Animal Keeper(27)

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


Sacramento Zoo is actively recruiting new animal care staff. Under general supervision, Sacramento Zoo keepers work in a dynamic, team-oriented environment to provide advanced care to a diverse animal collection.


Keepers provide daily care to animals and their enclosures; duties will include cleaning, feeding, exhibit maintenance, enrichment and operant conditioning. In addition, keepers are responsible for conducting observations, maintaining detailed behavioral, reproductive, and medical records. The Sacramento Zoo is committed to participation in many AZA conservation programs; keeper participation in these programs is strongly encouraged.

Keepers must be able to work closely with other departments to advance the zoo’s mission through participation in conservation initiatives, development and delivery of educational programs, interaction with zoo guests, staff and keeper-aide volunteers, and facilitation of research projects.


Knowledge of biology, nutrition, general husbandry practices, animal behavior, natural history, common environmental enrichment and animal training practices, and related subjects is required.

Knowledge of occupational hazards and safe work practices while in proximity of potentially dangerous animals is crucial, as is an ability to exercise sound judgment in analyzing emergency situations.

Strong oral and written communication skills are preferred, including both an ability to follow directions effectively, and keep comprehensive and accurate records.


Graduation from an accredited college or university with a degree in Biological Sciences (i.e. Biology, Zoology, and Ecology) or a closely related discipline, as well as two years (minimum) previous experience in exotic animal care (at a zoo, aquarium or similar facility) are required.


The Sacramento Zoological Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer and provides excellent benefits for employees. Please visit our website ( for more information about the Sacramento Zoo. The application deadline for this position will be 26 July 2013. To apply, please submit a resume and letter of intent to R. Harrison Edell, General Curator, via email (