Animal Handler I (Zookeeper)

Organization: Niabi Zoo
Location: Coal Valley, IL, us
Job or Internship: Job

The Rock Island County Forest Preserve District has an immediate opportunity for an enthusiastic and experienced individual for the position of Animal Handler I (Zookeeper) at Niabi Zoo. This is a full-time, permanent position. Pay rate is $14.58 per hour with excellent benefits, which include health, vision, and dental insurance, retirement, paid holidays, paid personal days, vacation, and sick time.

The position performs a variety of responsible manual and maintenance duties in the care and treatment of a variety of exotic animal species in a county zoo. Incumbent performs daily husbandry duties, carefully observes animal behavior and appearance, assists in the provision of medical treatments of animals, performs general maintenance duties in the upkeep of animal enclosures and zoo grounds, and maintains detailed daily records. Animal training experience and the understanding of operant conditioning with exotic animals is a must. This position is under the general supervision of a Head Zookeeper, who reports to the Assistant Zoo Director – Animal Programs and the Zoo Director.

A four-year degree in Biology, Zoology, or a related field is highly preferred, however a High School diploma, GED, or other certificate of competency supplemented by one year of experience involving the care, handling, or training of a variety of animals; or an equivalent combination of experience and training is required. An appropriate valid driver’s license is required.

Niabi Zoo is a 50-acre zoo located in Coal Valley, IL. With an annual attendance of over 250,000, Niabi Zoo is one of the largest attractions in the area and the 3rd largest zoo in the state of Illinois. Niabi Zoo maintains an animal collection of approximately 330 individuals comprised of over 140 different species. Niabi Zoo is a dynamic and growing facility with a strong future.

Applications and resumes should be submitted to:

Niabi Zoo
Attn: Marc Heinzman
13010 Niabi Zoo Road
Coal Valley, IL 61240

Emailed to:

Application materials must be submitted before the close of business on January 18, 2013, 4:30 PM. Application materials postmarked before the January 18, 2013, deadline will be considered.