Organization: Houston Zoo, Inc.
Location: Houston, Texas, Country
Job or Internship: Job
The Houston Zoo is seeking a qualified applicant to work in the Natural Encounters department. Duties
include the daily husbandry routine of a diverse collection of reptiles, birds and mammals, with
interpretation and guest experience being the focus. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to; all
aspects of the daily care of assigned animals, cleaning of animal areas, preparation and feeding of
appropriate diets, behavioral observation, and administration of medicine/treatments as directed.
A successful candidate for this position is motivated, energetic, and a team oriented individual with
good problem solving, written/oral communication, and organizational/interpersonal skills. This
candidate will have solid knowledge in operant conditioning, implementation of animal training and
enrichment programs, as well as, being comfortable with public speaking.
· Observes and evaluates animal condition, behavior and responses and communicates
observations orally and on written reports.
· Prepares and feeds appropriate diets, noting conformance of foods provided to diets prescribed
for each animal.
· Administers prescribed medications and dietary supplements and monitors food and medicine
· Checks on integrity of enclosures and structures, ensuring safety and welfare of animals, Zoo
visitors, and staff in accordance with established guidelines.
· Maintains live plants within enclosures ensuring neat, attractive exhibits.
· Performs minor repairs and preventative maintenance as necessary.
· Maintains clean and organized exhibits, equipment, and keeper areas.
· Improves the quality of life of the animal collection by providing environmental and behavioral
· Trains selected animals through operant conditioning for purposes of gaining cooperation for
veterinary treatment and/or public demonstrations.
· Installs exhibit furnishings, props, and decorations safely, attractively and in a manner consistent
with Zoo guidelines.
One year of experience in animal care in a zoo or under the direction of a licensed veterinarian is
required. Education may be substituted for experience at the rate of six months of experience per 15
hours of college level credit.
In certain positions, specific training and work experience in zoological, aqua cultural, ecological and
biological areas such as in schools, aquariums, nature centers, agricultural operations, animal
merchandizing and conservation centers may be substituted for direct exotic animal care in a zoological
Two years of college level education (60 semester credit hours) in zoology, biology, animal husbandry
or a related field is desired, of which 24 semester hours must be credit hours in life sciences or physical
A certificate of completion from an acceptable animal care program of no less that 30 semester hours
may be substituted for 30 hours of college.
The successful candidate for this position should be motivated, energetic and a team oriented individual
with good problem solving, written and oral communication, organizational and interpersonal skills. The
candidate should have knowledge in operant conditioning, implementation of animal training and
enrichment programs, and public speaking.
May serve as a lead person for zoo keeper apprentices or volunteers.
This position involves considerable physical exertion, such as regularly climbing of ladders, lifting of
heavy objects (up to 50 pounds) on a highly frequent basis and/or assuming awkward positions.
There are routine exposures to significant levels of heat, cold, moisture and air pollution. The position
may involve exposure to chemical substances and physical trauma of a minor nature such as cuts,
bruises and minor burns.
Requires the ability to make closely coordinated eye/hand movements within very fine tolerance and/or
calibration demands; or the ability to make rapid closely coordinated eye/hand movements on a
patterned response space within somewhat fine tolerance demands; or the ability to make coordinated
eye/hand movements within fine tolerances with large equipment as an extension of the worker.
Requires heavy public contact requiring considerable interpersonal skill, extensive interaction with the
public and with donors, members and the press requiring a high degree of appreciation of customer
Applicants can visit www.houstonzoo.org/careers to download an application
E-mail resume and completed application to email@example.com
Houston Zoo is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer