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Lincoln Children's Zoo

Ambassador Keeper - Cheetahs

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Be a part of of one of the fastest growing zoo in the nation! Currently in the midst of our largest expansion, Lincoln Children's Zoo is developing a brand new cheetah conservation and ambassador program. We will be the only facility in Nebraska and only 1 of a handful of zoos in the country that offer the experience to see a cheetah go from 0 to 70 mph. Our state of the art facility will offer a 10,000 square feet race space and amphitheater will allow more than 100 guests each day to witness the fastest land animal reach their top speeds. This brand new experience will open with a second phase of our expansion in May of 2020.

Lincoln Children’s Zoo is looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual to work with the zoo’s Ambassador Animal area as Cheetah Keeper. Under the direction of the Director of Education, the position of Ambassador Animal Keeper is the primary keeper for the daily care of animals of Cheetahs and Giant Anteaters. Additional responsibilities include the care of multiple species within our Ambassador Animal program including free flight macaws, tamandua, serval cat, two-toed sloth, turkey vulture, harris hawk, among other species. Duties include daily husbandry and maintaining cleanliness of animal enclosures and ensuring that Zoo policies and protocols are followed consistently. This position will regularly interact with Zoo guests through animal encounters, presentations, and special experiences, answering questions, and providing animal information to ensure an excellent guest experience. Ambassador Animal Keeper-Cheetah will assist in training ambassador animals through operant conditioning with the guidance of the Ambassador Animal Supervisor. This keeper will assist in outreach as needed and mentor our Zoo Crew youth volunteers in the animal areas.

This position will primarily be assigned to our Cheetah and Giant Anteater area along with the Ambassador Animal team but may be reassigned or requested to work in other sections as needed under the discretion of the Education management team.

Principal Duties:

  • Perform daily animal presentations to the public with multiple animal species showcasing their natural behaviors.
  • Performs daily husbandry for multiple taxon with the designed Ambassador Animal Areas.
  • Implement effective behavioral enrichment and training for selected animals.
  • Actively observes animals’ behaviors, checking for signs of illness or disorder; reports any irregularities and abnormal behavior to supervisor.
  • Assists in treating animals under the supervision of the veterinary staff.
  • Maintains adequate stock of all supplies and reports low quantities to supervisor.
  • Thoroughly cleans and disinfects assigned animal enclosures and ensures cleanliness throughout the day.
  • Assists in emergency responses and actively participate in all safety drills.
  • Assist in training part time staff and volunteers as needed.
  • Act as liaison between part time staff and supervisor as needed.
  • Act as a mentor for our Zoo Crew youth volunteers
  • Work closely with multiple departments at the zoo.
  • Continue to uphold the zoo’s mission at the zoo and zoo functions both on and off grounds.
  • Performs special assignments and projects as requested
  • Other duties as assigned

Necessary Skills and Requirements:

  • Ability to interact with the public in an engaging and welcoming manner.
  • Ability to work as an effective team member as well as function independently
  • Understand the knowledge of animal biology and the basic care of multiple taxon.
  • Strong experience in public speaking.
  • Must be able to work weekends, nights, and holidays as needed.
  • Excellent communication skills.


  • Experience working with cheetahs as a primary keeper.
  • Experience working with cheetahs in a run setting.
  • Strong understanding and experience with operant conditioning.
  • Available to work nights, weekends, and holidays.

How to Apply

Email your resume, cover letter, and references to the Ambassador Animal Supervisor at

Lincoln Children's Zoo
1222 S 27th St
Lincoln, NE 68502

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