Job Opportunity


Temporary Keeper Hiring List – Marine Mammals

CZS/Brookfield Zoo

CZS/Brookfield Zoo

The Chicago Zoological Society, which operates the Brookfield Zoo, is currently soliciting on-line applications from qualified and experienced animal care professionals for placement on a hiring list for temporary positions. The list will be used to select qualified candidates for temporary full-time zookeeper positions which arise due to employee absences, leaves, and position vacancies. These temporary assignments may range from several days or weeks to several months, or more, depending on the particular assignment. Placement on the temporary keeper hiring list does not guarantee employment.

Qualified individuals selected for consideration will be placed on the list for a period of up to 6 months and may be contacted for temporary positions as they become available during that time. Individuals wishing to be considered for a longer period of time must reapply to be considered.

Placement on the list will be based on the Society’s assessment of each candidate’s skills, experience, ability, training, availability and other job-related criteria. Consideration for individual temporary openings will be based on the candidate’s suitability for the specific opening involved. The current 2021 pay rate for these union positions is $23.02/hour. Fringe benefits include only 401K plan and paid time off. Temporary full-time Keepers receive valuable hands-on zookeeping experience, and they may apply and be considered for openings for regular, full-time zookeeper positions as they become available.

Experience Required

Temporary zookeepers generally must be available to begin within 14 calendar days or less of receiving notice and must be able to work rotating schedules, which includes weekends and holidays. A Bachelor’s Degree in zoology, animal science, or other related biological field is preferred, a practical understanding of the principles of animal behavior, good interpersonal, communication and decision-making skills, and a valid driver’s license. Prior experience as a zookeeper or in an animal care facility, farm, kennel or other relevant experience is required. Additional qualifications and experience may be preferred or required depending upon the specific animals and work area where the keeper will be working. Generally, previous experience working with those animals will be preferred. Preferred animal experience: Six months with marine mammals (bottlenose dolphins, sea lions, harbor seal, and gray seal) required. Must be SCUBA certified. Strong public presentation skills, using operant conditioning in interactions with the animals highly desirable. Proficiency with operant conditioning principles and techniques highly preferred. All candidates selected for the Temporary Keeper Hiring List must undergo a complete background and professional reference check, and those who are hired will be required to pass a post-offer physical exam.

Further Comments

The Chicago Zoological Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer.



How to Apply

In order to be considered, submit your on-line application for this opportunity and each animal area of interest no later than March 21, 2021.

If interested in being considered for this opportunity, please visit the CZS Career Center to obtain more details about the position and to apply by submitting your profile.  Please visit our website at  Please look for requisition number 2126BR.

Animal Care Supervisor

SEA LIFE Gweek, The Cornish Seal Sanctuary
United Kingdom

The SEA LIFE Trust is a registered charity working globally to protect the world’s oceans and the amazing marine life that lives within them. Our vision is of a world where our oceans are healthy, properly protected, and full of diverse life.

Here at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary which has been at its current site since 1975, the team rescue, rehabilitate and release sick and injured seal pups from around the Cornish coastline. The Sanctuary also provides a permanent home to animals that need special care from our team of marine animal experts.

Right now, we are on the lookout for an Animal Care Supervisor ensuring consistently high standards of the team and their animal husbandry.

About the role

You’ll ensure that all Animal Care staff are always being productive and assist the Curator with the training and development of existing and new staff. In addition to this you will make sure all demonstrations and feeding displays are delivered on time, in an informative, fun, and interactive manner and are audited on a regular basis.

You will assist in the daily husbandry and enrichment training programmes of the resident animals and will be responsible for the daily cleaning and maintenance of the resident enclosures and their surroundings. This will also include the maintenance of all exhibit plant and filtration systems and to maintain daily husbandry records for outdoor pools and exhibits, including animal feeding, behaviour, condition, and treatment.

During pup rescue season your duties will also include leading the team to maintain the seal hospital and its surroundings to the highest possible standards, including cleaning and disinfecting of pools, pens and work areas both on and off view to the public. Assisting with the rescue and release of seal pups as and when required and with any care and husbandry of seal pups in the hospital, ensuring that animals receive proper veterinary treatments, food and supplements.

This role is Full Time and includes working a regular, fair share of weekends and bank holidays as required, as well as providing emergency call out cover on a roster basis.

About you

As an animal care Supervisor every day is different so you will need to have the ability to ‘think on your feet’ and take ownership of issues that may rise. A good understanding of animal health, husbandry, animal training and behaviour to ensure each animal receives individual care is essential for this role as is being a proven leader, that’s managed and lead operational teams and can show us how you can inspire and encourage others to deliver great results.

Responsible for the daily delivery of informative and entertaining talks and demonstrations to the public, you will need to be a confident communicator, giving our guests an inspirational and educational experience.

You will have knowledge gained through significant work experience and ideally have a bachelor’s degree in Zoology, Marine Biology or a relevant field.

You will also have the practical ability to participate in conservation projects and environmental impact reduction that assist in underpinning the Sanctuaries brand.

Why join us?

Alongside a salary of 18,156 per annum you’ll also get your flippers on a Merlin Magic Pass – giving you free tickets to our attractions across the GLOBE… and much more.

In order to comply with government guidelines, should you be successful in your application all interviews will be via telephone or video call. If requested to attend the sanctuary, we have hygiene and safety measures in place, and you will be asked to adhere to these.

These will include but not be limited to; social distancing, non-invasive temperature checks, face masks and the use of hand sanitisers.

Merlin provides HR services for the SEA LIFE Trust and as part of this, all SEA LIFE Trust employees adhere to all Merlin Entertainments policies. Please be aware that you may receive correspondence from Merlin Entertainments regarding SEA LIFE Trust vacancies.