Log In

Log In to Save

Sign Up to Save

Sign Up to Dismiss


The email and password you specified are invalid. Please, try again.

Email and password are mandatory

Forgot Password?

Don't have an account? Sign Up

reset password

Enter your email address and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Back to Log In

Become A Wild Animal Caretaker

Where do you want to work?

To get started, tell us where you'd like to work.
Sorry, we can't find that. Please try a different city or state.

Working As A Wild Animal Caretaker

  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Repetitive

  • $18,324

    Average Salary

What Does A Wild Animal Caretaker Do At University of IOWA

* 1. Performs all the duties and responsibilities of Animal Caretaker I
* Performs or assists investigators in technical work of obtaining tissue, milk, blood, urine, and stool samples
* Performs treatments as directed by supervisor or veterinary staff.
* Euthanizes animals, as directed
* Maintains breeding colonies, herds, or flocks including mating of animals and care of young
* Follows approved SOP for processing incoming animals of each species
* Maintains inventories and notifies supervisor of supply needs
* Trains, instructs or supervises research staff, Animal Caretaker I's, laborers, and students as directed
* In animal facility, sets-up, uses, and maintains specialized laboratory equipment and/or completes USDA forms for procurement of animals as required
* Prepare animals for shipping from the university, including shipping container preparation and record keeping

What Does A Wild Animal Caretaker Do At Army Installation Management Command

* Observes animals and notifies supervisor of abnormal appearance.
* Feeds animals taking care to measure food portions according to feeding instructions.
* Cleans and disinfects animal feeding utensils and pen areas and maintains stock of cleaning materials and other items used.
* Mows grass and cleans yard of animal litter, clears drains in runs and empties garbage.
* May be required to operate a motor vehicle to transport supplies and laboratory samples.
* Travel Required
* Not required
* Supervisory status
* No
* Promotion Potential
* Who May Apply
* This job is open to…
* United States Citizens
* Questions? This job is open to 1 group.
* Job family (Series)
* Animal Caretaking
* Requirements
* Help
* Requirements
* Conditions of Employment
* Direct Deposit and Social Security Card is required
* Meet qualification/eligibility/background requirements for this position
* A one year probationary period may be required
* Satisfactorily complete an employment verification (E
* Verify) check
* Conditions of Employment:
* If selected, a completed and signed copy of our job application form (DA Form 3433) is required prior to entrance on duty. (Click here to view form).
* Meet all qualification/eligibility requirements.
* Appointment is subject to completion of a favorable background checks/investigation to determine suitability for this position.
* Appointment is subject to completion of a favorable installation record checks/credit check to determine suitability for this position.
* May be subject to satisfactory completion of a pre-employment physical

What Does A Wild Animal Caretaker Do At Leidos

* The Animal Caretaker I will be responsible for:
* Ensuring the humane care and housing of research animals
* Rodent animal husbandry including feeding, cage changing, housing, and monitoring of environmental conditions
* Properly pick up, restrain, and transfer animals between cages
* Daily health monitoring, mortality checks, and routine observations of large rodent colonies
* Maintenance of animal room records
* Operation of tunnel (cage) washer, rack washer, autoclaves, and other animal support equipment
* Unloading of shipments and supplies
* Facility and animal room cleaning and sanitizing
* Utilizing computer skills for email, training, and basic data entry
* Work schedule will include rotating weekend and holiday hours

What Does A Wild Animal Caretaker Do At Sobran

Restrain, handle, and manipulate various animal species (Mice, Rats, Ferrets, Hamsters, and Chicken/Ducks) Perform daily animal health surveillance checks and report any abnormal conditions of either the animals or the animal room environment to the appropriate person Implement and maintain breeding programs Maintain animal health records Perform prescribed treatments on animals Read and understand technical requirements stated in Animal Study Protocols and discern discrepancies between technical requests and ASPs Assist in performing animal health and technical experimental procedures as directed Record experimental data for investigators as required Assist in the preparation and maintenance of accurate and detailed experimental and animal health records as directed Perform technical procedures requiring various levels of biohazard containment Perform routine animal care as needed Perform duties of Laboratory Animal Caretaker I and Cagewash Technician as needed Report any abnormal conditions of the animal facility or immediate vicinity to supervisory staff Perform other duties as assigned

