Job Description:  This senior level position works under the supervision of the President/CEO to oversee the development and implementation of animal operation strategies that achieve excellence in all animal operations including animal husbandry, animal collection-based conservation and research, and animal registration procedures.  Must embrace the mission, goals, and objectives of Wilstem and work with all departments to fulfill them.  Applicants must have good decision-making skills, remain calm under pressure, respond to emergencies, take control of situations, and communicate with all levels of the organization.  Must be enthusiastic and interact with guests in a positive manner to provide a memorable and educational experience.

Applicant Requirements:  Applicants must have a minimum of 5 years of progressive animal husbandry experience with a variety of exotic animals.  A minimum of 2 years management and supervisory experience is strongly preferred.  Prior experience at an AZA or ZAA accredited facility is preferred.  A degree in biology, zoology, or animal related field is preferred.  Must be proficient with Microsoft Office.  Must have a working knowledge of established principles and practices of exotic and domestic wildlife exhibition, experience in animal immobilization, including chemical administration.  Applicant must be available to work all necessary hours, including weekends, holidays, special events, and will be on call in the event of an emergency.  Applicant must pass physical, drug test, and background checks.

Duties and Responsibilities:  Maintains a close connection with and working knowledge of the animal collection.  Develops animal husbandry policies and programs for all animals and ensures proper daily care and welfare in compliance with federal, state, and local laws and in a manner consistent with AZA or ZAA accreditation standards and USDA regulations. Directs the facilities programs for animal acquisition and disposition, husbandry, exhibition, record keeping, behavior management, and research and conservation.  Works in cooperation with the head veterinarian to coordinate preventative, routine, and emergency health care to the animal collection.  Directs the implementation of animal behavioral training and enrichment programs.  Ensures compliance to applicable AZA, ZAA, USDA, DEA, OSHA, local state, and federal laws.  Actively participates in TAGs and other AZA or ZAA programs.  Participates in planning and design of new exhibits and renovation of existing exhibits to ensure animals are presented in a manner reflecting modern practices.  Ensure exhibit design and animal’s functional welfare requirements are balanced with aesthetic and educational considerations.  Coordinates safety training for keeper staff and works in cooperation with all departments to ensure the safety of the facility for the animals, staff, and visiting public.  Supervises and trains the keeper staff responsible for all aspects of animal care including but not limited to cleaning, feeding, watering, record keeping, and maintain facilities.

Facilitates the work of the animal keepers by ensuring that they have the necessary tools, equipment, and supplies.  Cooperates with other department heads and facility management to ensure the facility runs harmoniously.  Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the facility policies, applicable laws, and relevant labor laws.  Plans, assigns, and directs work by evaluating performance, counsel employees, disciplines employees, addresses complaints, and resolves problems.  Demonstrates a commitment to maintaining a work environment free from discrimination, harassment and supports the facilities commitment to equal opportunities.  Must be prepared to travel for meetings, animal transports, and continuing education.  Performs other duties as required and assigned.  Physical requirements include frequent walking and standing, frequent lifting and carrying up to 50 lbs., reaching, bending, kneeling, twisting, and climbing.  Operation of a variety of equipment, vehicles, and power tools is required. 

Send resumes and salary requirements to cberg@wilstem.com



Job Description: Wilstem Wildlife Park is looking for experienced hoofstock and animal keepers to join our team. We are a rapidly expanding facility with an exquisite variety of animals. We are located in Paoli, Indiana, which is about an hour west of Louisville. We are seeking candidates that have previous experience working exotic hoofstock and small exotic animals. Additionally, candidate should be capable of performing dynamic presentations to our guests, conduct animal educational encounters, perform all duties related to keeping (working in inclement weather, lifting 60lbs, standing for long periods, mowing etc), and be open to conducting activities (horseback riding and ziplines). We will have several positions available so all keeper levels are encouraged to apply. We offer a competitive wage, a benefit package that includes medical, dental, and life insurance, and 401. We also offer paid holidays and vacations. We looking to fill the positions quickly as our growth has warranted it. Please send a resume and cover letter to abrames@wilstem.com or wingsnspots@gmail.com




  • Perform a variety of cleaning activities such as sweeping, mopping, dusting and polishing

  • Ensure all rooms are cared for and inspected according to standards

  • Protect equipment and make sure there are no inadequacies

  • Notify superiors on any damages, deficits and disturbances

  • Deal with reasonable complaints/requests with professionalism and patience

  • Check stocking levels of all consumables and replace when appropriate

  • Adhere strictly to rules regarding health and safety and be aware of any company-related practices


  • Proven experience as a Cleaner or Housekeeper

  • Ability to work with little supervision and maintain a high level of performance

  • Customer-oriented and friendly

  • Prioritization and time management skills

  • Working quickly without compromising quality

Please apply in person by visiting Wilstem and filling out an application.