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Bird/Reptile Entry Level & Keeper II Positions - Gulf Breeze Zoo

Keeper Positions

Gulf Breeze Zoo, Gulf Breeze, FL

 

Gulf Breeze Zoo is a 50-acre facility located in the beautiful Florida panhandle that houses a wide variety of species, ranging from a petting area and budgie feeding to large carnivores and gorillas.

The zoo has openings in the bird and reptile department, including part-time and full-time positions. Positions range from entry level to keeper II with the opportunity to move into a lead keeper role. Almost 50 different species of birds reside at the zoo ranging from ramphastids and psittacines to ciconiids and ratites along with our ever-growing collection of reptiles.

Prior experience in these areas preferred, applicants with more extensive experience will be considered for the advanced positions first. All applicants must be physically fit and active, able to lift 50 pounds comfortably, and be able to work in all types of weather. Weekends and holidays are mandatory work days for new hires, as are long days when needed. Emphasis is placed on guest interactions, so applicants must be very comfortable with the public. Must be able to complete daily tasks in a timely fashion with minimal supervision once trained, keep good daily records, and be proficient at observing animals. An Associates or BS in an animal science is preferred, although experience may be given preference. All applicants must have some prior experience working with animals in a professional setting.

 

Requirements:

  • Some bird and reptile experience for entry level positions, 2 years paid experience preferred minimum for keeper II positions
  • A Bachelor’s Degree in science, Animal science/Biology preferred
  • A strong work ethic, good physical condition and a willingness to learn
  • Must be able to adhere to our strict personal appearance requirements, no visible tattoos permitted.
  • Must be comfortable speaking to the public while handling animals.
  • Maintain a non-smoking work environment
  • Have the ability to work in all weather conditions
  • Experience in using or willing to learn to use trucks, tractors, weed eaters, and other types of machinery
  • Valid Driver’s license
  • Must be able to work weekends and holidays
  • Must be able to lift a minimum of 50 lbs

 

Competitive salary, insurance, paid sick/vacation time and 401k options available.

Please send resumes to: 

Christy Minton, Assistant Curator of Birds and Reptiles - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Posted July 12, 2015

Zoo Keeper - Cougar Mountain Zoo

Zoo Keeper

Cougar Mountain Zoo, Issaquah, WA

 

Responsibility and Experience:
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Animal husbandry, hand raising, maintenance of exhibit and off-exhibit areas, record keeperin, behavioral enrichment, training, capture, restrain, transport and veterinary procedures.

Position also includes daily upkeep of animal logs, interaction with the general public such as tours, demonstrations, outreach programs and supervising volunteers.
 

Requirements:
Minimum of three years paid full time Zoo experience in a ZAA or AZA accredited institution.  Working with a cross section of animals including carnivores.  Ability to lift 50 lbs, move minimum of 100 lbs, use an eight foot stepladder and be in good physical condition.

Must be able to follow prescribed Zoo animal care protocol, strictly observe safety rules involved in working with carnivores small and large.  Schedule includes weekdays, weekends and holidays as assigned.  Must be able to interact well with Zoo Visitors through daily educational presentations.
 

Compensation:
Starting salary range: $26,000 to $32,000

Benefits:  Vacation, sick leave, uniform allowance and other benefits
 

Application:
Email cover letter, resume and references to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Posted July 9, 2015

Great Ape Zookeeper Apprentice - LEO Zoological Conservation Center

Great Ape Zookeeper Apprentice

LEO Zoological Conservation Center, Greenwich, CT

 

Start Date: September 9, 2015

LEO Zoological Conservation Center is a nonprofit, accredited off-exhibit breeding facility for rare and endangered animals.. We are located in Greenwich, CT, just an hour outside of New York City. The facility offers our animals a low impact, stress-free environment and we propagate for other accredited zoological institutions across the country and global wild release programs. We are generally closed to the public but allow a limited number of visits, seasonally, split between Special Cause Groups and supporting benefactors.

LEO is looking for dependable, hardworking Great Ape zookeeper apprentice interested in gaining valuable experience working one-on-one with seasoned professionals. This 8 month position would primarily work with orangutans, white-handed, siamang gibbons, and colobus monkeys. Apprentices will gain extensive knowledge in primate behavior and husbandry. LEO engages in noninvasive scientifically based conservation research with some of our species.

Some of the apprenticeship elements include:

  • Participation in providing for and monitoring health, growth, diet, behavior, reproduction, safety and comfort of our animals
  • Behavior observation, including monitoring and documenting specific animal behavior·        
  • Enrichment activities, which help keep captive animal’s minds active
  • Exposure to veterinary and tech work
  • Kitchen duties, including preparation of species-specific daily diets and cleaning the kitchen area
  • Enclosure care, including upkeep inside and outside of animal enclosures
  • Participation in a USDA Animal Care Clinic

Requirements:

  • Applicants must be 18 years of age or older
  • Applicants MUST have experience working with a primates (preferably a past zoological volunteer or internship experience)       
  • Able to comfortably lift 50 pounds
  • Aides must present themselves in a professional manner

The selected candidate will be expected to adhere to primate safety policies at all times. Keeper apprentice positions are physically demanding. Apprentices may be working in small spaces or in awkward positions that require bending or stretching and standing for long periods of time. Apprentices must be able to safely lift 50 lbs. Keepers work in extreme weather conditions, so apprentices must be able to tolerate heat, cold, snow, wind and rain. They must also be able to tolerate strong odors and possible allergens such as hay, dust and animal hair/fur/dander.No stipend or housing is available for the apprentice from the center. Aides must be flexible with their schedule, and will be expected to work 5 weekdays (potentially falling on weekend days and/or holidays) with two consecutive days off.

