Seasonal Animal Keeper

Recruitment #032218-MXGC06-400301

Summary Statement

The duties for the position will include but are not limited to the following:  daily cleaning, feeding and observation of animals in a specified area, basic maintenance duties, public speaking through keeper talks and guest interactions, operant conditioning training, exhibit maintenance, basic grounds keeping, record keeping, and other duties required for daily operations. Work is performed indoors and outdoors under various weather conditions. Applicants must be available to work weekends and holidays as scheduled.

Essential Functions

Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class. Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here.

  • Supports the Brandywine Zoo’s mission of promoting environmental conservation by providing engaging educational experiences between visitors and wildlife.
  • Supports the overall mission of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums to be a leader in animal welfare, public engagement and the conservation of species.
  • Works with zookeeper, veterinary, behavioral management and Curator teams to provide exceptional levels of animal care and welfare for animal collection.
  • Observes the medical and behavioral condition of animals and reports conditions. 
  • Ensures clean, safe and maintained animal exhibits and facilities. 
  • Ensures appropriate grounds and equipment maintenance. 
  • Responds to visitor questions and educates visitors about the care and handling of animals. 
  • Maintains and compiles records and reports using various online programs including Zoological Information Systems (ZIMS).
  • Must be able to demonstrate responsibility, dependability and good communication skills.
  • Maintain a positive attitude.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Job Requirements

JOB REQUIREMENTS for Animal Keeper 

Please attach a resume with your online application or use the resume tab in DEL to provide a detailed description of how your education, training and/or experience meets each job requirement including employer, experience/responsibilities and dates (month/year) of employment/training. Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas.


  1. Six months experience in feeding, monitoring diet, and caring for animals in an animal care facility such as a zoo, animal hospital/clinic or animal shelter.
  2. Six months experience in recording, interpreting and communicating observations concerning animal health and behaviors.
  3. Knowledge of biology, natural resources, wildlife management or environmental studies.

Additional Posting Information

This posting may be closed on or before 05/22/18 upon filling the vacant positions.  

Conditions of Hire

Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States.  DNREC does not provide sponsorship for holders of H-1 B Visas.

Applicants must provide proof of negative Tuberculosis test within the last 12 months before start date.

As a condition of hire you must possess a valid driver's license (not suspended, revoked or cancelled, or disqualified from driving).

Selection Process

The application and resume are evaluated based upon a rating of your education, training and experience as they relate to the job requirements of the position.  It is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application and resume to include dates of employment, job title and job duties.  For education and training, list name of educational provider, training course titles and summary of course content.  Narrative information supplied in response to the questions must be supported by the information supplied on the application including your employment, education and training history as it relates to the job requirements.

Once you have submitted your application on-line, all future correspondence related to your application will be sent via email.  Please keep your contact information current.  You may also view all correspondence sent to you by the State of Delaware in the “My Applications” tab at


Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities in all phases of the application and employment process.  To request an auxiliary aid or service please call (302) 739-5458. TDD users should call the Delaware Relay Service Number 1-800-232-5460 for assistance.  The State of Delaware – An Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.