit an Application

Interested applicants can view and apply for vacant positions at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium by clicking the link below.

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Before applying for a position, please review the following requirements. Our candidates must meet these criteria to advance onto the next phase of the process.

  • Must be at least 16 years of age
  • Have a love for animals and enjoy working with people
  • Must have a positive and outgoing attitude
  • Ability to follow policies and procedures, especially those found in our handbook
  • Undergo a background and drug-screening test



Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium's hiring managers carefully screen each applicant based on the criteria and qualifications required for each position.


If an applicant has successfully passed the screening process, they will be invited to partake in an interview. Interviews will be done either in-person or via telephone.

Each candidate will complete an interview with a hiring manager regardless of the position's status (full-time or part-time). A human resources representative will also be present during interviews involving full-time position candidates.

Please consider the following tips before your interview:

  • Review Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium's mission statement.
  • Dress to impress.
  • Carefully read over the job description.
  • Arrive 10 minutes early for your interview.
  • Don't be afraid to ask questions before your interview.
  • Create a list of questions to ask the hiring manager and have them ready at the time of your interview.
  • Remain calm, stay positive and just be yourself.



Once all interviews have been completed, a hiring manager or human resources representative will contact each applicant to inform them if they have been selected for the position. Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium's staff will ensure this process goes as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Please direct any questions about the recruitment process to our Human Resources Department at


If the applicant has accepted the offer for a full-time or part-time position, they will undergo one day of orientation, which will cover Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium's history, as well as the benefits they are entitled to. Additional training may be included once orientation is complete.

Employee Benefits

Eligible employees at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium are provided a wide range of benefits that include but are not limited to:

  • 401(k) Savings Plan
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Medical Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Life Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability
  • Voluntary Term Life Insurance
  • Vacation, Sick Leave and Paid-Time Off (PTO) Accrual
  • Free Zoo and Lozier Giant Screen Theater Admission
  • Employee Discounts
  • Free Parking
  • Behind-the-Scenes Sneak Peek at New Exhibits

Employees are also exposed to a fast-paced environment and fun atmosphere, where each work day is never the same, as well as a variety of career paths. We are a team, after all!

Covering 162 acres of ground, Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium also serves as a world-class workout facility. And by that, we offer a variety of terrain with unmatched scenery to help you get in your daily physical activity, whether it be on your day off or during your lunch break. Speaking of lunch breaks, only expect to have the best—because animals, of course!

Other Opportunities

Job Shadowing

Job Shadowing

Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium is a multi-faceted operation and we try to develop job shadowing opportunities to encompass all aspects of the Zoo. We offer opportunities for students 11th grade and older.

We are currently not accepting job shadowing applications. Please check the website in Fall of 2021 for updated information. 



Available for students in college or recent college graduates. There are three 13-week sessions for interns each year: Fall Session (mid-September to mid-December), Spring Session (late January to late April), and Summer Session (mid-May to mid-August). Please note that we do not provide a stipend for interns.

Internship applications will be accepted for the 2021 Summer Session beginning Monday, March 8th, 2021. The application window will close March 22nd at midnight. Internship descriptions for available positions can be found here: The summer session will be May 17th-August 13th.

Is the 2021 Summer Session right for you?

  • Interns must be able to attend orientation on May 18th and May 20th from 9am-4pm.
  • Interns must be available on Tuesday OR Thursday afternoons for professional development sessions starting the second week of their internship.
  • Interns must be able to commit to 28-32 hours of work per week throughout their 13-week internship. 


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Veterinary Externship

Available to fourth-year veterinary students. 

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