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Employment Opportunities
Springfield Park District employs hundreds of people in various areas of its operations that include full-time, part-time, summer and seasonal positions. We are currently accepting applications for the following:

Seasonal Zookeeper

Under the direction of the Zoo’s Assistant Director/General Curator, is responsible for the overall care of the Zoo’s animal collection, facilities, displays, and exhibits.

Specific Responsibilities:

Prepares animal diets following the prescribed diets determined by the Assistant Director/General Curator and follows proper animal feeding procedures.

2)     Cleans animal exhibits, walks grounds, and other facilities within exhibit areas in accordance with the established Zookeeper Guidelines.

     Performs daily observations of animals and exhibit facilities. Reports any abnormalities in animal behavior, animal health, exhibit security, and safety to their immediate supervisor. 

     Must be able to recognize diseases the might occur in captive wildlife. Carries out treatments prescribed by the Zoo’s Veterinarian or Assistant Director/General Curator.

     Recommends improvements in animal care procedures and schedules, exhibit maintenance and safety.

     Utilizes proper restraint, enrichment, and operant conditioning practices. Strictly follows all AZA (American Zoo and Aquarium Association) Code of Professional Ethics and Species Survival Plan (SSP) guidelines.

     Acts as a liaison with the public by courteously answering questions, enforcing feeding rules, and enforcing safety rules for the sake of the animal collection and the public. 

     Performs maintenance work and/or janitorial work on exhibit facilities, grounds, and landscape including minor repairs. 

     May operate light equipment, power tools, or vehicles as required to perform assigned duties.

     Supervise, direct, and monitor Zoo interns or others as assigned.

     Perform all other duties as assigned by the Assistant Director/General Curator, Director, or designee.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Bachelor’s degree in zoology, biology, or equivalent field, or three years’ experience in the care of animals in a zoological institution. Must be able to communicate orally and in writing and perform simple math and measurement calculations.  Must possess a valid Illinois driver’s license and be insurable under District Liability Insurance.


Part-time Educator

Under the direction of the Education Curator, assists with the development and presentation of “on-site” and “off-site” education programs.  Specific Responsibilities: 

Assists in the development and implementation of a variety of programs implemented by the Zoo’s Education Department.

Responsible for conducting the Zoo’s Birthday Parties and assisting with “off-site” programs in area schools, churches, and other facilities within the community

Responsible for presenting conservation themed programs on a variety of animal related topics to visitors in the Zoo’s Amphitheater and conservation area.

Assists the Education Curator in the supervision and training of the Zoo’s Docents. 

Assists with after hour programming, including rentals, nocturnal tours, Scout programs, and overnight campouts.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Background in zoology, biology, education, or related field. Must be able to work well with children. Experience in public speaking. Ability to communicate both orally and in writing. Must have and maintain a valid Illinois driver’s license. Pay Rate: $10.50/hr.



The Springfield Park District has an opening for a Part-time Weekend Attendant at the Washington Park Botanical Gardens. Duties include answering the phone, greeting the public and caring for plants. Previous horticulture experience would be helpful.  Hours of work: 9:00am to 5:00 pm Saturday and Sunday. Wage: $9.50 per hour.

Applications will be accepted until 12:00 noon, Friday, April 25, 2014.

Apply: Springfield Park District, Office of Human Resources, 2500 S. 11th St., Springfield, IL 62703

            Visit our website,, for an application or call 753-6200.

Internship Opportunites

The Springfield Park District offers comprehensive internship opportunities in the following areas:

Recreation -
Special Needs Programming -
Horticultural -
Animal Care -
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Volunteer Opportunities
If you would like to be part of the Springfield Park District's mission to provide outstanding parks and recreational services please consider volunteering your time. Numerous volunteer programs provide educational opportunities for cub scouts, church groups, and fulfillment of school curriculums, and much more.

  • General Volunteerism - Contact the Park District's volunteer coordinator, Chuck Smith at for a list of projects and services that we are looking for assistance to complete.
  • Henson Robinson Zoo - For information on volunteering as a docent at the Henson Robinson Zoo please visit the Zoo's website at:
  • Southwind Park - For information on volunteering as a docent at Southwind Park please email us at
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