Senior Keeper - Great Apes & Small Mammals

Organization: Riverbanks Zoo & Garden (AZA Member)
Location: Columbia, SC, Country
Job or Internship: Job

Riverbanks Zoo & Garden is actively recruiting Senior Keeper to work in our Mammal department. Duties include: supervising animal husbandry in Riverbanks Conservation Outpost (primarily small mammals) and Riverbanks Gorilla collection, supervising the day-to-day work assigned Animal Keepers, designing, maintaining and repairing animal enclosures, maintaining aesthetically pleasing exhibits, working with veterinary staff to monitor and treat animal diseases, monitoring and reporting animal behavior, using operant conditioning, training, and enrichment to manage animal collection, instructing staff, interns, and volunteers to insure that all animals receive top quality animal care, also interacting with guests and providing informal and programmed educational information. Reports to the Assistant Mammal Curator.

Riverbanks Zoo & Garden offers a great benefits package for full-time staff. Please visit for more information about our benefits and Riverbanks in general. The compensation for this position is $13.22 per hour.

Requirements: Associate's degree in Biology, Zoology or Wildlife Management; Bachelor’s Degree preferred, and three to five years of experience working with animals, or any equivalent combination of education, training and experience which provides the required skills, knowledge and abilities. Experience working directly with small exotic mammals, a variety of primates, and/or Great Apes preferred. Supervisory experience a plus. Excellent communication and organization skills required. Must possess or be eligible for a valid SC driver’s license.

Riverbanks is a Equal Opportunity Employer. All employees must pass a criminal background check and have or be eligible for a South Carolina driver’s license. To apply, please send a resume and letter of intent… By Fax: Human Resources at 803.253.6381. By Email: – the Join Our Team link. By Mail: Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden, PO Box 1060, Columbia, SC 29202-1060 ATTN: Human Resources.