Available Positions

Hoofstock Keeper, full time
Roer's Zoofari Park, Vienna, Virginia

Roer's Zoofari Park is located on 30 acres in beautiful northern Virginia, housing over 60 species. We are looking for an enthusiastic animal keeper as an addition to our team! This position will include working mainly with our hoofstock and other species as needed. Duties include but are not limited to feeding, cleaning, diet preparation, habitat inspection and modification, enrichment, behavior observations, public interactions, and maintaining daily records. Applicants must be able to work independently as well as with a team when necessary and be prepared to interact with the public during guided tours and keeper talks. Applicants also must be willing to work outside in all weather conditions and work weekends/ holidays as assigned.

ABOUT ROER’S ZOOFARI
Roer’s Zoofari is a mission-based, wildlife conservation organization based in Vienna, VA. Our facility consists of a drive through safari as well as a walk-through tour where guests engage in various interactive experiences. Our organization is currently in an exciting phase of development. We will soon begin construction on a new butterfly exhibit as well as several new exhibits featuring species from Africa.

Roer's Zoofari operates on the grounds of the oldest private zoo of Northern Virginia. Generations of locals have grown up at our quaint, little, suburban zoo located just outside the DC Beltway. We play an active role in the community by supporting charities that positively impact children and families. We also financially support conservation groups such as Cheetah Conservation Fund, International Giraffe Foundation, and the Peregrine Fund. Our culture is one that is family oriented and supportive. We offer professional development opportunities and are quick to reward exceptional work through pay and advancement. We welcome individuals that wish to work in a team environment, enjoy sharing their passion for exceptional animal care with the public, and are looking to grow their skills and abilities within the zoological field.

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)
  • 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
Pay based on experience, PTO, medical benefits and bonus pay opportunities.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS
Please email cover letter, resume, and references to animalcare@roerszoofari.com

Veterinary Technician/Zookeeper
Austin Zoo, Austin, Texas

POSITION SUMMARY
The Austin Zoo in Austin, Texas is a non-profit organization whose mission is to assist animals in need through rescue, conservation, and education. This, small, hill-country zoo is home to nearly 300 animals representing over 100 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians, and is fully accredited by the Zoological Association of America. The zoo has a small on-site veterinary clinic with a pharmacy and surgical suite. The clinic is equipped with a digital radiography system.

This position will have dual roles as a veterinary technician and zookeeper. Under the general supervision of the Zoo Veterinarian/Curator, the Veterinary Technician assists in the care of all zoological specimens in the collection. The Veterinary Technician has a key role in the implementation of preventative medicine programs as well as high quality patient care and welfare. The ideal candidate should emphasize collaborative and teamwork behaviors and have the ability to take initiative and work independently. This person must have good organizational skills and be able to handle multiple responsibilities during routine and/or emergency conditions. In general, this position will spend 2 days a week in the sole role of veterinary technician and 3 days a week in keeper routines.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Prepare for and perform technical duties during medical and surgical procedures.
  • Perform sample collection and evaluation, including fecal parasite examinations, urinalysis, and other laboratory tests including preparing samples for shipment.
  • Assist in administration of medications and treatments for animals.
  • Maintain complete and current computerized medical records as well as performing data entry into ZIMS medical system.
  • Maintain hospital standards of cleanliness including but not limited to instrument sterilization and preparation, sweeping, mopping, removing trash, disinfecting, and when necessary, performing animal husbandry duties.
  • Maintain hospital inventory, pharmacy, medical and surgical supplies.
  • Maintain a controlled substance log and ensure adherence to local state and DEA requirements.
  • Regular/Responsive/Collaborative communication with the Veterinarian/Curator regarding new and ongoing medical, behavioral and nutritional concerns
  • Participate in regular staff meetings.
  • Visually check any animals of concern and report back to the veterinarian daily.
  • All aspects of Animal Husbandry including but not limited to cleaning, feeding, medicating, enrichment, training, handling/restraint, etc.
  • Keeper chats/encounters as scheduled. Public media as requested by Curator/Director.
  • Maintains records pertaining to feeding, water quality analysis, behavioral observations, training activities, medical procedures, etc.
  • Reports facility needs to Veterinarian/Curator/Director in a timely way.
  • Adherence to area specific standard operating procedures (SOP’s) including safety.
  • Must be able to maintain discretion with confidential information.
  • Other duties as assigned.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • In good health and capable of performing strenuous and/or heavy physical labor.
  • No history of allergy related to animals or plants, which might interfere with ability to work.
  • Ability to remain on feet for long periods of time, climb stairs, bend and stoop.
  • Ability to work in all weather conditions.
  • No impairment of sight, smell, hearing, touch, balance and agility of movement which might interfere with ability to work.
  • Physical strength, including the ability to lift up to 50 pounds and be able to move up to 100lbs.
  • Immuno-competence (possible exposure to zoonotic infections/disease).
  • Proof of negative TB screening prior to placement and annually thereafter required.
  • Proof of rabies vaccination preferred.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

  • RVT certification required.
  • Recent experience working in a veterinary clinic or hospital.
  • Clinical experience at a zoological facility preferred.
  • Zookeeping experience preferred.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both verbally and in writing
  • Valid Texas driver’s license or ability to obtain one within the first 60 days of employment
  • Negative TB test required.
  • Ability to react calmly and objectively in emergency situation and under adverse conditions.

How to Apply:
To apply, please send a cover letter and resume via email to email Info@austinZoo.org and include references. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Keeper II/Keeper III (Full time Non-Exempt)
Austin Zoo, Austin, Texas

SUMMARY:
The position requires a dedicated individual who will take direction from the Curator and/or Director in carrying out daily animal husbandry, exhibit and holding area management and keeper chats/encounters as scheduled. Keeper II/Keeper III will be trained through all areas of the zoo. Starting level/pay will be based on years of experience.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • All aspects of Animal Husbandry including but not limited to cleaning, feeding, medicating, enrichment, training, handling/restraint, etc.
  • Keeper chats/encounters as scheduled. Public media as requested by Curator/Director.
  • Maintains records pertaining to feeding, water quality analysis, behavioral observations, training activities, medical procedures, etc.
  • Cooperates with Animal Health staff for animal health issues, treatments, veterinary procedures, transfers and crating.
  • Reports facility needs to Curator/Director in a timely way.
  • Adherence to area specific standard operating procedures (SOP’s) including safety.
  • Must be able to maintain discretion with confidential information.
  • Good knowledge of species-specific enrichment and training protocols.
  • Other duties as assigned.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in biology or a related field is required with specific knowledge of animal husbandry and behavioral conditioning.
  • Keeper II: 3-5 years of experience working with animals in a zoo or aquarium setting.
  • Keeper III: 5+ years of experience working with animals in a zoo or aquarium setting.
  • A valid driver's license with a good driving record.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule which will include weekends and/or evenings and holidays.
  • Ability to respond to emergencies on an on-call basis.
  • Knowledge of Word Processing and Spreadsheet software.
  • Must have good written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to perform all husbandry tasks for all species within the facility.

PHYSICAL AND MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • In good health and capable of performing strenuous and/or heavy physical labor.
  • No history of allergy related to animals or plants, which might interfere with ability to work.
  • Ability to remain on feet for long periods of time, climb stairs, bend and stoop.
  • Ability to work in all weather conditions.
  • No impairment of sight, smell, hearing, touch, balance and agility of movement which might interfere with ability to work.
  • Physical strength, including the ability to lift up to 50 pounds and be able to move up to 100lbs.
  • Immuno-competence (possible exposure to zoonotic infections/disease).
  • Proof of negative TB screening prior to placement and annually thereafter required.
  • Proof of rabies vaccination preferred.

How to Apply:
Please submit cover letter and resume to info@austinzoo.org

Elephant Keeper
Fort Worth Zoo, Fort Worth, Texas

Summary:
The responsibility of this position is to maintain and care for elephants and other assigned species; to assist veterinary staff as needed; and to perform a variety of activities relative to the assigned area of responsibility.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Feed and water animals in and around existing quarters; clean, sanitize, maintain and repair animal quarters as required; shovel, rake, hose, sweep, dust and mop floors
  • Prepare diets for animals; clean and maintain work area and food storage containers
  • Maintain adequate records on daily activities; observe animal behavior for signs of illness, weight loss/gain or injury; report any signs of illness or injury
  • Assist veterinarians in minor operations or related activity, administer prescribed medications, submit fecal samples and other duties as needed
  • Assist in the training of assigned animals; guide animals through daily routines according to established training schedules and guidelines
  • Carry out animal diet directives from Nutritional Services Dept; clean and maintain food storage containers
  • Participate in the zoo-wide behavioral management program by implementing approved animal training and enrichment projects
  • Participate in and implement approved research projects
  • Respond to public inquiries in a courteous manner; resolve complaints in an efficient and timely manner; Present keeper talks to park visitors and media as required
  • Assist in directing the proper restraint, crating, moving and uncrating of animals
  • Properly maintain exhibits, animal facilities, equipment and life support systems (as apply) as trained for specific positions
  • Understand and implement operant conditioning as it relates to the daily management of species under his/her care.

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

  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Must have one year of zoo keeping experience, elephant zoo keeping experience preferred
  • Valid driver license with acceptable motor vehicle record to maintain zoo standards of insurability
  • Proof of negative tuberculosis (TB) screening within previous six months prior to placement and annually thereafter

Must possess ability to:

  • Work independently in the absence of immediate supervision
  • Understand and follow oral and written instructions
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships
  • Maintain physical condition appropriate to the performance of assigned duties and responsibilities

Education and/or Experience:

  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • Bachelors degree in wildlife management, zoology, animal behavior, biology, ecology, psychology or related field preferred
  • Specialized training in zoology or a related field desirable but not required

Physical Demands:
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and talk or hear. The employee must regularly lift and/or or move up to 75 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 environment
  • Ability to work irregular hours (holidays and weekends)
  • Exposure to a variety of domestic and wild or potentially dangerous animals; animal odors and animal body fluids
  • Exposure to all types of inclement weather conditions
  • Exposure to chemicals (cleaning, water chemicals, additives, etc.)
  • Ability to work special events and functions as required

Disclaimer
The above job description is meant to describe the general nature and level of work being performed; it is not intended to be construed as a complete inventory of all responsibilities, duties and skills required for the position.

This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform other job-related duties requested by their supervisor.

Requirements are representative of minimum levels of knowledge, skills and/or abilities. To perform this job successfully, the employee must possess the abilities or aptitudes to perform each duty proficiently. Continued employment remains on an at-will basis.

Benefits
This is a full-time position and offers the following benefits:

  • Medical and Prescription Drug (Employee Coverage 90% Employer Paid, Dependent Coverage 55% Employer Paid)
  • Vision
  • Dental
  • Basic Life AD&D (1 x Annual Salary up to $150,000 – 100% Employer Paid)
  • Short Term Disability (100% Employer Paid)
  • Long Term Disability (100% Employer Paid)
  • Supplemental Life
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • 401k
  • Paid Time Off (Accrual Equivalent to 5 Weeks Per Year)
  • PTO Rollover
  • PTO Sell Back
  • Free Zoo Membership
  • Free Guest Passes
  • Discounts on Food, Merchandise, Attractions, Admission and Program

Apply online at fortworthzoo.org/careers

Animal Care- Venomous Animal Staff
Catoctin Wildlife Preserve, Thurmont, Maryland

Pay: Commensurate with experience and competitive
Moving cost not covered

Primary Responsibilities

  • Venomous Animal Handling, shifting and feeding
  • Animal observations-appetite, habits, disposition and physical appearance
  • Inspect enclosures, fencing, exhibit furniture for cleanliness and upkeep, preform minor repairs as needed.
  • Diet preparation and distribution
  • Sanitation including pressure washing
  • Provide species appropriate and approved enrichment
  • Record keeping
  • Assist with medical procedures and administer medication as directed
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Communication

  • POC for venomous incident SOP’s and healthcare support.
  • Provide regular updates to the Curator on the condition and status of the animals in your area
  • Attend general staff meetings
  • Promote the Preserves Mission
  • Attend all staff training sessions as directed
  • Communicate with Curator and team members
  • Give Keeper Chats as directed
  • Share approved information and activities with our visiting public

Minimum Qualifications

  • Three letters of recommendation including a veterinarian and license venomous propagator.
  • Must be able to carry up to 50 pounds. Physical demands are in excess of those for sedentary work; must be able to remain on feet for periods of time, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, push, pull, climb, balance;
  • Must be able to travel large areas on foot (1 mile at a time)
  • Weekends and Holidays are a must
  • 40 +/- weeks
  • Must be able to work in all weather conditions, including heat/humidity, cold temperatures and wet or muddy conditions
  • Must be able to stand and remain active for an eight-ten hour shift
  • Able to be exposed to bleach and detergents

Contact: Laurie Hahn, General Curator
Email: Lhahn@cwpzoo.com

Multiple positions-Animal Care/Education Crew
Barn Hill Preserve, Ethel, Louisiana

Barn Hill Preserve is an 18-acre facility in Ethel, LA. We are home to over 150 animals consisting of 35+ species. Barn Hill is 8 years old and constantly evolving and growing. Our sister non-profit organization recently spent 2 months in Australia helping with bushfire rescue. We travel to Costa Rica yearly to work with in situ conservation initiatives, while also fundraising through special events in the US. We are seeking dynamic, versatile, adaptable, and experienced people to join our close knit team.

On animal care, staff will be responsible for providing daily enrichment, cleaning, and feeding of our animal population. The population includes a variety of taxa from reptiles to birds to small carnivores. Requirements for the position include:

  • General knowledge of husbandry best practices
  • Animal training experience, shows experience a plus
  • Excellent observation skills
  • General managerial skills
  • Record keeping skills
  • Ability to work efficiently both independently and as a team member

In addition to animal care, the ideal candidate will be comfortable facilitating encounter tours to groups of 20+ guests as needed. Public speaking experience is a must.

Tour guide duties include:

  • Public speaking
  • Ensuring guest and animal safety during encounter tours
  • Working special events after hours

The ideal candidate will also be willing to travel with our mobile education department. We travel to schools throughout the southeastern United States to educate young students about animals and the environment. This includes being out-of-state for a week at a time. Mobile crew includes:

  • Use of company vehicle for travel
  • Paid accommodations and gas
  • Per diem

REQUIREMENTS:

  • 1 year experience preferred or comparable college degree in zoology or related field
  • Significant public speaking experience

Pay: starting at $13/hour but negotiable based on experience

Temporary Housing can be provided o

If interested please send a resume, cover letter, and 3 professional references to h.osborn@barnhillpreserve.coms

Animal Care Attendant
The Preserve, Fredericksburg, Texas

Join our team!

The Preserve is offering an exciting opportunity to join our growing team! Our mission is to preserve all animals by building awareness through contact and education in partnership with our animal ambassadors. We currently offer Elephant Experiences where our guests have the opportunity to come learn about and interact with Asian elephants. Our experience is very hands-on and unique.

As we grow we plan to offer experiences with other species including giraffes, kangaroos, wallabies, cockatoos and kookaburras. This position will require all aspects of animal care. In addition to animal care, you will be responsible for maintaining facility tools and equipment, interacting with guests during experiences, and some groundskeeping. The most successful members of our team are outgoing, love sharing animals with people through close interaction, self-motivated to get the job done and can work independently as well as with a team. You will need to be comfortable working outside in all weather conditions and able to handle a very physically demanding workload. If you can show up on time, work hard, and are open to learning...this is the position for you!

Ideal qualifications:

  • Background working with animals such as livestock
  • Excellent customer relation skills
  • Ability to comfortably perform physical tasks outdoors in all weather conditions
  • Availability to work weekends and holidays
  • Dedicated and self-motivated
  • Ability to problem-solve and work independently

We offer:

  • Plenty of opportunity for personal and professional growth
  • Dedicated supervisors who care about your success
  • Competitive starting pay
  • Opportunity for increased compensation with growth

To apply, submit your resume and cover letter to info@visitthepreserve.com.

Zoo Keeper 2
ZooWorld Zoological Park, Panama City Beach, Florida

ZooWorld Zoological Park is a five-acre facility located just minutes from the beautiful white sandy beaches of Florida’s emerald coast. We are seeking a highly motivated and innovative individual to fill a full-time, permanent Zoo Keeper 2 position.

