Available Positions

Carnivore Curator
Fossil Rim, Glen Rose, TX

Carnivore Curator

This position is responsible for overseeing the care and maintenance of the carnivore collection. This position is responsible for the training and supervision of daily duties of the Animal Care Specialists--Carnivores and interns. This position will maintain and expand Fossil Rim Wildlife Center’s image and awareness through public speaking and publication. And provide enhancement of the visitor experience and learning opportunities through the collection.

Specific/Mandatory Duties: The essential responsibilities of the Carnivore Curator include, but are not limited, to the following:

  • Provide a healthy, well managed carnivore collection on a daily basis.
  • Develop/maintain programs consistent with Recovery Programs and SSP/AMP recommendations and needs.
  • Develop carnivore programs, which Fossil Rim Wildlife Center will benefit from by generating conservation awareness.
  • Oversee all carnivore transfers.
  • Be familiar with and potentially secure loan, licensing, permits, contracts and agreements regarding Carnivore Department related activities.
  • Organize and secure all necessary paperwork and records related to the above and in accordance to all regulatory agencies (ZAA, AZA, USFWS, etc.).
  • Provide professional training opportunities through internships.
  • Provide supervision and oversight of Animal Care Staff in the carnivore department.
  • Supervise staff/interns for the daily care and maintenance of the carnivore collection.
  • Selection, scheduling, and supervision of Animal Care Specialists and interns in the carnivore department.
  • Interface with other zoological and related organizations regarding animal management.
  • Assist SSP/AMP Coordinators in planning, securing and coordinating carnivores to be moved into and out of Fossil Rim.
  • Submit purchase authorization requests and receipts as needed.
  • Assist the Animal Health Department with veterinary procedures and daily treatments as needed.
  • Consult with the Animal Health Department regarding diets, parasite control, and other health management issues.
  • Ensure proper record keeping.
  • Supervise and/or assist with animal management plans and actions within the carnivore collection.
  • Coordinate management activities with other area supervisors and the Director of Animal Care.
  • Regular and dependable attendance is required.
  • Be available for after-hours and weekend call out in emergencies.
  • Able to lift and carry 75 pounds.
  • Able to bend over.
  • Ability to spend up to 2/3 of the workday standing/walking.
  • Ability to work outside all day in weather ranging from extreme heat (+100 degrees) to extreme cold (below freezing) and in wet conditions.
  • Ability to drive and/or operate small maintenance equipment e.g., chainsaw, weed trimmer, mower, hand tools, truck and lawn tractor.
  • Ensure compliance with Employee Handbook, Risk Management Plan, Contingency Plan, and all other safety rules & procedures, the company vision, mission and goals.

The secondary responsibilities of the Carnivore Curator include but are not limited to the following:

  • Assist the Animal Care Department with procedures as needed, consistent with the existing “Team” concept.
  • Participate and serve on species or taxon management committees (SSPs, AMPs, TAGs, BCC [Breeding Center Coalition]).
  • Develop preliminary budgets, and be responsible for managing carnivore programs within an approved budget. Responsible for all carnivore hand-rearing, diets, supervision of staff and record keeping of hand reared carnivores.
  • Interface with both the Environmental Engagement and Public Relations Departments as needed.
  • Assist Support Services with facilities design and facilities maintenance.
  • Assist the Director of Animal Care regarding communication with other Fossil Rim Departments, media, and professional contacts.
  • Be on emergency call.

Desired Qualities, Experience and Educational Skills:

  • University Degree in Biology, Zoology, or related field, or 5 years’ experience, with two years of supervisory experience.
  • Expertise with carnivores and captive animal management programs.
  • ZIMS literate.
  • Public speaking experience.
  • Familiarity with both Macintosh and PCs and competent with Excel and Microsoft Word.

Work Requirements:

  • Usually a 5-day work week, often requiring flexibility and ability to work weekends and holidays.
  • Irregular scheduling in which days may exceed a normal workday. Work holidays as scheduled by Department, with consideration given consistent with company leave policy.

Position Specs:

A full time, exempt position. 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.

How to Apply:

Please apply through our website 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 Application” button. 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.

