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Employment Type:
Full time
Job Category:
Zookeeper - Reptile
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City of Norfolk, VA | Norfolk, VA
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Job Description


The Virginia Zoological Park in Norfolk, VA is seeking to hire an enthusiastic and experienced Reptile Zookeeper. Zookeepers play an essential role in animal care, welfare and ensuring safe working environments at the zoo where we maintain many rare, endangered and potentially dangerous animals. Work involves ensuring the highest levels of animal care are provided to the zoological collection and good standards are maintained throughout the Virginia Zoological Park. The Zookeeper will also assist with the design and maintenance of exhibits, perform administrative duties, and educate the public by conducting tours, providing information, and giving presentations to school groups and other visitors. This position will primarily be trained to work in a specific animal team but may be assigned to other animal areas at the zoo as needed.

The Virginia Zoological Park is committed to saving and protecting the world's wildlife by inspiring a passion for nature and taking conservation action at home and around the world.

Essential Functions

Essential functions include but are not limited to:

* Observes animals to include checking for medical problems, changes in behavior, feeding habits, and overall wellbeing.
* Cares for animals as specified by supervisory and veterinary staff in accordance with nutritional, social, physical, and behavioral requirements.
* Cleans, disinfects, and maintains animal exhibits, enclosures, food and water dishes, pools, and other areas.
* Keeps daily records on each animal to include documenting behavioral observations.
* Conducts educational presentations and animal demonstrations for Zoo visitors.
* Supervises interns as needed.
* Performs all other duties as assigned.

In addition, the preferred candidate will:

* Have experience with operant conditioning and enrichment techniques.
* Have the ability to handle and assist in the restraint and capture of animals.
* Have the ability to clean, disinfect and maintain animal exhibits and enclosures.
* Have the ability to lift heavy feed and manure receptacles and walk long distances.
* Have considerable knowledge of behavioral characteristics and handling procedures for assigned animals.
* Have the ability to retain knowledge of animal restraint apparatus such as ropes, squeeze cages, catch poles, shifts, nets, etc.
* Have the ability to use tools and operate small equipment.
* Have the ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing and work in a team environment.
* Have the ability to work in a friendly and professional manner with staff, volunteers, colleagues and zoo visitors.


Bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college/university program or equivalent.

Minimum of one (1) year work experience in an accredited zoo or previous work experience with animal care in a zoological collection or wildlife care.

The preferred candidate will have one (1) year of experience working in an AZA accredited institution as a zoo keeper, paid zoo keeper intern, or similar position, preferably with some experience working with various species of reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates.


Work Location: Virginia Zoological Park, 3500 Granby Street, Norfolk 23504.

Work Hours: 40 hours per week, schedule to be determined.

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