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Seasonal Animal Care Assistant

Seasonal Animal Care Assistant


Come join us at the Great Plains Zoo as a Seasonal Animal Care Assistant!  Animal Care Assistants will assist professional Zookeepers in the general care of the exhibits in which our animals live including the cleaning and maintenance of buildings, grounds, and exhibits.  


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Provide all aspects of daily care for the animals in assigned exhibits and holding areas including but not limited to:
    • Preparation and feeding of approved diets. 
    • Maintaining proper animal enclosures/props/exhibits. 
    • Grounds keeping (mowing, weeding, cleaning guest viewing, etc.)
    • Maintain exhibits and holding areas (cleaning, scrubbing, disinfecting, cleaning pools, substrate changes, etc.)



  • Requires college level course work in Biology, Animal Science, Zoology, or related field; or an equivalent level of work experience and education as determined by the hiring authority.
  • Must have the ability to interact professionally with co-workers, vendors, and guests.
  • Must be able to work a flexible work schedule including weekends, holidays, and evenings as required.
  • Must be able to climb ladders/stairs, lift crates/animals and/or equipment weighing 70 lbs, operate mowers, handle fire hoses, operate weed eaters, wheelbarrows loaded up to 150 lbs, be agile and flexible to maneuver in and around exhibits, corrals and holding areas.

The Great Plains Zoo is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to foster a greater understanding of our natural world through Education, Conservation, Recreation and Discovery.  The Great Plains Zoo cares for animals from around the world and offers up-close views of animals often not found in larger zoos, including giraffes, tigers, black rhinos and a national award-winning Snow Monkey exhibit. 


Complete  the employment application form below and upload your resume.



Proof of U.S. Citizenship or immigration status will be required upon employment. Criminal convictions are not an absolute bar to employment, but will only be considered in relation to specific job requirements.


  • Love this zoo! Great place to get a walk in and the animals are everywhere! The museum/indoor part is very educational too. Has a lot of shade for when it's hot out. Very clean. Friendly staff.

    Taylor F.
  • We love to visit the zoo. They have great outdoor exhibits and lots to do inside as well. Great for kids and adults.

    Robin A.
  • Lots of great exhibits and animals to see! Fun gift shop and learning center.

    Stephanie N.
  • The museum gives you a break from the sun on hot summer days and has a great selection of animal exhibits from around the world. ¬†The zoo keeps growing and adding new animal habitats or improving existing ones. ¬†Membership offers reciprocal benefits to other zoos around the country.

    Bill T.