Work with the Jackson Zoo


The Jackson Zoo Security team is currently looking for a part time ranger (full time possible with the right candidate), with an immediate start date. This position requires applicant to be at least 21 years of age, have a high school diploma or equivalent, ability to work overnights, weekends, and holidays, effective communication skills, the ability to stand for extended periods of time and lift at least 50 lbs, and previous experience in the security field is necessary, with public service or military a plus. The competitive hourly wage depends on experience level, and benefits are available after a probationary period. Drug tests and background checks are required.

Zoo Rangers are responsible for the safety of our animals, staff, guests, and grounds 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and 345 days every year.  From interacting with guests during regular business hours to night watch, we depend on our Rangers to help provide visitors with a quality recreational and educational environment dedicated to wildlife care and conservation. 

First, check out the job description, then download and fill out the Employment Application. Then you can send it and your updated resume to The Jackson Zoo, Attn: HR RANGER, 2918 West Capitol Street, Jackson MS 39209, email them to Controller Chris Herron with RANGER in the subject line, or drop them off at our Admissions/Gift Shop between 9 am and 4 pm daily.


Do you like people as much as you like animals? Do you like spending time in the outdoors and letting visitors know all about the wonderful Jackson Metro area we call home? Our Admissions/Gift Shop is looking to hire fun and friendly people ages 16 and up! If you are dependable, responsible, and need some extra money this spring, summer, and fall, the Jackson Zoo can use your skills and personality! This is a part time job that has the possibility of becoming full time for the right person, especially if you don’t mind working weekends or some holidays! Check out the job description, fill out the Employment Application, then either email Chris Herron with ADMISSIONS in the subject line and your application and resume attached, mail the application and your resume to Jackson Zoo, Attn HR Admissions, 2918 West Capitol Street, Jackson MS 39209, or drop application and resume at the Admissions/Gift Shop between 9 am and 4 pm any day!


There are many areas of the zoo where volunteers are needed: landscaping, facilities, education, special events, and Discovery Zoo. Although most often people think of spring and summer volunteering, there are some opportunities throughout the year. (There are even a few paid internships available for qualified candidates through the MS Department of Employment Security.)

Please visit our Volunteer page and fill out the application.


The Jackson Zoological Society, Inc., is a 501c3 not-for-profit entity, and an equal opportunity employer.