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When they consider working at a zoo, most people think "zoo keeper" or "veterinarian". Yet, these are only two of the many vitally important zoo jobs.

It takes a lot of talented, committed people to look after and display a large collection of wildlife. The Toronto Zoo has more than 260 permanent employees; their numbers are distributed amongst these roles:

General Management 3
Interpretation, Culture & Design 4
Graphics 3

Conservation, Education & Research
Administration 3
Animal Nutrition 7
Curatorial & Records 8
Education 6
Research 3
Veterinary Services 15

Operations & Administration
Administration 2
Animal Care 79
Computer Services 4
Facilities & Services 53
Financial Services 10
Horticulture 22
Human Resources 5
Safety & Security 20

Marketing & Communications
Administration 3
Member & Guest Services 7
Public Relations 4
Retail & Rides 3

In addition to our permanent employees, 375 volunteers donate their time guiding tours for schools and other groups, performing outreach presentations in the community, and assisting with ongoing research by observing animals.

During the summer months, more than 300 seasonal staff are hired to assist with Guest Services, Rides, Retail, Education, Custodial, Groundskeeping, Membership and Safety & Security. Although very few new seasonal staff are assigned to the Animal Care areas, returning seasonals with zoo experience have been transferred.

For a look at the functions of our Conservation, Education & Research Division, please click here.