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Indianapolis Zoo

Seasonal - Birds Keeper

The Indianapolis Zoo is seeking applicants for Seasonal Keepers –Flights of Fancy Aviary Attendant/Bird Keeper.  Position responsibilities include guest service and interpretation duties in mixed species aviaries, daily husbandry of variety of bird species, conducting informal presentations to the general public throughout the day, as well as helping with special projects.  Soft bill and/or psittacine experience is preferred, but not required. This position is for seasonal employment (40 hours per week) that begins April 1st and ends on October 1st. This position pays $8.00 per hour.


 Applicants must display a professional attitude and appearance to both visitors and co-workers.  Position requires a great deal of interaction with the general public, necessitating excellent public speaking skills and the ability to provide outstanding customer service.  Must be temperamentally suited to work with the public as well as a variety of bird species. 


Will perform manual work involving the care and maintenance of the animals and exhibits under his/her care.  Directly responsible for the health and well-being of the collections assigned to his/her care.  Must be safety-oriented and adhere to safety protocols.


Further the position requires the following:


  • Follow all safety Policies and Procedures of the Indianapolis Zoo
  • Minimum of one (1) year of animal care experience
  • Completing daily and weekly data entry
  • Will be required to learn and implement species quarantine procedures as directed by Area Manager / Curator
  • Must be able to participate in area chats, feeds and behind the scene tours.



Experience:  Minimum of one (1) year of work/internship experience working in animal care, preferably with birds.   Must have strong observational skills.  Must be a strongly team-oriented with excellent communication (both written and oral) skills.  Will be required to work mandatory overtime, weekends and holidays.


Salary:  Commensurate with experience


Education:  High school diploma or equivalent is required.  Bachelor degree from an accredited college/university in life sciences strongly preferred.


Interested candidates must complete an on-line application at the Indianapolis Zoo’s website,


In the “Position Desired” section of the application, please enter “Seasonal Keeper – Flights of Fancy Aviary Attendant/Bird Keeper”.  Cover letters and resumes should be attached. Please complete the application thoroughly.


ONLY ON-LINE APPLICATIONS ARE ACCEPTED.  Faxed, mailed, and delivered resumes will not be considered.  PLEASE, NO PHONE CALLS.


Successfully passing pre-employment testing, including drug tests and criminal history checks is a condition of employment.


Applications must be received by February 18, 2017.  The Indianapolis Zoo is  proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and a Drug Free Work Environment.


8.00 / hour

How to Apply

Indianapolis Zoo
1200 West Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46222

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