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Lee Richardson Zoo

Lee Richardson Zoo in Garden City, Kansas has been accredited by the AZA for 36 years, is home to hundreds of native and exotic animals, and features over fifty beautifully landscaped acres, spacious animal habitats, walking paths, playgrounds, picnic areas, and shady avenues for guests of all ages to enjoy. One of our goals is the conservation of the world's rare and endangered species. Our unique zoo is open year-round, free to pedestrians, and vehicles may drive through for just $10.

Animal Keeper I

The Lee Richardson Zoo is currently looking for a knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and motivated individual to join the Animal Care Team.  The Animal Keeper I position is responsible for the care and maintenance of animals, habitats, grounds and facilities, as well as some clerical responsibilities.

Examples of Duties

  • Provides care (prepares diets for, feeds and cleans) for animals and maintains habitats, related structures, and surrounding non-public areas.
  • Perform daily observation of animals to identify normal and abnormal behaviors related to husbandry/health issues; coordinate with senior staff on animal training programs to facilitate husbandry behaviors.
  • Communicate questions or concerns regarding medical/health issues of specimens in collection to supervisor.  Assist with treatment as directed including administering medication.
  • Provides behavioral and psychological enrichment for animals.
  • Communicate with visitors as needed for educational (delivers public talks/demos) and behavioral/safety purposes.
  • Disposes of trash and debris in zoo.
  • Maintains landscaping and grounds for and around habitats.
  • Services and maintains tools and equipment and facilities to ensure safe use, includes opening and closing of facilities.
  • Follows all safety rules and regulations, policies and procedures.   Attends regular safety meetings.
  • Assists with training for new keepers or seasonal staff as assigned. 
  • Documents observations and information on animal health, behavior, diet, enrichment, and facilities for department records. 
  • Assists with veterinary procedures if needed. Performs basic health care procedures (hoof trims, etc.) as assigned. 

Typical Qualifications

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of animal diet preparation, general biology, and behavior.  Knowledge of methods used to maintain animals and the materials used to do so.  Skill in the use and maintenance of tools and equipment. Ability to operate a motor vehicle safely. Ability to receive, understand, and carry out verbal and written instruction, direction, and assignments. Ability to perform physical work activities in varying weather conditions.  Ability to communicate and cooperate with other employees and to deal with the public in an effective and positive manner.

Supplemental Information

Physical Characteristics: ability to push, pull, bend, stoop, kneel, climb, carry, shovel, rake, scoop, sit, stand, see, hear, drive, tug, speak, and sweep.

Safety Statement:
Work requires use of various types of personal protective safety equipment to include, hard hats, safety glasses, goggles, shields, respirators, safety vests, gloves, safety clothing as required by Federal and State and by City Policies.  Employee is expected to use good judgment to maximize health and safety while performing daily tasks.  

Experience Required

A.S. degree in one of the life sciences with at least two years of full-time, paid experience working with animals in an AZA accredited facility; OR B.S. degree in one of the life sciences with experience working with animals; OR Five years full-time, paid experience working with animals in an AZA accredited facility.

Further Comments

Valid Kansas driver's license required.


Medical, Dental, Life, and other supplemental insurance. The Zoo is part of the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System. Vacation days, personal days, sick days, holidays. Employee Assistance Program. Mission-driven, values-based workplace culture.


Range starts at $15.91. Highest starting pay for a keeper in the state.

How to Apply

Apply online sending resume and cover letter and completing application at

Lee Richardson Zoo
312 Finnup Drive
Garden City, KS 67846
Phone: 6202761250

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