Blank Park Zoo
Blank Park Zoo

Open Daily, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
$18 adults, $12 children

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Open Daily, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
$18 adults, $12 children

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Seasonal Small Mammal Keeper

Date Posted
November 13, 2023

Job Details

Reports To: Area Supervisor
Status:  Non-Exempt


The Small Mammal Seasonal Keeper is responsible for caring for a diverse group of animals including Nigerian Dwarf Goats, Llamas, Meishan Pig, Miniature Donkey, Indian Peafowl, Trumpeter Swan, Koi, King’s Island Wallaby, Red Panda, Egyptian Fruit Bats, Cotton Top Tamarins, and Japanese Macaques. Seasonal Keepers will not work directly with Japanese Macaque troop due to potential Herpes B exposure. Opportunity to work with Egyptian Fruit Bats is dependent on previous rabies vaccination status.  Additionally, the Seasonal Animal Keeper supports our Zoo Mission which is to inspire an appreciation of the natural world through conservation, education, research, and recreation. 


Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.

•    Provides for husbandry needs of all animals in care by participating in daily cleaning, diet preparation, feeding, enrichment, and daily observations.
•    Responsible for daily observation of animal health and welfare. Reports abnormal behavior and problems to area supervisor. Maintains accurate records of animal collection daily.
•    Cooperate and assist with veterinary treatments and instructions, which may include safely working free-contact situations.
•    Adheres to established animal handling, neonate, and related safety protocols. Participates in established animal escape drills and procedures. Under supervision captures, restrains, and transports animals.
•    Performs minor repairs and improvements of exhibits under supervision
•    Identifies and communicates with maintenance repairs needed for the safety of animals, visitors, and staff as well as overall upkeep of the facilities.
•    Functions effectively in both team and individual settings, and works toward adopting and creating best animal welfare practices.
•    Collaborates with area supervisor and team to achieve common husbandry goals.
•    Actively supports area policies and procedures, mission, vision, values, and strategic plan of the Blank Park Zoo.



•    Resourceful – Understanding of or can research all applicable topics as they relate to modern zoological management, operations of an attraction and customer service.
•    Flexible – Ability to handle a flexible workload with a variety of assignments while also maintain composure in an environment that can be stressful.
•    Independent – Must be able to operate independently, exercise initiative and demonstrate capacity for detail and follow-up.
•    Positive – Must be a positive, effective team member and be able to establish professional working relationships.
•    Communicator – Communicates clearly, both verbal and written. Effective listening skills.
•    Critical Thinker – Ability to make decisions while under pressure or solve complex problems that arise daily.
•    Innovative – Ability to propose solutions to areas of concern as related to animal care.
•    Efficient – Ability to complete task in a thorough but quick manner.
•    Customer-oriented – Always exercises professional customer service skills. Interacts with m many different types of people and situations.
•    Team Player – Collaborates with area supervisor and team to achieve common husbandry goals.

Supervisory/Management Responsibilities

May oversee volunteers and Zoo Crew during summer months.

Work Environment

While performing the duties of the job, the incumbent is regularly required to stand, walk on even terrain, climb, and utilize manual dexterity to use various tools, machines, and equipment. The incumbent is regularly exposed to all types of weather conditions including extreme heat and cold, snow, hail, wind, and rain. Most of the job tasks are completed outside.  Some work is required in small and/or confined spaces.  Incumbents are exposed to noisy environments such as mowers and motors.

Physical Requirements

The physical requirements described are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to successfully perform the essential functions. 

Ascending or descending ladders, stairs, scaffolding, ramps, poles and the like.
☐ Never          ☒ Occasionally         ☐ Constantly   

Moving self in different positions to accomplish tasks in various environments including tight and confined spaces.
☐ Never          ☐ Occasionally         ☒ Constantly

Remaining in a stationary position, often standing or sitting for prolonged periods.
☐ Never          ☐ Occasionally         ☒ Constantly

Moving about to accomplish tasks or moving from one worksite to another.
☐ Never          ☐ Occasionally         ☒ Constantly

Adjusting or moving objects up to 50 pounds in all directions.
☐ Never          ☒ Occasionally          ☐ Constantly

Communicating with others to exchange information.
☐ Never          ☐ Occasionally         ☒ Constantly

Repeating motions that may include the wrists, hands and/or fingers.
☐ Never          ☐ Occasionally          ☒ Constantly

Operating machinery and/or power tools.
☐ Never         ☒ Occasionally          ☐ Constantly

Operating motor vehicles or heavy equipment.
☐ Never         ☒ Occasionally          ☐ Constantly

Assessing the accuracy, neatness and thoroughness of the work assigned.
☐ Never        ☐ Occasionally          ☒ Constantly

☐ Never        ☒ Occasionally           ☐ Constantly

Stooping, kneeling, crouching, or crawling –
☐ Never         ☐ Occasionally          ☒ Constantly

Reaching with hands and arms.
☐ Never          ☐ Occasionally         ☒ Constantly

Tasting or smelling.
 ☐ Never         ☐ Occasionally         ☒ Constantly

☒ Close vision;  ☒Distant vision;  ☐ Color vision;  ☒ Peripheral vision;  ☒Depth perception;  ☒ Ability to adjust focus

Lifting Requirement.
☐ > than 50 pounds       ☒ Up to 50 pounds        ☐ Up to 40 pounds        ☐ Up to 25 pounds        ☐ Up to 10 pounds

Required education and experience

  • Four-year college degree, or currently pursuing a degree in Biology, Zoology, or other science related major.
  • Previous experience in a zoo setting is preferred.
  • Intermediate word processing skills.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office required.

Additional eligibility requirements

  • Must be insurable to drive a zoo vehicle.
  • Must be able to maintain work hours that will serve the needs of the Blank Park Zoo
  • Must be able to operate various equipment, including carts and large vehicles.
  • Must be able to maintain calm and act professionally in all situations such as emergencies and guest interactions.
  • A negative TB test is required.


  • Valid Iowa motor vehicle license
  • First Aid/CPR Training preferred

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Contact Information

To Apply:

Complete the Blank Park Zoo online application and attach cover letter and resume.

Click here for online application.




Affirmative Action/EEO statement

Blank Park Zoo is an equal opportunity employer and give employment and promotional consideration without regard to race, color, sex, religion, age, disability, disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam era, and any other protected class as required by local, state, or federal law. We seek applicants for employment who are dedicated, hardworking and seek fulfilling employment. In return Blank Park Zoo offers competitive income, benefits, and an excellent working environment.

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