Employment Opportunities

All seasonal positions have been filled but we will continue to accept resumes for Guest Services, Jr Keeper and Grounds Keeper.

Registrar and Veterinary Technician

Full time hourly position

This position serves as a member of the animal management team, assisting in the oversight, development, and implementation of the zoo's animal health and record keeping plan.

Reports to: General Curator

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

Veterinary Technician

The Veterinary technician's responsibilities include performing or assisting in the performance of animal health care duties including anesthesia, dentistry, surgery, emergency medicine, critical care and preventative medicine.

  • Prepare for and assist veterinarian in performing clinical procedures
  • Maintain and monitor anesthesia, including the operation of inhalation anesthesia equipment and patient monitoring devices
  • Conduct various types of laboratory tests including, but not limited to, fecal analysis for parasites
  • Make arrangements to forward samples for analysis to outside laboratories
  • Accurately dispense and record medical prescriptions; properly administer medications and vaccinations as directed by veterinarian; maintain current pharmacy inventory, treatment areas, laboratory, and equipment inventory; and, assist with ordering drugs, medical supplies, laboratory supplies, and inventory maintenance
  • Create and maintain accurate medical record documentation of clinical procedures, prescriptions, and diagnostic laboratory work
  • Perform cleaning, disinfection, and sterilization of the treatment room, surgical instruments, and equipment
  • Communicate regularly with the Veterinarian, Zoo Director, and Animal Care Staff regarding management of active medical cases
  • Assist with sample preparation, clean veterinary animal enclosures, and service areas as required


The Registrar's responsibilities include managing the institution's animal records and related policies, validating the quality of recorded data, and ensuring the legal compliance of all animal transactions. The Registrar also serves as liaison to relevant government agencies, other zoological institutions and conservation organizations, including Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

  • Accurate and detailed animal record keeping utilizing ZIMS with MedArks
  • Coordinate animal transfers (paperwork and shipping arrangements) both to and from the Red River Zoo
  • Ensure proper state, local and federal permits are maintained
  • Serve as the IR to AZA TAGS, SSP's and Studbooks

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Graduation from an AVMA-accredited veterinary technology program
  • Licensed as a veterinary technician in ND or obtain license within 6 months
  • Minimum 3 years of clinical veterinary technician experience
  • Valid driver's license
  • Able to lift up to 65 pounds without difficulty
  • Able to work outdoors in ND weather conditions
  • Able to work in a variety of physical positions including sitting, bending, standing and walking
  • Able to work nights, weekends and holidays when necessary
  • Demonstrates professionalism and maturity at all times
  • Understanding of AZA standards for data management or ability to attend AZA Institutional Records Keeping Course
  • Must be a self-motivated, team focused individual

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated ability to provide animal health care under close and remote supervision by a veterinarian
  • Training at the AZA Conservation Academy: Institutional Record Keeping Course completion
  • Experience working as a registrar at an AZA Accredited zoo or aquarium
  • Zoo veterinary technology experience
  • Experience using ZIMS
  • Experience using ZIMS with Medical or MedArks
  • Demonstrated experience with state and federal animal permitting
  • Experience working with AZA TAG's and SSP's

To apply, send resume, cover letter including salary requirements, and three professional references to Lisa Tate, Executive Director - director@redriverzoo.org.

Education Director


The Red River Zoo is offering a stellar opportunity for a sharp, self-motivated individual who desires to work for a mission driven non-profit organization in a region of strong economic growth. The successful candidate must have a strong desire to instill and foster a lifelong love for nature and wildlife in people of all ages. We are seeking a highly motivated, high energy, education and interpretive professional who has a strong desire to contribute to the greater good.

The Education Director is a full time exempt position and part of the zoo's senior management team.

Key Responsibilities: Determines the Red River Zoo's educational strategies. Works with all zoo departments to develop curricula and educational materials for outreach and on site education; providing a meaningful educational experience to visitors. Develops and oversees all aspects of the Zoo education program including class room instruction, tours, signage, printed materials and community outreach programs. Supervises seasonal Zoo educator and Junior Zookeeper Program Coordinators.

Key Duties:

  • Develop, conduct and evaluate all educational programming including but not limited to: school based programs, Zoomobile outreach, family education, and summer camps.
  • Assist committees w/ planning exhibits and development of educational signage for the entire facility
  • Foster a conservation/education message in all things associated with Red River Zoo including graphics, educational programming, and exhibits
  • Recruit/supervise/train/schedule/evaluate the performance of docents. Provide adequate training materials for their education and use
  • Maintain a comfortable level of program animal handling experience and have the ability to train educational volunteers how to do the same
  • Ensure the safety & well being of all educational animals, their handlers, and the public through education, training and following established procedures
  • Assist with educational articles for the member newsletters
  • Assist with educational components of special events
  • Educational and volunteer record keeping performed in an accurate manner
  • Assist with the marketing of educational programming
  • Assist with education budget development, implementation, and keep accurate records of all expenses and income in the education dept. generate monthly reports to the Executive Director regarding education numbers, income, expenses, etc.
  • Attend AZA conferences and other educational training/conferences as appropriate to remain current on principles, practice and new developments in nature based education.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to supervise, train, schedule, recruit and inspire docents
  • Be available and proficient to teach any education program
  • Ability to research, develop and deliver quality curriculum, aligned to educational standards
  • Knowledge and understanding of best practices in animal husbandry as it related to the educational animal collection
  • Ability to exercise safe work habits and demonstrate sound judgment while in the proximity of potentially dangerous situations
  • Ability to obtain first aid and CPR training
  • Solid computer skills, knowledge of spreadsheets, word processing programs
  • Proven skills in scheduling programming, volunteers and record keeping
  • Ability to work weekends and evenings as required
  • Demonstrates professionalism and maturity at all times

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelors degree in biological science, education, or related fields
  • Three years experience in education, informal education, or interpretation
  • Valid driver's license
  • Experience working with and handling animals
  • Knowledge of budget, finance and personnel management including hiring and supervision
  • Experience writing quality education programming
  • Knowledge of AZA and industry best practices
  • Must have a strong work ethic, desire to be a contributing part of a team, and a good sense of humor

To apply, send resume, cover letter including salary requirements, and three professional references to Lisa Tate, Executive Director - director@redriverzoo.org.

If you prefer to mail a copy, please send to:
Red River Zoo
Attn: Lisa Tate
4255 23rd Ave S
Fargo, ND 58104


Internships are available for motivated persons that have completed at least two years of college coursework, or college graduates seeking on the job experience.

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