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Blank Park Zoo

Blank Park Zoo is a 29-acre zoological park located in Des Moines, Iowa. The mission of the Blank Park Zoo is to inspire an appreciation of the natural world through conservation, education, research and recreation. Reaching about 500,000 people annually, it is consistently one of the most highly attended cultural attractions in the state. The Zoo has over 2,800 animals in its collection, representing over 240 different species, and is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

Bird and Reptile Temporary Keeper


This position is under the direct supervision of the Bird and Reptile Supervisor and is responsible for performing a variety of tasks related to animal care of approximately 35 species of birds including Cassowary, Crowned Cranes, Sarus Cranes, King Vultures, budgerigars, Kori Bustards, Blue Cranes, Kookaburras, Cinereous Vultures, Nicobar Pigeon, Green-naped Pheasant Pigeon, Black Swan, Eclectus Parrot and 3 species of reptiles including Aldabra Tortoises. Please note we do not take care of the zoo’s penguins.


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 the area supervisor. Maintains accurate records of animal collection daily.
  • Cooperates and assists with veterinary treatments and instructions
  • Adheres to established animal handling, chick, breeding, 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.
  • Functions effectively in both team and individual settings, and works toward adopting and creating best animal welfare practices.
  • Collaborates with area supervisor and team to achieve common husbandry goals.
  • Actively supports area policies and procedures, mission, vision, values, and strategic plan of the Blank Park Zoo.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Experience Required

4 year college degree and 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. Valid motor vehicle license (or ability to obtain).

How to Apply

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

Click here for online application

Blank Park Zoo
7401 SW 9th St
Des Moines, IA 50315
Phone: 5152854722

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