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Virginia Safari Park
Natural Bridge, VA
Virginia Safari Park has an opening for the General Curator position. The park is a combination of 180-acre drive-through, walk-through, and off-site breeding facility. Collection consists of approximately 1,000 specimens including large herds of hoofed stock, along with a variety of felines, primates, bird and reptile species. This is a breeding facility, and great emphasis is placed upon conservation through breeding. Will be liaison for various industry breeding programs. Exhibit design and industry standard knowledge, including USDA, USDI and various zoo organizations, helpful. Must be able to hire, terminate and motivate animal care staff, set up and oversee breeding programs, acquire and surplus specimens as determined by collection plan. Will help establish and work within budgets. Contacts within the established zoo community expected. Will also work with curators and keeper staff at our other 2 facilities, Reston Zoo and Gulf Breeze Zoo.
Qualifications & Expectations: 1.) BS in the animal related sciences, preferably domestic large animal husbandry; 2.) At least 4 years with ever-increasing responsibilities in a zoo or breeding center environment. 3.) Extensive hands-on experience with a wide range of animal care knowledge may be substituted for degree. 4.) Precise record-keeping, collection management experience needed. 5.) Knowledge of proper animal conformation & body conditions, incubation techniques, gestation periods, nutrition and forages a plus. 6.) Familiarity with basic medications and vaccination programs. This position must be able to balance between being able to satisfy the visitor’s park experience with managing an ever increasing and diversifying collection.
Must be physically fit and active. This is a hands-on position and will require extensive time spent in the field, observing both the staff and animal collection daily.
Will be expected to represent the park at conferences or seminars each year. Salary commensurate with experience. Health benefits, 401k, vacation. Must be professional, in both demeanor and appearance. No visible tattoos. Non-smoking environment.
Posted March 18, 2013
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
Land Animal Intern
Job Summary: This is a paid internship. Interns are responsible for the general care and maintenance of all land animals in assigned areas. Areas included are Bird Theater, Wildlife Theater, Butterfly House and Elephant Encounter.
- Maintain cleanliness of all assigned areas.
- Diet preparation and record keeping.
- Retrieve food and supplies from Land Animal Kitchen.
- Maintain cleanliness of offices and locker rooms.
- Learn and perform show parts as assigned.
- Assist with educational programs and guest relations.
- Assist with animal care, feeding, and training sessions as assigned.
- Other duties as requested.
- Must be 18 years of age or older.
- Must have a high school diploma or equivalent.
- Must have 3 months previous experience in animal care and training and/or completed collegiate level courses in related science.
- Must be comfortable speaking in front on large crowds.
- Must be articulate and able to clearly speak, read, and write in English.
- Must have good vision and hearing.
- Must be willing to listen and follow both written and verbal instructions.
- Must be willing and able to work 40 hours a week, both indoors and outdoors, in all weather conditions.
- Must be available to work weekends, evenings, and holidays.
- Must possess the mental and physical capacities necessary to perform primary responsibilities.
- Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs.
Safety Sensitive Position
Application Deadline: March 31, 2013
How to Apply: Please submit resumes to the following land animal representative:
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
1001 Fairgrounds Drive
Vallejo, CA 94589
Six Flags is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
SIX FLAGS SUPPORTS A DRUG FREE WORKPLACE
Posted February 13, 2013
Gulf Breeze Zoo
Gulf Breeze, FL
Gulf Breeze Zoo is a 50 acre zoo that houses a diverse collection of animals ranging from great apes to domestic livestock; they place a strong emphasis on animal management and breeding. The zoo is currently searching for motivated forward thinking individuals to join its growing team of dedicated animal care professionals.
Gulf Breeze Zoo is currently hiring a full time animal care professional to fill a keeper level 2 position. This position will cover multiple species with an emphasis on primates and large carnivores. A full time positions consists of 40 hours per week and includes most weekends, holidays and occasional evening hours.
Qualified applicants must have a minimum of 2 years paid experience in a zoological setting with specific experience working with large carnivores and/or small primates. Applicants must possess a 4 year degree in a biology related field or a 2 year degree with significant work experience. This position is intended for an animal care professional who has mastered basic husbandry, observation and record keeping techniques and is looking to continue their professional growth through breeding programs and exhibit design.
The ideal candidate will be able to lift a minimum of 50 lbs without struggle, work in adverse weather conditions, have excellent guest service skills as well as the ability to manage their time in a fast paced environment. They must be able to complete daily tasks with minimum supervision, keep detailed and accurate records and be proficient at observing animals with minimal contact.
Gulf Breeze Zoo holds its staff to the highest of personal appearance standards and does not hire individuals with visible tattoos or piercings. Zoo staff are required to maintain a smoke free environment, therefore no smoking is permitted during working hours or on zoo property.
Salary commiserate with experience
Paid vacation and sick leave
Conservation grants available
How to Apply:
Please send cover letter, resume and references to:
Gulf Breeze Zoo
Attn: Tenielle Welch
5701 Gulf Breeze Parkway
Gulf Breeze, Florida 32563
or email to
Posted January 21, 2013
Sharkarosa Wildlife Ranch
Pilot Point, TX
Animal Education Intern - Spring 2013
Full Time and Part Time Positions available
At Sharkarosa Wildlife Ranch, in Pilot Point, TX, we offer a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience with exotic animals. If you are looking for a career in animal care, are a driven, responsible individual, and are willing to work hard in all conditions then look no further!
Included in this internship is the daily care of ranch animals (cleaning, feeding, habitat maintenance, medical care, etc) and participation in our Education program (working field trips & open to the public days). Species you will be working with include (but not limited to): kangaroos, lemurs, camels, monkeys, bobcats, porcupines, sloths, horses, zebra, etc. You will also participate in ourenrichment program gaining hands-on experience with multiple species of animals. Both On-site and Off-site internships available (on-site is a first come first serve basis) and schedules may be flexible.
