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Chattanooga Zoo

The Chattanooga Zoo is a non-profit organization and relies on community support to flourish and grow. Support received from the community allows the Zoo to provide excellent animal care, improve facilities, and educate thousands of children each year.

Keeper I or II - Swing Keeper

The Chattanooga Zoo is looking for an exceptional zookeeper with a passion for working with exotic animals. The ideal candidate will perform routine animal husbandry duties to maintain the care and well-being of the animals. This position is responsible for the daily care of animals in a given area, including the administration of regular food, water, and medication for individual animals. Will also be responsible for training and enrichment with all animals in the area. This position is responsible for maintaining area compliance with USDA and AZA regulations and standards.

Normal duties will include day to day husbandry, daily log reports regarding the animals, routine maintenance of physical area and enclosures, assisting in veterinary procedures and medication distribution to animals, maintain training and enrichment programs, assist with special projects, etc. Keeper must be able to maintain area compliance with USDA and AZA regulations and standards, including record keeping, husbandry care, training, enrichment, etc. 

  • Candidate must have open availability and will be expected to work weekends and holidays as the animal care schedule necessitates.
  • Candidates with paid AZA zoo experience are strongly preferred.
  • Candidate must have excellent teamwork skills and communicate with coworkers and supervisors effectively.
  • Candidate should have 4 year college degree or equivalent experience and at least 1 year of animal care experience in an AZA accredited facility.
  • Candidate must be able to work in all types of weather.

The Chattanooga Zoo is a member of the Tennessee Drug Free Workplace Program. A pre-employment drug test, tuberculin skin test and a background investigation will be performed.

Experience Required

Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience.


Health, dental, and vision insurance, life insurance, short-term disability insurance.


11.50 per hour

How to Apply

All applications are taken online through the Chattanooga Zoo's website. To apply or for more information, please visit the Chattanooga Zoo's website:

Due to the number of applications, we cannot take calls for this position. You will be contacted if you are selected for an interview.          

Chattanooga Zoo
301 N. Holtzclaw Ave
Chattanooga, TN 37404
Phone: 423-697-1322
Fax: Chattanooga Zoo

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