Job Postings

Seasonal Relief Keeper (housing provided)


Chehaw Park & Zoo

Closing Date
March 20, 2021

Start Date: April 5, 2021

This is a 40hr/week, 6-month position working alongside a team of zoo professionals to assist with daily animal husbandry, enrichment, training, and medical procedures. This position is designed to provide valuable on-the-job experience for entry-level keepers and to further prepare them for a career in the animal-care field.
The Zoo houses a variety of species, and relief keepers will be assigned to areas as decided by staff. Some animals in our collection are: Black Rhinoceros, Cheetah, Bactrian Camels, Red Wolves, Straw-colored Fruit Bats, nonvenomous and venomous reptiles, raptors, Lesser Flamingos, Colobus Monkeys, and Lemurs.

40 hours (5 days) per week – ANY DAY Mon-Sun
Available to work weekends and holidays
Position will continue for no more than 6 months or 1500 hours in one calendar year

• Enclosure cleaning and maintenance
• Diet preparation and feeding
• Animal observation and proper record documentation
• Implementation of approved enrichment
• Animal handling during public presentations
• Development of public speaking skills through conservation-themed programs
• Working all major holidays if scheduled to do so

• Must be able to work in all weather conditions including heat, humidity, rain, cold, and dust
• Will be exposed to strong odors, dust, hay, and animal fur/hair/dander
• Position involves considerable physical exertion such as repetitive bending, pushing/pulling/carrying heavy loads, and regular lifting of heavy objects (up to 60 pounds)

Education and Pre-requisites

• Must possess a High School Diploma or equivalent; a college degree is preferred
• Must possess a valid driver’s license
• Proof of a negative TB test within 6 months prior to hire or willingness to be tested upon hire
• Proof of Tetanus vaccination within 10 years
• Preventative rabies vaccination highly recommended but not required
• Previous animal-care experience is preferred but not required

Compensation and benefits

Pay: $7.50 per hour
Optional housing and utilities: $50.00 per week deducted from pay; on a “first-come, first-served” basis, Chehaw offers private rooms for rent for temporary employees whose primary residence creates a commute of over 2 hours. These rooms share common indoor living areas with other temporary staff. The availability of housing is not guaranteed.

Application instructions

Send resume and cover letter to, on or before listed closing date of March 20, 2021.
Email’s subject line should include: March 2021 Seasonal Relief Keeper AAZK.

No telephone calls will be accepted.