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Zoo Miami

Zookeeper - Africa

Zoo Miami currently has a full time zoo keeper position available on the Africa runs.   We are searching for a team-oriented candidate that will be engaging and deliver exceptional customer service by creating friendly and positive interactions with all guests. 

This position reports directly to the Senior Keeper of Africa Team 1.  This team works with a variety of species including Lowland Gorilla, Chimpanzee, Lion, African Painted Dog, Somali Wild Ass, Hyena, African Crested Porcupine, Cuban Crocodile and others.

Daily duties and requirements for zoo keepers include, but are not limited to, the following:

Provides overall care and maintenance of assigned work areas ensuring animal health and safety, staff safety and public safety through established standard operating procedures for animal care and exhibition as set forth by AZA, USDA and Zoo Miami. 

Observes animals, inspects exhibit and off exhibit enclosures; prepares daily zoo keeper reports, and notes on any changes in behavior, diet, sickness, reproductive status, body condition.

Feeds animals in accordance with nutritional and behavioral requirements as specified by curatorial staff; administers medications; participates in capturing, crating and transporting animals; participates in approved scientific research and educational projects.

Assists in conducting animal behavior training and operant conditioning of outreach animals; attends training classes as required by the Enrichment and Training Coordinator.

Cleans, disinfects and maintains animal exhibits, enclosures, food and water dishes, pools and other areas.  Performs routine maintenance and upkeep of assigned work areas ensuring that all fence lines are free of weeds and service areas are mowed.

Must deliver exceptional customer service by engaging with guests on a regular basis to create a friendly, memorable and positive experience; give educational and conservation oriented keeper talks to the public.

Must have knowledge of behavioral characteristics and handling procedures for assigned animals.

Must have very good oral and written communication skills.

Must be able to work independently and in a team environment.

Requires normal hearing and seeing capabilities, ability to stand, bend, lift, stoop, push and pull.

Must be able to use tools and operate small equipment.

Experience Required

Minimum Qualifications: High school diploma or GED. One year of experience working with non-domestic animals, reptiles, or exotic birds is required. Completion of related coursework may substitute for the required experience on a month-for-month basis. Must possess a Driver license. Must be able to work days, nights, holidays, and weekends on a varied work schedule. Preferred Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in zoology or a related field and three (3) years of experience in an accredited facility is highly preferred.

Further Comments

Zoo Miami is the largest and oldest zoological garden in Florida, and the only tropical zoo in the continental United States. Today, Zoo Miami occupies almost 750 acres (340 developed), and is home to approximately 3,500 animals representing over 500 different species. We are proud to be active in many global wildlife and environmental conservation initiatives and are currently involved in over 36 projects taking place on six continents. We are experiencing an exciting time of advancement that will focus on five strategic priorities: Animal Well Being, Conservation and Stewardship, Guest Experience, Financial Strength, and Performance Excellence. This is a great time to join our family and be a part of Zoo Miami’s dynamic future.


This is a full time non-exempt hourly position with excellent benefits as an employee of Miami-Dade

How to Apply

IMPORTANT: In order to be considered for this position you MUST apply online through the Miami-Dade County Human Resources website, and search for Job Opening #43938. Resumes should also be directed to: Zoo Miami, Human Resources, . Applications will be accepted until close of business on Wednesday, March 8, 2017.

Zoo Miami
12400 SW 152 ST
Miami, FL 33177
Phone: 305-251-0400
Fax: 305-378-6381

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