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Full-time Keepers - Alabama Safari Park

Full-Time Keepers

Alabama Safari Park, Hope Hull, Alabama

 

Alabama Safari Park, a 350-acre drive through zoo and breeding center opening in February 2018, is currently hiring keeper staff.

We have full-time openings available. These positions require individuals with excellent observation skills, strong work ethic, and previous hoofed stock experience, whether exotic or domestic. All keepers will be responsible for the daily care of the animals as well as being part of the team that monitors visitor interactions with our animals. Keepers are required to maintain animal records, as well as assist in animal breeding programs. Experience may be substituted for formal education.


Requirements:

  • Hoofed stock experience, domestic or exotic.
  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science or Biological sciences preferred
  • A strong work ethic, excellent physical condition, and a willingness to learn
  • Must be able to adhere to our strict personal appearance requirements, including no visible tattoos
  • Maintain a non-smoking, tobacco free 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 and equipment
  • Minimum of 6 months paid animal care experience for entry-level positions
  • Valid Driver’s license
  • Must be able to work weekends and holidays
  • Must be able to lift a minimum of 50 lbs, repeatedly, twist/turn/bend, and be very ambulatory

 

Please send your resume and cover letter to:

Adrienne Lalley, Curator
Alabama Safari Park
1664 Venable Rd
Hope Hull, AL 36043
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Posted September 29, 2017

Outreach & Office Administrator - Phoenix Herpetological Society

Outreach & Office Administrator

Phoenix Herpetological Society, Scottsdale, AZ

 

Note: Compensation commensurate with relevant experience
 

Summary

This position reports to the Vice President. The primary responsibilities of the PHS Administrator will overseeing the existing educational programs, development of new and innovative programs and development of new revenue generating events. Other duties include oversight of volunteer programs and day to day administrative related tasks. Ensure guests who attend events have a positive and memorable experience. Assist the VP with researching viable granting opportunities.
 

Essential Job Functions

  • Assist in the development of curriculums and programs that are reptile based with emphasis on wildlife conservation (that are aligned with STEAMS)
  • Develop marketing strategies, including social media and launch new innovative programs
  • Work with curators, volunteers and keepers
  • Utilize social media to its fullest potential
  • Ability to handle stressful situations with grace and diplomacy
  • Market the Volunteer and Intern Program, and Community service groups to assist in recruiting new volunteers and interns
  • Assist in development, administration, and review of policies & procedures within the Volunteer program and ensure they align with the PHS mission
  • Assist staff to conduct formative and summative evaluations of each Volunteer and the Volunteer program as a whole
  • Assist in the development of Volunteer job descriptions and training manuals for each assigned area in which a Volunteer works
  • Create a fun, enjoyable and safe camp/education experience
  • Prepare daily activities to include, but not limited to, instructional materials, creative ideas and assigned supplies
  • Prepare classroom for activities and ensure cleanliness of classroom
  • Ensure that PHS continues to adapt education programs to current technologies
  • Supervise activities and monitor children’s behaviors to ensure safety and appropriateness.
  • Willingness to learn and use proper handling techniques with education animals such as, snakes, lizards and small crocodilians in a safe and comfortable manner

 

Qualifications
This position must be thoroughly committed to PHS nonprofit's mission. All candidates should have proven leadership, coaching, and relationship management experience.

  • Strong leadership skills with at least 3 years of managing or supervising a staff, preferable with a non-profit organization
  • Previous experience working with Volunteers and Volunteer programs is desired
  • Ability to be a creative thinking, and offer appropriate solutions to issues
  • Must be very organized and work well in an environment where priorities change frequently
  • Ability to remain calm in stressful situation
  • Strong record keeping skills with acute attention to detail
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office including Word and Excel
  • Marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience
  • An outgoing personality and ability to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds
  • Able to build and maintain positive internal relationships as well as effective external networking
  • Clear understanding and belief of the importance of wildlife conservation and the PHS mission
  • Ability to work with children of all ages and abilities
  • Unwavering commitment to quality programs
  • Excellence in organizational skills with the ability to coach and manage staff and volunteers
  • Strong team player with the ability to create a positive work environment for all
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with
  • excellent interpersonal and project skills.
  • Ability to speak to the general public, small and large groups
  • Ability to be self-motivated
  • Ability to be flexible and work various hours when required
  • Ability to handle multiple projects at one time and pay close attention to detail

 

Personal Characteristics

  • Ethical and professional behavior
  • Strong work ethic
  • Passionate about animals
  • Personable and relatable,
  • Empathy for volunteers while maintaining standards and being able to execute discipline and coaching in a mature, professional manner
  • Leadership skills
  • Highly organized
  • Problem Solver


Description of Working Conditions: Most of the duties within this position will be carried out at or on the PHS facility in north Scottsdale, Arizona (75%). Some events or requirements may be off-site (approximately 25%). Approximately 75% of the work will be done within an office environment while 25% will be working directly with the staff and volunteers on the property or performing other tasks. This position will require some evenings and weekend commitments in addition to their typical duties and responsibilities.
 

Benefits: This is a very fulfilling position that provides a much needed service to the community as well as the Phoenix Herpetological Society. Transportation costs to events are covered by PHS as well as additional training and learning opportunities. The chosen candidate will also gain valuable experience with reptiles of all kinds and sizes, including various difficulty levels, providing a very learning rich work environment.
 

TO APPLY FOR THIS POSITION
Please submit a resume, cover letter, and three professional references to:

Debbie Gibson
Vice President
Phoenix Herpetological Society
20701 N Scottsdale Rd
#107 pmb 401
Scottsdale AZ 85255
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Posted September 3, 2017

Poikilothermic Animal Keeper - Catoctin Wildlife Preserve

Poikilothermic Animal Keeper

Catoctin Wildlife Preserve, Thurmont, Maryland

 

Qualified applicants must have at least four years paid experience in the zoological animal care field. A four-year degree in biological sciences or related field is helpful but not required if replaced with four addition years in the zoo field. These positions are intended for people who have mastered all basic husbandry techniques and zoo protocols and are looking to continue their professional growth.

You must be able to lift 60lbs with ease. Must have experience with many species of reptiles. Venomous animal handling experience is required as part of this job. 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. We offer professional development financial assistance, liberal leaves, paid vacation and assistance with conference expenses after one year and flexible work schedule. Some assistance with relocation may be possible.

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


Posted January 28, 2017

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

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

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

 

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