Available Permanent Positions

Major Gifts Officer

The North Carolina Zoo Society, the independent 501(c) 3 nonprofit that raises funds and engenders public support for the North Carolina Zoo, seeks to hire an experienced and successful fundraiser as its next Major Gifts Officer. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Major Gift Officer identifies and cultivates relationships with prospective major gift and corporate donors.
Core Responsibilities Include:
  • Planning and leading a major giving program.
  • Researching major gift donor prospects.
  • Growing relationships with major gift donors.
  • Developing a donor solicitation strategy for major gift prospects.
  • Designing and operating a donor stewardship program.
  • Tracking and assessing major gift fundraising metrics.
Requisite Educational and Professional Experience

The successful candidate's academic history should include, at a minimum, a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university; additional fundraising certificates or degrees provide an optional bonus.

Hands-on experience and a proven track record in fundraising are the two most important factors we will consider when filling this position. A resume that includes fundraising for zoological parks or aquariums will be treated as a plus but will take second place to the candidate’s history of establishing successful donor relationships with corporations and major donors.

The successful candidate must be prepared to join a small but energetic and highly successful team of fundraisers who share a passion for the North Carolina Zoo's missions in conservation, education, recreation, and research. Active listening skills, an empathetic nature and a cooperative work ethic are essential for joining this team.
Salary and Benefits
Compensation is based on a candidate's experience and skill levels and is appropriately competitive within the non-profit sector.

North Carolina Zoo Society Snapshot
Since 1968, the North Carolina Zoo Society has championed the creation and growth of one of our state treasures—the North Carolina Zoo. Known worldwide for its acres of natural habitats and leadership in conservation efforts around the globe, the Zoo has ambitious plans for the future, including completing the construction of an Asian continental region and embarking on at least two additional capital campaigns (adding Australian and South American habitat complexes).

The Application Process
The North Carolina Zoo Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Deadline for Application Submission
Friday, November 10, 2023

To Apply
Please create a single PDF document that contains a cover letter and your resume.
Attached this PDF to an email and send it to Cheryl Armstrong, Executive Director of the NC Zoo Society
Use the email address: resume@nczoo.com
Finalists will be contacted soon after the application deadline. References will be required from finalists who decide to continue to be considered for this position.

Available Seasonal Positions

Become a Zoo Society Tour Guide

Become one of the elite guides entrusted with leading the Zoo Society's highly popular Private and Public Behind-the-Scenes VIP Tours, and Shadow a Veterinarian for Two programs.


  • Tour guides set their work schedule by signing up for the programs they want to lead.
  • All Public VIP Tours take place on Saturdays, and we do ask Saturday guides to conduct at least two tours if two tours are available on the day they choose to work.
  • Shadow a Veterinarian for Two Tours may be scheduled on Saturdays or Sundays, and Private VIP Tours may be scheduled for any day of the week. Usually, only one private tour will be scheduled for a given weekday.
  • Salaries begin at $15 per hour, but guides earn a minimum of $45 per day for their service. Most tours last about an hour and require an additional 30 minutes of preparation time. Guides conducting two tours in one day can expect to earn between $60 to $80 for leading those two programs and an additional $30 to $45 if they sign up for a third tour.


  • Former or current Zoo Volunteers, Animal Keepers, Veterinary Technicians, Educators, and Security Officers are highly sought after as guides because of the expertise they bring with them to the program. We also welcome applications from enthusiastic, responsible adults eager to learn more about the Zoo and contribute to its conservation programming.
  • Be aware that we currently require all VIP Tour Guides to be fully vaccinated, and, like our tour participants, guides must wear masks while behind the scenes. These requirements are in place because several wild species (especially primates, cats, and otters) are vulnerable to COVID infections, and several individual animals have died in other zoos as a result of COVID-19 infections. The proximity of guides to wildlife and staff underlies our decision to require our guides to follow these protocols.

Please fill out an application (download here Application for employment ) and email it to jparker@nczoo.com. If you have questions, please call Jayne Parker at 336-879-7273. An excellent opportunity to become familiar with Zoo programs, learn about the animals, and inspire guests to care about the Zoo and conservation.

Join our Friendly, Professional Gift Shop Staff:

The North Carolina Zoo Society is now taking applications for seasonal positions in its Gift Shops. Several positions are available and can accommodate individuals who work 20 hours to 40 hours a week. We offer competitive wages and a friendly, professional work environment.

Please fill out an application (download here Application for employment) and email it to David at dwhitaker@nczoo.com or bring it by the Earth Explorer gift shop in person. If you have questions, please give me a call at 336-879-7269.