Zoological Association of America

Job Board

 

glass-button_register2.png

2014 ZAA Conference

Don't miss the ZAA conference in Pensacola Beach, Florida! November 10-13, 2014

Time remaining

 

hall-fund-web.png

Education Program Coordinator/Small Mammal Keeper - Monterey Zoological Society

Education Program Coordinator/Small Mammal Keeper

Monterey Zoological Society, Salinas, California

 

The Education Program Coordinator / Small Mammal Keeper will be responsible for accomplishing animal care, exhibit maintenance, and coordination of the Educational Programs.  This position requires an individual with a high degree of professional experience who takes pride in work well done.  Must be a proven leader, team player, and team member.  The priorities for this position include attention to animal care and health, fostering a positive team environment, and accomplishing an excellent guest experience.

 

Essential Job Functions

  • All team members must understand the significance of their role and how they can positively impact visitors.  Pro-active, friendly communication will be expected at all times, as well as anticipating visitors’ needs and desires.
  • Provides for the needs of a wide range of mammals, birds, reptiles, and invertebrates through regular feedings, administering treatments as directed, exhibit maintenance and environmental enrichment programs for the species.
  • Input of data into the animal records databases; assures that appropriate records are kept on all husbandry including daily care and animal health.
  • Coordinates the purchasing relating to purchases such as food for the animal collection; assures that animal food, maintenance equipment and supplies are ordered and stocked in appropriate amounts, given the needs of the facility and the availability of resources.
  • Exceptional use of time management techniques.
  • Keep all exhibit areas and off exhibit areas clean, neat and well organized.
  • Help train new employees to assure compliance with established standards and protocols.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

Requirements

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

Experience

  • One year of professional experience at a public zoo, wildlife park, animal facility or similar institution and a demonstrated knowledge of zoological operations.

Other Requirements

  • Demonstrated ability to lead and work as a part of a team in a constantly changing environment as well as individually, with a minimum of supervision
  • A valid driver’s License with a good driving record
  • Ability to drive small-medium size trucks is required.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule which includes evenings and/or weekends and holidays.
  • Ability to respond to emergencies on an on-call basis.

Language Skills

  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures or governmental regulations. 
  • Ability to write reports and business correspondence. 
  • Abilities to effectively present information and respond to questions from managers, clients, customers and the general public.

Interpersonal Skills

  • Friendly, positive attitude toward others.
  • Ability to display servant based behaviors to include: being patient, kind, humble, respectful, selfless, forgiving, honest and committed.

Guest/Customer Service Skills

  • Must have knowledge of principles for providing quality customer service. This includes understanding guest needs, meeting quality standards for service and guest satisfaction.

Reasoning Ability

  • Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram form.
  • Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.

Physical Demands

  • Must be able to work outdoors in any weather, lift 50 pounds, walk briskly or run if needed. 
  • Must be able to move heavier items with assistance and do repetitive physical work such as raking and shoveling.

Work Environment

  • Mostly outdoors in all weather. Some areas such as the reptile area are hot and humid.
  • Must be able to handle or be near any animal in the collection.
  • Will be exposed to several outdoor allergens such as dust and hay.

Computer Skills

  • Must have working knowledge of Microsoft based office programs (Excel, Word, Outlook)

Public Presentation

  • Must be able to present to small and large crowds and work well with large groups of children.

Pre Employment Testing

  • Successful candidates must pass pre-employment drug screening, background check and TB test.

 

Compensation

  • $10-$13 per hour DOE

Benefits

  • One week paid vacation for every one year worked.
  • Vacation times and dates must be approved by management. 
  • Commission on some tour sales. 
  • Annual Bonus.
  • No medical or relocation benefits.

