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General Curator - Gulf Breeze Zoo

General Curator

Gulf Breeze Zoo, Gulf Breeze, Florida

 

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

  • The position entails overseeing all animal departments and completing year end reviews for the animal care department
  • Assess animal programs and makes suggestions for improvement
  • Oversight of animal collection and animal care staff
  • Hiring for animal care department
  • Discipline and termination of animal care staff as necessary
  • Daily and monthly scheduling of animal care department
  • Covers sections as needed
  • Completes monthly animal inventory
  • Ensures proper daily husbandry and animal care are being provided
  • Performs monthly fecal checks on all animals
  • Coordinates deworming as needed
  • Maintains appropriate diets for animals in the collection
  • Maintains up to date diet reference materials for staff
  • Completes daily, weekly, and monthly checks of all animals, exhibits and back areas
  • Is responsible for euthanasia as needed
  • Assists keepers in creating breeding plans for animals in collection
  • Monitors all breeding plans to ensure success
  • Coordinates and administers all vaccinations
  • Performs minor medical procedures as necessary
  • Researches animal issues and resolves them accordingly
  • Acts as liaison to other animal care facilities to improve husbandry and the collection.
  • Improves the animal collection through acquisition and dispositions as approved by the director
  • locates and acquires new exhibit animals
  • Designs and monitors the building of new animal exhibits
  • Write proposals for new animal acquisitions
  • Maintains current permits
  • Applies for new permits as needed
  • Acts as liaison for all governing agencies
  • Knows regulations as they pertain to the animal care department and ensures that all regulations are met


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Background in animal care, facility management or administration in a zoological setting.
  • Show a consistent history of professional growth, along with upper management experience.
  • A minimum of 6 years of total experience required.
  • Preferred 500+ hours with class 1 animals.
  • Experience in restraining, tranquilizing, or immobilizing exotic animals.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • A BS or higher degree in one of the animal sciences preferred, although a management or business degree is acceptable.
  • Extensive experience within a zoo with management experience 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.
  • Possess strong leadership skills and be adept at decision-making
  • Be physically fit enough to be an effective and active member of the facility.
     

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

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

www.gulfbreezezoo.org


Posted January 12, 2018

Full-Time Primate Keeper - Tanganyika Wildlife Park

Full-Time Primate Keeper

Tanganyika Wildlife Park, Goddard, Kansas

 

Description:
Full-Time Keeper needed to perform high levels of husbandry skills with our Primate Collection. Our collection includes; Ring-Tailed Lemurs, Red-Ruffed Lemurs, Schmidt’s Guenons, DeBraza’s Monkeys, Howler Monkeys, White-Handed Gibbons, Mandrills, Javan Langurs & Colobus Monkeys.


Education & Pre-requisites:
Candidates need to have a Bachelor’s Degree in Bio-Science, or be working towards a pertinent degree. The equivalent is preferred in experience if a Bachelor’s has not been obtained.


Compensation & Benefits:
This is a full-time position, including health insurance and an IRA match after a year. After 90 days of employment full-time keepers can participate in our accidental wellness plan through Aflac. Pay is based on experience and will be discussed during the interview process. An immediate start date is preferred. The second part of the interview process is a 2-day working interview at the Wildlife Park.


Application Instructions:
Please send your resume, cover letter and references to Tanganyika's Curator. Stephanie Jeter- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Posted January 10, 2018

Full-Time Commissary Keeper - Tanganyika Wildlife Park

Full-Time Commissary Keeper

Tanganyika Wildlife Park, Goddard, Kansas

 

Description:
Seeking a Full Time Commissary Keeper to manage our fresh produce kitchen at USDA standards. Daily expectations include but are not limited to; Diet preparation and delivery, Inventory control, accepting produce donations, and work with the diet supervisor & curator to create and adjust diets.

*This position does require a valid driver’s license; travel to Kroger stores is required daily to pick-up produce. Tanganyika will reimburse the Keeper for mileage.

 

Education & Pre-requisites:
A bachelor’s degree; or equivalent experience is preferable. Kitchen experience is required, and pay is based off education and experience, this will be discussed during the interview process.

 

Compensation & Benefits:
This is a full-time position, including health insurance and an IRA match after a year. After 90 days of employment full-time keepers can participate in our accidental wellness plan through Aflac. Pay is based on experience and will be discussed during the interview process. An immediate start date is preferred. The second part of the interview process is a 2-day working interview at the Wildlife Park.

 

Application Instructions:
Please send your cover letter, resume and pertinent references to Grace Burks- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Posted January 10, 2018

Veterinary Technician - Fort Worth Zoo

Veterinary Technician

Fort Worth Zoo, Fort Worth, Texas

 

Summary:
This position is responsible for providing clinical support to the veterinarians, to include assistance with medical diagnostics and clinical procedures, patient care, laboratory analysis, filling prescriptions, administration of treatments, maintenance of clinical facilities, equipment and medical records.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist veterinarians during medical procedures including set up and use of equipment and supplies, assisting with chemical or manual restraint, monitoring patients, administration of treatments, production of radiographs, sample collection, record keeping, and observation of patients during recovery, breakdown and clean up after procedure
  • Conduct all in house laboratory analysis for hematology, chemistry, serology, cytology, parasitology, bacteriology, and proper sample handling and processing for reference laboratories, long-term storage and research projects 
  • As directed by the veterinarian, fill prescriptions, administer treatments, and interface with keepers on administration instructions and compliance  
  • Perform emergency treatment and triage of animals in the absence of the veterinarian and under their remote direction if available
  • Assist in the daily care of ICU and neonatal patients, following protocols for patient care, monitoring, record keeping and sanitation that have been established by the senior technician or veterinarian
  • Follow all safety protocols and comply with regulatory requirements concerning:
    • Disposal of biological products
    • Inventory of controlled drugs (DEA)
    • Radiation Safety (Federal Radiation and Safety Administration)
    • Protection from zoonotic disease
    • OSHA
  • Stay familiar with and respond appropriately to emergency situations, including:
    • Animal escapes
    • Potent drug exposures
  • Assist in the maintenance of the clinical supply inventory, including stocking and ordering; and in the proper maintenance of medical equipment, sterile supplies and surgical instruments
  • Input laboratory and treatment data into computerized medical records database 
  • Maintain established log books for in house record keeping


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.

