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Bird Supervisor - Fort Worth Zoo

Bird Supervisor

Fort Worth Zoo, Fort Worth, Texas

 

Summary:  
This position is responsible for supervising, monitoring and performing husbandry within a specific animal area within the Animal Collections Department; supervising the keeper staff assigned to that area; and coordinating activities with other departments within Animal Programs.
 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Supervise and plan the work of staff responsible for the direct maintenance and care of a variety of animals within the Zoo
  • Participate in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies and priorities for both the collection and staff
  • Supervise, direct and participate in the feeding and watering of animals in and around existing quarters; clean, inspect, sanitize, and maintain and repair animal quarters
  • Train assigned employees, interns and volunteers in their areas of work including zoo keeping and animal care methods, procedures, techniques and professional conduct
  • Monitor the work of assigned employees for accuracy, proper work methods, techniques, and compliance with applicable standards and specifications
  • Supervise the administration of animal diet directives from Nutrition Department; clean and maintain food storage containers
  • Maintain adequate records on daily activities; observe animal behavior for signs of illness, weight loss/gain or injury; report any signs of illness or injury to curator; assist veterinarians in minor operations or related activity as needed
  • Supervise and implement approved animal training and enrichment projects in the area
  • Supervise and participate in the implementation of approved research projects
  • Lead and participate in regular staff meetings
  • Maintain inventory of supplies and equipment
  • Supervise and perform various maintenance and repair activities on animal quarters and aquariums; operate various motors, pumps, and animal cleaning equipment
  • Oversee and assist in the training and enrichment of assigned animals
  • Respond to public inquiries in a courteous manner; resolve complaints in an efficient and timely manner
  • Present keeper talks to park visitors and media as needed
  • Ensure and supervise the proper restraint, crating, moving and uncrating of animals
  • Properly maintain life support systems and monitor functions, inspect animal equipment and facilities, report for maintenance as required
     

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • Demonstrate 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.
  • Exercise supervision over assigned zoo keeping staff, interns and volunteers for all areas of collection care and professional conduct
  • Participate in the selection, hiring, training and evaluation of staff
  • Monitor the work environment of staff, participate in the review and implementation of disciplinary action as needed with the Curatorial and Human Resources staff
  • Schedule staff; maintain up to date standard operation procedure for assigned areas
  • Ensure safe working environment for staff and animals
  • 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.

  • Must be 21 years of age or older
  • Valid driver license with acceptable motor vehicle record to maintain zoo standards of insurability
     

Must possess ability to:

  • Independently perform the most difficult animal care and handling duties
  • Interpret, explain and enforce department policies and procedures
  • Work independently in the absence of immediate supervision
  • Understand and follow oral and written instructions
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships
  • Maintain mental capacity which permits making sound decisions and using good judgment, prioritizing work activities
  • Foster and maintain a cohesive team environment


Education and/or Experience:

  • Must have 3 years of increasingly responsible zoo keeping experience; minimum of 1-year supervisory experience preferred
  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • Bachelors degree in wildlife management, zoology, animal behavior, biology, ecology, psychology or related field preferred
  • Specialized training in zoology or a related field desirable but not required
  • Some taxa related expertise or experience may be assigned to certain categories (venomous reptile experience, experience with incubators or hand rearing)


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 frequently lift and/or or move 50 pounds, sometimes up to 75 pounds with assistance.
 

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)
  • Ability to work outdoors in heat, cold and inclement weather
  • 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


Apply online at https://850.dayforcehcm.com/CandidatePortal/en-US/fwzoo/Posting/View/8

 

Posted August 25, 2016

Curator/Animal Manager - Alabama Safari Park

Curator/Animal Manager

Alabama Safari Park, Hope Hull, Alabama

 

ALABAMA SAFARI PARK, a 350-acre animal preserve located just outside of Montgomery, is scheduled to open for public attendance in 2016 and has an opening for an experienced curator/animal manager.  This person should have extensive hands-on, practical knowledge of hoofed stock, whether exotic or domestic, along with a very strong work ethic. This position requires attention to detail through the daily observations of herds and individual animals, record-keeping skills, and ability to manage staff. Experience with capture, handling, feeding and basic medical care of hoofed stock an asset. Farm equipment experience will be required and will be taught as needed. Self-motivating and able to work with minimum oversight required.

