Animal Keeper

FULL TIME | YEAR ROUND | $18-22 per hour

Experienced Full Time Animal Keeper desired for the daily care, training and maintenance of various farm and exotic animals, their housing, enclosures and stalls.

Duties & Responsibilities

Care of various farm animals, bird, reptiles  and exotic animals including cleaning, feeding and enrichment.

Follows diet and nutrition protocols in the preparation of diet and feeds as outlined in the Animal Nutrition Guidebook;

Responsible for maintaining food preparation area in a clean, disinfected and properly sanitized way as set forth by USDA and Mandalay Farms Standard Operating Procedures

Handles & trains animals for use in the Ambassador and Educational programs;

Weighs and records animals weights on biweekly or monthly schedule;

Provides general first-aid and worming;

Keeps accurate health and animal inventory records;

Keeps detailed records or care and illnesses;

Supervises volunteers and guests;

Provides educational tours and demonstrations;

Assists in performance of specialized animal care, including baby and immature animal care;

Assists in capturing, crating and transportation of animals as required for evacuation or medical care;

Prepares daily written and electronic reports to supervisor on any changes in behavior, diet, sickness, or reproductive status;

Creates and manages enrichment activities for animals to include environmental, sensory and food enrichment, based on individual species needs;

Conducts animal conditioning/behavioral sessions and conditions new desired behaviors;

Inspects animals daily and reports/records any noticeable health issues to management immediately;

Schedules routine and emergency vet appointments and assists vet as needed

Collects fertile and no-fertile eggs;

Assists with the training and supervision of volunteers and interns;


Minimum Qualifications

Fluent in written and spoken English.

3 years Previous professional experience training small mammals, exotics, or reptiles


Education, Training & Experience

To be considered for this position you must have the following:

3 years professional (paid) full-time experience working as an animal educator or zookeeper.


3 years previous professional experience working with exotic animal or farm vet, wildlife sanctuary, animal education program, ambassador animals at a zoo or  exotic animal breeding facility .


Skills and ability to

Follow detailed check-lists; adhere to routine and schedule; keep accurate records;  interact with guests of various physical and mental abilities, interact with large and small groups; manage visitor interactions; memorize facts about animals for educational tours or demonstrations; assist with social media; follow safety standards and practices; work independently and efficiently.


Other Characteristics

Willingness and experience working outdoors in heat, personable and positive attitude, detail-oriented; clear communicator, excellent customer service skills,  even tempered and mature; ability to perform physical labor and work on feet for extended period of time; able to lift and carry 40 pounds regularly and lift up to 65 pounds occasionally; organized and skillful with time management;   able to work self-sufficiently and as part of a team; flexible in scheduling (animals don’t adhere to holiday schedules and frequently get sick in the evening); and able/willing to be on-site for hurricane care or after hours emergency care of animals as needed.


Physical Requirements

Ability to work outdoors in varied temperatures;

Ability to lift up to 50 pounds and team lift 75 pounds (more or less) throughout the day;

Ability to move up to 65 pounds on a cart daily

Employment Benefits

We appreciate our team members and their daily contributions. That's why we offer a variety of benefits including:

  • Equal Opportunity Employer
  • Competitive salary
  • 10-20% annual retention bonuses
  • Paid Vacation time
  • Quarterly bonuses
  • Philanthropic work environment
  • Snacks for our employees & unlimited PBJ's