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Wildlife Animal Trainer - Six Flags Great Adventure

Wildlife Animal Trainer

Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, NJ

 


Title:                    Wildlife Animal Trainer
Department:     Safari
Reports to:       Safari Supervisor

 

Position Summary:  To assist the wildlife training staff in providing proper nutrition, sanitary living conditions and constant care for our animals. The candidate will also be responsible for learning and applying operant conditioning and animal husbandry techniques with a variety of animals. Trainers will entertain and educate guests through a supportive role performing both in animal shows and guest interactions.          

 

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Maintain safe, clean and enriching environment for all animals in area.
  • Make daily observations of animals and report any abnormalities to training supervisor.
  • Prepare daily diets and maintain safe and sanitary area of food preparation and storage.
  • Properly complete animal records in a timely manner
  • Perform supportive role in shows
  • Assist in the training of animals
  • Assist in water quality
  • Acquire basic knowledge in animal husbandry and training techniques through observation and structured supervised participation
  • Adhere to all Six Flags and departmental policies
  • Function as a team member showing consideration, communication, tolerance, cooperation and reliability
  • Perform these duties as the department requires regardless of time, day or location
  • Develop an awareness of Guest satisfaction with the Six Flags product
  • Performs other miscellaneous duties as required
  • Ability to communicate via radio with other team members


Qualifications:

  • Minimum Age Requirement: 18 years
  • Sea lion experience preferred
  • Strong swimming abilities
  • Knowledge and implementation of operant conditioning preferred
  • Microphone experience
  • Must be able to climb a ladder, Lift 50lbs, kneel, and stand for long periods of time
  • Must possess strong public speaking skills
  • Availability Requirements: Days, Evenings, Weekends, Holidays
  • Must be able to work outdoors in all weather conditions


Certificates, Licenses and/or Registrations:Valid driver’s license required.  SCUBA certification encouraged.  Individuals must be able to successfully complete CPR, first aid, as well as any other required park training as needed.


Education and/or Experience for position:Bachelor’s degree in one of the biological sciences or psychology preferred: High school graduate or equivalent with two to three years related experience in a zoological environment or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience in an animal related show preferred.

 

All interested and qualified candidates please email resume to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Posted January 26, 2016

Seasonal Animal Educator - Six Flags Great Adventure

Seasonal Animal Educator

Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, NJ

 


Title:                    Seasonal Animal Educator
Department:     Safari
Reports to:       Safari Supervisor

 

Position Summary:  Educating guests about the animals in our collection in several different educational programs and one on one interactions.  Will maintain a clean and safe work environment for animals, staff and guests.  Will aid in the direct care of the animals including husbandry and training.                 

 

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Maintain a safe and sanitary working area and animal living conditions
  • Maintain all equipment on a daily basis
  • Make daily observations of animals and report any abnormalities to staff supervisor
  • Prepare daily animal diets and maintain safe and sanitary areas of food preparation and storage
  • Properly complete animal records
  • Talk on microphone for education demonstrations, presentations, or Safari off Road Adventure tours
  • Learn and apply animal training techniques
  • Preform VIP tours
  • Adhere to all Six Flags and departmental policies
  • Function as a team member showing consideration, tolerance, cooperation and reliability.
  • Communicate with guests in a fun and positive way
  • Perform other miscellaneous duties as required
  • Aid guest with giraffe feeds and farm animal interactions
  • Handle a variety of different animals 
  • Communicate via radio with other team members
  • Drive van, trucks, or VIP off road vehicle with animals, staff or guests
  • Participate in the overnight program, Safari off Road Education and outreach programs


Qualifications:

  • Minimum Age Requirement: 18 years
  • Valid Driver’s license
  • Bachelor’s degree in one of the biological sciences preferred; high school graduate or equivalent with two to three years related experience in a zoological environment; or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Able to communicate effectively in the English language, including the ability to read, speak, write and understand the English language
  • Must be available to work weekends, holidays, evenings and some overnights
  • Must be able to perform essential duties and responsibilities


Physical Demands:

