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Animal Keeper - Birds Team

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 10049269 Location Lake Buena Vista, Florida, United States Business Walt Disney World Resort Date posted May 19, 2023

Job Summary:

Disney's Animal Kingdom is looking to fill an Animal Keeper position on the Birds team. The successful applicant will be responsible for the daily care of a large and diverse bird collection as well as a small collection of Asian hoofed stock.

This is a full-time position, reporting to the Zoological Managers.


  • Keepers are responsible for day-to-day animal care and welfare: This includes husbandry, enrichment, and operant conditioning as it relates to the daily management and research of assigned species

  • Daily accountabilities include but are not limited to cleaning, animal observation, diet preparation, and reporting medical needs and abnormal conditions to zoological managers

  • Maintain daily records, collecting and logging information, and ensuring this information is communicated to management and the central animal record keeping system

  • The work includes physical labor in ambient outdoor temperatures and weather conditions in Central Florida, which may include extreme heat and humidity

  • Provide animal information and conservation messages through guest and cast interaction

  • Keepers must work well in a large team environment

  • Partner with maintenance, operation managers, horticulture, veterinary staff, educators, and scientists

  • Keepers have a flexible schedule, working a variety of shifts including early morning start times (6 AM) or late evening ending times (8 PM), as necessary to support operation hours

Basic Qualifications:

  • Minimum of combined five years of paid experience as a keeper in an AZA accredited institution (or in an institution with equivalent standards), and/or at least two years of verifiable college course work (60 semester hours)

  • Observation, evaluation, and data collection skills

  • Demonstrated strong partnering skills and ability to work on a large team

  • Ability to meet the physical demands of the role including lifting manure, moving doors, and carrying heavy objects (bales of hay, feed bags, etc.)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with a wide variety of avian taxa

  • Experience working with birds in large free flight aviaries

  • Experience working with hoofed stock

Required Education:

  • High school degree or equivalent

Preferred Education:

  • Bachelor's or associate degree in Zoology or related field

Additional Information:

Benefits and Perks: Disney offers a rewards package to help you live your best life. This includes health and savings benefits, educational opportunities and special extras that only Disney can provide. Learn more about our benefits and perks at



About Walt Disney World Resort:

Since opening in 1971, Walt Disney World Resort has played an important role in many childhood and family memories. Today, hundreds of millions of guests from around the globe visit this magical place to enjoy a Disney vacation. Through a combination of creativity, innovation and technology, the resort immerses guests in classic Disney tales and new kinds of family entertainment. Drawing from a rich heritage of storytelling, Walt Disney World Resort cast members bring Disney magic to life through unmatched attention to detail and superior guest service.

About The Walt Disney Company:

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with the following business segments: Disney Entertainment, ESPN, Disney Parks, and Experiences and Products. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney’s stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.

This position is with Walt Disney Parks and Resorts U.S., Inc., which is part of a business we call Walt Disney World Resort.

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts U.S., Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status. Disney fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world.

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