Job Postings

Zookeeper, Birds


Houston Zoo

Closing Date
March 1, 2023

The Houston Zoo is seeking a well-qualified individual with aviculture experience to join our Bird Department to be responsible for supporting the day-to-day operations associated with the husbandry of the animals and the maintenance of animal areas within the Bird Department.

Experience in captive management of a variety of bird species is desired. Artificial incubation and hand rearing experience desired.

Our Mission: Houston Zoo connects communities with animals, inspiring action to save wildlife.

Our Vision: Houston Zoo will be a leader in the global movement to save wildlife.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

• Carries out all aspects of the daily care of assigned animals including cleaning, feeding, exhibit maintenance, general upkeep of support facilities.

• Maintains clean and organized exhibits, equipment, and keeper areas.

• Maintains live exhibit plantings to enhance exhibit aesthetics and provide a comfortable environment for species; eliminates weeds and toxic plants from animal enclosures.

• In conjunction with the Zoo’s pest control officer, may assist in pest control through the use of exclusion or traps.

• Prepares and feeds appropriate diets as per established feeding practices and diet sheets.

• Administers prescribed medications, supplements, or treatments under the guidance of the veterinary and supervisory staff.

• Records and reports any abnormal species health or behavioral issues to the supervisor.

• All other duties as assigned.

Education and Pre-requisites

Education and Experience

• Associate’s degree or two years of college level education (60 semester credit hours) in zoology, biology, animal husbandry or a related field.

• A certificate of completion from an acceptable animal care program of not less than 30 semester hours may be substituted for 30 hours of college hours.

• One year of experience in animal care at an AZA or equivalent facility, gained through employment, internships, or volunteer experience.

• Experience with species in captivity, in a conservation setting.

• Experience with basic carpentry and mechanical skills.

• Must have or be able to obtain a valid Texas driver’s license.

Compensation and benefits

Medical, dental, and vision insurance coverage available.
401k plus + company match.
Free Houston Zoo membership.

Application instructions

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