  • Required to stand, sit, kneel, bend and/or crouch for extended periods of time
  • Must be able to lift and/or move up to 50 lbs.
  • Will be working in all weather conditions including, heat, cold, rain, snow. 
  • Occasionally exposed to high and/or precarious places
  • May be exposed to toxic or caustic chemicals (PPE will be supplied)
  • Noise level of the work environment is moderate and can be loud at times

 

All interested and qualified candidates please email resume to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Posted January 26, 2016

Animal Curator - Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

Animal Curator

Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, Portage Glacier, Alaska

 

Full-time position
FLSA Classification: Exempt / Salary
Reports to: Executive Director
Location: Portage Glacier, Alaska (Mile 79 of the Seward Highway) and Anchorage, Alaska
Supervision: Manages the Animal Husbandry Department (staff, interns, volunteers)

 

Overview
The Animal Curator oversees all animal husbandry operations and programs of the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. The Curator is responsible for the management of the animal care staff and all aspects of the animal collection including, but not limited to, animal health, enrichment, collection planning, operant conditioning, regulatory compliance, permitting, accreditation and exhibit design and maintenance. The Curator works closely with other staff to deliver the AWCC’s mission and is a key member of the senior management team.

 

Duties

  • Provide direct supervision and evaluation of animal husbandry staff;
  • Establish and implement animal collection and exhibit plans that meet the established goals and objectives of the AWCC.
  • Develop and implement animal health and husbandry programs consistent with professional standards of care.
  • Assure compliance with relevant local, state, federal and international wildlife and animal welfare regulations.
  • Direct the development, application and tracking of the animal husbandry operating budget(s).
  • Assist AWCC development and fund raising activities, including special events.
  • Assure compliance with ethical standards of the profession.
  • Participate, as a member of the senior management team, in site, facility and exhibit planning and ensure a constant focus on animal welfare and a high quality visitor experience
  • Encourage, promote and participate in initiatives to enhance the guest experience both directly and through outstanding living animal exhibits.
  • Oversee animal husbandry personnel hiring, training and evaluation.
  • Promote staff development, technical training and morale.
  • Oversee animal husbandry staff participation in public interaction including behind the scenes tours, speaking engagements, media communication and guest education.
  • Contribute to educational and promotional materials produced by education and development staff
  • Provide guidance and oversight of research and conservation projects conducted by animal husbandry staff.
  • Serve as AWCC representative to professional agencies, institutions and committees and contribute to institutional accreditation processes.
  • Attend relevant professional meetings and conferences.
  • Communicate regularly with professional colleagues at other institutions.

 

Position Requirements

Qualifications and Experience

  • Minimum 7 years of experience in animal husbandry preferably in a zoo, wildlife conservation, or research organization working directly with the types of species that the AWCC maintains
  • Experience supervising daily operations of animal husbandry staff
  • Experience working with federal, state and local wildlife regulatory agencies, including maintenance of animal records, permitting processes, public education reports, etc.
  • Experience developing animal exhibits from design and construction to enhancement and refurbishment
  • Bachelor of Science degree in a related field (veterinary, wildlife, zoology etc.) An equivalent amount of relevant experience can substitute for educational degree.
  • Proficiency in MS office suite
  • Strong oral and written communications skills

Physical Requirements:

  • Walking, climbing, sitting, standing, bending, stooping, and the ability to carry items weighing up to 80 pounds.
  • Constant adequate range of motion and mobility required.
  • Regular near acuity with clarity of vision at 20 inches or less required.
  • Ability to collect and analyze numerical and written data and verbal information to reach logical conclusions and ability to determine the time, place and sequence of operations or actions required.
  • Regular hearing and the ability to perceive the nature of sounds.
  • Must be able to proactively identify hazards and implement safe working procedures
  • Must possess advanced knowledgeable in: anatomy; recognition and treatment of minor animal health concerns; quarantine protocols.

Environmental/Working Conditions:

  • Ability to work unsupervised and with minimal direction
  • Working long hours between breaks or meals occasionally required.
  • Ability to work under and handle stress in an appropriate manner required.
  • Must be able to work in cold weather environments
  • Must be willing and able to handle raw food.
  • Must be willing to work flexible hours including weekends, evenings and holidays.
  • Must be able to work with chemicals associated with analysis and treatment of animals.