What Does A Wild Animal Caretaker Do At Texas A&M University

MAINTAINS A CLEAN AND SANITARY WORKING ENVIRONMENT: Maintains clean and sanitary patient cages and runs Sweeps and mops floors Washes dishes Laundry (includes removal of soiled laundry, collection of clean laundry, folding and storage of linens) Removes trash Cleans and packages oxygen hoses, bandage materials, and other items for sterilization Maintains outdoor exercise yard in a clean and sanitary manner Maintains a clean and sanitary working environment in the Isolation ward while patients are hospitalized in the ward Performs other chores as needed Persons in this position are considered essential when the University declares an emergency, campus closure, class cancellations, etc., and are therefore required to report to work and remain on duty unless/until relieved by the direct supervisor

Show More

Show Less

How To Become A Wild Animal Caretaker

Most animal care and service workers have a high school diploma and learn the occupation on the job. Many employers prefer to hire people who have experience with animals.


Most animal care and service worker positions require at least a high school diploma or equivalent.

Although pet groomers typically learn by working under the guidance of an experienced groomer, they can also attend grooming schools. The length of each program varies with the school and the number of advanced skills taught.

Most zoos require keepers to have a bachelor’s degree in biology, animal science, or a related field.

Animal trainers usually need a high school diploma or equivalent, although some positions may require a bachelor’s degree. For example, marine mammal trainers usually need a bachelor’s degree in marine biology, animal science, biology, or a related field.

Dog trainers and horse trainers typically qualify by taking courses at community colleges or vocational and private training schools.


Most animal care and service workers learn through on-the-job training. They begin by performing basic tasks and work up to positions that require more responsibility and experience.

Some animal care and service workers may receive training before they enter their position. For example, caretakers in shelters can attend training programs through the Humane Society of the United States and the American Humane Association. Pet groomers often learn their trade by training under the guidance of an experienced groomer.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Although not required by law, certifications may help workers establish their credentials and enhance their skills. For example, several professional associations and hundreds of private vocational and state-approved trade schools offer certification for dog trainers.

The National Dog Groomers Association of America offers certification for master status as a groomer. Both the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters and Pet Sitters International offer a home-study certification program for pet sitters. Marine mammal trainers should be certified in scuba-diving.

For self-employed workers, many states require animal care and service workers to have a business license.

Other Experience

For many caretaker positions, it helps to have experience working with animals. Nearly all animal trainer and zookeeper positions require candidates to have experience with animals. Volunteering and internships at zoos and aquariums are excellent ways to gain experience in working with animals.

Important Qualities

Compassion. Animal care and service workers must be compassionate when dealing with animals and their owners. They should like animals and must treat them with kindness.

Customer-service skills. Animal care and service workers should understand pet owners’ needs so they can provide services that leave the owners satisfied. Some workers may need to deal with distraught pet owners. For example, caretakers working in animal shelters may need to reassure owners looking for a lost pet.

Detail oriented. Animal care and service workers must be detail oriented because they are often responsible for keeping animals on a strict diet, maintaining records, and monitoring changes in animals’ behavior.

Patience. Animal caretakers and all animal trainers need to be patient when training or working with animals that do not respond to commands.

Physical stamina. Stamina is important for animal care and service workers because their work often involves kneeling, crawling, bending, and lifting heavy supplies, such as bags of food.

Problem-solving skills. Animal trainers must be able to assess whether the animals are responding to teaching methods and identify which methods are most successful.

Reliability. In order to meet the customer’s needs, animal care and service workers need to care for animals in a scheduled and timely manner.

Trustworthiness. Pet sitters must demonstrate that they can be trusted when caring for animals and properties while the owner is away.

Show More

Show Less

Wild Animal Caretaker jobs

Add To My Jobs

Wild Animal Caretaker Typical Career Paths

Wild Animal Caretaker Demographics


  • Female

  • Male

  • Unknown



  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

  • Unknown

  • Black or African American

Show More

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • German

  • Japanese

  • Chinese

  • Swedish

  • Russian

  • Cantonese

  • Mandarin

  • Italian

  • Portuguese

  • Dutch

  • Telugu

  • Vietnamese

  • Romanian

  • Greek

  • Somali

  • Carrier

  • Polish

Show More

Wild Animal Caretaker

Unfortunately we don’t have enough data for this section.