  • Valid driver license with acceptable motor vehicle record to maintain zoo standards of insurability

Must possess working knowledge of:

  • Basic methods and techniques of veterinary clinical procedures
  • Observational skills for medical procedures and patient monitoring
  • Basic principles of anatomy, physiology and behavior of a variety of animal species
  • Basic principles and procedures of safe animal handling and restraint techniques of a variety of animal species
  • Operational characteristics of veterinary equipment and instruments
  • Must possess the ability to:
  • Provide appropriate and timely assistance with medical procedures in a variety of situations and conditions
  • React appropriately and calmly in emergency situations
  • Understand and follow written and oral instructions and priorities as set by supervisor
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing
  • Work independently in the absence of immediate supervision
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work
  • Maintain mental capacity which permits making sound decisions and good judgments, prioritizing work activities, demonstrating intellectual capabilities
  • Maintain physical condition appropriate to the performance of assigned duties and responsibilities which may include sitting, walking or standing for extended periods of time, working closely with others, operating assigned equipment


Education and/or Experience:

  • Completion of a zoo technician internship program or,
  • Two years of clinical experience in a private practice or zoological setting and,
  • Graduation from an accredited veterinary technology program and ability to obtain (and maintain) licensed veterinary technician status in the state of Texas within 12 months of commencing employment


Certificates, Licenses, and/or Registrations:

  • Must obtain veterinary technician licensure in the state of Texas within 12 months of employment.


Physical Demands:
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to touch, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and talk or hear.  The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.


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

  • Team oriented zoo environment
  • Exposure to a variety of animals, animal body fluids and animal odors
  • Exposure to potentially dangerous animal situations
  • Exposure to potentially zoonotic diseases
  • Exposure to disinfecting, laboratory, and medical chemicals
  • Exposure to working outdoors in all weather conditions
  • Flexible work schedule that requires being on call during off hours (including weekends and holidays)
  • Ability to work special events and functions as required

 

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

Posted January 9, 2018

Animal Educator (seasonal) - Six Flags Great Adventure

Animal Educator (seasonal)

Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, New Jersey

 

TITLE: Animal Educator (Seasonal)
DEPARTMENT: Safari
REPORTS TO: Safari Supervisor


POSITION SUMMARY:

Join the Six Flags Great Adventure Safari team. Responsibilities include providing animals with proper nutrition, sanitary living conditions, and continual care. Individual’s primary responsibility is to educate park guests about animals and the importance of species survival and conservation. These interactions will take place in public forums such as on microphone or during one on one discussions guests. Individual will assist Safari team members in the care of various land/marine animals. Candidate will also be responsible for learning and applying fundamental operant conditioning techniques and providing environmental enrichment.
 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Educate guests about animals and enrich their experience by demonstrating knowledge of the Six Flags product
  • Maintain a safe environment for both animals and guests
  • Participate in all safari programs including off site and overnights.
  • Observe and/or participate in training sessions with all species
  • Handle a wide variety of education animals for one on one guest interactions and formal presentations
  • Maintain safe, clean, and enriching environment for all animals in area
  • Prepare all animal diets and administer vitamins
  • Maintain clean and sanitary food preparation areas, work areas, pools, and animal housing
  • Make daily observation of animals and report any abnormalities to supervisor
  • Properly complete all animal records and gather research data
  • Ability to memorize script in a timely manner
  • Perform presentations to public on and off microphone
  • Cross train in other animal areas as needed
  • Acquire basic knowledge of operant conditioning and animal husbandry through observations and structured, supervised participation
  • Adhere to all Six Flags and departmental policies.
  • Function as an integral team member of the department and park
     

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Outgoing, approachable and positive attitude
  • Individuals must be 18 years of age or older
  • Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Psychology, or related field preferred
  • Suitable swimming abilities
  • Individual must be able to successfully complete CPR, water rescue, first aid, and any other park training required for the position
  • Public speaking or performance preferred
  • Individuals must be able to lift and move up to fifty (50) pounds
  • Individuals must be available to work nights, weekends, and holidays
  • Individuals must be able to work in or around water and be exposed to outdoor weather conditions

Qualified applicants may submit a cover letter & resume to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Posted January 9, 2018

Animal Education Internship (paid) - Six Flags Great Adventure

Animal Education Internship (paid)

Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, New Jersey

 

TITLE: Paid Animal Education Internship
DEPARTMENT: Safari
REPORTS TO: Safari Supervisor


POSITION SUMMARY:

Join the Six Flags Great Adventure Safari team. As a safari intern, your main responsibility is to educate park guests about animals and the importance of species survival and conservation. These interactions will take place in public forums such as on microphone or during one on one discussions with guests. Individual will assist Safari team members in the care of various land/marine animals. Interns are also responsible for learning fundamental operant conditioning techniques and providing environmental enrichment. Six Flags Great Adventure will work with your learning institution to fulfill curriculum requirements for collegiate credit.