 

Please send resume and cover letter to:

Tom Yeager, Director of Operations: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by February 29.

 

Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center (AWCC)

Founded in 1993 and began operating as a is a 501-3-C Nonprofit in 2004 with a mission dedicated to conservation, education and quality animal care of Alaska’s wildlife.

www.alaskawildlife.org

 

Posted January 17, 2016

Full-time Swing Keeper - ZooWorld

Full-time Swing Keeper

ZooWorld, Panama City Beach, FL

 

ZooWorld is hiring a full-time swing keeper.  This position will cover domestics
as well as a variety of exotic animals.  ZooWorld puts a strong emphasis on
animal observation as well as guest interaction.

ZooWorld is a 5 acre facility that houses more than 200 animals.  If you are
excited by the idea of growing with us and are interested in being part of a
dynamic, customer service oriented team then this is the place for you.

The ideal candidate will have some proven experience working in an animal
related field, be able to lift at least 50 lbs, and be able to work outside in
all weather conditions.  Zookeepers are expected to utilize observational
skills, fill out reports as directed, assist with animal restraint, maintain
their exhibits through the use of basic hand tools and interact with guests on a
daily basis.

If you are interested in applying for this position please email a resume to:
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   subject line: Swing Keeper

Posted January 16, 2016

Zookeeper Shadowing Internship (Spring 2016) - LEO Zoological Conservation Center

Zookeeper Shadowing Intership (Spring 2016)

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 prorogate 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 Intership 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.

Spring Session (March 7-May 16, 2016) – application deadline: February 19, 2016

 

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 12, 2016

Lead Keeper - Gulf Breeze Zoo

Lead Keeper

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 currently has an opening for a lead keeper position. The lead keeper would report directly to the curator of the department which encompasses large carnivores, small mammals, primates including lesser apes, birds, reptiles and invertebrates. Lead Keepers are also responsible for weekly feed/supplies inventories, staff training, etc. Lead keepers must be able to perform all duties of the curator when the curator is not present.

This position requires a minimum of 3 years experience working with exotics in a zoological setting. 1 or more years of managerial experience preferred. Keepers who have a documented 1000+ hours working with tigers, lions, black bears, gibbons, gorillas, rhinos and/or hippos preferred. All applicants must be physically fit and active, able to lift 50 pounds comfortably, and be able to work in all types of weather. An Associates or BS in an animal science is preferred, although experience may be given preference. Preferred applicants will have experience in using or be willing to learn to use trucks, tractors, weed eaters, power tools and other types of machinery.

Applicants must possess a strong work ethic, a willingness to learn, and a valid driver’s license. Must adhere to strict personal appearance requirements with no visible tattoos permitted and maintain a non-smoking work environment. 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.  

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

Please send resumes to:

Dr. Natalie Dyson-General Curator- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Posted November 28, 2015

Mammal Keeper - Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo

Mammal Keeper

Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo, New Braunfels, TX

 

Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo is a small, 6-acre zoo in the process of rapid restoration, growth and expansion. We are located right outside of San Antonio, Texas. The advertised position will work within the mammal department (including carnivores, avians, primates, large cats and other small mammals).


General responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • daily animal care (feeding, raking and exhibit cleaning, enrichment, capture and restraint and animal husbandry)
  • general maintenance on and off exhibit
  • upkeep of proper paperwork
  • public interaction (including interactive shows, tours and guiding volunteer projects)


A strong work ethic and adaptability will be considered as an equal to experience in the field. The position is entry-level and proper training will be provided. 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.

Please send resumes to Hannah Tozer, Vice President of Operations at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Posted November 18, 2015

Gift Shop Manager - Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo

Gift Shop Manager

Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo, New Braunfels, TX

 

Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo is a small, 6-acre zoo in the process of rapid restoration, growth and expansion. We are located right outside of San Antonio, Texas. The advertised position will work within the gift shop and education department.


General responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Cash and money handling
  • Working with POS system
  • Customer service
  • Basic merchandising
  • Answering phone calls, emails and in-person inquiries
  • Scheduling events
  • Organizing and running field trips, group events, birthday parties, etc.
  • Assisting with keeper talks, enrichment activities and daily shows


A strong work ethic, outgoing personality and ability to work both individually and as a team member is a must. Weekend availability is required. Experience in retail AND the zoological community is preferred. A complete background check and verifiable work history is required.

Please send resumes to Hannah Tozer, Vice President of Operations at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Posted November 18, 2015

Keeper Internship - Tanganyika Wildlife Park

Keeper Intern

Tanganyika Wildlife Park, Goddard, KS

 

Closing Date: August 31, 2016

 

Description:

Tanganyika Wildlife Park is currently accepting applications from hard working, dependable college students and recent graduates to participate in a keeper internship within our animal department. This is a paid internship. Interns will gain valuable experience working with rare and endangered species including birds, reptiles, small and large mammals, carnivores, hoofstock and primates by working one-on-one with keepers in a variety of ways, detailed below:

  • Maintaining and cleaning animal enclosures and yards.
  • Exhibit maintenance
  • Diet preparations and feeding
  • Creating and distributing enrichment
  • Animal training
  • Assisting with animal rides and feeding stations
  • Informal and formal guest interactions through keeper talks, demonstrations, animal ambassador encounters, etc.
  • Assignments and opportunities that are available to Interns are based on individual progress during the internship


Education and Pre-requisites:

  • Prospective Interns must be at least 18 years of age before the start of their internship.
  • Preference will be given to college students working towards a degree or those that have a degree in zoo science, wildlife biology, zoology or other related field
  • Excellent public speaking.
  • Interns must be able to work independently as well as part of a team.
  • Interns should be able to stand or walk and be able to perform physical work outside in varied weather conditions for up to 8 hours per day.
  • Interns should be able to bend, stoop and lift 50 to 75 pounds when necessary.
  • Interns are required to work with the keeper(s) of their area to create and assess an original enrichment device.
  • Interns must commit to our schedule including weekdays, weekends and holidays.

 

Keeper Interns are desired for:

March 1 – November 6

or for either 16 week terms:

March 1 – June 21
May 3 – August 23
July 18 – November 6

The number of hours required per week will vary, but Interns should expect to work approximately 30 hours per week, including weekends and holidays.

Please indicate which session you are applying for when submitting your application.

 

Compensation and benefits:

  • This is a paid position, currently paying $7.25/hr.
  • Limited housing is available.

 

Application Instructions:   Please email resumes to Stephanie Jeter, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Posted November 13, 2016

Marine Mammal Apprentice Trainer - Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

Marine Mammal 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: 11/24/2015                 Date Posted: 11/9/2015

How to Apply:  Qualified candidates should apply online at www.SFTPCareers.com. Six Flags Discovery Kingdom offers an excellent benefits package.

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


Six Flags is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
SIX FLAGS SUPPORTS A DRUG FREE WORKPLACE

 

Posted November 13, 2015

Director of Animal Operations - Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

Director of Animal Operations

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Vallejo, CA

 

ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES:

