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Job Opportunity at the ABQ BioPark: BUGarium Arthropod Keeper

The ABQ BioPark’s BUGarium is seeking a self-motivated team member to serve as a full-time Arthropod Keeper.

Updated May 18th, 2023

The successful candidate will enjoy the delicate hands-on work of rearing and caring for a variety of exotic insects and other arthropods while educating guests about their life history and ecological importance.page1image53720960

This position is employed through Tryfacta staffing agency, not the City of Albuquerque, and is located at the ABQ BioPark. This full-time position will start between May 29th and June 20th .

The Arthropod Keeper’s duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Husbandry of several different arthropod species

  • Adhering to strict USDA containment practices to ensure no animals can escape

  • Following detailed protocols to ensure healthy cultures of various species

  • Keeping meticulous notes and records

  • Interacting with and educating guests

A Successful Arthropod Keeper will:

  • Possess knowledge and/or interest in biology, especially entomology

  • Be able to carefully follow protocols with attention to detail

  • Have the ability to perform delicate hand work

  • Will be self-motivated and eager to learn

  • Be comfortable working hands on with cockroaches and other arthropods

  • Have excellent customer service and communication and skills 


Applicants must be 18 years or older, possess a GED or High School Diploma, and preferably have experience working with arthropods or other animals.

Candidates must pass a security background check to be hired.


Work schedule:

Full-time Seasonal; 40 hours/week with weekend work required. Weekend will be Friday-Saturday or Sunday-Monday.

Pay rate:

$12.48 per hour.   This position is employed through Tryfacta staffing agency, not the City of Albuquerque.

To apply:

Please prepare a cover letter, résumé, and contact information for three references. Send this information to [email protected] with subject line Application for Arthropod Keeper with ABQ BioPark. Deadline is June 2nd.