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Reptile Keeper - Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo

Reptile Keeper

Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo, New Braunfels, Texas

 

Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo is a 6-acre facility that is currently expanding onto an additional 30 acres of land. As we continue this process, we are looking for an experienced animal care professional to fill a zoo keeper position within the Reptile Department.

Under the supervision of the Reptile Curator, the zookeeper position provides a wide range of skilled work involving the care of reptiles and amphibians. The position will perform professional zoo keeping duties and will be responsible for general operations, exhibit maintenance and proper care of over 600 different species of reptiles, both venomous and non-venomous.
 

Key Accountabilities:

  • Knowledge of venomous snake husbandry, handling and safety techniques
  • Experience and knowledge in a range of reptile husbandry and breeding techniques for exotic and native reptiles, reptile natural history, animal training and animal enrichment, conservation studies, exhibit construction, and any other background information regarding the needs of any reptile in the zoo’s collection
  • Ability to perform a wide range of skilled work involving the care of reptiles at the zoo— including, but not limited to: venomous reptile, crocodilian, large constrictor and monitor handling techniques, use of reptile husbandry tools, reptile egg incubation techniques, diet preparation, feeding, prey euthanasia, temperature control systems maintenance, enclosure design and maintenance, providing enrichment, research, cleaning and disinfecting, administering medication
  • Ability to stay up to date on policy changes, updates to protocol and any other changes that come with the zoo’s expansion and maintaining all city, state, federal and ZAA regulations
  • Awareness of emergency protocol and can confidently complete emergency and escape drills
  • Ability to perform engaging and educational shows, keeper talks and enrichment activities to the general public
     

Qualifications and Experience:

  • 2+ years experience working with venomous snakes
  • 5+ years experience with reptile care and husbandry, preferably in a zoo or wildlife education center
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Keen attention to detail
     

Must be able to work holidays, weekends and irregular hours. A completed background check and verifiable work history is required. Applicants must be in good physical condition. Appropriate personal appearance, ability to work both individually and as a team and willingness to learn and grow with our facility is a must. Salary will be commensurate with experience. Along with resume and cover letter, please send a comprehensive list of all the species in which you have experience with. All documentation can be sent to Hannah Mulligan, Deputy Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Posted August 4, 20177

Curator - Gulf Breeze Zoo

Curator

Gulf Breeze Zoo, Gulf Breeze, Florida

 

Description:
The Gulf Breeze Zoo is a 50-acre facility, located just east of Pensacola, Florida. This ZAA-Accredited facility is home to a diverse collection of animals, including hoofed stock ranging in size from small antelope to Nile hippos, white rhinos and giraffe, as well as gorillas, myriad species of smaller primates, large cats and bears, and a wide assortment of birds and reptiles. The facility also operates CP Huntington trains, a gift shop, and food outlets.

The position entails overseeing animal care department and complete year end reviews for the staff.

  • Assess animal programs and makes suggestions for improvement
  • Oversight of animal collection and animal care staff
  • Hiring for animal care department
  • Discipline and termination of animal care staff as necessary
  • Daily and monthly scheduling of animal care department
  • Covers animal sections as needed
  • Completes monthly animal inventory
  • Ensures proper daily husbandry and animal care are being provided
  • Maintains appropriate diets for animals in the collection
  • Maintains up to date diet reference materials for staff
  • Completes daily, weekly, and monthly checks of all animals, exhibits and back areas
  • Assists keepers in creating breeding plans for animals in collection
  • Acts as liaison to other animal care facilities to improve husbandry and the collection.
  • Maintains current permits
  • Acts as liaison for all governing agencies
  • Understands regulations as they pertain to the animal care department and ensures that all regulations are met.
     

Qualifications:

  • Background in animal care management with a minimum of 6 years of total experience in the zoological field.
  • A BS or higher degree in one of the biological sciences preferred.
  • Extensive experience within a zoo with management experience may be substituted for a degree.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Preferred experience with Class 1 animals mainly Rhinoceros, Hippopotamus and Gorilla.
  • Preferred experience with D.A.R.T
  • Possess strong leadership skills and be adept at decision-making
  • The ability to work flexible hours including weekdays, weekends, holidays and evenings as required to effectively delegate and lead the Zoo's departments.
  • Be physically fit enough to be an effective and active member of the facility.
  • No visible tattoos.
  • The Gulf Breeze Zoo is a non-smoking facility.
     

Salary & Benefits:
Excellent salary including paid sick, vacation time, health insurance options, 401k.


To Apply:
Email resumes to Jesse Pottebaum, Director: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Posted July 23, 2017

Carnivore Keeper - Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation

Carnivore Keeper

Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation, Gainesville, Florida

 

Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation is a family run semi private animal park on approximately 80 acres in Gainesville, Florida

Currently seeking a carnivore keeper. Must have carnivore experience in a zoo setting.
Some other species care as well. Also will be required to give tours intermittently.
Opportunity to work with many different species.

  • Must be personable, physically fit, great work ethic, able to work outside in all kinds of weather and a dedication to the animals.
  • 5 or 6 days a week including Saturdays.
  • Room for advancement, salary to be discussed.

Non smoking environment.

Apply by email with letter about yourself, resume and at least 2 professional references.

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Posted July 11, 2017

Assistant Park Manager - Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo

Assistant Park Manager

Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo, New Braunfels, Texas

 

Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo is a 6-acre facility that is currently expanding onto an
additional 30 acres of land. As we continue this process, we are looking for an experienced
animal care professional to fill an assistant park manager position. This position will work with general operations, education and outreach, and the proper care of over 60 different mammal and avian species.

The goal of the assistant park manager is to ensure the proper function of Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo while overlooking animal care, facility maintenance and staff management. This position will provide a wide range of skilled work involving the management of the overall park and aspects of animal care— including animal husbandry, zoo keeping and exhibit construction. The assistant park manager will communicate with other zoo departments to maintain daily operations and will directly supervise animal care employees, including keepers, daily labor and volunteers. In addition, this position is responsible for ensuring that the facility meets all state and federal regulatory requirements, as well as all accreditation standards pertaining to the Zoological Association of America, as well as keeping guests and staff safe while they are on the premises.


Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 5 years in a zoological setting
  • Minimum of 5 years in a supervisory or management role
  • Able to work holidays, weekends and irregular hours
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills
  • Able to complete animal husbandry and zookeeper work without restrictions
  • Ability to work both individually and as a team
  • Willingness to learn and grow with our facility

Salary will be commensurate with experience.

Completed background check and verifiable work history is required. Along with resume and cover letter, please send a comprehensive list of all the species in which you have experience with. All documentation can be sent to Hannah Mulligan, Deputy Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Posted July 11, 2017

Guest Services Manager - Virginia Safari Park

Guest Services Manager

Virginia Safari Park, Natural Bridge, Virginia

 

Virginia Safari Park is looking for an experienced, energetic and enthusiastic person to manage the Guest Services Department. This is a permanent full-time salaried position. Weekends and Holidays (during open season) are required as part of your normal schedule. The Virginia Safari Park is among the Top Tourist Attractions of the Shenandoah Valley with matching levels of Retail Sales. The park operates in a very fast-paced atmosphere with high demands and a strict focus on customer satisfaction.

This position requires a professional appearance and demeanor, following our company guidelines, along with past experience in customer service.


This job requires:

  • Managing, hiring and scheduling all seasonal gift shop/admission, snack bar and wagon tour staff.
  • Handling the bookings for schools, groups and birthday parties.
  • End of day cash handling and deposits.
  • Strong computer skills with experience using POS systems
  • The ability to work all positions as necessary.
  • Maintaining monthly reports for Director and CEO.
     

We will provide some on-the-job training for particulars as needed, but applicants are expected to have experience in the above listed duties.

The Virginia Safari Park is a smoke-free environment, with a conservative dress code to include no exposed tattoos and piercings.

Benefits include competitive salary, paid sick and vacation time, 401(k), and health insurance options.

Applicants should e-mail resumes to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Posted July 10, 2017

Zoo Education & Visitor Services Position - Cougar Mountain Zoo

Zoo Education and Visitor Services Position

Cougar Mountain Zoo, Issaquah, Washington

 

Responsibilities may include but not limited to guided tours, lectures, demonstrations, outreach, close encounters, wildlife shows, visitor oversight, hospitality, promoting Zoo programs, administering volunteers/interns, Zoo membership promotion, administration, quality control, oversight of public areas, managing Zoo wildlife museum, Admission and Gift Shop familiarity, managing Zoo events, promoting the Zoo’s image and objectives


Experience Requirements*
Two or four year degree related to the animal sciences, Zoo animal husbandry, Communication, or Public Relations and two years of paid Zoo experience. Sufficient practical experience may be considered as part of fulfillment in lieu of the academic requirements.
 

Physical Condition Requirements (minimum)*
Must be in good physical condition and work outdoors year-round as needed. Possess the ability to walk uphill and downhill with ease and possess sufficient sensory capacity needed to function in a Zoo setting.
 

Zoo Protocol
Must be able to observe and adjust to Zoo rules including but not limited to Animal Care protocol, general safety rules, professional conduct, required Zoo uniform, administrative procedures and directives by Zoo Management.
 

Compensation and Benefits
Starting salary is based on qualifications and previous Zoo experience. Benefits include vacation, sick leave, uniform allowance, Society membership and others in accordance with Staff Manual. Salary increases are based on individual merit and performance.
 

Technology
Basic computer skills are required and more accomplished computer skills are highly desirable.
 

Scheduling
Working schedules are preset, (maybe subject to change) and may include weekdays, weekends and holidays as necessitated by Zoo schedule.
 

Visitor Interaction
Must enjoy interacting with Zoo Visitors, participate in Zoo educational programs and promote hospitality and personal professionalism through attire, mannerism and enthusiasm.
 

If you are interested in being considered for this position forward your cover letter, resume and references to the Office of the Administrator, Cougar Mountain Zoo at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 

Posted June 22, 2017

Chief Financial Officer - Fossil Rim Wildlife Center

Chief Financial Officer

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, Glen Rose, Texas

 

Summary/Purpose of Position:
The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) will plan, organize, supervise, and direct the daily operations and activities of the Finance & Administration department, ensuring compliance with applicable policies and procedures; provide leadership, direction and support to the accounting staff, and guidance and information to management staff. This person oversees and directs budgetary controls, accounts payable, cash management, purchasing, preparation of budgets, forecasting, financial reporting, and audit functions.


Specific/Mandatory Duties
The essential responsibilities of the CFO include but are not necessarily limited to the following:

