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Full-Time Animal Keeper

Lehigh Valley Zoo
Schnecksville, United States Posted: April 25, 2024

The Animal Keeper is responsible for the daily care and welfare of animals within their area. Each member of the Lehigh Valley Zoo team plays a crucial part of helping our organization save species.

  • Knowledge of current zoo animal husbandry standards and natural history for a diverse population of animals
  • Knowledge of USDA and AZA standards
  • Performs all daily husbandry tasks including cleaning and diet prep
  • Must be able to evaluate and report animal behavior to Lead Keeper and Assistant Curator
  • Maintains accurate and detailed daily animal records
  • Implements and evaluates behavioral enrichment in accordance with zoo policy
  • Basic knowledge of operant conditioning
  • Assist the veterinary staff in capture and restraint, administration of prescribed medications and procedures as necessary
  • Maintain exhibit aesthetics including routine exhibit maintenance and small repairs
  • Demonstrates knowledge of zoo-wide and area emergency procedures
  • Interacts with zoo visitors through animal presentations, scheduled and informal keeper talks and generally provide a positive guest experience
  • Works cooperatively with other zoo departments
  • Demonstrates an ability to work in a team setting with a positive attitude
  • Demonstrates initiative and motivation to learn and complete projects
  • Participate in regular Animal Care team meetings and trainings
  • Communicates department updates to the team and supervisors in a timely and professional manner
  • Other duties as assigned
Experience Required
  • Animal handling skills 
  • Critical thinking skills to trouble shoot and reveal solutions to assist the progression of the animal care team
  • Motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently with purpose and accuracy as well in a group setting 
  • Excellent time management with ability to multitask 
  • Good interpersonal skills with the ability and desire to work as a team member
  • Able to follow written and oral direction, exercise good judgment, and apply safety precautions applicable to the work
  • Knowledge of and a history with operant conditioning techniques QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
  • Bachelor’s degree in biology, zoology, or related field preferred or equivalent combination of training and experience
  • Minimum one to two years, comparable level experience in a zoo environment
  • Must be willing to work weekends, holidays, and occasional after-hour assignments
  • Possess a valid driver’s license PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT
  • Physical Demands: Employee must lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and occassionally lift and/or move up to 75 pounds. The employee must be able to drive Zoo vehicles
  • Work Environment: You are often required to perform physical labor in varying weather conditions.
  • You can be bitten, scratched, kicked, or otherwise harmed by wild animals.
  • Starting $14/hour

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