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Animal Keeper – Avian & Reptiles

Date Posted
February 25, 2020
Full Time

Job Details

Under supervision, to perform a variety of tasks related to animal care, conservation efforts, grounds and maintenance of zoo facilities. Provide highest standard of care for avian and reptile collection.


The following duties are normal for this position.  These are not to be construed as exclusive or all inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.

  • Completes tasks related to all aspects of animal care and welfare: diets and feeding schedules, cleaning and disinfection of enclosures, feeding utensils, etc.; animal enrichment and husbandry training; basic exhibit maintenance 
  • Responsible for completing daily animal records
  • Follows all protocols to maintain safe conditions for staff and animals
  • Reports any issues to the Area Supervisor
  • Abides by sound ethical practices of caring for animals and conforms to the AZA code of ethics
  • Involved in professional networking, public relations, media contacts, public speaking and assistance in development and fund raising activities. 


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. Specific experience and interest in avian species desired. 
  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 communicate effectively to all ages of visitors and staff.


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

To Apply

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

Click here to apply online.


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