Non-smoking work place. Salary negotiable and commensurate with experience. We offer 401(k), paid sick, vacation and health insurance. Please email resumes to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 

Posted August 25, 2016

Animal Keeper III - Heritage Park Zoo

Animal Keeper III

Heritage Park Zoo, Prescott, AZ

 

Pay Grade:  3, advancement available  
Type of Position:  Full-time  
Hours: 40hrs/week
 

General Description:  

Prepare and distribute food and medications to animals. Observe and evaluate each animal’s health and physical condition. Will maintain high standards of care for a diverse collection of animals in their performance of daily animal husbandry and exhibit maintenance. Work with General Curator to provide leadership among Keepers and management to the Living Collections department. Assist in treating medical conditions of animals as directed by General Curator. May participate in veterinary care, conservation and rescue of indigenous wildlife. Conduct and assist with enrichment and educational activities, as directed. Maintain accurate and pertinent animal record keeping information. Assist in maintaining animal care inventory and report needs to General Curator. Interact with zoo visitors to promote educational experiences. Enforce all zoo policy and security measures. Perform other tasks as assigned by management.
 

Work Experience Requirements:

  • Two years experience working with wildlife in a captive setting
  • Demonstrated knowledge of animal care practices and industry standards
  • Experience utilizing capture and restraint equipment
  • Demonstrated ability to recognize normal and abnormal animal behavior

Education Requirements:

  • High school diploma required
  • Associates Degree (or higher ) in animal science/biology/life science preferred

Additional Requirements:

  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Capable of standing for long periods of time, walking, bending, squatting, and lifting at least 50 lbs.
  • Ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions (heat, cold, wind, rain, snow)
  • Firearm training preferred
  • Must possess a Valid Driver’s License
  • Must be able to work weekends, holidays and evening shifts


Please send resume to: 

Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary
1403 Heritage Park Road
Prescott, AZ  86301

and/or: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Posted August 8, 2016

Intern - Wild Wonders

Intern - fall/winter

Wild Wonders, Bonsall, CA

 

Description:

Wild Wonders in Bonsall, CA has intern openings for fall/winter 2016.

  • Minimum 4 months
  • 32 hours per week
  • 100.00 stipend
  • No housing provided
     

Duties:

  • Assisting keeper/educator staff with general husbandry of our ambassador collection
  • Medical support
  • Enrichment and training
  • Outreach and onsite programs
  • Enclosure maintenance and enhancement
     

Requirements:

  • Applicants must be currently enrolled in a zoological program or a recent graduate with a bio or zoo degree.
  • This is a physically challenging position working in heat and hills-must be physically fit.
  • Must have clean driving record
     

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 August 4, 2016

Head Zoo Keeper - Wright Park Zoo

Head Zoo Keeper

Wright Park Zoo, Dodge City, Kansas

 

The City of Dodge City is accepting applications for a full-time Head Zoo Keeper in the Zoo Division. Salary range for this position is $13.89 -$21.50 per hour, DOQ, with full City benefit package, including health insurance, KPERS, paid vacation and sick leave. This position works daily Monday thru Friday and some additional hours on weekends.

Position oversees and assists employees with routine and semiskilled work in feeding, watering, monitoring the health and general humane care of animals at the Zoo; performs and oversees work in the general maintenance and cleaning of the Zoo facilities and park grounds; and plans, schedules and supervises Zoo employees.

Associates Degree in Zoology, biology, animal science, or closely related field is preferred. A minimum of two (2) years supervisory and customer service experience is required. Must be able to lift and manipulate heavy weights (50 lbs. & up) frequently.

Please apply online at www.dodgecity.org/jobs.asp using www.hrepartners.com. A resume may be inserted into the online application. Should accommodations be needed to receive or complete the online application, please contact Human Resources, City of Dodge City, PO Box 880, Dodge City, Kansas 67801, or call (620) 225-8100 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Application review will begin immediately, and applications will be accepted until filled. Substance Abuse screening and post offer physicals performed. Valid driver’s license with good driving record required. Must confirm USCIS employment eligibility (I-9) upon hire. EOE
 

Posted August 3, 2016

Water Quality Technician - Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

Water Quality Technician

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Vallejo, California

 

Summary:  The Water Quality Technician is responsible for the day-to-day operation and maintenance of the aquatic animal life support systems (LSS).


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.