Primary Animal Keeper
Wilstem Wildlife Park, Paoli, IN

Primary Animal Keeper

Wilstem Wildlife Park is seeking a Primary Animal Keeper. We provide environmental education for children, youth, and the public through education encounters and offer a drive thru safari. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to provide amazing care to our collection animals and create an environment that will instill the same passion within our guests.

Role and Responsibilities:

  • Reports directly to the Director of Animal Operations to perform daily duties in the park.
  • Follow proper safety and sanitary protocols
  • Ensure standards are maintained in accordance with those established by Wilstem, USDA and associated governing agencies
  • Coordinate with other staff members to perform daily duties and special projects

Ambassador Animal Care Responsibilities:

  • Perform daily husbandry duties for collection animal species including but not limited to: reptiles, otters, giraffes, kangaroos, primates, sloth, hoof stock, etc.
  • Observe animal behavior to be able to interpret and distinguish signs of unusual behavior which may indicate illness/injury.
  • Updates and maintains animal health, behavior, and training records.
  • Prepare and feed out appropriate diets to ambassador animals.
  • Utilizes operant conditioning techniques to maintain and train both husbandry and education-focused behaviors in a variety of species.
  • Performs routine deep cleans of enclosures and holding areas.
  • Perform routine maintenance, upkeep, and small-scale repairs on animal enclosures.
  • Maintain tools and equipment used in daily animal care and exhibit maintenance.
  • Conducts encounters as requested

Leadership Responsibilities:

  • Upholds Wilstem Employee Handbook “Code of Conduct” in relation to interactions with volunteers, interns, staff, and guests
  • Train volunteers and interns on safe and appropriate handling of animal ambassadors

Qualifications:

  • Preference given to individuals with experience.
  • A valid driver's license.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule which will include weekends and holidays.
  • Ability to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions and lift heavy objects (up to 50 pounds)
  • Must have good written and oral communication skills.

Benefits:

Wilstem is a family-owned business offering competitive pay, potential housing, health insurance, 401K, vacation pay, among other benefits.

How to Apply: Please email: abrames@wilstem.com with resume and cover letter.
www.wilstem.com

Animal Husbandry Manager (Full Time)
Otter Valley Nature Center - Animal Educators, Inc./Nurtured by Nature, Valley Center, CA (North San Diego County)

Animal Husbandry Manager

Animal Educators, Inc./Nurtured by Nature have been in business 35 years /14 years providing small mammal interactive experiences to guests that visit from around the world. We are most known for our “Otter Swim Encounters” (which are conducted with our Asian Small Clawed Otters) but have approximately 100-150 individual mammals/birds and another 100-150 reptiles in our care. Our programs include Public, Conservation, and Charitable encounters where we work to raise conservation awareness and provide joy and support to children who visit from places like the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Through our Conservation programs we raise money to support multiple global conservation projects for animals and habitats that are represented by our ambassador animals.We maintain sustainable breeding programs in an effort to promote different conservation objectives. We support the California Department of Fish & Wildlife by assisting with rehoming confiscated animals to legal facilities.

Job Description:

  • Works with Operations Manager, Nurtured by Nature Board, and Animal Educators Management to identify animal care needs and communicate updates.
  • Works with Operations Manager to execute and communicate animal management goals with staff.
  • Creates and maintains animal care and training guidelines, procedures, protocols, and SOPs
  • Works with Operations Manager to prioritize animal training goals and maintenance.
  • Works with Operations Manager to prioritize sustainable animal breeding programs and space needs.
  • Works with Operations Manager and Animal Care Staff to identify volunteer opportunities and coverage needs.
  • Works with Operations Manager and Staff to identify key weekly project needs.
  • Daily animal care and training management.
  • In charge of small mammal, bird, and reptile collection (the most challenging being Asian Small Clawed Otters).
  • Directly works to maintain all USDA, USFW, CA Fish & Wildlife, County, OSHA, and State protocols.
  • Weekly staff updates on animal care and animal training (email and group chat).

Salary: $20-$24/hr, depending on experience

Benefits: medical, opportunities for advancement, possible relocation assistance.