Apprentice will leave facility with a wealth of experience and understanding in orangutan and primate husbandry, operant training, and behavior.

Interested candidates must send cover letter and resume to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Faxed, mailed, and delivered resumes will not be considered. PLEASE, NO PHONE CALLS. Interested applicants must be available any of the seven days of the week.

LEOZCC is an EOE/ Drug Free/Smoke Free Work Environment.

Posted June 30, 2015

Carnivore Zookeeper Apprentice - LEO Zoological Conservation Center

Carnivore Keeper Apprentice

LEO Zoological Conservation Center, Greenwich, CT

 

Start date: September 9, 2015

LEO Zoological Conservation Center is a nonprofit, accredited off-exhibit breeding facility for rare and endangered animals.. We are located in Greenwich, CT, just an hour outside of New York City. The facility offers our animals a low impact, stress-free environment and we propagate for other accredited zoological institutions across the country and global wild release programs. We are generally closed to the public but allow a limited number of visits, seasonally, split between Special Cause Groups and supporting benefactors.

LEO is looking for a dependable, hardworking Carnivore Zookeeper Apprentice interested in gaining valuable experience and working one-on-one with seasoned professionals. This 8 month position will primarily work with cheetah (also King cheetah), clouded leopard, binturong, bat-eared fox, and striped hyena. Apprentices will  gain extensive knowledge in carnivore behavior and husbandry.

Some of the apprenticeship elements include:

  • Participation in providing for and monitoring health, growth, diet, behavior, reproduction, safety and comfort of our animals
  • Behavior observation, including monitoring and documenting specific animal behavior
  • Enrichment activities, which help keep captive animal’s minds active
  • Exposure to veterinary and tech work
  • Kitchen duties, including preparation of species-specific daily diets and cleaning the kitchen area
  • Enclosure care, including upkeep inside and outside of animal enclosures
  • Participation in a USDA Animal Care Clinic

Requirements:

  • Applicants must be 18 years of age or older
  • Applicants MUST have experience working with animals (preferably a past zoological volunteer or internship experience)
  • Able to comfortably lift 50 pounds
  • Aides must present themselves in a professional manner

The selected candidate will be expected to adhere to carnivore safety policies at all times. Zookeeper apprenticeship positions are physically demanding. Apprentices may be working in small spaces or in awkward positions that require bending or stretching and standing for long periods of time. Apprentices must be able to safely lift 50 lbs. Keepers work in extreme weather conditions, so apprentices must be able to tolerate heat, cold, snow, wind and rain. They must also be able to tolerate strong odors and possible allergens such as hay, dust and animal hair/fur/dander.No stipend or housing is available for the Apprentice from the center.  Apprentices must be flexible with their schedule, and will be expected to work 5 weekdays (potentially falling on weekend days and/or holidays) with two consecutive days off. Apprentice will leave facility with a wealth of experience and understanding in carnivore husbandry, operant training, and behavior.

Interested candidates must send cover letter and resume to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Faxed, mailed, and delivered resumes will not be considered. PLEASE, NO PHONE CALLS. Interested applicants must be available any of the seven days of the week.

LEOZCC is an EOE/ Drug Free/Smoke Free Work Environment.

Posted June 30, 2015

Keeper Positions - Gulf Breeze Zoo

Keeper Positions

Gulf Breeze Zoo, Gulf Breeze, FL

 

Gulf Breeze Zoo is a 50-acre facility located in the beautiful Florida panhandle that houses a wide variety of species, ranging from a petting area and budgie feeding to large carnivores and gorillas.

The zoo has openings in various departments, including seasonal and full-time positions. Positions include the bird/reptile, primate/carnivore, and hoofed stock shifts. Prior experience in these areas is preferred.

Many of these positions are entry-level, although applicants with more extensive experience will be considered as advanced positions become available. All applicants must be physically fit and active, able to lift 50 pounds comfortably, and be able to work in all types of weather. Weekends and holidays are mandatory work days for new hires, as are long days when needed. Emphasis is placed on guest interactions, so applicants must be very comfortable with the public. Must be able to complete daily tasks in a timely fashion with minimal supervision once trained, keep good daily records, and be proficient at observing animals. An Associates or BS in an animal science is preferred, although experience may be given preference. All applicants must have some prior experience working with animals, either at a private/public zoo, wildlife breeding facility, or farm.

 

Requirements:

  • Exotic Cats, Primates and Bird experience.
  • A Bachelor’s Degree in science, Animal science/Biology preferred
  • A strong work ethic, good physical condition and a willingness to learn
  • Must be able to adhere to our strict personal appearance requirements, no visible tattoos permitted.
  • Must be comfortable speaking to the public while handling animals.
  • Maintain a non-smoking work environment
  • Have the ability to work in all weather conditions
  • Experience in using or willing to learn to use trucks, tractors, weed eaters, and other types of machinery
  • Minimum of 6 months paid  animal care
  • Valid Driver’s license
  • Must be able to work weekends and holidays
  • Must be able to lift a minimum of 50 lbs

 

Competitive salary, insurance, paid sick/vacation time and 401k options available.

