Job Postings

Hoofstock Keeper


Tanganyika Wildlife Park

Closing Date
August 1, 2023

Tanganyika Wildlife Park in Goddard, KS is looking for hardworking, self-motivated, dedicated animal care staff. Currently the park is 25 acres and has another 40+ acres to expand and we plan on growing. A new children’s zoo and safari park are among the plans for expansion. Tanganyika prides itself in providing wildly different experiences for its guests and being stewards for the animals in our care. In the past year, we have developed a set of core values to guide leadership and our team to improve and continue to meet our goals of becoming a destination park for visitors and a great place to work. If you like a fast paced, growth mindset culture come join the change.

The most successful keepers at Tanganyika enjoy sharing their love of animals with our guests, relish in the opportunity to be creative, are constantly looking for ways to make improvements within their circle of influence, enjoy working on a small team, and take pride in their work.

We’ve developed an objective level and pay system that puts growth (both financial and personal) directly in the hands of the keepers and provides a transparent pay system. We have a competitive benefit package that is growing and improving each year: offering a 401(k) match, multiple health insurance options, dental, vision, paid time off, and accident insurance.

Hoofstock Team-

The hoofstock team is responsible for a variety of animals, including one of the largest giraffe herds in the United States, Grevy zebra, okapi, springbok, Indian rhino, a pygmy hippo breeding pair, and numerous other species. This team is hardworking and dedicated not only to the care of their animals but to the growth of their team and themselves individuals. This team is willing to put in the time and effort to have hard conversations about teamwork, care, and training for the betterment of the animals. In addition to being part of numerous successful breeding programs, the hoofstock team takes part in encounter stations and ambassador animal training around the park.

If you love watching baby giraffe take their first steps, enjoy seeing the look of amazement when kids throw carrots to hippo, or love spending summer days taking camels for a walk then you need to apply to join our team.

Education and Pre-requisites

– Combination of education and hands-on experience that provides the required skills for the position
– Excellent public speaking and customer service skills
– Desire to grow as a team member, animal keeper, and human being
– Ability to stand or walk and be able to perform physical work outside in all weather conditions
– Ability to bend, stoop, and lift 50-75 pounds when necessary
– Ability to work long hours, weekend, weekdays, holidays, and everyday

Desired skills, experience, and individual qualities:
– Self motivated
– Hard working
– Driven
– Dedicated
– Ability to read behavior
– Fast learner
– Operant conditioning experience
– Conflict resolution
– Flexibility
– Adaptable

Compensation and benefits

– Starting hourly rate of $13.50/hr with pay modifiers for previous FT Keeper experience
– Year round, full-time position
– Professional development program that allows – Keepers to improve their skill set and earn additional pay compensation
– Health, Dental and Vision Insurance
– Supplemental Insurance
– 401(k)
– PTO starting at 90 days
– In-House Discounts
– Free admission to TWP for yourself and family

Application instructions

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