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Full-Time River’s Edge Keeper

Saint Louis Zoo
St. Louis, United States Posted: July 10, 2024


The world renowned Saint Louis Zoo is dedicated to saving species and bringing people and wildlife together. Home to over 16,000 animals, many of which are endangered. Entry is free every day for everyone, an important part of our commitment to people and animals – always. Learn more at: https://stlzoo.org/

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Position Summary:
  • The Saint Louis Zoo is looking for a positive and collaborative animal care professional to join our River’s Edge Team to care for a diverse group of animals including black rhino, Nile hippo, Asian elephant, Red river hog, Chacoan peccary, Dwarf mongoose, Sacred ibis and various species of fish.
Responsibilities:
  • The well-being and care of our animals and our team is our highest priority at the Saint Louis Zoo.
  • The keeper candidate chosen will work in River’s Edge, a lushly planted naturalistic environment showcasing multiple species from around the world.
Responsibilities include:
  • Providing exemplary animal care to all animals in River’s Edge.
  • Performing all aspects of this position with safety as a priority and maximizing occupational safety through adherence to established Zoo and AZA protocols.
  • Cleaning and maintaining habitats, service areas and public areas as assigned. SCUBA diving to service outdoor hippo pool is optional.
  • Observing and monitoring animals for behavioral and medical needs.
  • Maintaining departmental records/documentation.
  • Contributing to open team discussions and sharing ideas in positive and professional manner.
  • Public speaking and engagement with guests, staff, and other stakeholders.
  • Participating in and supporting collaborative efforts pertaining to the care of the animals including training, enrichment, conservation, research, and education.
  • Aiding the Zoo’s efforts to meet and exceed AZA and USDA standards.
  • Recognizing the needs of others and treats others with respect and dignity.
  • Maintaining good work habits and adheres to the employee handbook and all policies and procedures.
  • Demonstrating a commitment to maintaining a work environment free from discrimination and sexual harassment and supports the Zoo’s commitment to equal employment opportunities.
  • All team members must be dedicated to growing and improving our Zoo’s commitment to Diversity, Equity, Accessibility and Inclusion (DEAI).
  • Must be dependable and reliable: be timely, responsive, and organized; meet deadlines, take responsibility, and help other zoo staff as needed.
  • Employees must strive to decrease our environmental footprint to serve as models to our community to do the same through education and example.
  • Responsible for special projects, procedures, and goals set forth by the area managers.
  • This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive; therefore, the employee may be required to perform other reasonably related duties as assigned by management.
Qualifications: 
  • High school diploma or equivalent required with preference given to applicants with a four-year college degree in an animal-related field and a strong background in animal care, welfare, management, and operant conditioning.
  • Experience working with elephants is desired.
  • PADI Open Water Diver Certification is helpful, but not required.
  • Ability to work independently and contribute to a friendly, creative and collaborative work team.
  • Communicates effectively with supervisory staff, co-workers and other departments, both written and orally.
  • Must have good observation and record keeping skills regarding animal well-being.
  • Must have the ability to: follow safety protocols, demonstrate focus, follow written and verbal instructions, manage time effectively, and apply critical thinking techniques.
  • Demonstrate computer proficiency to complete the functions of this position.
  • Must be able to use a Bobcat, ATV, and light power tools after suitable training.
  • Comfortable with and experience in public speaking preferred.
  • Candidates must have the physical ability to perform required duties as assigned, some strenuous, including: standing, sitting and walking for long periods of time, kneeling, bending, squatting, lifting (which may include up to 50 lbs.). Working outdoors in all types of weather conditions, including extreme heat and extreme cold, etc.  
Additional Job Details:
  • Must be able and willing to work flexible hours, weekends, and holidays to cover animal care and Zoo event needs.
  • We are seeking a team member who aligns with the values of the Saint Louis Zoo (creativity, community, openness, integrity and life-work balance). A competitive applicant for this position will also support the River’s Edge Team Values of Teamwork, Dedication, Integrity, Welfare and Excellence.
  • All successful candidates for this position will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test.
  • Position Closes:   7/19/24

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