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Keeper II-Gorilla Forest

Posted: May 23, 2024 Expired: November 27, 2023
Louisville Zoo
3 Year

Louisville Zoo

Keeper II-Gorilla Forest

The Louisville Zoo is excited to announce an extremely rare opportunity to join us as a fulltime keeper directly into our award-winning Gorilla Forest habitat! Gorillas, pygmy hippos, and colobus monkeys await!

Gorilla Forest is an innovative, AZA award winning facility designed to permit the routine rotation of gorilla groups through two giant outdoor habitats, three connected 2-stories indoor habitats, numerous behind the scenes bedroom areas and an outdoor, behind-the-scenes gorilla patio spot!  Louisville currently houses bachelors and a family group. In addition, our colobus and pygmy hippos currently have breeding recommendations! Hard to say which is the more compelling, a fluffy white newborn colobus or the little plump Gumby-like hippo calf. Of course, being part of the conservation effort for these threatened and endangered species is the true reward. Cool stuff either way!  

As a huge bonus, Louisville has a small town feel with big city attributes like awesome dining, professional sports, theater, major concert events and more, all surrounded by the natural beauty of forests, rolling hills, caverns, and waterways.   

Successful candidates will possess:

  • An established effort towards the prerequisites that are conducive to a zoo career: completed high school, associates or bachelor’s degree, zoo internships, animal volunteering, seasonal or part-time keeper employment, full-time zoo keeping experience, etc. 
  • Positive and flexible attitude, the ability to follow both firm and fluid instructions, exemplary communications skills, and trustworthy critical thinking ability.
  • Exemplary understanding of animal (primate) behavior motivation, behavior management and operant conditioning application.
  • A strong teamwork outlook with an individual accountability focus.

Please note: The generic job description posted on our city website references the normal keeper duties as well as duties in other areas. Please ignore those other areas.  This is a full-time job in Gorilla Forest only! 

Questions? Contact Ron Evans

Experience Required

1-3 years


medical, dental, vision, paid time off, pension

How to Apply

If interested, please apply at:[0]=Zoo&sort=PositionTitle%7CAscending

Louisville Zoo
1100 Trevilian Way
Louisville, KY 40213

@Louisville Zoo

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