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Binder Park Zoological Society, Inc.

Established in 1975, Binder Park Zoo is located on 433 acres of natural forests and wetlands just outside of Battle Creek, Michigan. It hosts over 100 species of animals in natural exhibits.

Zookeeper (Full-Time)

Mission Statement: To Connect, Inspire, Conserve. Connect people with nature. Inspire them to conserve.
REPORTS TO: Collections Supervisor
SEASONAL/NON-SEASONAL: Non-seasonal, Benefited
FLSA STATUS: Hourly, Non-Exempt

To assist the zoo in accomplishing its mission while providing daily care of a variety of exotic and domestic animals.
  • Four year related degree OR a two year related degree AND two years’ paid experience in an animal related field.
  • Minimum one year experience caring for captive wildlife in a zoo setting; large exotic cat and reptile experience is a plus.
  • Excellent communication, judgment and record keeping skills.
  • Possessing a strong interest in working with animals and people.
  • Proof of negative TB test within one year and proof of tetanus shot within ten years.
  • Daily cleaning, feeding, and observing a group of potentially dangerous animals in a designated area.
  • Implement animal behavioral programs (operant conditioning and enrichment)
  • Maintaining accurate records.
  • Daily informing supervisor and veterinarian on physical and behavioral health of the animals in their areas.
  • Responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of exhibits, guest viewing areas and animal holding areas.
  • Assisting with veterinary procedures as needed.
  • Complying with all AZA and USDA standards and regulations
  • Relating positively with diverse groups of people (guests, staff and volunteers).
  • Providing assistance to co-workers, zoo attendants, interns and volunteers when needed.
  • Responsible for giving keeper talks
  • Complying with safety regulations when handling hazardous materials.
  • Interacting positively with guests and providing assistance when needed.
  • Complying with all Binder Park Zoo policies and procedures.
  • Participating in team oriented zoo projects as needed.
  • Ability to work long hours on a flexible schedule including weekends, evenings, holidays and emergencies.
  • Ability to read, speak and write English in order to fulfill job functions in an understandable way.
  • Ability to lift and carry 50 lbs.
  • Ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions and in a physically demanding environment.

Experience Required

Minimum one year experience caring for captive wildlife in a zoo setting; large exotic cat and reptile experience is a plus.


Group medical, dental, vision, life @ 90-days, 401k (pre-tax, Roth), Paid-Time Off, flexible schedule, zoo discounts

How to Apply

Binder Park Zoological Society, Inc.
7400 Division Drive
Battle Creek, MI 49014
Phone: (269) 979-1351
Fax: (269) 979-8834

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