 

Monterey Zoological Society, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

To Apply Please Click the Link Below:

https://adobeformscentral.com/?f=15AtIdQ3Nfrd9BZ8eWrG2Q

Posted August 6, 2014

Show Presenter/Keeper - Wild Wonders

Show Presenter/Keeper

Wild Wonders, Bonsall, California

 

Wild Wonders has one opening for a part time (could develop to full time) show presenter/ keeper for our Bonsall, California location.


Job description:

  • Daily feeding and cleaning of ambassador collection
  • Administering medications and record keeping
  • Presenting entertaining educational programs with live creature teachers while keeping safety of animals and guests at the forefront
  • Socializing and maintaining behaviors of ambassador animals
  • Facility maintenance


Applicants:

  • Must have a minimum of one year full time experience in a professional zoo setting keeping, training and show presentation.
  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs and be physically fit.
  • Zoology or biology degree preferred.


Salary range 11-14/ hr doe. 

In person interviews only.
 
Please send resumes via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Posted August 4, 2014

Operations Manager - Exotic Feline Breeding Compound

Operations Manager

Exotic Feline Breeding Compound (EFBC's Feline Conservation Center), Rosamond, CA

 

DESCRIPTION:  This ZAA Accredited institution is seeking an operations manager with the passion and interest in quick advancement to general manager.  EFBC is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) corporation dedicated to the preservation and propagation of rare and endangered felines through breeding, research and public education, and participates in structured breeding programs with zoos worldwide in a variety of feline species.  Over 65 felines are currently housed at the facility, which is open to the public six days a week. 

 

The position entails the overseeing of all departments and personnel:  Animal Care, Maintenance and Guest Services.  The facility currently operates with 3 full time keepers augmented by a volunteer staff of approximately 15, two part time maintenance workers, a part time dietitian, and two part time customer relations employees in the gift shop.  EFBC also hosts an average of six interns per year each completing a minimum of three months service.  The operations manager will report directly to the general manager until such time when he/she can transition to the general manager position.  As general manager, you will report directly to the Board of Directors and must be able to assist in the planning for overall progress and growth, and be able to effectively communicate such plans to the Board.  The position requires attention to detail, personnel management and knowledge of labor laws, and understanding of USDA and State regulations, and the capability to operate all areas of the facilities operation.  EFBC is looking for someone who has the ambition and the internal drive to want to make a difference.

 

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Experience in a zoo facility and strength in feline care will get preference.
  • Show a consistent history of professional growth, along with management experience in a zoological setting, whether public or private
  • A BS or higher degree in an animal related science although experience in zoos and a business background may be acceptable.
  • Have the ability to routinely work long hours as required to be effective.
  • Be fit enough to be an effective and active member of the facility.
  • Be experienced in record keeping.
  • Understand, assist with the preparation of, and follow annual budgets.
  • Uphold and enhance standard of animal care.

 

Salary subject to qualifications.

Resumes can be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Or mailed to EFBC, 3718 60th St West, Rosamond, CA 93560

Posted July 21, 2014

Full Time/Part Time Keeper Positions - Virginia Safari Park

Full Time/Part Time Keeper Positions

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, large cats, a walk-through aviary, reptiles and domestic petting area.

We currently have full time openings in our safari area and a full time and seasonal openings in our 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.
 
Requirements:

  • Associates or BS in an animal science, biology, or science related field is preferred
  • Minimum of 6 months paid animal care experience
  • Strong work ethic, good physical condition and a willingness to learn, no visible tattoos permitted
  • Must be able to adhere to our strict personal appearance requirements
  • 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, and other types of equipment
  • Valid Drivers license
  • Weekends and holidays work are required
  • Must be able to lift a minimum of 50 lbs

 
Competitive salary, insurance, paid sick/vacation time and 401k options available. Please send resumes to Stephanie Vaughan-Williams:
 
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Phone: 540-291-3205 ext. 5

Posted July 19, 2014

Animal Keeper 1 - California Living Museum

Animal Keeper 1

California Living Museum, Bakersfield, CA

 

Organization: 
Kern County Superintendent of Schools

 

Description:
The California Living Museum is a native zoo and garden exhibiting over 250 animals representing and more than 85 different species of California Native Wildlife.  The Animal Keeper I under the direct supervision of the Curator of Animals is responsible for active and progressive participation in animal care, monitoring animal health, keeping accurate records and ZIMS entries, presenting and documenting enrichment activities, maintaining cleanliness of the animal enclosures, interaction with zoo visitors and ability to present wildlife in informal talks with the public.

