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Indianapolis Zoo

Marine Mammal Keeper

From narrating a dolphin presentation for Zoo guests, to implementing and developing enrichment activities for our marine mammals, to assisting with research projects, our Marine Mammal Keepers are always on move!  The Indianapolis Zoo is on the hunt for an experienced Marine Mammal Keeper to join our pod!


Ideal candidates are committed to advancing the Zoo’s mission to protect nature and inspire people to care for our world.  As a trainer you will be responsible for the health and well-being of the collections assigned to your care, as well as maintenance of the exhibits.  This position has the possibility of working with any animals within the department including dolphins, sea lions, or walruses, as well as helping with special projects.

This is a full-time, 40 hour per week position that must be able to work weekends, holidays, and overtime as needed. Related work experience with marine mammals is highly desirable. This position requires a team-oriented personality that is temperamentally suited to work with animals.  Strong observational and communicative skills are a must.

Position Requirements and Responsibilities:

  • One (1) year of prior related work experience.
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/ university in Life Sciences, Marine Biology, or a related field is required.
  • Must possess a SCUBA Certification (or be able to acquire certification within six (6) months).
  • Must have thorough knowledge and understanding of water chemistry and filtration systems.
  • Assists with developing and implementing area chats, feeds, demonstrations and behind the scene tours.
  • Completes area daily and weekly duties, including reports.
  • Assists with research projects and exhibit modifications.
  • Displays a professional attitude and appearance to visitors, volunteers, and co-workers.
  • Physical strength and stamina with the ability to perform very heavy work, exerting at least 100 pounds of force occasionally, and or up to 50 pounds of force frequently. 
  • Ability to transport and move items, exerting at least 100 pounds of force occasionally, and or up to 50 pounds of force frequently.
  • Ability to ascend/ descend ladders, steps and uneven terrain, while maintaining body equilibrium to perform various jobs.
  • Ability to detect, assess, identify, and observe surroundings to make sound judgments, along with the ability to communicate verbally, comprehend and decipher information accurately, using a two-way radio and telephone.
  • Valid driver’s license and driving record that is insurable by our carrier.


Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of pre-employment testing including a criminal history and driving record check, and a drug test. The Indianapolis Zoo is requiring all Zoo employees and volunteers to be Covid-19 vaccinated unless individuals require a medical or religious belief accommodation.  If hired, vaccination must be completed prior to first working day or accommodation request must be approved prior to first working day. 

The Indianapolis Zoo offers a competitive benefits package to all eligible (full-time/ 40 hr./ week) employees.   Benefits include Medical, Dental, Vision, and Life Insurance; 403(b) Retirement Plan, generous Paid Time Off (PTO), Immediate Paid Holidays, and a complimentary Zoo membership for employees.

To apply:

  • Interested candidates must complete an online Zoo application by the October 28, 2021 deadline. 
  • To be considered, applicants must include a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements. 
  • Please note, the Zoo reserves the right to remove this job posting at any time.

The Indianapolis Zoo is proud to be a Drug-Free/ Smoke-Free/ Child Safe/ Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) Work Environment.


Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, 403 B, Generous Paid Time Off, Short Term Disability after qualifying period



How to Apply

Interested candidates must complete an online application on the Zoo's website at:

Indianapolis Zoo
1200 West Washington Street, P.O. Box 22309
Indianapolis, IN 46222

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