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Lehigh Valley Zoo

Lehigh Valley Zoo

Animal Keeper- Full time



Performs tasks associated with the husbandry and maintenance of native and exotic animals in an education- and conservation-oriented zoological park.  The work requires less immediate supervision after experience is acquired; some assignments may include the limited supervision of other personnel.  Will occasionally be involved in conservation and AZA programs.  Expected to provide exceptional visitor service.


*Clean exhibits, holding pens and zoo grounds.

*Prepare established diets and distribute proper diets.

*Observe, evaluate and report animal behavior and conditions on a daily basis.

*Maintain exhibits, animal areas and associated fixtures and grounds.

*Report maintenance needs.

*Demonstrate knowledge of and implement zoo-wide and area emergency procedures.

*Perform routine animal handling.

*Assist the veterinary staff in capture and restraint, administration of prescribed medications and procedures as necessary.

*Implement behavioral enrichment for the collection.

*Participate in animal training plans.

*Interact with zoo visitors through animal presentations, scheduled and informal keeper talks and general, positive guest experience.

*Work cooperatively with other zoo departments.

*Perform other duties as assigned by the animal management team.


A 4-year degree in biology or related field or equivalent combination of experience and education.

*A minimum of 2 years of experience with exotic animal husbandry, 1 year paid.

*A proven record of animal training. 

*Good verbal and written communication skills with people at all levels; have a positive attitude with a commitment to high standards.

*Highly motivated with the ability to both prioritize tasks effectively and to work on complex projects with minimal direction.

*Exhibit flexibility and willingness to enthusiastically work to achieve evolving goals.  

*Good physical strength and endurance.  Able to lift and manipulate grain bags, hay bales, equipment and crated animals.

*Strong organizational and problem-solving skills with ability to function effectively in high stress situations if needed.

*Attention to detail

Experience Required

2 years working with exotic animals. At least one year in a paid position.


Benefits package including dental and medical insurance and paid vacation.

How to Apply

Send resume, 3 professional references, including one from a supervisor, and cover letter. Accepted via e-mail only. E-mail: Samantha Wegman, General Curator Applicants selected for candidacy are required to attend an on-site working interview.

Lehigh Valley Zoo
5150 Game Preserve Rd PO Box 519
Schnecksville, PA 18078
Phone: 6107994171
Fax: 6107994170

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