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Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium

Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium

Sea Lions Keeper

Job Title: Sea Lions Keeper​   

FLSA Status: Non-exempt​   

Hours: Full-time​   



Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium is seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Sea Lion Keeper. This position will assist in all necessary animal care, training, and husbandry work. This is a unique opportunity to join our brand new exhibit, Owen Sea Lion Shores. This position reports directly to the Sea Lion Supervisor. 


Duties and Responsibilities (include but not limited to):  

  • Responsible for the daily care of the department’s animal collection, record keeping, animal enrichment, animal training, monitoring behavior, changes in animal health, and some exhibit maintenance. 

  • Will aid in maintaining standardized training and enrichment programs, including goal development and record keeping. This includes assessing, developing, implementing, and evaluating training and enrichment practices that enhance the daily animal husbandry of all collection animals, and meets the zoo’s goals for educational & animal encounter opportunities.    

  • Respect institutional guidelines regarding progressive animal welfare, and aid in regular assessments of the well-being of the animals. 

  • Maintain good communication with personnel in the zoo’s Behavioral Husbandry & Welfare Department, integrating their team into development of training, enrichment, and welfare goals.  

  • Participate in daily team discussions and activities to aid in the growth and professional development of the team. 

  • Aid area supervisor in the management of breeding and nutritional programs.   

  • Assist in administering veterinary care. 

  • Assist other zoo departments, whenever needed. 

  • Will assist with some mechanical repairs and maintenance work, within the department. 

  • Responsible for cleaning all off-exhibit areas and will also be expected to assist with the cleaning of areas visible to the public. 

  • Will provide progressive guest interactive experiences. Including public speaking for presentations and events. Must be comfortable and effective.  


Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:  

  • Demonstrates a knowledge of current industry resources addressing animal welfare practices, training methods, and progressive enrichment techniques. 

  • Must have a general knowledge of animal husbandry. 

  • Previous work experience with pinnipeds and/or personal experience & participation in animal training and enchainment programs are highly recommended. 

  • Extensive knowledge of operant conditioning, comprehending basic and advanced training terminology, reinforcement scenarios, and techniques. 

  • Be able to detail a personal history of successfully training animals for complex behavioral goals, and describe any mentoring other trainers in developing similar skills.  

  • Demonstrate an understanding of natural history and range of species-typical behaviors.  

  • Must be capable of utilizing Microsoft Office software and have the ability to research training journals & training developments to aid the department in staying progressive.  

  • Must have good oral & written communication skills. 


 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:  

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to: 

  • Work in all weather conditions including but not limited to; low/high temperature, sun, snow, ice wind, rain; mud and/or dust. 

  • Safely and responsible use yard equipment, power and hand tools. 

  • Work 40 hours a week, which may include weekends and holidays. 

  • Ability to lift, push, pull and or move up to 50lbs frequently and up to 70lbs occasionally.   

  • Perform heavy manual labor. 



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

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

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