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Little Rock Zoo

Animal Keeper - Great Apes

The Little Rock Zoo and the City of Little Rock is seeking a qualified Animal Keeper for Primates/Great Apes.  This position will work in the Great Ape building with gorillas, orangutans and chimpanzees.  This position is part of a small team that is responsible for the daily husbandry and management of these animals.  The Little Rock Zoo has many exciting changes that will be occurring over the coming years and it’s a great time to join the Team.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Observes animals in assigned areas for changes in behavior, injuries or illness; reports changes and problems to supervisor, evaluates and recommends changes to maintain the highest standards of animal welfare; implements approved changes.
  • Actively participates and follows training and enrichment protocols to illicit species specific behaviors; maintains detailed records.
  • Prepares food and feeds animals according to established diets and assigned schedule; researches, recommends and implements approved diet changes.
  • Cleans both interior holding and exhibits per SOP.
  • Maintains detailed narratives and charts of animal observations, care and handling.
  • Trains great apes to allow for veterinary examinations or medical treatment when required
  • Communicates well in both verbal and written form; and able to discuss and plan actions as a team.
  • Maintains indoor holding and exhibits including climbing structures, platforms, pools and live plants.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of techniques and philosophies required to work with primate species
  • Knowledge of exotic animal behavior, physiology and habitat
  • Knowledge of enclosure/exhibit construction and repair
  • Knowledge of training (protected contact & operant conditioning) and enrichment for primates/great apes.
  • Knowledge of ZIMS record keeping, and other computer programs such as Word and Excel

Experience Required

Minimum qualifications are two (2) years of experience in the care of small primates and/or apes.

How to Apply

Visit the City of Little Rock website or follow the link and complete the appropriate application:

Little Rock Zoo
1 Zoo Drive
Little Rock, AR

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