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Zookeepers ensure zoo animals' comfort and safety. Common tasks described in a Zookeeper resume sample include providing food and water, bathing and exercising animals, cleaning living spaces, providing entertainment and training, and monitoring their health condition. Based on our collection of example resumes, these workers should emphasize throughout their job applications the ability to work with wild animals, animal care knowledge, basic veterinary skills, and teamwork. Most employers require a degree in animal sciences like zoology or biology.

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1

Zookeeper Intern

Cleaned exhibits and backholdings to ensure a sanitary environment for the animals.

  • Prepared diets and fed animals as specified.
  • Created enrichment activities designed to keep the animals from boredom.
  • Observed veterinary procedures ranging from standard yearly exams to an animal injury.
  • Worked in Expedition Madagascar with several types of lemurs, amphibians and reptiles, bats, and birds. Assisted in the Lied Jungle that housed many primates along with birds, bats, fish, and reptiles. The last department was the Scott Aquarium which housed penguins and puffins.
Candidate Info
6
months in
workforce
6
months
at this job
C
Certificate
BS
Biology
2

Head Zookeeper/feline Curator

Managed the husbandry, care, diet preparation, and feeding of over 200 exotic and none-exotic animals.

  • Supervised and trained two assistant zoo keepers.
  • Hand-reared two day old Leopard until the age of one year.
  • Oversaw and administered animal de-worming, antibiotics, and anesthesia.
  • Transported exotic animals.
  • Operated various types of heavy machinery.
  • Served as Secretary of [company name] Corporation for 11 months.
Candidate Info
6
years in
workforce
4
years
at this job
BS
Wildlife Biology
3

Zookeeper

Daily care and management of exotic animal collections which included venomous and non-venomous reptiles, amphibians, birds, and mammals that involved hoofstock, primates, cats, and marsupials.

  • Prepared the diets for all animals in the zoo's collection based on their individual dietary needs.
  • Assisted veterinarians in a variety of medical treatments and procedures and administered medications.
  • Designed, created and implemented enrichments for a variety of animals to help maintain their quality of life and improve their overall physical health and conditioning.
  • Expanded my hands-on experience, exposure, and education in all areas of animal handling. This includes; animal restraint, record keeping and documenting the daily observations and care for animal hygiene, food intake, their individual enrichment activities and how they responded to them, and the monthly fecal floats to check for worms.
  • Involved in the design, construction, and maintenance of animal enclosures and habitats which provided a comfortable environment.
  • Organized and gave both large and small group presentations, assisted with birthday parties, private showings, outreach programs, and tours.
  • Trained and worked with educational animals to provide entertainment and education at outreach programs and community events.
  • Knowledgeable in how to use the concepts of targeting, shifting and operant conditioning to gain positive behaviors from animals.
  • Classroom training with a focus on breeding, restraint and handling, anatomy and physiology, enclosure design, quarantine procedures, and nutritional requirements of animals.
Candidate Info
9
years in
workforce
2
years
at this job
AAS
Veterinary Clinical Assistant
AS
Zoo Animal Technology
4

Zookeeper Intern

Provided care for native and exotic species including aquatic, hoofstock, cats, aviary, bears, etc. to optimize their health, contentment and presentation.

  • Executed feeding and grooming schedules for daily assigned area(s).
  • Cared for live animal colonies including aquatics and mice.
  • Maintained and reported data on food consumption and general health status.
Candidate Info
6
months in
workforce
3
months
at this job
BS
Biology
MA
Biology
5

Zookeeper

  • Responsible for daily husbandry of avian species and other wildlife
  • Administered specific treatments to animals by medicating, disinfecting and maintaining habitats
  • Assisted in compiling daily records on animal diet, enrichment, and behavior
  • Conducted daily observations of animal health and activity
Candidate Info
17
years in
workforce
8
years
at this job
BS
Biology
6

Senior Zookeeper

Daily care and husbandry of various large hoofstock, large birds, and large cats. Responsibilities include preparing diets, feeding, providing enrichment and cleaning of animal areas. Assist with medical procedures and animal transfers when necessary.

  • Complete daily medical and husbandry records for each animal and maintain current animal files. Update Enrichment and Training databases daily, or as needed.
  • Maintain AZA, USDA and ZNE standards and safety of animal enclosures and exhibits.
  • When Assistant Curator and/or Lead Keeper are not present, supervise other zookeepers in the area and oversee daily operations such as scheduling and coordinating with other departments.
  • Primary trainer of Masai Giraffe herd. Have trained several other species. Continue to act as relief trainer for African Lion and Tiger.
  • Animal Management Department representative of ZNE's Conservation Committee and ZNE's Safety Committee as well as Hooves and Horns Area representative of ZNE's Enrichment Committee
  • Assist Director of Animal Resources in writing and updating ZNE Contingency plans to maintain compliance with USDA and AZA. Assist with scheduling and conducting 4 types of drills annually, along with other necessary staff training or presentations.
  • Responsible for creating Storm Team standard operating procedures for when an overnight team is needed as a result of hazardous conditions. Assists DAR with conducting Storm Team meetings and staff training/preparation.
  • Promoted from Zookeeper to Senior Zookeeper in June 2006.
Candidate Info
14
years in
workforce
12
years
at this job
7

Seasonal Zookeeper

Animal husbandry including enrichment, diet, and overall daily care

  • Assisted with veterinary procedures and subsequent follow-up care
  • Observed and recorded behaviors and habits
  • Maintained exhibit and holding cleanliness
Candidate Info
6
years in
workforce
7
months
at this job
BA
Anthropology
8

Zookeeper

  • Responsible for provision of care for African primate section, and primary trainer for two monkey species.
  • Cross-trained to care for African primates, small carnivores, birds, and hoofstock, including giraffes, zebras, sitatunga, and wildebeest.
  • Maintain a healthy, suitable habitat for monkeys and other African animals in an independent and team environment.
  • Train four African monkey species. Fulfilled numerous training goals related to specialized equipment used in the care and maintenance of zoo animals, including target training, squeeze cage training, crate training, scale training, and use of operant conditioning in behavioral training with primates. Trained behaviors are used for medical procedures and mental stimulation.
  • Create new primate enrichment. Maintain and improve exhibits, including designing exhibit layout.
Candidate Info
3
years in
workforce
2
years
at this job
BS
Bachelor of Science
9

Zookeeper

  • Was responsible for the husbandry of many animal species
  • Assisted the veterinarians with medical procedures by capturing and restraining animals
  • Kept detailed daily records of behaviors, training, and enrichment
  • Maintained cleanliness of enclosures
  • Taught the public about the animals by docenting and giving keeper talks
  • Carefully observed behaviors and reported any abnormalities to the supervisor
  • Participated in animal training
Candidate Info
2
years in
workforce
2
years
at this job
BS
Zoology
10

Seasonal Zookeeper

Cleaned enclosures and gave diets for farm animals, aldabra tortoises, and a red-tailed hawk

  • Provided enrichment for the above animals
  • Administered prescribed medications
  • General grounds keeping
  • Enclosure maintenance
  • Guest interaction and education
  • Completed care documentation
Candidate Info
3
years in
workforce
8
months
at this job
BS
Biology
MA
Zoology
Environmental Systems

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