Apprentice Animal Keeper

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

The apprentice will learn about the physical health and psychological well being of the animals under his/her care. Work ranges from the physical tasks associated with feeding and maintenance of living areas to more analytical tasks. The apprentice animal keeper is expected to develop a comprehensive knowledge of the natural history of the species under his/her care, to conduct ongoing assessment of species physical and psycho-social needs, and to design and implement steps to address these needs (including enrichment and training). S/he must possess sound judgment in the care of wild animals, work cooperatively and communicate well with co-workers, volunteers, and supervisors, and demonstrate good public relations skills with zoo guests.


•Minimum of six months or 1040 hours experience working with wildlife and or livestock.

•High school diploma and California driver’s license required.

•Must be able to lift 50lbs. and move 120lbs.

Position: 40 hours per week.

Length of Apprenticeship: 9 months; 11/16/2013 through 8/15/2014

Salary: $10.50 per hour. No benefits.

Resumes accepted until October 15, 2013.

Applicants not meeting the minimum requirements will not receive a response.

Send cover letter and resume electronically to:

Margaret Rousser