Please send resumes to: 

Christy Minton, Assistant Curator of Birds and Reptiles - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Desiree Hager, Curator of Carnivores and Primates - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Posted June 27, 2015

ISIS Member Support Representative - International Species Information System

ISIS Member Support Representative

International Species Information System, Bloomington, MN

 

Description:
Assist zoos , aquaria, and other conservation organizations worldwide as they use ZIMS (Zoological Information Management System) and other ISIS software to manage their animal records. ZIMS is a web-based system encompassing husbandry and medical data for more than six million animals in more than 900 member facilities around the world. Representatives help ISIS members in more than 80 countries with both technical and “best practices” questions, assist new members as they start to use ZIMS, report and test software bugs, and provide training to ZIMS users. Travel to member sites and conferences may be required; occasional odd hours may also be required as we support members from around the world in all time zones.

International Species Information System’s main office in Minnesota includes an energetic, exciting, casual atmosphere with frequent interaction between all teams. Representatives are part of five-person team in this 18-person office that interacts with other team members located elsewhere in the United States as well as India, Turkey, the Netherlands, Colombia, and Israel. The work atmosphere is cooperative and engaging, with flexible work hours (including the ability to work from home weekly).

A support team member must:

  • Have (or be able to rapidly develop) deep familiarity with ZIMS
  • Be able to “think out of the box” while troubleshooting
  • Have at least one year working in a zoo, aquarium, or related institution
  • Have excellent communication skills (written and spoken)
  • Be able to quickly search through large stores of information with a critical eye

A strong candidate will:

  • Have experience in the “animal business”
  • Be comfortable with portals, websites, and web-based programs
  • Have already been using ZIMS in a live environment as part of their daily responsibilities
  • Be superb at communicating via email, phone, and in person
  • Be a fast learner

To apply, please complete the online application here: www.isis.org/msapp
 

Expiration date:  July 31, 2015

Job or Internship:  Job

Posted June 19, 2015

Large Cat Asst. Trainer/Handler/Zookeeper - Dirk Arthur

Large Cat Assistant Trainer/Handler/Zoo Keeper

Dirk Arthur, Las Vegas, NV
 

Description:
Assistant Trainer/Handler/Zoo Keeper needed for Las Vegas magic show with large cats.

To Apply:
Send photo, resume, experience and availability to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Posted June 8, 2015

Zoo Keeper - African Safari Wildlife Park

Zoo Keeper

African Safari Wildlife Park, Port Clinton, OH

 

Responsible for day to day care of the animals including but not limited to observations, feeding, watering, cleaning, detailed reporting, enrichment, and exhibit maintenance.Responsible for enforce zoo rules and answer questions from the public.

Must be able to lift 50 pounds. Looking for a team player capable of positive interaction with co-workers and guests. Must be able to work weekends and holidays. Must be able to work in all weather conditions.

 

Preferred:

1 year of animal experience in a zoo as an employee or volunteer. Or 2 years of animal experience elsewhere.

Compensation will be based on education and experience.

 

How to apply:

  1. Visit Jobs at African Safari Wildlife Park to complete the application.
  2. Email completed application, cover letter and resume to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you have questions please call 800-521-2660.

Posted June 2, 2015

Assistant to the Director - Catoctin Wildlife Preserve

Assistant to the Director

Catoctin Wildlife Preserve,  Thurmont, MD

 

Qualifications:
Must have at least four years supervision people experience in a public facility with at least 200 birds and mammals (combined).

To Apply:
Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Posted May 29, 2015

General Curator (Birds and Mammals) - Catoctin Wildlife Preserve

General Curator (Birds and Mammals)

Catoctin Wildlife Preserve,  Thurmont, MD

 

Qualifications:
Must have at least four years supervision people experience in a public facility with at least 200 birds and mammals (combined).

To Apply:
Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Posted May 29, 2015

Apprentice Trainer - Land Animals - Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

Apprentice Trainer - Land Animals

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Vallejo, CA

 

Job Summary:  Responsible for general cleaning and maintenance of the Wildlife Theater area and its animals and entry-level training of animals and behaviors.

Reports To:  Land Animal Supervisor

Status:  Full-Time Hourly

Essential Job Duties:

  • Participation in animal training programs.
  • Daily care and feeding of a variety of exotic and domestic species.
  • Maintenance of animal enclosures.
  • Presentations with and about animals to the public.
  • Behavioral observations and record keeping.
  • Animal enrichment and assist in each area of Animal Care and the Veterinary staff.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Applicants must be comfortable in a team environment
  • Ability to memorize scripts and speak with a microphone.
  • Must be able to lift 50lbs with or without assistance.
  • Must be able to work both indoors and outdoors in all weather conditions; lighting is primarily natural; location can be extremely dusty.
  • Physical demands include walking, standing, climbing stairs, bending, lifting, carrying, stooping, running and pushing.
  • Hours and days will vary and will include weekends, holidays, and evenings.
  • Position requires close contact with co-workers in all departments and very close contact with park guests.
  • One year experience in an accredited and licensed animal care facility is required.
  • Applicants must be able to read, write and clearly speak English.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license with clean driving record.

 

Application Deadline: Until Filled      Date Posted: May 26, 2015

How to Apply: Qualified candidates should submit a resume to the following individuals. Applicants not meeting minimum requirements will not be considered.

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
1001 Fairgrounds Drive
Vallejo, CA 94589
Attn: HR Office – Jen Ijames

Phone: 707-556-5408
Fax: 707-556-5593
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Six Flags is an equal opportunity employer.
SIX FLAGS SUPPORTS A DRUG FREE WORKPLACE

Posted May 28, 2015

Directory of Aquatic Husbandry - California Science Center

Director of Aquatic Husbandry

California Science Center, Los Angeles, CA

 

About Us:
The California Science Center is an internationally recognized leader in informal science education. Our mission is to stimulate curiosity and inspire science learning in everyone, by creating fun, memorable experiences.  Visit us on the web to learn more: californiasciencecenter.org.
 

