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Primates Keeper- Seasonal

Posted: February 8, 2024 Expired: March 7, 2024
Indianapolis Zoo

Indianapolis Zoo

Primates Keeper- Seasonal


Orangutans, Chimpanzees, and Baboons. OH MY! From caring from our wide variety of primates, to preparing diets for the animals in their care, to participating in chats with the public, our Seasonal Primate Keepers are always on the move! Swing into the 2024 season with a rewarding seasonal opportunity at the Indianapolis Zoo, where you will develop key skills to care for orangutans, chimpanzees, gibbons, and baboons, as well as be a part of the grand opening of the International Chimpanzee Complex!

Ideal candidates are committed to advancing the Zoo's mission to protect nature and inspire people to care for our world. Having a professional attitude and appearance to visitors, volunteers, and co-workers is vital to the position as well as being a team-oriented individual that is temperamentally suited to work with the public and animals. Prior experience working with primates is highly desired. This seasonal (40 hours per week) position will work from the months of April to October, with a pay rate of $13.00/ hr. Weekend, holiday, overtime and/ or varied shift work is required.


Position Requirements and Experience:

  • Minimum of one (1) year animal care experience preferably with primates is preferred. College course work in a suitable animal-related field may be substituted for work experience.
  • Ability to work outdoors and indoors under all environmental conditions and temperatures.
  • Ability to transport and move items, exerting at least 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/ or up to 50 pounds of force frequently.
  • Ability to ascend/ descend ladders, steps, and uneven terrain, while maintaining body equilibrium while performing various jobs.
  • Exceptional visual acuity is required, along with the ability to communicate, comprehend, and decipher information accurately, using a two-way radio.
  • Possible occupational exposure (Category B employee) to human bloodborne pathogens. Possible exposure to dangerous chemicals (e.g. chlorine bleach, cleaning agents, etc.) Must follow Universal Protection Precautions and Bloodborne Pathogens Guidelines.
  • High school diploma or equivalent is required. Bachelor's degree in a Life Science area from an accredited college/university in life sciences is strongly preferred.

To apply:

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

The Indianapolis Zoo is proud to be a Smoke-Free/ Drug-Free/ Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE)/ Child Safe Work Environment.

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.


$13.00 an 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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