Great Apes Keeper

Organization: Indianapolis Zoo (AZA Member)
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Job or Internship: Job

The Indianapolis Zoo is a national leader of animal conservation and one of the top tourist destinations in Indiana. We operate as a private, not-for-profit organization. In addition to our animal exhibits, gardens, and aquarium, we support local and international animal conservation efforts. Our International Orangutan Exhibit will open to the public in 2014.

To support this exhibit, additional Zookeeper staff is needed. We are beginning our search for experienced full-time animal-keepers to work with Great Apes. Keeper level (Assistant Keeper, Keeper, Senior Keeper) is determined upon applicant’s experience level.

Animals directly affected by this position include Orangutans. A minimum of two (2) years of professional work experience with direct knowledge of similar or related type work with Great Apes, particularly Orangutans, is strongly preferred.

The successful candidate must be highly motivated and, once trained, able to work independently with limited supervision. As part of a small, cohesive team, must also be able to function and make positive contributions as a team member. Must have proven decision making/problem solving skills, good observational skills. Must be temperamentally suited to working with animals. Must be safety oriented.

Working with Orangutans requires a special skill set that includes, but is not limited to:

 Willingness to develop relationships with Great Apes by treating them as equal partners in the relationship.

 Demonstrates patience, gentleness, respect, and consistency with animals in their care.

 Must be able to create or implement behavioral enrichment techniques.

 Must be able to teach new behaviors as directed.

 May assist with exhibit modification.

There are strenuous physical requirements of this position, including but not limited to:

• Ability to work outdoors and indoors under all environmental conditions.

• Ability to perform very heavy work, exerting at least 100 pounds of force occasionally, and or up to 50 pounds of force frequently.

• Ability to climb and maintain body equilibrium while performing various jobs.

• Excellent visual acuity and hearing required.

• Must be able to be successfully vaccinated against rabies

• Possible occupational exposure (Category B employee) to human bloodborne pathogens. Possible exposure to dangerous chemicals (e.g. chlorine bleach, cleaning agents, etc.) Must follow Universal Protection Precautions and Bloodborne Pathogens Guidelines.

Experience or interest in training animals is necessary as this person will be integrated into the training team which is involved with primates. This position requires excellent interpersonal skills, professional demeanor and professional appearance due to regular visitor contact, seasonal keeper chats, and media events.

A Bachelor degree from an accredited college or university in life sciences, zoo keeping, animal psychology or similar, related field is strongly preferred. High School/GED may be accepted provided the candidate has a minimum of ten (10) years of directly related work experience at an AZA accredited zoo or similar animal conservation institution.

Successfully passing pre-employment testing, including drug tests and criminal history checks is a condition of employment.

The Indianapolis Zoo offers a competitive total compensation package that includes medical, dental, vision, life, and short term disability; 403b plan; paid holidays, and paid time off.

Interested candidates must complete an on-line application at .

ONLY ON-LINE APPLICATIONS ARE ACCEPTED. Faxed, mailed, and delivered resumes will not be considered. PLEASE, NO PHONE CALLS.

In the “Position Desired” section of the on-line application, please enter “Great Apes Keeper”.

Cover letters and resumes are strongly encouraged, and may be attached.

Please indicate your salary requirements

Successfully passing pre-employment testing, including drug tests and criminal history checks is a condition of employment.

Applications must be received by September 27, 2013.

The Indianapolis Zoo is an EOE/ Drug Free/Smoke Free Work Environment.