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Woodland Park Zoo

Animal Keeper (Temporary)

Love animals? Want to make a positive impact on the planet? Woodland Park Zoo is seeking experienced Animal Keepers to join our Animal Management Team. There are three part-time, temporary, non-benefited positions open at this time.

Animal Keepers are responsible for providing direct animal care within assigned areas of the zoo. 

What you’ll do:

  • Assess animals daily to ensure they are properly cared for and secured.
  • Observe animal behavior, report abnormal behavior patterns and provide technical advice to management and staff.
  • Prepare food for and feed assigned animals according to approved diet plans.
  • Clean and disinfect assigned animal and exhibit areas.
  • Follow treatment plans and preventive health programs as prescribed by Zoo Veterinarian or Zoo Curators.
  • Identify and communicate safety concerns to management in a timely manner.
  • Participate in the capture and restraint of animals as directed by management.
  • Implement animal care procedures and policies, including record keeping.
  • Maintain supply inventories.
  • Assist with the physical transfer of animals.
  • Support special animal care activities such as physical examinations, minor exhibit repairs and modifications, and major exhibit maintenance projects.
  • Assist in development and implementation of behavioral husbandry program.
  • Plan, prepare, and conduct public presentations on animal care and conservation.
  • Participate in exhibit design process and implementation, as directed.
  • Provide technical assistance to internal or external researchers conducting authorized zoo studies.
  • Represent the Woodland Park Zoo to the media, as directed.
  • Conduct behind the scenes tours, as directed.
  • Support fundraising/development efforts of the zoo.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

When we’ll need you:

  • This is a temporary, part-time, non-benefited opportunity and your work schedule will be determined with your supervisor.
  • Weekend, evening, and holiday work may be required.
  • This position may require that the individual be available or on-call 24-hours a day.

What you’ll bring:

  • Bachelor's degree in a life sciences field from an accredited four-year college or university; and two years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience required.
  • Past experience working in a zoo, AZA accredited zoos preferred.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office.
  • Experience using animal management databases a plus.
  • Valid WA state driver’s license with a safe driving history.
  • Commitment to the zoo’s mission and Core Values.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The position requires an ability to walk or transit across the 92-acre facility in variable weather conditions and enter non-public behind the scenes staff areas. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl while cleaning animal exhibits. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 30 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 75 pounds when cleaning and maintaining exhibitry and moving animals. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. Evaluating animal health, diet, or environment requires hearing, smell, and a variety of vision capabilities. Interaction with visitors and animals requires talking and hearing.

Want to know more? Read the full job description here!



How to Apply

Application Directions: Applications are accepted online through our Jobs Page at; no other forms of application will be accepted. Cover letter and resume are required.

Woodland Park Zoo
5500 Phinney Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103

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