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Lincoln Children's Zoo

Animal Keeper Apprenticeship (2 positions)

Come join us at one of the top 10 fastest growing zoos in the country! The Lincoln Children’s Zoo is home to a extremely diverse collection of animals and is the 2nd largest tourist attraction in Nebraska. We recently completed a $25 million expansion that doubled the size of the zoo and added giant anteaters, cheetahs, giraffes, Sumatran tigers, and an indoor play structure with spider monkeys. Consistently rated among the nation’s best zoos for Children, we have been featured on the Today Show, Time Magazine, ABC News, USA Today, Buzzfeed, CNN and National Geographic. 

The Apprenticeship program:

This program is open to recent college graduates and is designed as an intermediate step between an internship and a traditional paid position. Apprentices are fully integrated members of the animal care team and are given more responsibilities and in depth opportunities than a typical internship. 


After a period of training working directly with Animal Department staff members, apprentices will be responsible for the daily husbandry needs of a variety of animals. This includes daily observations and record keeping, distribution of medications, exhibit cleaning and maintenance, feeding and diet preparation, and enrichment. There may also be opportunities for public speaking, animal training, and other special projects.



Apprentices are expected to uphold the following core values:

• We are there for each other.

• We generate enthusiasm.

• We are humble.

• We go above and beyond. 

Apprentices must be able to follow both verbal and written directions, have good time management, work individually and as part of a group, and have excellent communication skills. 



-Minimum of 12 weeks. 

- Completion of a previous animal care internship or other relevant experience 

-Willing to work weekends and holidays with a varying schedule 

-Proof of a negative tuberculosis test


*On site housing is available to those who commit to 40 hours per week*


unpaid with housing

How to Apply

To apply, please visit

Lincoln Children's Zoo
1222 S 27th St
Lincoln, NE 68502-1800
Phone: 4024756741

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