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Houston Zoo

Zookeeper, Birds

The Houston Zoo is seeking well-qualified candidates with aviculture experience to join our Bird Department team for the position of Zookeeper to be responsible for supporting the day-to-day operations associated with the husbandry of the animals and the maintenance of animal areas within the Bird Department. 

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.

Job Duties and Responsibilities 

  • 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 live exhibit plantings to enhance exhibit aesthetics and provide a comfortable environment for species; 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 species health or behavioral issues to the supervisor.

  • Experience in captive management of a variety of bird species is desired. Artificial incubation and hand rearing experience desired.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor's degree (B. A.) from four-year college or university; or one to two years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

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

  • Experience with species in captivity, in a conservation setting.

  • Experience with basic carpentry and mechanical skills.

  • Must have or be able to obtain a valid Texas driver’s license.

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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