 

Education and Experience:

  • High school graduate.
  • One-year paid experience working with animals.
  • College coursework in psychology, biology, or zoology may be substituted for animal experience.

 

Salary and Benefits:
$2,254 - $2,724 per month.  Maximum entry level is $2,477 per month.  Holiday, sick leave and vacation benefits provided.  Prepaid medical, dental, vision, and counseling plans provided for employee and family.  Prepaid life insurance policy provided for the employee.  Employees of this office are not covered by Social Security, but do have mandatory retirement coverage with California Public Employees Retirement System (PERS).

 

Job Location: 
California Living Museum (CALM), 10500 Alfred Harrell Hwy., Bakersfield, CA  93306

 

Application instructions:
Please access our website for the job description and application link at: http://kern.org/hr/

Applications will be accepted via EDJOIN only.

Posted July 17, 2014

Zookeeper - Panther Ridge Conservation Center

Zookeeper

Panther Ridge Conservation Center, Wellington, Florida

 

Description:
Panther Ridge Conservation Center is a non-profit educational facility in Wellington, Florida, that provides a home, haven and hope for some of the world's most majestic and endangered big cats.   
        

Responsibilities:
Job duties consist of but are not limited to:

  1. Daily inspections of animals and documentation.
  2. Cleaning of exhibits and food prep areas.
  3. Preparation of food for animals including butchering and processing of meat and daily administration of vitamin supplements.
  4. Operant conditioning of the animals and behavioral enrichment.
  5. Handling of animals and crating animals for transport.
  6. Assist with veterinary care and baby raising as needed.
  7. Educational tours, fundraising events, and traveling exhibits.
  8. Maintenance of enclosures and grounds.
     

Education & Requirements:

  1. Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Zoology or related field or equivalent education, experience, and training.
  2. Minimum of one year previous full-time experience in a zoological institution.
  3. Ability to work in a harmonious manner with staff, volunteers and supervisors.
  4. Must be able to do some heavy lifting of at least 50 pounds.
  5. Must be able to work in unfavorable weather conditions including extreme heat, humidity, and rain.
  6. Must have a positive attitude, a good work ethic and arrive to work on time and work late if necessary.
  7. Must be able to follow instructions and required policies and procedures.
  8. Must be trustworthy, organized and passionate about working with animals.
  9. Must have valid driver’s license and social security card or Work Visa.
     

Pay & Benefits:
Salary is dependent upon education and experience.
 

How to Apply:
Please send your resumé and cover letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . We carefully evaluate all applicants and will call for interviews over the phone. Good luck!

 

Posted July 14, 2014

Exotic Feline Internship - Panther Ridge Conservation Center

Exotic Feline Internship

Panther Ridge Conservation Center, Wellington, Florida

 

Panther Ridge Conservation Center offers experience in husbandry, diet preparation and animal training. Interns will be responsible for cleaning, feeding, enrichment, assisting in medical procedures, guided tours and basic maintenance of enclosures.

Requirements:

  • Applicants must be 18 years of age
  • Enrolled in or have graduated with a degree in biological science, zoology, pre-veterinary or related field
  • Able to comfortably lift 50 pounds
  • Provide their own transportation

*Preference will be given to applicants with prior animal care experience in an internship or volunteer capacity.

The start date will be Tuesday, July 8, 2014. Internships are approximately 12 weeks (3 months) with the possibility of extension to 24 weeks (6 months). Interns will be provided a weekly stipend of $50 and housing.

