Animal keepers are responsible for supporting all the operations associated with the husbandry of the animals under the direction of the Husbandry Manager

  • Carrying out all aspects of the daily care of assigned animals, including but not limited to cleaning, feeding, exhibit maintenance, and general upkeep of support facilities.
  • Maintaining clean and organized exhibits, service areas, and equipment.
  • Preparing and feeding diets as per established feeding practices and diet sheets.
  • Administering prescribed medications, supplements, or treatments under the guidance of the Husbandry Manager.
  • Maintaining daily reports, logs, and records as appropriate and according to established guidelines.
  • Understanding and applying a practical understanding of operant conditioning as it relates to the daily management of species on grounds.
  • Assist in a variety of pest and plant control throughout the park.
  • Identifying potential maintenance or safety issues and reporting them appropriately.
  • Participating in keeper chats, tours, animal presentations or demonstrations, and/or other public interactions as requested by the Husbandry Manager.
  • May oversee work activities and/or provide training for interns, seasonal workers, or volunteers.
  • Working weekends and/or holidays.

  • Bachelors or Associates degree in Animal Science, Biology, or other related Science
  • Experience working with exotic animals.
  • Strong interpersonal, team-building, and communication skills.
  • Basic skills with Microsoft Office and Excel software applications.
  • Licensed to operate a motor vehicle in North Carolina, or the ability to obtain a license.
  • Ability to lift at least 50lbs..

  • 1-2 years of experience working with exotic animals; as a paid employee not in a volunteer capacity.
  • Construction and maintenance experience.
  • Experience with operant conditioning, developing and completion of an animal training project.
  • Public speaking and education skills developed.

  • The salary for this position is commensurate with experience. Shared housing opportunities may be available.

  • Please include 2 references with your resume. There will be a 2-step selection process from this point. First, there will be a round of traditional interviews. These can be done over the phone for individuals who are not local. The final step in the selection process will be a working interview.

    We are accepting full and part-time applications.

    Please contact if you experience any issues with the application process or have further questions regarding the position.
  • Animal Park at the Conservators Center Employment Application

    Animal Keeper

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