Looking for a job that is fun and rewarding? The Valley Zoo Development Society’s mission is to raise funds and promote awareness to ensure the continued development of the Edmonton Valley Zoo. This is achieved through the events and various programs that the VZDS runs throughout the year. Each year the Valley Zoo Development Society donates thousands to the Edmonton Valley Zoo for development and continual improvement. If you would like to be a part of our team and help us reach our goal, apply for one of the jobs listed below.


Job Opportunities

Title: Conservation Project Assistant (FALL)
Job Type: Temporary Full-time / 16 Weeks
Application Deadline: May 26, 2023
Anticipated Start Date: July 17, 2023 with some flexibility
Hard End Date: November 30, 2023
Hours of Work: 40 hr/week, Mon. – Fri. / Some Weekends Required
Salary Range: $15.00/hr
Reports To: Executive Director


The Valley Zoo works to inspire the protection and conservation of wildlife. We would like to hire a passionate conservation focused individual to support on site conservation education and ecological monitoring.


  • Promote public awareness/education on wildlife conservation, the environment, and sustainable use of natural resources
  • Help plan and develop messaging and partnerships for conservation focused outreach events
  • Organize and provide support for workshops, meetings, and other events to aid in the the creation of a Conservation Framework that will guide future conservation activities
  • Research and develop conservation focused social media posts
  • Assist in the preparation of conservation brochures, reports, newsletters and other material
  • Conduct studies of the environment, and of the population, distribution, structure and functional characteristics of plants and animals found within a predetermined study site.  For example, learn and test existing wildlife image tagging software
  • Use and maintain a variety of wildlife monitoring equipment (e.g. wildlife monitoring cameras, acoustic monitoring equipment)
  • Develop proposals to enhance habitat for native flora and fauna on site
  • Assist in behavioural monitoring work under the supervision of a visiting researcher


  • Currently enrolled, or have completed a Degree, in conservation biology, ecology, zoology, or equivalent degree or diploma related to the functions of the position (please include a transcript with your application)
  • Related post-graduate degree in a relevant field of of study will be considered an asset, but is not necessary
  • Candidates with a demonstrated interest in wildlife or natural area studies will be given preference
  • Excellent research, writing and data management skills
  • Ability to work independently and use the google suite of applications in their work
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills and ability to maintain strong working relationships
  • Ability to walk for several hours in natural terrain within Edmonton
  • Successful candidates are required to wear the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for this position
  • Valid Alberta Class 5 driver’s license (or provincial equivalent)
  • Experience with web application development and GIS spatial analysis techniques is considered a strong asset
  • Must be between the ages of 15 to 30 years old *

* Note: this job opportunity is made possible by the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association (CPRA) Youth Employment ExperienceProgram which enables employers to create quality summer work experiences for young people aged 15 to 30 years. This full-time work experience must occur in Canada between June 1, 2023 and November 30, 2023. We are an equal opportunity employer. We welcome diversity and encourage applications from all qualified individuals.

How to Apply

Please email cover letter and resume to  Please note we will be unable to respond to all candidates, but will reach out to those selected for an interview shortly.


It is through today’s zoos that future generations will come to a greater understanding of the human impact on the natural world and be motivated to preserve it and reverse the damage already done. Every donation, big or small, helps us revitalize our beloved Edmonton Valley Zoo! Thank you for caring for the animals, our children’s future and the planet!