Qualifications:

  • 3-5 years hands on experience with small carnivores, training experience is a plus.
  • Must be able to professionally work as part of the team with preferred supervisory experience.
  • Must be able to work flexible shifts, weekends, nights, and holidays, subject to 24 hour on-call availability for facility emergencies.
  • Have basic veterinary knowledge.
  • Must be able to publicly speak to groups of visitors.
  • Must be able to work outdoors under various weather conditions.
  • Must be able to do physical work that may include lifting 50 pounds, shoveling, raking, using various tools, walking up and down hills, climbing ladders, and enclosure building.
  • Must have a valid drivers license.
  • Must be fully vaccinated against Covid.
  • Must pass successful completion of background check.

How to Apply:

Please directly submit your resume and cover letter to Wendy Yates: nurturedbynature01@gmail.com. Additional questions can be directed to (760) 638-0880.

www.nurturedbynature.org

Primary Animal Keeper
Wildlife Images Rehabilitation and Education Center, Grants Pass, Oregon

Primary Animal Keeper “Variety String”

Wildlife Images Rehabilitation and Education Center is seeking a Primary Animal Keeper for our Variety String who embodies the mission of rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing wildlife, as well as providing environmental education for children, youth, and the general public. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to provide amazing care to our collection animals and create an environment that will instill the same passion within our community. Wildlife Images offers full benefits and is a member of the Zoological Association of America (ZAA)!

Role and Responsibilities:

  • Reports directly to the Animal Services Manager to perform daily duties in the park.
  • Follow proper safety and sanitary protocols
  • Ensure standards are maintained in accordance to those established by Wildlife Images, the Zoological Association of America (ZAA), and associated governing agencies
  • Coordinate with other staff members to perform daily duties and special projects

Ambassador Animal Care Responsibilities:

  • Perform daily husbandry duties for collection animal species including but not limited to: reptiles, skunks, opossum, coatimundis, invasive doves/songbirds, and birds of prey.
  • Observe animal behavior to be able to interpret and distinguish signs of unusual behavior which may indicate illness/injury.
  • Updates and maintains animal health, behavior, and training records.
  • Assists in ambassador health checks as needed.
  • Prepare and feed out appropriate diets to ambassador animals.
  • Utilizes operant conditioning techniques to maintain and train both husbandry and education-focused behaviors in a variety of species.
  • Performs routine deep cleans of enclosures and holding areas.
  • Perform routine maintenance, upkeep, and small-scale repairs on animal enclosures.
  • Maintain tools and equipment used in daily animal care and exhibit maintenance.
  • Supports Food Production staff - maintain rodent colonies and food supplies for the facility.
  • Conducts behind the scenes tours, public and private encounters, and trailside keeper talks
  • Handles and presents educational ambassadors at events.

Wildlife Rehabilitation Responsibilities:

  • Limited cross-training in wildlife rehabilitation at the park
  • Care for juvenile wild animals including overnight neonate care (assigned to a schedule with rehabilitation staff).
  • If rabies vaccinated, assist rehabilitation staff with rabies-vector species

Leasdership Responsibilities:

  • Upholds Wildlife Images “Code of Conduct” in relation to interactions with volunteers, interns, staff, and guests
  • Train new volunteers and interns
  • Train volunteers and interns on safe and appropriate handling of animal ambassadors

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in biology or a related field preferred.
  • Preference given to individuals with reptile experience.
  • A valid driver's license.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule which will include weekends and holidays.
  • Ability to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions and lift heavy objects (up to 50 pounds)
  • Computer skills in data entry- Google Drive, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Powerpoint, Microsoft Excel, and RaptorMed
  • Must have good written and oral communication skills.

  • How to Apply:

    Please email: animalcare@wildlifeimages.org with resume an cover letter.

    https://wildlifeimages.org/

Internship Positions
Camel Safari, Las Vegas, NV

Camel Safari Internship Positions

Camel Safari is a ZAA accredited zoological facility currently offering internships that cover a broad range of zoo-related professional skills. These internships will include on-site housing, a stipend and a certificate of completion. Camel Safari is located in Bunkerville NV, about an hour north of Las Vegas, and is situated on 176-acres in the Mohave desert. The zoo is home to nearly 70 animals, most native to desert climates with plans for significant expansion this year and over the next few years. The zoo is open by-reservation for guests to come onto the property and enjoy three-hour safari tours guided by our staff. This allows qualified staff to educate guests on each of the species in our collection and help guests to foster a love of wildlife through encounters with our ambassador animals. Interns will have the opportunity to learn about animal husbandry, diet, guest service, record keeping, routine medical care, start-to-finish fecals, exhibit maintenance along with free-contact training and handling of ambassador animals. Intern housing is attached to our indoor Asian-small clawed otter enclosure. The daily handling and enrichment of these amazing ambassador animals will be a considerable daily task asked of the chosen interns. Internship Schedule: These are 60-day internships and we are flexible on starting dates.


