Carnivore/Primate Animal Keeper

Organization: Blank Park Zoo (AZA Member)
Location: Des Moines, Iowa, United States
Job or Internship: Job

The Blank Park Zoo is looking for an experienced primate and big cat animal keeper with a wide variety of skills. Candidate must have great communication skills both verbal and written. The animal keeper will work with 3 cat and 4 primate species. We are looking for candidates that have a solid understanding of primate husbandry knowledge, cat husbandry knowledge, enrichment, and training experience. Keeper must be willing to assist with minor up keep of each building, exhibit, and develop a good working relationship with maintenance, vet, and behavior training staff.

The animal keeper must be able to work with and collaborate with supervisor to achieve common husbandry expectations. Animal keeper will need to assist with and follow veterinary treatments and instructions. Normal duties will also include day to day animal husbandry, documenting information in a daily report regarding the day’s events, while working with fellow keepers to meet goals set by the supervisor.

Candidate should have 4 year college degree and ideally experience in the zoo field. Experience along with a college degree can be interchangeable at a rate of 1 year of college to 1 year of experience. Animal keepers must be able to use a computer efficiently. A current driver’s license is needed to be employed and if chosen for a position we will do a back ground check.

The candidate must be able to lift, bend, and twist 50 lbs, also must be able to work in all types of weather.

Any interested applicant should respond with a resume and cover letter to