Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Experienced Primate Keeper

Experienced Primate Keeper

The Saint Louis Zoo is seeking an experienced keeper to join the Primate Unit, which is comprised of the Jungle of the Apes (gorillas, orangutans, chimpanzees) and the Primate House (lemurs, Old and New World monkeys).  Initial placement will be in the Jungle of the Apes, although the successful candidate will be cross-trained at the Primate House and may be assigned there on a short- or long-term basis depending on the needs of the unit; and duties also include required seasonal late night and event coverage.

Successful candidates will be adaptable and flexible, able to manage a wide array of duties and responsibilities, follow all protocols and foster a safe working environment, and possess strong communication and teamwork skills.  Keepers will perform a wide variety of specialized work including daily animal care, exhibit/area cleaning, enrichment, behavioral training, animal observations, animal health care, documentation and record-keeping, minor exhibit maintenance, public presentations and tours, and other related duties as needed.

Qualifications:  Bachelor’s degree in an animal-related field preferred.  Previous paid keeper experience is required; primate experience is desired.  Knowledge of animal behavior and good observation skills are important, and a strong interest in behavior management and animal welfare is critical.  Candidates must have the physical ability to perform required duties as assigned, including standing for long periods of time, lifting, bending, climbing, and working in all types of weather.  A competitive candidate will actively support and embody the Saint Louis Zoo’s core values of community, creativity, openness, integrity and life-work balance; and will be passionate about providing the highest quality of life for the animals in his/her charge.  All successful candidates for this position will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test.

Position closes on August 18, 2017. 

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

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