Qualifications for this internship include:

  • Being enrolled in a life science-based curriculum, having a life science degree or past experience working with animals (paid or unpaid)
  • Must be able to lift 100 lbs
  • Have a valid driver's license

How to Apply:

Interested candidates please email: allie@camelsafari.com your contact information and request an application/ questionnaire also feel free to include any questions regarding the internship.

Ambassador Animal Manager
New Mexico Wildlife Center, Espanola, New Mexico

NMWC MISSION: Connecting People and Wildlife for an Abundant Tomorrow
TITLE: Ambassador Animal Manager

PURPOSE:

  1. Primary responsibility for the daily care, health, well-being and training of approximately 35 Ambassador Animals, including raptors, mammals, reptiles and amphibians at NMWC
  2. Schedule, supervise, train and evaluate Education staff, interns and volunteers
  3. In collaboration with the Education Coordinator and Education Assistant develop and implement nature-based educational programming for on-site, off-site and virtual audiences utilizing Ambassador Animals.
  4. Responsible for maintaining permits and record keeping, and in collaboration with Executive Director budgeting, purchasing and facility maintenance

CLASSIFICATION: Full-time, salaried exempt; this position is limited by all NMWC policies and local, state, and federal laws, rules and regulations.

REPORTS TO: Executive Director

SUPERVISES: Assistant Curators, interns and volunteers

WORK HOURS: Five days/40 hours per week; some nights and holiday work hours required; some travel required including overnight and out of state.

SALARY: $35K- $40K

BENEFITS: Paid Time Off, Paid Sick Leave, partial health insurance reimbursement and holidays

OVERTIME: N/A

POSITION SUMMARY
The Manager is responsible for maintaining high standards of husbandry in our live animal collection which includes a variety of native New Mexican amphibians, reptiles, mammals and birds. The Manager will have substantial experience with training and enrichment for native wildlife species. The position requires confidence in public speaking and conducting presentations with live animals. The incumbent is an ambassador for NMWC with the general public and is passionate about the impact of the organization’s mission and programs on program participants and visitors.

The position manages all aspects of NMWC education programs, including on-site, off-site and virtual programs. The Manager is responsible for the training, scheduling, supervision and evaluation of education staff, interns, and volunteers. The Manager regularly presents education programs, engages with visitors and performs duties of Manager on Duty when required. In collaboration with all staff, fully supports NMWC’s strategic plan, mission and core values. The Manager may represent NMWC at local, regional, and national meetings and conferences. The position is a member of the NMWC leadership team. As such, this position is accountable for the successful and timely execution of programs, policies, and procedures in accordance with the NMWC mission, strategic and operational plans.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
PERSONNEL

  • Supervises and schedules Education staff, interns and volunteers and is responsible for training and evaluation
  • In collaboration with the Executive Director, hires new staff
  • Conducts regularly scheduled Education staff meetings
  • Establishes, promotes and maintains clear and open communication

ADMINISTRATION & MANAGEMENT

  • The Manager is responsible for ensuring strategic and operational goals for the Education program are met
  • Maintains consistent application of NMWC policies and procedures.
  • Regularly reports on programming to the Executive Director.
  • Maintain discretion with confidential information.
  • Maintain and manages accurate animal care records andc permits and education program records.
  • Participates with Board committees as needed.
  • Supports the NMWC’s administrative, communication, and fundraising functions.
  • Serves as Manager on Duty as required.
  • Assists with grant writing/reporting, implementation, and management.
  • In collaboration with Executive Director, develops and manages Education program budget.
  • Remains current with best management practices concerning wildlife education and husbandry.
  • Ensures the accuracy, relevancy and quality of Education program content.
  • Performs minor repairs to equipment, fixtures and features of exhibits and holding areas, and notifies Executive Director of damaged or deteriorated equipment, fixtures and features requiring major repair or replacement.
  • Responsible for the safe use, maintenance and storage of all education equipment, vehicles, chemicals and tools.
  • Visually inspects grounds and facilities daily for cleanliness, safety and checks animal enclosures for security and general conditions.
  • Participates in emergency response.
  • Perfroms other Duties as assigned.