This position will care for a variety of exotic animals, to include large carnivores, small mammals, small primates and some bird species. This is a fast paced educationally focused environment! As part of the ZooWorld team, you will be on a rotating schedule that includes 3-day weekends every 5 weeks! Some holidays and some weekends should be expected and are certainly par for the course! As is typical with zookeeper, highly physical tasks will probably occur on a daily basis. We are looking for a team player who can communicate and work well with others while simultaneously completing tasks independently. To qualify for this position, you must possess good organizational skills, great time management skills, even better guest experience ability and be able to work in a dynamic, fast-paced environment.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher with at least 1 paid animal care position or
  • High school graduate with at least 2 years paid exotic experience
  • Experience working with large carnivores
  • Physically fit with the ability to crawl, run, climb and lift at least 60 lbs (ie a feed bag)
  • Must be able to interact with guests in a courteous and professional manner
  • Ability to work in Florida weather conditions for extended periods of time (hot and humid)
  • Ability to learn and integrate information, knowledge, and directions quickly
  • Must be reliable and show initiative (you will not have a job if you call in during the first 90 days you are employed)
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing

Preference will be given to candidates with:

  • 2 years or more at an animal care facility
  • Experience with public presentation
  • Demonstrated leadership skills

TYPICAL DUTIES:
This position will be responsible for the daily care of their assigned collection through feeding, watering, cleaning, and observing. Duties will include but are not limited to: daily observation of general animal health and behavior, completing daily records, diet preparation, interacting with guests through the use of ambassador animals, keeper talks, and up-close experiences, and daily animal husbandry

COMPENSATION:
Pay based on experience, PTO, 401K, Bonuses

APPLICTION INSTRUCTIONS:
Email a resume and cover letter to: Kayte@zooworldpcb.com subject line: Keeper 2 (this is a deal breaker)

Mammal Keeper
Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo, New Braunfels, Texas

DESCRIPTION
Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo is looking for a motivated person to work with a wide variety of mammalian and avian species. Types of animals under the care of this person include carnivores, primates, and hoofstock. Previous experience with primates or hoofstock is preferred.

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

  • Providing for the needs of a wide range of animals through cleaning, feeding, watering, observing, enclosure upkeep, propagation, monitoring health, and medicating under veterinary supervision
  • Supplying enrichment to assigned animals
  • Inputting data into the animal records databases; assuring that appropriate records are kept on all husbandry including daily care and animal health
  • Exceptional use of time management techniques
  • Keeping all on and off exhibit areas clean, neat and organized
  • Understanding the significance of their role and how they can positively impact visitors; proactive, friendly communication will be expected at all times, as well as anticipating visitors’ needs and desires
  • Performing other related duties as assigned

EDUCATION AND PRE-REQUISITES
The position requires knowledge of animal husbandry, including exhibitry techniques, nutritional requirements, behavior, common diseases, capture and restraint and propagation methods. The successful candidate will need to maintain and develop a broad knowledge base on the proper husbandry of all mammals and birds in the collection.

Candidates will need to have good communication skills, be able to follow specific instructions, and communicate activities and observations clearly in writing and verbally. Applicants must be able to present to small and large crowds and work well with large groups of children. Physical requirements include working outdoors in any weather, lifting 50 pounds, and repetitive work such as raking and shoveling.

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
This is a full time position that involves working on weekends and holidays. Compensation commensurate with experience.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS
To be considered, you must submit a resume and a cover letter via email to JarrodF@hczoo.com and CaseyM@hczoo.com. Candidates must be able to be present for on-site interviews.

Internships (Fall/Winter)
Wild Wonders, Bonsall, California

Wild Wonders is a ZAA accredited Wildlife Education Facility in North San Diego , CA.

We have available 3 Intern positions 3 days/week for 4 months. Depending on college or university, may count towards college units.

Interns will learn general husbandry(feeding cleaning) as well as diets, nutrition, safety, training and socialization, enclosure enhancement and maintenance, education curriculum and public speaking skills, and natural history/behavior of a diverse group of species.

  • Must be physically fit and able to lift 50 lbs.
  • Good communication skills
  • Currently enrolled or recently graduated form a zoology or similar program.

Please email resumes and 3 references to: wildwonders@att.net

Zookeeper
Plumpton Park Zoo, Rising Sun, Maryland

Zookeepers are responsible for supporting all the operations associated with the husbandry of the animals under the direction of the Animal Care Supervisor

KEY DUTIES INCLUDE:

  • Carrying out all aspects of the daily care of assigned animals, including but not limited to cleaning, feeding, exhibit maintenance, and general upkeep of support facilities.
  • Maintaining clean and organized exhibits, service areas, and equipment.
  • Preparing and feeding diets as per established feeding practices and diet sheets.
  • Administering prescribed medications, supplements, or treatments under the guidance of the Zoo Veterinarians and Zoo Director
  • Maintaining daily reports, logs, and records manual and on Animal Care Software as appropriate and according to documentation policy.
  • Understanding and applying a practical understanding of operant conditioning as it relates to the daily management of species on grounds according to training SOP.
  • Assist in a variety of pest and plant control throughout the park and enclosures.
  • Identifying potential maintenance or safety issues and reporting them appropriately.
  • Participating in keeper chats, tours, animal presentations or demonstrations, and/or other public interactions as requested by the Zoo Director
  • May oversee work activities and/or provide training for interns, seasonal workers, or volunteers.
  • Working weekends and/or holidays.

MINIMUM JOB QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelors or Associates degree in Animal Science, Zoology, Biology, or other related Science
  • Experience working with exotic animals.
  • Strong interpersonal, team-building, and communication skills.
  • Basic skills with Microsoft Office and Excel software applications.
  • Licensed to operate a motor vehicle in Maryland, or the ability to obtain a license.
  • Ability to lift at least 50lbs.

PREFERRED JOB QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 1-2 years of experience working with exotic animals; paid or internships
  • Experience with operant conditioning, developing and completion of an animal training project.
  • Public speaking and education skills developed.

COMPENSATION:
Entry level position. $12-$13/hour depending on experience, health care (50/50 premium and housing on site when available. Housing based on seniority.

HOW TO APPLY:
Send resume to Zoo Director at Cheryl.ppz@gmail.com. Please put “zookeeper application” in the subject line.

General Curator
Pueblo Zoo, Pueblo, Colorado

Pueblo Zoo Mission:
To empower people to engage in conservation of animals and their natural habitat.
Empower. Engage. Conserve.

Status: Full-time, Exempt, salaried

Reports to: Executive Director, Member of Senior Staff

Benefits: Competitive benefits package including HMO and HSA-qualified health plans, a 3% employer matched SIMPLE IRA, paid time off, sick time, eight holidays, and a commitment to flexible work schedules and professional development.

ORGANIZATION OVERVIEW
The Pueblo Zoo is a vibrant, collaborative, and flexible nonprofit workplace. Driven by our mission to empower people to engage in conservation of animals and their natural habitat, we serve 100,000 annual visitors, provide educational outreach to tens of thousands of students, and directly support global species conservation. The Pueblo Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and is home to 400 animals representing more than 100 species.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:
The General Curator is responsible for planning, supervising and directing the work required for the care, welfare, display, propagation and procurement of the Pueblo Zoo’s animal collection. Duties include, but are not limited to: supervision of animal care staff and volunteers, acquisition and disposition of animals, and renovation and development of new exhibits in cooperation with other Zoo staff.

The General Curator also oversees the conservation programs and initiatives at the Pueblo Zoo. This is an exciting growth area for our zoo and will require an enthusiastic and creative leader to outline a long term plan for the Pueblo Zoo to contribute to and participate in broader species conservation iniatitives.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILTIES:

  • Implements, evaluates and enforces husbandry policies and safety standards to ensure the well being of a diverse animal collection and provide a safe and enjoyable visitor experience.
  • Oversees the development and evaluation of enrichment and training programs.
  • Works collaboratively with veterinary staff on monitoring/evaluating diet and nutritional standards.
  • Oversees the hiring and supervision of staff, including training, scheduling and performance appraisals.
  • Plays a lead role in the planning and development of new animal exhibits, including concepts, designs and managing/planning for impacts to the animal care team.
  • Oversees institutional collection planning, coordinating with AZA, TAG and SSPs.
  • Continually seeks to improve animal care, zoo operations, and manages for the most effective use of financial and staff resources.
  • Understands broader AZA conservation initiatives and works across departments to set priorities and long-term plans for zoo (and visitor) engagement in species conservation.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
Considerable knowledge of:

  • all aspects of zoo animal care, including husbandry, operant conditioning and training, animal behavior, habitat enrichment, nutrition, animal healthcare, reproductive physiology, record keeping, discovery and treatment of animal diseases.
  • federal and state laws and regulations related to the care and exhibiting of endangered, threatened or otherwise regulated animals.
  • animal record keeping policies and procedures including use of Species360.
  • proper animal handling, feeding, cleaning and care methods.
  • animal exhibit and animal life support systems operation, development and maintenance of animal habitats.

Ability to work efficiently and cooperatively with others. Strong experience in staff development, mentoring and training. Ability to communicate effectively, in writing and orally, with other workers and the general public. Willingness to understand and respect diverse opinions concerning care and exhibition of a captive animal population. Ability and willingness to fill in with keeper duties when needed.

Environment and Physical Requirement:
Must possess physical strength and stamina, including lifting 50lbs, bend, climb, stoop, and reach. Curator works both indoors and outdoors, with several hours spent at a desk or in inclement weather. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with diverse abilities to perform the essential functions. This job description is intended as a guide to the general job responsibilities and is not inclusive of every duty the employee is expected to perform.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
Five (5) years of paid experience caring for and managing a diverse collection of zoo specimens, and a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in biological science, animal husbandry or related field. Plus, three years (3) of years of supervisory experience directly related to the operation of an AZA accredited zoo, including personnel management, training and supervision. Other combinations of education, training and/or experience that provide an equivalent background may also be considered. Possess valid Colorado driver's license within 30 days. Subject to 24-hour on-call availability for emergencies concerning the Zoo. Ability to work flexible schedule including evenings and weekends as needed.

How to apply: Send resume AND cover letter to jobs@pueblozoo.org

Care Team Lead Keeper
Tanganyika Wildlife Park, Goddard, Kansas

Tanganyika Wildlife Park in Goddard, KS is looking for hardworking, self-motivated, dedicated animal care staff. Currently the park is 25 acres and has another 40+ acres to expand and we plan on growing. A new children’s zoo and safari park are among the plans for expansion. Tanganyika prides itself in providing wildly different experiences for its guests and being stewards for the animals in our care. In the past year, we have developed a set of core values to guide leadership and our team to improve and continue to meet our goals of becoming a destination park for visitors and a great place to work. If you like a fast paced, growth mindset culture come join the change.

Due to the upcoming expansions and feedback from our keeper team we’re currently looking to grow our team by nearly 20%! The most successful keepers at Tanganyika enjoy sharing their love of animals with our guests, relish in the opportunity to be creative, are constantly looking for ways to make improvements within their circle of influence, enjoy working on a small team, and take pride in their work.

We’ve developed an objective level and pay system that puts growth (both financial and personal) directly in the hands of the keepers and provides a transparent pay system. We have a competitive benefit package that is growing and improving each year: offering a Simple IRA match, multiple health insurance options, dental, vision, paid time off, and accident insurance.

Care Team Lead Keepers are not only responsible for daily routine tasks (including husbandry, training sessions, and guest experiences), but are also able to step in and oversee day-to-day team operations and communications when the Team Captain is absent. Lead Keepers will also assist with training new hires and act as a role model and mentor for fellow team members. We are looking for individuals who will actively contribute to a positive and constructive work culture, enthusiastically seek out professional growth opportunities, and encourage these qualities in their team members as well.


Departments currently hiring include:

BREZ Team
The BREZ team (as we like to call it around here) is responsible for a variety of animals, including a well behaved mob of red kangaroos, over 13 species of birds, the interactive and most popular area of the park - the children’s zoo, and the education animal collection. This team takes hustle to a whole new level and has the raking skills of 1200 men. Being responsible for three of the interactive areas of the park and such a large education animal collection means we can attribute at least 30% of the smiles in the park to this team!

If you love watching baby kangaroos take their first hops, enjoy seeing the thrill when kids hear 50 guinea pigs squeak all at once, or love spending time ambassadoring animals to the public, then this is the team for you.


TMC
TMC (Trouble Maker’s Cove) is responsible for a variety of animals, including a flock of over 30 African penguins, some sleepy two toed sloths, noisy otters, one of the United States’ only Albino Alligators, and others. This team is responsible for almost all of the guest experiences at the park from otter meet and greets to penguin swims. They have an incredibly successful penguin chick breeding program and raised 15 chicks last year. That also means they have some pretty incredible biceps from all that scrubbing and fish prep.

If you love guest engagement, don’t mind when someone cries in front of you (and the sloth), enjoy smelling like fish, and love the limelight of training otters and penguins, this position is for you!


Hoofstock Team
The hoofstock team is responsible for a variety of animals, including one of the largest giraffe herds in the United States, Grevy zebra, okapi, springbok, Indian rhino, a pygmy hippo breeding pair, and numerous other species. This team is hardworking and dedicated not only to the care of their animals, but to the growth of their team and themselves as individuals. This team is willing to put in the time and effort to have hard conversations about teamwork, care, and training for the betterment of the animals. In addition to being part of numerous successful breeding programs, the hoofstock team takes part in encounter stations and ambassador animal training around the park.

If you love watching baby giraffe take their first steps, enjoy seeing the look of amazement when kids throw carrots to a hippo, or love spending summer days taking camels for a walk, then you need to apply to join our team.


Primate Team
The primate team is responsible for a variety of animals, including the largest group of Javan langurs in the United States, two successful colobus breeding groups, saki monkey, ruffed lemurs, and ring tailed lemurs to name a few. In addition to daily husbandry for breeding and exhibit groups of primates, they also oversee the commissary and lemur island. Lemur island is an encounter experience where guests get to feed a lemur. This team is proud of the positive relationships they form with the animals. The training time and dedication to prepare lemurs for the island and to maintain appropriate behaviors requires a high level of dedication.

If you want to grow your skills in group animal management, spend time lounging with lemurs, and contribute to the preservation of colobus, saki monkeys, and Javan langurs, then you need to apply to join our team.


Requirements:

  • Combination of education and hands-on experience that provides the required skills for the position
  • Minimum of 3 years paid experience in the zoological field preferred
  • Previous management/leadership experience preferred
  • Experience working with animal species listed in department description
  • Excellent public speaking and customer service skills
  • Desire to grow as a team member, animal keeper, and human being
  • Ability to stand or walk and be able to perform physical work outside in all weather conditions
  • Ability to bend, stoop, and lift 50-75 pounds when necessary
  • Ability to work long hours, weekend, weekdays, holidays, and everyday

Desired skills, experience, and individual qualities:

  • Self motivated
  • Hard working
  • Driven
  • Dedicated
  • Ability to read behavior
  • Fast learner
  • Operant conditioning experience
  • Conflict resolution
  • Flexibility
  • Adaptable

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Salary based on experience
  • Year round, full-time position
  • Professional development program that allows Keepers to improve their skill set and earn additional pay compensation
  • Health, Dental and Vision Insurance
  • Supplemental Insurance
  • HSA
  • Simple IRA
  • Paid PTO
  • In-House Discounts
  • Free admission to TWP for yourself and family

Please apply at https://twpark.applicantstack.com/x/openings.
If you have any issues apply please email amoody@twpark.com for assistance.

Care Team Captain
Tanganyika Wildlife Park, Goddard, Kansas

Tanganyika Wildlife Park in Goddard, KS is looking for hardworking, self-motivated, dedicated animal care staff. Currently the park is 25 acres and has another 40+ acres to expand and we plan on growing. A new children’s zoo and safari park are among the plans for expansion. Tanganyika prides itself in providing wildly different experiences for its guests and being stewards for the animals in our care. In the past year, we have developed a set of core values to guide leadership and our team to improve and continue to meet our goals of becoming a destination park for visitors and a great place to work. If you like a fast paced, growth mindset culture come join the change.

Due to the upcoming expansions and feedback from our keeper team we’re currently looking to grow our team by nearly 20%! The most successful keepers at Tanganyika enjoy sharing their love of animals with our guests, relish in the opportunity to be creative, are constantly looking for ways to make improvements within their circle of influence, enjoy working on a small team, and take pride in their work.

We’ve developed an objective level and pay system that puts growth (both financial and personal) directly in the hands of the keepers and provides a transparent pay system. We have a competitive benefit package that is growing and improving each year: offering a Simple IRA match, multiple health insurance options, dental, vision, paid time off, and accident insurance.

Care Team Captains are responsible for running the day-to-day operations of their team, including overseeing general animal care and communicating effectively within their teams as well as with leadership. In additional to operational tasks, Captains are expected to be strong leaders, acting as role models and mentors, and helping guide team members through their level assessments to encourage professional development. We are looking for individuals who will actively contribute to a positive and constructive work culture, enthusiastically seek out professional growth opportunities, and encourage these qualities in their team members as well.

