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Oglebay Good Zoo

Animal Care Apprenticeship (6-month: December '22 - June '23

Assist with the direct care of a portion of a prescribed animal keeper section to learn direct responsibility of animal keeper profession.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following.  Other duties may be assigned.

Cleans and maintains animal habitats and service areas using chemical agents and special tools to assure the health and safety of zoo animals.

Prepares and distributes animal diets according to approved guidelines developed by the curator of animals.

Monitors and records the health of animals with observation and periodic physical exams, monitors eating habits, behaviors, and reproductive patterns.

Observes and interprets normal and abnormal behaviors, health status, and food consumption; advises managers of problems or concerns.

Assigns work to zoo volunteers and interns scheduled in area of responsibility.

Maintains comprehensive records, reports, and training plans; maintains food, supply, and equipment inventory in assigned area.

Reviews available library resources and develops a working knowledge of the in-situ and ex-situ biology of all species in assigned areas.

Assists zoo veterinarians during the handling of animals for evaluations or treatments; may administer medications under direction of veterinarians.

Possesses sufficient strength, delicacy, agility, and coordination to restrain, capture and/or transfer neonates, fragile or injured animals, or large and strong animals.

Assists in providing informational, promotional, and educational programs to visitors and volunteers, may give tours to assist with training classes.

Follows written and oral instructions.

Adheres to the code of professional ethics of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

Interacts with guests with a cheerful and positive attitude, solves guest concerns in a proper manner, and maintains harmonious working relationships with fellow employees.

Participates in human resources, animal care and well-being, and conservation training sessions provided throughout the apprenticeship experience.

Animal care apprentices are eligible for undergraduate or graduate credit if currently enrolled in a college major. 

The paid animal care apprenticeship will conclude at the end of the apprentice’s experience without entitlement to a paid position at the conclusion of the apprenticeship.



Experience Required

Associates degree in animal sciences, biology, ecology, wildlife and fisheries biology, zoology, or zoo science.

Further Comments

Housing available on-site


$9.50/hour - 40 hours/week

How to Apply

Interested applicants should e-mail a current resume to Susan Greathouse, Curator of Animal Welfare and Behavior Management, at

Oglebay Good Zoo
Wheeling, WV

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