About You:

You are a highly passionate and dedicated person ready to go above and beyond to support our mission! You enjoy working with people who are equally passionate about their work and making a difference through their non-profit service! You bring the experience and expertise in your field that allows you to thrive as the Director of Aquatic Husbandry!

 

An Innovative Model for Science Learning:

The California Science Center offers fun and informative exhibits presented in interactive worlds: World of Life; Creative World; Ecosystems; and our upcoming exhibit dedicated to Air and Space. Through hands-on experiences in our galleries, you'll learn about human inventions and innovations, the life processes of living things and more.

The Ecosystems gallery includes live animals and interactive exhibits, where guests immerse themselves in Earth’s ecosystems to discover how living things on our planet are interconnected with their environment.

The creative vision for Ecosystems has been established by the leaders of the California Science Center, thoughtful planning by our Curator of Ecology and the advice of industry and academic advisors.  The Director of Husbandry is a key partner who ensures that the creative vision for Ecosystems is preserved and presented through the use of our living collection.  The director works collaboratively with Exhibit Development, Curator, husbandry staff and our Senior Vice President of Operations, to lead his or her team of Living Collections staff.

Are you up for the challenge to be part of this innovative model for hands-on science learning?

Do you bring equal parts: leadership, aquatic husbandry and diver operations expertise to the table?  If yes, then we’ve been waiting for you!

 

About the Job:

You will oversee the Living Collections Department’s husbandry practices, exhibit aesthetics, 250 species and 8,000 specimen in our living collection. You will lead a diverse team of professionals and volunteers including terrestrial, aquatic, dive and boating staff.Some of the challenges you will face are associated with engaging people, budgets, boat operations, exhibit/husbandry priorities and projects. Your days will be filled with guiding the efforts of husbandry staff resources, animal health and enrichment; exhibit development; collecting, sustainable practices, inventory, equipment, and materials for the living collection.

 

You Will Make Us Proud if You Thrive in these Areas:

  • Making people feel that they are a valuable and worthy member of your team through performance management, teambuilding and staff development initiatives.
  • Making AZA Accreditation a top priority to ensure that we are exceeding AZA's/USDA/CDFA standards for animal management and carewhile adhering to all applicable regulatory and legal standards.
  • Overseeing the appropriate collection, care and management of all Living Collections animals through leadership and supervision of Husbandry and Dive staff.
  • Fulfilling the educational goals of the Living Collections department by working closely with Curator, Educators, Life Support and others to develop exhibits and programs.
  • Providing a high-level of communication with partners and staff to foster team environment in pursuing vision and departmental goals.
  • Serving as an active and contributing member of special teams, committees and the California Science Center Diving Control Board.


To Get Your Foot in the Door, You Need to Bring this to the Table:

  • Bachelors or advanced degree in Biology, Zoology, Marine Science, or related field.
  • 5 + years of managerial experience requiring a high-level of communication at an AZA accredited zoo or aquarium type facility.
  • 10 + years in Husbandry role with ability to manage terrestrial, insect and aquatic species, their collection, habitats, and displaying captive animal exhibits, meeting educational goals to preserve Ecosystems vision.
  • Knowledge, skills and abilities associated with directing the husbandry and exhibition of both terrestrial and aquatic species utilizing modern principles and practices guided by AZA standards and industry best practices.
  • Knowledge, skills and abilities associated with strategic planning, staff management, budget preparation and control, and adherence to all applicable laws and regulations governing the collection and exhibition of animals in captivity.
  • Ability to dive; and certified AAUS diver (preferred), with diving experience including tank diving, open-ocean diving, collecting and marine scientific diving.
  • Knowledge of Pacific Coast marine life critical.
  • Occasional out-of-State travel; Local travel required to perform boating operations, captaining boat, dives, collections and outreach.
     

Your “Road Map” for Success!

The following are highly desirableknowledge, skills, abilities, and behaviors critical to successfully leading your team!

 

  • Knowledge– Significance of our mission, organizational culture, legal compliance, best practices and industry standards for aquarium diving operations and husbandry in accordance with AZA requirements.
  • Skill and Ability– Ability to perform a high-level of collaboration between partners including staff and volunteers. Ability to make decisions that are in alignment with the mission, objectives of the California Science Center, and the Living Collections Department.
  • Behavioral– Leadership, Accountability, Adaptability, Communication, Team Focus, Customer/Quality Focus, Inclusiveness, and Occupational Knowledge/Technology Orientation.


Salary: Mid-60s and commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits and 11 paid holidays!

Apply: Send Cover Letter, Resume and Salary History to the HR Dept. via fax at 213-744-2673, email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or mail to the California Science Center Foundation, H. R. Dept, 700 Exposition Park Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90037. No phone calls please. EOE.

Posted May 7, 2015

Lead Keeper - Zoo World

Lead Keeper

ZooWorld, Panama City Beach, FL

 

Description:
ZooWorld is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational facility. Our mission is to educate and entertain in order to promote the conservation of wild and endangered animals. The 5 acre facility has been a staple in the Panama City Beach community for more than 20 years and is embarking on a period of growth and re-development.
 

Position Opening:
ZooWorld is accepting applications for LEAD KEEPER.
 

Qualifications:
The ideal candidates for all positions will possess strong guest service skills and be able to speak well in a public setting, show and presentation experience is a plus. The ability to multitask and to work efficiently in a team situation as well as individually is a must. Candidates should possess a strong work ethic with a verifiable work history and supervisory experience.  Staff management will be required.  Experience caring for a wide range of animals is preferred.  All applicants must be at least 18 years of age. As is typical in the hospitality and entertainment industries, all ZooWorld employees can expect to work holidays, nights and weekends.
 

