Zookeeper Assistant Program
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?
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 and conservation. 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% from 2016 to 2026, which is faster than the average for all occupations.1This 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.
Zookeeper assistants currently make a national average of about $31,694 per year.2 Now 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
What You Will Learn in ABC’s Zookeeper Assistant Program
Our Zookeeper Assistant Program consists of 10 stages – The course is packed with information to prepare you for a career in a zoo or for further zookeeper education.
Our program includes information on:
- Animal Husbandry
- Animal exhibits
- Animal health and conservation
- Animal reproduction
- Zoo record keeping
- Guest and animal safety
- Career building
- And more!
CURRICULUM SNEAK PEEK
Learn from a Zookeeper and Animal Curator
Meet our Zookeeper Assistant Program writer, Alisa Behar.
Alisa Behar was born in Los Angeles, California, growing up in and around the Santa Clarita Valley in Southern California. Even as a young woman Alisa knew she wanted to work with wildlife and she began her zookeeper education at California State University Northridge. In 2002 she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Biology. During her studies, Alisa participated in a zoo internship and knew she found her calling.
After graduation, Alisa 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, Netherlands, and the Bronx Zoo in Bronx, New York. As a zookeeper, she handled a wide range of animals including carnivores, primates, birds and reptiles. While working, Alisa also completed a post-graduate degree in Zoo Animal Management in Australia. Upon her return to California, she was hired at America’s Teaching Zoo in Moorpark, California, as the Zoo Operations Assistant Director. For more than 10 years, she taught zookeeping students at America’s Teaching Zoo the art and science of zookeeping, animal training and animal management. Alisa most recently became an animal curator at the Los Angeles Zoo. She is a professional member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and the American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK).
Alisa noted that her proudest accomplishment is the time she spent at St. Maarten Park Zoo, working with local animal caretakers who were only providing basic food and shelter for the animals. She taught the staff how to provide enhanced care for the animals through enrichment programs, training, better nutrition and preventative health regimens. Alisa knows her work at this zoo not only helped the animals currently residing there but also future animals as well.
Alisa is excited to share her knowledge with Animal Behavior College’s Zookeeper Assistant Program students and has packed the course with relevant work experience, insider information and essentials that any zookeeper-in-training should know. She hopes to help educate future zookeepers, so they can better care for animals at zoos around the world, just as she did.
How Much Does It Cost to Become an ABC Certified Zookeeper Assistant?
Tuition for our Zookeeper Assistant Program ranges from $1,995 USD to $2,695 USD, depending on your payment plan.* This price is all-inclusive and covers your learning materials, certification and student support.
Speak with an admissions Counselor and see what payment plan is right for you. Contact Admissions at 800-795-3294
Flexible Online Course
ABC’s Zookeeper Assistant Course is designed so you can keep your current job and still pursue your zookeeper education. Your course materials and tests are all accessed online, meaning they are available 24/7. This allows you to study no matter where you are, giving you the flexibility to fit your education into your current lifestyle. Approximate completion time for our Zookeeper Assistant Course is 8 months.
Support for Our Students
After you enroll in our Zookeeper Assistant Course, you will receive the contact information for your personal Program Manager. Your Program Manager is there for you throughout your studies. They provide support, answer questions, and grade your exams.
Zookeeper Assistant Certification
Upon successful completion of your Zookeeper Assistant Course you will receive your professional certification as an Animal Behavior College Certified Zookeeper Assistant (ABCZA). Your certification will help you stand out when interviewing for volunteer and employment opportunities at both zoos and wildlife rehabilitation facilities. This is your first step into a career as a zookeeper assistant, zookeeper or animal curator.
Please note: Animal Behavior College does not guarantee employment after graduation.
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