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Approach guests in confident and friendly manner while educating them about the animals and enriching their experience with knowledge of the Six Flags product
  • Maintain a safe environment for both animals and guests
  • Follow internship program checklist and complete readings, quizzes and project as assigned by Safari staff
  • Maintain safe, clean, and enriching environment for all animals in area
  • Prepare all animal diets and administer vitamins
  • Maintain clean and sanitary food preparation areas, work areas, pools, and animal housing
  • Make daily observation of animals and report any abnormalities to supervisor
  • Properly complete all animal records and gather research data
  • Observe training sessions with all species
  • Ability to memorize script in a timely manner
  • Perform presentations to public on and off microphone
  • Cross train in other animal areas as needed
  • Acquire basic knowledge of operant conditioning and animal husbandry through observations
  • Adhere to all Six Flags and departmental policies
  • Function as an integral team member of the department and park


QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Outgoing, approachable and positive attitude
  • Individuals must be 18 years of age or older
  • Working towards a Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Psychology, or related field preferred
  • Public speaking or performance experience preferred
  • Individuals must be able to lift and move up to fifty (50) pounds
  • Individuals must be available to work nights, weekends, and holidays
  • Individuals must be able to work in or around water and be exposed to outdoor weather conditions


Qualified applicants may submit a cover letter & resume to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Posted January 9, 2018

Animal Health Undergraduate Intership - Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

Animal Health Undergraduate Internship

Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

 

The Animal Health Department is currently accepting internship applications from undergraduate students interested in pursuing a career in wildlife or zoo medicine. The Animal Health Department serves the medical and surgical needs of the mammals, reptiles, birds, amphibians, and fish that make their home at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium and the International Conservation Center.

The animal health undergraduate internship is a minimum of 10 weeks long within the specified periods of time listed below. Each internship consists of 40-hour work weeks Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Students should have a strong interest in zoo and wildlife veterinary medicine. Interns may be required to work in inclement weather, lift heavy loads, and must be dependable. The duties of the intern will vary widely and may include: assisting with setting up and cleaning up of veterinary procedures, restocking hospital supplies, cleaning and sterilization of surgical instruments, animal observations, cleaning and disinfecting animal enclosures, assisting with lab sample processing including blood, urine and feces, and other duties as assigned.

Interested students should send a cover letter, resume, college transcripts, and two letters of recommendation along with a potential start date with the length of time available to Kristine Trotta-Hissrich, LVT, via Colleen Yeany (Administrative Assistant) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Or mail to One Wild Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15206.

Application deadlines for each internship period:

Spring: December through May
Spring application deadline: November 15

Summer: May through August
Summer application deadline: April 1

Fall: August through December
Fall application deadline: July 1


Posted January 8 , 2018

 

Veterinary Technician Internship - Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

Veterinary Technician Internship

Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

 

The Animal Health Department is currently accepting internship applications from veterinary technician students. The Animal Health Department serves the medical and surgical needs of the mammals, reptiles, birds, amphibians, and fish that make their home at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium.

Internships are 6-8 weeks long, with a work schedule of Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Applicants will play an integral role in the day-to-day operations of the animal health team.
Interested students should send a cover letter, resume, veterinary technician school transcripts, and 2-3 potential time slots to Libby Galvanek, CAHT, via Colleen Yeany (Administrative Assistant) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Application deadlines for each internship period:

Spring: December through May
Spring application deadline: November 15

Summer: May through August
Summer application deadline: April 1

Fall: August through December
Fall application deadline: July 1


Posted January 8 , 2018

Veterinary Student Externship - Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

Veterinary Student Externship

Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

 

The Animal Health Department is currently accepting externship applications for fourth-year veterinary students (third-year students will be considered if in their clinical year). The Animal Health Department serves the medical and surgical needs of the mammals, reptiles, birds, amphibians and fish that make their home at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium.

Externships are 6-8 weeks long, with a work schedule of Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (weekend hours are possible). Externs will play an integral role in the day-to-day operations of the animal health team.
Interested students should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, veterinary school transcripts, letters from two professional references, and 2-3 potential time slots to Dr. Ginger Sturgeon via Colleen Yeany (Administrative Assistant) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Additional information about the program can be located at www.aazv.org.

Application deadlines for each internship period:

Spring: December through May
Spring application deadline: November 15

Summer: May through August
Summer application deadline: April 1

Fall: August through December
Fall application deadline: July 1


Posted January 8 , 2018

 

African Penguin Keeper - Tanganyika Wildlife Park

African Penguin Keeper

Tanganyika Wildlife Park, Goddard, Kansas

 

Description:
Full time Keeper needed to perform high levels of husbandry skills with our large African Penguin collection, Albino American Alligator & our 2 Asian Small Clawed Otters.
 

Education & Pre-requisites:
Candidates need to have a Bachelor’s Degree in Bio-Science, or be working towards a pertinent degree. The equivalent is preferred in experience if a Bachelor's has not been obtained.
*An extensive amount of experience in training exotic birds is needed.
 

Compensation & Benefits:
This is a full-time position, including health insurance and an IRA match after a year. After 90 days of employment full-time keepers can participate in our accidental wellness plan through Aflac. Pay is based on experience and will be discussed during the interview process. An immediate start date is preferred. The second part of the interview process is a 2-day working interview at the Wildlife Park.


Application Instructions:
Please send your resume, cover letter and references to Tanganyika's Curator. Stephanie Jeter- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Posted January 6, 2018

Bird Keeper & Experienced Trainer - Tanganyika Wildlife Park

Bird Keeper & Experienced Trainer

Tanganyika Wildlife Park, Goddard, Kansas

 

Description:
Full time Keeper needed to perform high levels of husbandry skills with our exotic bird collection. Seeking an experienced bird trainer to create and develop a training program leading up to a flight show and further behaviors for demonstrations.
 

Education & Pre-requisites:
Candidates need to have a Bachelor’s Degree in Bio-Science, or be working towards a pertinent degree. The equivalent is preferred in experience if a Bachelor's has not been obtained.
*An extensive amount of experience in training exotic birds is needed.
 

Compensation & Benefits:
This is a full-time position, including health insurance and an IRA match after a year. After 90 days of employment full-time keepers can participate in our accidental wellness plan through Aflac. Pay is based on experience and will be discussed during the interview process. An immediate start date is preferred. The second part of the interview process is a 2-day working interview at the Wildlife Park.


