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Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium

Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium

Part-Time Dome Reptiles Keeper - Grant Funded

Job Title: Part-Time Dome Reptiles Keeper – Grant Funded

FLSA Status: Non-exempt

Hours: Part-time



Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium is seeking a Part-time Zookeeper for the Desert Dome and Kingdoms of the Night to provide day-to-day husbandry for the animals in the Desert Dome Reptile/Amphibian Collection. This position is grant funded and duration of position is solely related to acquisition of funds provided through Grant.   



Duties and Responsibilities (include but not limited to):

  • Attends to all aspects of daily animal husbandry, exhibit maintenance, and visitor service for a large and diverse collection of reptiles and amphibians in a major AZA accredited institution.
  • Writes clear, concise reports and maintains accurate records on animals and aquatic systems. Practices good communications skills and has the capacity to work well with others while maintaining the ability to work effectively as an individual.
  • Reports potential issues or concerns promptly to the supervisor or curator including, but not limited to, animal health concerns, exhibit failings, safety issues, facility and maintenance problems, and guest questions, complaints or concerns. Keepers are expected to assist veterinarians and technicians during medical procedures and with administering medical treatments.  Keepers may also be expected to assist other zoo personnel in making minor system/building repairs.
  • Participates in and helps to develop educational presentations.
  • Participates in and supports collaborative efforts pertaining to the Reptile/Amphibian Collection, such as reproduction of selected species, research, enrichment, training and conservation programs.
  • Must be team-oriented and willing to work with other staff members to further not only the goals of the Reptile/Amphibian Department but also of the Zoo’s Mission Statement.
  • Must be willing to work weekends, holidays, or extended hours when required. Staff may also provide crowd control during peak times and emergency situations.
  • Must have a valid Driver’s License
  • Must be at least 18 years old.
  • Must be willing to work in extreme weather conditions (heat, cold, rain, etc.) and with potentially dangerous animal species (venomous reptiles, large boas and pythons, crocodilians, etc.). Reptile keepers are expected to learn basic first aid skills and be capable in applying these skills to a potential Venomous Bite Emergency.
  • Other duties may also be assigned.



  • Previous experience with reptiles and amphibians in an AZA institution is preferred.
  • Experience with venomous reptiles is preferred. Experience with crocodilians is preferred.
  • General knowledge of aquatic life support systems is preferred.
  • Consideration will be given to an individual’s past direct experience with exotic animals in other zoological, aqua cultural, ecological and biological areas such as in schools, aquariums, nature centers, agricultural operations, animal merchandizing and conservation centers.



  • College diploma is highly favored but not required.
  • Applicants must have a working knowledge of Natural History, Biology, Captive Husbandry and Conservation Issues as they apply to reptiles and amphibians.
  • Applicants must be individually and independently motivated to continue expanding their knowledge base as it applies to reptiles and amphibians.


Physical Demands:

  • This position at times involves considerable physical exertion, such as regularly climbing of ladders, lifting of heavy objects (up to or more than 50 pounds) and/or assuming awkward positions.
  • Keepers are expected to demonstrate safe working practices at all times and learn effective time management skills.


Work Environment:

  • There are routine exposures to significant levels of heat, cold and moisture.
  • The position may involve exposure to chemical substances and physical trauma of a minor nature such as cuts, bruises and minor burns.


Public Contact:

  • At times, this position requires intense public contact requiring considerable interpersonal ability, extensive interaction with the public and with donors, members and the press requiring a high degree of appreciation for Public Speaking.
  • Reptile Keepers will also be required to create and deliver Power Point (or similar) presentations in professional settings.



  • Reptile Keepers may be afforded the opportunity to participate in In-situ Conservation Projects.
  • Applicants must be willing to travel and able to work in strenuous field conditions.



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.

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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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