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Zookeeper - Permanent Part-time

Posted: January 18, 2024 Expired: February 15, 2024
Cosley Zoo

Cosley Zoo

Nestled on five acres, Cosley Zoo is home to farm animals and native wildlife. Visitors will discover exhibits that immerse them in natural habitats for white-tailed deer, red fox, Blanding’s turtles, a coyote, and more. Cosley Zoo is also a center for animal education and conservation, offering programs that teach young and old how to care for the world around them and give back to the communities in which they live, work, and play.

Zookeeper - Permanent Part-time


This position is responsible for the welfare of collection animals and maintenance of their enclosures.


  1. Effectively use all available materials, supplies, and equipment.
  2. Perform scheduled routine feeding, cleaning, and general husbandry for domestic and wild animals.
  3. Work effectively as a team member in all animal areas.
  4. Maintain the highest level of safety in the work area through implementation of safety protocols and procedures.
  5. Oversee animal related tasks and areas as assigned.
  6. Maintain inventory of animal-related supplies as assigned.
  7. Monitor health and behavior of animal collection and communicate changes to supervisor in a timely manner.
  8. Oversee administration of medications, restraint, or transport as assigned.
  9. Report repairs and maintenance needs for enclosures, equipment, and grounds promptly.
  10. Participate in behavioral husbandry programs for enrichment, training, and behavioral analysis.
  11. Assist with special events, fund-raisers, and educational programs as assigned.
  12. Operate zoo equipment such as zoo skid-steer tractor and truck efficiently and safely.
  13. Interact courteously with public to provide education, information, assistance, and control to enforce the policies and procedures of the district and zoo.
  14. Submit and maintain accurate written records and reports including enrichment evaluations, training logs, and daily reports.
  15. Monitor and control water quality in water features.
  16. Facilitate animal care volunteer and intern training and mentorship as assigned.
  17. Assist with ex situ and in situ conservation projects as assigned.
  18. Provide a high quality of customer service in a professional manner to the internal customer that will facilitate team building and exceptional customer service to the external customer.
  19. Follow the Wheaton Park District and Cosley Zoo policies, procedures, and guidelines.
  20. Proactively support the V.A.L.U.E.S. (integrity, fun, commitment, adaptability and growth, kindness, and service) on a daily basis.


28 hours/week year round between the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

.Will be required to work one weekend day each week.

Experience Required

REQUIRED EDUCATION, QUALIFICATIONS, KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES Minimum of a bachelor of science degree in animal husbandry, biology, zoology, or related field. Equivalent training and experience in zoos or other animal care facility considered. Experience with an AZA accredited zoo preferred. Must be proficient in the use of Microsoft Word. Must have great analytical, organizational, interpersonal; and written and verbal communication skills. Must be comfortable handling domestic animals and native wildlife.

Further Comments

REQUIRED CERTIFICATIONS, LICENSES, ETC Must have and maintain: a valid driver’s license with acceptable driving record, CPR/AED certified or obtain within one (1) year of employment, and current Mandatory Reporter certificate. PHYSICAL DEMANDS Must be able to: frequently move throughout the buildings and the zoo and on uneven ground; occasionally and repetitively use a keyboard; occasionally move objects such as feed bags, animals, etc. weighing up to 50 lbs. and over 50 lbs. with assistance; occasionally position self to move objects below waist or above head; and frequently communicate with staff, volunteers, interns, etc. Frequently handle various mammals, reptiles, birds, etc. safely. ENVIRONMENTAL DEMANDS Must be able to: continuously tolerate all weather conditions and insects, exposure to pesticides, chemicals, fumes, gasses, odors, dust, mold, animal hair/dander/feces and mud, and frequently to wet, slippery surfaces including up to a few feet of water.


24 hours PTO after one year of employment. Free access to Employee Assistance Program.



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Cosley Zoo
1356 N. Gary Avenue
Wheaton, IL 60187
Phone: 630-665-5534
Fax: Cosley Zoo

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