The Indianapolis Zoo is looking for someone with a
passion for animal conservation, interest and experience with desert animals
to become a full-time keeper in our Deserts biome.
Will work with animals in the Deserts biome, including meerkats, birds,
reptiles, venomous and non-venomous snakes.
Work as part of a small, cohesive team, and must also be able to function
and make positive contributions as a team member.
Interact with visitors, including during seasonal keeper chats and media
A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or
university in life sciences, zoo keeping, animal psychology or similar,
related field is strongly preferred.
High School/GED may be accepted provided the candidate has a minimum of 10
years of directly related work experience at an AZA accredited zoo or
similar animal conservation institution.
Experience and interest in working with animals is necessary.
he successful candidate must be highly motivated and,
once trained, able to work independently with limited
Must have proven decision making/problem solving skills, good
Must be temperamentally suited to working with
Must be safety oriented.
be able to work outdoors and indoors under all environmental
• Must be
able to perform very heavy work, exerting at least 100 pounds of
force occasionally, and or up to 50 pounds of force frequently.
• Must be able to
climb and maintain body equilibrium while performing various
visual acuity and hearing required.
• Must be able to
be successfully vaccinated against rabies.
• Possible occupational exposure (Category B employee) to human
bloodborne pathogens. Possible exposure to dangerous chemicals
(e.g. chlorine bleach, cleaning agents, etc.) Must follow
Universal Protection Precautions and Bloodborne Pathogens
The Indianapolis Zoo is a one of the top tourist destinations
in Indiana. Our animal exhibits, gardens and aquariums delight
more than a million visitors annually. The Zoo is a private,
The Zoo offers a
competitive total compensation package that includes medical, dental,
vision, life, and short term disability; 403b plan; paid holidays, and paid
time off. Pay is commensurate with experience.
ONLY ONLINE APPLICATIONS ARE ACCEPTED (see below). Candidates should attach cover letters and résumés,
including three professional references (current or former supervisors are
preferred; no friends or relatives). Mailed, faxed and
hand-delivered applications will not be considered. No phone calls please.
On the online employment application, please enter “Deserts Keeper” in the
"position desired" section. Application deadline is Sept. 27.
Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of pre-employment
testing including a drug test, driving record and criminal history checks.
The Indianapolis Zoo is a drug free/smoke free workplace and an equal
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