Full-time - Safety Sensitive Position

Application Deadline:  Until Filled

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 Dr.
Vallejo, CA 94589
Fax: 707-556-5593
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Six Flags is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
SIX FLAGS SUPPORTS A DRUG FREE WORKPLACE

Posted June 29, 2016

Apprentice Trainer - Land Animals - Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

Apprentice Trainer - Land Animals

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Vallejo, California

 

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

Reports to:  Land Animal Supervisor         Status:  Full-Time Hourly

Essential Job Duties:

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

Minimum Requirements:

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

Position Type:  Safety Sensitive

Application Deadline:  Until Filled

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

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
1001 Fairgrounds Dr.
Vallejo, CA 94589
Fax: 707-556-5593

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

Posted June 29, 2016

Zoo Director - Gulf Breeze Zoo

Zoo Director

Gulf Breeze Zoo, Gulf Breeze, FL

 

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 all departments and managers, including but not limited to: Facility/Maintenance Operations, Animal Care, Guest Services and seasonal staff, averaging 25-35 employees total. The Director must possess a strong attention to detail, assist in the planning for overall progress and growth, and be able to effectively communicate with both corporate management and senior staff.   The Director will be required to learn and capably operate any section of the zoo and uphold the highest standards of animal care and business compliance with all regulatory agencies.


Qualifications:

  • The preferred applicant must have a strong animal background.
  • Show a consistent history of professional growth, along with upper management experience in a zoological setting.
  • A minimum of 10 years of total experience required.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • A BS or higher degree in one of the animal sciences preferred, although extensive experience in zoos and a business operation background may be substituted for a degree.
  • 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, and 401k.


To Apply:
Email resumes to Eric Mogensen, CEO/Corporate Director: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 

www.gulfbreezezoo.org

 


Posted June 29, 2016

Facilities Manager - Virginia Safari Park

Facilities Manager

Virginia Safari Park, Natural Bridge, VA

 

Description:

The Virginia Safari Park is a 180-acre drive through animal experience located in beautiful Natural Bridge, Virginia and was recently named one of the top ten animal attractions in America. This ZAA-Accredited zoo is home to over 1,000 animals and features both free-roaming exotic hoofedstock in our safari section as well as carnivores, primates, birds, and reptiles housed in a traditional zoological setting.

The Facilities Manager is responsible for the overall maintenance of the park, as well as new exhibit construction and/or oversight of such projects as required. The Manager will possess a working knowledge of carpentry, electric, plumbing, welding, masonry, painting, and small engine repair. The Facilities Department maintains the park’s three miles of roadway thereby making it a prerequisite the Facilities Manager has the ability to operate basic machinery, such as tractors, backhoes and bulldozers. This position will oversee the Facilities staff as well as Grounds Department, be instrumental in hiring for needed positions, oversee work schedules and insure the park is maintained in an aesthetic, pleasing manner.


Qualifications:

  • A minimum of ten years of total experience required in the construction industry or facilities management including three years in a supervisory role.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • The ability to work flexible hours including weekdays, weekends, holidays, and evenings as required to effectively delegate and lead the park's maintenance and grounds departments.
  • Be physically fit enough to be an effective and active member of the facility.
  • No visible tattoos.
  • The Virginia Safari Park is a non-smoking facility.


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


To Apply:
Email resumes to Eric Mogensen, CEO/Corporate Director: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 

www.virginiasafaripark.com

 


Posted June 29, 2016

Entry Level Animal Keeper - Catoctin Wildlife Preserve & Zoo

Entry Level Animal Keeper

Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo, Thurmond, MD

 

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 and Zoo 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 Zoo 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

Required 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 June 15, 2016

Reptile Curator - Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo

Mammal Curator

Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo, New Braunfels, TX

 

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 professional to fill the Reptile Curator position.

Under the supervision of the Deputy Director, the Reptile Curator will manage the associated animal care staff as well as oversee the general operations, exhibit maintenance and proper care of over 500 different species of reptiles, both venomous and non-venomous.

In accordance with the departmental policies and procedures, the Reptile Curator is accountable for the management of the associated department— including animals and staff— to ensure the appropriate care, maintenance and improvement of all reptiles and reptile exhibits. This position will perform professional zoo keeping duties as well as administrative duties associated with the provision of the services, including husbandry and record keeping as well as human resource and administrative duties.

