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The Living Desert

Animal Care Keeper-Wildlife Programs

Job Posting


The Living Desert is seeking a qualified individual to join our Animal Department Team as a Wildlife Programs Animal Care Keeper.  This individual will work in a dynamic and innovative team within the following areas; Wildlife Programs, Wildlife on Wheels, and Village Reptiles.  This is a key performance position that requires an outgoing, creative, confident, self-motivated team player who is willing to make a significant commitment to the organization.  This position requires an enthusiastic individual with strong guest engagement skills, good stage presence, and the ability to work in a fast-paced labor-intensive environment.  This individual must value fun and have prior experience handling and training animal ambassadors.


Successful candidates will demonstrate exceptional public speaking and performance skills to conduct formal and informal presentations, including full scripted amphitheater shows.   This person will be essential within the area team in delivering uncompromising excellence in animal care, welfare and guest engagement.


Position Summary:

Reports to Animal Care Curator.  This position also works on a regular basis as an Animal Care Keeper primarily focused but not limited to the amphitheater shows and outreach.


Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:

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To apply for this position: Qualified applicants must send resume, three (3) references and cover letter to Renee Barnett, Animal Care Curator at  Cover letter should include how you will be key in moving the Animal Department forward, how you will move The Living Desert mission forward and how you will be instrumental in leading this team. Deadline for submissions: Wednesday September 25, 2019 at 5pm (pst)