Employment Opportunities

Education Specialist

Full time, 40 hours/week

The Education Specialist will work with the Education Director and all Zoo departments to develop and deliver outreach and on-site educational programming, thereby providing a meaningful educational experience to visitors. He/She will assist with all aspects of the Zoo's educational programming including class room instruction, tours, signage, printed materials and community outreach programs.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist with the development and delivery of any educational programming including but not limited to: school-based programs, Zoomobile outreach, adult education, family education, and summer camps.
  • Foster a conservation/education message in all things associated with Red River Zoo including graphics, educational programming, and exhibits
  • Assist with recruiting/supervising/training/scheduling/evaluating the performance of docents.
  • Work cooperatively with the Education Director, other Zoo staff, and Zoo volunteers
  • Maintain a comfortable level of program animal handling experience
  • 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 marketing education programs & development of education brochures

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Be available and proficient to teach a variety education programs
  • Ability to research, develop and deliver quality curriculum, aligned to educational standards
  • Ability to supervise, train, schedule, recruit and inspire docents
  • Knowledge and understanding of best practices in animal husbandry for 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
  • Ability to be flexible, work under pressure & meet time sensitive deadlines with accuracy
  • Ability to work weekends and evenings as required
  • Ability to deal in a positive and cooperative manner with supervisors, fellow employees, volunteers, students and the general public
  • Demonstrates professionalism and maturity at all times

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelors degree in biological science, education, or related fields
  • One year experience in education, informal education, or interpretation
  • Valid driver's license
  • Experience working with and handling animals
  • Experience writing quality education programming

To apply, send resume, cover letter and three references to:
Erica Prokrym
Education Director, Red River Zoo
4255 23rd Ave. South
Fargo, ND 58104

Horticulturalist and Grounds Manager

Full time, exempt salaried position with benefits

Reports to: Executive Director

Major Responsibilities:

  • Provides direction, planning, and oversight for the maintenance of the Red River Zoo's landscaping, grounds, and pond systems.
  • Supervises all zoo staff who work in grounds maintenance and landscaping, including sub-contractors.
  • Ensures proper plant care and immaculate maintenance of Zoo public areas.
  • Assists with coordination of snow removal in winter months.
  • Develops and adheres to department budget
  • Leads by setting an example of good work ethics, fairness, maturity and professionalism

Key Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Develops plans for Zoo gardens, exhibits and public areas which shows creativity and ignite the imagination of zoo visitors, thus creating a stronger connection with nature.
  • Understands the regional zones and which plants do well in Fargo, North Dakota's climate.

Landscaping and Grounds Maintenance

  • Manages zoo grounds maintenance, insuring a high level of quality with a focus on visitor impressions and safety.
  • Insures weeds are sprayed or managed to prevent growth.
  • Insures water quality in ponds is maintained.
  • Coordinates daily, weekly, monthly maintenance schedule of zoo grounds to ensure a safe and productive experience for zoo guests and staff, with a focus on quality and attention to detail.
  • Develop and implement proper training programs for zoo staff to ensure safe operation and maintenance of zoo equipment.
  • Experienced in the safe operation of proper tools including mowers, chainsaws and a skid steer


  • Updates Executive Director weekly on department needs.
  • Ability to effectively plan and coordinate projects with multiple departments
  • Promotes a team atmosphere across all zoo departments. Supports other department managers and accurately disseminates information to staff from other departments to increase understanding of the Zoo's plant collection.


  • May also assist with set up of special events or rentals when necessary

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Landscape design, planning and proper plant care
  • Proper tree and landscape maintenance methods and techniques
  • Supervisory skills to maintain a productive, efficient staff
  • Serves as a senior management team member
  • Demonstrates professionalism and maturity at all times
  • Equipment maintenance and operation including mowers, chainsaws, pruners, and skid steer

To apply, please send resume, cover letter with salary requirements and three references to:
Lisa Tate
Director, Red River Zoo
4255 23rd Ave. South
Fargo, ND 58104

Seasonal Guest Service Employee


Major Responsibility: Provides assistance in the daily operations of the Red River Zoo in guest service areas.

Reports to: Guest Services Manager or Membership Manager

Duties and Responsibilities:

Admission Sales

  • Welcomes visitors to the Red River Zoo
  • Operates cash register and reconciles sales at shift end
  • Collects admission fees and processes memberships
  • Provides information on Zoo hours, policy and programs to Zoo Visitors
  • Schedules group tours and birthday parties
  • Answers telephone inquiries and dispatches phone calls to staff
  • Maintains clean facilities in admission building and restroom

Gift Shop

  • Assists shoppers at the Wild Things Gift Shop
  • Operates cash register and reconciles sales at shift end
  • Restocks merchandise
  • Assists in periodic inventory reports
  • Maintains clean facilities in gift shop and public restrooms

Food Concession Sales

  • Prepares food for Zoo visitors in Dancing Crane Cafe concession building
  • Operates cash register and reconciles sales at shift end
  • Maintains adequate supplies for concession building
  • Maintains clean conditions in the concession building and around the food court area

Carousel Pavilion

  • Sells and receives ride tickets
  • Assists visitors on and off the carousel
  • Operates carousel for Zoo visitors and pavilion parties
  • Responsible for Pavilion Gift and Concession Sales and maintaining pavilion displays
  • Maintains clean conditions in Carousel Pavilion and public restrooms


No previous zoo or animal experience is required. Retail sales, customer service and public speaking experience is preferred, along with the ability to operate a cash register.


Minimum age of 16 is required for Red River Zoo Employment. Must be willing to interact positively with zoo visitors, volunteers and staff. Must be able to lift and carry fifty pounds. Must have access to a working e-mail address. The Red River Zoological Society is an equal opportunity employer.


Accountable for providing quality service to Zoo visitors and assistance to staff.

Now accepting applications for a mid-April start date. Click here to apply.


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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