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Animal Care Keeper

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens (TLD) is seeking exceptional candidates to join the Animal Care team as Animal Care Keepers.  We are looking for animal care professionals who have a desire to make a positive difference for desert wildlife.  The animal care keeper role requires a motivated, dedicated team player who is willing to make a significant commitment to the organization. 

Position Summary:

The Animal Keeper is an energetic front-line staff position responsible for providing the highest quality daily care, husbandry and behavioral management of a defined portion of The Living Desert’s animal collection, including the daily care of the habitats.  The role includes a high level of interactive engagement with our guests.

A TLD animal care keeper is an example to others while working towards an improved future and shared vision within TLD.  This position educates, engages and provides exemplary guest service experiences for all Zoo guests through various programs, activities, and continuous guest interaction as outlined by animal management.

Under the direction of an Animal Care Curator, this person must have the ability to make good decisions regarding the welfare and safety of animals, staff and guests.  This person will support the zoo in our mission “to support desert conservation through preservation, education and appreciation” and will help the zoo achieve a forward-thinking vision of a modern zoo and inclusive culture.

Specific Skills include but are not limited to:


Physical Position Description:

ESSENTIAL PHYSICAL TASKS: Standing, walking, twisting, climbing, crawling, kneeling, reaching motions, lifting up to 50lbs.

TYPICAL WORKING CONDITIONS: Exposure to extreme heat, chemicals, and dust/airborne materials. Work with potentially dangerous animals (i.e. large ungulates, carnivores, venomous animals).

HOLIDAY WORK: Holiday and weekend work required.

TRAVEL: Occasional conference and workshop attendance available, if funding available. Some or all expenses paid.

This class specification should not be interpreted as all inclusive. It is intended to identify the major responsibilities and requirements of this job. The incumbents may be requested to perform job-related responsibilities and tasks other than those stated in this specification.

 To apply for this position: Qualified applicants must send resume, three (3) references and cover letter to Heather Down, Animal Care Curator at Cover letter should include how you will be key in moving the Animal Department forward, and how you will move The Living Desert mission forward. Deadline for submissions: Friday, September 4, 2020 at 5pm (pst).

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