Job Postings

Zookeeper Full Time and Part Time Benefited


Happy Hollow Park & Zoo

Closing Date
January 31, 2022

The City of San Jose is currently recruiting to fill one (1) full-time vacancy and one (1) part-time, benefited vacancy for Zoo Keeper positions at Happy Hollow Park & Zoo. The Department is seeking highly motivated, personable individuals with strong leadership skills and innovative ideas to become part of a dynamic team of employees with a strong commitment to providing excellent service to our diverse community.
The position performs work involving the care and feeding of zoo, domestic farm, and/or non-domestic animals and maintenance of cages, enclosures, grounds and service areas; working with animals under all types of climatic conditions to prepare them for presentations, capture and restraint, basic husbandry, and behavioral enrichment. In addition, responding to general questions from the public regarding non-domestic and/or domestic animals.
These positions will be required to work weekends, evenings, and holidays, during all climactic conditions as assigned and must have the ability to enter animal areas and perform physical work (including lifting objects up to 50 lbs.).

Education and Pre-requisites

Minimum Qualifications
Education: Completion of high school diploma or equivalent General Educational Development (G.E.D.) Certificate, or California Proficiency Certificate.
Experience: One (1) year (equivalent to 2,080 hours) of experience in the care of non-domestic animals.
Acceptable Substitutions: College coursework in zoology, biology, or related field can substitute for the required experience on a year-for-year basis. One (1) year of coursework is equivalent to 30 semester units/45 quarter units.
Licenses: Possession of a valid California Driver’s License may be required.
Employment Eligibility: Federal law requires all employees to provide verification of their eligibility to work in this country. Please be informed that the City of San Jose will NOT sponsor, represent, or sign any documents related to visa applications/transfers for H1-B or any other type of visa which requires an employer application. State law requires all employees working with youth to provide medical verification of negative tuberculosis test results within the last year.

Compensation and benefits

This position is covered under the Living Wage Policy with a current hourly rate of $24.07 and Health Care Benefits eligibility. The Living Wage rate consists of a base amount and an approximate five percent (5%) ongoing compensation pay.
The City offers a variety of benefit options to employees, including health, dental, vision, and life insurance. Human Resources staff are available to assist prospective and current employees in understanding and utilizing the plans most effectively.

Application instructions

To apply, please complete an application via the City of San Jose’s website at The application deadline is 11:59 PM on the final filing date on Monday, January 31, 2022. Please allow adequate time to complete the application and submit before the deadline or the system may not save your application. If your online application was successfully submitted, you will receive an automatic confirmation email to the email address you provided. IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE THE CONFIRMATION, please email and we will research the status of your application. Please contact Human Resources at (408) 535-1285 or via email at if you have any questions.