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Exotic Feline Keeper – Full Time


Panther Ridge Conservation Center

Closing Date
September 17, 2022

Panther Ridge is looking for a full time keeper to care for our nine species of exotic felines. We are a small non profit organization dedicated to providing exceptional care for the animals in our collection, all the while supporting conservation efforts in Africa and Asia. Although we are not currently open to the general public, we provide educational private tours conducted by all staff. Panther Ridge is currently home to 25 cats including Cheetah, Leopard, Jaguar, Puma, Clouded Leopard, Fishing Cat, Ocelot, Serval, and Caracal and we are rapidly growing. Check out our website at to learn more. Panther Ridge is located in Loxahatchee Groves in South Florida – 30 min southwest of West Palm Beach, 20 min from the ocean and 1.5 hours from Miami.

Education and Pre-requisites

Responsibilities Include:

• Diet and meat preparation

• Cleaning, disinfecting and general maintenance of enclosures

• Animal interactions, training, enrichment

• Animal observation to monitor health and well-being

• Landscaping/special projects

• Assisting with veterinary care if needed

• Providing enrichment

• Managing interns and docents

• Public interactions with guests in a courteous and professional manner

• Follow safety procedures, be reliable and show initiative


• A degree in biology, zoological or a related field

• Must be a minimum of 18 years of age

• At least 2 years of exotic animal experience

• Interpersonal and communication skills

• Physically fit with the ability to crawl, run, climb and lift at least 60 lbs.

• Ability to work in the Florida weather conditions for extended periods of time

• Must work all holidays and weekends

• Ability to stand/walk for 6-8 hours each day

• Must be a hard working, self-motivated individual

• Must work well with others and be a team player

Compensation and benefits

This is a salaried position with an annual starting rate of pay $26,400 (translates to $13.75/hour or $110/day). Salary is dependent upon experience. Paid vacation, tour tips and bonuses are included. This position works an 8 hour day, 5 days a week.

Application instructions

Please send resume, cover letter, a letter of recommendation and three references to the Head Keeper –