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City of Garden City, KS Animal Keeper I in Garden City, Kansas

Animal Keeper I

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Animal Keeper I


$15.91 - $20.18 Hourly


Garden City, KS

Job Type



Lee Richardson Zoo

Job Number



10/5/2022 11:59 PM Central


The Lee Richardson Zoo is currently looking for a knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and motivated individual to join the animal care team. The Animal Keeper I position is responsible for the care and maintenance of animals, habitats, grounds and facilities, as well as some clerical responsibilities.

Examples of Duties

  • Provides care (prepares diets for, feeds and cleans) for animals and maintains habitats, related structures, and surrounding non-public areas.

  • Perform daily observation of animals to identify normal and abnormal behaviors related to husbandry/health issues; coordinate with senior staff on animal training programs to facilitate husbandry behaviors.

  • Communicate questions or concerns regarding medical/health issues of specimens in collection to supervisor. Assist with treatment as directed including administering medication.

  • Provides behavioral and psychological enrichment for animals.

  • Communicate with visitors as needed for educational (delivers public talks/demos) and behavioral/safety purposes.

  • Disposes of trash and debris in zoo.

  • Maintains landscaping and grounds for and around habitats.

  • Services and maintains tools and equipment and facilities to ensure safe use, includes opening and closing of facilities.

  • Follows all safety rules and regulations, policies and procedures. Attends regular safety meetings.

  • Assists with training for new keepers or seasonal staff as assigned.

  • Documents observations and information on animal health, behavior, diet, enrichment, and facilities for department records.

  • Assists with veterinary procedures if needed. Performs basic health care procedures (hoof trims, etc.) as assigned.

Typical Qualifications

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Skill in the use and maintenance of tools and equipment. Ability to operate a motor vehicle safely. Knowledge of animal diet preparation, general biology, and behavior. Knowledge of maintenance methods and materials. Ability to receive, understand, and carry out verbal and written instruction, direction, and assignments. Ability to perform physical work activities in varying weather conditions. Ability to communicate and cooperate with city employees and to deal with the public in an effective and positive manner.

Education, Certification and Experience:

Valid Kansas driver’s license required.

A.S. degree in one of the life sciences with at least two years of full-time, paid experience working with animals in an accredited institution;


B.S. degree in one of the life sciences with experience working with animals;


Five years full-time, paid experience working with animals in an accredited institution.

Supplemental Information

Safety Statement:

Work requires use of various types of personal protective safety equipment to include, hard hats, safety glasses, goggles, shields, respirators, safety vests, gloves, safety clothing as required by Federal and State and by City Policies. Employee is expected to use good judgment to maximize health and safety while performing daily tasks.


City of Garden City (KS)


301 N. 8th Street Garden City, Kansas, 67846






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