Application Instructions:
Please send your resume, cover letter and references to Tanganyika's Curator. Stephanie Jeter- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

References must to pertain to previous experience in training exotic birds, and any other training programs you have successfully completed.


Posted January 6, 2018

Kangaroo & Children's Zoo Keeper - Tanganyika Wildlife Park

Kangaroo & Children's Zoo Keeper

Tanganyika Wildlife Park, Goddard, Kansas

 

Description:
Full time Keeper needed to perform high levels of husbandry skills with Kangaroos, and our Children’s Zoo- Including Sulcata Tortoises, Chickens, Rex Rabbits & Guinea Pigs. This position also oversees and facilitates seasonal staff working in the encounter stations. Extensive knowledge of Kangaroo behavior is preferred, and leadership skills are a must.


Education & Pre-requisites:
Candidates need to have a Bachelor’s Degree in Bio-Science, or be working towards a pertinent degree. The equivalent is preferred in experience if a Bachelor's has not been obtained.


Compensation & Benefits:
This is a full-time position, including health insurance and an IRA match after a year. After 90 days of employment full-time keepers can participate in our accidental wellness plan through Aflac. Pay is based on experience and will be discussed during the interview process. An immediate start date is preferred. The second part of the interview process is a 2-day working interview at the Wildlife Park.

Application Instructions:
Please send your resume, cover letter and references to Tanganyika's Curator. Stephanie Jeter- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Posted January 6, 2018

Hoofstock - Barn Keeper - Tanganyika Wildlife Park

Hoofstock - Barn Keeper

Tanganyika Wildlife Park, Goddard, Kansas

 

Description:
Full time Keeper needed to perform high levels of husbandry skills in our "Old Barn". This keeper will work directly with Grevy's Zebras, Red River Hogs, Warthogs & Springbok.


Education & Pre-requisites:
Candidates need to have a Bachelor’s Degree in Bio-Science, or be working towards a pertinent degree. The equivalent is preferred in experience if a Bachelor's has not been obtained.


Compensation & Benefits:
This is a full-time position, including health insurance and an IRA match after a year. After 90 days of employment full-time keepers can participate in our accidental wellness plan through Aflac. Pay is based on experience and will be discussed during the interview process. An immediate start date is preferred. The second part of the interview process is a 2-day working interview at the Wildlife Park.

Application Instructions:
Please send your resume, cover letter and references to Tanganyika's Curator. Stephanie Jeter- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Posted January 6, 2018

President & CEO - San Diego Botanic Gardens

President & CEO

San Diego Botanic Gardens, Encinitas, California

 

Position

The President & CEO will work collaboratively with the Board of Directors in leading the organization in developing and delivering on its mission and long-term vision. The President & CEO will ensure that the organization’s fiscal, operations, fundraising, marketing, human resource, technology, and programmatic strategies are effectively implemented across all segments of the organization.
 

Responsibilities:

Strategic vision and leadership

  • Collaborate with the Board to refine the long-term vision, implement the strategic plan and ensure that the finances, staff, volunteers, and priorities are aligned with the organization’s core mission and vision
  • Provide inspirational leadership and direction to all executives, and ensure the continued development and management of a professional and efficient organization; establish effective decision-making processes that will enable the Garden to achieve its long- and short-term goals and objectives
  • Cultivate a strong and transparent working relationship with the Board and ensure open communication about the measurement of financial, programmatic, and impact performance against stated milestones and goals
  • Help build a diverse and inclusive Board representative of the community that is highly engaged and willing to leverage and secure resources
     

Development

  • Ensure that the flow of funds permits the organization to make continuous progress towards the achievement of its mission and that those funds are allocated properly to reflect present needs and future potential
  • Continually seeks new funding sources with support from the Board of Directors
  • Formulate and execute comprehensive marketing, branding and development strategies that will ensure consistency throughout the organization and enhance revenue from major donors, foundations, government agencies, and corporations


Strengthening infrastructure and operations

  • Ensure the delivery of high quality services
  • Support and motivate the organization’s staff and volunteers
  • Facilitate cross-departmental collaboration and strengthen internal communications with staff throughout the organization; create and promote a positive, multicultural work environment that supports consistency throughout the organization’s strategy, operational methods, and data collection needs
  • Oversee the financial status of the organization including developing long and short range financial plans, monitoring the budget and ensuring sound financial controls are in place; set financial priorities accurately to ensure the organization is operating in a manner that supports the needs of the program and staff


Program Development

  • Work with staff, volunteers and community partners to enhance the Garden’s programs and services
  • Build on the strengths and talents of staff and volunteers in Increase efficiencies developing and implementing programs and services


Public Relations

  • Establishes and maintains linkages with key individuals, community groups, businesses, government and political offices, and other agencies. General responsibility for agency public relations
  • Serves in a leadership role within the public garden community ensuring that the Garden is recognized and respected nationally and internationally
  • Advocates on behalf of disadvantaged populations to meet their needs
  • Ensures ongoing public information and awareness through the mass media, educational materials, website, brochures, and personal contacts
  • Serves as spokesperson for the organization through contact with the media and the community
  • Oversees development of website and content, and internet marketing


Qualifications

  • Minimum of a BA, ideally with an advanced degree such as a PhD and / or MBA.
  • At least 10 to 15 years of overall professional experience in a related organization (e.g. Museums, Zoos, etc.)
  • Prior nonprofit experience ideal
  • Prior Botanical Garden experience preferred
  • Significant board development, fundraising, marketing/branding and fiscal management experience a must
  • A financially savvy and politically astute leader with the ability to set clear priorities, delegate, and guide investment in people and systems; keen analytic, organization and problem-solving skills which support and enable sound decision making
  • Excellent coalition building skills with an ability to communicate and work effectively with a variety of internal and external stakeholders; a persuasive negotiator able to achieve consensus amongst differing opinions
  • Demonstrated ability to build and lead strong, cohesive and effective teams
  • Demonstrated ability to encourage innovative new programming
  • Innovative and visionary leader capable of advancing the Garden to the next level
  • Outstanding presentation and communication skills and the experience and proclivity to be an outgoing spokesperson, relationship builder, and fundraiser
  • Strong commitment to the professional development of staff; successful track record of recruiting and retaining a diverse team
  • A demonstrated passion for the mission of the organization
  • Demonstrated ability to build an exciting and engaging visitor experience
  • Demonstrated entrepreneurial ability to lead growth
  • Ability to think strategically and implement tactically
  • Demonstrated ability to listen and communicate effectively
     

