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Zookeeper at Animal Kingdom?

Discussion in 'Employment/College Program/International' started by WinnieSun_, Sep 3, 2017.


Should I work as a zoo keeper in Animal Kingdom?

  1. Yes!

  2. No :I

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  3. Whatever you want to be

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  1. WinnieSun_

    WinnieSun_ New Member

    Jul 26, 2017
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    As a career, I want to become a zookeeper. I've always wanted to work for Disney, so would it be possible to become a zookeeper in animal kingdom? If so, what are some of the requirements to become one? Are there any other jobs similar to this if zoo-keeping specifically is not an option? Is their a training program in the Disney college program specifically for this job? Let me know!
  2. lazyboy97o

    lazyboy97o Well-Known Member

    Apr 25, 2009
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    The Disney College Program is not really the internship program that a lot of people think. It is mostly typical front line jobs and you are placed wherever Disney decides. There are actual professional internships in a variety of fields but they are few in number with many, many applicants.

    If you are interested in being a zookeeper, then you should be opening to doing work outside Disney. While there are stories of people starting one field and being moved to another, it is far more of an exception than the rule.

    Disney’s Animal Kingdom is an Association of Zoos & Aquariums facility, and they recommend the American Association of Zoo Keepers (http://aazk.org) to those interested in zookeeping as a profession and they even offer a student membership.
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  3. Driver

    Driver Active Member

    Jul 13, 2017
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    They were looking for some entry level people recently. Not sure if they still are or what experience they required. But if you get your foot in the door (sometimes easier said than done) they will help with education cost as long as it's job related.
  4. Amidala

    Amidala Well-Known Member

    Jul 24, 2017
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    The DCP exists more for the novelty of working for the company and getting your foot in the door than anything else. I'm an alum planning to return in January, and will have worked retail both times. The job opportunities are basic (food service, merchandise, character attendant, etc.) and most specialized/non-customer service jobs (like character performer) require an audition. I would suggest looking through the Disney PROFESSIONAL internships (here is a link to Professional Internship opportunities in Florida). These are much more competitive, so keep that in mind! Supposedly 50,000+ people apply for the DCP and anywhere from 8,000-10,000 are accepted, whereas only a handful of professional interns are chosen for each internship. The DCP only really requires customer service experience, but to qualify for a Professional Internship, you will need experience in your field (so if you want to do zookeeping, you'll need to have worked with animals in the past).

    Going through the link I gave you, there's an Animal Husbandry Internship, Veterinary Hospital Internship, Animal Nutrition Center Internship, and Conservation Education Internship at Animal Kingdom, Marine Conservation Internship, Aquarium & Marine Biology Internship and an Aquatic Research Internship at The Seas in Epcot, and plenty more. These are probably closer to the kinds of internships you were looking for, but make sure to check before applying because some positions are only open to DCP alumni.

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