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Primates Keeper - Full Time

Indianapolis Zoo

Indianapolis Zoo is seeking full time employees who are self-motivated. The Primates Keeper - Full Time job posting was advertised on May 14, 2024, and it will be closed on June 11, 2024. The employer's non-disclosure of salary means that you can negotiate based on the company's performance-based bonuses and rewards for achieving key performance indicators. This job opportunity is open to candidates who are based in Indianapolis, as well as those who live elsewhere and are willing to relocate. The successful candidate will be based out of Indianapolis , IN , Indianapolis , IN.

Indianapolis Zoo

Primates Keeper - Full Time

The Indianapolis Zoo's Primates department is searching for a keeper to join our growing team! This position will primarily care for our chimpanzee, orangutan, baboon, gibbon, macaque, and tamarin residents. Duties include cleaning and maintaining animal environments, preparing and distributing daily enrichment, observing animal behavior, participating in positive reinforcement training, ensuring optimal animal welfare, supporting a variety of research activities, and educating zoo guests.

The ideal candidate is committed to advancing the Zoo's mission to protect nature and inspire people to care for our world. Prior experience in the animal care profession, preferably a zoological setting, is required. Prior experience working with Primates is highly desired. This is a full-time, 40 hours per week position that requires availability to work weekends, holidays, and overtime as needed. Strong observational and communication skills (both verbal and written), as well as a team-oriented attitude are essential.


Working with Primates requires a specialized skillset and physical abilities that include but are not limited to:

  • One (1) year of prior related work experience.
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college/ university in Zoology, Biology, or a related field is required.
  • Demonstrates patience, gentleness, respect, and consistency with animals in their care.
  • Assists with developing and implementing area chats, feeds, demonstrations and behind the scenes tours.
  • Completes daily husbandry tasks and recordkeeping.
  • Assists with exhibit modifications and repairs. Previous experience with tools is desirable.
  • Displays a professional attitude and appearance to visitors, volunteers, and co-workers.
  • Ability to transport and move items, exerting up to 100 pounds of force occasionally, and up to 50 pounds of force frequently.
  • Ability to ascend/ descend ladders, steps and uneven terrain, while maintaining body equilibrium to perform various jobs.
  • Ability to work comfortably at heights, and operate a scissor lift as necessary.
  • Ability to detect, assess, identify, and observe surroundings to make sound judgments, along with the ability to communicate verbally, comprehend and decipher information accurately, using a two-way radio and telephone.
  • Valid driver's license and driving record that is insurable by our carrier.

To apply:

  • Interested candidates must complete an online Zoo application.
  • Interested candidates must include a resumé, cover letter, and salary requirements to be considered.

Employment at the Indianapolis Zoo is contingent upon the successful completion of pre-employment testing including a background check, motor vehicle check (if applicable) and a drug test.

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Work for the wildest employer in Indianapolis! Some perks include: Medical (Health Savings Account with employer contribution included), Dental, Vision, and Life Insurance, Short-Term Disability paid through the Zoo for eligible employees; 403(b) Retirement Plan, generous Paid Time Off (PTO), Immediate Paid Holidays, complimentary Zoo Membership, Reciprocal Benefits to other local institutions, and many, many more!!!


$19 per hour

How to Apply

Interested candidates must submit an application to the Indianapolis Zoo's website at:

Indianapolis Zoo
1200 W Washington St, P.O. Box 22309
Indianapolis, IN 46222

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