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John Ball zoo

Zookeeper – Hoof stock/Carnivores (Area 1)

Be part of the adventure and come Work Wild with us! Have an enhanced experience taking care of our wide range of animals, and enjoy your work day! We are looking for someone passionate about animal care and working with others to join our energetic and fast-paced team to provide the best care as possible to our animals. Come be a part of our ever growing conservation efforts and make a difference!


We inspire our community to be actively engaged in the conservation of wildlife and our natural environment.


We offer incredibly competitive benefits. This includes FREE:

  • Medical plan option
  • Short-term disability
  • Long-term disability
  • Life Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Dental & vision for employee & family
  • 12 full weeks of parental leave


We offer 6 days of personal time, generous vacation time, and 10 paid Holidays each year. We offer a 7% employer contribution to your 401K, zoo discounts, employee-only zoo experiences, tuition reimbursement, additional medical benefits to meet you and your family's needs, and a FREE Premium Zoo membership for you and your family.


Come live in the beautiful Grand Rapids where you can find live music, art festivals, outdoor recreation, and nationally ranked food and craft beverages. You can drive 20 minutes and be by beautiful Lake Michigan, hike and kayak by the Grand River, or stay downtown and enjoy a variety of food and drinks. Grand Rapids is known as Americas’ best beer city, nation's craft beverage capital, and a top 20 U.S. Foodie city. There is a little bit of everything here in Grand Rapids to attract everyone including our growing zoo!


The Zookeeper performs technical animal management work in accordance with established procedures and protocols, required for proper care and maintenance of animals under human care at the John Ball Zoo. This includes the care and feeding of exotic and domestic animals; the cleaning and maintenance of buildings, exhibits, and yards; and observation and reporting on the physical and behavioral condition of the animals.


  • Knowledgeable of and experienced with modern principles of animal care and welfare, including behavioral enrichment, medical treatments, exhibitory, nutrition, disease, transport, and positive reinforcement based training techniques.
  • SCUBA certified from a recognized dive training organization or able to be trained in SCUBA
  • Capable of demonstrating professionalism and maturity at all times
  • Skilled in proper interpretive techniques to relay information to visiting public
  • A positive, energetic, and supportive co-worker.
  • A strong and effective communicator and a strong team player.
  • Innovative and willing to look for solutions.
  • Capable of following all zoo and industry safety guidelines.
  • Experienced with or interested in working with large and small carnivores, hoofstock, and other small mammals.
  • Willing to work holidays, weekends and a shift adjustment in the summer months.



For full job description please email

John Ball Zoo is a drug free facility under federal regulations. 


How to Apply

John Ball zoo
1300 Fulton St W
Grand Rapids, MI 6163365062

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