BREZ Team
The BREZ team (as we like to call it around here) is responsible for a variety of animals, including a well behaved mob of red kangaroos, over 13 species of birds, the interactive and most popular area of the park - the children’s zoo, and the education animal collection. This team takes hustle to a whole new level and has the raking skills of 1200 men. Being responsible for three of the interactive areas of the park and such a large education animal collection means we can attribute at least 30% of the smiles in the park to this team!

If you love watching baby kangaroos take their first hops, enjoy seeing the thrill when kids hear 50 guinea pigs squeak all at once, or love spending time ambassadoring animals to the public, then this is the team for you.

Requirements:

  • Combination of education and hands-on experience that provides the required skills for the position
  • Minimum of 3 years paid experience in the zoological field
  • Must have previous management/leadership experience
  • Experience working with animal species listed in department description
  • Excellent public speaking and customer service skills
  • Desire to grow as a team member, animal keeper, and human being
  • Ability to stand or walk and be able to perform physical work outside in all weather conditions
  • Ability to bend, stoop, and lift 50-75 pounds when necessary
  • Ability to work long hours, weekend, weekdays, holidays, and everyday

Desired skills, experience, and individual qualities:

  • Self motivated
  • Hard working
  • Driven
  • Dedicated
  • Ability to read behavior
  • Fast learner
  • Operant conditioning experience
  • Conflict resolution
  • Flexibility
  • Adaptable

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Salary based on experience
  • Year round, full-time position
  • Professional development program that allows Keepers to improve their skill set and earn additional pay compensation
  • Health, Dental and Vision Insurance
  • Supplemental Insurance
  • HSA
  • Simple IRA
  • Paid PTO
  • In-House Discounts
  • Free admission to TWP for yourself and family

Please apply at https://twpark.applicantstack.com/x/openings.
If you have any issues apply please email amoody@twpark.com for assistance.

Animal Keeper
Wilstem Wildlife Park, Paoli, Indiana

JOB DESCRIPTION:
Wilstem Wildlife Park is seeking a full-time animal keeper. We are a rapidly expanding facility located on 1,100 acres in beautiful southern Indiana, housing over 45 species including but not limited to sloth, kangaroos, giraffes, variety of hoofstock, horses, wolves, bison, elephants, and grizzlies. We are looking for an enthusiastic keeper as an addition to our team! Candidates must be capable of performing dynamic presentations to our guests, conduct animal educational encounters, perform all duties related to keeping (working in inclement weather, lifting 60lbs, standing for long periods, mowing etc.), and be open to conducting activities such as horseback riding and zipline tours. We will have several positions available, so all keeper levels are encouraged to apply. We offer a competitive wage, temporary housing, a benefit package that includes medical, dental, and life insurance, and 401. We also offer paid holidays and vacations. We are open to seasonal employment that could lead into full time. We are looking to fill the positions quickly as our growth has warranted it.

ABOUT WILSTEM WILDLIFE PARK:
Wilstem Wildlife Park is a world, nestled between the trees on 1,100 acres in the heart of the Midwest. We offer animal encounters with elephants, giraffes, grizzly bears, and a drive thru safari! If you’re looking for a thrill, we have a 9-line canopy zipline tour as well as cozy cabins. Or escape the hustle and bustle and experience our Sloth encounters or a serene horseback ride and our new wolf encounters! No matter what you’re looking for….we have it! OUR MISSION at Wilstem Wildlife Park is to educate our guests about wildlife, enhance and preserve the lives of our animals, and create an unforgettable guest experience!

It's a world that you may have not known existed! We started this adventure over 32 years ago…but where you go and what you discover is up to you! What are you waiting for?

EDUCATION AND PRE-REQUISITES

  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Must have paid experience.
  • Must be capable of the physical requirements to work in a zoo setting (ie. lift 50 pounds)
  • 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
Pay based on experience, PTO, medical benefits, temporary housing, and bonus pay opportunities.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS
Email cover letter, resume and references to abrames@wilstem.com.

Animal Trainer
Turtle Bay Exploration Park, Redding, California

Come join us at the best little facility in California! Want to train a badger off leash, take a fox for a free walk in the woods or have a caracara go for a stroll down the boardwalk? Well, Turtle Bay Exploration Park is seeking an extraordinary individual interested in becoming part of a small, but dynamic and innovative training and education team for our Animal Department. Turtle Bay is located on the beautiful Sacramento River in Redding, CA. Our 300-acre campus straddles the Sacramento River and includes a Forest Camp with Animal Center, Museum, Aquarium, and a 220-acre garden and natural oak savannah/arboretum.

The position of Animal Trainer is a full-time, hourly position with benefits (medical/dental/vision/ life) and is responsible for the performance of the on-grounds scripted summer show as well as other informal education programs throughout the year. Responsibilities also include daily care, weighing, preparing diets, training and exhibit maintenance for 82 species of animals including raptors, corvids, psittacines, snakes, turtles, fish, amphibians, porcupine, fox, badger, bobcat, beaver, weasel, and raccoon.

Qualifications for the Animal Trainer include:

Experience/Education: Minimum 2 years of experience with professional (non-domestic) animal training, positive reinforcement training techniques, and behavioral enrichment; a degree in biology, zoology, environmental/science education, or a related field, OR

An equivalent combination of education and experience.

Primary experience with animals in a show environment required.
SCUBA certification is not required but a plus.

Communication/Interpersonal Skills: Applicant must be outgoing, creative, confident, self-motivated, and work well independently, as well as with others (including adult and teen volunteers). Applicant must have good stage presence and the ability to work in a fast-paced, labor intensive environment.

E-mail cover letter, resume, and three professional references. In addition, a short video clip (no longer than 2 minutes) of you educating with an animal or a link to a show you are in is preferred. The position is open until filled.

Contact:
Human Resources
Turtle Bay Exploration Park
1335 Arboretum Drive- Suite A
Redding, CA 96003
animaljobs@turtlebay.org

Reptile Department Venomous Keeper
Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo, New Braunfels, Texas

DESCRIPTION
Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo is looking for a motivated person to work with a wide variety of herpetological species. Types of animals under the care of this person include a high proportion of venomous snakes; previous experience is required. Other animals will include non-venomous snakes, crocodilians, lizards, turtles/tortoises, and amphibians.

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

  • Providing for the needs of a wide range of animals through cleaning, feeding, watering, observing, enclosure upkeep, propagation, monitoring health, and medicating under veterinary supervision
  • Inputting data into the animal records databases; assuring that appropriate records are kept on all husbandry including daily care and animal health
  • Exceptional use of time management techniques
  • Keeping all on and off exhibit areas clean, neat, and organized
  • Understanding the significance of their role and how they can positively impact visitors; proactive, friendly communication will be expected at all times, as well as anticipating visitors’ needs and desires
  • Performing other related duties as assigned

EDUCATION AND PRE-REQUISITES
The position requires knowledge of herpetology, including husbandry and exhibitry techniques, nutritional requirements, behavior, common diseases, capture and restraint and propagation methods. Previous reptile experience at a zoological institution is required. The successful candidate will need to maintain and develop a broad knowledge base on the proper husbandry of reptiles and the other animals in the collection.

Candidates will need to have good communication skills, be able to follow specific instructions, and communicate activities and observations clearly in writing and verbally. Applicants must be able to present to small and large crowds and work well with large groups of children. Physical requirements include working outdoors in any weather, lifting 50 pounds, and repetitive work such as raking and shoveling.

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
This is a full time position that involves working on weekends and holidays. Compensation commensurate with experience. Salary ranges from $36,000 - $42,000 annually.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS
To be considered, you must submit a resume and a cover letter via email to JarrodF@hczoo.com and ClintonS@hczoo.com. Candidates must be able to be present for on-site interviews.

Hippo Position, full-time
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. This position will care for the zoos Nile hippo and newly welcomed pygmy hippo! The zoo maintains a diverse collection of over 1200 animals including great apes, carnivores, primates, birds, reptiles and a large petting animal area.

Currently Seeking:
The Gulf Breeze Zoo encourages you to apply if you are an energetic and hardworking individual who shares a passion for animal care and hippos. This team also works closely with other hoofstock areas caring for white rhino, Indian rhino, giraffe, zebra, and many other species of hoofstock.

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

  • Daily cleaning and maintenance of exhibits.
  • Diet preparation and feeding.
  • Assist in vet and medical procedures.
  • Daily observation of animals including for injuries, breeding, and general healthcare.
  • Administer proper enrichment to various animal species.
  • Help with capture, moving, and handling of large hoofstock according to set policies and procedures.
  • Use large machinery, power tools, and lawn equipment in a safe manner.
  • Must be able to communicate and give keeper talks to guests through formal and informal encounters.

A bachelor’s degree in an animal relevant field is strongly desired. Previous experience with exotic animals feeding, care, and exhibit cleaning/maintenance is beneficial. Experience with large domestic hoofed stock (cattle, sheep, horses, etc.) is preferred.

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 a strict 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.

Applicants should send cover letter and resume to curator@gulfbreezezoo.org

Zoo Veterinarian
California Living Museum, Bakersfield, California

Scroll down to the Zoo Veterinarian listing: https://www.edjoin.org/kcsos/

Giraffe Position, full-time
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. This position will care for the zoos giraffe, as well as Scottish highland cattle, kangaroos, wallabies, zebra, and other smaller hoofstock. The zoo maintains a diverse collection of over 1200 animals including great apes, carnivores, primates, birds, reptiles and a large petting animal area.

Currently Seeking:
The Gulf Breeze Zoo encourages you to apply if you are an energetic and hardworking individual who shares a passion for animal care. We currently expanding our giraffe section and looking for keepers join this outgoing team. This team also works closely with other hoofstock areas caring for white rhino, Indian rhino, Nile and pygmy hippo, and many other species of hoofstock.

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

  • Daily cleaning and maintenance of exhibits.
  • Diet preparation and feeding.
  • Assist in vet and medical procedures.
  • Daily observation of animals including for injuries, breeding, and general healthcare.
  • Administer proper enrichment to various animal species.
  • Help with capture, moving, and handling of large hoofstock according to set policies and procedures.
  • Use large machinery, power tools, and lawn equipment in a safe manner.
  • Must be able to communicate and give keeper talks to guests through formal and informal encounters.

A bachelor’s degree in an animal relevant field is strongly desired. Previous experience with exotic animals feeding, care, and exhibit cleaning/maintenance is beneficial. Experience with large domestic hoofed stock (cattle, sheep, horses, etc.) is preferred.

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 a strict 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.

Applicants should send cover letter and resume to curator@gulfbreezezoo.org

Onsite Keeper - Assistant Supervisor Position
Otter Valley (Animal Educators/Nurtured by Nature), Pauma Valley, California

Looking for a person who has most of the following qualities/experience/interest… We are looking for an individual with a high degree of competence 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.

  1. Strong work ethic a must
  2. Reliable and responsible
  3. Attention to detail
  4. Problem solver
  5. Background working with animals and animal husbandry (minimum of 3 years’ experience)
  6. Desire to be part of a long-term growing team with aspirations consistent with our goals of conservation and leaving the planet a better place than when we found it.
  7. Possess strong leadership skills and adept at decision-making
  8. The ability to work flexible hours including weekdays, weekends, holidays, and evenings as required
  9. Non-smoker (cigarettes or any other)
  10. Must be physically fit and able to lift and carry 50 pounds repeatedly and work in all kinds of weather
  11. Likes working outside
  12. Good with people and public speaking
  13. Hard worker, doesn’t mind getting dirty, can do light construction/maintenance of animal enclosures
  14. Self-motivated, go-getter
  15. Able to work autonomously
  16. Management experience, able to supervise small staff
  17. Goal oriented
  18. Able to think “outside the box”
  19. Can-do attitude
  20. Agreeable to working atypical hours if emergencies or situations arise with animal care.
  21. Must have at least 4 good references
  22. Able to work with children (Make-A-Wish programs)
  23. Good understanding of animal behavior
  24. Farming/agricultural background a plus
  25. Media experience a plus
  26. Experience bottle raising baby animals a plus

Position description:

  1. Onsite Keeper, Assistant Manager, Tour Guide
  2. Salaried position – Up to $52,000 combined compensation in pay/housing/benefits (medical benefits included after successful completion of 6-month probationary period). Salary dependent on level of experience. Room for compensation advancement.
  3. Two weeks annual vacation
  4. Full time (40 hours/week, possibly but rarely up to 50 hours/week)
  5. Job duties
    • General animal husbandry & maintenance
    • Care for diverse collection of small exotic animals including, but not limited to, armadillos, sloth, paca, kangaroo, foxes, capybara, lemurs, otters, tamarins, serval, jackals, birds, and reptiles
    • Supervise volunteers and small staff in the daily care of above animals
    • Maintain integrity and safety of animal enclosures
    • Animal medical care
    • Tour guide/program host
    • Occasional bottle raising of baby animals
    • Research animal issues and resolve them accordingly
  6. Position will require successful completion of a 6-month probationary period.

To apply please send introduction cover letter, references, and resume to ottervalley01@gmail.com with Otter Valley Onsite Keeper in the subject line.

Hoofstock Keeper
Alabama Safari Park, Hope Hull, Alabama

Job Description:
Alabama Safari Park is a 350-Acre Park with a large collection of rare and exotic Hoofstock. The Park is dedicated to conservation and has provided support to programs in over 135 countries around the world. We are looking to add an experienced animal care professional to our team. The ideal candidate will have prior experience working with Exotic or Domestic large mammals such as camels, llamas, antelope, equine and or cattle species. The job is in an open safari environment where over 30 species roam freely.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Daily cleaning and maintenance of exhibits and roadways.

Requirements:

  • Associates degree
  • MUST be able to lift 50 lbs.
  • MUST be able to work outside in all weather conditions
  • Preferred experience driving large machinery such as; tractors, skid steers, lawn mower, etc.

Compensation:
Pay based on Experience. Range will be from $12-$14/hour. Excellent benefits including Heath Insurance, 401K, sick time and paid vacation. Housing available with other Animal Care staff if desired.

Note: Alabama Safari Park is a drug free and smoke free work environment.

How to Apply:
E-mail cover letter and resume to Curator@alabamasafaripark.com and place “Hoofstock Keeper” in the subject line.

Animal Care (Husbandry) Manager
Animal Park at the Conservators Center, Burlington, North Carolina

Full Job Description
Immediate opening! This position is part of a dynamic and progressive Animal Care team.

Responsibilities include managing all animal care operations; supervising keepers and keeper roles; maintenance of exhibits; providing a positive guest experience; supervising all Keeper positions; assisting management with the animal collection and collection planning and assist veterinarians and veterinary technicians in the tasks associated with the Park’s medical program.

Bachelor’s degree in Life Science such as Biology, Zoology, Ecology or closely related discipline; Minimum three years’ experience with exotic mammal species in a zoo, aquarium or closely related activity; experience working with large mammals required; experience in supervision, management and leadership required.

Position schedule is considered in advance and includes weekends, holidays and all-weather conditions

Status/Compensation: This is a full-time, regular, exempt position.


ESSENTIAL DUTIES include the following:

Animal Care & Welfare:

  • Manages the animal care department and the corresponding team of Keepers in providing the highest standards of care to ensure the health and well-being of the animal collection.
  • Establishes themselves role model/leader in animal husbandry, care and welfare.
  • Possess an overall understanding of animal husbandry, care and welfare and provides direction using their experience and knowledge
  • Understands the seriousness of abnormal behaviors and medical conditions and provides outcomes and solutions to leadership
  • Understands the importance of welfare and daily reviews the welfare of animals and makes decisions and suggestions for the animals in their care.
  • Confirms regular adherence to USDA Animal Welfare Act and assists on completing the USDA inspection. Communicates veterinary and animal husbandry information in a timely manner to the leadership team and keeper team
  • Works with the Park’s team of external veterinarians and veterinary staff
  • Uses training techniques to optimize care and welfare, identifies and determines training goals
  • Ensures application of enrichment and enriching experiences to optimize care and welfare, identifies and prioritizes enrichment goals, evaluates enrichment activity schedules & devices to determine effectiveness, and collaborates with enrichment consultants to achieve enrichment goals and advance the behavioral enrichment program.
  • Partnering with the leadership team to assess and develop exhibit/animal space modifications and enhancements
  • Enters daily records into the database Animal Care Software
  • Evaluates content and completeness of daily records in team area.
  • Performs regular formal evaluations for staff.

Emergency Situations

  • Acts as internal lead and/or incident commander in animal escape situations
  • Responds to animal emergencies quickly and calculates risks involved
  • Active participant in the Weapons Team

General

  • Ensures exhibit presentation quality standards for cleanliness and maintenance to maximize our guest experience
  • Interacts with visitors to assist and share information
  • Shares critical information, best practices, and procedures on a consistent basis with staff.
  • Promotes a collaborative relationship across the whole AC department and with other zoo departments.
  • Exemplifies the highest ethical standards to ensure the health and well being of the animal collection.
  • Ensures that all regulatory standards are met such as USDA Animal Welfare Act
  • Reports animal maintenance issues and potential hazards for staff in a timely manner.
  • Ensures consistent productive operating practices by identifying areas for potential revenue generation, reduction of costs and more efficient procedures.
  • Interacts with other department managers as a member of the Business Operations team.
  • Holds peers accountable for their performance.
  • Represents the zoo for some public relations and media events on behalf of the department.
  • Adheres to Park’s policies and procedures as outlined in the Employee Policy Manual.
  • Attends monthly all-employee meetings.
  • Attends weekly animal management meeting with leadership
  • License, Certification, or Preferred Qualifications:
    • Valid driver’s license with good driving record is desirable.
    • Ability to certify in First Aid/CPR/AED
    • Ability to be part of the Weapons Team

Please submit resume to: applications@animalparknc.org

Animal Keeper
Animal Park at the Conservators Center, Burlington, North Carolina

Animal Keepers are responsible for supporting all the operations associated with the husbandry of the animals under the direction of the Animal Care Manager

KEY DUTIES INCLUDE:

  • Carrying out all aspects of the daily care of assigned animals, including but not limited to cleaning, feeding, exhibit maintenance, and general upkeep of support facilities.
  • Maintaining clean and organized exhibits, service areas, and equipment.
  • Preparing and feeding diets as per established feeding practices and diet sheets.
  • Administering prescribed medications, supplements, or treatments under the guidance of the Husbandry Manager.
  • Maintaining daily reports, logs, and records as appropriate and according to established guidelines.
  • Understanding and applying a practical understanding of operant conditioning as it relates to the daily management of species on grounds.
  • Assist in a variety of pest and plant control throughout the park.
  • Identifying potential maintenance or safety issues and reporting them appropriately.
  • Participating in keeper chats, tours, animal presentations or demonstrations, and/or other public interactions as requested by the Husbandry Manager.
  • May oversee work activities and/or provide training for interns, seasonal workers, or volunteers.
  • Working weekends and/or holidays.

MINIMUM JOB QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelors or Associates degree in Animal Science, Biology, or other related Science
  • Experience working with exotic animals.
  • Strong interpersonal, team-building, and communication skills.
  • Basic skills with Microsoft Office and Excel software applications.
  • Licensed to operate a motor vehicle in North Carolina, or the ability to obtain a license.
  • Ability to lift at least 50lbs.

PREFERRED JOB QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 1-2 years of experience working with exotic animals; as a paid employee not in a volunteer capacity.
  • Construction and maintenance experience.
  • Experience with operant conditioning, developing and completion of an animal training project.
  • Public speaking and education skills developed.

COMPENSATION:
The salary for this position is commensurate with experience.
Shared housing opportunities may be available.

APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCESS:
*Please include 2 references with your resume.

There will be a 2-step selection process from this point:

  • First will be a round of traditional interviews. These can be done over the phone for individuals who are not local to the Animal Park.
  • The second, and final step in the selection process, will be a working interview.

Please submit resume to: applications@animalparknc.org

Curator of Mammals and Birds
Downtown Aquarium Houston, Houston, Texas

REPORTS TO: General Curator

DIVISION: Facility Wide

SCOPE: Manage the living birds and mammal collection (Bengal Tigers), over-all husbandry, their exhibits, life support systems and associated programs. Responsible for all bird and mammal acquisitions. Supervise staff. Manage policies and procedures within mammal and bird sections.

STATUS: Exempt, Full Time


MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Supervision of Personnel

  • Encourage an atmosphere of professionalism among the staff.
  • Work to ensure staff “ownership” of their prospective exhibits.
  • Supervise aquarium personnel in mammal and bird areas.
  • Supervise aquarium personnel in all areas in absence of other Curator.
  • Oversee staff schedules and department projects and monitor work.
  • Prepare and conduct employee performance evaluations for departmental staff.
  • Work with Animal Husbandry Manager to manage all staff as needed.
  • Recruit and oversee training of keeper staff.
  • Supervise and train education staff for animal handling programs.

Communications

  • Attend development and planning meetings including staff meetings and problem-solving meetings.
  • Write reports and memos and serve as liaison to other departments on husbandry matters.
  • Perform public relations functions associated with the department as requested.
  • At the direction of the Animal Husbandry Manager, serve as Aquarium representative to professional agencies, institutions and various committees including: aquarium operations, exhibits, Animal Management Committee, research and safety.
  • Attend professional meetings and conferences.
  • Communicate regularly with professional colleagues at other institutions.
  • Keep the Animal Husbandry Manager and General Manager informed of department operations and problems.
  • Promote good relations with visitors, community and staff.

Department Management

  • Work closely with Veterinarian to ensure the best possible health and well being of the animal collection.
  • Monitor animal related records input and maintenance.
  • Work with Animal Husbandry Manager to determine needs of the exhibit and staff.
  • Work with Animal Husbandry Manager to plan and implement long and short-term goals for area.
  • Work with Animal Husbandry Manager to implement capital projects within the sections.
  • Coordinate purchases of food, supplies, and equipment and maintain inventories.
  • Maintain knowledge of industry innovations and new techniques.
  • Acquire and dispose of collection specimens in accordance with the Acquisition/Disposition Policy.
  • Coordinate International, Federal, State and Local permitting processes for specimen acquisition/disposition and oversee all related permit requirements.
  • Serve on the Animal Care and Use Committee.
  • Work with the Conservation Board to manage technical and scientific functions of research programs, including in-house research, husbandry research, breeding research and behavioral research.
  • Work with Animal Husbandry Manager to develop and review plans for graphics, technical works and publications.
  • Work with Animal Husbandry Manager to develop and administer area budgets.
  • Provide advice and recommendations on technical and design aspects of long range development that incorporates bird and mammal animal life.
  • Oversee all aspects of safety within the area.
  • Work with Animal Husbandry Manager to review, develop and enforce department policies and procedures

Professional Animal Care

  • Manage and schedule the daily activities for animal trainers/keepers.
  • Plan and direct acquisition, display, care and breeding of the animal collection.
  • Identify animal health problems and coordinate care and treatment with veterinarian.
  • Oversee all animal necropsies.
  • Day-to-day management of animal care, training, husbandry, and maintenance and development of exhibits.
  • Train, supervise and evaluate all keeper staff.
  • Scheduling, and time management.
  • Nutritional maintenance.
  • Responsible for staff development and continuing education.
  • Develop and monitor record keeping system for medical concerns, behavior, enrichment and activity.
  • Ensure coordination and communication with all mammal and bird staff
  • Coordination and communication between all departments
  • Work with the education department on the development of educational presentations.
  • Communication with animal and training field in general

Facility Maintenance

  • Constantly improve animal exhibits.

Related Strengths

  • Ability to cooperate with other department managers to maintain exhibits and collection in a manner stimulating to the guests.
  • Be knowledgeable in the life histories of animals in the collection.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS
Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, Zoology or related field with relevant course work. Life experience may be substituted. Complete knowledge of all phases of animal husbandry programs, systems design, physical life support operations, and exhibit design and display techniques. Minimum of five years experience in animal husbandry with a minimum of three years supervisory experience. Thorough knowledge of the principles of zoology and biology. S.C.U.B.A. training. Current member of professional organizations, including AZA. Must be organized and self motivating, with an eagerness to complete all projects. Must be willing to participate in public education and interaction. Must be prepared to work odd or unscheduled hours. Must represent Landry’s Restaurants, Inc. in a professional manner with all guests.

WORKING CONDITIONS
Subject to the possibility of bites and stings. Work in water, both man-made and natural. Heavy lifting (50 pounds or more), walking and working within a wet environment. Working with dangerous carnivores. Outdoor work on occasion, under a variety of conditions: cold weather, hot weather, rain, mud, and dry land. Available both emergency and non-emergency situations. On call 24 hours a day.

How To Apply
Visit the careers section at Landrysinc.com
Or use this URL to access the online application
https://sjobs.brassring.com/TGnewUI/Search/Home/Home?partnerid=25968&siteid=5594#home

Curator of Fish
Downtown Aquarium Houston, Houston, Texas

REPORTS TO: General Curator

SCOPE: Manage the living fishes, invertebrate and herpetological collection, over-all husbandry, their exhibits, life support systems and associated programs. Responsible for all fish, invertebrate, and herp acquisitions. Supervise aquarist staff. Manage policies and procedures within aquarist sections.

STATUS: Exempt, Full Time

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Professional Animal Care

  • Manage and schedule the daily activities within the aquarist section.
  • Plan and direct acquisition, display, care and breeding of the animal collection.
  • Identify animal health problems and coordinate care and treatment with veterinarian.
  • Oversee all animal necropsies.
  • Manage and coordinate collecting trips.

Communications

  • Coordinate staff meetings and attend problem-solving meetings.
  • Write reports and memos and serve as liaison to other departments on husbandry matters.
  • Perform public relations functions associated with the department.
  • At the direction of the General Curator, serve as Aquarium representative to professional agencies, institutions and various committees including: aquarium operations, exhibits, Animal Management Committee, research and safety.
  • Publish and/or present technical and general papers.
  • Attend professional meetings and conferences.
  • Communicate regularly with professional colleagues at other institutions.
  • Keep the General Curator and General Manager informed of department operations and problems.
  • Promote good relations with visitors, volunteers, community and staff.

Department Management

  • Work closely with Veterinarian to ensure the best possible health and well being of the animal collection.
  • Monitor section records on water quality.
  • Monitor animal related records input and maintenance.
  • Work with General Curator to determine needs and make acquisition of all fishes, invertebrates, and herps for the collection.
  • Conduct and supervise research projects.
  • Work with General Curator to plan and implement long and short term goals for section.
  • Work with General Curator to plan and implement new exhibits.
  • Coordinate purchases of food, supplies, and equipment and maintain inventories.
  • Maintain knowledge of industry innovations and new techniques.
  • Acquire and dispose of collection specimens in accordance with the Acquisition/Disposition Policy.
  • Assist with any International, Federal, State and Local permitting processes for specimen acquisition/disposition and assist with all related permit requirements.
  • Serve on the Dive Safety Board.
  • Work with General Curator to develop and review plans for graphics, technical works and publications.
  • Work with General Curator to develop and oversee grants involving the Life Sciences and Exhibit Operations Department.
  • Oversee all aspects of safety within the department.
  • Work with General Curator to review, develop and enforce department policies and procedures

Supervision of Personnel

  • Encourage an atmosphere of professionalism among the staff.
  • Work to ensure staff “ownership” of their prospective exhibits.
  • Supervise aquarist personnel.
  • Oversee staff schedules and department projects and monitor work.
  • Prepare and conduct employee performance evaluations for departmental staff.

Facility Maintenance

  • Constantly improve animal exhibits.
  • Coordinate with facility support departments for the maintenance and operations of life support systems.
  • Work with General Curator to determine performance parameters of life support systems.
  • Work with General Curator to develop policies and procedures for all aspects of water quality and management of exhibits water systems.

Related Strengths

  • Ability to cooperate with other department managers to maintain exhibits and collection in a manner stimulating to the guests.
  • Be knowledgeable in the life histories of animals in the collection.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS
Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, Zoology or related field with relevant course work. Life experience may be substituted. Complete knowledge of all phases of animal husbandry programs, systems design, physical life support operations, and exhibit design and display techniques. Minimum of seven years experience in animal husbandry with a minimum of four years supervisory experience. Thorough knowledge of the principles of zoology and biology. Advanced level of S.C.U.B.A. training. Current member of professional organizations, including AZA. Proficient in a variety of computer software applications. Must be organized and self motivating, with an eagerness to complete all projects. Must be willing to participate in public education and interaction. Must be prepared to work odd or unscheduled hours. Must represent Landry’s in a professional manner with all guests.

WORKING CONDITIONS
Subject to the possibility of bites and stings. Work in water, both man-made and natural. Heavy lifting (50 pounds or more), walking and working within a wet environment. Outdoor work on occasion, under a variety of conditions: cold weather, hot weather, rain, mud, ocean environments, and dry land. Available for overtime, both emergency and non-emergency situations. On call 24 hours a day.

How To Apply
Visit the careers section at Landrysinc.com
Or use this URL to access the online application
https://sjobs.brassring.com/TGnewUI/Search/Home/Home?partnerid=25968&siteid=5594#home

Exotic Feline Internship
Panther Ridge Conservation Center, Loxahatchee Groves, Florida

DESCRIPTION
Panther Ridge Conservation Center offers 3 month internships and for the right individual it can be extended for 6 months. We are a ZAA accredited non-profit organization dedicated to providing exceptional care for the 9 species of felines in our collection, all the while supporting conservation efforts in Africa and Asia. Although we are not currently open to the general public, we provide educational private tours conducted by all staff. Panther Ridge is currently home to 23 cats including Cheetah, Leopard, Jaguar, Puma, Clouded Leopard, Fishing Cat, Ocelot, Serval, and Caracal and we are rapidly growing. Check out our website at Pantherridge.org to learn more. Panther Ridge is located in Loxahatchee Groves in South Florida – 30 min southwest of West Palm Beach, 20 min from the ocean and 1.5 hours from Miami. Panther Ridge Conservation Center, 2143 D Rd Loxahatchee Groves, FL 33470

We are currently looking for interns for our Fall/Winter session 2021.

EDUCATION AND PRE-REQUISITES
Responsibilities Include:

  • Diet and meat preparation
  • Cleaning, disinfecting and general maintenance of enclosures
  • Animal interactions/training/enrichment
  • Animal observation to monitor health and well-being
  • Landscaping/special projects
  • Assisting with veterinary care if needed
  • Providing daily creative enrichment
  • Public interactions with guests in a courteous and professional manner
  • Follow safety procedures, be reliable and show initiative

Requirements:

  • A degree in biology, zoological or a related field
  • Must be a minimum of 18 years of age
  • At least 3 months previous carnivore experience preferred
  • Interpersonal and communication skills
  • Physically fit with the ability to crawl, run, climb and lift at least 60 lbs.
  • Ability to work in the Florida weather conditions for extended periods of time
  • Must work all holidays and weekends
  • Ability to stand/walk for 6-8 hours each day
  • Must be a hard working, self-motivated individual
  • Must work well with others and be a team player

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
We have free housing available for 2 interns on site and offer a $200/month stipend. No pets are allowed. Interns will work 6 days a week and must be up to date on vaccinations including tetanus and be TB negative.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS
Please send a resume, cover letter, a letter of recommendation and 3 references to the Head Keeper – sadieryan1117@gmail.com

We also encourage photos of previous experience, please include them with your application. We will carefully evaluate all applications and will contact for further interview.

Keeper, Full Time
Tanganyika Wildlife Park, Goddard, Kansas

Tanganyika Wildlife Park in Goddard, KS is looking for hardworking, self-motivated, dedicated animal care staff. Currently the park is 25 acres and has another 40+ acres to expand and we plan on growing. A new children’s zoo and safari park are among the plans for expansion. Tanganyika prides itself in providing wildly different experiences for its guests and being stewards for the animals in our care. In the past year, we have developed a set of core values to guide leadership and our team to improve and continue to meet our goals of becoming a destination park for visitors and a great place to work. If you like a fast paced, growth mindset culture come join the change.

Due to the upcoming expansions and feedback from our keeper team we’re currently looking to grow our team by nearly 20%! The most successful keepers at Tanganyika enjoy sharing their love of animals with our guests, relish in the opportunity to be creative, are constantly looking for ways to make improvements within their circle of influence, enjoy working on a small team, and take pride in their work.

We’ve developed an objective level and pay system that puts growth (both financial and personal) directly in the hands of the keepers and provides a transparent pay system. We have a competitive benefit package that is growing and improving each year: offering a Simple IRA match, multiple health insurance options, dental, vision, paid time off, and accident insurance.

Here are some of the departments currently hiring:

BREZ Team
The BREZ team (as we like to call it around here) is responsible for a variety of animals, including a well behaved mob of red kangaroos, over 13 species of birds, the interactive and most popular area of the park, the children’s zoo, and the education animal collection. This team takes hustle to a whole new level and has the raking skills of 1200 men. Being responsible for three of the interactive areas of the park and such a large education animal collection means we can attribute at least 30% of the smiles in the park to this team!

If you love watching baby kangaroos take their first hops, enjoy seeing the thrill when kids hear 50 guinea pigs squeak all at once, or love spending time ambassadoring animals to the public then this is the team for you.

BREZ and TMC Swing Keeper
This position will be shared between two of our awesome teams: First, the Trouble Maker’s Cove team is responsible for a variety of animals, a flock of over 30 African penguins, some sleepy two toed sloths, noisy otters, one of the United States’ only Albino Alligators, and others. This team is responsible for almost all of the guest experiences at the park from otter meet and greets to penguin swims. They have an incredibly successful penguin chick breeding program and raised 15 chicks this year. That also means they have some pretty incredible biceps from all that scrubbing and fish prep. Second, the BREZ team (as we like to call it around here) is responsible for a variety of animals, including a well behaved mob of red kangaroos, over 13 species of birds, the interactive and most popular area of the park, the children’s zoo, and the education animal collection. This team takes hustle to a whole new level and has the raking skills of 1200 men. Being responsible for three of the interactive areas of the park and such a large education animal collection means we can attribute at least 30% of the smiles in the park to this team!

If you love guest engagement, don’t mind when someone cries in front of you (and the sloth), enjoy smelling like fish, have a soft spot for the underappreciated reptiles and yet love the limelight of training otters and penguins. This position will give you the best of all worlds! Slow or inefficient rakers need not apply.

Hoofstock and Primate Swing Keeper
This position will be shared between two of our biggest departments. The first being, the hoofstock team is responsible for a variety of animals, including one of the largest giraffe herds in the United States, Grevy zebra, okapi, springbok, Indian rhino, a pygmy hippo breeding pair, and numerous other species. This team is hardworking and dedicated not only to the care of their animals but to the growth of their team and themselves individuals. This team is willing to put in the time and effort to have hard conversations about teamwork, care, and training for the betterment of the animals. In addition to being part of numerous successful breeding programs, the hoofstock team takes part in encounter stations and ambassador animal training around the park. Second, the primate team is responsible for a variety of animals, including the largest group of Javan langurs in the United states, two successful colobus breeding groups, saki monkey, ruffed lemurs, and ring tailed lemurs to name a few. In addition to daily husbandry for breeding and exhibit groups of primates they also oversee the commissary and lemur island. Lemur island is an encounter experience where guests get to feed a lemur. This team is proud of the positive relationships they form with the animals. The training time and dedication to prepare lemurs for the island and to maintain appropriate behaviors requires a high level of dedication.

If you love watching baby monkeys wrestle, think a rhino mud bath is divine, don’t mind large shovelfuls and stinky bucketfuls, are a browse master, and think variety is the spice of life then this ones for you!

On Demand Keeper
This position is a shared position between all five of our keeper teams. You have the opportunity to work with every species at the park and get the experience to build relationships with 500 different individual animals. The hoofstock team is responsible for a variety of animals, including one of the largest giraffe herds in the United States, Grevy zebra, okapi, springbok, Indian rhino, a pygmy hippo breeding pair, and numerous other species. The primate team is responsible for a variety of animals, including the largest group of Javan langurs in the United states, two successful colobus breeding groups, saki monkey, ruffed lemurs, and ring tailed lemurs to name a few. The BREZ team (as we like to call it around here) is responsible for a variety of animals, including a well behaved mob of red kangaroos, over 13 species of birds, the interactive and most popular area of the park, the children’s zoo, and the education animal collection. The Trouble Maker’s Cove team is responsible for a variety of animals, a flock of over 30 African penguins, some sleepy two toed sloths, noisy otters, one of the United States’ only Albino Alligators, and others. The carnivore team is responsible for a variety of animals, jaguar, tiger, ratel, lion, and a large cheetah breeding facility. This position will require a fast learner with a large amount of flexibility. The ideal candidate gets bored easily, loves helping, is the first to say, “I’ve got that!”, and can adapt on the fly! It’s also a great foot in the door position if you’re looking to get in to the Tanganyika family or if you just aren’t sure what species you want to specialize in!

Hoofstock Team
The hoofstock team is responsible for a variety of animals, including one of the largest giraffe herds in the United States, Grevy zebra, okapi, springbok, Indian rhino, a pygmy hippo breeding pair, and numerous other species. This team is hardworking and dedicated not only to the care of their animals but to the growth of their team and themselves individuals. This team is willing to put in the time and effort to have hard conversations about teamwork, care, and training for the betterment of the animals. In addition to being part of numerous successful breeding programs, the hoofstock team takes part in encounter stations and ambassador animal training around the park.

If you love watching baby giraffe take their first steps, enjoy seeing the look of amazement when kids throw carrots to hippo, or love spending summer days taking camels for a walk then you need to apply to join our team.

Primate Team
The primate team is responsible for a variety of animals, including the largest group of Javan langurs in the United states, two successful colobus breeding groups, saki monkey, ruffed lemurs, and ring tailed lemurs to name a few. In addition to daily husbandry for breeding and exhibit groups of primates they also oversee the commissary and lemur island. Lemur island is an encounter experience where guests get to feed a lemur. This team is proud of the positive relationships they form with the animals. The training time and dedication to prepare lemurs for the island and to maintain appropriate behaviors requires a high level of dedication.

If you want to grow your skills in group animal management, spend time lounging with lemurs, and contribute to the preservation of colobus, saki monkeys, and Javan langurs then you need to apply to join our team.


Requirements:

  • Combination of education and hands-on experience that provides the required skills for the position
  • Excellent public speaking and customer service skills
  • Desire to grow as a team member, animal keeper, and human being
  • Ability to stand or walk and be able to perform physical work outside in all weather conditions
  • Ability to bend, stoop, and lift 50-75 pounds when necessary
  • Ability to work long hours, weekend, weekdays, holidays, and everyday

Desired skills, experience, and individual qualities:

  • Self motivated
  • Hard working
  • Driven
  • Dedicated
  • Ability to read behavior
  • Fast learner
  • Operant conditioning experience
  • Conflict resolution
  • Flexibility
  • Adaptable

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Salary based on experience
  • Year round, full-time position
  • Professional development program that allows Keepers to improve their skill set and earn additional pay compensation
  • Health, Dental and Vision Insurance
  • Supplemental Insurance
  • HSA
  • Simple IRA
  • Paid PTO
  • In-House Discounts
  • Free admission to TWP for yourself and family

Please apply at https://twpark.applicantstack.com/x/openings

If you have any issues apply please email amoody@twpark.com for assistance.

Outreach Specialist
Fort Worth Zoo, Fort Worth, Texas

Summary:
This position is responsible for the husbandry of the species in the ARCC/Outreach collection and presentation of educational wildlife presentations both on and off-site.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Handle and present Outreach animals during outreach programs, both on- and off-site
  • Maintain and care for Animal Outreach collection
  • Train and socialize with Animal Outreach collection on a daily basis
  • Assist Community Outreach Manager in designing and implementing Outreach programs as needed
  • Work with Outreach Assistant Manager and Supervisor to maintain animal husbandry, enrichment, and safety
  • Feed live prey and/or euthanize some prey items as related to the requirements of specific taxa
  • Participate in the zoo-wide behavioral management program by implementing approved animal training and enrichment projects
  • Carry out animal diet directives from Nutritional Services Dept; clean and maintain food storage containers
  • Able to complete and keep records as required
  • Communicate with Outreach Manager, Assistant Manager and Supervisor regarding animal
  • Promote the Fort Worth Zoo and its objectives through various media channels and speaking events

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

  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Strong animal husbandry skills across a variety of taxa
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Ability to operate as a member of a large, diverse team
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to maintain a professional appearance and manner out in the public
  • Valid driver license with acceptable motor vehicle record to maintain zoo standards of insurability

Education and/or Experience:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent
  • Bachelors degree in Education, Communications, Zoology, Biology or related field preferred
  • At least one-year animal handling, training, and husbandry experience in a zoo setting

Physical Demands:
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to sit. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 50 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 100 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 environment
  • Ability to work irregular hours (holidays and weekends)
  • Ability to work special events and functions as required
  • Ability to work outdoors in heat, cold and inclement weather

Benefits
This is a full-time position and offers the following benefits:

  • Medical and Prescription Drug (Employee Coverage 90% Employer Paid, Dependent Coverage 55% Employer Paid)
  • Vision
  • Dental
  • Basic Life AD&D (1 x Annual Salary up to $150,000 – 100% Employer Paid)
  • Short Term Disability (100% Employer Paid)
  • Long Term Disability (100% Employer Paid)
  • Supplemental Life
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • 401k
  • Paid Time Off (Accrual Equivalent to 5 Weeks Per Year)
  • PTO Rollover
  • PTO Sell Back
  • Free Zoo Membership
  • Free Guest Passes
  • Discounts on Food, Merchandise, Attractions, Admission and Programs

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

Veterinary Technician
Metro Richmond Zoo, Moseley, Virginia

Position Title: Veterinary Technician
Department: Veterinary Care
Reports to: Zoo Veterinarian and Zoo Director
Location: Metro Richmond Zoo: Moseley, Virginia
Pay Rate: Based on experience
Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time

About the Organization
The Metro Richmond Zoo’s mission is to promote animal conservation and inspire guests by providing up-close, educational encounters with the wild. The zoo is situated on 150 acres of land and is home to over 2,000 animals representing 190 species from around the world. The zoo is accredited by the Zoological Association of America and is well-known for its conservation programs for cheetahs, African penguins, and Diana monkeys. Since 2013, 74 cheetahs have been born at the zoo’s Cheetah Conservation Center. The zoo has an on-site animal hospital with a small pharmacy, surgery room, blood chemistry analyzer, and x-ray equipment.

Position Summary
Under the guidance of the veterinarian, the vet tech is responsible for providing high quality healthcare to all animals at the Metro Richmond Zoo including all species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates. The vet tech collaborates with the animal care team to promote the general well being of all animals.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Oversees medical care of all zoo animals under the direction of the veterinarian
  2. Performs veterinary diagnostics and prepares treatment plans
  3. Provides care for sick and injured animals
  4. Collaborates with veterinarian and lead keeper to schedule necessary procedures/surgeries
  5. Administers anesthesia, monitors animals under general anesthesia, and assists in surgery
  6. Assists in animal emergencies
  7. Performs cleaning of surgical instruments, equipment, and animal hospital
  8. Prepares biological specimens for lab exams and shipment
  9. Assists with preparing animals for transport
  10. Organizes and maintains pharmacy and orders drugs and medical supplies
  11. Dispenses and administers medications and vaccinations as prescribed by veterinarian
  12. Operates and maintains radiographic equipment
  13. Trains animal care team members on protocols for administering medications
  14. Assists with post-mortem examinations
  15. Assists in safely capturing and restraining animals for treatment
  16. Maintains accurate medical records, including entry into ZIMS medical system
  17. Assists in quarantine care; hand-raising and training animals when necessary and appropriate
  18. Assists animal care team as needed and completes other duties as assigned

Physical Requirements
Ability to:

  1. Walk and stand for long periods of time
  2. Navigate zoo grounds with or without a vehicle
  3. Handle and restrain animals
  4. Traverse animal exhibits by climbing, bending, kneeling, twisting, reaching, and crawling
  5. Regularly move 30 lb objects and occasionally move 50 lb objects
  6. Work outside in all weather conditions (extreme heat, cold, rain, snow, etc.)

Qualifications

  1. Must be a graduate from a veterinary technician program
  2. Must be a licensed vet tech in Virginia or become licensed in Virginia ASAP
  3. Must have recent experience in a vet tech position
  4. Experience with exotic animals is preferred but not required
  5. Experience with darting equipment and proficiency with nets are preferred but not required
  6. Must be able to communicate clearly and effectively in written and verbal forms
  7. Must be able to handle stressful situations calmly
  8. Must have great attention to detail
  9. Must be able to work independently and as part of a team
  10. Must have intermediate computer skills (proficient in Microsoft Office and Google Drive)

Hours

  • Full-time employment
  • 40 hours a week, 5 days a week
  • Must have the ability to work flexible hours, including weekdays, weekends, holidays, and evenings

Benefits and Perks

  • Medical insurance
  • Retirement with company match
  • Paid time off
  • Food and merchandise discounts
  • Free tickets into the park
  • Potential for bonuses
  • Variable work tasks
  • Work with a variety of exotic animals
  • Fast paced - never a dull moment

How to Apply
Complete the zoo’s employment application found at https://metrorichmondzoo.com/career-opportunities/ (ranking work interests section is not necessary). Email your application, cover letter, and resume to employment@metrorichmondzoo.com. Include your name followed by “Vet Tech” in the subject line of the email. This position will be open until filled. We will contact qualified candidates whom we have chosen to move forward in the interview process.

The Metro Richmond Zoo is an equal opportunity employer. We will extend equal opportunity to all individuals without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, genetic information, or any other status protected under applicable federal, state, or local laws.

Conservation Coordinator: Birds
Global Center for Species Survival at the Indianapolis Zoo, Indianapolis, Indiana

The Indianapolis Zoo is a national leader of animal conservation and is an AZA accredited institution. Located on a 64-acre campus in the heart of vibrant downtown Indianapolis, the State’s capitol, the Indianapolis Zoo is one of the largest privately funded zoos in the United States. Known as “The Crossroads of America”, Indianapolis is in close proximity to Chicago, St. Louis, Louisville, Cincinnati, Detroit, Columbus, and Nashville.

The Indianapolis Zoo and the IUCN Species Survival Commission have partnered to create the Global Center for Species Survival, operated from within the Indianapolis Zoo. The Global Center for Species Survival houses a multicultural team of full-time staff employed by the Indianapolis Zoo who are dedicated to support the missions of the Indianapolis Zoo and the SSC. Work will be primarily performed on-site at the Indianapolis Zoo Global Center for Species Survival office, but travel may be required.

The Global Center for Species Survival Staff Team provides critical training, capacity and coordination support to further mobilize the species conservation efforts of IUCN SSC Network of experts alongside wider partner and key stakeholder communities. Seven Conservation Coordinators (each assigned to a specific taxon or realm) comprise part of the Global Center for Species Survival Staff Team.

We are currently seeking a Conservation Coordinator: Birds to complete our team. This position is open and available to all candidates worldwide. International candidates must be able to acquire a work visa. Fluency in English a requirement of all positions. Fluency in other languages is desired.

The Conservation Birds Coordinator will focus on assessing, planning and mobilizing policy and action for birds conservation around the world.

Responsibilities of this position include:

Supporting Coordination of SSC Bird Specialist Groups

  • Maintain and continue to build high quality relationships with each of the SSC Bird Groups to assist with the delivery of their key objectives and identification of priority opportunities for bird conservation.
  • Encourage and motivate SSC Bird Groups to advance global species conservation efforts around the SSC Species Conservation Cycle (Assess-Plan-Act-Network-Communicate), with a specific focus on the “Plan” and “Act”.
  • Gather and integrate knowledge and expertise into creating strategic proposals for approval, launching projects/initiatives, developing calls for action on specific species issues, coordinating behavior change campaigns (in collaboration with the Behavior Change Coordinator), and assisting in species-specific IUCN Resolutions and Recommendations.
  • Contribute to and review formal, programmatic and communication documents as required, including periodic outcome and planning reporting to the SSC for the annual SSC Data process.
  • Ensure good communication and foster collaboration and coordination between SSC Bird Groups, the GCSS and wider Indianapolis Zoo, the SSC Chair’s Office, the IUCN Global Species Program and key partners to ensure a cohesive and collegial approach in relation to all species related work.
  • Bolster collaboration across the SSC network and the constituent parts of IUCN, governments, non-profit conservation organizations, accredited zoo and aquarium communities and the wider conservation community to maximize the relevance and conservation impact of activities and joint projects for bird conservation.
  • Provide programmatic support to the Chair’s office team with regard to organizing meetings and supporting regular engagement with SG Chairs.
  • Attend, and where possible help coordinate, SSC Group meetings.
  • Engage with conservation campaigns targeted at species requiring urgent conservation attention, mobilizing relevant experts, appropriate communication and behavior change efforts and, support collaborations with other NGOs and governments to deliver action to prevent imminent extinctions.
  • Act, as appropriate, as a conduit between the SSC disciplinary Groups and the SSC Bird Groups.
  • Encourage and assist the SSC Network to be more action-oriented through promoting the implementation and delivery of action plans, and through supporting the development of partnerships or fundraising efforts to support this implementation.

Strategically expanding, growing and diversifying the SSC network for birds

  • Work with the SSC Network to identify gaps in expertise by taxa and/or region and guide proponents through the formal process for establishing new groups, review drafts, coordinate wider review and final sign-off with the Steering Committee.
  • Identify issues within SSC Groups (or complaints directly received) that require mediation or resolution. Refer such issues to the SSC Chair’s Office.
  • Build relationships with existing training programs, e.g., CLP, EDGE Fellows, Durrell Academy, to encourage emerging talent to integrate into the SSC network.
  • Actively support SSC Group Chairs to improve diversity across SSC network in gender, nationality, ethnicity, age, disciplinary background, profession and other attributes that might enhance those groups’ effectiveness.

Communication and Education

  • Coordinate, implement and evaluate how the GCSS can engage with the public on issues relating to bird conservation, including locally through the zoo and globally through the development of resources, including social media communications, blogs and podcasts, graphics, and other emerging communication techniques.
  • Assist in active and regular content development and acquirement by the GCSS including video, images, audio and other media types. Assist in the organization and management of these assets.

Internal Integration

  • Ensure relevant strategic priorities and opportunities relating to bird conservation are communicated and appropriately integrated into the Indianapolis Zoo’s conservation strategy through consultation with the Zoo’s conservation committee and relating to selection of awardees of annual conservation grants, and, as needed, involvement with the Indianapolis Prize.

Required education, skills, and professional work experience:

  • Minimum Bachelor level degree in biology, ecology, zoology, natural resources management or related field.
  • Broad knowledge of international biodiversity and conservation issues relating to birds.
  • Demonstrated experience and a good understanding of the practical aspects of biodiversity conservation actions, endangered species protections and policy especially relating birds.
  • Well-developed organizational skills included demonstrated experience managing multiple priorities, and ability to work independently to complete tasks within assigned time frames.
  • Working knowledge of the IUCN SSC, and with leaders and stakeholders in bird conservation.
  • Minimum of 5 years related work experience.
  • Strong skills in project management, planning and project implementation.
  • Experience with international projects and supporting new initiatives.
  • Ability to effectively manage teams to deliver results.
  • International stakeholder management experience, multi-lingual and multicultural or cross-cultural experience desirable.
  • Experience in fundraising and / or demonstrated success in proposal writing.
  • Excellent people relationship management skills, ability to work as part of a team, with respect for and sensitivity to multi-cultural approaches.
  • Advanced and competent user of standard word processing, spreadsheet, presentation and database software and electronic communication technology (e.g. e-mail, Skype, WhatsApp, conference calls, etc.). Working knowledge of social media and mobile apps.
  • Ability to plan, administer and record results of work-team meetings and activities.
  • Experience with administration including attention to detail and numerical ability

The Physical Demands of this role include:
The Indianapolis Zoo follows all local, state and federal employment laws. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public. The purpose of the law is to make sure that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else and guarantees equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities.

The following working conditions are common for this position:

  1. This is a full-time, 40 hours per week, position. Some weekend or evening hours may apply due to position demands and meetings with international agencies.
  2. Repetitive motion and exposure to office computer systems; must have the ability to operate a computer and other office productivity machinery such as but limited to, computer printer, scanner, copy machine, and calculator.
  3. Predominantly indoor environmental conditions, although there is some exposure to outdoor environmental conditions, which include inclement weather, cold and hot temperatures, and humidity.
  4. Must follow Universal Protection Precautions and Blood-borne Pathogens Guidelines. Possible exposure (Category C employee) to human blood-borne pathogens.
  5. Ability to detect, assess, identify, and observe surroundings to make sound judgments, along with the ability to communicate verbally, comprehend and decipher information accurately, using a telephone.
  6. Position requires the ability to move from one area to another frequently.

EMPLOYMENT AND APPLICATION INFORMATION:
Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of pre-employment testing including a criminal history and driving record check, and a drug test.

The Indianapolis Zoo offers a competitive benefits package to all eligible (full-time/ 40 hr./ week) employees. Benefits include Medical, Dental, Vision, and Life Insurance; 403(b) Retirement Plan, generous Paid Time Off (PTO), Immediate Paid Holidays, and a complimentary Zoo membership for employees.

To apply:

The Indianapolis Zoo is proud to be a Drug-Free/ Smoke-Free/ Child Safe/ Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) Work Environment.

Reptile Department Manager
Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo, New Braunfels, Texas

DESCRIPTION
Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo is looking for a motivated person to lead a department and work with a wide variety of herpetological species. Types of animals under the care of this person include a high proportion of venomous snakes; previous experience is required. Other animals will include non-venomous snakes, crocodilians, lizards, turtles/tortoises, and amphibians.

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

  • Providing for the needs of a wide range of animals through cleaning, feeding, watering, observing, enclosure upkeep, propagation, monitoring health, and medicating under veterinary supervision
  • Delegating tasks to other members of the department
  • Inputting data into the animal records databases; assuring that appropriate records are kept on all husbandry including daily care and animal health
  • Exceptional use of time management techniques
  • Keeping all on and off exhibit areas clean, neat, and organized
  • Understanding the significance of their role and how they can positively impact visitors; proactive, friendly communication will be expected at all times, as well as anticipating visitors’ needs and desires
  • Performing other related duties as assigned

EDUCATION AND PRE-REQUISITES
The position requires knowledge of herpetology, including husbandry and exhibitry techniques, nutritional requirements, behavior, common diseases, capture and restraint and propagation methods. Previous management and venomous reptile experience at a zoological institution is required. The successful candidate will need to maintain and develop a broad knowledge base on the proper husbandry of reptiles and the other animals in the collection.

Candidates will need to have good communication skills, be able to follow specific instructions, and communicate activities and observations clearly in writing and verbally. Applicants must be able to present to small and large crowds and work well with large groups of children. Physical requirements include working outdoors in any weather, lifting 50 pounds, and repetitive work such as raking and shoveling. Candidates must be comfortable using power tools and be proficient in construction and exhibit design.

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
This is a full time position that involves working on weekends and holidays. Compensation commensurate with experience.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS
To be considered, you must submit a resume and a cover letter via email to JarrodF@hczoo.com and EmilyJ@hczoo.com. Candidates must be able to be present for on-site interviews.

Reptile Department Assistant Manager
Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo, New Braunfels, Texas

DESCRIPTION
Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo is looking for a motivated person to work with a wide variety of herpetological species. Types of animals under the care of this person include a high proportion of venomous snakes; previous experience is required. Other animals will include non-venomous snakes, crocodilians, lizards, turtles/tortoises, and amphibians.

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

  • Providing for the needs of a wide range of animals through cleaning, feeding, watering, observing, enclosure upkeep, propagation, monitoring health, and medicating under veterinary supervision
  • Inputting data into the animal records databases; assuring that appropriate records are kept on all husbandry including daily care and animal health
  • Exceptional use of time management techniques
  • Keeping all on and off exhibit areas clean, neat, and organized
  • Understanding the significance of their role and how they can positively impact visitors; proactive, friendly communication will be expected at all times, as well as anticipating visitors’ needs and desires
  • Performing other related duties as assigned

EDUCATION AND PRE-REQUISITES
The position requires knowledge of herpetology, including husbandry and exhibitry techniques, nutritional requirements, behavior, common diseases, capture and restraint and propagation methods. Previous reptile experience at a zoological institution is required. The successful candidate will need to maintain and develop a broad knowledge base on the proper husbandry of reptiles and the other animals in the collection.

Candidates will need to have good communication skills, be able to follow specific instructions, and communicate activities and observations clearly in writing and verbally. Applicants must be able to present to small and large crowds and work well with large groups of children. Physical requirements include working outdoors in any weather, lifting 50 pounds, and repetitive work such as raking and shoveling. Candidates must be comfortable using power tools and be proficient in construction and exhibit design.

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
This is a full time position that involves working on weekends and holidays. Compensation commensurate with experience.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS
To be considered, you must submit a resume and a cover letter via email to JarrodF@hczoo.com and EmilyJ@hczoo.com. Candidates must be able to be present for on-site interviews.

Zookeeper II
ZooWorld, Panama City Beach, Florida

ZooWorld Zoological Park is a five-acre facility located just minutes from the beautiful white sandy beaches of Florida’s emerald coast. Seeking a highly motivated and innovative individual to fill a full-time, permanent Zoo Keeper 2 position.

This position will care for a variety of exotic animals, to include class 1 animals in a fast paced educationally focused environment. As part of the ZooWorld team, you will be required to work a rotating schedule that includes some weekends and holidays, and perform highly physical tasks on a daily basis. We are looking for a team player who can communicate and work well with others while simultaneously complete daily tasks with minimal supervision. Must possess good organizational skills and ability to work in a dynamic, fast-paced environment.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher with at least 1 paid animal care position or High school graduate with at least 2 years paid exotic experience
  • Experience working with Class 1 animals
  • Physically fit with the ability to crawl, run, climb and lift at least 60 lbs
  • Must be able to interact with guests in a courteous and professional manner
  • Ability to work in Florida weather conditions for extended periods of time
  • Ability to learn and integrate information, knowledge, and direction quickly
  • Must be reliable and show initiative
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing

Preference will be given to candidates with:

  • Bachelor’s degree or college coursework in relevant biological field or equivalent
  • 2 years or more at an animal care facility
  • Experience handling, feeding and caring for class 1 animals
  • Experience with public presentation
  • Leadership skills

TYPICAL DUTIES:
This position will be responsible for the daily care for the collection through feeding, watering, cleaning, and enrichment in the assigned section to a set standard. Duties will include but are not limited to: daily observation of general animal health and behavior, completing daily records, diet preparation, interacting with guests through the use of ambassador animals, keeper talks, and up-close experiences. Willing to assist management with medications, procedures, and restraint.

COMPENSATION:
Pay based on experience, PTO, medical benefits

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:
Email a resume and cover letter to: curator@zooworldpcb.com

Zookeeper I
ZooWorld, Panama City Beach, Florida

ZooWorld Zoological Park is a five-acre facility located just minutes from the beautiful white sandy beaches of Florida’s emerald coast.

Seeking highly motivated and innovative individuals to fill a full-time, permanent Zoo Keeper 1 position.

This position will care for a variety of exotic animals in a fast paced educationally focused environment. As part of the ZooWorld team, you will be required to work a rotating schedule that includes some weekends and holidays, and perform highly physical tasks on a daily basis.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must be a minimum of 18 years of age.
  • Bachelors degree or higher with at least 1 internship or High school graduate with at least 2 years paid exotic experience.
  • Good interpersonal and communications skills.
  • Must be able to interact with guests in a courteous and professional manner.
  • Must be able to learn and integrate information, knowledge, and direction quickly.
  • Must be reliable and show initiative.
  • Must be able to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

Preference will be given to candidates with:

  • Bachelor’s degree or college coursework in relevant biological field or equivalent.
  • Six months or more at an animal care facility.
  • Experience handling, feeding and caring for reptiles.
  • Experience with public presentation.

TYPICAL DUTIES:
Daily husbandry for a wide variety of animals. Prepare and feed regular and special diets to exotic zoo animals. Properly clean, disinfect and maintain cages, enclosures and exhibit areas as needed and to a set standard. Understand safety standards and maintain safety of animals, guests and staff. Conduct daily observations of animals to monitor health, well-being, illness or injury. Ability to appropriately report inconsistencies to necessary staff. Assist senior staff as needed with administering medications, providing treatment and restraint. Identify maintenance issues and resolve or report as necessary. Document animal records with accuracy. Daily interaction with public through the use of ambassador animals, keeper talks, and up-close experiences

All animal care staff are required to interact regularly with zoo guests, maintain a clean and professional appearance and conduct themselves in a positive fashion at all times.

COMPENSATION:
Pay based on experience, PTO, medical benefits

How to Apply:
Email a resume and cover letter to: curator@zooworldpcb.com

Internship (Fall)
ZooWorld, Panama City Beach, Florida

Description:
Interns will receive hands-on experience while assisting zookeepers in their daily duties and can expect to gain knowledge in daily husbandry practices, exotic animal healthcare, behavioral enrichment, nutrition, exhibit design, record keeping, behavior, and animal handling. ZooWorld Interns will strengthen and develop their inter-personal skills through their involvement in daily guest/animal ambassador experiences.

Requirements:
During the course of the program, interns will be expected to assist zookeepers in nearly every aspect of their daily routine. This will include working outdoors in all weather conditions, assisting and educating zoo guests, diet preparation, and will include manual labor. You MUST be able to lift 50 lbs and be able to fully participate in daily duties.

Internships must be at least three months in length and require a minimum of three scheduled eight-hour days per week or two ten-hour days depending on the current zoo schedule. All vacation requests must be approved BEFORE being accepted into the internship program.

Accomodations:
Interns willing to complete a full 40-hour work week for a consecutive three months will be provided with intern housing at no extra cost. Housing is on a first come first served basis.

To apply for this exciting opportunity please email a resume and cover letter to: curator@zooworldpcb.com

Reptile Keeper
Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo, New Braunfels, Texas

DESCRIPTION
Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo is looking for a motivated person to work with a wide variety of herpetological species. Types of animals under the care of this person include a high proportion of venomous snakes and crocodilians; previous experience with these is preferred, but not required. Other animals will include non-venomous snakes, lizards, turtles/tortoises, and amphibians.

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

  • Providing for the needs of a wide range of animals through cleaning, feeding, watering, observing, enclosure upkeep, propagation, monitoring health, and medicating under veterinary supervision
  • Inputting data into the animal records databases; assuring that appropriate records are kept on all husbandry including daily care and animal health
  • Exceptional use of time management techniques
  • Keeping all on and off exhibit areas clean, neat, and organized
  • Understanding the significance of their role and how they can positively impact visitors; proactive, friendly communication will be expected at all times, as well as anticipating visitors’ needs and desires
  • Performing other related duties as assigned

EDUCATION AND PRE-REQUISITES
The position requires knowledge of herpetology, including husbandry and exhibitry techniques, nutritional requirements, behavior, common diseases, capture and restraint and propagation methods. The successful candidate will need to maintain and develop a broad knowledge base on the proper husbandry of reptiles and the other animals in the collection.

Candidates will need to have good communication skills, be able to follow specific instructions, and communicate activities and observations clearly in writing and verbally. Applicants must be able to present to small and large crowds and work well with large groups of children. Physical requirements include working outdoors in any weather, lifting 50 pounds, and repetitive work such as raking and shoveling. Candidates must be comfortable using power tools and be proficient in construction and exhibit design.

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
This is a full time position that involves working on weekends and holidays. Compensation commensurate with experience.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS
To be considered, you must submit a resume and a cover letter via email to JarrodF@hczoo.com and EmilyJ@hczoo.com. Candidates must be able to be present for on-site interviews.

General Manager
Aggieland Animal Safari, Bryan-College Station, Texas

Parks! America, a public animal safari & amusement park company is looking for a motivated, organized and hands on General Manager. This position requires relocation to the Bryan-College Station, Texas area near Houston at the Aggieland Wild Animal Safari. The successful General Manager will be organized, experienced in hiring, training, and scheduling up to 50+ employees (full-time and part-time) in a park ranger outdoors type atmosphere. Effective verbal and written communication skills are essential for this team leadership position. The successful candidate will be able to lead and manage multiple divisions including animal care operations, maintenance, retail, food & beverage, admissions, and parking.

The General Manager oversees the entire Park/Zoo operation including safety of visitors and employees, animal care, daily operations, hiring & training of staff, labor scheduling and costs, park & CAPEX maintenance, managing the P&L. We can teach the business to motivated candidates with good organizational and communication skills. Successful candidates should have good management, communication, and people skills.

All positions are hands on. Aggieland Safari is open 363 days a year. This position will include benefits, which will include paid sick days, paid holidays, vacation days and company sponsored health insurance (Fall of 2021). New hires will be eligible for benefits the first of the month after 60 days of employment.

  • Reports to the Executive Vice President.
  • Recruit, hire, train, develop and supervise a diverse team of employees which includes zookeepers, maintenance staff, admissions team members, food & beverage staff, retail team members, group sales coordinators and park services team members.
  • Operate the park as efficiently as possible, while maintaining safety and guest service standards.
  • Implement and monitor all company policies and procedures.
  • Comply with all corporate daily and weekly reporting requirements. Accuracy of paperwork is essential.
  • Complete and appropriately file all required inspections, daily check lists, maintenance reports and USDA paperwork.
  • Maintain appropriate control of expenses, labor hours, operating costs, and inventory within areas of responsibility.
  • Lead the company safety program. Comply with, review, and adjust any operational health and safety procedures which risk the company or animals. Comply with all OSHA standards including required and documented employee training, certifications, and Job Hazard Assessments (JHA’s), with particular attention to Job Hazard Assessments & safety meetings.
  • Responsible for any other duties as directed by the senior executive corporate team.
  • Must have State and/or Federal vehicle valid license to drive a personal or company vehicle as there is frequent travel back and forth between vetinenary visits, operating supply runs and contractor meetings.