To submit an application, please provide a resume with two references and a cover letter stating why you believe this is the internship for you. Applications may be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with “Exotic Feline Internship” in the subject.

You may visit our website at http://www.pantherridgecc.org/ or find us on Facebook (Search:  Panther Ridge Conservation Center) to learn more about our facility.

 

Posted July 14, 2014

Curator - Reston Zoo

Curator

Reston Zoo, Fairfax County, Virginia
 

Reston Zoo is looking for an Animal Curator to join our staff.  We are a family friendly zoological park located on 30 acres in the middle of Fairfax County, Virginia. The collection includes small mammals, birds, primates, reptiles, domestic and exotic hoof stock.

Requirements:

  • A neat, clean appearance.
  • No visible tattoos or facial piercings.
  • Non-smoking workplace.
  • Must have great people skills.
  • Must be available weekends and holidays.
  • Must have full-time, year-round availability

Duties:

  • Managing the collection of animals at the zoo and ensuring the animals thrive long-term.
  • Recruiting, interviewing, hiring, training, evaluating and scheduling animal keepers.
  • Keeping breeding logs.
  • Generating work orders for the animal department.
  • Ensure safety and USDA compliance for the department.
  • Creating monthly inventory and change reports
  • Animal husbandry and other duties as assigned by Director

Education and Experience:

  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent amount of experience in the animal science, biology or a similar field.
  • Minimum of experience to be able to perform all job duties.
  • Physically fit and ability to lift 50 pounds
  • Ability or willingness to become familiar with dart guns, chemical restraint equipment and lethal means of subduing animals.

Salary

Salary negotiable based on experience; Sick Pay; Insurance stipend; Paid vacation; 401(k)

Please contact

Michelle Elliott, Reston Zoo Director
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Posted June 17, 2014

Animal Care Specialist - Tiger World

Animal Care Specialist

Tiger World, Rockwell, NC


Tiger World, a non-profit charity, has an immediate opening for an Animal Care Specialist to help care for our collection of Big Cats and Primates.

Tiger World is located just 20 minutes North of Charlotte, NC and has animals including Lions, Tigers, Leopards, Lemurs, Baboons, Bears, Birds, Reptiles, and more.
 

Responsibilities:
Job duties consist of but are not limited to:

  1. Daily inspections of animals and documentation.
  2. Preparation of food for animals including butchering and processing of meat and daily administration of vitamin supplements.
  3. Cleaning of exhibits and food prep areas.
  4. Operant conditioning of the animals and behavioral enrichment.
  5. Educational Tours, Keeper Talks, traveling exhibits.
  6. Handling of animals, crating animals for transport and participation with the Emergency Response Team.
  7. Assist with veterinary care and baby raising as needed.
  8. Assist with building and erecting of new exhibits and reconstruction and repair of existing exhibits and buildings.
  9. Maintenance of grounds in and around exhibits.


Education & Requirements:

  1. BS degree in Biology/Zoology or related field or equivalent education, experience, and training.
  2. MINIMUM 1 Year Previous full-time experience in a zoological institution and ability to work in a harmonious manner with staff, volunteers and supervisors.
  3. Must be able to do some heavy lifting of at least 50 pounds.
  4. Must be able to work in unfavorable weather conditions including rain, snow, extreme heat, and freezing temperatures.
  5. Must have a positive attitude, a good work ethic and arrive to work on time and work late if necessary.
  6. Must be able to follow instructions and required policies and procedures.
  7. Must be honest, trustworthy and organized and be passionate about working with animals.
  8. Must have valid driver’s license and social security card or Work Visa.
  9. One [1] letter of reference/recommendation.
  10. Up to date vaccinations including for Tetanus and be TB Negative.


Pay & Benefits:
Salary is dependent upon education and experience. Vacation/Sick Time earned at 1 day per month of employment. Health Care Stipend available of $100 per month. On-site living opportunity is available for the right person.


