Primate Keeper III

Organization: Audubon Zoo (AZA Member)
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Job or Internship: Job



Audubon Zoo is currently seeking an experienced, knowledgeable, and innovative professional to join our dynamic Primate Team. The ideal candidate will have a strong team work ethic, a passion for wildlife, and an enthusiasm for enhancing the guest experience.

Audubon Zoo is an exciting place to work, as there are many new projects currently underway along with planned future exhibit enhancements within the zoo. New Orleans is a wonderful city to be in where the city has undergone a significant rebirth after Hurricane Katrina.

This is a full time position and reports directly to the Assistant Curator of Primates.

Primate Keeper III responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

-Providing high standards of daily animal care, animal observations, animal training and enrichment, monitoring animal health, maintaining cleanliness of animal areas, and minor exhibit modifications

-Working with veterinarians and veterinary department staff to ensure the maintenance of animal health and welfare

-Conduct general maintenance of grounds and public areas

-Experience in conducting public presentations, behind-the-scenes VIP tours, educational talks, and assisting with research and conservation initiatives

-Assisting with training and supervision of Primate Keeper I and II staff

-Maintaining accurate records

-Carry out other duties as assigned by supervisor


-Four year degree in a biology related field preferred; however, substantial paid experience may be considered as a substituted for a degree

-Minimum of four years paid primate keeper experience in an AZA accredited facility

- experience must include work with great apes, as well as a variety of both New and Old World Primates

-Proven safety record working with primates

-Proven knowledge and practice with operant conditioning and environmental enrichment

-Ability and willingness to work in a strenuous work environment that includes working outdoors in all weather conditions

-Willing to work weekends, holidays, overtime, and flexible to adjust to a roster that suits the teams’ needs when needed

-High standard of organizational and written / oral communication skills

-Ability to multi-task and work well alone or with others in a team environment

-Ability to obtain a valid Louisiana driver’s license

-Ability to lift 50 lbs

-Current (within 6 months) proof of a negative TB test

-Rabies Series received

Audubon Zoo is an Equal Opportunity Employer and a drug free work place with a competitive benefits package. Only applicants chosen for interviews will be contacted.

Qualified candidates should submit a resume and cover letter to:

Ty Fayard, Assistant Curator of Mammals, Audubon Nature Institute/Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70118, or by email