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Animal Keeper - Savannah and Birds

Organization: Little Rock Zoo (AZA Member)
Location: Little Rock, AR, United States
Job or Internship: Job


To perform various duties required to maintain a clean and healthy environment for animals at the Little Rock Zoo.


Observes small and medium hoofstock animals and a variety of species of birds in assigned areas for injuries or symptoms of disease, and changes in behavior; reports changes and problems to supervisor; recommends changes to assist animals' psychological and physiological wellbeing; implements approved changes. Prepares food and feeds animals according to established diets and assigned schedule; researches and recommends and implements approved diet changes. Maintains detailed narratives and charts of animal observations, care, and handling. Captures and restrains animals for transport, examination or medical treatment. Prepares a list of animals in assigned area requiring routine veterinary care; notifies supervisors of animals that require emergency medical attention. Administers prescribed medication to animals by mixing with food or by injection as required; assists veterinarian in administration of medication or treatment of animals. Completes daily worksheets listing amount of food eaten, training performed and enrichment supplied, medications administered, changes in animal behavior,

symptoms of disease or other indications of needs for special attention; and repair or maintenance required for enclosures. Maintains plant life in displays and enclosures by watering and fertilizing as necessary; sprays or spreads approved chemicals to exterminate pests, diseases or unwanted plants. Unloads and stores shipments of food and supplies; notifies supervisor of supplies needed. Cleans cages and enclosures using chemical disinfectants, water hose and other hand tools. Provides special handling or training for specific animals as required.

Recommends animals to be acquired or transferred; recommends repairs and special projects. Answers questions and provides information to Zoo visitors regarding animal diets, handling, and habitat; educates visitors regarding harassing or feeding animals. Operates motorized vehicle to transport animals or pick up supplies.


These knowledge, skills, and abilities are usually, although not always, acquired through completion of high school and two (2) years of experience in the care of small hoofstock, birds, or other exotic animals in a controlled environment. Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.

HIRING/ENTRY SALARY: $26,171 - $31,405 plul benefits

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENT: Must be available to work nights, weekends, and holidays.

DISCLAIMER: This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise.


ONLY On-Line Applications Accepted.

Application and Supplemental Questions required by Closing Date.


CLOSING DATE: 12/05/12 11:59 PM