How to Apply:
Please send your Resumé and Cover Letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. along with your letter of recommendation. We also enjoy pictures of your past experiences, please include them with your application. We carefully evaluate all applicants and will call for interviews over the phone. Good Luck!

Posted June 9, 2014

Director - Virginia Safari Park

Director

Virginia Safari Park, Natural Bridge, Virginia

 

Description:

This ZAA Accredited Institution is seeking a new Director. Virginia Safari Park is a 180-acre drive-through zoo that offers a wide variety of animals, with the main focus on the Safari and hoofed stock collection, but also features a walk-through section with large cats, primates, birds and reptiles. We are also a breeding facility, and take pride and care in producing only the highest quality of specimens.

The position entails overseeing all departments and managers: Operations, Animal Care, Guest Services and accompanying staff. Total staff averages 12-30 depending upon the season. Must also be able to assist in the planning for overall progress and growth, and be able to effectively communicate such plans with both corporate management and facility staff. The Director must be aggressive in attention to detail and notice changes as they are needed. As per company policy, all directors will be required to learn, and be able to capably operate, any section of the zoo. This position reports directly to the CEO/Corporate Director.

We are a non-smoking facility.

 

Requirements:

  • Experience in a similar type facility will get preference.
  • Show a consistent history of professional growth, along with upper management experience in a zoological setting, whether public or private facility.
  • A minimum of 10 years total experience preferred.
  • A BS or higher degree in one of the animal sciences preferred, although extensive experience in zoos and a business background may be acceptable.  
  • The ability to routinely work long hours as required to effectively delegate and lead the zoo team.
  • Be fit enough to be an effective and active member of the facility.
  • No visible tattoos.
  • Understand, assist with preparations, and follow annual budgets
  • Some experience with ZIMS or record-keeping helpful.
  • Uphold and enhance all standards of animal care.

 

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

 

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

 

Posted May 18, 2014

Assistant Curator - Safari Park, China (managed by International Animal Exchange)

Assistant Curator

Safari Park, China (managed by IAE)

 

Effective Date:  18 month position at Safari Park in China, managed by International Animal Exchange

Job Summary: To oversee the entire animal collection

Major Job Responsibilities (including but not limited to):

  • Set up quarantine  and Facilitate the arrival of the new animals
  • Reports directly to Director.
  • Responsible for maintaining high standards of care and husbandry related to the animal collection.
  • Responsible for husbandry, maintenance and oversight of the entire animal collection.
  • Works with Head Keeper to ensure optimum husbandry of the animal collection.
  • Works with the Veterinarian to ensure optimum medical care of the animal collection.  Assists the Veterinarian in medical procedures when necessary.
  • In consultation with the Veterinarian, will be responsible for all animal diets and evaluation of nutritional needs of the animal collection.
  • Works with the Director in exhibit design and alteration.
  • Will assist the Director in oversight of the daily operations of facility

 

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

For more information- contact Holly Hunt 248 398 6533

 

Posted May 14, 2014

Trainer, Bird Theater -Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

Trainer - Bird  Theater

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Vallejo, California

 

Reports To:  Supervisor - Bird

Status:  Full-Time - Hourly

Job Summary: Responsible for the feeding, cleaning and maintenance of animal collection and for intermediate level training techniques.

Essential Job Duties:

  • Feed, clean and daily husbandry of animals in Bird Theater.
  • Give medication to animals as directed by Supervisor.
  • Record daily entries into logbook concerning animal care and behaviors.
  • Perform in shows and act as backup during shows.
  • Set up show equipment and props as dictated by script.
  • Under supervision of senior staff begin intermediate level training techniques.
  • 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 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 Birds of Prey, Parrots, Penguins.
  • Able to assist other departments in Animal Care as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.

