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Potawatomi Zoo

The Potawatomi Zoo is a 23-acre zoo located in South Bend, Indiana, United States. The zoo is run and maintained by the Potawatomi Zoological Society, but is also still remains city owned. Founded in 1902, it is the oldest zoo in Indiana. It features over 500 animals and is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The zoo has over 200,000 visitors each year.

Seasonal PT Keeper

Potawatomi Zoo has multiple seasonal animal care positions open for the 2021 season (April-November).  This is a part-time, non-benefitted position, with hours ranging throughout the season, but up to 40 hours/week in peak season (June-August).  Applicants must be highly motivated and be willing to work flexible hours, which will include weekends, evenings and holidays. Candidates will be trained and expected to work independently in our Children’s zoo (farm) area, with the possibility of cross-training in other areas of the zoo if motivated and exhibit superb animal care and responsibility. While this is a husbandry position, a main component of the job will be interacting with the public and acting as an attendant in our farm area.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Work as public attendant to guests interacting with Zoo Farm animals.
  • Daily husbandry care of animals, including, but not limited to, feeding, cleaning, and daily observation of health and welfare.
  • Daily record keeping and recording of all relevant data relating to animal health, behavior and environment.
  • Monitoring any births, deaths, injuries, and/or illnesses and reporting them to the proper manager.
  • Preparing and distributing appropriate enrichment to animals.
  • Maintaining trained behaviors and helping to train new behaviors.
  • Assisting with capturing and restraining animals, and medical procedures.
  • Performing minor exhibit repairs and improvements and reporting larger maintenance repairs to the proper manager.
  • Must be outgoing and willing to speak with visitors and participate in scheduled and impromptu keeper encounters/chats.
  • Performing other duties as assigned by supervisory staff.


  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • 1 year of college, working towards a degree in biology, zoology or related field; experience working with animals in an AZA facility (preferred); ability to work independently or as a team with excellent communication skills.
  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs.
  • Must have proof of current negative TB test.
  • Must have valid driver’s license.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position.  They are not intended to be an exhausted list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required of personnel so classified.  Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Prospective employees will have to pass a criminal background check. 



How to Apply

Please email resume and cover letter to:  Jami Richard, Curator of Animals, at

Potawatomi Zoo
500 S. Greenlawn Ave.
South Bend, IN 46615
Phone: 574.235.9800
Fax: 574.235.9080

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