Senior Keeper

Organization: California Science Center Foundation (AZA Member)
Location: Los Angeles, California, Country
Job or Internship: Job

The Senior Keeper under the supervision of the Husbandry Supervisor is responsible for the daily oversight of assigned areas while serving as a role model to Keepers. The Senior Keeper is responsible for providing proper husbandry to the terrestrial animals, including daily observations of dietary and behavioral habits, maintaining inventory, and maintaining accurate records of assigned terrestrial collections. The Senior Keeper practices leadership skills by modeling positive, example-setting behavior while demonstrating a commitment to reaching the goals and objectives of the department and mission of the California Science Center.


•Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Zoology or related field required OR equivalent experience.

•3+ years experience providing daily husbandry to terrestrial animals, preferably at an AZA-accredited institution.

•Must possess a strong working knowledge of terrestrial animal husbandry, including nutrition, disease, behavior, appropriate environmental parameters & how to achieve/maintain them, etc.

•Must possess strong observational skills to ensure animal health and safety.

•Must possess sound judgment and ability to use common sense in for effective decision-making.

•Demonstrated working knowledge of planning and acquisition of species and specimens highly desirable, including setting up enclosures, quarantine procedures, etc.

•Ability to lift and carry 50 pounds, kneel, bend, crouch, squat, and stand for extended periods of time.

•Ability to work effectively in wet conditions, mostly indoors but with the potential for outdoors as well.

•Knowledge of safe animal handling practices and maintaining a safe working environment.

•Knowledge of modern principles and practices in a public zoo/aquarium setting.

•Working knowledge of Federal, State, and Local laws, regulations, codes, and ordinances as applicable to possessing native and exotic wild animals, as well as AZA standards guiding animal care protocols.

•Strong computer (MS Office programs such as Excel, Word, and Outlook) and organizational skills. Experience with Tracks record-keeping system highly preferred.

•Strong written and verbal communication skills.

•Must have demonstrated leadership ability; experience mentoring others preferred.

•Must work a flexible schedule which includes weekends and holidays as required.


•Works in collaboration with the Husbandry Supervisor to establish and maintain best practices based on industry standards to fulfill these major job responsibilities.

•Practices good judgment in decision-making as related to animal care, emergency situations, and projects, particularly in the Husbandry Supervisor’s absence.

•Responsible for the daily care and husbandry of terrestrial collections which may include reptiles, amphibians, mammals, birds, and invertebrates.

•Daily duties include but are not limited to: cleaning animal and keeper work areas; prepping and feeding food; treating any injured/diseased individuals as necessary; making observations and recognizing abnormal animal behavior/appearance; and completing all necessary records and paperwork thoroughly.

•Provides care and husbandry of other living collections as needed.

•Responsible for the care of all living collections in any and all emergency conditions.

•Adheres to and abides by Federal, State, and Local agency laws, regulations, codes, and ordinances, as well as AZA standards.

•May assist with acquiring specimens through organization of trades/loans/purchases with other zoological institutions, suppliers, and when required by participation in collecting trips.

•May assist in veterinary procedures as necessary.

•Acts as role model for Keeper staff by exhibiting common sense decision-making, high levels of professionalism and positivity, and excellent animal husbandry as well as supporting Husbandry management directives.

•Using judgment and common sense decision-making, serves as main point of contact for terrestrial staff in Husbandry Supervisor’s absence.

•Ability to be on-call and responsive for after-hours emergencies.

•Assists with procurement of supplies and equipment.

•Assists in the advancement and implementation of exhibit goals by contributing to the design and management of the exhibit development.

•Contributes to the mission of the California Science Center by stimulating curiosity and inspiring science learning in everyone by creating fun, memorable experiences.

•Performs other duties as required.

Salary: DOE

Send Cover Letter, Resume and Salary History (A Must) to the HR Dept. via fax at 213-744-2673, email to , or mail to the California Science Center Foundation, H. R. Dept, 700 Exposition Park Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90037. No phone calls please. EOE.