A great place to start your zoo career
Director of Conservation Education (Former Employee) – Battle Creek, MI – February 20, 2018
I started as a lowly intern and left as a member of the leadership staff.
The work was demanding, fulfilling. The leadership challenged you to do your best. If you were lazy or dishonest, you didn't last long.
Many of my colleagues that worked with and for me have moved onto other zoos across the US. San Diego, Cincinnati, Fort Wayne, Disney, Sea World.
Most of the management "worked their way up" through the ranks. The culture was amazing, we were allowed to have fun but we also knew we had a job to do.
The hardest part of the job for me was the long hours, and, long stretches of days in a row without a day off.
The most enjoyable part of the job was the seeing the conservation work getting accomplished.
I will note that you WILL NOT get rich working at Binder Park Zoo. If you are in this for the money, go elsewhere. If you want to work at a place that has a high expectation of ethics, creativity, and cost effectiveness, this is a great place to work.
Culture, Quality, great first zoo job, conservation work
Long hours, lower than expected pay