  • Manages all finance and accounting activities and functions of Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, including accounts payable, cash management, financial reporting, budgeting, payroll, and central and office inventory purchasing and receiving.
  • Maintains current knowledge and understanding of non-profit accounting and tax regulations, laws, industry trends, practices; establish all necessary financial policies and procedures, and ensure compliance with these throughout the company.
  • Ensure records systems are maintained according to state and federal standards and regulations.
  • Develop, analyze and make recommendations relating to accounting and financial data processing systems to ensure effective and efficient financial operations.
  • Lead preparation for the annual financial audit and tax filings, working closely with external auditors; Implement continuous financial audit and control systems to monitor the performance of the company, its flow of funds, adherence to the budget, expenditures, income, cost of sales and other budgetary items.
  • Analyze data to provide accurate background for financial and project planning, strategic planning and for financial forecasting purposes.
  • Develop and maintain systems of internal controls to safeguard financial assets of the organization.
  • Establish and implement short- and long-range financial goals.
  • Prepare as-needed analyses and participate in accounting, cross-departmental and global projects.
  • Oversee preparation of month-end, quarterly & year-end financial statements.
  • Review contracts, analyze the cost of new programs and proposed ventures.
  • Compile and present various financial reports and analytics on a bi-weekly basis to the Management Team, and present to the board at their meetings.
  • Maintain a working relationship with banks and financial institutions, including oversight of all banking activities and efficient management of loans and line of credit.
  • Manage and sustain positive, constructive and helpful relationships with auditors, department directors, vendors, customers and suppliers.
  • Must have strong time management, project management & prioritization skills.
  • Establish, improve, and enforce accounting policies, and operating procedures in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Policies (GAAP).
  • Recommend and assist Board of Directors in selection of outside auditors, manage the relationship, and ensure that recommendations from auditors are implemented in a timely manner.
  • Monitor and assist directors in the preparation of their department’s annual budget.
  • Manage departmental employee development, training, performance reviews, salary administration, daily coaching and feedback, goal setting and performance management.
  • Ensure finance team is trained, has resources to do the job and is a high-performing team.
  • Regular and dependable attendance is required.
  • Serve on the executive management team as an active and productive member.
  • Constructively participate in Company business and operations planning, including financial affairs, strategic affairs, branding, future envisioning, policy development, crisis management, and overall administration. Act, behave, and serve as a part of company leadership. Adhere to company management’s code of conduct.
  • Requires the ability to utilize mathematical formulas; to add and subtract; multiply and divide; utilize decimals and percentages; understand and apply the theories of descriptive statistics, statistical inference, and statistical theory.
  • In this senior position you are expected, by your own adherence to all corporate policies and procedure, to set the example for all the employees of the corporation inclusive of those that you do and do not supervise. To this end, you are expected to maintain a thorough knowledge of all the content of the current Employee Manual.
  • Refrain from befriending employees on internet social media sites.
  • Carry out other tasks as required.
  • Ensure compliance with Employee Handbook, Risk Management Plan, all other safety rules & procedures, the company vision, mission and goals.

The secondary responsibilities of the Director of Finance and Administration include but are not necessarily limited to the following:

  • Oversee business insurance property and casualty plans and investigate cost-effective benefit plans with HR Director.
  • Act as secondary Plan Sponsor/Administrator as needed.
  • Develop cash flow forecasting and maintain a long term cash forecast.
  • Review and provide input on contracts and other documents that have a financial impact on the organization.
  • Ability to process accounts payable, payroll, purchasing, cash accounts, and all other accounting aspects when needed.
  • Be available for after-hours and weekend call out in emergencies.
  • Attends meetings, seminars, conventions, and workshops to further knowledge, stay informed of the changes in the tourism industry, and exchange information.
  • Attend all Management Group meetings and Board functions as required.


Desired Qualities, Experience and Educational Skills:

  • Knowledge of Non-profit accounting in accordance with U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles
  • Ability to create and assess financial statements and budgets
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience as a CFO or Director of Finance
  • A BS or BBA in Accounting or Finance; CPA desired
  • Analytical mind and extremely accurate and detail oriented
  • High-level mathematical and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to supervise staff effectively including reviews, plans for improvement, and ensuring the department functions properly
  • Ability to work in fast-changing environment with diverse individuals and groups
  • Advanced knowledge of Excel and a working knowledge of accounting software, preferably QuickBooks Enterprise
  • Communicate effectively in both written and verbal form


Work Requirements:
Usually a 5-day work week, often requiring flexibility and ability to work weekends and holidays.
Irregular scheduling in which days may exceed 8 hours.


Position Specs:
A full time, exempt position. Fossil Rim is an “at will” and equal opportunity employer. It should be noted that it is company policy to conduct background checks on potential new employees, inclusive of testing for drugs and controlled substance use.


Benefits Offered:
Partially subsidized medical insurance, voluntary dental, vision, group life insurance, as well short term disability, long term disability, AFLAC as well as 401K savings (after 3 months of service), through the Company’s programs for these, are applicable to this position. Compensatory time off, a length-of-service related leave system, and staff discounts at our Overlook Care and Nature Store are applicable.


Position Location: This position will be based at the Head Office of Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, approximately 4 miles SW of Glen Rose off US 67, Somervell County, Texas.
 

To apply, please go to https://fossilrim.org/career-internships/
 

Posted June 12, 2017

General Curator - ZooWorld

General Curator

ZooWorld Zoological Park, Panama City Beach, Florida

 

Facility:
ZooWorld Zoological Park is a 5 acre facility that has been a Panama City Beach icon for over 70 years. ZooWorld began a massive renovation project three years ago and has doubled its attendance each year as a result. If you enjoy a fast paced environment that is constantly evolving than this is the place for you.


Overview:
This position is responsible for the oversight and development of all animal care staff, interns and animal programs and the overall care and well being of the animal collection. This position will communicate regularly with other zoo departments to ensure the seamless function of the zoo. We are seeking an enthusiastic and energetic addition to our team that has a desire to grow our staff and the facility.


Description:
This position will be responsible for all aspects of staff management within their department and reports to the facility Director. They will work directly with the veterinarian to ensure optimal health for the animal collection and will manage all animal care programs. The general curator will assist the director and the maintenance department in the design and completion of new animal exhibits and well as renovations to existing exhibits. This position will require hands on work and should only be considered by those who enjoy actively participating in the operation of their department. ZooWorld takes pride in providing its guests with exceptional service and memorable experiences, the general curator will be responsible for ensuring that the animal care department fulfills this mission through the use of educational talks and interactive animal experiences. The curator will be expected to participate in collection and long range planning.


Qualifications:

  • A minimum of 5 years in a zoological setting
  • A Bachelors degree, or higher, in a science related field
  • A minimum of 2 years in a supervisory role,
  • Must be able to manage and work well with staff and make logical decisions
  • Experience working with a wide variety of animals
  • The ability to work flexible hours, to include some nights, weekends and holidays
  • Must be able to complete the work of a zookeeper with no restrictions

Preference will be given to those with:

  • Experience in exhibit design or
  • Experience in exhibit construction or
  • Experience in animal programs and shows
     

How to Apply:
Email resume and cover letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., subject line: Curator
 

Posted June 12, 2017

Maintenance Supervisor - ZooWorld

Maintenance Supervisor

ZooWorld Zoological Park, Panama City Beach, Florida

 

Facility:
ZooWorld Zoological Park is a 5 acre facility that has been a Panama City Beach icon for over 70 years. ZooWorld began a massive renovation project three years ago and has doubled its attendance each year as a result. If you enjoy a fast paced environment that is constantly evolving than this is the place for you.


