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Children's Zoo at Celebration Square

The Children's Zoo at Celebration Square is an Association of Zoos and Aquariums accredited, non-profit organization located in vibrant downtown Saginaw, MI. Join us in our mission to inspire all ages to appreciate and respect animals and nature through engaging experiences, education, and conservation. With your help, we can be the BEST little zoo in Michigan!

Animal Collections Keeper

Position Title: 

Animal Collections Keeper

Class Definition:

Full-time hourly position

Education and Experience:

B.S. in Zoology (or related field), or some combination of higher education and experience. 1+ years paid experience. Experience with small carnivores and small primates is preferred.

Skills and Abilities:

Possess knowledge of the principles, practices, and goals of animal management as related to zoo operations; has good knowledge of biology, zoology, and other related subjects.  Possess the ability to communicate with various groups and individuals such as zoo staff and the general public.  Understand how to operate a variety of machines including computers, restraining devices, etc.  Physically able to lift fifty pounds and work in all weather conditions.  Available to work weekends and holidays.

Characteristic Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Provide food, water, and shelter for Collection Animals.

  • Make observations about overall animal well being and enclosure integrity.

  • Provide environmental enrichment according to Zoo policy.

  • Participate in operant conditioning programs as assigned.

  • Assist in daily veterinary care

  • Assist in medical procedures as needed.

  • Complete in-house classes and training.

  • Maintain assigned route meeting USDA and AZA standards.

  • Keep accurate, clear, and thorough records.

  • Communicate animal and other concerns to supervisory staff.

  • Participate in Zoo educational programs.

  • Develop and maintain professional relationships

    • Internal – Zoo management, staff and volunteers

    • External – Zoo visitors, other zoo resources

  • Participate in Visitor Service assignments as needed.

  • Abide by Zoo policies and procedures.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Experience Required

B.S. in Zoology (or related field), or some combination of higher education and experience. 1+ years paid experience. Experience with small carnivores and small primates is preferred.

Further Comments

Taxa including but not limited to: Mexican Wolf, Turkey Vulture, American Alligator, North American River Otter, Donkey, White-Throated Capuchin, Pot-Bellied Pig and Black-Footed Cat

Perks

Zoo membership, paid time off after 6 month of work, professional development opportunities, and working with a great team of zookeepers

Salary

Commensurate based on experience

How to Apply

Send cover letter, resume and 3 references to julia@saginawzoo.com. Please no phone calls.

Children's Zoo at Celebration Square
1730 S. Washington Ave
Saginaw, MI 48601
Phone: 989-759-1408
Fax: 989-759-1328

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