Senior Keeper - Reptiles

Organization: Phoenix Zoo (AZA Member)
Location: Phoenix, AZ, United States
Job or Internship: Job

The Phoenix Zoo is currently looking for a Senior Keeper for our reptiles. Senior Keepers must demonstrate significant knowledge of husbandry practices and be able lead and mentor staff in the performance of these practices. Daily tasks include observation and reporting on all assigned animals, including dietary observations with a knowledge of nutritional requirements for assigned species, amend and update standard operating procedures and train staff on area SOP’s ensuring training protocols are being followed, initiate engagement and interaction with guests of all ages, develop interactive animal programs, perform cleaning and maintenance of assigned exhibits and make minor repairs when needed, and provide leadership in emergency situations.

This position requires a BS degree in Life Science or equivalent experience and at least 5 years paid work relevant to animal husbandry. Other minimum qualifications include behavioral enrichment or operant conditioning experience, extensive knowledge of exotic animal nutrition and public engagement and communication.

The Phoenix Zoo was born of a spirit of community and the efforts of small group of dedicated volunteers, and carefully nurtured through the support of millions. We have enjoyed a truly remarkable first 50+ years. Come be a part of our next 50 years and inspire millions more, connecting guests with the natural world in new and fascinating ways. A cultural destination and a conservation organization, the Phoenix Zoo is now home to more than 1,400 animals, including 30 species that are endangered or threatened.

This full-time position pays $14.30/hour and includes our full benefits package with medical, dental, vision, 401(k) with company match and generous paid time off.

All Phoenix Zoo employees are required to pass a pre-employment background check and drug screen, this position will also require an annual TB test and a valid driver’s license. To view a more complete description and list of requirements and to apply for this position please visit the Phoenix Zoo job page at:

Resumés are not accepted for any Zoo position without an accompanying application. While postings may remain on outside sites for longer, once a job is removed from The Phoenix Zoo job page it is closed and we will no longer accept applications.

The Phoenix Zoo is an EEOE/ADA employer.