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Animal Keeper - Team Africa

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

Since the employer does not disclose the salary, you can negotiate based on the company's commitment to employee health and wellness initiatives. The job vacancy named Animal Keeper - Team Africa was made available on May 13, 2024, and it will be removed on June 10, 2024. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden has full time jobs with flexible hours. The employer is seeking qualified candidates for a job in Cincinnati, but may also be open to considering remote workers who meet the qualifications. The work station is located at Cincinnati , OH , Cincinnati , OH.

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

Animal Keeper - Team Africa

The Cincinnati Zoo’s Team Africa is looking for a new team member with a passion for African species. The Africa section includes social carnivores (lions, painted dogs, meerkats) ungulates (hippos, giraffe, antelope) and various birds. This position is for a swing keeper role and will be expected to learn and work all routines in the area as needed. The ideal candidate is an animal care professional with a minimum of three years specifically involved with the care of any of these taxa. Practical experience with operant conditioning, behavior-based enrichment, and a swing role are strongly desired.


Minimum Desired Qualifications:


Education & Experience:

  • Demonstrated knowledge and relevant experience caring for animals in a zoo setting within the last five years
  • The ideal candidate will have a degree in a related field & experience working with a variety of ungulates, birds, and carnivores
  • Additional experience with animal introductions, operant conditioning, manual-restraint, and swing-keeping should be noted
  • This position requires a dedicated, motivated individual who excels at working collaboratively within a diverse team
  • Equivalent combinations of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job will be considered

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Actively demonstrate the Zoo’s Core Values and Behaviors
  • Demonstrate excellent communication and problem-solving skills, while applying good judgment, to deliver animal care and guest experiences that meet the highest standards
  • The ability to establish and maintain positive relationships with co-workers (including staff, interns, students and volunteers) is critical
  • Must be comfortable with guest interactions and in delivering public presentations, including daily keeper encounters and guest tours

Representative responsibilities/duties for include, but are not limited to:

  • Perform all duties associated with the provisioning of high-level animal husbandry for the animals in Africa
  • Complete inspection of all enclosures to ensure the safety of the animal collection and Zoo staff
  • Identify maintenance issues and correct or repair each as required, reporting non-correctable maintenance issues, including potential safety hazards, to the Maintenance Dept
  • Observe general animal health and behavior, on a daily basis, and report any abnormal circumstances to a supervisor
  • Maintain records of health, behavior, enrichment, operant conditioning and visitor engagement issues in designated programs in assigned areas, via electronic programs
  • Prepare and follow prescribed diets and feeding procedures for the animal collection
  • Perform behavior modification and enrichment programs in assigned areas;
  • Instruct new personnel in the proper methods of animal care consistent with approved policies and procedures
  • Assist in the training, supervision, evaluation of volunteers, interns, and vocational students, as needed
  • Assist animal health and curatorial staff with animal handling, capture, restraint, transport and medication administration
  • Develop and present visitor engagement programs that include, but are not restricted to, random encounters, educational programs and behind-the-scene tours
  • Interact with the public and Zoo staff in a professional and courteous manner
  • Make decisions consistent with the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden policies and procedures when required
  • Perform other duties as assigned by your supervisor


Working Conditions:  Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a post-offer, pre-employment drug & nicotine/drug screen & background check. While performing the duties of this job the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; climb or balance and grasp objects.  In addition, the employee may be exposed to Zoonosis, chemicals and outside weather conditions; Must be able to lift & move 50 pounds without mechanical assistance; possess a valid driver’s license (and insurable to drive a Zoo vehicle). Keepers on this team are expected to be able to work alone if needed.


Position Details: This is a full-time (40 hours per week with benefits) Union keeper position, which is subject to the successful completion of a probationary and the deduction of union dues. This position requires weekend work with regular off-days to be set at supervisor's discretion but will likely be non-weekend days. This is a 4-10 hr/day schedule which requires flexibility to work early morning and late evening events. 


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Pay & Benefits: Starting hourly pay rate is between $21.15 - $25.06 depending upon experience. We offer a comprehensive benefits package in support of our employees’ Total Well-Being including affordable medical, dental & vision coverage; free mental health counseling and coaching, 401(k) plan with company match; flexible spending accounts; generous paid time off banks; company-paid disability & life insurance; park discounts and free passes. .


To apply for this position, please visit  Cover letter and resume should be included in your online application.  Applications will be reviewed as they are received, so please apply soon!


We strive to be an organization that is diverse and reflects the fullness of society. With a strongly held value for an organizational culture characterized by inclusion and belonging, we are committed to equity in all we do. We are especially interested in candidates who can contribute to our organization’s diversity and who want to walk alongside us in our commitment to inclusion and equity.  CZBG is a Ellequate Certified Leader in Workplace Equity.  


Full Benefits


Starting pay range is $21.15 - $25.06/hour, DOE

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please visit  Cover letter and resume should be included in your online application.  Applications will be reviewed as they are received, so please apply soon!

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
3400 Vine St
Cincinnati, OH 45220

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