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Kansas City Zoo

Animal Keeper - Elephants (Seasonal)

Under direction, the seasonal Animal Keeper performs routine work assignments involving the care of Zoo animals, as well as maintenance of exhibits, enclosures, service and animal holding areas. This position performs related work as required.
This position will work with the Elephant team, which is responsible for the daily husbandry of African elephants.
This is a seasonal position, typically running May 1st-September 1st. Start and end dates can vary based upon school schedule and individual availability.
Assists with the daily care of assigned team’s animal collection, including:
  • Preparing diets.
  • Cleaning animal exhibits, service and holding areas.
  • Daily observation of animal health and welfare.
  • Reporting births, deaths, injuries and/or irregular animal behavior to appropriate manager.
  • Assisting in training animals for basic husbandry, enrichment behaviors and animal shows.
  • Assisting with the movement, capture and restraint of animals.
  • Assisting with animal health procedures.
Assists with daily maintenance of exhibits and holding areas, including:
  • Reporting maintenance issues and potential safety hazards to appropriate manager.
  • Performing minor repairs and improvements of exhibits, under supervision.
Interacting with Zoo guests and the public, including:
  • Answering visitors’ questions about the Zoo and animals, as necessary.
  • Doing public speaking for animal chats, shows and media, when assigned.
Assists with training interns and volunteers. 
*This position may at times be requested to perform other duties or special projects as assigned, which are in the best interest of the Kansas City Zoo.
    1. Have or working towards a Bachelor’s Degree in biological science or related field.
    2. High school diploma or General Educational Development (GED) certificate accepted with at least one year of experience in a similar position.
    1. Knowledge of animal behavior and procedures used for the proper care of handling exotic and domestic animals.
    2. Strong observation skills, in order to recognize and evaluate conditions of animal health, diets and behavior.
    3. Experience understanding and following oral and written instructions, including procedures for car and maintenance of animals, exhibit, service and holding areas.
    4. Strong verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills.
    1. Must have valid driver’s license.
    2. Must have or be able to obtain negative TB test.
    3. Must be able to lift 50 pounds and have sufficient mobility.
    4. Must be able to stand for extended periods of time.
    5. Must be able to tolerate stress, endure high risk situations when feeding, transferring and restraining animals, and make immediate decisions concerning the safety of animals, employees or the public.
    6. Must be willing to work a flexible schedule, including weekends, holidays and evening hours, in all weather extremes.
    7. Must pass a background and drug screening.

How to Apply

Please apply using the following link:

Kansas City Zoo
6800 Zoo Drive
Kansas City, MO 64132
Phone: 816-595-1234
Fax: 816-595-1880

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