Our Mission:  

The World Bird Sanctuary’s mission is to protect and preserve birds and their habitats through conservation, rehabilitation, and education.

About The World Bird Sanctuary

Established in 1977, the World Bird Sanctuary, located on 305 acres of developed and undeveloped forest in St. Louis, Missouri, is dedicated to the protection and preservation of birds around the world. The Sanctuary houses over 200 birds representing 60 species worldwide, including 8 eagle species, 11 owl species, and even rarer endangered species like the Vietnam pheasant and Northern bald ibis. We treat over 750 sick or injured birds a year through our Kathryn G. Favre Foundation Raptor Hospital, with an impressive “release back to the wild” rate of more than 65%. Our educational programming connects with more than 125,000 people directly every year and millions indirectly through social media and extended messaging. From a conservation standpoint, we are partnering with organizations nationwide and in countries such as South Africa, Indonesia, and Vietnam, developing joint programs to support endangered species globally. What began as a raptor rehabilitation center has flourished into a globally esteemed organization committed to conservation, education, and rehabilitation of multiple species in need.

Salary: $30,000 per year, potential onsite housing* subject to availability


The following is a basic list of the daily duties for the keeper position. Under the guidance of the Site Manager, the keeper responsibilities include:

  • Assisting with the daily preparation and feeding of bird diets.
  • Assisting with the behavior training and enrichment of the birds.
  • Assisting with general site maintenance. 
  • Daily handling of raptors. 
  • Daily care and feeding of non-avian species. 
  • Leading educational programs on and off-site with our animal ambassadors.
  • Maintaining a positive work environment.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Experience Preferred:

  • Prior experience with wildlife; raptor experience is preferable. 
  • Must be able to lift 40lbs with relative ease.
  • Must be willing to work primarily outdoors in both cold and hot weather. 
  • Must work well in a team-oriented environment 

Keepers are generally assigned to one department but will be cross-trained to work in other departments as the staff schedule requires. 

How to Apply

Please submit a letter of recommendation along with your resume and cover letter with at least two references to the email address below.   

Kelsey Rumley

Director of Education 


World Bird Sanctuary

125 Bald Eagle Ridge Rd

Valley Park, MO 63088

Job Type: Full Time

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