Thank you for your interest in joining our Sanctuary team! To apply for this animal keeper position, please email your résumé and cover letter as PDF files to our animal care manager, Anna Gamez at

The Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment by following the spirit and letter of all equal opportunity and diversity laws. We base our hiring, firing, promotion, and pay decisions entirely on merit, qualifications, and business needs without regard to race, color, religion/belief, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity), national origin, age, disability, parental status, military service, or other protected status. This policy extends to all terms, conditions, and privileges of employment as well as the use of all YWS facilities. We will not tolerate any form of unlawful discrimination including unlawful harassment.

Animal Keeper

Job Description

  • Implementing daily animal care procedures as delegated by the Animal Care Manager. This will include but is not limited to food preparation, food delivery, habitat cleaning/maintenance, general facility cleaning/maintenance, and enrichment/training.

  • Record notes and observations about each animal every day. Notes will include what the animal has eaten, information about training and enrichment sessions, medical issues, and/or unusual observations, etc.

  • Suggest animal care and habitat improvements to Animal Care Manager as appropriate. Follow all safety protocols as directed by Animal Care Manager and Executive Director.

  • Assist Education Director as necessary so the residents are managed properly during educational programming.

  • Assist in any animal related emergencies as requested. Maintain knowledge of all emergency procedures.

  • Assist with fundraising events as necessary.

  • Work with volunteers and interns.

  • Other duties include but are not limited to hauling water/supplies, snow removal, grounds maintenance, organizing storage facilities, and interacting with visitors.

  • Ability to work in all weather variations.


  • Required: At least 1 year experience caring for wild animals in captivity

  • Required: Outstanding written and oral communication skills

  • Required: Strong organizational skills, reliable and the ability to work independently as well as in a team Required: Ability to pay close attention to detail

  • Required: No criminal record (verified by criminal background check)

  • Required: A valid driver’s license and an insurable driving record

  • Preferred: Able to drive a standard transmission.

  • Preferred: Associate’s degree or higher

  • Preferred: Formal training in biology, wildlife management, animal husbandry, zoology, or related field

  • Preferred: Experience working in a non-profit setting