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Endangered Wolf Center

The Endangered Wolf Center is a national leader of animal conservation, and one of the top eco-tourist destinations in Missouri. The Center is a private, 501(c)(3) Association of Zoos and Aquariums certified, award-winning organization. We’re located on a 60-acres of Washington University’s 2,000-acre Tyson Research campus just 15 minutes from the heart of vibrant downtown St. Louis. At our Center, in addition to our animal exhibits, we support local, national and international animal conserva

Animal Keeper

Entry-Level Keeper Position:

Reports to:  Lead Keeper and Director of Animal Care and Conservation

Hourly pay range: $11.15


We are growing our team and adding an additional keeper position to our amazing animal care team.

The Endangered Wolf Center is a world-renown facility dedicated to the preservation of endangered canids from around the globe through breeding, reintroduction, public education and research. Our focus is on saving two critically endangered species, the American red wolf and Mexican wolf, the two most endangered wolves in the world. At the EWC, a keeper is responsible for performing daily animal care for the endangered animals housed at the Center as well as assisting with general facility operations.

 Primary Responsibilities:

  • Monitoring the health of animals and communicates regularly with senior staff (DAC and Lead Keeper).
  • Maintaining nutrition program according to DAC, SSP regulations and husbandry manuals. Communicates with senior staff and veterinarian about treatments and/or supplements.
  • Assisting in the transfer of live canids to/from other facilities.
  • Maintaining animal care records, both inactive and active; assists with ZIMS transactions and updates.
  • Maintaining the natural behaviors of our recovery species (i.e. meaning: not habituating the animals to humans) with the goal of releasing them into the wild.
  • Assisting and coordinating captures of canids for health checks.
  • Assisting with behavioral, reproductive, nutritional and/or other research.
  • Responsible for assisting with facility, vehicle and enclosure maintenance.  Coordinates and/or conducts grounds keeping and maintenance efforts with facility manager and volunteers
  • Maintaining and improving training program for non-recovery species and enrichment program for all animals.
  • Participates in Endangered Wolf Center special events; setting up and working events
  • Maintaining all equipment and tools in working order
  • Ensuring enclosure/guest/staff areas remain clean and organized at all times
  • Conducting guided tours for guests and donors on-site and will assist with educational outreach programs and on-site children’s camp programs.
  • Managing interns and volunteers who are assisting animal care projects.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned in order to obtain the goals and mission of the Center

Experience Required

Position Qualifications and Requirements: B.S. in Biology, Environmental Science, Wildlife Biology, Zoology or related field required Experience in animal husbandry (canid experience recommended) Experience in an AZA accredited institution highly recommended Ability to speak comfortably in front of an audience Ability to lift 50 lbs. Ability to work in extreme weather and environmental conditions (e.g. dealing with heat, cold, rain, snow, mosquitoes/ticks/chiggers, poison ivy, etc.) Responsibility, reliability, professionalism, excellent time-management, ability to multi-task and a positive attitude are a must! Able to work a flexible schedule, including nights and weekends Must have a valid driver’s license and allow for a background check and drug test


Helath care, PTO, maternity leave, 401k matching, etc.


$11.15 per hour

How to Apply

Please send cover letter, resume, 3 professional references and photo to Regina Mossotti, Director of Animal Care and Conservation at: by Jan 17, 2021

Endangered Wolf Center
6750 Tyson Valley Rd
Eureka, MO 63025
Phone: 636-938-5900

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