Zookeeper (Birds)

  • Norfolk, City of
  • Virginia Zoological Park, Granby Street, Norfolk, VA, United States
  • Sep 14, 2017
Full time Biology/Ecology Communication - Public Outreach Environmental Education/Interpretation Wildlife/Endangered Species

Job Description


The Virginia Zoological Park in Norfolk, VA is seeking to hire a knowledgeable and experienced Zookeeper.  Work involves ensuring 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 be assigned to primarily work on the bird team but may be required to work any of the Animal Services areas, as needed. 

Essential Functions

***The departmental hiring rate for this position is $29,391.00 annually***
Essential functions include, but are not limited to:

  • Observes animals to include checking for medical problems, changes in behavior, feeding habits, and overall wellbeing.
  • Feeds animals as specified by curatorial and veterinary staff in accordance with nutritional 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 animal demonstrations for Zoo visitors and writes educational presentations.
  • Supervises interns as needed.
  • Conducts animal demonstrations for zoo visitors and writes educational presentations.


Work requires broad knowledge in a general profession or technical field. Knowledge is normally acquired through four years of college resulting in a Bachelor's degree or equivalent.

One year of experience as an Animal Caretaker.

Valid Driver's License required.

The preferred candidate will possess:

  • A Bachelor's Degree. 
  • A minimum of one (1) year of professional experience in an AZA accredited institution.
  • Be able to handle and assist in the restraint and capture of animals.
  • Be able to lift heavy feed and manure receptacles as well as walk long distances.
  • Be able to use tools and operate small equipment.
  • Be able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Be able to work well in a team environment.
  • Have knowledge of behavioral characteristics and handling procedures for assigned animals.
  • Have knowledge of animal restraint apparatuses such as ropes, squeeze cages, catch poles, shifts, nets, etc.
  • Work in a friendly and professional manner with staff, volunteers, colleagues, and zoo visitors.

Additional Information & Requirements

Work schedule: 40 hours per week, schedule may vary.  Working weekends and holiday may be required.

Closing 9/23/2017 11:59 PM Eastern

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Government- Local/Regional


$29,391.00 - $47,962.00