Temporary Wild Animal Keeper - Ectotherm 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 and exceptional interpersonal skills 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 Ectotherm unit, and will require working and progressive knowledge of entomology and herpetology. Aquatic experience is preferred but not required. This position will also include working with large colonies of animals such as naked mole rats, and frugivorous microbats.


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.

Open until filled.

The Akron Zoo is a Drug-Free Workplace and an EOE. 

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.