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Chicago Zoological Society / Brookfield Zoo

2022 Seasonal Keeper, Ungulates

We take PRIDE in every aspect of our operation, have an exciting, fast-paced work environment, a family friendly atmosphere, and our employees enjoy a work environment that is based on respect, openness, cooperation, and involvement.  Employees are proud to work for the Chicago Zoological Society and are committed to our important conservation mission. This position includes outdoor exhibits in all extremes of Chicago weather!   This area boasts numerous animals currently involved in SSPs including Grevy’s zebra, addax, Przewalski’s horse, Southern Gerenuk, warthog, waterbuck, and okapi.   This team has a long history of innovation and success and, in fact, was the site of the first okapi birth in North America in 1959 and has had many successful births to date.
Seasonal Keepers receive valuable hands-on zookeeping experience while providing high-quality care for the welfare of the collection. You will demonstrate your practical understanding of animal behavior, ability to work with live animals safely, and attention to details while closely observing assigned animals, carefully observing the condition of the assigned area and animal enclosures, and maintaining animal record documentation as assigned. Your friendly demeanor, good interpersonal skills and outstanding communication skills will contribute to creating an extraordinary guest experience as Seasonal Keepers may work in public areas and may interact with guests.
As Brookfield Zoo is open 365 days a year, Seasonal Keeper positions require the ability to work rotating shifts including weekends, holidays and evenings. This position starts on 1/1/2022, requires that you must be at least 18 years of age, and have a valid driver's license. This is a temporary (seasonal) position.   The starting wage is $13.00 per hour, per union contract.

Experience Required

This position is working with large and/or small hoofstock (exotic ungulates); capture and restraint skills and operant conditioning skills a plus. The requirements for this position include: High school graduate or equivalent required. Bachelor's degree or college coursework in relevant biological field or equivalent combination of training and experience preferred. Minimum six months animal care facility, farm, kennel, or equivalent animal experience preferred. Must possess an understanding of practical principles of animal behavior and ability to work with live animals safely. Knowledge of natural history, zoology, or animal husbandry preferred Good interpersonal and communications skills. Must be able to interact in a courteous and professional manner. Must be able to learn and integrate information, knowledge, and direction quickly. Must be reliable. Must be capable of dealing with emergencies calmly and efficiently. Must be able to read, write, and speak the English language fluently. Experience and/or ability to work and interact effectively with a diverse, multicultural audience. Multilingual ability and Spanish fluency a plus.

Further Comments

The Chicago Zoological Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Chicago Zoological Society requires current COVID vaccinations or weekly COVID testing if unvaccinated.


13.00/hour per union contract

How to Apply

If interested in being considered for this opportunity, please visit the CZS Career Center to obtain more details about the position and to apply by submitting your profile.  Please visit our website at  Please look for requisition number 2238BR.

Chicago Zoological Society / Brookfield Zoo
3300 Golf Road
Brookfield, IL 60513
Phone: 7086888400

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