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Greenville Zoo - City of Greenville

Greenville Zoo


The Greenville Zoo, owned and operated by the City of Greenville, SC, is looking to hire a full-time zookeeper. Under regular direction and in compliance with standard operating procedures, provides daily care for assigned animals. Maintains exhibits and grounds to the highest standards set by the Greenville Zoo and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Provides general maintenance and landscaping in and around exhibits. Participates in guest engagement activities and educational programming. 

Provide Animal Care: Prepare appropriate animal diets; clean and fill water containers; and present food at specified times. Clean, disinfect, and check animal enclosures for any disrepair. Observe, monitor, and record animal behavior, physical condition, and activity. Plan, propose, create, provide, and document environmental enrichment opportunities and plan, propose, execute, and document operant conditioning sessions to reduce stress, enrich the lives of the animals, assist in veterinary care, and build keeper-animal rapport. Prepare and submit daily reports that document detailed observations of animal behavior, dietary intake, physical appearance, level of activity, and related issues. Research species-specific natural history and current trends and developments in the Zoo field. Respond to animal emergencies as directed, following approved protocols.  
Perform Exhibit Area Maintenance: Provide general landscaping maintenance of grounds in and around exhibits and associated facilities. Trim and prune plants, bushes, trees, and other vegetation in and around exhibit area. Maintain grasses and other ground covers and various substrate materials in animal and public areas. Make simple repairs to commonly used equipment and tools. Maintain mechanical apparatus e.g., locks, valves, slide doors. Construct species-specific exhibit furniture. Collaborate on in-house construction projects.  
Perform Educational & Guest Engagement Activities: Provide professional presentations and informal talks to the visiting public and school groups. Assist with media interviews. Participate in Special Events and/or Zoo Rentals including set-up and breakdown. Participate in various operational and staff Zoo committees. Oversee volunteers and interns.  
Perform other duties as assigned.

Experience Required

High school diploma or equivalent; At least one year of professional experience in exotic animal care.


The City of Greenville offers a comprehensive and affordable benefits package designed to provide a variety of choices to best fit the needs of our employees and their families. HEALTH INSURANCE The City offers the following health insurance options to eligible employees: Medical Dental Vision Basic Term Life Employee Supplemental Life Spouse Term Life Child Term Life Short Term Disability (STD) Long Term Disability (LTD) Voluntary Benefits (Critical Illness, Accident, Hospital Care, etc.) All health insurance coverage is effective the first of the month following the employee’s hire date except for LTD which is effective the 91st day following date of hire. LEAVE & HOLIDAY BENEFITS General Leave is earned/accrued biweekly by all regular, full-time and permanent part-time employees as a percentage of normal work hours. The City of Greenville observes 11 paid holidays. RETIREMENT BENEFITS The City is a member of the South Carolina State (SCRS) and Police Officers (PORS) defined benefit Retirement Systems. AWARDS & RECOGNITION Employee Recognition & Awards Program (ER&A) Employee Service Awards Longevity Bonus OTHER BENEFITS & OPPORTUNITIES Worker's Compensation Deferred Compensation Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) Employee Assistance Program (EAP)


$16.27 - $24.00 PER HOUR

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Greenville Zoo - City of Greenville
150 Cleveland Park Dr.
Greenville, SC 29601
Phone: 864- 467-4300

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