Overview:
This position is responsible for the oversight of maintenance and grounds staff and ensures the upkeep and proper function of the facility. We are seeking an enthusiastic and energetic addition to our team that has a desire to grow our staff and the facility.
 

Description:
This position will be responsible for all aspects of staff management within their department and answers to the director. They will be the primary point of contact for other department managers in regards to facility maintenance needs. This person will be expected to actively participate in the day to day maintenance of the zoo as well as in large scale design and renovation. The maintenance director will also be responsible for oversight of all contracted labor as well as vehicle and equipment maintenance.
 

Qualifications:

  • A minimum of 3 years experience in a maintenance related position
  • Must be able to manage and work well with staff and make logical decisions
  • The ability to work flexible hours, to include some nights, weekends and holidays
  • Must be able to complete job responsibilities with no restrictions
  • Preference will be given to those with:
  • Experience in exhibit design or
  • Experience in exhibit construction


How to Apply:
Email resume and cover letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., subject line: Maintenance
 

Posted June 12, 2017

Zoo Keeper - Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo

Zoo Keeper

Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo, New Braunfels, Texas

 

Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo is a 6-acre facility that is currently expanding onto an
additional 30 acres of land. As we continue this process, we are looking for an experienced
animal care professional to fill a Zoo Keeper position within our Mammal Department.
Under the supervision of the Department Manager and Lead Keeper, the zoo keeper position
will work with general operations, exhibit maintenance and proper care of over 60 different
mammal and avian species.

With direct supervision, the zoo keeper position provides a wide range of skilled work involving
the care of animals. The zoo keeper position must always strive to maintain Animal World &
Snake Farm Zoo’s mission statement to to “foster an appreciation and respect for our world
and its inhabitants” as well as becoming a “leader in the use of education and entertainment
to empower our communities, both local and global, to respect, appreciate and the desire to
conserve our natural world.” The position will perform professional zoo keeping duties as well
as administrative duties associated with the provision of the services, including husbandry and
record keeping. Zookeepers must always strive to maintain best practices as established by
the Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo accreditation manual as well as exceed ZAA and USDA
guidelines.
 

Key Accountabilities:

EXECUTES SOFT SKILLS (GENERAL KNOWLEDGE/PEOPLE SKILLS)

  • Provides a strong work ethic and good customer service skills, dedication and punctuality
  • Can work independently with minimum supervision as well as in a team setting
  • Possesses good interpersonal, problem solving, and decision making skills
  • Possesses excellent communication skills, to effectively engage co-workers and the general public on a wide-range of education and conservation topics
  • Exerts a practical "can do" attitude as well as strong supervisory and conflict resolution skills
  • Takes direction from superiors appropriately without argument and insubordinate behavior, can lead by example and work as a team
  • Willing and able to work outside of their department or everyday routine when asked by supervisor to ensure all zoo departments are running smoothly and safely

EXECUTES HARD SKILLS (TECHNICAL KNOWLEDGE AND POSITION-SPECIFIC SKILLS)

  • Provides experience and knowledge in a range of animal husbandry and breeding techniques for exotic, domestic, native and non-native animals, legislation, animal training and animal enrichment, conservation studies, exhibit construction, and any other background information regarding to exhibitory needs and the needs of any animal in the zoo’s collection
  • Performs a wide range of skilled work involving the care of animals at the zoo— including, but not limited to: diet preparation, diet distribution, feeding, bathing, grooming, providing enrichment, exhibit inspections and minor exhibit improvement or maintenance, research, cleaning (raking, sweeping, hosing, scrubbing, etc.), and administering medication
  • Can stay up to date on policy changes, updates to protocol and any other changes that come with the zoo’s expansion
  • Maintains all ZAA and USDA regulations
  • Is aware of all emergency protocol and can confidently complete emergency and escape drills
  • Able to perform engaging and educational shows, keeper talks and enrichment activities to the general public
     

Must be able to work holidays, weekends and irregular hours. A completed background check and verifiable work history is required. Applicants must be in good physical condition. Appropriate personal appearance, ability to work both individually and as a team and willingness to learn and grow with our facility is a must. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

Along with resume and cover letter, please send a comprehensive list of all the species in which you have experience with. All documentation can be sent to Hannah Mulligan, Deputy Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Posted May 24, 2017

Reptile Keeper 1 - Phoenix Herpetological Society

Reptile Keeper 1

Phoenix Herpetological Society, Scottsdale, Arizona

 

PHS is seeking an experienced reptile keeper responsible for the reptile collection at PHS. This position will report directly to the Executive Curator.
 

Organization Information
Founded in 2001, the Phoenix Herpetological Society (PHS) is a nonprofit 501 (c) 3 rescue and conservation facility. It has a strong connection to the community for the relocation of native wildlife and is the largest reptile sanctuary in the U.S. PHS has the second largest collection of crocodilians in the US and largest collection of venomous snakes in the Southwest. In addition, PHS is involved in the breeding of endangered crocodilians and specific venomous snakes. PHS rescues and rehabilitates native and nonnative reptiles from the general public and assists local law enforcement, animal control, and humane society with animal rescues of all kinds. PHS strongly believes that education is the key to conservation and provides educational programs to all levels of schools both private and public as well as providing on site camps, animal handling and specialized training programs and more. PHS has grown exponentially and needs to expand staff to accommodate the growth.

