animal keeper FT/year round

Organization: Lincoln Children's Zoo (AZA Member)
Location: Lincoln, Ne., United States
Job or Internship: Job

The Lincoln Children’s Zoo is looking for a highly motivated, enthusiastic individual with a positive attitude who can work with the Zoo’s 10 Humboldt penguins, Amur leopards, African dwarf crocodiles, North American river otters, and Bennet’s and Tammar wallaby species. This individual must excel at speaking and presenting in front of large groups of people, and have experience using operant conditioning and training techniques using positive reinforcement. The ideal person has a working knowledge of pool filtration systems and water quality testing procedures.


• Experience working with and caring for exotic captive animals of multiple genera

• A degree in one of the Animal Sciences is strongly preferred.

Applicant must be available to work weekends, holidays, and be on call in case of an emergency

To Apply: Email your resume to

About the Zoo

The Lincoln Children's Zoo was established nearly 50 years ago and is home to over 350 animals of 100 species. It was first accredited in 1989 and was reaccredited in 2012. One of a few children's zoos in the country, the zoo’s mission is "to enrich lives through firsthand interaction with living things." The zoo is part of multiple SSP programs and is a leader in the conservation efforts of many animals including the Matschie’s tree kangaroo. The zoo is the number one family destination in Lincoln and is the third largest attended attraction among museums and zoos in the state of Nebraska. Lincoln Children’s Zoo receives no city or government support and operates as a non-profit organization.

About Lincoln, NE

Lincoln is one of the Midwest’s most livable cities. Our steady economy, family-friendly neighborhoods, low crime rates, growing diversity, world-class health care facilities, vast educational offerings, and commitment to community all fall in line with the Midwestern ideal.

Median real estate prices are below the national average, and homes are available in all types and sizes. Rental properties also are plentiful and affordable, and you’ll never have a long commute in heavy traffic. As for education, Lincoln is home to two universities, four private colleges, and two community colleges in addition to several conveniently located public and private schools.

Lincoln Public Schools ranked 2nd in quality of education in an eight-state area of the Midwest. In fact, Lincoln maintains the fourth highest percentage of graduating high school seniors in the nation.

• Low Cost of Living: Lincoln's cost of living is 6.7% lower than the U.S. Average.

• Clean Air: Lincoln ranks first for cleanest metro area in the U.S. by ozone.

• Low Unemployment: Lincoln boasts the second-lowest unemployment rate in America.

• Wide Open Spaces/Access to Nature: Lincoln features more than 128 miles of trails with short commutes to various open spaces.

• Short Commutes: Lincoln boasts the second-lowest commute time among midsize metros.

• Rewarding Jobs at Interesting Companies: Ranked best city to find a job in 2012.

• Good People: Nebraska is ranked the eighth happiest and also as having the healthiest well-being.

• Thriving Arts and Entertainment Scene: Ranked fifth in significant economic development projects in the region. A new $179 million 15,0000 seat arena will open in the fall of 2013.

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Position open until filled.