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Due to the current situation, the Santa Ana Zoo will not be able to schedule any job applications until the Zoo re-opens. At that time, notifications will be sent to anyone who sends in a resume and/or cover letter about scheduling a time to come into the FOSAZ office to fill out the application.



Sales Associate

Looking for friendly sales staff who love animals to join our team at the Zoo! Part-time, minimum wage, must be available weekdays: especially Monday, Tuesday, and Friday. Interested and available these days of the week, please email your resume to [email protected].



Membership Sales Ambassador

Do you love the Zoo? Are you outgoing and have a passion for kids and animals? We're looking for enthusiastic team members who like to share information about the animals and our Membership Program to new families as they enter the Zoo. This is a great opportunity for energetic individuals to help the Zoo. Must be available Saturdays and Sundays 9:30 AM -- 3:30 PM. Email Tom Decker at [email protected] with your resume and/or cover letter stating your interest in this position.



Part-Time Assistant Manager on Duty

Looking for an efficient, friendly, organized assistant manager who's had experience overseeing a team of enthusiastic staff members. If you're a person who likes to take charge, remains calm during a variety of situations, and loves kids and animals, the Zoo might be the perfect place for you! Must be available to work Saturdays and Sundays. Email Tom Decker at [email protected] with your resume and/or cover letter stating your interest in this position.



Maintenance Volunteers

Looking for unpaid volunteers seeking to complete community service hours in our maintenance department.

If interested, please email Bob Davidson at [email protected] with your information, hours needed, and date of completion required.



The Santa Ana Zoo has paid part time and full time zoo keeper position openings on a very limited basis.

Zookeeper jobs are difficult to obtain and therefore not frequently vacated, although some jobs have recently been available through the City of Santa Ana.

The best thing to do is monitor the following for openings:



  • City of Santa Ana Job Line: (714) 647-6500
  • City of Santa Ana TDD User Relay Line 1: (800) 735-2929
  • www.santa-ana.org/jobs: This is the City of Santa Ana site and will provide listings of positions open at the Santa Ana Zoo.
  • www.aza.org: This is the site for the American Association of Zoos and Aquariums and will list openings in zoos and aquariums across the country. This is also a good resource for learning job requirements and pay rates.
  • www.aazk.org: This is the site for the American Association of Zoo Keepers and also lists openings, job requirements and salaries in zoos and aquariums across the country.


The Zoo Education Staff is looking for volunteers to help share the wonders of the animal kingdom with children.

Click here for more information on our Docent program.





Zookeeper unpaid internships and animal volunteers are available depending on need and staff availability throughout the year. Click here for more information on our Intern/Volunteer program.


Imagine what would happen if we decided to only have one type of animal from one location in our habitats. Crazy thought, right? At the Santa Ana Zoo, that would never happen - we're proud to always offer a variety of animal species from all over the world.

We also feel the same way about our people. For us, diversity goes far beyond the common definition of the word. The Friends of Santa Ana Zoo looks to employ people of many different backgrounds, generations, traditions and philosophies in our workforce. We recognize that one way to diversify is to actively seek sales associates, managers, vendors, partners and service providers who can enhance our commitment to a diverse Zoo family.

We also recognize that diversity is important to our vision to be known for our commitment to education, conservation and recreation. The diversity of our workforce helps bring new ideas, perspectives and paradigms to the table that might not otherwise be there. Our staff members bring the history and heritage of their respective communities to work with them every day, and each person adds a unique set of skills, talents and beliefs to our world-class FOSAZ team.

So you can see why, at FOSAZ, diversity within our team is as important as our commitment to providing Zoo visitors with the best possible guest experience - and why we're committed to employing a team that is truly as diverse as the animals at our Zoo.

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