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Ark Encounter Herptile Zookeeper

Job Details

Ark Encounter - Williamstown, KY
Full Time
$16.00 - $18.00 Hourly


The herptile zookeeper should have a strong background and experience working with herptiles and invertebrates, an understanding of animal health care and husbandry techniques, experience with animal training and environmental enrichment, ability to perform vigorous physical activities both indoors and outdoors under all weather conditions, and enjoy interacting with guests. This position will allow one to impact others through a service mindset centered on making an eternal difference. This position should display our Core Values of SERVE (Serve, Equip, Relate, Value, Engage) when interfacing with both internal and external customers to ensure that the message and mission of Answers in Genesis is portrayed in an effective and God-honoring fashion. This position provides opportunities for spiritual, personal, and professional development.


  • Promote the mission and standards of Answers in Genesis.
  • Create a SERVE culture environment in all work done.
  • Approach all tasks with a second-mile mindset
  • Prioritize personal integrity in all interactions and assignments
  • Knowledge of zoo animal husbandry, natural history, and observational skills
  • Ability to remain calm under pressure and remain levelheaded in emergency situations
  • Keep accurate and detailed records of observations of animals including behavior, diets, health, behavioral enrichment, training, etc.
  • Attend and participate in staff meetings
  • Work in a team setting
  • Familiar with USDA regulations and comply with them
  • Contribute and maintain a safe, positive, and productive work environment for animals, guests, and zoo staff
  • Daily cleaning of animal habitats and back of the house areas utilizing various tools, instruments, disinfectants; and with the ability to do so safely
  • Diet preparation, feeding, and restocking of feed supplies
  • Participates in daily behavioral husbandry, operant conditioning, and environmental enrichment of the small mammal collection
  • Strong communication skills to accurately report daily information written, oral, and with animal tracking software
  • Maintain assigned areas to ensure safety and good appearance, paying attention to detail to guest viewing areas at all times
  • Excellent guest service and communication skills for effective and engaging public speaking; give knowledgeable and engaging tours for guests, staff, and donors
  • And all other duties and responsibilities as assigned by management.


  • Must agree with and be able to sign our Statement of Faith.
  • Maintains a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
  • Regularly attends a local Bible-believing church.
  • Customer service oriented, dedicated to high guest satisfaction levels
  • Good problem-solving skills and decision-making ability
  • Ability to estimate and meet realistic deadlines, perform under pressure, and react quickly to changing priorities
  • Leads by example, resolves conflicts and gets the job done
  • Willing to work long hours and be on feet for extended periods of time
  • Willing and able to work long hours and be on feet for long periods.
  • Able to lift heavy loads of 20-100lbs. repeatedly

Education & Experience

  • A degree in a zoology, biology or other life science (preferred)
  • 2-4 years experience with herptiles and invertebrates

Items Needed for Possible Employment

  • Completion of on-line application,
  • Salary Requirements
  • Salvation Testimony
  • Creation Belief Statement
  • Confirmation of your agreement with the AiG Statement of Faith
  • Completion of a Background Check and Pre-Employment Drug Screen