Elephant Keeper

    • Job Tracking ID: 512699-801952
    • Job Location: Atlanta, GA
    • Job Level: Any
    • Level of Education: Any
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: December 29, 2021
    • Years of Experience: Any
    • Starting Date: ASAP
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Job Description:

Job Title: Elephant 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 I will report to the Lead Keeper of Elephants. For more information about Zoo Atlanta’s animal, conservation, and research programs visit




  • Effectively monitor health and behavior of the animal collection and communicate changes to supervisor and veterinary staff. Oversee administration of medications as applicable.
  • 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 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.
  • Maintain a high-performance level of general keeper dutiesincluding excellent animal care and guest interactions including scheduled on-ground talks.
  • Use strong interpersonal skills to form and maintain positive relationships within the work environment.
  • Positively promote and foster work that improves department function and productivity.
  • Oversee activities of interns and volunteers.
  • 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 and holidays.
  • Must be able to work safely around elephants in a Protected Contact environment.
  • 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.



Experience and Skills:


  • Prior elephant experience and/or related exotic animal care experience is required. Paid experience at an AZA accredited facility is preferred.
  • Communicates effectively with supervisory staff and co-workers both written and orally.
  • Experience with operant conditioning and enrichment techniques is preferred.
  • Demonstrate computer proficiency to complete the functions of this position.
  • Must be able to use light power tools after suitable training.




  • Four-year degree in biology, psychology, or related field is preferred; sufficient relevant experience will be considered.



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



  • Must be able to work outdoors in all weather conditions and have the physical ability to perform strenuous work.



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