Position Information

Job Description:
Under the supervision and management of the Executive Curator, this position will assist in daily care, exhibit maintenance and dietary care of the reptiles that call PHS home. This position does not include the care of the venomous reptiles. The chosen candidate should understand the PHS’s mission and be motivated to invest themselves in the long-term growth and future of PHS. This is a full time position; hourly compensation is commensurate with relevant experience and qualifications. Typical work schedule is Tuesday – Saturday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, with the understanding that some nights, weekends, and holidays are required.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities:

  • When handling animals all PHS policies, procedures, and protocols (including proper tools and equipment) are used/followed at all times – NO exceptions
  • Ensure all records and venomous protocols are current and accurate
  • Provide proper training to volunteers regarding animal care and safety protocols, such as PHS policies and procedures, proper use of tools and equipment, and approved animal handling/restraint techniques
  • Ensure dietary needs are met and feeding schedules are maintained, records are current
  • Timely communicate animal health/husbandry concerns to the Executive Curator
  • Assist in education programs when appropriate and assist with onsite events
  • Design exhibits that are appropriate for the enclosed species and maintain cleanliness of all enclosures
  • Assist Executive Curator in assessing facility needs, coordinating exhibit maintenance, and assisting in minor improvements
  • Ensure positive experience for visitors and offer knowledge and information when applicable or required
     

Position Qualifications

Education:

Required: Associate’s Degree in a biological sciences, herpetology, or related field
Preferred: Bachelor’s Degree in a biological sciences, herpetology, or related field

Experience:

  • 2-3+ years’ experience in a zoo/sanctuary environment
  • 4+ years’ direct experience working with reptiles

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Applicants must be in good physical condition, able to lift 50 pounds, and have the physical and emotional stamina to work full days in Arizona’s climate
  • Strong written and oral communication skills – Public speaking is a component of this position
  • Proficient in basic word processing, excel, record keeping, and general database management
  • Knowledge of reptiles, both native and exotic, and their husbandry requirements
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and non-verbal
  • Ability to make decisions thoughtfully, but quickly when necessary
  • Professional personal appearance, the ability to work independently and as a team, and pride of one’s work are key qualifications
     

Personal Characteristics:

  • Strong work ethical and professional behavior
  • Personable and relatable, to build and maintain positive relationships as well as network
  • Good leadership skills
  • Organizational skills, with the ability to prioritize
  • Problem solver with a strong attention to details
  • Willingness to cover tattoos (if applicable) for specific events such as presentations or media spots
     

To apply: Please send resume, cover letter and list of three professional references to: Debbie Gibson, PHS Vice President at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Future employment is contingent on a background check and verifiable work history.
 

Posted May 23, 2017

Marine Mammal Supervisor- Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

Marine Mammal Supervisor

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Vallejo, California

 

Job Summary: Oversees the Marine Mammal operations of a designated marine venue. Provide supervision, operational assistance, and technical guidance for personnel engaged in the daily care and training of the marine mammal collection at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom. Reporting to the Animal Care Manager of Marine Mammals, this is a key leadership position that requires a motivated, dedicated team player that is willing to make a significant commitment to the organization.


Essential Job Duties:

  • Assists the Animal Care Manager of Marine Mammals in developing short-term and long-term objectives/strategies regarding the overall animal collection/organization, and the development of conservation and research initiatives consistent with Discovery Kingdom’s mission statement.
  • Develops, implements, and monitors standard operating guidelines, safety protocols, and emergency procedures.
  • Ensures compliance with all accrediting bodies, governing institutions and park policies.
  • Ability to create and maintain an environment that fosters Excellence Beyond Compliance for optimal welfare of our animal collection.
  • Represents Discovery Kingdom in a well-informed, positive manner before other zoological facilities, professional and educational organizations, the media, and federal and state agencies.
  • Oversees staff recruitment, selection, and performance reviews.
  • Ensure that marine mammal team maintains established behaviors, trains new behaviors, and provides enrichment based on the most current and widely accepted techniques.
  • Ability to teach and apply advanced animal behavior and training modification techniques to animals and staff.
  • Ability to read, interpret, anticipate and manage animal behavior.
  • Ability to troubleshoot, problem solve and provide direction and advice for animal management and training.
  • Maintains a friendly and inclusive work environment that is safe and productive for our animals and staff.
  • Participates in the development of new facilities and implements improvements to existing facilities.
  • Participate in research and educational programs.
  • Provide an outstanding guest experience.
  • Performs other duties as requested/assigned.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Minimum 7 years of relevant experience in training and behavioral management of marine mammals.
  • Minimum of 3-year experience at the Senior Trainer Level or 1-year in supervisory role.
  • Supervisory experience desired.
  • Experience working with cetaceans and pinnipeds.
  • Strong problem solving, decision-making and leadership skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and public speaking skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing.
  • Proficiency in MS Office applications.
  • SCUBA certification and strong swimming skills.
  • 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 be available to work weekends, evenings and holidays.
  • 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.
     

Preferred Qualifications/Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in biology, zoology, or equivalent
  • Exhibit design and construction
  • Animal Transports
  • Interactive and public programing
  • Show development
  • Research project facilitator

 

Safety Sensitive Position


How to Apply: Qualified candidates should apply online at www.sixflags.jobs.com and attach resumes to their applications. Six Flags Discovery Kingdom offers an excellent benefits package. For any questions, please contact the following HR representative.
 

 

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
1001 Fairgrounds Drive
Vallejo, CA 94589
Teal Burger – 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 March 29, 2017

Animal Care Specialist 2 - Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

Animal Care Specialist 2

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Vallejo, California

 

Job Summary: Responsible for the care, training, husbandry and enrichment of all marine mammals in assigned area.


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, paid, full time experience in the care, husbandry and training of a variety of marine mammal species.
  • Experience with both pinnipeds and cetaceans preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree in biology, psychology, zoology or related field 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


How to Apply: Qualified candidates should apply online at www.sixflags.jobs.com and attach resumes to their applications. Six Flags Discovery Kingdom offers an excellent benefits package. For any questions, please contact the following HR representative.
 

 

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
1001 Fairgrounds Drive
Vallejo, CA 94589
Teal Burger – 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 March 29, 2017

Life Support Operator - Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

Life Support Operator

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Vallejo, California

 

Job Summary: The Life Support Operator is responsible for the day-to-day operation and maintenance of the aquatic animal life support systems (LSS).