To Apply:
Please email resumes to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Subject line: Lead Keeper

Posted May 5, 2015

Marine Mammal Senior Trainer - Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

Marine Mammal Trainer

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Vallejo, CA

 

Essential Job Duties:

  • Assist Supervisor in establishing policies and procedures for the Marine Mammal Department.
  • Assist Supervisor in training less experienced trainers.
  • Maintain communication with Supervisors, other Team Members, and Veterinarians.
  • Observe animals and report health or behavioral related issues to Supervisors and Veterinarians.
  • Open and close area and exhibits daily.
  • Perform exhibit maintenance and cleaning.
  • Prepare animal diets and medications.
  • Feed and administer medications to collection animals.
  • Use advanced operant conditioning animal training techniques without supervision of Supervisor.
  • Develop and maintain role of primary and secondary trainer of assigned animals.
  • Interpret advanced animal behavior and make decisions appropriately.
  • Keep records of daily animal husbandry.
  • Assist in veterinary procedures including necropsies.
  • Conduct animal restraint, moves, and transport operations.
  • Ability to perform basic Trainer duties in all areas of the Marine Mammal Department.
  • Under the direction of management, develop and conduct research projects with the assistance of other Team Members.
  • Perform in shows as well as conduct educational lectures and tours as assigned. Public speaking is required.
  • Develop basic animal collection management knowledge.
  • SCUBA dive in salt water pools and exhibits as required.
  • Represent the Marine Mammal Department and SFDK with various industry related organizations and governing agencies.
  • Participate in the inter- and intra-departmental cross training program.
  • Adhere to all OSHA and USDA regulations and guidelines.
  • Follows all policies and procedures of Six Flags Discovery Kingdom and the Marine Mammal Department.
  • Other duties as requested.

 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • 5-year prior experience in the care, husbandry and training of a variety of marine mammal species.
  • Experience with both pinnipeds and cetaceans preferred.
  • Must possess B.S. in biology, psychology, zoology or related field.
  • Must be able to walk, stand, bend, reach, and pass a swim test including a free dive unassisted.
  • Must be able to work in and around cold salt water.
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds.
  • Must be able to work indoors and outdoors in all weather conditions.
  • Must be willing to work days, nights, holidays, and weekends.
  • Must be able to work with chemicals and follow MSDS.
  • Must be able to read, write and speak in English and be proficient in Microsoft Office applications.
  • Must possess a valid driver's license and be willing to operate SFDK vehicles (forklift, Golf Cart, Car/Truck, etc.).
  • Must possess quick reflexes and be able to react quickly to changing animal situations.
  • Must be a Certified Open Water Diver.
  • Must be able to pass an annual dive physical and stress test.
  • Knowledge of basic water chemistry for marine mammal exhibits required.

 

Safety sensitive position

Application Deadline: Until Filled      Date Posted:May 4, 2015

How to Apply: Qualified candidates should complete an online application at www.sixflagsjob.com for “animal care/training” and then submit a resume along with salary requirements, available start date and notice of any other positions you wish to apply for, to:
 

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
1001 Fairgrounds Drive
Vallejo, CA 94589
Attn: Jen Ijames - HR Supervisor
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Fax: 707-556-5593

Six Flags is an equal opportunity employer.
SIX FLAGS SUPPORTS A DRUG FREE WORKPLACE

Posted May 4, 2015

Marine Mammal Trainer - Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

Marine Mammal Trainer

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Vallejo, CA

 

Essential Job Duties:

  • Maintain communication with Supervisors, other Team Members, and Veterinarians.
  • Observe animals and report health or behavioral related issues to Supervisors and Veterinarians.
  • Open and close area and exhibits daily.
  • Perform exhibit maintenance and cleaning.
  • Prepare animal diets and medications.
  • Feed and administer medications to collection animals.
  • Use operant conditioning animal training techniques.
  • Interpret animal behavior and make decisions appropriately with supervision of Senior Trainer and Supervisor.
  • Keep records of daily animal husbandry.
  • Assist in veterinary procedures including necropsies.
  • Participate in animal restraint, moves, and transport operations.
  • Assist in research projects.
  • Perform in shows as well as conduct educational lectures and tours as assigned. Public speaking is required.
  • SCUBA dive in salt water pools and exhibits as required.
  • Represent the Marine Mammal Department and SFDK with various industry related organizations and governing agencies.
  • Participate in the inter- and intra-departmental cross training program.
  • Adhere to all OSHA and USDA regulations and guidelines.
  • Follows all policies and procedures of Six Flags Discovery Kingdom and the Marine Mammal Department.
  • Other duties as requested.

 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Minimum 2-year prior experience in the care, husbandry and training of a variety of marine mammal species.
  • Experience with both pinnipeds and cetaceans preferred.
  • Must be able to walk, stand, bend, reach, and pass a swim test including a free dive unassisted.
  • Must be able to work in and around cold salt water.
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds.
  • Must be able to work indoors and outdoors in all weather conditions.
  • Must be willing to work days, nights, holidays, and weekends.
  • Must be able to work with chemicals and follow MSDS.
  • Must be able to read, write and speak in English and be proficient in Microsoft Office applications.
  • Must possess a valid driver's license and be willing to operate SFDK vehicles (forklift, Golf Cart, Car/Truck, etc.).
  • Must possess quick reflexes and be able to react quickly to changing animal situations.
  • Must be a Certified Open Water Diver.
  • Must be able to pass an annual dive physical and stress test.
  • Knowledge of basic water chemistry for marine mammal exhibits required.

