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Memphis Zoo

Zookeeper - China Exhibit (Pandas/Primates/Birds)

Summary: This position is primarily responsible for daily husbandry of a collection of animals as it relates to their physiological and psychological well-being as well as providing general maintenance of enclosures and habitats within an assigned exhibit. The Zookeeper is also responsible for ensuring a positive guest experience when interacting with guests and facilitating keeper chats.

The collection includes a pair of Giant pandas, Sulawesi macaques, Francois' langurs, red pandas, Pere David deer and a variety of waterfowl and songbirds.

Essential Job Functions

  • Daily husbandry of assigned animals.
  • Facilitates formal and informal public presentations to engage guests and provide a positive guest experience.
  • Actively observes animals' behavior, checking for any signs of illness; reports irregularities and abnormal behavior to supervisor; works with vet staff to address medical needs.
  • Prepares and administers appropriate daily diets, medications and maintain accurate records of assigned animals.
  • Appropriately cleans and disinfects assigned animal enclosures/barns according to written protocols and ensures a sanitary and safe environment.
  • Exercise good judgement when making decisions that affect our collection.
  • Assists hospital staff in all aspects of animal treatment within the assigned section.
  • Partners with research staff for ongoing research projects associated with animals in collection.
  • Incorporate modern behavioral husbandry techniques such as operant conditioning and environmental enrichment into animal care.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work: This is a full-time position that works a minimum of 40 hrs per week and regularly requires weekend work.

Other Duties: Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

A more comprehensive job description is available on our application page.

Experience Required

Minimum Requirements: Bachelor's degree in Zoology, Biology, or a related field Preferred Qualifications: Previous experience with animal care and operant conditioning in a zoological setting.

How to Apply

Apply online at:

Memphis Zoo
2000 Prentiss Place
Memphis, TN 38112

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