Job Title: Keeper
Department: Mammals (Elephants)
Reports to: Lead Keepers and Curatorial Staff
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Job Status: Full-time
Job Purpose: Zoo Atlanta’s Elephant Team, part of the
Mammal Department, currently cares for 1.2 African elephants,
meerkats, and naked mole rats. In 2019, Zoo Atlanta opened the new
African savanna, which includes a state-of-the-art elephant facility
and an expanding elephant program.
Animal keepers are responsible for animal husbandry, including
training and enrichment. Additionally, the Zoo’s animal care
professionals are responsible for the maintenance of habitats, behind
the scenes animal areas, and public spaces as assigned. The Elephant
Keeper II will report to the Lead Keeper of Elephants. For more
information about Zoo Atlanta’s animal, conservation, and research
programs visit www.zooatlanta.org
ESSENTIAL DUTIES, SKILLS, AND RESPONSIBILITES:
- Monitor health and behavior of the animal collection and
communicate changes to supervisor and veterinary staff. Oversee
administration of medications as applicable.
- Maintain a high-performance level of general keeper duties
including excellent animal care and guest interactions.
- Strong interpersonal skills to form and maintain positive
relationships within the work environment.
- 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 guests with the willingness to provide
- Participate in and support collaborative efforts pertaining to the
care of the collection including training, enrichment, research and education.
- Complete behavioral management training and utilize operant
conditioning and enrichment techniques.
- Actively foster constructive attitudes and positively participate
in a team environment.
- Support Zoo Atlanta and its departments which include marketing,
education, veterinary services, facilities and external department initiatives.
- Demonstrate the ability to coordinate and supervise activities of
interns and volunteers.
- Communicates effectively with supervisory staff and co-workers,
both written and orally.
- When possible, actively participate in workshops, seminars,
activities and conferences aimed at continually improving job
knowledge and professional development.
- Must be willing to fully support Zoo Atlanta’s strategic plan,
mission and values, and work with all zoo staff to support these plans.
- Responsible for special projects, procedures, and goals set forth
by the area managers.
- Support Zoo Atlanta’s conservation and research initiatives.
- Must be dependable and willing to work flexible hours, weekends
- Must be able to work safely around elephants in a Protected
- Must be open to receiving and giving constructive coaching within
the elephant team.
- 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.