Relief Keeper II

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

The Phoenix Zoo is currently seeking a full-time Relief Keeper II. Relief Keepers work in all areas and they must be knowledgeable and comfortable working with all species on a regular basis. This specific position will be providing Keeper coverage in our Animal Care Center 2 days/week, and rotating wherever needed within the zoo for the remainder of the week. Keepers are expected to observe and report on all assigned animals paying special attention to health, safety, dietary consumption, and behavioral abnormalities. Relief Keepers also perform routine husbandry, provide approved behavioral enrichment and animal training, and make recommendations pertaining to seasonal adjustments. Keeper II’s must demonstrate significant knowledge of Standard Operating Procedures, be able to provide advice pertaining to the amendment of SOP’s, and assist in training staff on the SOP’s. Keepers are expected to interact with the public and provide positive guest experiences for guests of all ages.

Minimum requirements for this position include 2 years paid experience in work relevant to animal husbandry in an AZA accredited institution or related facility, HS diploma required with a preference for a BS degree in Life Science or equivalent, behavioral enrichment or operant conditioning experience and a valid driver’s license. All Phoenix Zoo employees are required to pass pre-employment background checks including a drug test, this position will also require annual TB testing. To view a more complete description and list of requirements and to apply for this position, please visit the Phoenix Zoo job page at:

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 them 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.

Résumés 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.