  • Directly responsible for the health and care of all animals in the Discovery Kingdom collection.
  • Consult with veterinarian on decisions concerning animal diets, injuries and illnesses while ensuring veterinary authority, guidance and protocol are implemented and followed. Oversee efforts relating to assisting with the search and rescue of injured or stranded animals in conjunction with the Vet Clinic and outside agencies.
  • Provide prompt notification to Park President of any substantial changes or health issues regarding animals maintained by the park, including notice of all deaths and necropsy results.
  • Oversee the animal research committee and all projects pertained to the park’s animals.
  • Act as the representative for Discovery Kingdom to all governmental agencies and various zoological associations. Ensure that the park is in compliance with all relevant laws, regulations and requirements.
  • Communicate all new legislation, regulation and similar requirements to staff and department members.
  • Enforce safety policies and procedures.
  • Serve as a member of the Animal Welfare Committee.
  • Oversee the OERCA computer program and the inventory of the park's animal collection.
  • Oversee the quality and presentation of all Animal presentations, shows, attractions and exhibits.
  • Develop, implement, and enforce all departmental policies as needed.
  • Follow and enforce all policies and rules of Six Flags Discovery Kingdom.
  • Interview, select, hire and train all senior management staff. Coach and discipline senior staff as required.
  • Write and conduct annual performance appraisals for senior management staff and review performance appraisals for all Animal staff.
  • Prepare annual budget. Communicate budget to approved senior management staff and insure adherence to approved annual budget. Contribute to the recommendations concerning the expenditure of capital as it relates to all animal facilities within the park.
  • Contribute and support the Director of Maintenance on the design and construction of new exhibits from conception to completion including, design planning and theming, suitability of exhibit for animal collection, interpretive materials, functionality and animal acquisitions.
  • Provide for and maintain a productive work atmosphere, which promotes communication, fairness and teamwork.
  • Attend weekly Director's meetings.
  • Conduct weekly department staff meetings.
  • Communicate any concerns, needs or problems directly to the Park President and appropriate departmental directors.
  • Plan for the future of the department on a continual basis.
  • Other duties and projects as assigned.

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Previous experience with Six Flags Discovery Kingdom and/or five years previous experience as a manager or director at a zoo or animal park. Previous experience in an institution emphasizing education and wildlife conservation through entertainment highly recommended.
  • A college bachelor's degree on zoology or an animal related field preferred. College degree in psychology or a related field highly recommended. Must posses a thorough understanding of operant conditioning and animal training.
  • Must be able to deal effectively with other professionals and governmental agencies.
  • Must possess good writing skills and have experience in scientific writing. Must be able to speak, read and write proficiently in English.
  • Must have full corrected or uncorrected vision.
  • Must be a strong swimmer and willing to work in and around cold saltwater and be able to handle all needed equipment.
  • Must possess the ability to handle multiple priorities simultaneously.
  • Must be able to set and enforce production values consistent with company values.
  • Must be available to work weekends, evenings and holidays as dictated by departmental needs..
  • Must be in excellent physical condition and possess the mental capacities to perform the essential job duties. Must be able to lift equipment up to 75 lbs.
  • Must possess the physical dexterity to hold and maneuver equipment.
  • Must be able to walk and move quickly between different areas.
  • Must not be afraid of heights.
  • Must be able to work both indoors and outdoors in all types of weather conditions.

 

Application Deadline: until filled                 Date Posted: October 29, 2015

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

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
1001 Fairgrounds Drive
Vallejo, CA 94589
Attn: Kim Beiner
Fax: 707-556-5272
Email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Six Flags is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
SIX FLAGS SUPPORTS A DRUG FREE WORKPLACE

 

Posted October 29, 2015

Marine Mammal Intern, paid - Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

Marine Mammal Intern, paid

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Vallejo, CA

 

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Retrieval of food from freezer and delivery to animal areas.
  • Diet preparation and record keeping.
  • Maintaining cleanliness of all assigned animal areas.
  • Maintaining cleanliness of offices and locker rooms.
  • Learning show scripts and performing show parts as assigned.
  • Assisting with educational programs and guest relations.
  • Assisting with animal care, feeding, and training sessions as assigned.
  • Other duties as requested

 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Must have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Valid Driver’s License and clear driving record
  • Must have 3 months previous experience in animal care and training and/or completed college level courses in a related science.
  • Must be comfortable speaking in front on large crowds.
  • Must be articulate and able to clearly speak, read, and write in English.
  • Must have good vision and hearing.
  • Must be willing to listen and follow both written and verbal instructions.
  • SCUBA certification preferred.
  • Must be willing and able to work 40 hours a week, both indoors and outdoors, in all weather conditions.
  • Must be willing and able to work in and around cold saltwater.
  • Must possess strong swimming skills and be able to pass a swim test.
  • 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 Deadline: December 31, 2015   

How to Apply: You must fill out the online application at www.SFTPCareers.com.

