Full Time Birds Zookeeper

Organization: Fresno Chaffee Zoo (AZA Member)
Location: Fresno , CA, Country
Job or Internship: Job

The Fresno Chaffee Zoo inspires wonder of our natural world, provides an engaging learning environment, and creates a passion for conservation. Serving the central San Joaquin Valley, the zoo is committed to sustaining professional active participation in wildlife conservation, research and wildlife education.

The Fresno Chaffee Zoo succeeds by providing excellent animal care, an excellent guest experience and an excellent place to work. The zoo is a fast-paced organization with several engaging new exhibits including the upcoming African Adventure which will double the size of the zoo over the next five years. Fresno Chaffee Zoo is seeking to hire a knowledgeable, outgoing and guest-oriented full-time zookeeper to work across all animal sections. Our keepers’ positive interactions with our guests create an unforgettable experience that keeps patrons coming back. So, if you match this description, apply as directed below.


The Zookeeper position is under the general direction of the Assistant Curator, General Curator, or other supervisory staff. Work is performed both indoors and outdoors depending on season and weather-related needs. Zookeeper will provide daily husbandry for a wide variety of Birds and other species. Zookeeper will train on the proper handling and daily maintenance of specimens both on and off exhibit. Under general supervision of staff, the responsibilities and duties of the Zookeeper include, but are not necessarily limited to, the maintenance and observation of the health, feeding and care of a variety of zoo animals; public presentations; record keeping; assisting in the movement of animals as directed; assisting in veterinary procedures if/when necessary; providing medications; interacting with zoo docents and assisting zoo visitors with questions and their needs. This position also requires the ability to give demonstrations and animal talks throughout the year.


Three to five year’s experience in the care, handling and feeding of animals in a zoological setting is required. Bachelor's degree (BA or BS) from an accredited college or university; and one year related experience and/or training; or an equivalent combination of education and experience required. Twelve units of accredited college or university level course work in animal science, zoology, biology, wildlife management, or related field may be substituted for six (6) months experience. Experience in an AZA facility is preferred. Requires a valid California driver’s license and good driving record. Good written and verbal communications skills are essential. Must be able to work weekdays, weekends, and holidays.

Good physical condition: ability to lift a minimum of 75 lbs. (i.e. feed sack) and move a minimum of 100 lbs. (i.e. hay bale). While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. Vision capabilities required include close, distance and peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. Evaluating animal health, diet, or environment requires hearing and smell. Interaction with guests and animals requires talking and hearing. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to wet or humid conditions (non-weather) and outdoor weather conditions. The employee is occasionally in direct contact with exotic animals and is occasionally exposed to work near moving mechanical parts; work in high, precarious places. The noise level in the work environment varies. Occasional loud noises from visitors, animals or equipment are experienced.

If you have the desire and skills needed to help create an all-around dynamic experience at Fresno Chaffee Zoo, apply by September 13, 2013 as directed below.

Please submit resume to careers@fresnochaffeezoo.org or mail to:

Fresno Chaffee Zoo Corporation, 894 W Belmont Ave. Fresno, CA 93728.

Applicants can visit www.fresnochaffeezoo.org to apply online.

Fresno Chaffee Zoo is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer