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Keeper - Virginia Safari Park

Keeper

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 openings available in the safari section. 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:

  • Hoof stock experience domestic or exotic.
  • 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

For information, please contact:

Sarah Friedel- Safari Curator
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Posted December 12, 2014

Land Animals Intern, Seasonal - Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

Land Animals Intern - Seasonal

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Vallejo, CA

 

Job Summary:
This is a paid internship. Interns are responsible for the general care and maintenance of all land animals in assigned areas. Assigned areas include working with small land mammals and birds; assignments are not guaranteed.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Maintain cleanliness of all assigned areas.
  • Diet preparation and record keeping.
  • Retrieve food and supplies from Land Animal Kitchen.
  • Maintain cleanliness of offices and locker rooms.
  • Learn and perform show parts as assigned.
  • Assist with educational programs and guest relations.
  • Assist with animal care, feeding, and training sessions as assigned.
  • Other duties as requested.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Must have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Must have 3 months previous experience in animal care and training and/or completed collegiate level courses in related science.
  • Must be comfortable speaking in front on large crowds.
  • Must be articulate and able to clearly speak, read, and write in English.
  • Must have good vision and hearing.
  • Must be willing to listen and follow both written and verbal instructions.
  • Must be willing and able to work 40 hours a week, both indoors and outdoors, in all weather conditions.
  • Must be available to work weekends, evenings, and holidays.
  • Must possess the mental and physical capacities necessary to perform primary responsibilities.
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs.

Application Deadline: Until Filled  Date Posted: December 11, 2014

How to Apply:
Please submit resumes to the information below and fill in the online application for Animal Care/Training at sixflagsjobs.com:

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
Jen Ijames - Human Resources Supervisor
1001 Fairgrounds Drive
Vallejo, CA 94589
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Six Flags is an equal opportunity employer.
SIX FLAGS SUPPORTS A DRUG FREE WORKPLACE

Posted December 11, 2014

Large Feline - Apprentice Trainer - Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

Large Feline - Apprentice Trainer

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Vallejo, CA

 

Job Summary:
Responsible for the husbandry of all large feline areas. Entry level training of tigers, lions and cougars. Tigers are managed in a free contact situation.

Job Duties:

  • Assist in checking the appearance and health of the animals on a daily basis.
  • Act as a back-up to Senior Trainers in all weather conditions to ensure the safety of animals, guests and trainers.
  • Speak to the guests to educate the guests about the animals and to answer guest questions as needed during park hours.
  • Assist in the rotation of animals onto and off of each cat area as directed by the Supervisor.
  • Perform entry level training techniques with the animals; i.e. no biting, no claws, walk on a leash, milk behaviors, husbandry behaviors etc. 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 log 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 good 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 75 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 articulate and be able to speak and understand English. Must have good corrected/uncorrected vision and good hearing.

Application Deadline: Until Filled  Date Posted: November 10, 2014

How to Apply:

All interested applicants may complete an application online at www.sixflagsjobs.com or submit a resume to the Human Resources Office.

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
1001 Fairgrounds Drive
Vallejo, CA 94589
Attn: HR Office – Jen Ijames
Phone: 707-556-5408
Fax: 707-556-5593
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Six Flags is an equal opportunity employer.
SIX FLAGS SUPPORTS A DRUG FREE WORKPLACE

Posted December 8, 2014

Elephant Keeper - Fort Worth Zoo

Elephant Keeper

Fort Worth Zoo, Fort Worth, Texas

 

The Fort Worth Zoo has an open keeper position working with Asian elephants, Asian rhino, and Nile hippopotamus.

Responsibilities include:

  • Provide animal care
  • Monitor animal health
  • Maintain cleanliness of animal areas
  • Provide enrichment and training
  • Occasional keeper presentations and demonstrations for zoo guests
  • Make minor exhibit modifications


Qualifications include:

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • One-year experience working with elephants preferably in a zoo setting
  • Good communication/organizational skills
  • Ability to work well with others in a team environment
  • Valid driver’s license with acceptable motor vehicle record to maintain Zoo standards of insurability
  • Ability to weld and operate a Bobcat is a plus


The Fort Worth Zoo is an elephant breeding facility with 3.4 Asian elephants in a free-contact and protected-contact system. This provides an excellent opportunity for keeper learning and growth.

This full-time, benefited position is open until filled. Starting salary is $12.50/hour. Final candidate must successfully pass a background check and drug screen.

Interested applicants may submit résumé /application to:
 
Human Resources Department
Fort Worth Zoo
1989 Colonial Parkway
Fort Worth, TX  76110
Fax: 817-759-7251

Apply online at fortworthzoo.org

Posted October 16, 2014

Marine Mammal Seasonal Intern (Paid) - Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

Marine Mammals Seasonal Intern (Paid)

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Vallejo, California

 

Job Summary:

This is a paid summer internship which normally runs from Memorial Day through Labor Day. In some cases interns are requested to start early or stay late depending on the needs of the department. Interns are responsible for the general care and support of all marine mammals in assigned areas. Areas may include Walrus Exhibit, Dolphin Harbor, Dolphin Stadium, Sea Lion Stadium, or Dolphin Discovery.

Key Duties and Primary Responsibilities

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

Skills and Qualifications

  • Must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Must have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Must have 3 months previous experience in animal care and training and/or completed collegiate level courses in related science.
  • Must be comfortable speaking in front of large crowds.
  • Must be articulate and able to clearly speak, read, and write in English.
  • Must have good vision and hearing.
  • Must be willing to listen and follow both written and verbal instructions.
  • Must be SCUBA certified.
  • Must be a strong swimmer and able to pass swim test.
  • Must be willing and able to work 40 hours a week.
  • Must be willing and able to work in and around cold saltwater.
  • Must be available to work weekends, evenings, and holidays.
  • Work is both indoors and outdoors in all weather conditions. Lighting is both natural and artificial. Must possess the mental and physical capacities necessary to perform primary responsibilities. Physical demands include standing, stooping, bending, walking, reaching, twisting, sitting, driving, and lifting of up to 50 lbs. Hours and days could be any within a seven (7) day period. Required contacts would be with guests and co-workers.

Safety Sensitive Position

Application Deadline: December 15, 2014    Date Posted: October 14, 2014

How to Apply:

Qualified candidates should submit a resume to the Human Resources Office. Those who are qualified will be contacted with further instruction. Late applications will not be accepted for review.

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
1001 Fairgrounds Drive
Vallejo, CA 94589
Attn: Jen Ijames – Human Resources Supervisor
Fax: 707-556-5593
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Six Flags is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

SIX FLAGS SUPPORTS A DRUG FREE WORKPLACE

Posted October 14, 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 September 4, 2014

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

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:
 
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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

 

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