Hours per week: Full time - 40, part time - 20
Wage: Unpaid Internship
Employment State Date: Spring 2013
- Must be 18 or older
- Must have completed/working towards a degree in an animal or education related field.
- Must be of good health and physical endurance.
- Must be able to lift 50 lbs.
- Must be willing to work in all weather conditions, including extreme temperatures.
- Must be able to work 5-6 days a week, including up to 2 night shifts (till 1am) per week for a minimum of 10 weeks.
- Must be willing to work weekends and holidays.
- Must work well in a team environment.
- Must be willing to listen and follow directions.
- Must be responsible and willing to work hard.
- Must love working with animals and people.
Apply online at www.sharkarosa.com. Download and print our internship application.
Please send Resume, application and 2 reference letters to:
Sharkarosa Wildlife Ranch
11670 Massey Rd.
Pilot Point, TX 76258
Posted December 29, 2012
Monterey Zoological Society
Education Program Coordinator / Small Mammal Keeper
The Education Program Coordinator / Small Mammal Keeper will be responsible for accomplishing animal care, exhibit maintenance, and coordination of the Educational Programs. This position requires an individual with a high degree of professional experience who takes pride in work well done. Must be a proven leader, team player, and team member. The priorities for this position include attention to animal care and health, fostering a positive team environment, and accomplishing an excellent guest experience.
Essential Job Functions
- All team members must understand the significance of their role and how they can positively impact visitors. Pro-active, friendly communication will be expected at all times, as well as anticipating visitors’ needs and desires.
- Provides for the needs of a wide range of mammals, birds, reptiles, and invertebrates through regular feedings, administering treatments as directed, exhibit maintenance and environmental enrichment programs for the species.
- Input of data into the animal records databases; assures that appropriate records are kept on all husbandry including daily care and animal health.
- Coordinates the purchasing relating to purchases such as food for the animal collection; assures that animal food, maintenance equipment and supplies are ordered and stocked in appropriate amounts, given the needs of the facility and the availability of resources.
- Exceptional use of time management techniques.
- Keep all exhibit areas and off exhibit areas clean, neat and well organized.
- Help train new employees to assure compliance with established standards and protocols.
- Perform other related duties as assigned.
Requirements - To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
Experience- One year of professional experience at a public zoo, wildlife park, animal facility or similar institution and a demonstrated knowledge of zoological operations.
- Demonstrated ability to lead and work as a part of a team in a constantly changing environment as well as individually, with a minimum of supervision
- A valid driver’s License with a good driving record
- Ability to drive small-medium size trucks is required.
- Ability to work a flexible schedule which includes evenings and/or weekends and holidays.
- Ability to respond to emergencies on an on-call basis.
Language Skills-Ability to read, analyze and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports and business correspondence. Abilities to effectively present information and respond to questions from managers, clients, customers and the general public.
Interpersonal Skills– friendly, positive attitude toward others.Ability to display servant based behaviors to include:being patient, kind, humble, respectful, selfless, forgiving, honest and committed.
Guest/Customer Service Skills— must have knowledge of principles for providing quality customer service. This includes understanding guest needs, meeting quality standards for service and guest satisfaction.
Reasoning Ability- Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.
Physical Demands- Must be able to work outdoors in any weather, lift 50 pounds, walk briskly or run if needed. Must be able to move heavier items with assistance and do repetitive physical work such as raking and shoveling.
Work Environment- Mostly outdoors in all weather. Some areas such as the reptile area are hot and humid. Must be able to handle or be near any animal in the collection. Will be exposed to several outdoor allergens such as dust and hay.
Computer Skills- Must have working knowledge of Microsoft based office programs (Excel, Word, Outlook)
Public Presentation-Must be able to present to small and large crowds and work well with large groups of children.
Pre Employment Testing-Successful candidates must pass pre-employment drug screening, background check and TB test.
Compensation – $10-$13 per hour DOE
Benefits-One week paid vacation for every one year worked. Vacation times and dates must be approved by management. Low cost housing is available on site. Commission on some tour sales. Annual Bonus. No medical or relocation benefits.
Monterey Zoological Society, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Please apply online: https://adobeformscentral.com/?f=15AtIdQ3Nfrd9BZ8eWrG2Q
Posted December 29, 2012
Catoctin Wildlife Park
Two Animal Care
CWPZoo is currently looking to fill two full time animal care positions, a Safari Manager and a Feline/ Primate Specialist. You will be part of a team working under the supervision and training of the General Curator and Ass't Director of Zoological Affairs.
Qualified applicants must have at least four years paid experience in the zoological animal care field. A four year degree in biological sciences or related field is helpful but not required. These positions are intended for a person who has mastered all basic husbandry techniques and zoo protocols and is looking to continue their professional growth. You must be able to lift 60lbs with ease.
We place a high value on employees who are team players, understand the connection between their paychecks and the visiting public, are safety conscious, have good animal management and husbandry skills, are aware of and know how to apply environmental enrichment diversions for the animals in their care.
Salary commensurate with experience, liberal leaves, paid vacation and assistance with conference expenses after one year and flexible work schedule. Some assistance with relocation is possible.
Global Wildlife Trust, Inc. dba Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo is 501(c)3 corporation with a 50 acre park like zoo and large animal safari. We specialize in primates (16 species) and poikilotherms (over 120 species of reptiles plus amphibians, fish and invertebrates). We have a diverse collection including many large ungulates, felines, birds, and unusual small mammals.
Positions are open until filled.
Posted November 12, 2012