AMBASSADOR ANIMALS

  • Oversees and ensures policies and procedures for the proper care, husbandry, and welfare of the NMWC’s Animal Ambassadors including training, enrichment, enclosure furnishings, diet, animal health/welfare assessment ensuring the highest practical level of animal care.
  • Collaborate with veterinarian and hospital staff to ensure animal health and welfare and assists with medical procedures and examinations, as necessary.
  • Assists with the acquisition and disposition of Animal Ambassadors.
  • Appropriately applies Best Current Practices regarding animal training methodology
  • Maintain animal enclosures and related facilities in best condition possible, recommending additions, renovations, repairs, and replacement as needed.

EDUCATION PROGRAM

  • The Manager is responsible for all aspects of educational programming provided by NMWC including development, implementation, evaluation, staffing, budget and resource allocation
  • Plays an active role in welcoming and hosting customers and visitors to NMWC.
  • Teaches as needed and maintains working knowledge of all NMWC programs.
  • Ensures NMWC programs meet local, state, and federal regulations for safety, and curriculum standards.
  • Identifies opportunities to attract new and diverse audiences, while also increasing the engagement with current visitors, program participants/groups and supporters

SKILLS

  • Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Outlook, Excel)
  • Excellent organizational, writing and communication skills, including a demonstrated proficiency in and comfort with public speaking and presentations.
  • Initiative, imagination and creativity related to wild animal care and conservation.
  • Ability to multi-task and work well alone or with others in a team environment
  • Flexibility, able to adjust plans quickly and efficiently to respond to needs of the Ambassador Animals, facility and visitors
  • Excellent time management skills; able to anticipate, plan ahead and complete tasks on time.
  • Able to identify and correct operational problems quickly. Must be able to think logically and solve problems with minimal guidance.
  • Experience with risk management and emergency procedures
  • Experience creating and delivering conservation/environmental educational programs
  • Strong supervisory and interpersonal skills; successful experience leading staff and volunteers. Proven ability to work successfully with people of varying backgrounds, skill levels, and interests.
  • Facility and grounds maintenance skills are desirable.
  • Experience with event planning is a plus.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • A passion for NMWC’s mission and experience educating the public about wildlife.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences, Environmental Education, Wildlife Management or related field required.
  • Extensive raptor handling experience required.
  • Minimum three years of professional experience working with native wild animal husbandry, training, enrichment with demonstrated knowledge of safe handling of potentially dangerous animals such as raptors, bobcats and/or venomous reptiles
  • Minimum two years of administrative and staff supervisory experience
  • Must be able to read, write, and speak clearly in English; Spanish fluency is highly desirable
  • Willingness to learn new skills and share the knowledge with others.
  • Prior teaching experience either in the classroom or in non-formal settings
  • Knowledge of zoonotic diseases and prevention and familiarity with basic medications.
  • Minimum of three years of professional experience working with native wild animal husbandry at an accredited institution or related facility with demonstrated knowledge of safe handling of potentially dangerous animals such as raptors, bobcats and/or venomous reptiles.
  • Ability to lift and or move 50 lbs.
  • Possess or obtain a valid New Mexico driver’s license
  • Current First-Aid/CPR/AED certified preffered

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. A large percentage of duties are performed outdoors in various weather conditions, ranging from rain, wind, snow, cool to cold weather, and extreme heat. It is possible the employee will be exposed to dust and harsh chemicals that if not handled properly may present a health hazard. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; use hands; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and to talk or hear. Use computer hardware and software for extended periods of time (repetitive motion). Sitting for long periods of time. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. Specific auditory acuity to identify animal noises indicating distress, aggression, pain and other conditions and behaviors; to hear warning signals from safety and security alarms and/or warning signals; to detect sounds associated with malfunctions in mechanical equipment and systems. Must possess sufficient manual dexterity, strength and ability to rotate wrists, elbows and shoulders to operate manual cranks, and pulleys and to use manual and power tools commonly used in routine maintenance. The incumbent must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds

The work environment may be exposed to inclement weather; pollen, mold, dust, dirt and other airborne contaminants; and temperature variations. Must be able to safely handle live animals and tolerate exposure to animal dander, animal wastes and other zoonotic contaminants. Must be able to work in close proximity to native wildlife species. Must be able to wear all required protective clothing and equipment.