Essential Job Duties:

  • Follow all policies and procedures of Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Animal Care, and the Water Quality Department.
  • Adhere to all federal and state guidelines, regulations, and laws.
  • Basic operation of all LSS with some supervision.
  • Conduct rounds of all filtration areas to inspect pumps, motors, generators, chillers, boilers, and other LSS equipment.
  • Basic water testing using correct lab practices and procedures.
  • Supervised addition of chemicals to LSS.
  • Perform basic mechanical, electrical, and plumbing repairs and preventative maintenance with supervision.
  • Maintain communication with Supervisors and other disciplines within the Aquatic Sciences and Animal Care Departments.
  • Use computers for communication, LSS monitoring/operation, reference, and reports/logs.
  • Keep records and inventory.
  • Assist in animal medical procedures.
  • Assist in animal moves and transport operations.
  • Perform educational lectures, underwater dive shows and conduct tours as assigned.
  • Assist in research projects.
  • Participate in the inter- and intra-departmental cross training program.
  • SCUBA dive in fresh and salt water pools and exhibits ranging from 45°F to 82°F to clean and perform maintenance.
  • Other duties as assigned.
     

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must be physically able to sit, stand, walk, duck, crawl, climb stairs and ladders, work at heights with fall protection, swim, and pass an annual physical exam and stress test.
  • Must be able to lift up to 75 pounds.
  • Must be able to read, write, and speak in English.
  • Must be able to use mathematics including geometry and algebra.
  • Must possess a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Must be able to work indoors and outdoors in all weather conditions.
  • Must be able to work days, nights, holidays, and weekends.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and be able to operate vehicles (including but not limited to forklifts, golf carts, cars, trucks).
  • Must possess an open water dive certification from a recognized agency or be able to obtain one within 6 months of hire.
  • Must be able to work with chemicals and follow MSDS/SDS.


Safety Sensitive Position


How to Apply: Qualified candidates should apply online at www.sixflags.jobs.com and attach resumes to their applications. Six Flags Discovery Kingdom offers an excellent benefits package. For any questions, please contact the following HR representative.
 

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
1001 Fairgrounds Drive
Vallejo, CA 94589
Teal Burger – 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 March 29, 2017

Full Time and Seasonal Keepers - Virginia Safari Park

Full Time and Seasonal Keepers

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 time 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:

  • Big cat experience for the big cat positions.
  • Hoof stock experience domestic or exotic for the safari 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.
  • 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


Please send your resume to:

Sarah Friedel
General Curator
Virginia Safari Park
225 Safari Lane
Natural Bridge, VA 24578

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(240) 566-6119
 

Posted March 29, 2017

Entry Level Animal Keeper - Catoctin Wildlife Preserve

Entry Level Animal Keeper

Catoctin Wildlife Preserve, Thurmont, Maryland

 

Qualified applicants must have at least two years paid experience in the zoological animal care field. A two-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 an institution’s staff and the visiting public, are safety conscious, have good animal management and husbandry skills, know how to and do 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.

The Catoctin Wildlife Preserve is supported by the Global Wildlife Trust whose mission is dedicated to broadening human understanding of the animal world.
This is achieved through immersion in naturalistic habitat recreations and educational programs using live animals and instructional tools both on-site at Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and through presentations in the greater community.
We strive to provide the highest level of competent care for its resident wildlife ambassadors and to support the conservation of their wild counterparts in unspoiled habitats.

We are committed to this mission because we believe promoting harmonious coexistence of all species is our duty as stewards of the Earth.


Job Type:   Full-time
 

Require Education:  Associate
 

Required Experience:  Animal care 2 years

 

Please send resume and cover letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Posted March 3, 2017

Internship positions (3) - Wild Wonders

Internship positions for spring/summer (3)

Wild Wonders, Bonsall, California

 

Wild Wonders is a conservation education center in North San Diego County which houses over 100 animal ambassadors to inspire for better environmental stewardship. Interns will be paid a 100.00 stipend monthly but no housing is provided.

Interns will be responsible for:

  • diets and nutrition
  • husbandry and training of ambassador collection
  • enclosure enhancement, maintenance and environmental enrichment of all species
  • participating in onsite and offsite education programs
  • handling animal ambassadors


Internships are a min of 3 months, 4 days per week
Applicants need to be currently enrolled or graduated in a biology or related program.

Please email resume to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and address to Jackie Navarro

www.wildwonders.org

Posted March 1, 2017

Reptile Keeper - Phoenix Herpetological Society

Reptile Keeper

Phoenix Herpetological Society, Scottsdale, Arizona

 

Purpose: PHS is seeking an experience reptile keeper responsible for all PHS venomous snakes, oversee the non-venomous snake collection, & assist the Executive Curator with other PHS animals. The primary purpose of this position is the overall care, health, & maintenance of PHS snakes (venomous and non-venomous).

Job Description: Full time position in north Scottsdale; with hourly pay (which is negotiable based on qualifications) Work Schedule is Tuesday – Saturday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, with the understanding that some nights, weekends, and holidays are required.

Organization Information
The Phoenix Herpetological Society (PHS) is a nonprofit 501 (c) 3 rescue and conservation facility. It has a strong connection to the community for the relocation of native wildlife and is the largest reptile sanctuary in the U.S. PHS has the second largest collection of crocodilians in the US and largest collection of venomous snakes in the Southwest. In addition, PHS is involved in the breeding of endangered crocodilians and specific venomous snakes. PHS rescues and rehabilitates native and nonnative reptiles from the general public and assists local law enforcement, animal control, and humane society with animal rescues of all kinds. PHS strongly believes that education is the key to conservation and provides educational programs to all levels of schools both private and public as well as providing on site camps, animal handling and specialized training programs and more. PHS has grown exponentially and needs to expand staff to accommodate the growth. PHS is a facility with strict no tobacco policies.