Wild Animal Caretaker Education

Wild Animal Caretaker

Unfortunately we don’t have enough data for this section.

Job type you want
Full Time
Part Time

Real Wild Animal Caretaker Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Animal Caretaker Meadow Grove Farm CA Aug 10, 2012 $39,131
Animal Caretaker Jackson Hole Polo Club WY Apr 01, 2011 $35,416
Animal Caretaker MacKinac Island Carriage Tours MI Apr 20, 2012 $31,305
Animal Caretaker Goldens Bridge, Inc. D/B/A Heritage Farm NY May 01, 2012 $30,345
Animal Caretaker Performance Horse Shoeing CA Apr 01, 2012 $29,364
Animal Caretaker Peninsula Equine, Inc. CA Jan 15, 2012 $29,364
Animal Caretaker Dominic Galluscio Stable, LLC NY Jun 01, 2012 $27,131
Animal Caretaker Dominic Galluscio Stable, LLC NY Apr 27, 2012 $27,131
Animal Caretaker Horrigan Enterprises, Inc. CA Jan 18, 2012 $25,795
Animal Caretaker Acres West CA Jan 18, 2012 $25,795
Animal Caretaker Diamond Mountain Stables CA Jan 24, 2012 $25,795
Animal Caretaker EWC & Associates, Inc. DBA Portola Valley Training CA Apr 01, 2012 $25,086
Animal Caretaker Millennium Farm CA Jan 10, 2012 $25,086
Animal Caretaker McIntosh Stables USA, Inc. CA Jan 15, 2012 $25,086
Animal Caretaker Pkt, LLC MD Aug 01, 2011 $20,536
Non Farm Animal Caretakers (Kennel Worker) Alpha K-9 Pet Services Houston, TX Mar 09, 2015 $20,536
Animal Caretaker Sola DEI Gloria Stable MD Apr 01, 2012 $20,536
Animal Caretaker Hillbizon Farm MD Apr 01, 2012 $20,536
Animal Caretaker Carlos Garcia Thoroughbred Management MD Apr 01, 2012 $20,536
Animal Caretaker Hamilton A. Smith MD Apr 01, 2012 $20,536
Non Farm Animal Caretakers (Kennel Worker) Alpha K-9 Pet Services Houston, TX Apr 03, 2015 $20,536
Animal Caretaker Hamilton A. Smith WV Dec 01, 2011 $20,536
Animal Caretaker Junior Construction Company, Inc. TX Apr 01, 2011 $18,366
Animal Caretaker Goldens Bridge, Inc., D/B/A Heritage Farm NY Apr 01, 2011 $18,324
Animal Caretaker Kiesner Training TN Apr 01, 2012 $18,303
Non-Farm Animal Caretakers Juan Garcia Racing Stable Arcadia, CA Jan 27, 2011 $18,282
Non-Farm Animal Caretakers Neil Drysdale Racing Stables Inglewood, CA Feb 17, 2011 $18,282
Animal Caretaker Herringswell Stables, Ltd. DE May 01, 2011 $18,261
Animal Caretaker Tim F. Ritchey Racing Stables, Inc. DE Apr 01, 2011 $18,261
Animal Caretaker TEH Racing Stables LLC OH Apr 01, 2012 $17,990

No Results

To get more results, try adjusting your search by changing your filters.

Show More

Top Skills for A Wild Animal Caretaker


Show More

Top Wild Animal Caretaker Skills

  1. Dog Kennels
  2. Animal Care
  3. Facility Laundry
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Clean dog kennels, small dog kennels, take dogs of all size for walks, play with animals.
  • Performed routine animal care and husbandry of the hospitalized patients and animals used for breeding.
  • Completed facility laundry and cleaned, organized, maintained, and disinfected animal quarters.
  • Understand and follow biosafety procedures and train others on proper procedures.
  • Provided excellent customer service to potential adopters

Top Wild Animal Caretaker Employers