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Keeper Aide: Wood Thrush

Volunteers are needed to provide support for a project on wood thrushes being conducted at the Zoo's Research Building. Keeper aides will assist with preparing diets, cleaning exhibits and perching, cutting newspaper, and other tasks.

Volunteers must be able to commit to one day per week or every other week for a minimum of one year. Shifts are roughly 9am-noon, but hours may vary. Positions are available every day of the week.

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Volunteers must be physically fit and willing to work primarily indoors. Some experience caring for birds is preferred, but not required.


Once provisionally accepted, you must complete mandatory online orientation and training. Additional training will be provided on the job. There is a probationary period for all keeper aides.


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These positions are highly competitive and there are limited spaces available. Submission of an application is not a guarantee of placement. Applicants will be interviewed by unit staff, and those who are provisionally accepted will undergo background checks, including fingerprinting, as a requirement for approval as a keeper aide. Once accepted, volunteers must submit proof of required vaccinations (including tetanus and a negative TB test) to the Zoo's health unit.