Temporary Wild Animal Keeper - Hoofstock/Primate Unit

The Akron Zoo is seeking a Temporary Wild Animal Keeper for a six-month paid position, 40 hours per week. The goal of this position is to provide the opportunity to gain valuable husbandry experience within an AZA-accredited facility, as well as growth in depth of knowledge within specific taxa. We are seeking candidates with excellent communication and interpersonal skills and a mature attitude, as well as a strong conservation ethic, in order to provide high standards of care for assigned areas. Candidates must have the ability to perform physical work (which includes but is not limited to climbing and walking on uneven terrain; entering and wading into pools; climbing hills, stairs and ladders; wearing PPE; lifting up to 50 lbs.; and working outside in all weather conditions, etc.). 

The position will be assigned to the Hoofstock/Primate unit, and will require working and progressive knowledge of animal care and welfare for hoofstock and primates. The unit includes SSP species such as Speke’s Gazelle, Musk Deer, three species of lemurs, pygmy slow loris, golden-lion tamarins and white-cheeked gibbons.


A four-year degree is strongly preferred; a minimum of an Associate’s degree or equivalent is required. Must be available weekends, holidays, and for a flexible schedule and must be able to meet all other requirements of the job. 

Position open until filled. 

The Akron Zoo is an EOE and Drug Free Workplace.

COVID-19 proof of vaccination is required prior to start date. Additionally, we require a negative TB test within the last year and a DPT vaccination. This temporary keeper position pays $12.00/hour.