Job Title: Keeper I
Reports to: Lead Keepers and Curatorial Staff
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Job Status: Full-time hourly starting at $15.70. Pay
commensurate with experience. Zoo Atlanta is committed to regularly
evaluating keeper salary.
About Zoo Atlanta:
Located just minutes from downtown, Zoo Atlanta is the oldest and one
of the most respected cultural destinations in the Southeast’s largest
and most vibrant city. Culture, dining, nightlife, and famously
eclectic neighborhoods, not to mention a temperate climate year-round,
attract a growing number of newcomers to the one-and-only Atlanta.
As an organization, Zoo Atlanta’s points of pride include being one
of only three zoos in the U.S. to house giant pandas; home of one of
North America’s largest populations of great apes; and a longtime
reputation for excellence in the care and study of reptiles and
amphibians. Our mission sets us apart, and every day at Zoo Atlanta is
an opportunity for discovery, a chance to contribute to conservation,
and a way to make a difference in the lives of the people of our
community. We are looking for new team members dedicated to providing
the best in animal welfare.
As a workplace, Zoo Atlanta is very proud of a commitment to
diversity and inclusion and a competitive compensation and benefits
package. Benefits include but are not limited to outstanding medical
coverage and 403b retirement program match; vacation time buy and
sell; professional development training; paid time off for community
volunteering; and more.
Animal keepers are responsible for animal welfare and husbandry,
including training and enrichment. Additionally, animal keepers are
responsible for maintenance of habitats, holdings, and public areas as
assigned. The Keeper I will report to the area managers. For more
information about our mission, animal, conservation, and research
programs visit www.zooatlanta.org. Zoo Atlanta is home to one of North
America’s largest populations of gorillas and orangutans. Our primate
programs are nationally and internationally recognized with our
research, training, enrichment, and animal care techniques
contributing to the world’s knowledge of ape biology, behavior, and
management. Zoo Atlanta is also the only facility in North America
that houses drill monkeys, considered endangered by IUCN. Our small
primates live in dynamic mixed species habitats.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES, SKILLS, AND RESPONSIBILITES:
* Must be willing to support Zoo Atlanta’s strategic plan, mission
and values, and work with all zoo staff to support these plans.
* Maintain a high-performance level of excellent animal
* Participate in and support collaborative efforts
pertaining to the care of the collection including training,
enrichment, research, and education.
* Complete behavioral
management training provided by Zoo Atlanta and utilize operant
conditioning and enrichment techniques.
* Complete animal welfare
training provided by Zoo Atlanta, participate in animal welfare
assessments, and contribute to follow-through on animal welfare action
items when necessary.
* Effectively monitor health and behavior
of the animal collection and communicate changes to supervisor and
veterinary staff. Oversee administration of medications as applicable.
* 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 the highest level
of safety in the work area through implementation of safety protocols
* Use strong interpersonal skills to form and
maintain positive relationships within the work environment.
Maintain a high-performance level of guest interactions including
scheduled on-ground talks.
* Positively promote and foster work
that improves department function and productivity.
Communicates effectively with supervisory staff and co-workers both
written and orally.
* Write daily reports, logs, animal records,
and other records as assigned
* Oversee activities of interns and
* Responsible for special projects, procedures, and
goals set forth by the area managers.
* Must be dependable and
reliable: be timely, be responsive, be organized, meet deadlines, take
responsibility, and help other zoo staff as needed.
must strive to decrease our environmental footprint to serve as models
to our patrons to do the same through education and example.
Must be able and willing to work flexible hours, weekends, and
* 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.