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Zookeeper I Primates

Houston Zoo
Houston, United States Posted: June 04, 2024


This position is ideal for an experience Primates Zookeeper that has working experience being responsible at supporting the day-to-day operations associated with the husbandry of the animals and the maintenance of animal exhibits within the specified area.

Our Mission: 
  • Houston Zoo connects communities with animals, inspiring action to save wildlife. 
Our Vision: 
  • Houston Zoo will be a leader in the global movement to save wildlife.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
  • Carries out all aspects of the daily care of assigned animals including cleaning, feeding, exhibit maintenance, general upkeep of support facilities.
  • Maintains clean and organized exhibits, equipment, and keeper areas.
  • Maintains water quality through filtration, balance of chemical elements, and sanitation methods for aquatic or semi-aquatic animal species.
  • Maintains live exhibit plantings to enhance exhibit aesthetics and provide a comfortable environment for animals; eliminates weeds and toxic plants from animal enclosures.
  • In conjunction with the Zoo’s pest control officer, may assist in pest control through the use of exclusion or traps.
KNOWLEDGE:
  • Two-year or four-year degree in one of the natural sciences or a closely related discipline is preferred.
  • OR
  • A certificate of completion from an acceptable animal care program of not less than 30 semester hours is preferred.
EXPERIENCE:
  • One year of experience in animal care in a zoo setting or under the direction of a licensed veterinarian is required, which may be gained through internships, volunteer experience, or employment.
  • Extensive domestic animal experience may qualify for substitution for exotic animal management experience.
  • Specific training and work experience in other settings, such as aquaculture, schools, nature centers, agricultural operations, or conservation centers may be considered on a case-by-case basis as fulfillment for the experience requirements.
  • Starting salary will be a function of the levels of experience and relevant post-high school education.
ABOUT HOUSTON ZOO
  • The Houston Zoo is made up of many moving parts with over 6,000 permanent residents (our animals) for whom we provide housing, meals, medical care and, yes, even education!
  • There are over 2 million guests each year who come to experience our incredible variety of animals and ecosystems, as well as attend special private and public events and entertainment.
  • Our dedicated staff works around the clock to ensure that the Zoo is always running smoothly for the safety and well-being of our residents and guests.
  • We strive to ensure the protection of all the counterparts of the animals we have at the Zoo and in the wild.
  • Join the Houston Zoo and become a part of an organization that is focused on the preservation of wildlife and their habitats by combining conservation with education and promotion of sustainable livelihoods in the local communities.  Houston Zoo is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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