 

Safety sensitive position

Application Deadline: Until Filled      Date Posted: April 8, 2015

How to Apply: Qualified candidates should submit a resume to Human Resources Office using the contact information below.
 

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
1001 Fairgrounds Drive
Vallejo, CA 94589
Attn: Jen Ijames - HR Supervisor
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Fax: 707-556-5593

Six Flags is an equal opportunity employer.
SIX FLAGS SUPPORTS A DRUG FREE WORKPLACE

Posted May 4, 2015

Marine Mammals Apprentice Trainer - Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

Marine Mammals Apprentice Trainer

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Vallejo, CA

 

Job Summary:  Responsible for the general care and maintenance of all marine mammals in assigned area.

Essential Job Duties:

  • Observe the health and appearance of the animals on a daily basis and report any problems to Supervisor.
  • Assist with feeding and training sessions as assigned.
  • Assist in shows as assigned by cueing animal behaviors. Learn show script and perform speaking parts as assigned.
  • Pull fish product from freezer and thaw. Prepare thawed fish for the day and weigh out portions for each animal.
  • Clean and maintain all kitchen areas.
  • Clean and maintain all back and show areas.
  • Spray down all areas with high-pressure hoses.
  • Under supervision, learn entry-level training techniques and maintain existing animal behaviors.
  • Answer guest questions concerning animal husbandry and training.
  • Other duties as requested.

 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • One-year prior experience in the care, husbandry and training of a variety of marine mammal species.
  • Prior experience in public speaking required. Must be articulate and able to speak, read and write in English.
  • Must be willing and able to work both indoors and outdoors in all weather conditions.
  • Must possess strong swimming skills and able to pass a swim test including a 20 foot free dive and one breath swim.
  • Must be available to work weekends, evenings and holidays. Schedule can include early morning and overnight shifts.
  • Must possess quick reflexes and be able to react quickly to changing animal situations.
  • Must possess the mental and physical capacities necessary to perform the primary job duties.
  • Must be able to work outdoors in all types of weather conditions.
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs.
  • Must be willing and able to work in and around cold saltwater.
  • Must be able to stand, sit, squat, bend, stoop, and walk for long periods of time.

 

Safety sensitive position

Application Deadline: Until Filled      Date Posted: April 27, 2015

How to Apply: Qualified candidates should submit a resume along with salary requirements to Human Resources Office. Six Flags Discovery Kingdom offers an excellent benefits package.
 

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
1001 Fairgrounds Drive
Vallejo, CA 94589
Attn: Jen Ijames - HR Supervisor
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Fax: 707-556-5593

Six Flags is an equal opportunity employer.
SIX FLAGS SUPPORTS A DRUG FREE WORKPLACE

Posted May 4, 2015

Facilities Manager - Virginia Safari Park

Facilities Manager

Virginia Safari Park, Natural Bridge, Virginia
 

General Job Description
The Facility Manager is in charge of the maintenance, grounds and construction activities throughout the Safari Park.

Requirements:

  • Fulltime Salaried Position
  • Weekend / Holiday work as needed
  • Flexible schedule to work around public hours

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate daily activities of the maintenance and ground crews
  • Develop weekly task lists, determine project priorities, set and maintain job completion deadlines
  • Manage work orders to address repairs, changes, improvements.
  • Coordinate outside contractor services.
  • Manage equipment preventative maintenance schedule
  • Maintain grounds & landscaping.
  • Coordinate staff schedules to ensure adequate coverage with projects, public hours of operation and
  • events.

Qualifications for the Job:

Experience:

  • Extensive experience in all functions related to construction sites & building fabrications.
  • Extensive experience in various components related to maintenance of an animal park (carpentry, metal
  • work, welding, plumbing, electrical).
  • Experience around exotic or domestic animals beneficial.

Key Competencies:

  • Construction
  • Building skills
  • Operation of Heavy Equipment

Physical Requirements:

  • Able to work in all weather conditions for extended periods of time
  • Able to lift heavy loads  > 50 lbs. repeatedly
  • Able to operate heavy machinery, and tools

Applications:

Please apply in writing by submitting a resume to: Mark Ryan - director, email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

540-291-3205 ext 5.   Fax 540-291-1256.

Posted April 23, 2015

Keeper - Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo

Keeper

Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo, New Braunfels, TX

 

Description:
Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo is a rapidly developing facility in New Braunfels, TX. Formerly known as the Snake Farm, our 6-acre facility has been a "must-see" attraction for 40 years and is currently in a period of regrowth and expansion. Our collection ranges from petting zoo animals to large cats, primates and exotic birds. Applicants must be able to fully interact with the public and exert professionalism at all times. Once trained, daily tasks, paperwork and general maintenance must be done without constant supervision.
 

Requirements:

  • Experience with large cats, primates and birds
  • Minimum of 6-month, verifiable work with animal care
  • Full-time availability (including weekends and holidays)
  • Strong work ethic and able to work as a team player
  • Able to lift a minimum of 50 pounds
  • Valid drivers license
  • Able to work in all weather conditions
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Excellent interpersonal skills


To Apply:
Please email resumes to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Posted April 15, 2015

Large Feline - Apprentice Trainer - Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

Large Feline - Apprentice Trainer

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Vallejo, CA

 

Job Summary:  Responsible for the husbandry of all large feline areas. Entry level training of tigers, lions and cougars. Tigers are managed in a free contact situation.

