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Blank Park Zoo

The Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines, Iowa is a non-profit organization and home to more than 2,800 animals representing nearly 240 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish, and is fully accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The mission of the Blank Park Zoo is to inspire an appreciation of the natural world through conservation, education, research and recreation.

Seasonal Animal Keeper – Carnivore/Pinniped

The Carnivore and Pinniped team cares for a diverse group of animals including African Lion,
Amur Tiger, California Sea Lion, Harbor Seal, Magellanic Penguin, Ring-tailed Lemur and White-handed Gibbon. Prior animal husbandry experience in a zoological setting is preferred. The qualified candidate will be an outgoing and dynamic person that works well individually and as part of a team. Previous experience and skill level may determine the selected candidate’s ability to work around dangerous animals.

The following duties are essential to this position. To perform this job successfully, an
individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. These are not to be
construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.
 Provides for husbandry needs of all animals in care by participating in daily cleaning, diet
preparation, feeding, enrichment, and daily observations.
 Responsible for daily observation of animal health and welfare. Reports abnormal behavior
and problems to area supervisor. Maintains accurate records of animal collection daily.
 Cooperate and assist with veterinary treatments and instructions, which may include
safely working free-contact situations.
 Participate in membership programs including tours, animal presentations and lectures.
 Responsible for supervising interns and volunteers.
 Adheres to established animal handling, neonate, and related safety protocols.  Participates in
established animal escape drills and procedures.  Under supervision, captures, restrains, and
transports animals.        
 Performs minor repairs and improvements of exhibits under supervision.
 Identifies and communicates with maintenance repairs needed for the safety of animals,
visitors and staff as well as overall upkeep of the facilities.
 Function effectively in both team and individual settings, and work toward adopting and
creating best animal welfare practices.
 Collaborate with area supervisor and team to achieve common husbandry goals.
 Actively supports area policies and procedures, mission, vision, and strategic plan of the
Blank Park Zoo.
 Other duties as assigned.
The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability
required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities
to perform the essential functions.
1. Must be able to maintain work hours that will serve the needs of the Blank Park Zoo.
2. Candidate will be expected to operate various equipment.
3. Ability to act calmly and professionally in all situations such as emergencies and guest

Experience Required

4 year college degree and paid experience in the zoo field. Experience along with a college degree can be interchangeable at a rate of 1 year of college to 1 year of experience.

Further Comments

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

How to Apply

Complete the Blank Park Zoo online application and attach cover letter and resume: 

Blank Park Zoo
7401 SW 9th St
Des Moines, IA 50315
Phone: 515-285-4722
Fax: Blank Park Zoo

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