Note: Employees in this classification may be required to have COVID vaccination; tetanus vaccination; maintain and/or receive proper rabies vaccination; and additionally may be required to maintain current CPR and First Aid certification

DISCLAIMER: This job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by an employee within this role. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of an employee in this position.

EEO STATEMENT: NMWC is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law. New Mexico Wildlife Center is an at will employer and all NMWC employees are subject to employment eligibility and background security checks as well as testing for illegal substance use as allowed by law.

To apply: please submit a cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references to matthew@newmexicowildlifecenter.org.

LSS & Maintenance Manager
Children's Aquarium Dallas, Dallas, TX

Position Title: LSS & Maintenance Manager
Department: Maintenance
Reports To: Executive Director
Project: Children’s Aquarium Dallas


Position Summary:
This position is responsible for the Aquarium’s overall equipment and facilities maintenance, including life support equipment operations. Management and preventative maintenance of all life support system (LSS) equipment, including but not limited to pumps, sand filters, UV, ozone generators and other equipment that are critical to animal health.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Manage the maintenance and life support systems.
  • Assist in writing protocols and procedures to be used in the operation and maintenance of LSS equipment.
  • Scheduling routine maintenance for all equipment.
  • Secure and maintain inventory of supplies and back-up equipment to ensure continued operations.
  • Identify and record all maintenance performed to LSS equipment according to approved protocols and procedures.
  • Identify problems with and implement changes to system design and operation to ensure safety for guests, staff and the animal collection.
  • Ensure the safe installation, maintenance and operation of all LSS equipment, while maintaining the needs of the animals in exhibits and holding systems.
  • Perform inspections, preventative maintenance, routine up-keep, cleaning and repair of all equipment.
  • Work in conjunction with Animal Operations Team to ensure proper water chemistry and conditions exist for the living collection.
  • Maintain up-to-date electronic records on water quality, system maintenance and system checks.
  • Perform general facility repair and maintenance.
  • Manage emergency situations to minimize damage, loss or injury to guests, team members, animals or company property.
  • In collaboration with Guest Experience Department, ensure exhibits and programs engage, educate and entertain diverse audiences.
  • Work closely with volunteers and educators provide exemplary guest service and engagement.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Experience, Skills & Qualifications:

  • Safety: Three years + in a similar position required.
  • PADI Open Water or equivalent (or able to obtain within 90 days of employment) preferred.
  • First Aid, CPR, Emergency O2, and AED certification (or able to obtain within 90 days of employment) required.
  • Proficient in operating, maintaining, designing and building life support systems for marine and freshwater systems essential.
  • Knowledge and ability to adhere to OSHA standards and proper use of personal protective equipment in an aquarium environment required.
  • Skilled in general construction, troubleshooting mechanical systems and the safe use of tools.
  • Preferred certification – AALSO Operator Level II.
  • Knowledge of water chemistry and monitoring in an aquarium environment.
  • Degree or relevant work experience required.
  • Exceptional leadership skills and proven experience
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Experience managing departmental budgets preferred
  • Strong listening, presentation, and decision-making skills.
  • Creative problem solver who thrives when presented with a challenge.
  • Energetic and eager to tackle new projects and ideas.

How To Apply:

Interested candidates should submit resumes to: recruitment@zooceanarium.com

Animal Care Staff/Seasonal Keeper Staff (Full-Time)
African Safari Wildlife Park, Port Clinton, Ohio

Job Description:
This position entails being cross-trained in all animal-related positions at African Safari Wildlife Park. Those hired in this position will be working in guest areas of the Park as well as behind-the-scenes areas with on-staff zookeepers. Animal-related operations positions include Education Programs Presenter, Education Programs Animal Handler, Animal Experience Attendant, Drive-Thru Guest Relations, and Front/Back Gate. Behind-the-scenes keeper job duties include, but are not limited to, making animal feed diets/handling and processing produce, cleaning animal stalls, cleaning animal exhibits, unloading hay, monitoring guest–animal interactions, and assisting keepers and potentially the veterinarian with procedures as needed.