To apply send resume/CV, short letter of interest to:
Mark Whitfield, Executive Vice President
Parks! America, Inc.
Aggieland Wild Animal Safari
mark@animalsafari.com
Subject Line: General Manager – Aggieland Safari

Swing Keeper (hoofstock focus)
Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo, New Braunfels, Texas

DESCRIPTION
Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo is looking for a motivated person to work with a wide variety of mammalian and avian species. Types of animals under the care of this person include carnivores, primates, and birds, with a heavy focus on hoofstock. Previous experience at a zoological institution is required.

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

  • Providing for the needs of a wide range of animals through cleaning, feeding, watering, observing, enclosure upkeep, propagation, monitoring health, and medicating under veterinary supervision
  • Supplying enrichment to assigned animals
  • Inputting data into the animal records databases; assuring that appropriate records are kept on all husbandry including daily care and animal health
  • Exceptional use of time management techniques
  • Keeping all on and off exhibit areas clean, neat and organized
  • Understanding the significance of their role and how they can positively impact visitors; proactive, friendly communication will be expected at all times, as well as anticipating visitors’ needs and desires
  • Performing other related duties as assigned

EDUCATION AND PRE-REQUISITES
The position requires knowledge of animal husbandry, including exhibitry techniques, nutritional requirements, behavior, common diseases, capture and restraint and propagation methods. The successful candidate will need to maintain and develop a broad knowledge base on the proper husbandry of all mammals and birds in the collection.

Candidates will need to have good communication skills, be able to follow specific instructions, and communicate activities and observations clearly in writing and verbally. Applicants must be able to present to small and large crowds and work well with large groups of children. Physical requirements include working outdoors in any weather, lifting 50 pounds, and repetitive work such as raking and shoveling.

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
This is a full time position that involves working on weekends and holidays. Compensation commensurate with experience.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS
To be considered, you must submit a resume and a cover letter via email to JarrodF@hczoo.com, EmilyJ@hczoo.com, and CaseyM@hczoo.com. Candidates must be able to be present for on-site interviews.

Primate/Carnivore Keeper
Gulf Breeze Zoo, Gulf Breeze, Florida

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

Currently Seeking:
Our Primate/Carnivore keepers work with a wide variety of animals including but not limited to; Tigers, Lions, Siamang, Gibbon, Guenon, Bear, Otter, various Lemur and Tamarin species, etc. Job responsibilities include but are not limited to animal care, training, behavioral enrichment, assist with medical needs, daily records and help with habitat maintenance.

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

  • Daily cleaning and maintenance of exhibits.
  • Diet preparation and feeding.
  • Assist in vet and medical procedures.
  • Daily observation of animals including for injuries, breeding, and general healthcare.
  • Administer proper enrichment to various animal species.
  • Help with capture, moving, and handling of the animals in your care according to set policies and procedures.
  • Use large machinery, power tools, and lawn equipment in a safe manner.
  • Must be able to communicate and give keeper talks to guests through formal and informal encounters.

All applicants must be physically fit and active, able to lift 50 pounds comfortably, and be able to work in all types of weather. Applicants must possess a strong work ethic, a willingness to learn, and a valid driver’s license. Ability to follow a strict 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 curator@gulfbreezezoo.org

Executive Director
Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, Glen Rose, Texas

FOSSIL RIM WILDLIFE CENTER invites applicants for the position:
Executive Director

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center (FRWC) is a 501(c)3, mission-focused, 1,800-acre conservation center in Glen Rose, TX. Mission: FRWC is dedicated to the conservation of species in peril, conducting scientific research, training of professionals, responsible management of natural resources, and public education. Through these activities, we provide a diversity of compelling learning experiences that inspire positive change in the way people think, feel, and act with Nature.

Summary/Purpose of Position:
The Executive Director (with Board, staff, and volunteers) is responsible for leading and integrating FRWC’s conservation Mission across all operations, programs, and alliances in a way that balances the organization’s environmental, social, and governance (ESG) activities with sound profitability and positive business outcomes. As the operational agent for the FRWC Board of Directors/FRWC, the Executive Director, with vision and integrity, is responsible for implementing all governance policies related to a collaborative, innovative approach to enterprise that considers the needs of diverse stakeholders (including wildlife and land conservancy, employees, community, visitors, investors, suppliers, environment). He/She is also responsible for collaborations as a non-profit, staff oversight, financial planning/budgeting/management/accountability, compliance (legal, regulatory, other), and asset protection. This position reports to the Board of Directors.

Specific/Mandatory Responsibilities:

  1. Work closely with the Board of Directors on policy, Mission/Vision strategy, fundraising, and increasing the overall accountability, transparency, visibility, and viability of FRWC.
  2. Establish comprehensive tools and performance metrics for Mission-based input as well as internal and external impact measurement.
  3. Supervise and collaborate with FRWC staff; work closely with the Management Team (department heads).
  4. Strategic planning and implementation; exercise innovative and ongoing commitment to FRWC Mission and values-based programs and practices.
  5. Planning and operating annual budget; maintaining organization in positive financial position.
  6. Serve as FRWC’s primary spokesperson to the organization’s constituents, the media, and the general public.
  7. Establish and maintain relationships with various organizations and utilize those relationships to strategically enhance FRWC’s Mission.
  8. Oversee and enhance operations related to accountable and transparent revenue generation and departments of operational support in alignment/support of the organizational Mission.
  9. Engage in and support fundraising strategy development and implementation.
  10. Oversee marketing and other communications efforts.
  11. Establish/support employment and administrative policies and procedures for all functions and the day-to-day operation of the nonprofit.
  12. Adept at working with a variety of groups, organizations, and individuals including Board members, zoological/conservation organizations/alliances, ranches/land owners, academia, scientists, government officials, staff, volunteers, donors, and guests.
  13. Lead by example (servant-leadership), taking part in organizational activities as a member of the FRWC team and fostering a culture that encourages collaboration between departments and diverse stakeholders.
  14. Review, approve, and maintain all legal compliances, memberships, accreditations, contracts, and agreements.Other duties as assigned by the Board of Directors.

Professional Qualifications Required/Desired

  • Bachelor’s Degree required, Master’s Degree preferred.
  • Experience related to organizational balance of environmental, social, and governance priorities with profitability objectives.
  • Five or more years of executive leadership experience, preferably at a nonprofit.
  • Transparent, accountable, and high integrity leadership.
  • Business operations and fiscal management.
  • Experience working with a Board of Directors.
  • Strong passion for the Mission and programs of FRWC.
  • Strong interest in land and wildlife conservation and maintaining or improving FRWC with respect to conserving land, resources, and both native and nonnative species.
  • Professional experience at a conservation organization (preferably land-based) and understanding of natural resources, education, and wildlife conservation.
  • High-level strategic thinking and planning. Ability to envision and convey FRWC’s strategic future to the staff, Board, volunteers, and donors.
  • Ability to effectively communicate FRWC’s Mission to donors, volunteers, and the overall community.
  • Foster an environment of accountability, healthy work relationships and partnerships, and inclusivity among organizational staff to maintain a positive and collaborative work environment.
  • Balance innovation/entrepreneurial spirit with operational excellence.
  • Strong financial management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision making, and reporting.
  • Demonstrated success at fundraising. Excellent donor relation skills and understanding of the funding community.
  • Previous success in establishing relationships with individuals and organizations of influence including funders, partner agencies, and volunteers.
  • Proven track record of growing organizational capacity and programmatic impact.
  • Experience in creating and establishing clear, measurable business goals.
  • Solid organizational abilities, including planning, delegating, program development/management, project planning, and task facilitation.
  • Strong time management skills; ability to balance multiple projects and changing demands from day-to-day.
  • Creative problem-solving skills.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong public speaking ability.
  • Strong work ethic with a high degree of energy.
  • A healthy sense of humor.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Awareness of the unique opportunities and challenges of overseeing a conservation facility in a rural location.

Benefits Offered:

Partially subsidized medical after 30 days, voluntary dental, vision, AFLAC, etc. Basic life insurance (company paid), as well as automatic enrollment into the 401K savings plan (after 3 months of service) through the Company’s programs for these, are applicable to this position. Paid Time off, Compensatory time off, a length-of-service related leave system, and staff discounts at our Overlook CafĂ© and Nature Store are applicable.

Please submit your resume today! We are a non-profit organization and an equal employment opportunity employer and will consider all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other protected classification under federal and state law.

Fossil Rim is an “at will” and equal opportunity employer. It should be noted that it is company policy to conduct background checks on potential new employees, inclusive of testing for drugs and controlled substance use.

If you have any questions about the search process, please email Tally Hickey, Director of Human Resources, at humanresources@fossilrim.org

To download a packet with additional information, please click here.

Please apply through our website at https://fossilrim.org/career-internships.. WE DO NOT accept applications via email. Click the “Apply for this Position” button, fill out the form, upload the required documents, and click the “Submit” button. We require a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references.

General Curator
Virginia Safari Park, Natural Bridge, Virginia

The Virginia Safari Park ( www.virginiasafaripark.com) is an award-winning 180-acre drive-through safari park (within our 500-acre facility) located in Southwest Virginia. This ZAA-Accredited Facility houses 1,000+ specimens of a wide variety of hoofed stock, including breeding groups of white rhinoceros and reticulated giraffe. We also breed cheetahs, Ruppell’s vultures, radiated tortoises, African penguins, Giant anteaters and a variety of other endangered and rare species.

Conservation is at the core of what we do. Through our various breeding programs and in conjunction with our Corporate Conservation Coordinator we annually fund a myriad of conservation programs both nationally and internationally.

We are hiring for a dynamic, physically fit, experienced animal person who is either in a curatorial role or who is ready to take the next step up to this level.

Job Description: General Curator

  • Direct oversight of the animal collection, including two section curators and a full-time staff of 15-20 animal keepers.
  • Ensure a high level of animal care and welfare.
  • Reflect current trends and practices in the zoological field, including exhibition and care.
  • Reviews, creates, maintains and provides both leadership and oversight for policies, procedures and protocols related to animal care and handling.
  • Record-keeping and collection management will be of paramount importance.
  • An understanding of nutrition, conformation, breeding habits, proper display techniques, and an eye for animal health and well-being
  • Develops and manages, with senior staff, behavioral conditioning and enrichment plans.
  • Daily inspections of all sections, animals and staff.
  • Works with the Director to develop annual departmental budgets, species procurement and capital improvements as they relate to Animal Care.

Requirements:

  • 10+ years of paid experience in a zoological park or breeding center with at least 3 years of ever-increasing responsibilities in a Curator or Senior Lead position.
  • Extensive hands-on experience with a broad range of animal species.
  • Record-keeping, collection management experience.
  • Familiarity with basic medications and vaccination programs.
  • BS in the animal related sciences preferred.
  • Professional in both demeanor and appearance.
  • Very physically fit.

Compensation:
Starting salary range of $52,000 - $65,000, commensurate with experience. Paid sick and vacation time, comp time, insurance options including vision and dental, 401k.

How to apply
Email applications to director@virginiasafaripark.com with General Curator in subject line. Only those applicants which fulfill the first 2 requirements will receive a response.

Animal Care Keeper
The Wild Animal Park, Chittenango, New York

DESCRIPTION
The Wild Animal Park is seeking an enthusiastic and progressive team member to join our Animal Care Keeper Team as a full-time Animal Care Keeper.

The Animal Care Keeper maintains the welfare of The Wild’s assigned animal collection and its environment in accordance with the USDA ,DEC’s, and our standards which includes applying daily operant conditioning and behavioral modification techniques, progressing animal husbandry, and interacting with the public to enhance guest experience.

Successful candidates will possess professionalism and excellent communication, decision making, and organizational skills. This team member must be creative, dedicated, and a self-motivated team player to function effectively in a team environment and who is willing to make a significant commitment to the organization.

Our new team member will have the opportunity to develop a career in an innovative and dynamic environment. The ideal candidate must have the ability to accept challenges, demonstrate adaptability and desire to grow, follow the lead of management and zoological goals, and meet deadlines in a fast-paced work environment, and must value fun.

Reports directly to an Animal Care Manager.

The Animal Care Keeper is a front-line staff position responsible for the daily care and behavioral management of any and all animals at The Wild.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Perform cleaning, renovations, and maintenance of assigned animal habitats, support areas, and equipment.
  • Participate with the daily behavioral husbandry and operant conditioning of animal collection.
  • Support daily animal enrichment and documentation to promote, encourage and evaluate natural and engaging behaviors.
  • Observe, monitor, and report animal behavior changes and medical concerns.
  • Execute daily guest chats and animal training demonstrations while maintaining a superior level of showmanship.
  • Provide professional, courteous, educational, and exceptional guest service.
  • Adhere to all industry and government regulations regarding animal acquisition, handling, husbandry, record keeping, cleanliness/sanitation, and animal health.
  • Comply with safety policies, practices, and procedures.
  • Participate in proactive team efforts to achieve departmental and organization goals.
  • Collaborate with other departments within the park.
  • Perform other duties as assigned and as workload necessitates.

General Skills:
  • General knowledge of zoo animal husbandry and observational skills.
  • Proven ability in the use of operant conditioning techniques.
  • Ability to work with potentially dangerous animals.
  • Must be capable of emergency response handling to avoid injury to self, others, and animal.
  • Ability to remain calm and professional in the event of an unpredictable situation and follow through until situation is over.
  • Must represent The Wild Animal Park in a professional manner, and act accordingly at all times.
  • Ability to speak in public and give animal presentations to public both informally and formally.
  • Possess strong observational skills.
  • Must have strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to articulate and record observations intelligently.
  • Ability to give and comprehend and communicate accurately, clearly and concisely written and oral instructions, and to accurately carry out such instructions.
  • Must be a motivated self-starter who needs minimal supervision.
  • Ability to work with others in a team setting.

Working Conditions:
  • Standing, walking, twisting, climbing, crawling, kneeling, reaching motions, lifting (up to 50#)
  • Exposure to extreme heat, chemicals and dust/airborne materials.
  • Works with potentially dangerous animals (large ungulates, carnivores, venomous snakes)
  • Holiday, evening, weekend work required. Available on as needed basis for emergencies and events.
  • Travel opportunities for occasional conference and workshop if funding available. Some or all expenses paid.

EDUCATION AND PRE-REQUISITES

  • Associates or Bachelor’s degree in Zoology, Biology, Animal Science or other related degree OR equivalent of at least two years of exotic animal care experience.
  • Highly professional, motivated, forward thinking individual who will build positive working relationships while demonstrating sensitivity to the “mission” of the Zoo.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with all staff levels, Board, senior and middle management, donors, volunteers and guests.
  • Analytical, interpersonal, public relations, presentation and communication skills both verbal and written.

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
$13-14, depends on experience.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS
To apply for this position: Qualified applicants must send cover letter, resume and three (3) professional references to:
Ashley Rounds, Zoo Director, The Wild Animal Park, 7621 Lakeport Road, Chittenango, NY 13037 or by e-mail: ashleyatthewild@gmail.com

Veterinarian Technician
Montgomery Zoo, Montgomery, Alabama

Date Opened: 04/2/2021
Filing Deadline: Until needs are met
Jurisdictions: City of Montgomery
Salary: $32,318.00/year
Department: Zoo
Job Type: Open Competitive
Employment Type: Full-Time

Nature Of Work
The fundamental reason this position exists is to assist in the medicine, surgery, and preventative medicine and quarantine programs of the Montgomery Zoo. The work responsibilities of the position are: performs routine and diagnostic laboratory testing, assists in medical procedures, performs administrative related functions such as records keeping and inventory, and contributes to the departments objectives. This position reports to Zoo’s Staff Veterinarian.

Minimum Qualifications
Must have an Associate's degree in Veterinary Technology or closely related field and one (1) year of veterinary technician experience at an animal shelter, veterinary clinic or other animal care facility.

NOTE: Qualified applicants must be Licensed Veterinary Technicians.

Special Requirements
Must be able to work weekends and holidays and special events. Must have and maintain a valid Alabama Driver's license and an insurable driving record in order to drive city vehicles to transport medical materials to provide on-sight medical assistance to animals. Qualified applicants must submit to a medical exam following a conditional job offer to demonstrate that they are TB negative. Must live within thirty-minutes of the Montgomery Zoo in to respond to emergencies as they arise; or be willing to relocate within the first six months.

