Part time/Permanent Animal Keeper - Large Mammal Team

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

The Blank Park Zoo is looking for an experienced, part time/permanent (3 days per week) large mammal animal keeper with a wide variety of skills. Candidate must have great communication skills both verbal and written. The large Mammal team cares for bactrian camels, giraffe, rhino, and other hoofstock. We are looking for candidates that have a solid animal husbandry background, public interaction, 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 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. Previous expereicne with exotic ungulates in an AZA accredited facility preferred. 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 50 lbs, bend, and twist and must be able to work in all types of weather.

Interested applicants should respond with a resume and cover letter to