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Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

Animal Keeper (PC Gorilla and Mandrill)

An Animal Keeper possesses a proven working knowledge of animal husbandry, a strong conservation ethic, exceptional interpersonal skills and strong leadership abilities to provide high quality care for assigned areas.
There is a Animal Keeper position available in the Primate, Cat and Aquatics area of the zoo. The person who takes this position will need to be skilled in dealing with certain area specific responsibilities that include: working closely with Conservation and Science on approved research projects involving animals in the areas, superior working knowledge of non-human primate behavior, social, enrichment, and training needs, keeping current and functional on all jobs within the Primate and Cat areas, superior computer skills in the documentation of animal health records, enrichment, and training records, cooperating with and taking work direction from supervisory and non-supervisory staff, maintaining or initiating training regiments of animals, and other functions as assigned by supervisors. Selection will be based on the factors of skill, knowledge and the ability to perform the required tasks of the position. Seniority will prevail if considered factors are relatively equal. The Animal Keeper job duties will include gorillas, mandrills and other areas within PCA as assigned.  Great ape animal care experience preferred.
  •  High School Diploma or equivalent required. Bachelor's degree in animal sciences or related field preferred.
  • Two years full time experience with captive exotic animals, six months if possess a Bachelor's degree.
  • Demonstrated education, training and experience supporting the Essential Functions (listed above).
  • Demonstrated ability to work in hot or cold weather, dusty, wet, and odorous conditions. Must be able to maneuver 75 pounds.
  • Possess a valid Ohio Driver's License.
  • Must be non-smoker/tobacco user.
  • Great ape animal care experience preferred.
WORK SHIFT:  7:00 AM until 5:30PM, four 10 hour shifts
STARTING WAGE $24.24 per hour with a.50 cent increase every six months until achieving the union base rate of $25.74 per hour


Medical, dental, vision, vacation time, sick time


$24.24/hr w/.50 cent increase every 6 mos until $25.74/hr

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Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
Cleveland, OH 44109

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