Full Time Zookeeper- Mammals/Carnivores

Organization: Fresno Chaffee Zoo (AZA Member)
Location: Fresno, c, Country
Job or Internship: Job

Fresno Chaffee Zoo is a dynamic organization, continually seeking to provide excellent animal care, an excellent customer experience and an excellent place to work. The zoo is a fast-paced organization with multiple new exhibits and two new baby orangutans!

Fresno sits within a few hours’ drive of three national parks and the central California coast. Fresno Chaffee Zoo has great community support, with $ 60 million in capital projects and doubling the size of the zoo over the next five years. A mild climate and affordable living make Fresno a great place to live.

Fresno Chaffee Zoo is seeking to hire a knowledgeable, outgoing and customer-oriented full-time zookeeper to work primarily in our mammals section specializing in carnivores and primates. Our keepers’ positive interactions with customers create the unforgettable customer experience that keeps patrons coming back. So, if you match this description, apply as directed below.


The Zookeeper position is under the general direction of the Assistant Curator, General Curator, or other supervisory staff. Work is performed both indoors and outdoors depending on season and weather-related needs. Zookeeper will provide daily husbandry for a wide variety of species. Zookeeper will train on the proper handling and daily maintenance of specimens both on and off exhibit in primarily in the mammals section of the zoo including, but not limited to birds, and herps. Under general supervision of staff, the responsibilities and duties of the Zookeeper include, but are not necessarily limited to, the maintenance and observation of the health, feeding and care of a variety of zoo animals; record keeping; assisting in the movement of animals as directed; assisting in veterinary procedures if/when necessary; providing medications; interacting with zoo docents and assisting zoo visitors with questions and their needs. This position also requires the ability to give demonstrations and animal talks throughout the year.


Good physical condition: ability to lift a minimum of 75 lbs. (i.e. feed sack) and move a minimum of 100 lbs. (i.e. hay bale). One year’s experience in the care, handling and feeding of animals in a zoological setting is required. Bachelor’s Degree in the biological sciences is preferred. Twelve units of accredited college or university level course work in animal science, zoology, biology, wildlife management, or related field may be substituted for six (6) months experience. Husbandry experience with primates and/or carnivores preferred. Requires a valid California driver’s license and good driving record. Good written and verbal communications skills are essential. Must be able to work weekdays, weekends, and holidays.

If you have the desire and skills needed to help create an excellent customer experience at Fresno Chaffee Zoo, apply by December 14, 2012 as directed below.

Please submit resume to careers@fresnochaffeezoo.org or mail to:

Fresno Chaffee Zoo Corporation, 894 W Belmont Ave. Fresno, CA 93728.

Applicants can visit www.fresnochaffeezoo.org to apply online.

Fresno Chaffee Zoo is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer