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Temporary Zookeeper

This is your opportunity to join the dynamic Zoo Operations team at Woodland Park Zoo. Applications are now being accepted for Zookeeper in the Animal Management department. There are two, temporary, non-benefited, variable hour positions working up to 40 hours a week during the high season to be filled at this time. Experience training a variety of animals, including free flight birds, in a live animal show or education program setting preferred. Strong public speaking skills preferred.


Responsible for the day-to-day oversight of animal care operations within specific assigned areas of the zoo.


  • Observe animal behavior, report abnormal behavior patterns and provide technical advice to management and staff.
  • Prepare food for assigned animals; assist in the development of animal diets.
  • Clean and disinfect assigned animals and exhibit areas.
  • Follow treatment plans and preventive health programs as prescribed by Zoo Veterinarian or Zoo Curators.
  • Identify and communicate safety concerns to management in a timely manner.
  • Participate in the capture and restraint of dangerous animals as directed by management.
  • Implement animal care procedures and policies, including record keeping.
  • Maintain supply inventories.
  • Assist with the physical transfer, shipment, or receipt of animals.
  • Support special animal care activities such as physical examinations, minor exhibit repairs and modifications, and major exhibit maintenance projects.
  • Assist in development and implementation of behavior husbandry program.
  • Plan, prepare, and conduct public presentations on animal care and conservation.
  • Participate in exhibit design process and implementation, as directed.
  • Provide technical assistance to internal or external researchers conducting authorized zoo studies.
  • Represent the Woodland Park Zoo to the media, as directed.
  • Conduct behind the scenes tours, as directed.
  • Support fundraising/development efforts of the Zoo.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • This position may require that the individual be available or on-call 24-hours a day.
  • Weekend, evening, and holiday work may be required.
  • Commitment to the mission of the zoo and the institution’s Core Values.


Bachelor's degree in a life sciences field from a four-year college or university; and two years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience required.


  • Valid Washington State Drivers License required.
  • TB Test done annually.


Knowledge and experience with Microsoft Office required.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl while cleaning animal exhibits. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 30 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds when cleaning and maintaining exhibitry and moving animals. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. Evaluating animal health, diet, or environment requires hearing, smell, and a variety of vision capabilities. Interaction with visitors and animals requires talking and hearing.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to wet or humid conditions (non-weather) and outdoor weather conditions. The employee is repeatedly in direct contact with exotic animals. The employee is occasionally exposed to work near moving mechanical parts; work in high, precarious places; fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals; risk of electrical shock and vibration. The position spends some time at a computer monitor.

The noise level in the work environment varies. Occasional loud noises from visitors, animals or equipment are experienced.


Applications are only accepted online through our Jobs page at; no other forms of application will be acceptedCover letter and resume are REQUIRED when applying for this position. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications are due prior to 12:00 AM on the posted Close date (i.e. by 11:59 PM the evening before).

How to Apply

5500 Phinney Ave Seattle
Seattle, WA 98103

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