Keeper: Elephants

Organization: Santa Barbara Zoo (AZA Member)
Location: Santa Barbara, CA, United States
Job or Internship: Job

The Santa Barbara Zoo is seeking a keeper for our Elephant Team.

The person filling this position will carry out all basic aspects of the daily care of the elephants, including, but not limited to: training, enrichment, maintenance of exhibits, and enhancing the guest experience. This position is part of a dynamic and progressive Animal Care team.

A strong teamwork ethic and proven enthusiasm is required. You must be able to lift up to 50 lbs, and be able to work in a strenuous work environment (near the beach). A Bachelor’s degree in a related field is preferred. A minimum of 2 years previous experience in routine animal husbandry in an AZA accredited institution preferred. Pachyderm or large hoof stock experience a plus. The ideal candidate would welcome the challenge of regularly participating in the zoo’s local field conservation activities including California condor, island fox, and local herp species.

The position may be filled at the apprentice keeper, keeper, or senior keeper level depending on experience, with wages ranging from $13 to $17/hr.

For consideration, please download Employment Application from and send with cover letter, resume and three references to: Santa Barbara Zoo, Attn. HR, 500 Niños Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93103, email to or fax to (805)962-3659, Attn. Human Resources. No phone calls, please.