Zoo Openings

Zoo Openings

Animal Keeper I (Tiger/Otter/Primate)
Aug 25, 2014


Provides all aspects of animal care for species in area.  Participates in operant conditioning programs, exhibit maintenance and improvements.  Prepares and conducts education & conservation presentations for visitors.


  • Closely observe and monitor animals for health and behavioral issues.
  • Thoroughly communicate daily status of animals in writing and verbally to coworkers, supervisors, curator and veterinarians.
  • Prepare and present diets as directed.
  • Medicate animals as directed.
  • Perform operant conditioning for animals as trained and assigned.
  • Follow protocols and operating procedures to maintain a high level of animal care and safety.
  • Clean exhibits and holding areas to maintain a high level of sanitation.
  • Provide rotating and appropriate enrichment for animals.
  • Conduct minor repairs to exhibits and holding
  • Participate in exhibit renovation and improvement projects.
  • Conduct facility and vehicle inspections as assigned.
  • Maintain and submit accurate reports and records.
  • Follow all safety protocols and understand keeper’s role in emergency procedures.
  • Communicate with and assist vendors and visitors as needed.  Work cooperatively with zoo staff.
  • Study specific reference materials pertinent to animal care, behavior and natural history as assigned.
  • Prepare and conduct educational presentations for visitors.
  • Conduct informative and safe behind the scenes tours.
  • Complete Keeper and Animal Training Programs.
  • Participate on various zoo committees and events.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.




  • Must have at least one year of exotic or wild animal care experience, preferably with big cats, primates, and/or otters.
  • Must have a high school diploma or GED. Bachelor’s degree in biological field preferred, or equivalent combination of training and experience.
  • Computer competency essential.
  • Must be flexible, self-motivated and a team player.
  • Must be able to follow oral and written instructions without failure.
  • Must be able to establish and maintain an effective rapport with all levels of management, employees and zoo guests.
  • Must have excellent observational skills.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Must be able to walk, stand, sit, kneel, stoop, crawl, twist, reach above head, pull bend, climb stairs and ladders and carry up to 50lbs.
  • Must be able to work holidays and weekends.
  • Must be able to actively work in inclement weather.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license with reliable transportation.


How to apply

Apply online: You may download an application or e-mail a resume with cover letter to zoojobs@DallasZoo.com. Be sure to place the job code of the position for which you are applying in the subject line. Job codes are on the individual job listings.

Apply by mail: Download and mail a completed application or resume with cover letter to: Dallas Zoo Management, Inc. Attn: Human Resources 650 S. R.L. Thornton Frwy Dallas, TX 75203

Apply by fax: Download and Fax a completed application or resume with cover letter, Attn: Human Resources at 469.554.7388.

Apply in person: You may complete and turn in an application or drop off a resume with cover letter, Attn: Human Resources.

Please note: All applicants desiring to be considered for more than one posted position must apply for each position separately.

Due to the heavy volume of applicants, only those selected for interviews and/or further screening will be contacted.

Successful candidates must pass pre-employment drug screening, background check and TB test.


Join the Dallas Zoo Management, Inc. community to experience a unique, challenging and rewarding career. If you are interested, please email your resume and cover letter to zoojobs@dallaszoo.com. All applicants MUST place job code AK1TP in the subject line to be considered.