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Kansas City Zoo

Animal Keeper - Discovery Zone (Full Time)


Under direction, this position performs routine work assignments involving the care of zoo animals and maintenance of exhibits, enclosures, service and animal holding areas. Performs related work as required. This position will work with the Discovery Zone team, which is responsible for the daily husbandry of domestic hoofstock, amphibians, non-venomous snakes, small primates, macaws, kookaburras and meerkats.

  • Prepares diets for the animal collection; cleans animal exhibits, service and holding areas.
  • Responsible for the daily observation of animal health and welfare.
  • Reports births, deaths, injuries and/or irregular behavior of animals to appropriate manager.
  • Maintains daily reports and other records.
  • Assists in training animals for basic husbandry and enrichment behaviors.
  • Assists with the movement, capture and restraint of animals.
  • Assists with animal health procedures.
  • Answers visitor’s questions about the Zoo and the animals as necessary.
  • Does public speaking for animal chats, animal shows and media when assigned.
  • Reports maintenance issues and potential safety hazards to appropriate manager.
  • Performs minor repairs and improvements of exhibits under supervision.
  • Assists in training new keepers, interns and volunteers.
  • Carries out duties and job assignments as delegated by appropriate Animal Supervisor or Animal Curator.

Active. Heavy lifting – lifts and carries items weighing up to 75 pounds. Sufficient mobility, vision and hearing are needed to ensure a safe work environment. Must be able to be on feet for four hours at a time.

Occasionally in a climate controlled building environment. Mainly outside working in extremes of heat, up to 100° + in summer and temperatures below freezing in winter.

  • Internal: Daily with other zoo employees.
  • External: Daily with visitors, volunteers and guests.

  • Knowledge of animal behavior.
  • Knowledge of procedures used for the proper care and handling of exotic and domestic animals.
  • Eventual knowledge of zoo safety rules and regulations.
  • Ability to tolerate stress working with exotic animals.
  • Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions including procedures for care and maintenance of animals, exhibit, service and holding spaces.
  • Ability to endure high risk situations when feeding, transferring or restraining animals.
  • Ability to exhibit patience when caring for animals.
  • Ability to exercise judgment concerning assigned work activities.
  • Skill in tact and diplomacy when interacting with co-workers, visitors and volunteers.
  • Skill in observation in order to recognize and evaluate conditions of animal health, diets and behavior.

Bachelor’s Degree in a Biological Science or a closely related field. High school Diploma or General Educational Development (GED) Certificate accepted with at least one year of experience in a similar position.

  • Must have valid driver’s license.
  • Proof of current negative TB Test.
  • Willingness to work a rotating shift and rotate work tasks.
  • Ability to work weekends, evenings and holidays, during all climatic conditions.

How to Apply

Please apply using the following link:

Kansas City Zoo
6800 Zoo Drive
Kansas City, MO 64132
Phone: 816-595-1234
Fax: 816-595-1880

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