Have you dreamed of working in a zoo? Would you like to have a career working with and caring for exotic animals? Do you want to be involved in animal conservation for endangered animal species?
Job Prospects and Zookeeper Assistant SalaryGetting a zookeeper assistant certificate online puts you on a path to fulfilling your dreams of working in a zoo. What do zookeeper assistants do? Among other things, they care for exotic animals, educate visitors, and help conserve endangered species. Becoming a zookeeper assistant opens doors to several career options. Animal Behavior College’s Zookeeper Assistant Program will introduce you to the duties of those working in a zoo and the science of animal care, animal behavior, breeding and conservation and so much more. The term “zookeeper” can apply to a variety of positions at a facility, depending on its size, staffing capabilities and budget. Job titles can range from general curator to animal-care supervisor to animal keeper to zookeeper assistant. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts employment of animal care and service workers will grow 22 percent from 2016 to 2026, which is faster than the average for all occupations.1 This employment growth should result in very good job opportunities for those with animal care education and experience, such as zookeeper jobs and zookeeper assistant jobs. The current zookeeper assistant salary is about $31,694 per year.2 This is your opportunity to have a successful career as a Zookeeper Assistant and start your zookeeper education. Learn more about ABC’s Zookeeper Assistant Program by calling 800-795-3294
ABC’s Zookeeper Assistant Certificate Online
Our Zookeeper Assistant Program consists of 10 stages – The course contains vital information to prepare you for a career in a zoo or for further zookeeper education. Our program includes information on:
- Species specific husbandry, including carnivores, primates, elephants, and more
- Animal housing and exhibits
- Animal behavior, enrichment and training
- Animal safety
- Exotic animal health and nutrition
- Exotic animal health and conservation
- Career building
- And more!
Learn from a Zookeeping ProfessionalsMeet the authors and subject matter expert who were involved in the development of ABC’s Zookeeper Assistant Program. They have shared their decades of zookeeping experience in the creation of this highly sought-after program.
Meet Alisa Behar – Subject Matter Expert for our Zookeeper Assistant ProgramAlisa Behar earned a BS degree in Environmental Biology from California State University Northridge and a graduate degree in Zoo Animal Management at an Australian university. She has worked as a zookeeper at several facilities, including The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens in Palm Desert, California; St. Maarten Park Zoo in St. Maarten, Netherland Antilles; and the Bronx Zoo in New York City. For more than 10 years, Alisa taught students at America’s Teaching Zoo in Moorpark, California. Alisa currently works as the curator of mammals at the Los Angeles Zoo. Throughout her career, Alisa has handled a wide range of animals including carnivores, primates, birds and reptiles. Her proudest accomplishment occurred at the St. Maarten Park Zoo, where she taught the staff how to provide enhanced care for the animals through enrichment programs, training, better nutrition and preventative health regimens. Alisa is passionate about helping educate future zookeepers, so they can better care for animals at zoos around the world, just as she did.
Meet Kirsten Smith – Co-Author of our Zookeeper Assistant Program
Kirsten Smith has a BS degree in Wildlife Biology and Conservation from Texas Tech University and an MS in Zoo and Aquarium Science from Michigan State University. Her educational experience at Texas Tech included two study trips to Africa and Costa Rica to learn about international conservation policies and research procedures.
Previously, Kirsten has assisted the Texas Parks and Wildlife agency on several research projects involving native species such as pronghorn antelope, coyotes, mountain lions, and mule deer. While studying at Michigan State, she was a zookeeper assistant and conducted research at multiple zoos, including the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. Currently, Kirsten volunteers as a zookeeper assistant in the Asia Department of the El Paso Zoo, caring for elephants, orangutans, Sumatran tigers, and other species while continuing her work with Animal Behavior College.
After working with animals from all across the globe, Kirsten’s favorite part is learning how to bring each field of study together to accomplish one goal: provide the best care and protection for all of Earth’s natural resources.