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Houston Zoo

Zookeeper, Herpetology

Position Summary 

This position is ideal for an experienced herpetology zookeeper that has hands on experience at supporting the day-to-day operations associated with the husbandry of the animals and the maintenance of animal exhibits within the specified area. 

Our Mission: Houston Zoo connects communities with animals, inspiring action to save wildlife.
Our Vision: Houston Zoo will be a leader in the global movement to save wildlife. 


  • Carries out all aspects of the daily care of assigned animals including cleaning, feeding, exhibit maintenance, general upkeep of support facilities.

  • Maintains clean and organized exhibits, equipment, and keeper areas.

  • Maintains water quality through filtration, balance of chemical elements, and sanitation methods for aquatic or semi-aquatic animal species.

  • Maintains live exhibit plantings to enhance exhibit aesthetics and provide a comfortable environment for animals; eliminates weeds and toxic plants from animal enclosures.

  • In conjunction with the Zoo’s pest control officer, may assist in pest control through the use of exclusion or traps.

  • Prepares and feeds appropriate diets as per established feeding practices and diet sheets.

  • Administers prescribed medications, supplements, or treatments under the guidance of the veterinary and supervisory staff.

  • Records and reports any abnormal animal health or behavioral issues to the supervisor.

  • Maintains daily reports, logs, research or veterinary records, as appropriate and according to established guidelines; requires basic skills with Microsoft Office software applications.

  • Understands and applies a practical understanding of operant conditioning as it relates to the daily management of species under his/her care. 



  • Two-year or four-year degree in one of the natural sciences or a closely related discipline is preferred. 


  • A certificate of completion from an acceptable animal care program of not less than 30 semester hours is preferred. 



  • Two-year or four-year degree in one of the natural sciences or a closely related discipline or a certificate of completion from an acceptable exotic animal care program of not less than 30 semester hours is preferred.

  • One year of experience in animal care at an AZA or equivalent facility, gained through employment, internships, or volunteer experience.

  • Specific training and work experience in other settings, such as aquaculture, schools, nature centers, agricultural operations, or conservation centers may be considered on a case by case basis as fulfillment for required experience.

  • Strong interpersonal, team-building, and communication skills.

  • Valid Texas driver’s license or ability to obtain one within 60 days of employment.


The Houston Zoo is made up of many moving parts with over 6,000 permanent residents (our animals) for whom we provide housing, meals, medical care and, yes, even education! There are over 2 million guests each year who come to experience our incredible variety of animals and ecosystems, as well as attend special private and public events and entertainment. Our dedicated staff works around the clock to ensure that the Zoo is always running smoothly for the safety and well-being of our residents and guests. We strive to ensure the protection of all the counterparts of the animals we have at the Zoo and in the wild. 

Join the Houston Zoo and become a part of an organization that is focused on the preservation of wildlife and their habitats by combining conservation with education and promotion of sustainable livelihoods in the local communities.  Houston Zoo is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

How to Apply

Apply directly here:

Houston Zoo
6200 Hermann Park Dr
Houston, TX 77030

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