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Senior Zoo Keeper - Birds

Organization: San Antonio Zoo (AZA Member)
Location: San Antonio, Texas, United States
Job or Internship: Job

A Senior Zoo Keeper in the Bird Department is responsible for performing a variety of duties related to the maintenance and care of Zoo animals/birds. The Senior Zoo Keeper serves as lead keeper in a department, assumes a leadership role, and is frequently involved in training new employees assigned to the unit. The more unusual or difficult problems are referred to the supervisor.


• Establish and maintain positive, cooperative, and effective working relations with fellow employees.

• Constantly exhibit a guest service attitude, a smile, and an obvious interest in guest comfort and service.

• Communicate with the public in a courteous and tactful manner and assist guests with questions and directions to various areas of the Zoo. Address the guest - do not wait to be asked.

• Remove trash and debris from public areas; i.e. pick up litter whenever you see it.

• Assist supervisors in training new employees assigned to the department.

• Provide guidance to fellow employees in safety practices and improved techniques and procedures for handling or restraining animals/birds.

• Direct the work of fellow employees assigned to the unit for special projects.

• Assist supervisors in maintaining animal/bird records.

• Prepare daily reports as necessary.

• Continually observe and evaluate animal/bird behavior and conditions for animals/birds in the department and report any problems to the appropriate supervisor.

• Perform emergency repairs and make changes to animal/bird enclosures as required.

• Any and all other duties as assigned.


• Ability to work weekends, holidays and occasional after-hour assignments.

• Ability to withstand heavy outdoor labor in extreme temperatures typical of South Texas.

• Ability to multi-task in an efficient and organized fashion.

• Must meet minimum qualifications for Zoo Keeper position.

• Knowledge of bird husbandry, biology, artificial incubation and hand rearing.

• Associate degree in wildlife management, zoology, biology, or related field or three years of extensive zoo keeping experience.

• Minimum of three years of full-time zoo keeping experience.

• Basic knowledge of computers.

• Valid driver's license.

Starting pay is $10.80/hour. To apply for this position please go to