The Virginia Zoo functions as a hybrid operation through the joint efforts and between the staffs of the Virginia Zoological Society (VZS) and the Virginia Zoological Park (VZP).

Zoo administrative building doors


VZS staff operates the Zoo’s gift shop, restaurant and concessions, educational programs, special events and parties, membership program, marketing and promotions, and fundraising and grant writing through the private sector.

aerial view of Zoo entrance

The Virginia Zoological Park

VZP staff maintains all animal exhibits and provides animal care and husbandry, maintains the lush grounds and gardens, oversees most building repair and maintenance, and manages the Zoo’s ticket booth.

Visit City of Norfolk job page for animal services, customer service, horticulture, maintenance and security positions.

Zoo Internships

The Virginia Zoo offers numerous internships with animal services- zoo keeper, behavioral observation, education, and so much more!

Request for Applicant Accommodation

If an accommodation is needed for individuals with a disability, please contact Human Resources at Ext. 239. The Virginia Zoo will provide reasonable accommodations, upon request, to support individuals with disabilities to be able to participate in the hiring process.