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Herpetology Keeper

Gladys Porter Zoo
Bachelor Degree

It is necessary to note that Bachelor Degree is a prerequisite for this job vacancy. While the job opening is located in Brownsville, candidates from other regions may still apply as long as they fulfill the requirements outlined below. Negotiating the salary with the employer is an option since the salary is not mentioned in the job posting. May 16, 2024 marked the start of the job vacancy for Herpetology Keeper, which will no longer be accessible after June 13, 2024. Gladys Porter Zoo is accepting applications for internship positions. The employee will be stationed at Brownsville , TX , Brownsville , TX.

Gladys Porter Zoo

The Gladys Porter Zoo is a visitor-oriented zoological and botanical park, dedicated to the preservation of nature through education, conservation, healthy outdoor recreation and research. Located at the southern tip of Texas, it was opened in 1971 as a breeding center for endangered species and to promote an appreciation and understanding of wildlife, as well as the need to conserve it. The Zoo is owned by the City of Brownsville and managed by the Valley Zoological Society.

Herpetology Keeper

The Gladys Porter Zoo is seeking a full-time (40 hours per week) zoo keeper in the Herpetology Department. Herpetology keepers carry out the daily care of assigned reptiles and amphibians, which includes cleaning, feeding, watering, and observing animals, as well as providing training and enrichment. The Gladys Porter Zoo’s “Herp” Department currently houses nearly 100 species of reptiles & amphibians, including a large and diverse venomous snake collection, seven species of crocodilians, Galapagos tortoises, komodo dragons, and many more.


  • Directly responsible for daily animal husbandry, including cleaning, feeding, training and enrichment
  • Observes animals for medical issues and reports accordingly to the Associate Curator
  • Maintains an accurate record of animals in section, including animal welfare and enrichment reports
  • Performs routine maintenance in assigned areas, including painting, grass cutting, tree trimming, etc.

Experience Required

• One year’s experience working with reptiles and amphibians required • One year experience in an AZA accredited facility, or professional zoological institution preferred • Husbandry experience with venomous snakes is preferred

Further Comments

JOB REQUIREMENTS: • Must be physically fit and able to bend, kneel, climb, and lift 50 lbs. • Must have excellent powers of observation • Must be able to work in varying weather conditions (heat, cold, rain, etc.) • Will be required to work weekends, holidays, some evenings, rotating schedules, and, as circumstances warrant, beyond normal work hours EDUCATION: • Bachelor’s Degree in Biology or a related field preferred. Years of tenure can be substituted for a degree.


100% employer-paid health, vision, dental and life insurance; Paid time off: vacation, holidays and sick leave; Friendly co-workers . . . join our family! Zoo-friendly community; No traffic jams on the freeways; Extremely low cost-of-living!!

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Commensurate with experience

How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit a resume and references to the Curator of Herpetology, Clint Guadiana, at before 6/5/2024.  Please put the words “Herpetology Keeper” in the subject line.

Gladys Porter Zoo
500 E. Ringgold Street
Brownsville, TX 78520
Phone: 956 546-7187
Fax: 956 541-4940

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