Job Duties:

  • Assist in checking the appearance and health of the animals on a daily basis.
  • Act as a back-up to Senior Trainers in all weather conditions to ensure the safety of animals, guests and trainers.
  • Speak to the guests to educate the guests about the animals and to answer guest questions as needed during park hours.
  • Assist in the rotation of animals onto and off of each cat area as directed by the Supervisor.
  • Perform entry level training techniques with the animals; i.e. no biting, no claws, walk on a leash, milk behaviors, husbandry behaviors etc. under the direction of the Supervisor and/or Senior Trainers. Learn all essential commands and related behaviors.
  • On a daily basis clean all animal enclosures and compounds.
  • Pick-up and prepare animal diets on a daily basis.
  • Maintain log as needed concerning animal health, behaviors, enrichment and diet.
  • Learn the show scripts and perform in shows as assigned.
  • Adhere to all park & department policies.
  • Learn and follow proper protocol concerning the cats.
  • Assist in other animal areas as needed.

 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • One year previous experience handling or keeping exotic animals preferred.
  • Must be mentally alert and be able to pay attention to all daily duties.
  • Must possess ability to make appropriate decisions under pressure and in changing circumstances if immediate direction is unavailable.
  • Must have quick reflexes and be able to react quickly to changing animal situations.
  • Must be in excellent physical condition and possess the mental capacities to perform the essential job duties.
  • Must be able to lift animals and equipment up to 75 lbs. Must possess the physical dexterity to hold and maneuver equipment. Must be able to walk and run quickly as needed.
  • Must be willing and able to work outdoors in all types of weather conditions.
  • Must be able to work weekends, evenings, early mornings, and holidays.
  • Must be articulate and be able to speak and understand English. Must have good corrected/uncorrected vision and good hearing.

 

Application Deadline: Until Filled      Date Posted: April 7, 2015

How to Apply: All interested applicants may complete an application online at www.sixflagsjobs.com or submit a resume to the Human Resources Office.

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
1001 Fairgrounds Drive
Vallejo, CA 94589
Attn: HR Office – Jen Ijames

Phone: 707-556-5408
Fax: 707-556-5593
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Six Flags is an equal opportunity employer.
SIX FLAGS SUPPORTS A DRUG FREE WORKPLACE

Posted April 8, 2015

Seasonal Ranger/Keeper - Virginia Safari Park

Seasonal Ranger/Keeper

Virginia Safari Park, Natural Bridge, Virginia

 

Virginia Safari Park, a 180-acre drive through zoo and breeding center, is expanding and searching for additional keepers. We maintain an inventory of 1000+ specimens comprised of large groups of hoofed stock as well as a “Safari Village” comprised of primates, large cats, a walk-through aviary, reptiles and domestic petting area.

We currently have seasonal openings in the safari and village areas. These positions require a person with excellent observation skills and a strong work ethic. Seasonal keepers will be responsible for assisting in the daily care of the animals, as well as monitoring and guiding the public through the park during our prime operating season.

Requirements:

  • A degree in an animal science, biology, or science related field is preferred
  • Minimum of 6 months paid animal care experience
  • Strong work ethic, good physical condition and a willingness to learn,
  • Must be able to adhere to our strict personal appearance requirements, no visible tattoos permitted.
  • Maintain a non-smoking work environment
  • Have the ability to work in all weather conditions
  • Experience in using or willing to learn to use trucks, tractors, and other types of equipment
  • Valid Driver’s license 
  • Weekends and holidays work are required
  • Must be able to lift a minimum of 50 lbs.

 

To be considered we request all applications be submitted via email. When describing work experience, the month and year of employment range must be included.  Please send resumes and cover letter to Sarah Friedel, Safari Curator:

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Posted March 17, 2015

Animal Care Department - Zoo World

Animal Care Department

ZooWorld, Panama City Beach, FL

 

Description:
ZooWorld is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational facility. Our mission is to educate and entertain in order to promote the conservation of wild and endangered animals. The 5 acre facility has been a staple in the Panama City Beach community for more than 20 years and is embarking on a period of growth and re-development.
 

Position Opening:
ZooWorld is accepting applications for all positions in the following departments: Guest Services, Animal Care and Maintenance.
 

Qualifications:
The ideal candidates for all positions will possess strong guest service skills and be able to speak in front of groups of people, both large and small. The ability to multitask and to work efficiently in a team situation as well as individually is a must. Candidates should possess a strong work ethic with a verifiable work history. All applicants must be at least 18 years of age. As is typical in the hospitality and entertainment industries, all ZooWorld employees can expect to work holidays, nights and weekends.
 

To Apply:
Please email resumes to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Subject line: Specify the department for which you are applying.

Posted February 10, 2015

Guest Services Department - Zoo World

Guest Services Department

ZooWorld, Panama City Beach, FL

 

Description:
ZooWorld is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational facility. Our mission is to educate and entertain in order to promote the conservation of wild and endangered animals. The 5 acre facility has been a staple in the Panama City Beach community for more than 20 years and is embarking on a period of growth and re-development.
 

Position Opening:
ZooWorld is accepting applications for all positions in the following departments: Guest Services, Animal Care and Maintenance.
 

Qualifications:
The ideal candidates for all positions will possess strong guest service skills and be able to speak in front of groups of people, both large and small. The ability to multitask and to work efficiently in a team situation as well as individually is a must. Candidates should possess a strong work ethic with a verifiable work history. All applicants must be at least 18 years of age. As is typical in the hospitality and entertainment industries, all ZooWorld employees can expect to work holidays, nights and weekends.
 

