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Indianapolis Zoo

Indianapolis Zoo

Seasonal Deserts Keeper- Reptiles & Amphibians

If you are lover of all living things scaly and exotic, and enjoy working with a dynamic, cohesive team, look no further!  The Indianapolis Zoo is on the hunt for Seasonal Desert Keepers to join our Deserts Team for the 2021 season.  This position will work in our Deserts biome with our reptiles, amphibians, and meerkats.

Ideal candidates are committed to advancing the Zoo’s mission to protect nature and inspire people to care for our world.   Having a professional attitude and appearance to visitors, volunteers, and co-workers is vital to the position as well as being a team-oriented individual that is temperamentally suited to work with the public and animals.  Prior experience working with reptiles, meerkats, and amphibians in a zoo setting is highly desired. This seasonal (40 hours per week) position will work from the months of April until October with a pay rate of $9.00/ hr. Weekend, holiday, overtime and/ or varied shift work is required. 

Position Requirements and Experience (Note: there are strenuous physical requirements to this position including but not limited to):

  • Minimum of one (1) year animal care experience preferably with reptiles is preferred. College course work in a suitable animal-related field may be substituted for work experience. 
  • Ability to work outdoors and indoors under all environmental conditions and temperatures.
  • Ability to transport and move items, exerting at least 100 pounds of force occasionally, and or up to 50 pounds of force frequently.
  • Ability to ascend/ descend ladders, steps and uneven terrain, while maintaining body equilibrium while performing various jobs.
  • Exceptional visual acuity is required, along with the ability to communicate, comprehend and decipher information accurately, using a two-way radio.
  • Possible occupational exposure (Category B employee) to human bloodborne pathogens. Possible exposure to dangerous chemicals (e.g. chlorine bleach, cleaning agents, etc.)  Must follow Universal Protection Precautions and Bloodborne Pathogens Guidelines.
  • High school diploma or equivalent is required.        Bachelor’s degree in a Life Science area from an accredited college/university in life sciences is preferred.

Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of pre-employment testing including a criminal history and driving record check, and a drug test. 

To apply:

  • Interested candidates must complete an online Zoo application by the March 3, 2021 application deadline. 
  • Attach a resumé and cover letter to your application to increase your chances. 

The Indianapolis Zoo is proud to be a Drug-Free/ Smoke-Free/ Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE)/ Child-Safe Work Environment. 

Experience Required

one (1) year related work experience



How to Apply

Interested candidates must complete an online application at:

Indianapolis Zoo
1200 West Washington Street, P.O. Box 22309
Indianapolis, IN 46222
Fax: Indianapolis Zoo

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