How to Apply:

Interested parties should submit cover letter and resume to Paul Van Dolah at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Posted January 5, 2018

Animal Care/Educator - Wildlife Learning Center

Animal Care/Educator

Wildlife Learning Center, Sylmar, California

 

Wildlife Learning Center is seeking to fill a part-time animal care and educator position. 
The animal care and educator position is responsible for cleaning and maintaining enclosures, feeding, providing enrichment, monitoring animal health, providing public education, and performing other duties as assigned by supervisors. Employees give onsite and outreach education for schools, scout groups, libraries, birthday parties, and other organizations. Moderate to heavy lifting is required. Employees will work, hands-on, with multiple species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and arthropods.

 

Mandatory Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in biology or a related science field
  • Experience handling and training restricted species
  • Experience working with children
  • Strong public speaking skills
  • Strong work ethic
  • Exceptionally good attitude and professionalism
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills
  • Effectively work in a team environment
  • Commitment to a flexible work schedule
  • Must have weekend availability
     

Exceptional part-time employees can potentially reach fulltime status.


Applicants must have a professional appearance and demeanor. Tattoos or body piercings must be coverable. 

Applicants must have a valid California Driver’s License, clean driving record, social security number, and proof of personal auto insurance. All applicants are subject to a thorough background check. New hires are required to show a negative TB test, at own expense, within one month of employment. Starting pay rate is $11.00/hour.

Interested applicants may submit a cover letter and resume, with relevant coursework, to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or FAX to 818.362.8001. (Attn: Danielle Burns)

www.WildlifeLearningCenter.com

Wildlife Learning Center
16027 Yarnell Street
Sylmar, CA 91342
 


Posted December 20, 2017

Animal Care Professional - Gulf Breeze Zoo

Animal Care Professional

Gulf Breeze Zoo, Gulf Breeze, Florida

 

The Gulf Breeze Zoo is a 50-acre facility located in the beautiful Florida panhandle. The Zoo is rapidly growing and in search of a motivated individual to join our animal care team. Gulf Breeze maintains a diverse collection of over 900 animals including great apes, carnivores, rhinos, hippos, small primates, birds, and reptiles.

The Gulf Breeze Zoo is currently seeking an energetic and hardworking individual who shares a passion for animal care.

 

Job responsibilities include but are not limited to providing proper animal care through:

  • Daily cleaning and maintenance of exhibits.
  • Diet preparation and feeding.
  • Training exotic animals through positive reinforcement.
  • Assist in vet and medical procedures.
  • Daily observation of animals and recordkeeping
  • Administer proper enrichment to animals within designated department.
  • Use of machinery, power tools, and lawn equipment in a safe manner.
  • Ability to communicate with guests and conduct keeper talks to guests through formal and informal encounters
     

A bachelor’s degree in an animal relevant field is strongly desired, but suitable industry experience may be substituted for a degree. Previous experience with exotic animals, feeding, care, and exhibit cleaning is beneficial. Veterinary technician certification is a plus.

All applicants must be physically fit with the ability 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 excellent communication skills. Ability to follow personal dress code and maintain a valid driver’s license is required.
 

Benefits:  

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


Note: Gulf Breeze Zoo is a drug free and smoke free work environment.

Visit us at http://www.gulfbreezezoo.org

Applicants should send cover letter and resume to Jess Pottebaum, Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Posted December 12, 2017

Biologist - Golden Nugget

Biologist

Golden Nugget, Las Vegas, Nevada

 

Golden Nugget is a hotel/casino located in downtown Las Vegas, Nevada. It is home to a 200,000 gallon shark tank and a 75,000 gallon marine aquarium.


SUMMARY:
It is the responsibility of the Biologist to be aware of all aspects of the Life Sciences Department. This includes maintaining all department protocols, adhering to policies and fulfilling daily responsibilities concerning the care and maintenance of the animal collection.
 

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Biology (or related field) preferred.
  • Prefer 3 years of experience working in a public aquarium with teleost and/or elasmobranch species. (Pay rate to be determined by experience level.)
  • Must be SCUBA certified with a minimum of 50 logged hours of dive time. (Advanced certifications preferred.)
  • Must represent Golden Nugget in a professional manner with all guests.


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Professional Animal Care

  • Perform daily routine as scheduled.

  • Maintain accurate and informative daily animal records.

  • Prepare daily diet preparation for animal collection.

  • Perform daily water quality testing of all exhibits.

  • Assist Curator / Life Sciences Manager with medical treatments and husbandry procedures as needed.

Communication

  • Conduct yourself in helpful and respectful manner with all guest interactions.

  • Participate in various public presentations, with or without animals.

  • Communicate any animal related or other concerns to Curator / Life Sciences Manager.

  • Interact with dignitaries, professionals, special guests, VIPs or tours as directed.

Department Management

  • Observe and help maintain department areas (and those not normally your responsibility) as directed.

  • Report supply needs to Curator / Life Sciences Manager.

  • Assure exhibit "readiness" for opening in absence of Curator / Life Sciences Manager.

  • Make frequent daily rounds to evaluate cleanliness of work area/ equipment and safety concerns.

 

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

  • Ability to SCUBA dive daily.
  • Excellent analytical, problem solving, administrative, multi-tasking, organization and prioritization skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (verbal and written), fluent English and articulate.
  • Ability to work efficiently, independently and consistently producing quality results.


