Denver Zoo is a leader in animal care, wildlife conservation, education, and guest experience. We are passionate about our commitment to excellence in support of our mission to secure a better world for animals through human understanding. We provide extraordinary experiences every day for our animals and visitors and our core values of Protect, Honor, Innovate, Serve, Engage, and Empower are evident in everything we do.  We value the different strengths our staff bring to Denver Zoo. We expect our staff to embrace and to commit to our core behaviors for engagement: Passion, Respect, Innovation, Diversity, and Excellence.

Denver Zoo’s Animal Care Department has an opportunity for a Seasonal Predator Zoo Keeper to assist the animal care staff in providing the safe exhibition, handling, feeding, and husbandry of animals in the Predator Department. The Predator Department is responsible for the care of animals in the Predator Ridge and El Pomar Foundation Village Hall exhibits. Predator Ridge is an award-winning rotational exhibit housing African social carnivores including lions, spotted hyena, and African wild dogs; the team also cares for cheetah. The Village Hall area houses clouded leopards, fishing cats, Asian small-clawed otters, white-cheeked gibbons, Indian hornbills, Sarus cranes, and several species of reptiles. This is a seasonal position budgeted for 40 hours a week starting in April through September. The anticipated start date is mid-April.  Applicants must submit a cover letter with resume to be considered.

Essential Functions:

Provide innovative animal husbandry that is in compliance with AZA and USDA standards.
Provide reliable, competent animal care through:
Capture, handle, and move animals using accepted Denver Zoo practices to facilitate internal movement, external shipping, medical procedures, or normal routines.
Enhance breeding possibilities through the recommendation and implementation of approved animal management techniques such as breeding efforts, behavioral enrichment, and operant conditioning/training, etc.
Interact with Denver Zoo guests in both formal and informal settings, providing insight about the animals and their care.
Provide area tours, keeper talks and work special events in area of responsibility as needed.
Coordinate the efforts of contractors and maintenance staff when they are working in animal areas.
Record data and prepare assigned reports/records, (i.e. daily reports, enclosure logs, facility logs, water quality logs, etc.) and other pertinent data on the collection and facilities as required.
Use appropriate equipment to perform essential duties.
Cooperate and coordinate with other departments, (e.g., education, maintenance, horticulture) and outside contractors.
Maintain professional working relationships with zoo team members and maintain a professional appearance.
Actively participate in conservation, research projects, and educational programs as requested. 
Participate in and support zoo-wide initiatives, committees and work groups.
Follow Denver Zoo safety protocols.
Adheres to and promotes Denver Zoo’s mission, core values, and strategic initiatives.
Demonstrates a commitment to Denver Zoo’s Safety & Sustainability Policies by adhering to all environmental, safety, & health regulations, procedures, and goals.
Value and consistently apply Denver Zoo's ROADMAP (Reaching Our Audiences by Developing Mission Aligned Programs) process and resources in engaging and educating guests at Denver Zoo.
Preparation and feeding of approved diets.
Monitoring of physical and behavioral aspects of the animals under assigned care.
Implementation of the behavioral program of the animals under assigned care.
Designing and maintaining proper animal enclosures/props/exhibits.
Handling and restraining animals appropriately.
Assisting with veterinary care and medical follow-up as needed.
Utilizing preventative husbandry techniques and providing proactive health care as required.

Additional Responsibilities:

Maintain flexibility and a positive attitude in a dynamic work environment.
Ability to successfully complete multiple tasks within deadlines.
Ability to work outside in varying climates.
Performs various duties as assigned.


Working towards, or completion of, a Bachelor’s Degree in a science or animal-related field.
Previous experience in exotic animal care is required, preferably within an AZA-accredited institution.
Ability, with proper training, to work in all aspects of animal care, husbandry and training within the department in which individual is assigned.
Work on weekends and holidays is required.
Able to lift up to 50 pounds.
Clear driving record.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands for this position involves light lifting under 25lbs and also requires carrying, pushing, pulling, and occasional heavy lifting up to 50lbs. The employee is regularly required to stand, walk, talk and listen.  The employee frequently is required to use hands to maneuver handle or feel objects, tools or controls.  The employee is occasionally required to sit, climb or balance; also, reach, stoop, kneel or smell.  Specific vision abilities required include close, distance, color, peripheral, depth perception vision and ability to adjust focus.   Minimal crouching, crawling, climbing, and non-confined sitting are also required. The position requires both mental and visual concentration.

Work Environment:

This position requires a substantial amount of contact with staff, volunteers, and other departments. The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts and in outside weather conditions and may be occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles and chemicals.  This employee will be required to have contact with animals. The employee may be exposed to chemicals and zoonosis. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Compensation and Benefits: 

This is a seasonal position and as such are not eligible for benefits at this time.

Completed applications must be submitted by February 14, 2018


Denver Zoo reserves the right to close the position prior to the above date.

Denver Zoo is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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