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Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium

Flight Amphitheather Keeper

Job Title: Flight Amphitheater Keeper (Interactive Animal Programs – Meadowlark Theater) 

FLSA Status: Non-exempt 

Hours: Full-time 



Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium is seeking a Zoo Keeper for the Meadowlark Theater to focus on delivery of free-flight bird shows, including the daily husbandry and behavioral management of all the animals (primarily birds) that encompass the Meadowlark Theater. In addition, the candidate will be expected to be proficient in operant conditioning, and capable of the presentation of a variety of animal species to the public as needed for daily encounters, demonstrations, and shows. This position has a high level of public and animal interaction. This position reports to the Interactive Animal Programs Supervisor.   


Duties and Responsibilities (included but not limited to): 

  • Daily husbandry, training and enrichment of the animal collection (including psitticines, birds of prey, corvids, etc).  

  • Presentation of animals to the public in formal and informal settings. This includes formal animal shows and less formal animal encounters.  

  • Implement animal training techniques with animal collection to exhibit natural behaviors on cue, aide in medical procedures, and improve interaction with the public.  

  • Assist with student education efforts including training interns and speaking to classes, when assigned.  

  • Assist zoo guests and facilitate their needs regardless of relationship to IAP area.  

  • Assist with the maintenance of the area buildings and structures, including but not limited to cleaning, painting, light construction, etc. 

  • Assist with the maintenance of the area grounds including but not limited to plant care, raking, weeding, trash collection, etc. 


Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required: 

  • B.S in biology, animal science, behavior or related field is preferred. 

  • Basic computer proficiency in Word, Excel and Power Point. 

  • Operant conditioning experience required. 

  • Experience training & working with a variety of free-flighted birds is preferred. 

  • Exotic/zoo animal husbandry experience preferred.  

  • Public speaking or theatrical experience preferred.  

  • Effective and engaging public speaker.  

  • Evident knowledge of training techniques, theory and application.  

  • Excellent communication skills. 

  • Creative and positive attitude.  

  • Strong desire to engage the public and train animals.  

  • Works well with all types of people. 

  • Self-motivated. 

  • Have patience and sense of humor.  

  • Ability to drive and operate motor vehicles. 

All candidates are required to pass a pre-employment background check, including a drug test, and must possess a valid driver’s license.  A negative TB test is also required. 


Working Conditions and Physical Effort: 

  • Ability to lift 50 Lb. 

  • Able to stand for long periods and work in inclement weather conditions. 

  • Work has exposure to physical and zoonotic disease risk. 




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

Please apply here:

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

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