LANGUAGE SKILLS:

  • Ability to read and understand all policies and procedures.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively with guests, employees, and members of management in English, specific to position duties and responsibilities.
  • Must be able to complete standard forms and reports.


PHYSICAL / MENTAL DEMANDS:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an incumbent to successfully perform the duties and responsibilities of the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions, duties and responsibilities.

  • Must be comfortable diving and swimming with animal collection daily.
  • Must be able to pass SCUBA skills evaluation test.
  • Must have a high desire to provide the best animal welfare standards possible.
  • Report to work location by scheduled time.
  • Daily lifting of 50 # or more.
  • Frequently required to climb, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, balance, and perform repetitive behaviors.
  • Constantly required to swim, sit, walk, talk, hear, taste, and smell.
  • Constantly must use arms/hands/fingers to reach/handle/feel in work environment.
  • Constantly walking in a wet environment on uneven surfaces.
  • Constantly using stairs and climbing ladders
  • Constant visual acuity required. Includes close, distance, color, peripheral, depth perception and ability to focus.
  • Must be observant.
  • Must work with other employees in a polite and respectful manner.
  • Must be willing to participate in public interactions as needed.
  • Must be available to work as required and prepared to work odd or unscheduled hours as needed.


WORK ENVIRONMENT:
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the duties and responsibilities of this position.

  • Subject to possibility of bites and stings.
  • Work and swim in fresh and saltwater, both man-made and natural.
  • Walking and working within a wet environment.
  • Outdoor work on occasion, under variety of conditions: desert environment, extreme heat, cold weather and rain.
  • Must be available to work hours outside of scheduled hours (with possibility of overtime) for emergency and non-emergency situations.


DISCLAIMER:
This is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, requirements and skills. Leadership reserves the right to revise the job or to require that different tasks be performed as necessary.


Qualified applicants should complete the job application by clicking on the link below:
https://sjobs.brassring.com/TGnewUI/Search/Home/Home?partnerid=25968&siteid=5591#jobDetails=366655_5591


Posted December 5, 2017

Aquarist - Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

Aquarist

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Vallejo, California

 

Summary:  
Basic care and husbandry of Aquarium and Shark Experience collection
 

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide in-tank maintenance including scrubbing algae, vacuuming sand, cleaning windows, removing decorations for acid-washing, and redecorating
  • Prepare fish and marine life diets; thaw food product and prepare food as dictated by food charts
  • Check the health and appearance of the fish on a daily basis and report any problems immediately to the Aquarium Manager
  • Check pumps and filters and report any filtration problems to the Aquarium Manager.
  • Perform housekeeping duties.
  • Assist with water changes as assigned
  • Perform quarantine procedures including observation of new specimen, detection of diseases under supervision
  • Assist in changing tank displays and graphics
  • Interpret results from water quality tests and make adjustments to tanks as needed
  • Perform basic laboratory duties as assigned including slide preparation; perform necropsy
  • Assist in the collection of specimens
  • Assist in weekly dive presentations
  • Other duties and special projects as assigned
     

Skills and  Qualifications:

  • Must possess prior experience with aquarium systems and tropical fish
  • Must possess mechanical aptitude and have the knowledge to use basic power and hand tools
  • Must be able to work with chemicals and follow SDS and have knowledge of basic chemistry.
  • Must be available to work weekends, holidays and evenings as assigned
  • SCUBA certification required. Must possess an open water dive certification from a recognized agency or be able to obtain one in 3 months of hire.
  • Must possess the mental and physical capacities necessary to perform the job duties
  • Must be able to lift up to 75 lbs.; must be able to work in and around cold saltwater and electrical equipment
  • Must be physical 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 read, write and speak in English.
  • Must possess a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Must possess a valid driver license and be able to operate vehicles (including but not limited to forklifts, golf carts, cars, trucks).
  • Must be able to work indoors and outdoors in all weather conditions.
     

Safety Sensitive Position

Application Deadline: Until Filled        Date Posted: 12/03/2017

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

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
1001 Fairgrounds Drive
Vallejo, CA 94589
Attn: Erin Seeley - Recruitment
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 December 3, 2017

Aquatic Life Support Dive Safety Officer - Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

Aquatic Life Support Dive Safety Officer

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Vallejo, California

 

Full time position

Job Summary:  
Supervises the Life Support Divers and the Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Dive Program under the guidance of the Life Support Manager.
 

Essential Job Duties:

  • Supervises, trains, coaches, and disciplines team members as needed
  • Oversees the dive program for Discovery Kingdom
  • Approves all dive plans and activities
  • Reviews the dive safety manual and recommends updates or changes to the Dive Control Board
  • Evaluates and authorizes all divers yearly
  • Adheres to strict OSHA and USDA regulations and guidelines
  • Inventory and maintains all dive related equipment park wide
  • SCUBA dive in tanks and pools to 30-foot depths in varying temperature conditions that may contain marine animals
  • Dons and removes diving equipment and thermal protection regularly
  • Uses scrub brushes, vacuums, and other tools to clean pools and exhibit tanks
  • Performs underwater repairs as needed
  • Assists in the addition of salt and other chemicals to exhibits pools
  • Inspects all pools and exhibits; plans, coordinates, and supervises all daily pool cleaning activities to ensure attractive exhibits and water features within the park
  • Develops, implements and enforces all departmental policies as needed
  • Follows and enforces all policies and procedures of Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
  • Assists in the interviewing, selection and hiring of all Life Support team members
  • Writes and conducts annual performance appraisals for Life Support team members
  • Conducts weekly team member meetings and attends weekly Animal Care supervisor meeting
  • Oversees the cleanliness and organization of all areas associated with the department
  • Prepares and follows schedules
  • Assists in the preparation of annual budget
  • Communicates needs and problems to the Life Support Manager
  • Assists with the purchasing of materials and supplies for the department
  • Assists with the health and care of all animals in the aquatic animal collection
  • Maintains communication with other Animal Care departments daily
  • Assists with other Life Support areas which may include water chemistry, filtration system maintenance and operation.
  • Conducts tours as needed
  • Other duties as required
     

