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Pueblo Zoo

The Pueblo Zoo is a vibrant, collaborative, and flexible workplace. Driven by our mission to empower people to engage in conservation of animals and their natural habitat, we serve 100,000 annual visitors, provide educational outreach to tens of thousands of students, and directly support global species conservation. The Pueblo Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and is home to nearly 500 animals representing more than 125 species.

Keeper 1 - Entry Level

This is an entry level position in animal care, following established protocols to provide outstanding animal care for species throughout the collection:  food preparation, feeding, exhibit maintenance, pest control, and reproductive management. Keeper 1’s participate in operant conditioning and husbandry programs, provide approved enrichment, work collaboratively to improve animal exhibits, and prepare and conduct both formal and informal talks for zoo guests.

Seeking both Full and part time positions, non-exempt, hourly

Duties and Responsibilities

Animal Husbandry

  • Provide overall daily care of assigned animals and exhibits to ensure animal health, safety, and welfare, staff and public safety as set forth by AZA, USDA, and PZ to include:
    • Observe and monitor animals’ general health and behavior, reporting any abnormal behavior to a supervisor and/or veterinary staff.
    • Prepare and provide food for assigned animals, following written instructions, provide water and administer medication as instructed to ensure proper nutrition and health.
    • Clean animal exhibits, holding pens, food prep areas, and equipment, maintain a high level of sanitation, conduct pest control activities and report any mechanical defects that would endanger the animal, zoo staff, and/or guests.
    • Achieve the highest standards of animal welfare and wellness by providing environmental enrichment and training sessions, using operant conditioning as applicable.
    • Participate in or assist with the capture and restraint of a variety of taxa including dangerous species.


  • Provide assistance with animal transfers and/or procedures as directed.
  • Follow all safety protocols and understand the animal keeper’s role in emergency procedures, responding to emergencies as required.


  • Update animal records and reports to ensure thorough documentation and enhanced knowledge of animal biology.
  • Interact positively and professionally with animal care and veterinary staff and volunteers.
  • Utilize the enrichment item/device proposal form to create new enrichment ideas and items to be added to taxa repertoires and properly record the results of enrichment items after use.
  • Collaborate with other zoo personnel as needed to meet the zoo’s mission.  This can include, but is not limited to assisting and participating in media events, special tours, and public relations projects.
  • Participate in and support zoo-wide initiatives, committees, and work groups.
  • Be able to supervise and train volunteers and interns within the department as needed.

Habitat/Building Maintenance

  • Perform general maintenance and repair of exhibits: painting, repairing fences and shelters, abating erosion, planting ground cover and removing weeds.
  • Assisting with the beautification of the zoo by removing trash/debris whenever necessary
  • Other duties as assigned

Guest Relations

  • Actively encourage interest in wildlife through positive interactions with zoo guests via Keeper Talks focused on animals, biology, conservation, and environmental issues.


Experience Required

Knowledge, skills, & abilities: Candidate must possess working knowledge of similar or related work, the ability to follow written and oral directions, exercise good judgment in evaluating situations and making decisions, supervisory skills, and ability to keep accurate records.  Minimum qualifications: High school diploma (or equivalent) and 2 years zoo work experience, or 2-year college degree and 1 internship at an AZA facility, or a 4-year college degree and 1 internship at an AZA facility.

Further Comments

COVID INFORMATION Vaccination is most strongly recommended. In absence of vaccination, regular testing will be required.  Candidate must possess physical strength and stamina, including lifting 50lbs, bend, climb, stoop, and reach.  Requires working directly with grass hay, alfalfa, straw, and furred/feathered animals.   Must have the ability to foresee and apply safety precautions when necessary.  Must be able to work as an integral part of the zoo team and communicate effectively with co-workers, management, guests and employees.  Must demonstrate the ability to be an effective leader and role model.  Must obtain a valid CO drivers license within 30 days. 


FULL TIME ONLY:  Competitive benefits package including HMO and HSA-qualified health plans, a 3% employer matched SIMPLE IRA, 10 days paid time off, eight holidays, and a commitment to professional development.   PART TIME includes prorated holiday and professional development.


$13.47 / hour

How to Apply

Please send resume, cover letter, and references to by end of business January 24, 2022.  No calls, please.

Pueblo Zoo
3455 Nuckolls Ave
Pueblo, CO 81005
Phone: 719-561-1452

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