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

Phone: 707-556-5408
Fax: 707-556-5593
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 October 17, 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     

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

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

Phone: 707-556-5408
Fax: 707-556-5593
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Fax: 707-556-5593

Six Flags is an equal opportunity employer.
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Posted October 9, 2015

Full Time Keeper (Hoofstock, Primate, Bird, and Carnivore openings) - Tanganyika Wildlife Park

Full Time Keeper Openings in Hoofstock, Primate, Bird, and Carnivore areas

Tanganyika Wildlife Park, Goddard, KS

 

Tanganyika is seeking dedicated Keepers to care for animals and their exhibits at a small and quickly growing facility in the small town of Goddard just 7 miles away from Wichita Kansas.  Tanganyika’s focus is to share our passion for animals by providing real experiences that are entertaining and educational in order to have a significant impact in the stewardship of select species.  Responsibilities include ALL aspects of animal care including training, monitoring health and wellbeing, exhibit maintenance, proper cleaning and disinfecting, and interaction with the public through animal demos, tours, and animal ambassadors.

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in a Biology related science or working towards one is preferred along with actual experience with animals through family farms or exotic animal internships
  • Must be in good physical condition and be able to lift 70# consistently. 
  • Must be able to work efficiently in a very fast pace environment and be able to fit in all your responsibilities within the scheduled working day.
  • Must be able to work in ALL outdoor weather.
  • Must be able to make this position more than a job but a life style as you will be needed long days, weekends, Holidays, and more.
  • Must enjoy educating the public and training animal ambassadors to work around the public.
  • Must take full responsibility of area assigned which includes working on ladders, maintenance of fencing, painting, mowing, and so on.

Starting pay is $9.00 per hour with a 6 month probationary period.  May be under discussion based on experience.

Health benefits are not available at this time however we do Offer the Aflac plan after 90 days of employment.

After working for a year of employment we offer a simple IRA.

Please send Resumes to The Animal Curator, Stephanie Jeter at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please indicate which animal area you are applying for.

Applicants who score highly after an interview will be asked to visit Tanganyika for a 2 day unpaid working interview.

Posted October 3 2015

Full Time Black Footed Penguin Keeper - Tanganyika Wildlife Park

Full Time Black Footed Penguin Keeper

Tanganyika Wildlife Park, Goddard, KS

 

Tanganyika Wildlife Park is seeking a full time Keeper for a large collection of Black Footed Penguins.  Must be able to identify individual birds by their breast pattern. Must be able to properly care for and have general knowledge of aquatic birds.  Must be able to identify between a healthy animal and an animal that is ill.  Must be able to train animals for health and wellbeing.  Must be able to maintain the salt system and pumps along with all other pool maintenance.  Must also be able to document all behavior, daily fish intake, and medical information for each individual bird.

Our mission is to share our passion for animals by providing real experiences that are entertaining and educational in order to have a significant impact in the stewardship of select species.  We are looking for an individual that can provide a stress free breeding environment to grow the population along with additional training that allows for the right birds to participate in penguin swims with the public, penguin ambassadors, and our very popular penguin that walks down the aisle during weddings.

A Bachelor’s degree in a Biology related field is preferred but not required.  Must have at least one year paid experience as a lead working with a species of Penguins.

Pay will be based on experience level.

Health benefits are not available at this time.  We do offer a plan through Aflac and we offer a simple IRA after working for a year.

Please send Resumes to Stephanie Jeter at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Please specify the open Penguin Keeper Position.

Posted October 3 2015

Reptile Keeper - Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo

Reptile Keeper

Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo, New Braunfels, TX

 

Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo is a 6-arce facility (with 20 additional acres ready to expand on) that is in the process of restoration and expansion. The advertised position will work with one of the biggest venomous collections in the country (including one of the most prominent collection of rattlesnakes in the world).


General responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • daily animal care (feeding, maintaining exhibit cleanliness and husbandry)
  • general maintenance off-exhibit
  • upkeep of proper paperwork
  • public interaction (including interactive shows, tours and guiding volunteer projects)


Requirements:

Must be able to work holidays and weekends. Previous zoo experience required. Applicants must be in good physical condition. A strong work ethic, appropriate personal appearance and willingness to learn and grow with our facility is a must. Experience using machinery such as skidsters, welders, weed eaters, etc. preferred.


