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Zoo Boise

Zoo Keeper

Newly created zoo keeper position is now available at Zoo Boise.

Zoo Boise is committed to the preservation and conservation of wildlife and their habitats worldwide. Providing the patrons of our local community a front-row seat to the beauty of our natural world,  we are invested in imparting the responsibilities of conservatism to the next generation. Our staff is comprised of passionate and knowledgeable individuals. We are currently seeking 2 new champions to join our team of Zoo Keepers. If you are dedicated to conservation, zealous about the welfare of animals, and committed to leaving the world a better place, we invite you to apply. 

- Cares for dietary, health and environmental needs of native and exotic animals a       Zoo Boise

- Maintains exhibits and assists with transportation of animals

- Interacts with the public and provides information regarding animals and Zoo activities and events

- Works independently under general supervision

Essential Functions

Ensures animal health and safety by making regular observations and inspections of cages, facilities, and animal behavior. Creates and maintains records such as animal descriptions, sex, diet, and behavioral characteristics. Investigates cases of unusual animal behavior, and reports behavior to the veterinarian. Prepares food for animals with regards to species, natural eating behavior and foods, special diets or circumstances, and recommended frequency. Takes direction from a veterinarian to administer required medications. Performs cleaning duties in and around cages, zoo grounds, and as directed. (55%)

Creates and provides enrichment opportunities for animals such as scent manipulation, puzzle feeders, altering the design and layout of cages, and related items to engage animals and prevent irritation and stress. Trains animals to exhibit specific behaviors. (15%)

Conducts various presentations, tours, and classes for groups, individuals, and related public events. Creates educational activities for schools and classes. Interacts with the public and answers questions. (10%)

Works on projects throughout zoo facilities. Builds, adjusts, and repairs animal exhibits. Performs various facility maintenance tasks such as cleaning, changing light bulbs, landscaping and lawn maintenance, hauling bark, minor repairs, and unloading animal foodstuffs. Follows a specific routine for certain tasks. (10%)

Assists with veterinarian procedures. Transports animals to locations throughout the zoo. Builds transport crates. Attends zoo-specific training. Ensures compliance with regulations and standards. Receives training in the proper use of blow and dart guns, shotguns, immobilizing drugs, control poles, and squeeze-cages. (10%)

Performs other duties as assigned. Nothing in this job description restricts management's right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this position at any time. Total Percentage = 100%

Experience Required

Requirements Required Knowledge, Experience, And Training High school diploma or equivalent 2 years of experience working with small to large non-domestic animals in a similar zoo facility or farm environment Working knowledge of: Environmental, health, and dietary needs of animals Animal restraint and capture techniques Basic facility maintenance Typical behaviors of a variety of animals Zoo operations Public relations techniques Ability to: Build and maintain large exhibits Make exhibit repairs while ensuring the safety of coworkers and the general public Operate hand and power tools Properly feed, care for and handle a wide variety of animals Make presentations to a variety of groups Utilize guns and related emergency equipment Operate a computer with demonstrated proficiency at an appropriate level for efficient job performance Display an attitude of cooperation and work harmoniously with all levels of City of Boise employees and the public Communicate effectively in the English language at a level necessary for efficient job performance Complete assignments in a timely fashion Understand and comply with all rules, policies and regulations Maintain prompt and regular attendance Perform all essential and marginal functions as assigned by an authorized employee, supervisor and/or manager with or without reasonable accommodation Capable of operating vehicles safely and having an acceptable driving record Preferred Knowledge, Experience, And Training Bachelor's degree in a related field 3 years of experience working with large animals in a zoo or farm setting, with extensive experience building animal containment areas Licensing And Other Requirements Valid State Issued driver's license


$17.50-$18.50 hourly

How to Apply

Please apply through the City of Boise website at

Applications are due by 5:00 PM Mountain Time on 12/07/2022. 

Zoo Boise
355 E Julia Davis Drive
Boise, ID 83702
Phone: 208-608-7760

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