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Keeper I

Posted: May 22, 2024 Expired: November 27, 2023
Saginaw Children's Zoo

Saginaw Children's Zoo

The Saginaw Children’s Zoo is one of just six zoos and aquariums in the state to be accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) — a distinction for meeting the highest standards in animal care and providing fun, safe, and educational family experiences.

Keeper I

Keeper I 

Share our passion for animals with us and be a part of something BIG! The Saginaw Children’s Zoo is hiring for Keeper I positions. With your help, we can strive to be the BEST little zoo in Michigan. As a champion for animals and children, we create extraordinary experiences for all. The Saginaw Children’s Zoo seeks individuals who wish to provide our visitors and the community with engaging encounters. As one of the zoos and aquariums accredited by the AZA, we offer high quality educational programs and experiences while creating a family-friendly atmosphere in the heart of the Great Lakes Bay Region.

Title: Keeper I

Description: The Saginaw Children’s Zoo is looking for individuals interested in joining our team caring for invertebrates, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Daily husbandry of animals
  • Evaluating animal welfare
  • Preparing diets
  • Record keeping
  • Providing enrichment
  • Engaging in operant conditioning with animals
  • Public interaction and visitor engagement
  • Assisting in veterinary procedures as assigned

A successful candidate for this position has a positive attitude, a teamwork-oriented mindset, a strong work ethic, is dependable, and communicates well in both oral and written formats.

This is a full-time (40 hr/week) position with benefits.


  • Four-year degree in related field
  • One (1) year paid animal care experience, zoo or aquarium setting preferred, experience with North American river otters, primates, and domestic animals a plus
  • Experience working on a team
  • Effective communication skills, both verbal & written
  • Computer competency and proficiency with Microsoft Office, ZIMS proficiency a plus
  • Ability to work on projects independently under direction
  • Ability to manage time effectively
  • Ability to work in inclement weather & difficult situations
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including holidays, weekends, evenings and emergency situations.
  • Ability to lift and maneuver 50 lbs. on a regular basis
  • Able to work safely around allergens such as hay, straw, and grass
  • Ability to follow all procedures, protocols and policies.

Salary: $13.35/hr

Category type (internship or job): Job

How should a candidate apply? Please email Resume AND Cover Letter to

Company Information

Saginaw Children’s Zoo

1730 S. Washington Avenue, Saginaw, MI 48601

Company Phone: 989 759-1408

Company Website:

Company Twitter Username: Saginaw Zoo

Company Facebook Page: Saginaw Children’s Zoo

About the Company

We are champions for animals and children; we create extraordinary experiences for all. Our vision is to be the BEST little zoo in Michigan! We are situated on 10 acres of landscaped paths featuring beautiful gardens, animal exhibits, and the region’s only hand-carved carousel. Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) since 2009 we are home to 160 animals.





How to Apply

Please email Resume AND Cover Letter to

Saginaw Children's Zoo
1730 S. Washington Ave
Saginaw, MI 48601
Phone: 989-759-1408

@Saginaw Zoo

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