Please send resumes to Hannah Tozer, Vice President of Operations at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Posted September 16, 2015

Keeper/Outreach Educators, part time - Wild Wonders

Keeper/Outreach Educator - Part time

Wild Wonders, Bonsall, CA

 

Description:

Wild Wonders in Bonsall,CA, has 2 openings for keeper/outreach educators, part
time.


Duties:

Include but not limited to:

  • General husbandry of ambassador collection
  • Behavioral enrichment
  • Record keeping
  • Presenting entertaining educational presentations onsite and offsite while
  • keeping animal and guest safety at the forefront
  • Enclosure maintenance and enhancement
  • Socialization and training of ambassador animals
  • Promoting the mission of the program
  • Ordering of inventory and working with suppliers and Vets
  • Medical supportive care
  • Oversight and training of interns and volunteers


Education and Pre-requisites:

  • Must have a zoology degree or equivalent
  • One year minimum full time professional experience in a zoological setting
  • handling, presenting and keeping of exotics
  • Must be able to work in small group environment with autonomy and flexibility
  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs
  • Clean driving record
  • Ability to work weekends, nights and holidays


Compensation and Benefits:

Pay 12-14 hr DOE

 

Application Instructions:

Send resumes to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
No phone calls please.  Skype or in-person interviews only

Posted September 16, 2015

Interns - Wild Wonders

Interns - Winter/Spring/Summer

Wild Wonders, Bonsall, CA

 

Description:
 

Now accepting winter/spring/summer interns

Our North San Diego wildlife facility is accepting interns for February 2015 through September 2015.

Interns are responsible for assisting staff with daily husbandry of our ambassador animal collection, behavioral enrichment, assisting with onsite and offsite presentations, enclosure repair and maintenance, etc.


Education and Pre-requisites:

  • Must be currently enrolled in a bio or zoo program or recent graduate
  • Must be able to commit to a minimum of 3 days/week for a min of 4 months


Compensation and Benefits:

This is a non paid internship and must provide own housing.

 

Application Instructions:

Send resumes to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
No phone calls please

Posted September 16, 2015

Staff Veterinarian/General Curator - Virginia Safari Park

Staff Veterinarian/General Curator

Virginia Safari Park, Natural Bridge, VA

 

Description:
Full-time accredited, on-site veterinarian for park. Main focus will be on the collection’s preventative health care, nutrition, husbandry and management. Will be responsible for setting up new veterinary clinic on site. Because of the focus on animal health and management this position will also serve as the zoo’s General Curator, in charge of the animal department. Will work in conjunction with section curators, assisted by veterinary technician as needed.

The main collection consists of a wide variety of hoof stock species including white rhinos, giraffe, zebra, camels, extensive antelope herds, cervids and ratites. The park also maintains tigers, cheetahs, hyenas and a wide variety of smaller mammals, birds and reptiles, including Aldabra tortoises; the park normally maintains 1,000+ specimens in total.

Duties will encompass all normal veterinary procedures including appropriate medical attention, euthanasia, maintaining the veterinary record-keeping system (ZIMS programs), capture and restraint, coordinating animal moves in/out and in-house, insuring compliance with all applicable laws, and the requirements needed to maintain appropriate memberships and licenses.


Requirements:
Graduation from an accredited college with a doctorate in veterinary medicine, and the ability to obtain a Virginia license to practice veterinary medicine. In the future may also require a license for Alabama to assist with oversight of our breeding/holding facility near Montgomery.

Previous experience, whether internship or paid, in a zoo or related field required. Must be able to obtain a DEA license. Must be physically fit, mentally strong, and emotionally stable. May work long hours or unscheduled emergencies as they arise.


Compensation:
Range of $62,400 - $70,200 salary per annum depending upon history and experience, with benefits including medical, sick/vacation pay, 401k, yearly conference allotment.
 

Contact:
Please send resume, along with copies of applicable licenses, salary history and references to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Position will remain open until filled.

Posted August 17, 2015

 

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