 

Key accountabilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Manage delegated functions and everyday tasks
  • Provide direct supervision of animal care staff
  • Provide proper staff training on animal care, company policy, use of tools and equipment, standard operating procedures, animal handling and capture and restraint training
  • Ensure proper decisions are made on the care, maintenance and improvement of exhibits and animals
  • Manage animal collection (including animal care, nutrition and husbandry, record keeping and proper documentation)
  • Provide knowledge in a range of animal husbandry and breeding techniques for exotic, native and non-native animals, conservation studies, exhibit maintenance/construction and any other background information regarding to exhibitory needs and the needs of any reptile or amphibian in the zoo’s collection
  • Communicate veterinary and animal husbandry concerns and information in a timely manner to team and appropriate management staff
  • Ensure compliance to all animal-related and park procedures to maximize safety for both staff and animals, including all established policies and operational procedures
  • Assesses facility needs and coordinates exhibit maintenance and minor improvements
  • Excel in guest interaction and customer services
  • Confirms that exhibits are presented to maximize a positive guest experience and meet zoo goals for cleanliness and maintenance
  • Provide a positive experience for guests and offer knowledge and information when applicable

Qualifications and Experience:

  • 10+ years experience working with venomous snakes
  • 7+ years experience with an animal care and husbandry, preferably in a zoo setting
  • 3+ years experience with an upper-level supervisory position
  • 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 May 30, 2016

Mammal Curator - Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo

Mammal Curator

Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo, New Braunfels, TX

 

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 professional to fill the Mammal Curator position. 
 
Under the supervision of the Deputy Director, the Mammal Curator will manage the associated animal care staff as well as oversee the general operations, exhibit maintenance and proper care of over 60 different species.
 
In accordance with the departmental policies and procedures, the Mammal Curator is accountable for the management of the associated department— including animals and staff— to ensure the appropriate care, maintenance and improvement of all animals and zoo exhibits.  This position will perform professional zoo keeping duties as well as administrative duties associated with the provision of the services, including husbandry and record keeping as well as human resource and administrative duties.

 

Key accountabilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Manage delegated functions and everyday tasks
  • Provide direct supervision of animal care staff
  • Provide proper staff training on animal care, company policy, use of tools and equipment, standard operating procedures, animal handling and capture and restraint training
  • Ensure proper decisions are made on the care, maintenance and improvement of exhibits and animals
  • Manage animal collection (including animal care, nutrition and husbandry, record keeping and proper documentation)
  • Provide 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
  • Communicate veterinary and animal husbandry concerns and information in a timely manner to team and appropriate management staff
  • Ensure compliance to all animal-related and park procedures to maximize safety for both staff and animals, including all established policies and operational procedures
  • Assesses facility needs and coordinates exhibit maintenance and minor improvements
  • Excel in guest interaction and customer services
  • Confirms that exhibits are presented to maximize a positive guest experience and meet zoo goals for cleanliness and maintenance
  • Provide a positive experience for guests and offer knowledge and information when applicable
  • Acts as Dangerous Animal Recovery Team member

Qualifications and Experience:

  • 7+ years experience with an animal care and husbandry, preferably in a zoo setting
  • 3+ years experience with an upper-level supervisory position
  • 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 May 30, 2016

Hoofstock Keeper - Gulf Breeze Zoo

Hoofstock Keeper

Gulf Breeze Zoo, Gulf Breeze, FL

 

The Gulf Breeze Zoo, a 50-acre facility located in the beautiful Florida panhandle, is expanding and searching for additional keepers. The Zoo maintains a collection of over 900 animals including great apes, carnivores, primates, birds, reptiles and an abundance of hoofed stock.

Currently Seeking:

An energetic and hardworking individual with hoof stock experience. Animals that you will be working with include several species of antelope, zebra, giraffe, llamas, ostrich and emu.

Job responsibilities include but are not limited to animal care, training, behavioral enrichment, assist with medical needs, daily records and help with habitat maintenance. Although the primary role of this position is animal care, interacting and educating guests will be required.

All applicants must be physically fit and active, able to lift 50 pounds comfortably, and be able to work in all types of weather.  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 workdays for new hires, as are long days when needed. 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.  

Note:    Gulf Breeze Zoo is a Drug Free and Smoke Free work environment.  Competitive salary, insurance, paid sick/vacation time and 401k options available.
 

APPLY NOW! Applicants should send cover letter, resume, 2 references to Chris Mogensen:

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

 

Posted May 9, 2016

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 Mulligan, Deputy Direictor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Posted April 11, 2016

Poikilothermic Animals Lead Caretaker - Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo

Poikilothermic Animals Lead Caretaker

Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo, Thurmont, Maryland

 

This position requires a degree in Biology, Zoology or related field.  This person should be experienced in chemical immobilization, hand capture and restraint and basic medical care of zoo animals.  This person must have five years of zoo experience including at least two in a supervisory position.  Must have experience with venomous reptiles.

This position is responsible for assisting with all aspects of management of the animal collection.  Reporting directly to the General Curator, this position assists with animal acquisition, husbandry programs, daily maintenance, development of Keeper routines, animal enrichment, behavior, exhibit design and staff selection and staff training and development.  Must be able to lift 50 lbs, walk long distances, have a valid driver’s license, work outside in any type of weather, work weekends and holidays and occasionally volunteer evening hours.

