Primate Keeper-update

Organization: Oakland Zoo (AZA Member)
Location: Oakland, CA, United States
Job or Internship: Job

The Primary Keeper works on one string five days per week. S/He is responsible for the daily operation of the string including managing non- Primary staff and volunteers that work on the string. S/He must be able to work closely and effectively as a team with the other primary keepers. Work ranges from the physical tasks associated with feeding, enriching, training and maintenance of the animals living areas to more analytical tasks of planning, record keeping and communication. The Primary Keeper is expected to develop a comprehensive knowledge of both the natural history and the captive management of the species under his/her care. S/he is expected to implement Department/Zoo priorities as well as demonstrates the initiative and expertise to regularly find ways to make improvements. S/he must demonstrate excellent leadership skills including working cooperatively, effective and timely communication, and serving as a role model. S/he must also be able to represent the Zoo in a variety of public settings including press interviews, instructional classes and casual communication with Zoo guests.

Job Requirements

1.Minimum of two years full time experience in the care of primates, including chimpanzees, in the zoo or sanctuary fields.

2.Significant knowledge in the natural history and captive management of primates

3.Significant knowledge and experience in operant conditioning theory and practical application with primates

4.Significant knowledge and experience in enrichment theory and practical application with primates

5.Good physical condition; able to lift a minimum of 50 lbs. (i.e. feed sack) and move a minimum of 120lbs.(i.e. hay bale)

6.Valid driver’s license and clean driving record

7.Willingness to work outside normal business hours including weekends and holidays.

Experience and Qualities Preferred

1.Bachelor’s degree in zoology, biology or a related field.

2.Experience with capture and restraint techniques

3.Leadership and/or management training and experience

Salary: $33,500 -$37,400 per year depending on experience, plus benefits.


Candidates not meeting minimum requirements will not receive a response

Please submit by email only: resume, cover letter and 3 professional references preferably including at least one supervisor to:

Margaret Rousser, Zoological Manager