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Zoo Miami Keeper 1 (Animal Care Specialist 1)

Zoo Miami
Miami, United States Posted: May 18, 2024

Zoo Miami currently has two full-time Animal Care Specialist 1 (Zoo Miami Keeper 1) positions available.  We are searching for team-oriented candidates who will be engaging and deliver exceptional customer service by creating friendly and positive interactions with all guests and co-workers. 

  • These positions report directly to an Animal Care Supervisor.  This team works with a variety of exotic species including potentially dangerous animals. 
Responsibilities/duties include, but are not limited to:
  • Provides overall care and maintenance of assigned work areas ensuring animal health and safety, staff safety and public safety through established standard operating procedures for animal care and exhibition as set forth by AZA, USDA and Zoo Miami.
  • Observes animals, inspects habitats and off exhibit enclosures; prepares daily zookeeper reports, and notes on any changes in behavior, diet, sickness, reproductive status and body condition.
  • Provides diets in accordance with nutritional and behavioral requirements as specified by curatorial staff; administers medications; participates in capture and restraint, crating and transporting animals; participates in approved scientific research and educational projects.
  • Assists in conducting animal behavior training and operant conditioning of various species animals; attends training classes as required by the Curator of Wellness.
  • Cleans, disinfects, and maintains animal exhibits, enclosures, food and water dishes, pools and other areas.  Performs routine maintenance and upkeep of assigned work areas ensuring that all fence lines are free of weeds and service areas are mowed.
  • Must deliver exceptional customer service by engaging with guests regularly to create a friendly, memorable and positive experience; give educational and conservation-oriented keeper talks to the public.
  • Must know behavioral characteristics and handling procedures for assigned animals.
  • Must have very good oral and written communication skills.
  • Must be able to work independently and in a team environment.
  • Requires normal hearing and seeing capabilities, the ability to stand, bend, lift, stoop, push, and pull.
  • Must be able to use tools and operate small equipment.
  • May have to lift up to 50 lbs.
Experience Required
Minimum Qualifications:
  • High school diploma or GED. One year of experience working with non-domestic mammals, reptiles, or exotic birds is required.
  • Completion of related coursework may substitute for the required experience on a month-for-month basis.
  • Must possess a Driver license.
  • Must be able to work days, nights, holidays, and weekends on a varied work schedule.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree in zoology or a related field and three (3) years of experience in an accredited facility is highly preferred.
Further Comments
  • Now is a great time to join our family and be a part of Zoo Miami’s dynamic future as we strive to “To Inspire people through engaging experiences to preserve nature in South Florida and across the globe”.
  • Zoo Miami is focused on five key commitments: Conservation, Our Team, Our Animals, Our Guests, and Our Community through our core values of Welcoming, Caring, Fun, Collaborative and Dedicated.
  • Zoo Miami is proud to be active in many global wildlife and environmental conservation initiatives and is involved in over 36 projects taking place on six continents. The largest and oldest zoological garden in Florida, Zoo Miami is the only tropical zoo in the continental United States, occupying almost 750 acres (340 developed), the Zoo is home to approximately 2,500 animals representing nearly 400 different species.
  • This is a full-time position with excellent benefits as an employee of Miami-Dade County.

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