 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Applicants must be comfortable in a team environment
  • Must possess the physical and mental abilities to work with a variety of species
  • Ability to memorize scripts and speak with a microphone.
  • Must have the ability to move heavy objects and work in all outdoor weather conditions.
  • Must have the ability to bend, squat, kneel and stoop frequently
  • Must be able to lift 75+ pounds, and ability to work in all weather conditions
  • 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 75 lbs. Must possess the physical dexterity to hold and maneuver equipment. Must be able to walk and move quickly between different areas. Must not be afraid of heights.
  • Good public speaking ability.
  • Must be comfortable speaking on a microphone in front of a crowd.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license.

Safety Sensitive Position

Application Deadline: Until Filled               Date Posted: May 8, 2014

How to Apply: Qualified candidates should submit a resume to the Human Resources Office. Applicants not meeting minimum requirements will not be considered

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
1001 Fairgrounds Drive
Vallejo, CA 94589
Attn: Jen Ijames - 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 May 8, 2014

Zoo Keeper including Carnivores - Cougar Mountain Zoo

Zoo Keeper including Carnivores

Cougar Mountain Zoo, Issaquah, WA

 

Description

The Cougar Mountain Zoo is seeking a full-time zoo keeper for the bird and mammal department, including carnivores. This position requires a self-motivated, energetic and flexible individual with a professional attitude and appearance. All candidates must be willing to work outside and have knowledge of the habits and hazards of working with zoo animals.

Candidate will be responsible for but not limited to routine animal husbandry, habitat maintenance, behavioral enrichment/training, capture/restraint, veterinary procedures and interact with the public through tours, mini lectures and outreaches.

 
Education and Pre-requisites

Minimum requirements include a degree in Biology (or related field) and a minimum of 2 years paid zoo experience. Must work well with staff/volunteers and be willing to work outside normal hours including weekends/holidays and ability to lift 50#.

 
Compensation and Benefits
Salary to commensurate with experience
 
Application Instructions

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


www.cougarmountainzoo.org

Posted April 22, 2014

Poikilothermic Department Supervisor - Catcotin Wildlife Preserve

Poikilothermic Department Supervisor

Catoctin Wildlife Preserve, Thurmont, MD

 

Requires a minimum of 5 years experience in a public medium to large reptile collection or 3 years of similar experience and a four year or more college degree with a major in a closely related biological field.

Responsibilities include the oversight of the health and well being of a large collection (750 plus) of fishes, amphibians (few) and reptiles including crocodilians and one of the top ten venomous snake collections in North America,

Includes the oversight, training and development of up to six full and part time employees plus several volunteers. Must have a drivers license.

Salary commensurate with experience. This is a full time position open immediately.

Applicants may email a resume to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Position open until filled. An equal opportunity employer.

Posted March 29, 2014

Great Apes Zookeeper - LEO Zoological Conservation Center

Great  Apes Zookeeper

LEO Zoological Conservation Center, Greenwich, CT

 

LEO Zoological Conservation Center, is a nonprofit, off-site breeding facility. We are located in Greenwich, CT, just an hour outside of New York City. The facility offers our animals a low impact, stress-free environment and we prorogate for accredited zoological institutions.  We are closed to the public but allow a limited number of visits seasonally, split between Special Cause Groups and donors.  www.LEOzoo.org

Essential job functions for this position include the day-to-day management of animals, feeding and providing for the general care and welfare. This position will be assigned to primarily work with our great ape collection. The ideal candidate will have at least 3 years of experience working with great apes.

We are seeking a keeper that has experience and working knowledge of great ape ecology and behavior. The selected candidate will be expected to adhere to primate safety policies at all times. Frequent requirements to move moderate to heavy objects and work on uneven terrain with exposure to varying weather conditions, dust and allergens are components of the position. Selected candidate will also be required to move about on slippery surfaces, handle toxic and/or hazardous materials and possible exposure to zoonotic diseases. May work from elevated positions and/or in confined or cramped spaces. The qualified candidate is expected to be a team player and requires excellent interpersonal skills, professional demeanor and professional appearance.

