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Zookeeper Interview Questions

32 Zookeeper Interview Questions
Question 1 of 32
Tell me about a situation where you had to quickly adapt to inevitable changes as a Zookeeper.
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As a Zookeeper, you will be exposed to constant change. Assure the interviewer that you can quickly adapt to the changes that come your way. Talk about a recent instance when adaptability was required of you.

Answer Example
"In my most recent position we had a lot of turnover with management. It was difficult to learn the new preferences of my supervisors on such a frequent occasion but I was able to handle it well knowing that we all had the same end goal which was to ensure that the animals were properly cared for."
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Question 2 of 32
Tell me about some successful animal training programs you designed. What was the initial problem you wanted to solve, and did you?
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As a zookeeper, have you had the opportunity to create a training program for the animals? Perhaps you have even created a program but you have not presented it to your superiors. Talk to the interviewer about any training related ideas you have had.

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"I have not implemented any animal training programs at this stage of my career; however, I have spent time thinking about ways to improve the animal training programs in our zoo. In my spare time I draft up ideas that I feel would be helpful. I'd be happy to show them to you sometime."
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Question 3 of 32
When have you given a suggestion on improving an exhibit? Was your suggestion well-received?
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Have you ever presented an idea to your supervisor that you felt would improve animal care, or efficiency on the job? Talk to the interviewer about your willingness to present new thoughts and ideas in the workplace.

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"I had an idea recently on how we could improve water conservation in the penguin exhibit. I brought the idea to my supervisor who gave me the opportunity to present my idea. It was well received and the zoo is taking a closer look, with a team of engineers, on how they could make that happen."
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Question 4 of 32
Have you ever mentored an apprentice zookeeper?
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If you have mentored an apprentice zookeeper,
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"Yes, I have mentored about 3 various apprentice zookeepers in my career. Every summer I have been given a new apprentice to work with. I quite enjoy it as it tests my own knowledge on topics I haven't necessarily revisited in awhile."
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Question 5 of 32
How do you continue learning about animals now that you have completed college?
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There are many great resources for Zookeepers to stay on top of trends and topics in animal care. Talk to the interviewer about the variety of ways in which you continue educating yourself in your field.

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"I continually educate myself about animals through the many resources provided by AAZK (The American Association of Zoo Keepers). In addition to this resource, there are many other education tools available online that I visit on a regular basis."
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First written on: 05/21/2013
Last modified on: 08/30/2018

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About Zookeeper

August 18th, 2017

A zookeeper manages animals that are held captive in a zoo. Zookeepers keep animals healthy and safe by feeding, bathing, grooming, and exercising them. Zookeepers also clean the enclosures (e.g. cages, pens) and watch out for signs of illness or injury. They may be expected to interact with the visiting public. Zookeepers work in a zoo and can expect to be exposed to a wide range of environmental and weather conditions. Because zoos are typically open on weekends, zookeepers may have to work on weekends. The education that's required varies from zoo to zoo, but often include a college degree in zoology, animal science, wildlife management, or another animal-related field. A license or apprenticeship may be required or serve as an alternate route to becoming a zookeeper.

Job openings and internships can be found by going directly to the zoo, and also at other animal-related facilities like veterinary clinics and hospitals, and shelters. The interview will assess your knowledge of animals, your animal-handling abilities, as well as key attributes such as patience and compassion, and physical stamina. A zookeeper's responsibilities are critical to the daily operation of the zoo and the safety of staff and visitors. As such, reliability and trustworthiness are extremely important to demonstrate in the interview. You'll be expected to demonstrate your continuing professional growth, ability to adapt to changes, and your ability to work in a team.

To prepare for the interview, start by reviewing your knowledge of animal behavior and take stock of your experience in handling animals. Continue by thinking about times when you were able to overcome an obstacle to achieve a positive outcome that had enduring benefits. For instance, you may have trained an animal to make the process of caring of him/her more efficient. Think about ways that you made good impressions or positive impacts on someone who is less knowledgable about animals. Finally, look for 3-5 reasons that you'd enjoy working for that particular zoo. For instance, you may enjoy working with the types of animals that are there and are interested in learning more about the other animals that you have less experience with.