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Posted: January 23, 2024 Expired: February 20, 2024
Mesker Park Zoo and Botanic Garden
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Mesker Park Zoo and Botanic Garden



Observation, handling, cleaning, feeding (often involving some food preparation from written instructions) and husbandry of captive animals.

Observe assigned animals closely, routinely, and objectively report to supervisor on their behavior, health and welfare.

Observe condition of assigned area(s), animal enclosures, and equipment.  Monitor and clean public space(s), plants, and interpretive as assigned.

Participates in training and operant conditioning and follows standardized reporting mechanisms.

Cleans and maintains animal exhibit areas, performs basic horticulture work within exhibit and disinfects animal enclosures.

Observes and reports maintenance needs of equipment, exhibits, buildings, and grounds; correction of minor maintenance needs.

Assist in restraining, crating, moving, and unloading of animals; occasionally, accompany animals in transit.

Assist in setting up animal exhibits.

Assist veterinarian or veterinary technician when required.

Use medicines and chemical cleaners according to instructions and/or standardized usage guidelines and safety information as set by the Material Data Sheets.

Participate in zookeeper training and educational programs as required.  Make suggestions to improve the accomplishments of Zoo objectives.

Responsible for the care, proper use and protection of equipment and property.

Communicate with and assist guests.  Take initiative to facilitate guests’ appreciation of animals and enjoyment of their visit.

Perform other related work as required.


Must possess an understanding of practical principles of animal behavior and the ability to work with live animals safely.

Strong working knowledge of the principles and techniques of biology, zoology, animal husbandry, or related work.  Must demonstrate the ability to increase knowledge of natural history, zoology, and general animal husbandry of the species and individual animals in area(s) of experience.

Perform area routines proficiently.  Continue developing proficiency in specialized procedures.  Must possess a record of consistency and accuracy in performing job duties.

Must be capable of dealing with emergencies calmly and efficiently.

Must be able to read and understand written instructions, write clear reports and requisitions, and fill out Zoo records and forms.

Maintains accurate, up-to-date records (e.g. daily, monthly) on the animal collection making use of the computer programs provided.  Basic computer literacy required.

Knowledge of proper dietary and medical care for various animals.

Ability to perform all tasks required of Zookeepers; deal effectively with animals, the public and other Zoo employees, maintain orderly, clear records and files.

Skill to follow written and oral technical animal management procedures.  Understand, foresee and apply safety precautions applicable to the work.

Skill to exercise good judgment and tact in evaluating situations and making decisions, skill to lead, give instructions and check the work of others (supervisory assignments only). 

Must possess good oral and written communication skills to record and present data generated in daily activities and research projects.

Need good physical strength and stamina; skill to operate mechanical power equipment; licensed to drive a vehicle; willingness to accept regular weekend, holiday, and occasional after-hours assignments.

Experience Required

Bachelor of Science Degree in the Applied Sciences, Animal Sciences, Agriculture, Biology, Zoology or relevant field required and one year of paid zoo animal keeping or related animal care experience.  In lieu of a Bachelor Degree, four years of paid zoo animal care or related animal care experience and two years of college level courses in Biological Sciences required.



How to Apply

Interested applicants should apply through the city of Evansville website at this link:

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Mesker Park Zoo and Botanic Garden
1545 Mesker Park Dr.
Evansville, IN 47720
Phone: 8124356143

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