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must be able to work unsupervised and with a team
  • Must have complete understanding of OSHA Regulations and current accepted dive practices
  • Must be an active SCUBA instructor from an internationally recognized certifying agency
  • Must be a trainer for other certifications such as CPR/First Aid
  • Must possess the mental and physical capacities necessary to perform the job duties
  • Must possess strong swimming skills and be able to pull oneself out of a pool
  • Must be able to walk, bend, kneel, climb stairs and ladders while in dive gear, and lift up to 80 lbs
  • Must be willing and able to dive up to four hours per day in cold saltwater
  • Must possess a working knowledge of basic hand tools
  • Must be willing to work with hazardous chemicals
  • Must be extremely safety conscious
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license
  • Must possess a knowledge of close loop filtration systems, pumps, motors, and plumbing
  • Must be able to work in all types of weather both indoors and outdoors
  • Must possess excellent organizational skills
  • Must be able to work evenings, weekends and holidays
  • Must possess good corrected/uncorrected eyesight; must be able to read, write and speak English
  • Must be proficient with MS Office applications
     

Safety Sensitive Position

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

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
1001 Fairgrounds Drive
Vallejo, CA 94589
Erin Seeley – HR Supervisor
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Fax: 707-556-5593
Six Flags is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
SIX FLAGS SUPPORTS A DRUG FREE WORKPLACE


Posted November 27, 2017

Animal Care Specialist 2 - Marine Animals - Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

Animal Care Specialist 2 - Marine Animals

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Vallejo, California

 

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

Essential Job Duties:

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

Minimum Qualifications:

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

Safety Sensitive Position

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

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
1001 Fairgrounds Drive
Vallejo, CA 94589
Teal Burger – HR Supervisor
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Fax: 707-556-5593
Six Flags is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
SIX FLAGS SUPPORTS A DRUG FREE WORKPLACE


Posted November 16, 2017

Animal Care Specialist 1 - Land Animals - Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

Animal Care Specialist 1 - Land Animals

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Vallejo, California

 

Job Summary:  
Responsible for the feeding, cleaning, maintenance and training of the Discovery Theater collection.
 

Essential Job Duties:

  • Assist in checking the appearance and health of the animals on a daily basis.
  • Speak to the guests to educate the guests about the animals and to answer guest questions as needed during park hours.
  • Perform entry level training techniques with the animal under the direction of the Supervisor and/or Senior Trainers. Learn all essential commands and related behaviors.
  • On a daily basis clean all animal enclosures and compounds.
  • Pick-up and prepare animal diets on a daily basis.
  • Maintain logs as needed concerning animal health, behaviors, enrichment and diet.
  • Learn the show scripts and perform in shows as assigned.
  • Adhere to all park & department policies.
  • Learn and follow proper protocol concerning the cats.
  • Assist in other animal areas as needed.
     

Minimum Qualifications:

  • One year previous experience handling or keeping exotic animals preferred.
  • Must be mentally alert and be able to pay attention to all daily duties.
  • Must possess ability to make appropriate decisions under pressure and in changing circumstances if immediate direction is unavailable.
  • Must have quick reflexes and be able to react quickly to changing animal situations.
  • Must be in excellent physical condition and possess the mental capacities to perform the essential job duties.
  • Must be able to lift animals and equipment up to 25 lbs. Must possess the physical dexterity to hold and maneuver equipment. Must be able to walk and run quickly as needed.
  • Must be willing and able to work outdoors in all types of weather conditions.
  • Must be able to work weekends, evenings, early mornings, and holidays.
  • Must be articulate and be able to speak and understand English. Must have good corrected/uncorrected vision and good hearing.
     

Safety Sensitive Position

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

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
1001 Fairgrounds Drive
Vallejo, CA 94589
Teal Burger – HR Supervisor
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Fax: 707-556-5593
Six Flags is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
SIX FLAGS SUPPORTS A DRUG FREE WORKPLACE


Posted November 16, 2017

Animal Care Specialist 2 - Land Animals - Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

Animal Care Specialist 2 - Land Animals

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Vallejo, California

 

Job Summary:  
Responsible for the feeding, cleaning, maintenance and training of the Discovery Theater collection.
 

Essential Job Duties:

  • Feed, clean and daily husbandry of animals in Animal Care.
  • Give medication to animals as directed by Supervisor.
  • Record daily entries into logbook concerning animal care and behaviors.
  • Perform in Discovery Theater and Reptile shows and act as backup during shows.
  • Set up show equipment and props as dictated by script.
  • Walk assigned animals around park ensuring animal and guest safety.
  • Handle animals in and out of the park as needed.
  • Perform regularly in front of the public, demonstrating various animal behaviors.
  • Assist Apprentice Trainers and Handlers with proper protocol.
  • Answer guest’s questions concerning animal care, diet, etc. and other general park information in a polite courteous and informative manner.
  • Learn all essential commands and related behaviors.
  • Follow all department and park policies.
  • Assist other trainers as needed.
  • Maintain equipment and enclosures as needed.
  • Animals in collection consist of felines, domestic animals, small exotics, large hoof stock, birds and reptiles.
  • Other duties as assigned.
     

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Previous experience as an Apprentice Trainer in Animal Care with Supervisors approval and/or minimum two years previous experience.
  • 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 50 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.
  • Good public speaking ability.
  • Must be able to work outdoors in all types of weather.
  • Must possess the physical and mental abilities to work with very large strong animals.
  • Must be available to work weekends and holidays.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license.
     

