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Miller Park Zoo

Miller Park Zoo


The Miller Park Zoo is an AZA-Accredited institution and accepting applications for a full-time Zookeeper.  This position works in an area including Australia, Children’s Zoo, Zoo Lab (herps and ambassador animals), flamingo and DeBrazza’s Monkey/Duiker exhibit.  This area will be responsible for new South America project opening 2023 with Giant Anteater, Chilean Pudu, Bush Dog and Galapagos Tortoise.  Starting salary $40,934.40 per year, plus excellent benefits.  Union position.  Thursday – Monday 8-5 PM.  Completed City application is required.  Applications can be obtained at


This is specialized technical work performed under supervision in the care and maintenance of live animals and plant collections at Miller Park Zoo.

Work involves the basic maintenance tasks associated with the Zoo. Work is primary manual in nature, however, incumbents are required to learn and perform higher level technical tasks while completing a variety of operations under the general supervision of the Zoo Curator. Assignments include the handling and/or control of a variety of wild and domestic animals, birds, and aquatic specimens, often delicate and/or dangerous species. Some assignments will include the limited supervision of other personnel and volunteers. Work is reviewed by inspection and observation of results obtained.

Examples of Duties

The Zookeeper may be called upon to do any of the following: (These examples do not include
all of the tasks which the employees may be expected to perform.)

  • Perform the routine husbandry of captive wild and domesticated animals including cleaning of exhibits and enclosures; use chemical cleaners according to instruction; assist in the construction of small animal exhibits and enclosures as directed.
  • Prepare diets and complete feedings according to established procedures; compile and place orders from suppliers to fulfill dietary requirements; perform routine handling and/or control of said animals. Recommend diet changes as needed.
  • Observe and report the condition of sick and/or injured animals; assist in or provide the treatment of said animals according to the instructions of the Zoo Curator, the Consulting
  • Veterinarian or other authorized personnel.
  • Maintain computerized records of animals.
  • Observe and report on maintenance needs of buildings, enclosures, grounds, and equipment; perform minor maintenance task; assist in the setting up of animal exhibits; seasonal maintenance tasks including but not limited to snow removal, leaf removal, etc.
  • Conduct formal and informal animal programs and guided tours of the Zoo; must be able to answer questions about animals and/or wildlife.
  • Provide enrichment activities for designated animals. Maintain records.
  • Secure Zoo buildings and grounds as scheduled.

Typical Qualifications

General Skills Level:
Knowledge of:

  • Animal husbandry practices, materials, tools and equipment used in zoological park.
  • Occupational hazards involved and the safety precautions necessary in the performance of all duties.
  • General maintenance work requirements relating to the healthy maintenance of animals in confinement.

Ability to:

  • Understand and follow oral and written instruction.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees and the general public.
  • Exert initiative in the resolution of problems, plan corrective action through the use of good judgment.

Skills in:

  • Proper use of tools and equipment used in general zoo maintenance.


  • Required:  Minimum of a two (2) year Associates Degree in zoology, animal husbandry, wildlife science, or related field. Two (2) years of zoo experience in the care of live animals; or any equivalent combination of training and experience that will provide the following knowledge, abilities and skills: genetics, conservation biology, nutrition, animal behavior, computer skills and public relations.


  • Required: Valid Class D Drivers License

More information can be found (along with the Zoo’s Master Plan) at   


$19.68 per hour

How to Apply

Applications can be obtained at

Miller Park Zoo
1020 South Morris Avenue
Bloomington, IL 61701
Phone: 309-434-2250
Fax: Miller Park Zoo

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