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Seasonal Zookeeper

Seasonal Zookeeper

Come join us at the Great Plains Zoo as a Seasonal Zookeeper!  Zookeepers are responsible for the specialized work involving all aspects of general care and feeding of zoo animals including the cleaning and maintenance of buildings, grounds, and exhibits.  Zookeepers at our Zoo work with a variety of species across several different taxonomic classes on a daily basis.

 

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:
  • Innovative animal husbandry that is in compliance with AZA and USDA standards
  • Preparation and feeding of approved diets. 
  • Monitoring of physical and behavioral aspects of the animals under assigned care.
  • Designing and maintaining proper animal enclosures/props/exhibits. 
  • Utilizing preventative husbandry techniques and providing proactive health care as required.
  • Grounds keeping (mowing, weeding, cleaning guest viewing, etc.)
  • Maintain exhibits and holding areas (cleaning, scrubbing, disinfecting, cleaning pools, substrate changes, etc.)
  • Maintain daily reports, medical records, enrichment logs, and other records as needed in the assigned area. 
  • Perform basic restraint, crating/uncrating and transport of animals as required and must have the ability to operate various sizes of animal squeeze cages for medical purposes.

 

Qualifications:

  • Requires a 4-year college degree in Biology, Animal Science, Zoology, or related field; or an equivalent level of work experience and education as determined by the hiring authority.
  •  Preference given for prior experience in a zoological institution, preferably AZA accredited
  •  Should have working knowledge of animal care and feeding practices.
  • Should have working knowledge of materials, methods, and equipment used in cleaning and caring for animals and grounds.
  • 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. 

The 45-acre Great Plains Zoo is located in Sioux Falls, SD a vibrant and growing community!

  • A metro population of over 278,000.
  • Smart Asset ranks Sioux Falls first as the Best City For Young Professionals in 2017, 2018 and 2019.  
  • ZipRecruiter identified Sioux Falls as the third hottest job market in 2020.
  • WalletHub ranked Sioux Falls as No. 15 on the 2019 list of Happiest Cities in America.
  • Livability ranked Sioux Falls No. 7 among the 2019 Top 100 Best Places to Live

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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.
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