To Apply:
Please email resumes to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Subject line: Specify the department for which you are applying.

Posted February 10, 2015

Maintenance Department - Zoo World

Maintenance Department

ZooWorld, Panama City Beach, FL

 

Description:
ZooWorld is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational facility. Our mission is to educate and entertain in order to promote the conservation of wild and endangered animals. The 5 acre facility has been a staple in the Panama City Beach community for more than 20 years and is embarking on a period of growth and re-development.
 

Position Opening:
ZooWorld is accepting applications for all positions in the following departments: Guest Services, Animal Care and Maintenance.
 

Qualifications:
The ideal candidates for all positions will possess strong guest service skills and be able to speak in front of groups of people, both large and small. The ability to multitask and to work efficiently in a team situation as well as individually is a must. Candidates should possess a strong work ethic with a verifiable work history. All applicants must be at least 18 years of age. As is typical in the hospitality and entertainment industries, all ZooWorld employees can expect to work holidays, nights and weekends.
 

To Apply:
Please email resumes to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Subject line: Specify the department for which you are applying.

Posted February 10, 2015

Safari Keeper - Virginia Safari Park

Safari Keeper

Virginia Safari Park, Natural Bridge, Virginia
 

Virginia Safari Park, a 180-acre drive through zoo and breeding center, is expanding and searching for additional keepers. We maintain an inventory of 1000+ specimens comprised of large groups of hoofed stock as well as a “Safari Village” comprised of primates, walk-through aviary, reptiles and petting area.

We currently have full openings available in the safari section. These positions require a person with excellent observation skills and a strong work ethic. All keepers will be responsible for the daily care of the animals. Full time keepers are required to maintain their animal records as well as assist in breeding programs. We are looking for people with a strong hoofed stock background in either exotics or domestics. Experience can be substituted for a degree.

Requirements:

  • Hoof stock experience domestic or exotic.
  • A Bachelor’s Degree in science, Animal science/Biology preferred
  • A strong work ethic, good physical condition and a willingness to learn
  • Must be able to adhere to our strict personal appearance requirements, no visible tattoos permitted.
  • Maintain a non-smoking work environment
  • Have the ability to work in all weather conditions
  • Experience in using or willing to learn to use trucks, tractors, weed eaters, and other types of machinery
  • Minimum of 6 months paid  animal care
  • Valid Driver’s license
  • Must be able to work weekends and holidays
  • Must be able to lift a minimum of 50 lbs

For information, please contact:

Sarah Friedel- Safari Curator
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Posted February 8, 2015

Zookeeper Shadowing Interns - LEO Zoological Conservation Center

Zookeeper Shadow Interns (2015 Spring, Summer and Fall)

LEO Zoological Conservation Center, Greenwich, CT

 

LEO Zoological Conservation Center, is a nonprofit, off-exhibit breeding facility. We are located in Greenwich, CT, just an hour outside of New York City. The facility offers our animals a low impact, stress-free environment and we propagate for accredited zoological institutions. We are closed to the public but allow a limited number of visits seasonally, split between Special Cause Groups and donors.

LEOZCC is looking for dependable, hardworking, college students and recent graduates interested in gaining valuable experience working with rare and endangered animals and working one-on-one with seasoned professionals. We welcome students from educational institutions for internships projects for credit, recognizing that what one learns in the classroom is enhanced by hands on experience of caring for animals and helping to explore animal husbandry and its relationship to conservation. This ten-week program is unpaid. For more information and videos of previous interns: http://leozoo.org/leo/internships/

 

Shadowing Internship Program Summary:

LEOZCC offers the chance to supplement classroom studies and get your hands dirty! Our staff will put their efforts into sharing their knowledge and providing a breadth of experience that will help students realize their individual goals. Here are some of the elements of our shadowing internship experience:

  • Enclosure care, including upkeep inside and outside of animal enclosures
  • Participation in providing for and monitoring health, growth, diet, behavior, reproduction, safety and comfort of our animals
  • Behavior observation, including monitoring and documenting specific animal behavior
  • Enrichment activities, which help keep captive animal’s minds active
  • Exposure to veterinary and tech work
  • Kitchen duties, including preparation of species-specific daily diets and cleaning the kitchen area
  • Participation in a USDA Animal Care Clinic

Our Shadowing Internship Program will also help students who have successfully completed the internship by opening doors for future animal work. After completing the program, our Wild Partners (an organization our center partners with that works directly with an endangered species in their natural habitat) are willing to accept students to continue their development in their area of interest in the wild.

 

Offered Sessions:

Spring Session (March 2 – May 17) – application deadline: February 13, 2015
Summer Session (June 1 – August 16) – application deadline: April 10, 2015
Fall Session (September 9 – November 25) – application deadline: August 14, 2015

* Session are 10 week periods. Please indicate which session you are applying for, unless available for any time period

 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • 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 have good vision and hearing.
  • Must be willing to listen and follow both written and verbal instructions.
  • Must be willing and able to work at least 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.

 

Application Information: 
Applicants with experience in zoology, animal behavior, psychology, biology, veterinary studies, and education, or with environmental or rehabilitation organizations are preferred. We are looking for self-motivated and upbeat candidates who will interact well with current staff, volunteers, and zoo guests. The internship is unpaid and housing is not available at this time.

Please complete the online Intern Application and send a cover letter specifying area of interest with preferred session, resume, and proof of college enrollment (if needed) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Academic Credit:
The LEO Zoological Conservation Center is able to award academic credit through universities. Students are encouraged to fill out the required proper paperwork directly with their adviser and/or department.

Posted January 22, 2015

 

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