Position Information
Under the supervision and management of the Executive Curator, this position will coordinate and will be responsible for the daily care, exhibit maintenance and dietary care of the 150+ venomous snakes and oversee the health and wellbeing of the nonvenomous venomous snakes that call PHS home. PHS has one of the most impressive collections of venomous snakes and facilities in the U.S. The chosen candidate should understand the PHS mission and be motivated to invest themselves in the long-term growth and future of PHS.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities:

  • When handling animals all PHS policies, procedures, and protocols (including proper tools and equipment) are used/followed at all times – NO exceptions
  • Ensure all anti-venom records and venomous protocols are current and accurate
  • Provide proper training to staff and volunteers regarding animal care and safety protocols, such as PHS policies and procedures, proper use of tools and equipment, and approved animal handling/restraint techniques
  • Ensure dietary needs are met and feeding schedules are maintained, records are current
  • Timely communicate animal health/husbandry concerns to the Executive Curator
  • Assist in education programs when appropriate, provide input regarding animal training programs, assist onsite events, and develop new programs or trainings for interns or other zoological facilities
  • Design exhibits that are appropriate for the enclosed species and maintain cleanliness of all enclosures.
  • Assist Executive Curator in assessing facility needs, coordinating exhibit maintenance, and assisting in minor improvements
  • Provide knowledge in the techniques used in the breeding of exotic venomous animals.
  • Ensure positive experience for visitors and offer knowledge and information when applicable or required
  • Assist the Executive Curator in care of the other species that call PHS home such as crocodilians, tortoises, lizards etc..
  • Prepare an annual summary report about the animals under his/her care, identifying goals, successes, and plans for the next year
     

Qualifications:

Education:

Required: Associate’s Degree in a biological sciences, herpetology, or related field
Preferred: Bachelor’s Degree in a biological sciences, herpetology, or related field

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Applicants must be in good physical condition, able to lift 50 pounds, and have the physical and emotional stamina to work full days in Arizona’s climate.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills – Public speaking is a component of this position
  • Proficient in basic word processing, excel, record keeping, and general database management
  • Advanced knowledge of reptiles, both native and exotic, and their husbandry requirements
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and non-verbal
  • Ability to make decisions thoughtfully, but quickly when necessary
  • Professional personal appearance, the ability to work independently and as a team, and pride of one’s work are key qualifications.

Personal Characteristics:

  • Ethical and professional behavior and work ethic
  • Personable and relatable, to build and maintain positive relationships as well as network
  • Creative
  • Leadership skills
  • Organized
  • Problem solver
  • Attention to details
  • Willingness to cover tattoos (if applicable) for specific events such as presentations or media spots

Experience:

  • 5+ years experience in a zoo/sanctuary environment
  • 8+ years experience with venomous snake handling
  • 1 -2 years of supervisory or management experience
     

To apply: Please send resume and cover letter to Debbie Gibson, PHS Vice President at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Emails are preferred, however if you would like to speak with her you can call 480 513 4377 X 4.

If chosen for an interview, PHS will require three references. If a job offer is made, a background check and verifiable work history will also be required.

Posted February 28, 2017

Various openings - Roer's Zoofari

Various openings

Roer's Zoofari, Reston, Virginia

 

Employment Opportunities

Unpaid Summer Animal Care Internship

We are now taking applications for Summer Animal Care internships!

Internship duties focus heavily on daily husbandry duties such as cleaning! You will be expected to work with the public as well as birthday parties and animal encounters.

Our expectations are that you have full availability during the summer to work 40 hours per week for 6 weeks as an unpaid intern. No absences longer than two days are permitted during this time. Roer's Zoofari is a drug, tobacco and alcohol free workplace.

We will be selecting our interns by February 28th. If you haven't heard from us by that time, feel free to follow up with a phone call or email.

To apply, please send your resume to:

Drew Jones
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Operations Assistant (Part time Permanent)

Roer's Zoofari is seeking an energetic and creative person that can assist in operations; guest relations, marketing and human resources. This person will also answer phones and help execute special events. The position requires a 24 hr per week commitment on site. Must be able to work some weekends, evening and holiday events as requested. Hours flexible; most between 7am and 6pm. Preferred experience: prior work or college courses in HR, PR, Marketing, Communications or related field. Knowledge of Google and Microsoft Office suites helpful. $10-$14/hr DOEQ and bonus pay opportunities. Please submit resume, cover letter and three references to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Lead Keeper (Full Time Permanent)

Immediate opening for a full time Lead Hoofstock Keeper. Hoofstock collection includes anoa, scimitar horned oryx, addex, giraffe, zebra, fallow and sika deer, ankole watusi, llama, bison, water buffalo,dromedary camel and wart hog. Duties include eartagging offspring, maintaining records, interfacing with the public during tours, capture and restraint, as well as basic husbandry. $15-$17/hr DOEQ, medical benefits and vacation pay. Minimum requirements: 4 years paid keeper experience working with hoofstock. Please email resume to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Animal Care Staff (Full Time Permanent)

Immediate opening for a full time, year-round, animal care staff. Two years paid experience working for a zoo or wildlife park preferred, training background helpful. Animal Care Staff are cross trained to care for a variety of mammals, herps, avians, and inverts. This position interfaces with the public on a daily basis in addition to husbandry, training and enrichment. Please submit resume, cover letter and three references to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. An application will be sent to you in reply. $10-$12/hr DOEQ, PTO, medical benefits and bonus pay opportunities.

 

Cashiers (Full Time and Part Time Seasonal)

Immediate openings for part time and full time cashiers. Must have weekend and holiday availability. Also hiring for full time summer cashiers. Must be 16 years of age. email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for an application.

 

Safari Tour Bus Drivers (Full Time and Part Time Seasonal)

Immediate openings for part time and full time safari tour bus drivers. Must have weekend and holiday availability. Must be 18 years of age and have a valid drivers license. email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for an application. email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for an application.

 

Grounds and Maintenance Staff (Full Time and Part Time Seasonal)

Immediate openings for part time and full time seasonal grounds and maintenance staff. Grounds and Maintenance staff will rake leaves, mow, build exhibits, paint, pick up trash, and take on other responsibilities as needed. Must have valid driver's license. Must be 16 years of age. Must be available weekends and holidays. $9 to $10/hr DOEQ. email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for an application.

 

Roer's Zoofari provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Roer's Zoofari complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.
 

Posted February 28, 2017

Safari Intern - Safari Lake Geneva

Safari Intern, unpaid

Safari Lake Geneva, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

 

Overview:  
Safari Lake Geneva is dedicated to promoting awareness of conservation issues through immersive and interactive wildlife experiences. Safari interns are valuable members of our team.

