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Zoo Miami

Zoo Miami Keeper 2 – Africa 2

Now is a great time to join our family and be a part of Zoo Miami’s dynamic future as we strive to ‘Share the wonder of wildlife and help conserve it for generations to come’. Experiencing an exciting time of advancement, Zoo Miami is focused on five strategic priorities: Animal Well Being, Conservation and Stewardship, Guest Experience, Financial Strength, and Performance Excellence.

Zoo Miami is proud to be active in many global wildlife and environmental conservation initiatives and is involved in over 36 projects taking place on six continents. The largest and oldest zoological garden in Florida, Zoo Miami is the only tropical zoo in the continental United States, occupying almost 750 acres (340 developed), the Zoo is home to approximately 3,000 animals representing nearly 500 different species.

 Zoo Miami currently has a full time Zoo Keeper 2 position available with the Carnivore team.  We are searching for a team-oriented candidate that will be engaging and deliver exceptional customer service by creating friendly and positive interactions with all guests and co-workers. 

This position reports directly to one of the Animal Care Coordinator of Carnivores.  This team works with a variety of species of Carnivores including but not limited to Lion, Hyena, African Painted Dog and Sumatran Tiger.

Daily Responsibilities/duties include, but are not limited to:

Provides overall care and maintenance of assigned work areas ensuring animal health and safety, staff safety and public safety through established standard operating procedures for animal care and exhibition as set forth by AZA, USDA and Zoo Miami. 

Observes animals, inspects exhibit and off exhibit enclosures; prepares daily zoo keeper reports, and notes on any changes in behavior, diet, sickness, reproductive status, body condition.

Feeds animals in accordance with nutritional and behavioral requirements as specified by curatorial staff; administers medications; participates in capturing, crating and transporting animals; participates in approved scientific research and educational projects.

Conducts operant conditioning on various animals and well as providing enrichment; attends training classes as required by the Enrichment and Training Coordinator.

Cleans, disinfects and maintains animal exhibits, enclosures, food and water dishes, pools and other areas.  Performs routine maintenance and upkeep of assigned work areas ensuring that all fence lines are free of weeds and service areas are mowed.

Must deliver exceptional customer service by engaging with guests on a regular basis to create a friendly, memorable and positive experience; give educational and conservation oriented keeper talks to the public.

Must have knowledge of behavioral characteristics and handling procedures for assigned animals.

Must have very good oral and written communication skills.

Must be able to work independently and in a team environment.

Requires normal hearing and seeing capabilities, ability to stand, bend, lift, stoop, push and pull.

Must be able to use tools and operate small equipment.

May have to lift up to 50 lbs.

Experience Required

Minimum Qualifications: High school diploma or GED. Three years of experience in animal husbandry at a zoological park are required. Must possess a Driver license. Must be able to work days, nights, holidays, and weekends on a varied work schedule. Preferred Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in zoology or a related field and two (2) years of experience with carnivores in an accredited facility is highly preferred. Proficiency in operant conditioning in a progressively managed facility including: knowledge of blood draws, footwork, and implementation of complex behavior-based enrichment.


This is a full time non-exempt hourly position with excellent benefits as an employee of Miami-Dade

How to Apply

IMPORTANT:  In order to be considered for this position you MUST apply online through the Miami-Dade County Human Resources website,  and search for Job Opening #72420.

NOTE: County applications now allow you to attach a resume. Therefore, prior to submitting your application, please make sure your resume is updated with your current and previous position(s) to include details of duties performed and responsibility. However, please also make sure the application details (all tabs) are completed in full.

Applications will be accepted until close of business on Wednesday, October 5, 2022.

Zoo Miami
12400 SW 152nd Street
Miami, FL 33177
Phone: 305-2510-400
Fax: 305-378-6381

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