This position is part of the Animal Care Team and partners with the Maintenance, Veterinary, Education and Administration departments.

Salary is negotiable and commensurate with experience.  No benefits are offered.  Paid vacation and sick leave commence accruement after 90 days. 

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

Posted March 30, 2016

Assistant Director - International Exotic Animal Sanctuary

Assistant Director

International Exotic Animal Sanctuary, Boyd, Texas

 

JOB TITLE: Assistant Director 

SALARY: $50,000 yearly plus Modern 2 BR house with paid utilities on site.                

DEPARTMENT: Sanctuary                           STATUS: Full-time, Non-Exempt 
REPORTS TO: Director                                LOCATON: International Exotic Animal Sanctuary

The Assistant Director directs and monitors the daily work assignments of the keepers and interns, ensuring that all work tasks are completed in compliance with sanctuary policies, AZA standards and USDA, and Texas Parks and Wildlife standards. The Assistant Director serves as the liaison between the staff and Director and reports all disciplinary matters to the Director. In the absence of the Director, the Assistant Director assumes responsibility for decisions concerning sanctuary operations, animal care concerns, emergency procedures during an animal escape, and public relations with sanctuary tours, patrons, and donors. 

This job serves as the primary trainer to the staff on all policies and procedures related to animal diet preparation, administration of medication, animal transfers, animal enrichment and training programs, writing grants, and animal husbandry. The job also serves as the Sanctuary registrar, entering appropriate data into the medical database, including new animals, daily veterinary and medical records, enrichment, and training information. This job collaborates with the Director to improve tour guides’ presentations for the public and to improve patron interactions with the sanctuaries mission. 

Please note this is a 24/7 position! No Benefits other than paid vacation and sick days! There will be a six month probation period for the position.


Qualifications:

The position requires: 

  • Must possess a degree in zoological or biological sciences or the equivalent of five years in managing animals in a zoological park or related institution. Must have a demonstrated interest and expertise in the management of a diverse selection of species, with a strong focus on carnivores, bear species, and other species in sanctuary care:  see www.bigcat.org
  • Sanctuary experience a plus 
  • Driver’s license and a good driving record required; 
  • The ability to obtain certifications applicable to the functions of the position; 
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience that provides the required skills, knowledge and abilities to successfully perform the essential functions of the position may be considered. 
  • Demonstrate leadership in all areas of animal management, staff development, and inter-departmental collaboration. Must have proficiency with computers, animal management programs, and good communications skills. All behavioral methods that ensures enrichment in sanctuary care including behavior, emotional behavioral and behavioral husbandry.


Knowledge, skills and ability to:

  • Direct and monitor Sanctuary and intern keepers’ work assignments; 
  • Train interns and keepers on sanctuary policies, AZA standards and USDA rules and regulations; 
  • Maintain sanctuary animals including, but not limited to, preparing and delivering food, cleaning and maintaining cages and enclosures, observing behaviors, assisting in rendering medical care and attention, providing habitat and emotional enrichment, participate in the training program and ensuring their safety and security; 
  • Oversee sanctuaries’ facilities, animal enclosures and exhibits, and grounds to ensure cleanliness and public safety; 
  • Assist veterinarians in providing medical attention and care to animals, including capturing, sedating, and medicating, as directed; 
  • Maintain records, documents, and logs of animals for sanctuary database. Prepare reports, as directed; 
  • Maintain inventory of food, supplies, medications, and equipment, including ordering and reconciling orders on delivery; 
  • Assist in maintenance and repair work on exhibits; provide suggestions and input for exhibit improvements; 
  • Operate specialized animal control and restraint equipment, including firearms; 
  • Perform all duties in accordance with sanctuary policies and procedures with regard for personal safety and that of other employees and the public.
  • Capable of writing grants, proposals, inputting data in the sanctuary’s website


Physical Requirements:

Frequently required to stand, walk, sit, stoop, kneel and bend. The job requires finger/hand dexterity, lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and operate a motor vehicle and job-related equipment. Sufficient visual acuity, speaking ability and hearing capacity to perform the essential functions and interact with the public is required.  This job is a 24/7 if needed.


The deadline for resumes is June 1, 2016.


Application Instructions:

Mail, Fax, or email completed resume to:

International Exotic Animal Sanctuary
Attn: Richard Gilbreth
PO Box 637
Boyd, Texas 76023

Fax: 940-433-5092
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Posted March 30, 2016

 

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