Temporary Keeper

Organization: Denver Zoo (AZA Member)
Location: Denver, CO, Country
Job or Internship: Job

At Denver Zoo, our mission is to secure a better world for animals through human understanding. We are a respected leader in animal care and exhibition, conservation programs, scientific study, environmental education and public service.


This position advances the mission of Denver Zoo by assisting in animal care and other various Education Department activities as part of a team of talented, experienced adult and teen volunteers and staff.

Current positions to start February and March 2014 and go through February/March 2015.Hours will be scheduled at approximately 24 hrs/week working (4) 6 hour days, with occasional additional hours for special circumstances or events.

Essential Functions:

•Daily husbandry for the Education animal collection, which includes mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates. These tasks include cleaning enclosures, preparing diets and providing enrichment for this animal collection.

•Completing various projects to maintain animal care and upkeep of the facility.

•Assisting in the presentation of live animal demonstrations, which may consist of small groups to larger audiences.

•Handling specific Education animals to conduct informal public animal demonstrations.

•Demonstrating excellent customer service skills while working with visitors.

•Maintaining excellent communication with supervisors.

•Serving as a mentor for teen volunteers.

•Maintaining excellent communication, both written and oral, with supervisors.

Additional Responsibilities:

•Working respectfully with other keepers, staff, and adult and teen volunteers.

•Maintaining flexibility and a positive attitude in a ever-changing work environment.

•Ability to successfully complete multiple tasks within deadlines.

•Following all safety protocols and advising supervisors of safety concerns.

•Ability to work outside in varying climates.

•Representing the zoo professionally to guests and demonstrating excellent customer service skills when working with visitors.

•Performs various tasks as assigned.


•Student/graduate of environmental education, biology, zoology, psychology, or related fields.

•Willingness to handle animals (training will be provided).

•Ability to lift up to 50 pounds and work dexterously with hands and arms.

•Enjoy working with children and the public.

•Interest in conservation and environmental education.

•Interpretation experience and/or public speaking skills a plus.

•Bilingual a plus.

Please apply through our website at www.denverzoo.org

Denver Zoo is an Equal Opportunity Employer