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Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium

Madagascar Keeper

Job Title: Madagascar Keeper

FLSA Status: Non-exempt

Hours: Full-time


About the role:

We are seeking a Madagascar Keeper that will take part in all aspects of animal husbandry for the small mammal, bird, reptile, amphibian, and fish species and daily exhibit and building maintenance in the Expedition Madagascar building. The fourteen indoor and four outdoor exhibits of Expedition Madagascar, spanning nearly 20,000 square feet, houses one of the largest assemblages of Malagasy species (including fish, reptiles, amphibians, small mammals, birds).  Expedition Madagascar acquaints zoo guests with one of the premier conservation partnerships in the world; The Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership (MBP).  Throughout the building, exhibits are linked to ongoing projects in Madagascar as part of Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium and the MBP’s dedication to their conservation work and mission.  Expedition Madagascar spotlights an island that is considered one of the world’s top hotspots for plant and animal biodiversity.  This position reports directly to the Expedition Madagascar Supervisor.


Duties and Responsibilities (include but not limited to):

  • Attends to all aspects of daily animal husbandry, exhibit maintenance, and visitor service for a large and diverse number of Malagasy species in a major AZA accredited institution.  Animal care and welfare is highly emphasized.
  • Reports potential issues or concerns promptly to the Supervisor, including but not limited to, animal health concerns, safety issues, facility and maintenance problems, and guest questions, complaints or concerns.
  • Writes clear, concise reports and maintains accurate animal records.
  • Keepers are expected to assist veterinarians and technicians during medical procedures and with administering medical treatments.
  • may also be expected to assist other zoo personnel in making minor system/building repairs.
  • Must be team-oriented and willing to work with other staff members, interns, and volunteers.
  • Participates in and supports collaborative efforts pertaining to the species housed in Expedition Madagascar, such as reproduction of selected species, research, environmental enrichment, operant conditioning, and conservation programs.
  • Participates and aids in the development of educational presentations to enhance the experience for the zoo’s 2.0 million annual guests.
  • Applicants must be independently motivated to continue expanding their knowledge base as it applies to animal husbandry and personal job development.


Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • A Bachelor's degree in a related field is highly favored but not required.
  • Applicants must have a working knowledge of natural history, biology, animal husbandry, environmental enrichment/operant conditioning techniques, and conservation issues as they apply to all applicable taxonomic families.
  • Previous experience with a wide variety of taxa in an AZA institution is preferred, emphasis in the care of non-human primates a plus. 
  • Consideration will be given to an individual’s past direct experience with exotic animals in other zoological, aqua cultural, ecological and biological areas such as in schools, aquariums, nature centers, agricultural operations, and conservation centers.
  • Keepers are expected to always demonstrate safe working practices and learn effective time management skills.
  • Practices good communications skills and the capacity to work well with others while maintaining the ability to work effectively as an individual. 

Candidates might be required to pass a pre-employment background check, drug test, negative TB test, and possess a valid driver’s license with a good history.


Working Conditions and Physical Effort:

  • Will sometimes work extended/odd hours including weekends, holidays and some night programs.
  • Must be willing to work in extreme weather conditions and with potentially dangerous animal species. 
  • Must be able to walk long distances across the zoo.
  • This position also requires basic swimming skills and climbing to service and maintain certain exhibits.
  • Must be able to stand, sit, kneel, bend, twist, reach above head and climb.
  • Will lift, push, pull, and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally up to 75 pounds using safe and proper lifting methods.




The information presented indicates the general nature and level of work expected of employees in this classification. It is not designed to contain, nor is it to be interpreted as, a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, qualifications and objectives required of employees assigned to this job.

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer as defined by the EEOC.

How to Apply

Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium
3701 S 10th Street
Omaha, NE 68107

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