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Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium

Butterflies and Insects Keeper

Job Title: Butterflies and Insects Keeper 

FLSA Status: Non-exempt 

Hours: Full-time 


About us: 

We are an equal opportunity employer that sets out to inspire, educate and engage people to serve as lifelong stewards for animals, their habitats and their conservation, both locally and from a far. Together, we can preserve and enhance the legacy of the zoo and its species for future generations to come! We are Nebraska's #1 tourist attraction and consistently ranked among the top zoos in the world! 


About the team: 

A team of about 300 full-time and 650 part-time staff members strong, Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium benefits the lives of more than 1,415 species across 162 acres of land. We also support the efforts of numerous field conservation projects and research projects that help ensure a future for endangered and critically endangered flora and fauna around the world, even right here in Nebraska! Our team makes a big impart and every role is essential to move our conservation mission forward. From the much-needed Keepers to care for our species to the important Food and Beverage employees helping us gain funds to further continue our mission. This is definitely a unique place to work, employees are exposed to a fun atmosphere, where each workday is never the same. Our zoo is world-class with unmatched scenery to help you get through your duties! 


About Omaha: 

There’s just something about living in Omaha. Something that makes you feel alive and in the moment. Maybe it’s the shorter drive times or the lower cost of living. Or maybe it’s the world-class dining, arts and entertainment that are never too far away. Most likely, it’s the combination of those things that help you settle in and show out, living your best life in one of America’s most up-and-coming cities. Here are a few things that make Omaha easy for us to call home! 

  • Work: The average commute is 20.2 minutes. #8 City for the Best Work-Life Balance. (Kisi, 2019) 

  • Cost of living: 27% less than the national average. A one-bedroom apartments rent is 21% below average. (National Association of Realtors, “Median Sales Price of Existing Single-Family Homes for Metropolitan Areas”) 

  • Hobbies: Home to 85+ miles of paved, interconnected trails for walking, jogging and biking. 30+ lake communities along with 14 state parks all within 40 miles. (Yelp, 2017) 


About the role:  

We are seeking a Keeper of Butterflies and Insects.  This position will be responsible for the daily husbandry and care of all species within the collection. The collection includes invertebrates, birds, and a wide range of plants.  Keepers will need to follow all USDA/APHIS guidelines when working in this area. This position reports directly to the Butterflies and Insects Supervisor. 


Duties and Responsibilities (include but not limited to): 

  • Daily husbandry of insects and bird species, animal enrichment, observations, record keeping and routine animal medications, horticultural and housekeeping duties. 

  • Must follow all USDA/APHIS guidelines when working in permitted areas/with permitted species.  

  • Maintain the functions of USDA/APHIS Facility including some life support systems. 

  • Work with interns, volunteers, and student shadows. 

  • All other duties not listed as deemed necessary by area supervisor. 


Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

  • Must be at least 18 years of age. 

  • High school diploma or equivalent required. Associate of Science degree in a zoo technology program or four-year degree in zoology or related field is desirable.   

  • Previous experience in an AZA accredited zoological park also preferred.   

  • Require strong communication and organizational skills including attention to detail. 

  • Knowledge of a safe working environment for animal collection, employees, and visitors. 

  • Ability to work within strict guidelines and PPQ standards. 

  • Ability to work independently and as a team. 

  • Must possess interest in invertebrate, bird, and plant care and have some working knowledge.  

  • Ability to speak publicly to large and small groups. 

Candidates might be required to pass a pre-employment background check, drug test, negative TB test, and possess a valid driver’s license with a good history. 


Working Conditions and Physical Effort: 

  • Will sometimes work extended/odd hours including weekends, holidays and some night programs. 

  • Must be able to walk long distances across traverse zoo grounds. 

  • Will be exposed to outside, potentially adverse, weather conditions. 

  • Must be able to stand, sit, kneel, stoop, crouch, bend, twist, reach above head and climb. 

  • Must be able to bend, lift, rake and sweep without difficulty. 

  • Employee will be regularly exposed to water, chemicals, loud noises, dust, hay, animal dander, etc.   

  • Must possess visual acuity appropriate for animal care and general safety practices. 

  • Must be able to work within guidelines set by the USDA for APHIS Facilities. 

  • Will lift, push, pull, and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally up to 75 pounds using safe and proper lifting methods. 


Employee Benefits: 

Eligible employees at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium are provided a wide range of benefits. Throughout the hiring process we will provide you with more benefit details and which ones apply to your role. 


  • 401(k) savings plan. 

  • Flexible spending account. 

  • Medical insurance. 

  • Dental insurance. 

  • Vision insurance. 

  • Employee assistance program. 

  • Life insurance. 

  • Long-term disability. 

  • Voluntary term life insurance. 

  • Vacation, sick leave, holiday and paid-time off (PTO) accrual. 

  • Uniforms are provided. 

  • Free annual tickets for rides. 

Part-Time (the benefits below also apply to full-time staff) 

  • Free Zoo and Wildlife Safari Park membership for you and your immediate family. 

  • Employee discounts. 

  • Behind-the-scenes sneak peek at new exhibits. 



The information presented indicates the general nature and level of work expected of employees in this classification. It is not designed to contain, nor is it to be interpreted as, a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, qualifications and objectives required of employees assigned to this job.  

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer as defined by the EEOC. 

How to Apply

To apply, please go to:

Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium
3701 S 10th Street
Omaha, NE 68107
Phone: 4027338401

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