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Full-Time Seasonal Keeper Assistant - Birds

Rosamond Gifford Zoo

The employer is looking for candidates who are willing to relocate for the position if offered the job, regardless of their current location. Rosamond Gifford Zoo is seeking full time employees who are adaptable to change. Not knowing the salary, you may be able to negotiate it with the employer. September 13, 2023 was when the job posting for the Full-Time Seasonal Keeper Assistant - Birds position started, and it will expire on October 11, 2023. The workplace for this job is at Syracuse , NY , Syracuse , NY.

Rosamond Gifford Zoo

Full-Time Seasonal Keeper Assistant - Birds

The Rosamond Gifford Zoo is looking for a highly motivated individual interested in a Keeper Assistant position in Birds.  Prior experience in a zoological institution is desired, preferably AZA-accredited.


Qualified individuals will be expected to assist in the care of the animal collection under the supervision of senior animal keepers and department manager. Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Husbandry - including cleaning, scrubbing/disinfecting enclosures
  • Implementing approved enrichment
  • Notifying senior animal keepers and department manager of any inconsistencies in the health or behavior of animals in the zoo’s collection
  • Diet preparation
  • Assisting in ZIMS data entry
  • Horticulture and maintenance of exhibits and grounds


Individuals applying for a position must possess the following:

  • Working knowledge of animal care and feeding practices
  • Working knowledge of materials, methods, and equipment used in cleaning and caring for buildings and grounds
  • Ability to understand and recognize normal and abnormal animal behavior, indicators of stress, social dominance, reproductive behavior, territoriality, etc.
  • Ability to interface with coworkers and zoo visitors
  • Public speaking skills
  • Ability to cope with the physical demands of the profession (i.e. must be able to lift 50 pounds, work outside in all seasons/weather, stand for prolonged periods of time, etc.)


Applicants must possess a valid driver license. Housing is not provided.

How to Apply

Please submit the following materials to:


Daniel Meates, General Curator

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Rosamond Gifford Zoo

1 Conservation Place

Syracuse, NY 13204


  • resume, including education and relevant experience
  • cover letter with statement of personal goals
  • two references

Rosamond Gifford Zoo
1 Conservation Place
Syracuse, NY 13204
Phone: (315)435-8511
Fax: (315)435-8517

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