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City of Greenville
City of Greenville



Job Location: Greenville, SC
Job Type: Full Time
ZOOKEEPER - 1121 Salary

$33,841.60 - $49,920.00 Annually


150 Cleveland Park Drive - Greenville, SC

Job Type

Full Time



Job Number




Brief Description

Job Summary

Under regular direction and in compliance with standard operating procedures, provides daily care for assigned animals. Maintains exhibits and grounds to the highest standards set by the Greenville Zoo and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Provides general maintenance and landscaping in and around exhibits. Participates in guest engagement activities and educational programming.

Job Duties

Essential Functions
Provide Animal Care: Prepare appropriate animal diets; clean and fill water containers; and present food at specified times. Clean, disinfect, and check animal enclosures for any disrepair. Observe, monitor, and record animal behavior, physical condition, and activity. Plan, propose, create, provide, and document Environmental Enrichment opportunities and plan, propose, execute, and document Operant Conditioning sessions to reduce stress, enrich the lives of the animals, assist in veterinary care, and build keeper-animal rapport. Prepare and submit daily reports that document detailed observations of animal behavior, dietary intake, physical appearance, level of activity, and related issues. Research species-specific natural history and current trends and developments in the Zoo field. Respond to animal emergencies as directed, following approved protocols. 75%

Perform Exhibit Area Maintenance: Provide general landscaping maintenance of grounds in and around exhibits and associated facilities. Trim and prune plants, bushes, trees, and other vegetation in and around exhibit area. Maintain grasses and other ground covers and various substrate materials in animal and public areas. Make simple repairs to commonly used equipment and tools. Maintain mechanical apparatus e.g., locks, valves, slide doors. Construct species-specific exhibit furniture. Collaborate on in-house construction projects. 20%

Perform Educational & Guest Engagement Activities: Provide professional presentations and informal talks to the visiting public and school groups. Assist with media interviews. Participate in Special Events and/or Zoo Rentals including set-up and breakdown. Participate in various operational and staff Zoo committees. Oversee volunteers and interns. 5%

Perform other duties as assigned.


Job Requirements
High school diploma or equivalent.
At least one year of professional experience in exotic animal care.

Preferred Qualifications
Associate degree in biology/zoology related field.

Driver`s License Requirements
Valid South Carolina Class D Driver`s License.

Performance Requirements
Knowledge of:
Exotic animal care.
Animal behavior and natural history.
Behavioral enrichment and operant conditioning.

Ability to:
Recognize animal behavioral cues and respond appropriately.
Safely capture, handle and restrain live exotic and potentially dangerous animals and use associated capture equipment.
Read, analyze, and interpret professional journals, technical documents and standard operating procedures as well as literature, books, reviews, reports, and abstracts on best practices in animal care.
Write daily animal care reports and emails using proper format, punctuation, spelling, and grammar, using all parts of speech.
Deal with a system of real numbers; and practical application of fractions, percentages, ratios/proportions and measurement as it relates to animal care, medical instructions, and exhibit improvements.
Operate pickup trucks, electric cart, utility vehicles, lawn mowers and various related landscaping equipment as well as hand and power tools.
Operate general office equipment to include scanner, printer, copier, telephone, and computer with Microsoft Office Suite.

Working Conditions

Working Conditions
Primary Work Location: Outdoors (Zoo Exhibits and Grounds).

Protective Equipment Required: Latex and leather gloves, eye protection, earplugs, face mask, respirator, safety glasses, and other specialty personal protective equipment depending on project (e.g. chainsaw chaps).

Environmental/Health and Safety Factors: Frequent exposure to unpleasant environmental conditions and/or hazards. Majority of work performed outside or with exposure to risk. Daily exposure to physical hazards. Weekly exposure to respiratory hazards. Monthly exposure to noise and vibration as well as chemical hazardous and communicable diseases. Seasonal exposure to extreme temperature and wetness and/or humidity, as well as mechanical hazards due to the use of landscaping and power tools to maintain animal exhibits.

Physical Demands: Continuously requires standing, walking, vision, and hearing. Frequently requires lifting, carrying, reaching, kneeling, crawling, pushing/pulling, bending, crouching, and talking. Occasionally requires sitting, fine dexterity, handling, climbing, balancing, and twisting. Rarely requires foot controls. Heavy strength demands include exerting 50-100 pounds occasionally, 25-50 pounds frequently, or from 10 up to 20 pounds constantly. Lift animals, grain sacks, hay bales, squeeze cage, lumber, and tents.

Mental Demands: Frequently requires time pressures and working closely with others as part of a team. Occasionally requires frequent change in tasks, irregular schedule/overtime, performing multiple tasks simultaneously, tedious or exacting work, and noisy/distracting environment. Rarely requires emergency situations and frequent change of tasks.

Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance
The City of Greenville is an Equal Opportunity Employer. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential job duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions. Prospective and current employees should contact Human Resources to request an ADA accommodation.

The above information on this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

The City of Greenville offers a comprehensive and affordable benefits package designed to provide a variety of choices to best fit the needs of our employees and their families. View more details about these benefits here: City of Greenville Employee Benefits.


The City offers the following health insurance options to eligible employees:

  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Basic Term Life
  • Employee Supplemental Life
  • Spouse Term Life
  • Child Term Life
  • Short Term Disability (STD)
  • Long Term Disability (LTD)
  • Voluntary Benefits (Critical Illness, Accident, Hospital Care, etc.)
All health insurance coverage is effective the first of the month following the employees hire date except for LTD which is effective the 91st day following date of hire.

  • General Leave is earned/accrued biweekly by all regular, full-time and permanent part-time employees as a percentage of normal work hours.
  • The City of Greenville observes 11 paid holidays.
The City is a member of the South Carolina State (SCRS) and Police Officers (PORS) defined benefit Retirement Systems.

  • Employee Recognition & Awards Program (ER&A)
  • Employee Service Awards
  • Longevity Bonus
  • Worker`s Compensation
  • Deferred Compensation
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

City of Greenville (SC)

206 S. Main St

Greenville, South Carolina, 29601




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Our office hours are 8:00 am-5:00 pm Monday - Friday.

The City of Greenville will provide reasonable accommodations for otherwise qualified individuals. The City of Greenville does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, disability status or age in employment or provision of services.


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