Seasonal Wildlife Show 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 providing energetic, creative, fun-loving individuals to assist in animal care and other various Education Department activities as part of a team of talented, experienced staff and volunteers.

Position will begin April 1st, 2014 and go through Labor Day 2014. Applicants must be available for Full time work during this time. Workday is 8:00-4:30; 40 hours per week. Additionally, applicants must be available to work weekends, holidays, and some evenings.

Essential Functions:

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

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

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

•Conducting informal public demonstrations utilizing animals in our Education Animal collection.

•Demonstrating excellent customer service skills while working with visitors.

•Assisting in set construction and maintenance.

•Coaching and serving as mentors 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 an 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).

•Enjoy working with children and the public.

•Interest in conservation and environmental education.

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

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

Please apply through our website at

Denver Zoo is an Equal Opportunity Employer