Zoo Keeper(24)

Organization: City of El Paso (AZA Member)
Location: El Paso, TX, Country
Job or Internship: Job

***Recruitment will begin January 02, 2014***


Education and Experience: A High School diploma or GED, and one (1) year of confined animal care and handling experience, excluding personal pets.

Licenses and Certificates: Texas Class “C” Driver’s License or equivalent from another state.


Under immediate supervision, provide for the care of assigned zoo animals.


Feed and care for exotic zoo animals and clean and maintain animal enclosures. Involves: Prepare regular and special diets to feed animals. Feed and water animals. Clean, disinfect and maintain cages, enclosures and exhibit areas as needed. Maintain safety of animals. Monitor animal health and well-being. Report animal illness or injury to appropriate staff. Assist veterinary staff as needed with administering medications, providing treatment and restraining. Provide care for animals such as by trimming beaks, nails and wing feathers, providing moisture for turtles, reptiles and birds, shearing sheep, weighing animals and other services as needed. Record animal information such as temperature and consumption to charts.

Assist with behavior modification and enrichment programs for animals. Involves: Utilize system of rewards to condition animal to do things on command. Provide animal with interactive items and activities to relieve stress and boredom. Provide exercise for animals as needed.

Provide assistance to other zoo staff and to the public. Involves: Identify maintenance problems and resolve or report as necessary. Assist with grounds and landscaping maintenance and construction. Test water quality in aquatic exhibits. Answer questions from other staff and the public regarding zoo animals, exhibits and related.

Salary: $12.31 - $18.27 Hourly

Note: Recruitment will begin on January 2, 2014. On January 2, 2014, interested applicants must go to www.elpasotexas.gov to apply. Applications are only accepted online.

Note: Applicants are encouraged to apply immediately because this position will close once a preset number of qualified applications have been received.