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Dakota Zoo

Full-time Animal Keeper

The Dakota Zoo is seeking an enthusiatic, self motivated zookeeper to be a part of our Backline team. These keepers are responsible for a variety of large hoofstock including camel, elk, asian wild horse and more, grizzly bear, river otter, coati, fisher, pine martin, wallaby, serval, pallas cat, muntjac, various birds and small reptiles, and primates which include red-ruffed lemur, siamang, spider money, and callitrichids. This positon is full-time with benefits. Work schedule is Thursday through Monday with Tuesday and Wednesday off. 

The Dakota Zoo is an AZA accredited facility located in Bismarck, North Dakota. This 90 acre facility houses around 500 mammals, birds, reptiles and fish representing 125 species. The Dakota Zoo participates in 16 Species Survival Plan programs for endangered or threatened species and has served as a rehabilitation facility for injured and orphaned raptors for over 50 years. The Dakota Zoo is proud to be involved with numerous conservation initiatives both locally and globally.


- A degree in zoology, biology, wildlife sciences or a related field.

- Must be able to work in all weather conditions and tolerate strong odors, dust, animal hair and hay.

- Must be able to work in confined spaces as well as be able to bend, stoop, and safely lift 50lbs.

- Must have a current tetanus vaccination and be willing to have an annual TB test.

-Experience with animal training preferred but not required.

How to Apply

Send cover letter, resume, and Dakota Zoo employment application to Allison Malkowski at The employment application can be found on our website. Applications are due by August 20th.

Dakota Zoo
602 Riverside Park Road
Phone: 7012237543

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