Qualifications/Requirements:
Be able to work outdoors in all weather conditions for the duration of your shift. Be able to operate a golf cart while monitoring Guests and animals at the same time. Must be able to lift at least 50 lbs. Must be comfortable learning to operate farm equipment, does not require any past experience as training will be a part of this position.

*Must be over 18 years old and have Valid Driver's License for this position, background with or formal education in an animal-related field is highly preferred (zoo science, wildlife biology, zoology)

Application Instructions: Please apply online by using this link: https://africansafariwildlifepark.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=31. If you have any issues applying please reach out to info@africansafariwildlifepark.com for assistance.

Bird, Mammal and Animal Ambassador Trainer
Downtown Aquarium Denver, Denver, Colorado

This is a unique position that requires applicants to be keepers, trainers, educators, and performers all wrapped into one. A day in the life might include preparing our Sumatran tiger exhibit for opening, walking a porcupine through our exhibits, training an ambassador otter for a meet and greet, presenting a binturong for a corporate event, sifting sand on our shorebird exhibit, training a serval how to jump on stage, providing enrichment for a sloth, or prepping diets for the collection.

General Requirements:
This position involves training, presentation, and husbandry of all exhibit mammals, birds, and animal ambassadors in the collection. Currently the collection includes Sumatran tigers, North American river otters, macaws, Bonaparte gull, three banded armadillos, an African serval, an African crested porcupine, a binturong, a two toed sloth, and a variety of reptiles. Trainers participate in proper care of the animal collection, including environmental requirements, nutrition, the maintenance and appearance of all exhibits and holding areas, enrichment, formal and informal public presentations, and record keeping. Applicant must be highly motivated and be willing to work flexible hours, which will include nights, weekends, and holidays.


Position Requirements:
College degree in Biology, Zoology, Animal Science, or related field and 1-5 years paid training experience with a focus on operant conditioning; or a combination of a degree and experience that provide the required education and experience. Applicant MUST be able to demonstrate experience in accepted husbandry skills including; small mammal handling/transport, small mammal presentation skills, informal and formal presentation abilities, and developing behavioral and environmental enrichment. Must be highly organized, incredibly self-motivated, creative, team-oriented, with a strong desire to see completion of projects. Paid experience, code red shifting experience is preferable but not required. Certified SCUBA diver preferable but not required. Must have valid driver’s license.


Working Conditions:
Heavy lifting (50 pounds or more), walking and working within a wet environment. Outdoor work on occasion, under variety of conditions: cold weather, snow, hot weather, rain, mud, and dry land. Work with large carnivores – in a protected contact environment. EOE


Salary:
$18-$24/hr DOE

How to Apply:

Please send resume, cover letter and 3 references via email only to: Ryan Herman, Curator of Birds and Mammals, by September 10th, 2022.

Email: ryan.herman@ldry.com

Elephant Keeper
Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium - International Conservation Center, Somerset, PA

Position Title: Elephant Keeper
Department: ICC
Reports To: Area Supervisor/Curator of Large Mammals
FLSA Status: Hourly, Non-Exempt

The International Conservation Center is located on approximately 1,000 acres surrounded by the rolling hills of Somerset, PA. We are looking for a dedicated, safety conscious and team oriented individual to help us advance our elephant program. This is an exciting opportunity to join in promoting conservation and providing exemplary care for our breeding herd of African elephants at our unique facility.

Purpose:
To provide care to the elephant collection at the ICC and other species as assigned.

Essential Job Functions:
Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Diet preparation, husbandry, training, observation and record keeping.
  • Maintain and clean in and around animal habitats and inspect perimeters for security.
  • Assist veterinarian in animal examination and treatment and provide medical care as prescribed.
  • Assist in the collection of data for research studies.
  • Assist in animal restraint and transportation as required.
  • Speak to guests and conduct tours for educational programs.
  • Participate in training programs at the ICC or other locations.
  • Assist in providing training to staff or volunteers as requested.

Performance Factors:

  • Safety: The employee exercises caution and follows safety protocols in all aspects of the job.
  • Attendance and Dependability: The employee can be depended on to report to work at the scheduled time, complete work in a timely, accurate and thorough manner and is conscientious about assignments.
  • Communication and Contact: The employee communicates effectively both verbally and in writing with supervisors, colleagues, guests, and vendors inside and outside the ICC.
  • Working Relationships: The employee exhibits a professional manner and relates well with others. The employee works to maintain constructive working relationships with coworkers and to develop an effective training partnership with the animals based on respect and positive reinforcement.