Safari interns will assist the Safari Lake Geneva staff in fulfilling the mission and objectives of the park. Primary duties include assisting guests entering the park, oversight and upkeep of the contact animal area, disseminating information to tour participants, and handling admission transactions. Interns may also be responsible for assisting with animal husbandry and light maintenance and construction. Interns have the potential to work with a variety of animals (small and large mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and arthropods) and to participate in educational programs and outreach. Interns are required to complete a project that benefits Safari Lake Geneva and is completed during the internship period. Interns are supervised by Safari Lake Geneva staff.


Qualifications:
Candidates must have completed one year of a college degree program in biology, animal behavior, zoology, education, or other related field. Candidates must also have excellent communication skills, enjoy working with people of all ages, and be able to work in a team environment. Interns must be self-motivated, reliable, prompt, able to lift 50 pounds, and able to work in all weather conditions. Internships are experience-based and are therefore unpaid (housing is also not provided). It is required that an intern dedicates at minimum 16 hours per week over the course of three months, or 192 total hours (schedules may be flexible based on the candidate’s availability). It is advisable to apply as early as possible.


To apply: Send cover letter, resume, and a list of three references
 

Safari Lake Geneva
Attention: Maggie Madden
Director of Science and Education
W1612 Litchfield Rd.
Lake Geneva, WI 53147
or
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Posted February 21, 2017

Curator of Birds - Fort Worth Zoo

Curator of Birds

Fort Worth Zoo, Fort Worth, Texas

 

Summary:  
This position is responsible for directing, managing, supervising and coordinating the activities and operations of an assigned animal section of the Zoological Park; to coordinate assigned activities with other divisions, outside agencies and the general public; and to provide highly responsible and complex staff assistance to Director of Animal Collections.
 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assume management responsibility for assigned services and activities for specific taxa of animals within the Zoo
  • Manage and participate in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies and priorities for assigned programs; recommend and administer policies and procedures
  • Continuously monitor and evaluate the quality and efficiency of assigned animal programs, methods and procedures;
  • Direct the husbandry and care of animals in and around existing quarters; coordinate cleaning, sanitizing, maintenance and repair of animal quarters
  • Oversee the implementation of diets for animals; ensure proper cleanliness and maintenance of work area and food storage containers
  • Oversee the implementation of the zoo-wide behavioral management program
  • Oversee the implementation of approved research projects
  • Lead and participate in regular meetings
  • Coordinate observations of animal behavior for signs of illness or injury; report any signs of illness or injury; assist veterinarians in minor operations or related activity as needed
  • Respond to public inquiries in a courteous manner; provide information within the area of assignment; resolve complaints in an efficient and timely manner
  • Supervise the husbandry methods, diets, enclosures and transportation of assigned animal collection; ensure health and welfare of animals; consult with veterinarians and nutritionist as needed
  • Research and evaluate animals prior to acquisition; make recommendations for acquisition and disposition of animals
  • Oversee and participate in the development and administration of the division's annual budget; participate in the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials and supplies; monitor and approve expenditures; implement adjustments
  • Manage staff per Zoo policy and procedure guidelines
  • Serve as the liaison for the assigned animal section with other divisions, departments and outside agencies; negotiate and resolve sensitive and controversial issues
  • Attend and participate in professional group meetings; stay abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of zoo services
  • Maintain a safe working environment for staff, train safety procedures and insure the availability of all necessary supplies and inventories related to safety (antivenin, equipment, etc.)
     

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • Plan, direct, coordinate the work plan for staff; assign work activities, projects and programs; continuously review and evaluate methods and procedures;
  • Select, hire, train, motivate and evaluate assigned zoo keeper personnel; provide or coordinate employee training; work with subordinate employees to correct deficiencies and resolve problems
  • Monitor work environment of staff; participate in the review, investigation and implementation of discipline and termination procedures in conjunction with Human Resources
  • Communicate information to staff as appropriate to their level
  • Supervise and participate in the construction and maintenance of facilities; coordinate with maintenance and construction departments
  • Provide a responsible staff assistance to assigned zoo collection management staff
  • Demonstrates leadership of employees through ongoing training to include applicable laws, zoo policies, business conduct and ethics and the provision of quality services to guests and employees supporting the highest level of program integrity.
     

Qualifications:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

  • Minimum of 10 years increasingly responsible experience in the care, handling and breeding of zoo animals
  • Minimum of 2 years administrative and supervisory experience
  • Direct experience with taxa related to the position preferred and may be specified in some cases, i.e. venomous species
  • Valid driver license with acceptable motor vehicle record to maintain zoo standards of insurability
  • Must possess ability to:
  • Oversee and participate in the management of a comprehensive zoo animal
  • program
  • Supervise the husbandry methods, diets, enclosures and transportation of
  • assigned animal collection
  • Oversee, direct and coordinate the work of subordinate employees
  • Participate in the development and administration of goals, policies and procedures
  • Prepare and administer large program budgets
  • Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of
  • proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals
  • Interpret and apply Federal, State and local policies, Laws and regulations
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships
  • Maintain mental capacity which permits making sound decisions, using
  • good judgment, demonstrating intellectual capabilities
  • Maintain physical condition appropriate to the performance of assigned duties and responsibilities
     

Education and/or Experience:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent
  • Specialized training or experience in zoology or a related field
  • Equivalent to a Bachelors degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in zoology, zoo management or a related field preferred
     

Physical Demands:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and talk or hear. The employee must regularly lift and/or or move up to 75 pounds.
 

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.Team oriented environment

  • Ability to work irregular hours (holidays and weekends)
  • Exposure to a variety of domestic and wild or potentially dangerous animals; animal odors and animal body fluids
  • Exposure to all types of inclement weather conditions
  • Exposure to chemicals (cleaning, water chemicals, additives, etc.)
  • Ability to work special events and functions as required
     

How to Apply:  Apply online at https://www.fortworthzoo.org/careers

Posted February 20, 2017

 

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