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Saint Louis Zoo Herpetarium Keeper in Saint Louis, Missouri

Herpetarium Keeper

Responsibilities: Responsible for the care of a large, diverse collection of reptiles and amphibians. Major tasks include cleaning and maintaining exhibits, off-exhibit enclosures and service areas; feeding and watering specimens; working with dangerous animals including venomous snakes, large constrictors and crocodilians; water quality testing; aquatic and HVAC system maintenance; observing specimens; maintaining accurate and detailed records; interacting with and educating the public; contributing to conservation breeding projects; assisting support staff; and completing additional assigned projects.

Qualifications: A Bachelor’s Degree in Biology/Zoology and previous keeper experience working with reptiles and amphibians. Strong knowledge/background in herpetology/herpetoculture and experience working with venomous snakes and aquatic systems preferred. Good writing and speaking skills and the ability to work alone and as part of a team are required. Must have the physical ability to perform required duties as assigned including standing for long periods of time, lifting (which may include up to 40-50 lbs.), bending and working in rooms of varied temperature (56–85° F). Adherence to safety practices and a good understanding of departmental and zoo wide safety procedures is expected. Good keeper safety record required. Scuba and/or dive certification a plus. Candidate must have a positive attitude, a strong work ethic, and embrace teamwork, collaboration and the Saint Louis Zoo’s core values. Priority will be given to current Saint Louis Zoo Animal Division employees. All successful candidates for this position will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test.

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