Working with Orangutans requires a special skill set that includes, but is not limited to:

·         Willingness to develop relationships with Great Apes

·         Demonstrates patience, gentleness, respect, and consistency with animals in their care.

·         Must be able to create or implement behavioral enrichment techniques.

*Experience or interest in training animals is necessary as this person will be integrated into the training team which is involved with primates.

A Bachelor degree from an accredited college or university in life sciences, zoo keeping, animal psychology or similar, related field is preferred. High School/GED may be accepted provided the candidate has multiple years of directly related work experience with great apes.

Interested candidates must send cover letter, resume and salary requirements to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Faxed, mailed, and delivered resumes will not be considered. PLEASE, NO PHONE CALLS. Interested applicants must be available any of the seven days of the week.

LEOZCC is an EOE/ Drug Free/Smoke Free Work Environment.

Posted March 26, 2014

Keeper positions - Gulf Breeze Zoo

Keeper positions

Gulf Breeze Zoo, Gulf Breeze, FL

 

Gulf Breeze Zoo is a 50-acre facility located in the beautiful Florida panhandle that houses a wide variety of species, ranging from a petting area and budgie feeding to large carnivores and gorillas.

The zoo has openings in various departments, including seasonal and full-time positions. Positions include the bird/reptile, primate/carnivore, and hoofed stock shifts. Prior experience in these areas is preferred.

Many of these positions are entry-level, although applicants with more extensive experience will be considered as advanced positions become available. All applicants must be physically fit and active, able to lift 50 pounds comfortably, and be able to work in all types of weather. Weekends and holidays are mandatory work days for new hires, as are long days when needed. Emphasis is placed on guest interactions, so applicants must be very comfortable with the public. Must be able to complete daily tasks in a timely fashion with minimal supervision once trained, keep good daily records, and be proficient at observing animals. An Associates or BS in an animal science is preferred, although experience may be given preference. All applicants must have some prior experience working with animals, either at a private/public zoo, wildlife breeding facility, or farm.

GBZoo maintains a smoke-free environment and does not hire individuals with visible tattoos. 

Competitive salary, insurance, paid sick/vacation time and 401k options available. Please send resumes to Tenielle Welch, General Curator: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .   

 

Posted March 4, 2014

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 be able to read, write and speak in English.
  • Must possess a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Must be available to work weekends, holidays and evenings as assigned
  • Must be able to work indoors and outdoors in all weather conditions.
  • 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 work with chemicals and follow SDS and have knowledge of basic chemistry.
  • 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 a valid driver license and be able to operate vehicles (including but not limited to forklifts, golf carts, cars, trucks).
  • 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

Safety Sensitive Position

Application Deadline: Until Filled               Date Posted: February 19, 2014

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

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
1001 Fairgrounds Drive
Vallejo, CA 94589
Attn: Jen Ijames - 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 February 20, 2014

Full-time Apprentice Trainer, Elephant Encounter - Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

Full-time Apprentice Trainer - Elephant Encounter

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Vallejo, California

 

REPORTS TO: Elephant Supervisor

POSITION TYPE: Full-time hourly & Safety Sensitive

Job Summary:
Responsible for helping to train elephants in a free contact program. Have involvement in training programs; care of elephants, presentations in elephant show, and other various duties as assigned.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Daily care and cleaning of elephants in a free contact system
  • Assist with elephant training programs and public presentations such as shows and elephant rides
  • Behavioral observations, record keeping, and enrichment training
  • Maintenance of elephant exhibit and night house
  • Operations of tools and farm equipment
  • Follow all department and park policies
  • Other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications:

  • One year of elephant experience, free or protected, is preferred
  • Must be able to lift 75+ pounds
  • Must be able to work in all weather conditions, as well as in locations with hay and dust
  • Must have the ability to run, climb stairs, bend, squat, kneel and stoop frequently
  • Must be comfortable performing in shows for a live audience
  • Applicants must be able to read, write and clearly speak English
  • Must be willing to work evening, weekends, and Holidays
  • Must be comfortable working in a Team Environment
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license

Safety Sensitive Position

Application Deadline: Until Filled            Date Posted: December 9, 2013

How to Apply: Qualified candidates should submit their cover letter and resume to the information below. Those who are qualified will be contacted to complete further steps.

