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Peoria Zoo - Animal Keeper

Posted: January 29, 2024 Expired: February 26, 2024
Peoria Zoo
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Peoria Zoo

Peoria Zoo

Peoria Zoo - Animal Keeper


We contribute to healthy and vibrant communities by responsibly using our resources to offer high quality parks, recreation, and education experiences to those who live, work, or play in our District.

Under the supervision of the Curator of Animals, the Animal Keeper is responsible for a number of specific tasks as outlined below under responsibilities.


  • In the absence of the Curator of Animals, contact veterinary service in case of emergencies, procure essential supplies, and communicate with appropriate senior staff members when problems arise.
  • Assist and mentor Animal Keepers to achieve the highest level of well-being by facilitating animal training sessions including evaluations and staying current on industry standards and best practices.
  • Perform Animal Keeper duties for species/exhibits assigned by supervisor.
  • Care for the wild and domestic animals in the Zoo’s collection.
  • Assist in the handling of animals, distribution of medications, assist in surgery, and record keeping of medications to the assigned string.
  • Maintain accurate records and paperwork necessary to maintain a captive animal population.
  • Participate in behavioral enhancement for the animal collection.
  • Report emergencies and unusual situations to appropriate personnel.
  • Perform routine maintenance tasks as needed. Assist in exhibit repair and construction. Ensure exhibits are properly maintained for the species displayed and the general public.
  • Assume responsibility for knowing, being trained, and following all safety procedures that pertain to the duties performed. Support all aspects of the Park District’s safety program.
  • Perform all other duties as assigned.

Experience Required

SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES WILL HAVE • Four year college degree in related field. Although a degree is preferred, extensive experience in a like position with similar duties and responsibilities may be substituted for all or part of the educational requirement. • One year of full-time experience in the care and maintenance of wild and/or domestic animals required. A combination of education and experience may substitute. Comprehensive understanding of and proven successful performance of animal training through positive reinforcement. • Basic knowledge of characteristics, diet, habits and well-being of wild and domestic animals. • Aptitude for on-the-job training and ability to follow written and oral instructions. • Ability to work harmoniously with the public and fellow employees in a positive and cooperative manner. • Must be dependable, courteous and able to work with people of all ages. • Ability to be professional, respectful, accountable, innovative, to follow safety procedures, and be equitable to both internal and external customers. • Requires Class “D” driver’s license.


BENEFITS AND PERKS Paid sick days, vacation days and holidays. Longevity bonus programs and wellness programs. Pension and retirement programs and Social Security participating. Exceptional health plan. Paid Life Insurance. Disability Insurance. Full-time employees and dependents enjoy discounted recreation classes and free admission to select Park District facilities.


$40,013 PER YEAR

How to Apply


  • To apply and to view this and all other employment opportunities at the Peoria Park District, visit
  • Applicants may submit a resume, but to be fully considered for this position an online application must be completed
  • While we appreciate all submissions, due to high volume, only those applicants who are selected for interview will be contacted. 
  • Applications will be reviewed until position is filled.

The Peoria Park District hires without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, citizenship status, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, pregnancy, military status or unfavorable discharge from military service, protected veteran status or on the basis of any characteristic protected by law. 
All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply. 

Peoria Zoo
PEORIA, IL 61603-2132
Fax: Peoria Zoo

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