Primate Keeper III

    • Job Tracking ID: 512699-746619
    • Job Location: Atlanta, GA
    • Job Level: Mid Career (2+ years)
    • Level of Education: Any
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: October 20, 2020
    • Years of Experience: 5 - 7 Years
    • Starting Date: ASAP
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Job Description:

Zoo Atlanta Job Description

Job Title: Keeper III

Department: Primates

Reports to: Lead Keepers and Curatorial Staff

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Job Status: Full-time

Job Purpose:

Zoo Atlanta is currently expanding its keeper staff and we are looking for enthusiastic applicants to join our team! Zoo Atlanta houses a diverse collection of primates including the largest zoological collection of apes in the country. We are seeking an experienced keeper to add to our team. The Keeper III is responsible for animal husbandry (including training and enrichment) and maintenance of exhibit, holding and public facilities of the assigned area. The Keeper III will report to the area managers.


  • Maintain a high performance level of general keeper duties including excellent animal care and visitor interactions including scheduled on-ground talks to our guests
  • Maintain the highest level of safety in the work area through implementation of safety protocols and procedures
  • Actively support and implement area policies, procedures and protocols to ensure the highest standards of care for the collection and the safety of staff and visitors
  • Participate in and support collaborative efforts pertaining to the care of the collection including training, enrichment, research and education
  • Actively foster constructive attitudes and a team orientation among staff.
  • Support the goals of Zoo Atlanta and its departments
  • Participate in conservation related projects that reflect the zoo’s mission and department goals
  • Understand and support Zoo Atlanta’s Strategic and Master Plans and departmental Collection Plans
  • Oversee activities of interns and volunteers
  • Willingness to be cross-trained in other primate areas as needed
  • Communicates effectively with supervisory staff and co-workers
  • Promotes communication and information sharing between units
  • When possible, actively participate in workshops, seminars, activities and conferences aimed at continually improving job knowledge and professional development
  • This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive; therefore, the employee may be required to perform other reasonably related duties as assigned by management


  • A minimum of five years’ animal care experience in a zoological setting
  • Demonstrated ability to apply operant conditioning techniques and experience with enrichment techniques
  • Good communication skills, an enthusiasm for interacting with the public and a willingness to give regular talks to visitors, special groups, etc.
  • Possess basic writing and computer skills to complete reports and other written work as required
  • Must possess a positive approach when interacting with other zoo employees
  • Must be able to function as a team member and support Zoo Atlanta’s mission
  • Able to safely operate a vehicle and use light power tools after suitable training


  • Four-year degree in biology, psychology, or related field; sufficient relevant experience will be considered in partial fulfillment of education requirement


  • Must obtain and maintain a valid Georgia driver’s license


  • Must be able to work outdoors in inclement weather and have the physical ability to perform strenuous work, including lifting at least 50 pounds repetitively


This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. Therefore, the employee may be required to perform other reasonably related duties as assigned by the immediate supervisor or other management. The company reserves the right to revise or change job duties as business requirements dictate. It is mutually agreed that this job description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment.

Zoo Atlanta is an EOE and provides a Smoke-free and Drug-free Work Environment

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