Job Postings

Upper/Lower Village Swing Keeper


Virginia Safari Park

Closing Date
October 26, 2019

Virginia Safari Park, a 180-acre drive through zoo and breeding center, is expanding and searching for additional keepers. We maintain an inventory of 1000+ specimens comprised of large groups of hoofed stock as well as a “Safari Village” comprised of primates, walk-through aviary, reptiles and petting area.

We currently have full time openings available in the village section. These positions require a person with excellent observation skills and a strong work ethic. All keepers will be responsible for the daily care of the animals. Full time keepers are required to maintain their animal records as well as assist in breeding programs. We are looking for people with strong prior experience. Experience can be substituted for a degree.

Animals that will be under your teams’ care:
– Hairy Armadillo
– King Vulture
– Giant Anteaters
– Laughing Kookaburra
– Pygmy goats
– Ring Tailed Lemurs
– Ruppel Griffon Vultures
– Red Kangaroos
– Spectacled Owl
– Squirrel Monkeys
– Tamandua
– Various pheasants
– Various reptiles
– Spider Monkeys
– African Penguin
– Black Curassow
– Black and White Ruffed Lemur
– Budgies
– Cheetah
– Debrazza’s Monkey
– Eagle Owl
– Patagonian Conure
– Timber Wolves
– Tigers
– Turacos
– Von der Decken Hornbills

Education and Pre-requisites

• Big cat experience.
• Primate, bird and or hoof stock experience.
• A Bachelor’s Degree in science, Animal science/Biology preferred
• A strong work ethic, good physical condition and a willingness to learn
• Must be able to adhere to our strict personal appearance requirements, no visible tattoos permitted.
• Maintain a non-smoking work environment
• Have the ability to work in all weather conditions
• Experience in using or willing to learn to use trucks, tractors, weed eaters, and other types of machinery
• Minimum of 6 months paid animal care
• Valid Driver’s license
• Must be able to work weekends and holidays
• Must be able to lift a minimum of 50lbs

Compensation and benefits

• Competitive salary
• Health Insurance
• Paid sick time
• Paid vacation
• 401K

Application instructions

Please send your cover letter and resume to:

Sarah Friedel
Assistant Director
General Curator
Virginia Safari Park
229 Safari Lane
Natural Bridge, VA 24578
(540) 291-3205 ext. 108
(240) 566-6119