zookeeper resume example with 20+ years of experience

Jessica Claire
Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94105 (555) 432-1000,
Professional Summary
Mid career zookeeper looking to increase my responsibilities and inspire in others a passion for excellence in animal care.
Work History
2001 to Current Zookeeper Aza | Monterey, CA,
  • Provide routine daily care in the husbandry of exotic animals including birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians
  • Emphasis in bird husbandry focusing on waterfowl, hawks, owls, and galliformes
  • Daily monitoring of animal health and well being through behavior observations, routine weights, dietary consumption charts
  • Provide appropriate enrichment to stimulate and engage animals in a captive environment
  • Train animals using positive reinforcement to ease husbandry procedures and for public program use
  • Can administer prescribed medications via oral, crop tube, catheter or injectable subcutaneous or intramuscular
  • Skilled in egg incubation, emphasis in bird species
  • Familiar in the use of Grumbach, Humidaire, Petersime incubators
  • Experience in raising waterfowl, galliform, flamingos, owl chicks and Azure-winged magpies
  • Familiar with proper use of capture net equipment
  • Skilled at goat and sheep hoof trims
  • Skilled at bird beak and nail trim
  • Experienced with proper feather trimming and pinioning to render birds flightless
  • Familiar with the proper application of bird leg bands for individual identification of collection animals
  • Experience in raising infant porcupine and Long-tailed Weasels
  • Areas of past experience at John Ball Zoo include: Hillside, Eagles, Care Center, Frogs, Kid's Zoo, Red Barn, Chimpanzees, South American, North America, small primates when housed at Care Center, Aquarium, Quarantine, Hoofstock, Lions, Tigers in their prior exhibit, Wild Way Trail
  • Communicates effectively with Animal Department staff to relay daily tasks and concerns
  • Provides guidance to seasonal zookeeping staff and animal care volunteers
  • As union steward I negotiate contract agreements with zoo management on the behalf of represented employees and provide guidance to them in contractual matters
  • Regularly participates in the Kirtland's Warbler Census
  • Have participated with the Piping Plover Recovery Team
  • Member of the Firearms Safety Team
  • SCUBA certification
  • CPR/First Aid certification

09/1997 to 11/2000 Animal Care Technician County Of Bexar | Cadena-Reeves Justice Center - 300 Dolorosa San Antonio, TX,
  • Provide for the daily care and husbandry of the centers permanent animals collection such species included hawks, owls, grey fox and box turtles
  • Assisted the public with their inquiry's about injured wild animals
  • Engaged the public to take an interest in wildlife using the centers animals collection through programs, tours and random encounters
  • Researched diet and nutrition for wild animals accepted by the nature center
  • Maintained close contact with offsite veterinarian and regional wildlife rehabilitators for care of sick or injured animals brought to the nature center
  • Managed and provided guidance to volunteers assisting with animal care
  • Assisted grounds personnel with the maintenance and management of Wood Duck boxes placed on nature center grounds

05/1997 to 09/1997 Seasonal Zookeeper Aid John Ball Zoological Gardens | City, STATE,
  • Primary responsibilities were the daily cleaning, feeding, and care of the goats, sheep and llama associated with the zoos petting corral
  • maintained order and the rules of the petting corral when open to the public
  • engaged and encouraged visitors in the petting corral the best ways to approach and touch animals
  • maintained the daily appearance of kid zoo walkways
  • assisted full-time zoo keepers as needed

Expected in 1997 to to Bachelor of Science | Biology Grand Valley State University, Allendale MI, GPA:

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School Attended

  • Grand Valley State University

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  • Zookeeper
  • Animal Care Technician
  • Seasonal Zookeeper Aid


  • Bachelor of Science

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