Kind Of Examination
Applications are being accepted to fill one (1) vacancy and any vacancies that may occur during the life of the register. The current vacancy is with the City of Montgomery Zoo Department. Applicants will be screened and qualified based upon education and experience as shown on the application. For this reason, applicants are urged to fill in the application form completely providing detailed information concerning the kinds of jobs they have held, the dates they held them, where and exactly what their duties were. If more than five qualified applications are received, the application will be used to rank applicants. If there are five or less qualified applicants, they will be considered equally qualified and placed on the register in alphabetical order.

Complete an online application by visiting Montgomery City-County Personnel's Online Employment Center (http://www.jobaps.com/MGM). Paper applications are no longer accepted. Completed applications will be accepted online until 5:00 p.m. on the closing date. If there is no closing date, the announcement may be closed at any time without prior notice.

Additional Information
BENEFITS: Employees are offered a competitive benefits package which includes health, dental, and life insurance, paid annual and sick leave, paid holidays, and a retirement program.
DRUG TEST: Employment is conditional upon the potential employee passing a pre-employment drug test. (The drug test may require the submission of a sample of hair, finger nails, and/or urine that will verify illegal drug use).
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: Discrimination against any person in recruitment, examination, appointment, training, promotion, retention, discipline, or any other aspect of personnel administration because of political or religious opinions or affiliations or because of race, national origin, or any other non-merit factors is prohibited. Discrimination on the basis of age, sex, or physical disability is prohibited except where specific age, sex, or physical requirements constitute a bona fide occupational qualification necessary to proper and efficient administration.
REQUEST FOR ACCOMMODATION: Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, it is the responsibility of the applicant with a disability to request accommodation which he/she requires in order to participate in the application or examination process. The Personnel Department reserves the right to require documentation of the need for accommodation under the ADA. In order to request accommodation in the application or testing process, contact the Personnel Director at (334) 625-2675.
I9: Prior to your employment, you will be required to provide to your employer documentation of your identity and employment eligibility in order to comply with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.
UPDATE OF CONTACT INFORMATION: It is your responsibility to update your contact information (address, phone, email) so that we can contact you about jobs. Please visit the Update Contact Information page to log in and update to your contact information at any time.

Click on a link below to apply for this position:
Fill out the Supplemental Questionnaire and Application NOW using the Internet.

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Keeper 1 (Full time Non-Exempt)
Austin Zoo, Austin, Texas

SUMMARY:
The position requires a dedicated individual who will take direction from the Senior Keeper, Curator and/or Director of Husbandry in carrying out the operations of the mammal, reptile and Avian areas of the Austin Zoo. This includes all aspects of animal husbandry, exhibit maintenance and holding area management. The position will participate in and assist with the development of the mammal, reptile and bird training program, which will consist of behavioral demonstrations presented to the public on a scheduled basis by the keepers. The position will also be responsible for maintaining organized written records pertaining to health, feeding, water quality and behavioral observations. As a keeper 1 you will be expected to learn and improve your knowledge and skills on a daily basis.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • As a member of the Husbandry team, you will lead by example by being patient, kind, humble, respectful, selfless, forgiving, honest and committed when interacting with one another, guests and animals.
  • Provides for the needs of all animals related to the bird, mammal and reptile collection by doing exhibit cleaning and holding/BOH maintenance, diet preparation and feeding, and enrichment.
  • Presents daily shows and presentations for the public.
  • Maintains records pertaining to feeding, water quality analysis, behavioral observations, training activities and medical procedures.
  • Maintains exhibit quality standards through regular maintenance and cleaning activities.
  • Cooperates with Animal Health Services staff for animal health issues, treatments, and veterinary procedures, transfers and crating.
  • Keeps work area clean and organized and reports mechanical failures to supervisors in a timely way.
  • Assists in all other Husbandry department activities when needed.
  • Participate in Austin Zoo related education, public relations and membership programs including facility tours and lectures.
  • Comply with safety and security directives, policies and procedures.
  • At the direction of supervisors, interact with and respond to public/media requests for information.
  • Adherence to area specific standard operating procedures (SOP’s)
  • Must be able to maintain discretion with confidential information.
  • Prepares and continually enhances animal areas for aesthetic, reproductive, behavior, and animal safety (i.e. perching material, nest boxes, “furniture”, live or artificial plants, etc…).
  • Attends departmental meetings and participates in developmental seminars and workshops as required.
  • Acts as a resource for apprentice Keepers and other newly hired Keeper 1’s.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in biology or a related field is required (3-4 years of full time mammal or avian training experience at a zoo or aquarium may be considered in lieu of a degree) with specific knowledge of animal husbandry and behavioral conditioning.
  • 3-4 years (4+ years without a degree) of experience working with animals in a zoo or aquarium setting is required. Emphasis should be on animal care and exhibit and holding area maintenance. (Domestic pets do not count)
  • Must have demonstrated discipline and have a history of a consistently high degree of work quality.
  • A valid driver's license with a good driving record.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule which will include weekends and/or evenings and holidays.
  • Ability to travel when necessary, usually not to exceed four weeks at one time.
  • Ability to respond to emergencies on an on call basis.
  • Knowledge of Word Processing and Spreadsheet software.
  • Must have good written and oral communication skills.
  • Knowledge of ZIMS.
  • C.P.R./First Aid certification (preferred) or ability to obtain within 90 days of being hired.
  • Experience in the maintenance of aquariums, aquatic life support systems, and use of water quality testing equipment.
  • Ability to successfully complete a criminal history background check annually required.
  • Possess a basic understanding of all species within the collection.
  • Ability to perform all basic husbandry tasks relating to care for all species within the facility.

PHYSICAL AND MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • In good health and capable of performing strenuous and/or heavy physical labor.
  • No history of allergy related to animals or plants, which might interfere with ability to work.
  • Ability to remain on feet for long periods of time, climb stairs, bend and stoop.
  • Ability to work in all weather conditions.
  • No impairment of sight, smell, hearing, touch, balance and agility of movement which might interfere with ability to work.
  • Physical strength, including the ability to lift up to 50 pounds and be able to move up to 100lbs.
  • Immuno-competence (possible exposure to zoonotic infections/disease).
  • Proof of negative TB screening prior to placement and annually thereafter required.
  • Proof of rabies vaccination ideal.
  • Covid Vaccination proof (will be required if not already vaccinated).

Send cover letter & resume and 3 references to info@austinzoo.org

Keeper/Trainer 2 (Full time Non-Exempt)
Austin Zoo, Austin, Texas

SUMMARY:
The position requires a dedicated individual who will take direction from the Senior Keeper, Curator and/or Director of Animal Care in carrying out the operations of the mammal, reptile and Avian areas of the Austin Zoo. This includes all aspects of animal husbandry, exhibit maintenance and holding area management. The position will participate in and assist with the development of the mammal, reptile and bird training program, which will consist of behavioral demonstrations presented to the public on a scheduled basis by the keepers. The position will also be responsible for maintaining organized written records pertaining to health, feeding, water quality and behavioral observations. As a keeper 2 you will be expected to learn and improve your knowledge and skills on a daily basis.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • As a member of the Husbandry team, you will lead by example by being patient, kind, humble, respectful, selfless, forgiving, honest and committed when interacting with one another and guests.
  • Provides for the needs of all animals related to the bird, mammal and reptile collection by doing exhibit cleaning and holding/BOH maintenance, diet preparation and feeding, and enrichment.
  • Presents daily shows and presentations for the public.
  • Maintains records pertaining to feeding, water quality analysis, behavioral observations, training activities and medical procedures.
  • Maintains exhibit quality standards through regular maintenance and cleaning activities.
  • Cooperates with Animal Health Services staff for animal health issues, treatments, and veterinary procedures, transfers and crating.
  • Keeps work area clean and organized and reports mechanical failures to supervisors in a timely way.
  • Assists in all other Husbandry department activities when needed.
  • Participate in Austin Zoo related education, public relations and membership programs including facility tours and lectures.
  • Comply with safety and security directives, policies and procedures.
  • At the direction of supervisors, interact with and respond to public/media requests for information.
  • Adherence to area specific standard operating procedures (SOP’s)
  • Must be able to maintain discretion with confidential information.
  • Prepares and continually enhances animal areas for aesthetic, reproductive, behavior, and animal safety (i.e. perching material, nest boxes, “furniture”, live or artificial plants, etc…).
  • Attends departmental meetings and participates in developmental seminars and workshops as required.
  • Acts as a resource for Apprentice Keepers, Keeper 1’s and other newly hired Keeper 2’s.
  • Possesses knowledge of research and conservation initiatives in nature and in zoos.
  • Strong knowledge of zoo/aquarium layout and general animal collection to respond quickly during animal emergencies and also assist guests.
  • Knowledge of safety SOP, safety concerns, and reporting protocols.
  • Good knowledge of species-specific enrichment and training protocols.
  • Appropriate animal restraint and handling techniques.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in biology or a related field is required (3-4 years of full time mammal or avian training experience at a zoo or aquarium may be considered in lieu of a degree) with specific knowledge of animal husbandry and behavioral conditioning.
  • 4-5 years (5+ years without a degree) of experience working with animals in a zoo or aquarium setting is required. Emphasis should be on animal care and exhibit and holding area maintenance. (Domestic pets do not count)
  • Must have demonstrated discipline and have a history of a consistently high degree of work quality.
  • A valid driver's license with a good driving record.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule which will include weekends and/or evenings and holidays.
  • Ability to travel when necessary, usually not to exceed four weeks at one time.
  • Ability to respond to emergencies on an on call basis.
  • Knowledge of Word Processing and Spreadsheet software.
  • Must have good written and oral communication skills.
  • C.P.R./First Aid certification (preferred) or ability to obtain within 90 days of being hired.
  • Experience in the maintenance of aquariums, aquatic life support systems, and use of water quality testing equipment preferred.
  • Ability to successfully complete a criminal history background check annually required.
  • Possess an intermediate understanding of all species within the collection.
  • Ability to perform all basic and intermediate husbandry tasks relating to care for all species within the facility.

PHYSICAL AND MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • In good health and capable of performing strenuous and/or heavy physical labor.
  • No history of allergy related to animals or plants, which might interfere with ability to work.
  • Ability to remain on feet for long periods of time, climb stairs, bend and stoop.
  • Ability to work in all weather conditions.
  • No impairment of sight, smell, hearing, touch, balance and agility of movement which might interfere with ability to work.
  • Physical strength, including the ability to lift up to 50 pounds and be able to move up to 100lbs.
  • Immuno-competence (possible exposure to zoonotic infections/disease).
  • Proof of negative TB screening prior to placement and annually thereafter required.
  • Proof of rabies vaccination ideal.
  • Covid Vaccination proof (will be required if not already vaccinated).

Send cover letter & resume and 3 references to info@austinzoo.org

Hoofstock Position, full-time
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. The position will mostly care for a variety of hoofstock and our farm/commissary. The zoo maintains a diverse collection of over 900 animals including great apes, carnivores, primates, birds, reptiles and a large petting animal area.

Currently Seeking:
The Gulf Breeze Zoo encourages you to apply if you are an energetic and hardworking individual who shares a passion for animal care. We currently have 4 unique hoofstock positions at Gulf Breeze Zoo, however you may be asked to learn one or multiple routines. You have the opportunity to care for animals in both a free-range preserve and exhibit setting, including, but not limited to goats, sheep, giraffes, white rhinos, addax, dromedary camel, gazelle, blackbuck, Nile hippo, kangaroos, and ratites.

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

  • Daily cleaning and maintenance of exhibits.
  • Diet preparation and feeding.
  • Assist in vet and medical procedures.
  • Daily observation of animals including for injuries, breeding, and general healthcare.
  • Administer proper enrichment to various animal species.
  • Help with capture, moving, and handling of large hoofstock according to set policies and procedures.
  • Use large machinery, power tools, and lawn equipment in a safe manner.
  • Must be able to communicate and give keeper talks to guests through formal and informal encounters.

A bachelor’s degree in an animal relevant field is strongly desired. Previous experience with exotic animals feeding, care, and exhibit cleaning/maintenance is beneficial. Experience with large domestic hoofed stock (cattle, sheep, horses, etc.) is preferred.

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 a strict 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.

Applicants should send cover letter and resume to curator@gulfbreezezoo.org

Head Curator
Wolf Park, Battle Ground, Indiana

Job Description:
Overall, the Wolf Park Head Curator will manage and implement a system that:

  • Ensures a high level of animal care and welfare.
  • Educates visitors, staff, and volunteers about the species at Wolf Park.
  • Implements conservation practices and messages into scope of work.
  • Reflects current trends and practices in the zoological field.

Animal Care

  • Creates a comprehensive animal care plan for the species at Wolf Park and ensures proper care is given and documented and in compliance with all applicable standards.
  • Maintains exhibits.
  • Develops and manages behavioral conditioning and enrichment plans.
  • Oversees clearances/ back-ups.
  • Reviews, creates, maintains and provides oversight for policies, procedures, and protocols related to animal care and handling.

Education

  • Works with program staff to implement and present on-site programs such as tours, seminars, handling demonstrations, and other specialized presentations.
  • Presents off-site programs when needed.
  • Reviews park signage and publications for accuracy.
  • Writes blog posts, social media posts, and newsletter articles.

Research

  • Works with outside researchers as needed based on the project.
  • May be involved in on-site research and writing for publications and articles.

Operational

  • Works with the Executive Director on an annual budget.
  • Provides training to interns, volunteers, and keepers on animal care and education programs.
  • Evaluates supervised individuals regularly.

Strategic

  • Conducts initial SWOT Analysis of current Animal Care practices.
  • Develops an on-going system of oversight to Animal Care programs.
  • Works with Executive Director to assess Animal Care staffing plans and create an Animal Care organizational chart and division of duties.
  • Creates quality assurance plans for Animal Care operations.
  • Works with Executive Director to create strategic plans for:
  • Capital improvements related to animal care (i.e. enclosures)
  • Accreditation
  • Animal/ species procurement

Experience: Bachelor’s degree or higher preferred. Experience with free contact of captive large carnivores required. Experience with positive reinforcement, science-based training methods, and applied behavior analysis. Strong writing and public speaking skills necessary. Senior management experience, including supervision of subordinates and development of new programs, required.

Salary: $41,700 - $44,900 per year. Benefits include health insurance, group life insurance, retirement savings matching program, and paid time off.

To apply: Email cover letter, resume, and at least three references to jobs@wolfpark.org. References should include at least one employer.

Zookeeper
Wildwood Wildlife Park Zoo & Safari, Minocqua, Wisconsin

DESCRIPTION
Wildwood Wildlife Park Zoo & Safari is announcing the immediate opening of a full-time Zookeeper. Looking for an enthusiastic professional with multitasking abilities and wants to jump in, work hard and contribute as a team member.

  • Day-to-day husbandry including: preparing diets for animals, feed and water animals, clean, sanitize, maintain and repair animal quarters as required; shovel, rake, hose, sweep, dust, and mop floors.
  • Cross-training all areas of zoo
  • Maintain adequate records on daily activities, observe animal behavior; reporting animal behavior.
  • Participate in behavioral management programs and enrichment for animal collection
  • Routine animal handling.
  • Routine animal health care.
  • Properly maintain exhibits, animal facilities, and equipment as trained for position.
  • Properly maintain mechanical equipment as trained for position.

QUALIIFICATIONS:

  • Must be 19 years of age or older.
  • Valid driver license with good driving record.
  • A degree in animal science, biology, zoology or related field is preferred.
  • Previous experience working with exotic animals.
  • Work independently as well as collaboratively with a team on daily routines and park projects.
  • Understand and follow oral and written instructions.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Have proficiently in performing assigned duties.
  • Time management in a high paced environment.
  • Ability to lift and carry 50 pounds, kneel, bend, crouch, squat, and stand for extended periods of time.
  • Must maintain current tetanus vaccination within 10 years and proof of a negative TB within the current year.
  • Ability to work flexible schedule that includes weekends and holiday.
  • Able to work as a team with other staff members.
  • Able to work effectively in all conditions (i.e. heat, rain, snow)

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
Full Time
Hourly pay during probation period

How to Apply:
Send a cover letter and resume
Wildwood Wildlife Park Zoo & Safari
10094 Hwy 70 West, Minocqua, WI 54548
Phone: (715) 356-5588 Fax: (715) 358-3688
E-mail: nature@wildwoodwildlifepark.com

List a position

1.  Listings are $125 and will be posted for up to six months.  Pay by credit card here. ZAA accredited facility have unlimited free listings

2. Email the listing to info@zaa.org

For questions, contact the ZAA office at (941) 621-2021 or info@zaa.org.


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