Zoo Keeper I - Brandywine Zoo

Recruitment #092922-MGAH04-400300


The Brandywine Zoo is managed by Delaware State Parks with the support of the Delaware Zoological Society. This quaint facility is home to a variety of species of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians. At Brandywine Zoo, visitors return again and again to see our animals in natural settings.  

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Summary Statement

This year-round position is responsible for providing general care and welfare of zoo animals including cleaning and maintaining exhibits and zoo facilities, training and enrichment of the animal collection, landscaping, exhibit security and assisting with education programming.  Maintains high standards of care for all animals within the zoo follow U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and Brandywine Zoo policies.

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.

  • Cares for, feeds and handles wild/exotic animals.

  • Performs work in compliance with Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) standards. 

  • Observes the medical and behavioral condition of animals and reports conditions; and observes or assists with medical procedures.  

  • Administers medications orally and through subcutaneous and intramuscular injections.

  • Ensures clean 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 including keeper talks and other public education presentations. 

  • Ensures physical safety of zoo and guests.

  • Writes articles on animals for publications and social media.

  • Uses computer software and/or automated information systems to track animal behavior, diets, medical data and other information on animals.

  • Collects and shares animal management data, presents academic papers and maintains and compiles records and reports.

  • Performs special projects for the zoo.

Job Requirements

Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:

  1. Six months’ experience in caring for animals in an animal care facility or zoo setting.
  2. Six months’ experience in record keeping.
  3. Six months’ experience in ensuring compliance with laws, rules, regulations, standards, policies or procedures.

Additional Posting Information

This posting may be closed on or before (11/2/2022) upon filling the vacant position(s).

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 be legally authorized to work in the United States. The State of Delaware Executive Branch participates in the Federal E-Verify system where the State will provide the federal government with each new hires Form I-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S. For more information refer to our job seeker resources.

Criminal background check:  A satisfactory criminal background check is required as a condition of hire.  The recruiting agency may require the applicant to pay for the criminal background check as part of the conditional offer of hire.

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

Upon a conditional offer, the applicant must undergo a pre-employment base line two step tuberculin skin test (TST) as part of the hiring process.

Selection Process

The application and supplemental questionnaire 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 the supplemental questionnaire 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.

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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 is an Equal Opportunity employer and values a diverse workforce. We strongly encourage and seek out a workforce representative of Delaware including race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.