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
1001 Fairgrounds Drive
Vallejo, CA 94589
Attn: Jen Ijames - 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 February 20, 2014

Aquatics Sciences Technician I - Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

Aquatic Sciences Technician I

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Vallejo, California

 

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

Job Duties:

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

Minimum Qualifications:

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

Full-time - Safety Sensitive Position

Application Deadline: Until Filled Date Posted: April 15, 2013

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

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
1001 Fairgrounds Drive
Vallejo, CA 94589
Attn: Jen Ijames - 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 February 20, 2014

Keeper Supervisor - African Safari Wildlife Park

Keeper Supervisor

African Safari Wildlife Park, Port Clinton, Ohio

 

Reports to:  Director of Wildlife

Position Summary:
To assist the Director of Wildlife (DOW) in the management of the animal collection at African Safari Wildlife Park.  To provide keeper supervision in the absence of the DOW.
 

Major Job Responsibilities:

  • Reports directly to the DOW
  • Will gain knowledge of all AZA and USDA standards of care and husbandry related to the animal collection
  • Will assist DOW in oversight of the Capture Team including training, qualification, drill practice and feedback, maintenance of equipment, and record keeping
  • Responsible for maintenance of the MSDS books for the Veterinary Clinic and Keeper areas
  • Responsible for compiling and keeping current the Animal Diet Book.  Will participate in animal diet and nutrition determination
  • Will work with the DOW and keeper staff to create/ document enrichment, and participate in additions or changes in enrichment practice
  • Will assist the Veterinarian in medical procedures.  Responsible for cleaning and maintenance of the Veterinary Clinic
  • Responsible for supervision of the keeper staff in the absence of the DOW including scheduling changes and job performance
  • Will assist the keeper staff in the performance of their duties
  • As needed with the assistance of the keeper staff will determine the need for veterinary intervention and make the necessary contacts
  • Will ensure optimum husbandry of the animal collection in the absence of the DOW
  • Responsible for park shutdown including gates and Walk-Thru
  • Will report all concerns as necessary to the DOW
  • Works with the DOW in exhibit design and alternation
  • Together with the DOW responsible to assist in maintaining appropriate USFWS permits, USDA records and reports and compliance with all state and federal regulations related to the animal collection

Necessary Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field preferred
  • Knowledge of animal husbandry in a wide variety of species
  • Five years’ experience working with exotic animals
  • Excellent people and team building skills
  • Knowledge of animal needs in exhibit design
  • Veterinary technician skills helpful
  • Strong computer skills
  • Excellent public speaking and communication skills
  • Capable of problem solving and crisis management
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Experience in management preferred
  • Will present a friendly, courteous and helpful demeanor to all guests at all times

Essential Functions:

  • Walk, stand, sit, kneel, stoop, crawl, twist, reach above head, pull, bend, climb stairs and ladders, and carry up to 70lbs.
  • Be able to stand for long periods of time up to 8 hours
  • Be able to work in adverse weather conditions

How to Apply:

  1. Visit http://www.africansafariwildlifepark.com/_upload/documents/jobs.pdf African Safari Wildlife Park to complete the application.
  2. Email completed application, cover letter and resume to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  3. If you have questions please call 800-521-2660

Posted February 11, 2014

 

To list a position opening on the Job Board, please contact the ZAA office at (941) 621-2021 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Listings are $125/6 months: unlimited listings; each good for 60 days.

ZAA facility members - free unlimited listings; each good for 60 days.