Denver Zoo
  • Animal Care-Birds
  • Denver, CO, USA
  • Hourly
  • Other

Denver Zoo is a leader in animal care, wildlife conservation, education, and guest experience. We are passionate about our commitment to excellence in support of our mission to secure a better world for animals through human understanding. We provide extraordinary experiences every day for our animals and visitors and our core values of Protect, Honor, Innovate, Serve, Engage, and Empower are evident in everything we do.  We value the different strengths our staff bring to Denver Zoo. We expect our staff to embrace and to commit to our core behaviors for engagement: Passion, Respect, Innovation, Diversity, and Excellence.

Denver Zoo's Animal Care & Conservation Department has an opportunity for a Student Zookeeper Apprentice. This is a two-year on the job-training program intended to provide individuals in the Denver metropolitan area an opportunity to explore careers in the animal care field. The program is open to college students working towards an animal-related degree. Previous animal experience is not required. The student will rotate throughout all Animal Care work sections to develop skills at the zookeeper level in the exhibition, care and husbandry of a wide variety of animals. The minimal workweek for each apprentice will be sixteen (16) hours consisting of two full eight (8) hour days per week (including weekends).  Diverse Candidates are encouraged to apply!

Essential Functions:

  • Adheres to and promotes Denver Zoo's mission, core values, and strategic initiatives.
  • With the direction and training of a keeper provide innovative animal husbandry that is in compliance with AZA and USDA standards.
  • With the direction and training of a keeper provide reliable, competent animal care through:         
    • Preparation and feeding of approved diets.         
    • Monitoring of physical and behavioral aspects of the animals under assigned care.         
    • Implementation of the behavioral program of the animals under assigned care.         
    • Designing and maintaining proper animal enclosures/props/exhibits.         
    • Handling and restraining animals appropriately.         
    • Assisting with veterinary care and medical follow-up as needed.
  • Utilizing preventative husbandry techniques and providing proactive health care as required.
  • Provide proper care for eggs, neonates and young (may require care outside of normal working         hours).
  • With the direction and training of a keeper capture, handle, and move animals using accepted Denver Zoo practices to facilitate internal movement, external shipping, medical procedures, or normal routines.
  • With the direction and training of a keeper enhance breeding possibilities through the recommendation and implementation of approved animal management techniques such as breeding efforts, behavioral enrichment, and operant conditioning/training, etc.
  • Interact with Denver Zoo guests in both formal and informal settings, providing insight about the animals and their care.
  • With the direction and training of a keeper record data and prepare assigned reports/records, (i.e. daily reports, enclosure logs, facility logs, water quality logs, etc.) and other pertinent data on the collection and facilities as required.
  • Use appropriate equipment to perform essential duties.
  • Cooperate and coordinate with other departments, (e.g., education, maintenance, horticulture) and outside contractors.
  • Maintain professional working relationships with zoo team members and maintain a professional appearance.
  • Follow Denver Zoo safety protocols.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to Denver Zoo's Safety & Sustainability Policies by adhering to all environmental, safety, & health regulations, procedures, and goals.
  • Value and consistently apply Denver Zoo's ROADMAP (Reaching Our Audiences by Developing Mission Aligned Programs) process and resources in engaging and educating guests at Denver Zoo.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Performs various duties as assigned.


  • Currently working towards a Bachelor's Degree in an animal-related or animal behavior-related field at a Sophomore, Junior, Senior level.
  • Maintain a minimum 2.0 grade point average.
  • Ability, with proper training, to work in all aspects of animal care, husbandry and training within the department in which individual is assigned.
  • Work on weekends and holidays are required.
  • Able to lift up to 50 pounds.
  • Operate a variety of light and medium equipment.
  • Clear driving record.

Licensure and Certification:

  • Possession of a valid Colorado Class "R" Driver's License within three months of hiring.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands for this position involves light lifting under 25lbs and also requires carrying, pushing, pulling, and occasional heavy lifting up to 50lbs. The employee is regularly required to stand, walk, talk and listen. The employee frequently is required to use hands to maneuver handle or feel objects, tools or controls.  The employee is occasionally required to sit, climb or balance; also, reach, stoop, kneel or smell.  Specific vision abilities required include close, distance, color, peripheral, depth perception vision and ability to adjust focus.   Minimal crouching, crawling, climbing, and non-confined sitting are also required. The position requires both mental and visual concentration.

Work Environment:

This position requires a substantial amount of contact with staff, volunteers, and other departments. The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts and in outside weather conditions and may be occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles and chemicals.  This employee will be required to have contact with animals and may be exposed to zoonosis. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.



Completed applications must be submitted by August 25, 2017

Denver Zoo reserves the right to close the position prior to the above date.

Denver Zoo is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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