Keeper - Mammals - Elephants

Organization: Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium (AZA Member)
Location: Pittsburgh, PA, United States
Job or Internship: Job

Responsibilities/ Duties

The Keeper is Responsible for observing the animals (e.g. mammals, birds, reptiles, aquatic life, etc.), for disease, injuries, unusual behavior, pregnancy, etc.; reports observations to assigned Lead Keeper or supervisor; requests, stores, prepares and distributes animal food and water in a timely manner, grooms animals, notify supervisors of food and water in a timely manner, grooms animals, notifies supervisor of food materials or supplies to be ordered, maintains and cleans in and around habitat and exhibit quarters, kitchen area, etc., inspects animal exhibit and habitat perimeters for security; assists in the implementation of the pest control program; observes exhibit and life support systems (e.g. filtration water systems, water circulation systems, etc.), maintains appropriate environmental conditions; makes minor repairs and/or refers for permanent repairs; checks locks on cages; assist veterinarian in animal examination and treatment; performs prescribed medical procedures; may assist in research study procedures and in the collection of data and preparation of reports; keeps feeding, breeding, health and animal inventory records in required formats; prepares reports as requested or required; catches animals and assists in transferring and transporting; may pick up and deliver animals as requested or required; answers question and conducts tours for educational programs and the general public, gives direction as needed and polices the grounds. Participates in training programs at the zoo or at remote locations; may assist in providing training to staff or volunteers as requested, assists the Lead Keeper and/or Supervisory personnel in exhibit preparation and horticultural staff with plan exhibits; collects biological specimens and assists in chemical or physical restraint of animals environments; performs work in accordance with wildlife regulations; may make water tests and chemicals regulate temperatures, etc.; performs activities and functions of related lower-level personnel and other related tasks and duties that are assigned or required.


Bachelor’s degree in animal science, biology, zoology or related field and one year professional experience working elephants; or an associate’s degree in the related sciences and two years of professional elephant experience. In lieu of either degree, an additional two years may be substituted to equal seven years elephant experience. Recent graduates without previous elephant experience will not be considered.

Position is physical and requires the ability to walk, stoop, push, pull, carry and lift up to 50 pounds unassisted. Position is required to work weekends, holidays, some evenings and has exposure to outdoor temperatures throughout the year.

Submit resume to:

Zoological Society of Pittsburgh

Human Resources Department

One Wild Place

Pittsburgh, PA 15206


Candidates without previous professional elephant experience will not be considered.