Safety Sensitive Position

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

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
1001 Fairgrounds Drive
Vallejo, CA 94589
Teal Burger – HR Supervisor
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Fax: 707-556-5593
Six Flags is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
SIX FLAGS SUPPORTS A DRUG FREE WORKPLACE


Posted November 16, 2017

Performer/Keeper - Joel Slaven's Professional Animals

Performer/Keeper

Joel Slaven's Professional Animals, various locations - CA, TX, OH, FL

 

Job Description:  
Joel Slaven’s Professional Animals provides animal training and staffing for live animal shows,special events, and production work. Currently JSPA has contracts with Sea World Parks in Florida, California,Texas and Virginia as well as with the Columbus Zoo. JSPA currently has Fulltime Performer positions available at our "Pets Rule" show at Sea World San Diego, Ca, our "Pets Ahoy" show at Sea World San Antonio, our "Animals on Safari" show at the Columbus Zoo, and our "Campground Critters" show at the Jacksonville Zoo.


Candidates will be required to care for a variety of domestic and exotic animals. This will include; kennel maintenance, cleaning of animal enclosures, grooming, diet preparation, and enrichment. Candidate will also be responsible for show preparation and on stage performance of a character role.
Candidate should be in excellent physical condition and be able to run, climb stairs, bend frequently, and lift on average 50lbs. They will have a high level of self confidence and be comfortable working in a fast paced environment. Must be available to work flexible hours including weekends and holidays. Preference will be given to those with animal/theater experience.


Starting Salary is $1,800/month + benefits ($2,000/month + benefits for California)


To apply please send a cover letter, and resume to Andrea LeBlond, Manager, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please specify location preference in the Subject Line.
 

Posted January 28, 2017

Lead Hoofstock Keeper - Roer's Zoofari Park

Lead Hoofstock Keeper

Roer's Zoofari Park, Vienna, Virgina

 

Description
Roer's Zoofari Park is located on 30 acres in beautiful northern Virginia, housing over 70 species. We an immediate opening in the animal care department for a lead hoof stock keeper. This will include working with; but not limited to giraffe, addax, anoa, scimitar horned oryx, zebra, warthog, bison, watusi, goats, zebu, etc. Animal care includes diet preparation, feeding, cleaning, inspecting habitats, maintaining habitats, assist with behavior modification, enrichment programs, and daily reports. Lead keepers have more responsibility in training new hires as well as over seeing medical care. This position also includes giving animal presentations and working with the public. Applicants must be able to work independently as well as with a team when necessary. Also, must be willing to work outside, and weekends/ holidays as assigned.
 

Education and Pre-Requisites:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Must have college degree or four years paid experience.
  • Must be capable of the physical requirements to work in a zoo setting (ie. lift 50 pounds, etc.)
  • Must be able to work with and without direct supervision.
  • Must be able to follow oral and written directions.
  • Minimum of 4 years experience in animal care.
     

Compensation and benefits:  

Paid hourly, based on experience. PTO, medical benefits and bonus pay opportunities.
 

Application instructions:

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

Posted October 26, 2017

Primate/Carnivore Keeper - Roer's Zoofari Park

Primate/Carnivore Keeper

Roer's Zoofari Park, Vienna, Virgina

 

Description
Roer's Zoofari Park is located on 30 acres in beautiful northern Virginia, housing over 70 species. We an immediate opening in the animal care department for a primate/carnivore keeper. This will include working with; but not limited to cheetah, fishing cat, bobcat, fox, lemurs, capuchins & squirrel monkeys. Animal care includes diet preparation, feeding, cleaning, inspecting habitats, maintaining habitats, assist with behavior modification, enrichment programs, and daily reports. This position also includes giving animal presentations and working with the public. Applicants must be able to work independently as well as with a team when necessary. Also, must be willing to work outside, and weekends/ holidays as assigned.
 

Education and Pre-Requisites:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Must have college degree or two years paid experience.
  • Must be capable of the physical requirements to work in a zoo setting (ie. lift 50 pounds, etc.)
  • Must be able to work with and without direct supervision.
  • Must be able to follow oral and written directions.
  • Minimum of 1 year experience in animal care.
     

Compensation and benefits:  

$10-$12/hr, PTO, medical benefits and bonus pay opportunities. (Pay will be based on experience)
 

Application instructions:

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

Posted October 26, 2017

Swing Keeper - Roer's Zoofari Park

Swing Keeper

Roer's Zoofari Park, Vienna, Virgina

 

Description
Roer's Zoofari Park is located on 30 acres in beautiful northern Virginia, housing over 70 species. We an immediate opening in the animal care department for a swing keeper. This will include working with; but not limited to primates, carnivores, marsupials, pilosas, hoof stock, birds and reptiles. Animal care includes diet preparation, feeding, cleaning, inspecting habitats, maintaining habitats, assist with behavior modification, enrichment programs, and daily reports. This position also includes giving animal presentations and working with the public. Applicants must be able to work independently as well as with a team when necessary. Also, must be willing to work outside, and weekends/ holidays as assigned.
 

Education and Pre-Requisites:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Must have college degree or two years paid experience.
  • Must be capable of the physical requirements to work in a zoo setting (ie. lift 50 pounds, etc.)
  • Must be able to work with and without direct supervision.
  • Must be able to follow oral and written directions.
  • Minimum of 1 year experience in animal care.


Compensation and benefits:  

$10-$12/hr, PTO, medical benefits and bonus pay opportunities. (Pay will be based on experience)
 

Application instructions:

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

Posted October 26, 2017

Full time keepers - Virginia Safari Park

Full Time Keepers

Virginia Safari Park, Natural Bridge, Virginia

 

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

 

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

 

Requirements:

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

 

Please send your cover letter and resume to:

Sarah Friedel
General Curator
Virginia Safari Park
229 Safari Lane
Natural Bridge, VA 24578
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(540) 291-3205 ext. 108
(240) 566-6119
 


Posted October 22, 2017

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.

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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

 

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