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The Dallas World Aquarium

Senior Mammal Keeper


The Dallas World Aquarium seeks a Senior Mammal Keeper, to be part of a team responsible for the care of a diverse collection of primarily neotropical species that includes ocelots, giant otters, giant anteaters, howler monkeys, sloths and tree kangaroos. Candidate would be responsible for basic animal husbandry, prepare and provide diets, monitor behavior and health of animals, keep accurate and detailed records, provide daily reports, and maintain exhibits (daily cleaning and landscaping). Must be able to assist with veterinarian procedures, capture and handle animals safely if needed. Person must be able to participate in public presentations with guests (both formal and informal). Additional activities include training and behavioral enrichment, breeding activities management and monitoring; participation on drills, training, call and response of Emergency Signals; enforcement of safety protocols and USDA compliances.


A Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, Animal Science, Zoology or a related field is preferred. Candidate should have a minimum of three years to five years of experience working with mammals; preferably with carnivore experience, such as ocelots and giant otters. Experience with new world primates and neotropical birds will be of value to work on mixed species exhibits.

Candidate must have good observational skills, must be able to maintain a clean and organized environment. Must be able to accept directions and work as a team member with little or no supervision.  Must be physically able to stoop, bend, reach, climb and lift, carry or push at least 50 pounds. Candidate must be able to work a flexible schedule, which will include weekends, holidays and special events. 


Hourly pay, commensurate with experience/education. Institution offers health, visual and dental plans, short- and long-term disability, vacation and 401K benefits.

How to Apply

Please e-mail resume, cover letter and list of references to  Recommendation letters will be accepted as well. Successful candidates might be invited to in-person interview and/or working interview with zoo staff.

The Dallas World Aquarium requires all employees to be Covid-19 vaccinated unless individuals require a medical or religious belief accommodation.  If hired, vaccination must be completed prior to first working day or accommodation request must be approved prior to first working day. 

The Dallas World Aquarium
1801 N Griffin St
Dallas, TX 75202
Phone: 12147202224

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