Blank Park Zoo
Blank Park Zoo

Open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Admission: $14 Adult | $8 Child

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Open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Admission: $14 Adult | $8 Child

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Animal Keeper - Small Mammals

Date Posted
January 26, 2018
Part Time

Job Details

Under supervision, to perform a variety of tasks related to animal care, conservation efforts, grounds and maintenance of zoo facilities.

The Blank Park Zoo is looking for a part time Small Mammal animal keeper with a wide variety of skills. Candidate must have great communication skills, both verbal and written. The animal keeper will work with red pandas, wallabies, tamarins, fruit bats, and a variety of domestic hoof stock. Keeper must be willing to assist with minor upkeep of each building, exhibit, and develop a good working relationship with maintenance, vet, and behavior training staff.  

The animal keeper must be able to work with and collaborate with supervisor to achieve common husbandry expectations. Animal keeper will need to assist with and follow veterinary treatments and instructions. Normal duties will also include day to day animal husbandry, documenting information in a daily report regarding the day’s events, while working with fellow keepers to meet goals set by the supervisor.


May be assigned animal care interns, seasonal staff or volunteers.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  1. Previous work experience in animal related field preferred
  2. Ability to handle a flexible workload with a variety of assignments.
  3. Must be able to operate independently, exercise initiative, and demonstrate capacity for detail and follow-up.
  4. Must be able to maintain work hours that will serve the needs of the Foundation
  5. Must be a positive, effective team member and be able to establish professional working relationships.
  6. Clear communication skills.


Completion of two years of college with major course work in biology, zoology, or related natural science and one year of experience in the care of animals in a zoological setting OR any equivalent combination in which education and experience are interchangeable at the rate of one year of education for one year of experience. 


Ability to understand written reports and animal data collection.    


Ability to participate in research projects, write appropriate articles, communicate with colleagues, present findings at conferences.


All normal computer business skills (Microsoft office) required


Understanding of modern zoological management, ability to research all applicable topics.


Iowa motor vehicle license


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Ability to bend, twist, lift >50 pounds, etc. to perform animal and exhibit care tasks.


Ability to function in all types of weather.

Contact Information


Please complete the online application and attach a cover letter and resume. 

Click here to apply.

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