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Denver Zoo

Seasonal Animal Keeper-Birds, Denver Zoo

Denver Zoo has two opportunities for Seasonal Animal Keepers-Birds working primarily in the guest oriented Lorikeet Adventure area. This exhibit provides a unique interactive guest experience for Denver Zoo visitors and requires that the Seasonal Animal Keeper have the ability to communicate regularly with Denver Zoo guests, volunteers, interns, and other staff.

Length of Position and Hours: We currently anticipate that these seasonal, hourly positions will start March 12, 2017 and end on or around October 28, 2017. Each seasonal keeper will work Mon, Tues (off on Wednesday) and the rest of the day/hours to be determined.  Each seasonal keeper will likely work on average 28 hours per week.

Essential Functions:

  • Daily husbandry for a flock of approximately 45 lorikeets (6 species).  These tasks include cleaning enclosures, preparing diets and providing enrichment.
  • Representing the zoo professionally to guests and demonstrating excellent customer service skills when working with visitors
  • Completing various projects to maintain animal care and upkeep of the facility.
  • Assisting Bird Department staff as deemed necessary.
  • Demonstrating excellent customer service skills while working with visitors.
  • Serving as a mentor for teen volunteers.
  • Maintaining excellent communication, both written and oral, with supervisors and co-workers.
  • Complying with all zoo policies.
  • Adheres to and promotes Denver Zoo's mission, core values, and strategic initiatives.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to Denver Zoo's Safety & Sustainability Policies by adhering to all environmental, safety, & health regulations, procedures, and goals.
  • Value and consistently apply Denver Zoo's ROADMAP (Reaching Our Audiences by Developing Mission Aligned Programs) process and resources in engaging and educating guests at Denver Zoo. 

Additional Responsibilities include:

  • Working respectfully with other keepers, staff, and adult and teen volunteers.
  • Maintaining flexibility and a positive attitude in an ever-changing work environment.
  • Ability to successfully complete multiple tasks within deadlines.
  • Following all safety protocols and advising supervisors of safety concerns.
  • Ability to work outside in varying climates/weather conditions.
  • Perform various tasks as assigned.


  • Student/graduate of environmental education, biology, zoology, psychology, or related fields.
  • Enjoy working with children and the public.
  • Interpretation experience and/or public speaking skills a plus.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds and work dexterously with hands and arms.
  • Ability to stand for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to pass drug and alcohol screening.
  • Ability to pass reference and background check.
  • Provide negative TB test result prior to start date if hired.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands for this position involves light lifting under 25lbs and also requires carrying, pushing, pulling, and occasional heavy lifting up to 50lbs. The employee is regularly required to stand, walk, talk and listen.  The employee frequently is required to use hands to maneuver handle or feel objects, tools or controls.  The employee is occasionally required to sit, climb or balance; also, reach, stoop, kneel or smell.  Specific vision abilities required include close, distance, color, peripheral, depth perception vision and ability to adjust focus.   Minimal crouching, crawling, climbing, and non-confined sitting are also required. The position requires both mental and visual concentration.

Work Environment:

This position requires a substantial amount of contact with staff, volunteers, and other departments. The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts and in outside weather conditions and may be occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles and chemicals.  This employee will be required to have contact with animals. The employee may be exposed to chemicals and zoonosis. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

This is a temporary assignment for two seasonal, hourly positions and as such is not eligible for benefits at this time.

Completed applications must be submitted by February 15,2017

Denver Zoo is an Equal Opportunity Employer

How to Apply

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Denver Zoo
2300 Steele Street
Denver, CO 80205

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