Education/Experience/Knowledge/Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree in animal science or related field and 3 years professional paid experience working with elephants or 5 years professional paid experience working with elephants in lieu of a degree.
  • Experience with bulls and calves is desirable.
  • Knowledge of operant conditioning.
  • Knowledge of personal computer and general office equipment required.
  • Knowledge of or ability to learn to operate heavy machinery.

Physical Requirements:
This position is required to work in all weather conditions in a farm setting. May be required to lift, carry, push and/or pull up to 50 pounds unassisted.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume with salary requirements to:

HR@pittsburghzoo.org
or
Zoological Society of Pittsburgh
Human Resources Department
One Wild Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15206
EOE

Aquarist/Life Support Systems

Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, Pittsburgh Zoo, PA

Position Title: Aquarist/Life Support Systems
Institution: Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
Department: Aquarium
Position Status: Full-time, Hourly

Responsibilities/ Duties:

  • Operates pumps, filters, ozone generators, and other life support equipment for all Water’s Edge exhibits.
  • Understands the environmental needs for all animals maintained within Water’s Edge and ensures that all parameters are kept within expected limits.
  • Coordinates with Water’s Edge staff to ensure scheduled and unscheduled water changes, transfers and backwash procedures are completed safely and efficiently.
  • Mixes artificial seawater for all required systems and monitors reservoir levels. Transfers water to top off systems and for major water changes.
  • Responds to life support system alarms, problems and equipment failure to control damage and to ensure the health of animals.
  • Responsible for monitoring and maintaining water levels, air flow, ozone generators, and all other critical life support components and reporting any anomalies to Curatorial team.
  • Monitors visually all ozone generators, pumps, filters, motors, blowers, chillers and heat exchangers in Water’s Edge and reports any equipment failures or anomalies to Curatorial team.
  • Performs minor preventive and predictive maintenance tasks for all life support equipment and components (i.e. cleaning strainer baskets, cleaning ORP probes, etc.).
  • Isolates, troubleshoots and coordinates the repair of faulty life support systems and equipment by ordering appropriate replacement parts as needed.
  • Performs all appropriate water quality testing and makes system adjustments as needed.
  • Maintains appropriate records, including equipment readings, test results, and daily activity logs.
  • Writes all operating instructions for all new work procedures and update old ones for review by the Curatorial team.
  • Maintains inventory of appropriate stock reagents necessary for dosing exhibits.
  • Assists in the scheduling and implementation of monthly dive calendar, as well as communicating with dive volunteers and coordinating the filling of dive cylinders.
  • Participates in diving and tending duties of cold-water dives for Water’s Edge exhibit and holding pools.
  • Safely operates and maintains hydraulic scrubber apparatus.
  • Assists with chemical and physical restraint of animals, along with animal transfers and transports.
  • Answers questions, conducts tours for educational programs, public and private events.
  • Participates in training programs at the zoo. Attends professional conferences and prepares and delivers professional papers or articles.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Other Functions:

  • Interfaces and communicates successfully with all aquarium and zoo staff.
  • Performs secondary tasks to assist marine mammal staff and aquarium staff as needed.
  • Provides support as needed with the design, construction and fabrication of new life support and exhibits.
  • Provides support to Aquarists and Curatorial team with major exhibit maintenance.

Performance Factors

  1. Attendance and Dependability: The employee can be depended on to report to work at the scheduled time and is seldom absent from work. Employee can be depended upon to complete work in a timely, accurate and thorough manner and is conscientious about assignments.
  2. Communication and Contact: The employee communicates effectively both verbally and in writing with superiors, colleagues, and individuals inside and outside the Zoological Society.
  3. Relationships with Others: The employee works effectively and relates well with others including superiors, colleagues, and individuals inside and outside the Zoological Society. Exhibits a professional manner in dealing with others and works to maintain constructive working relationships.
  4. Provides excellent customer service in the areas of guest relations and park beautification:
    • Answers visitor inquiries or finds someone who can;
    • Is knowledgeable of location of exhibits, restrooms, concessions, rentals, etc.
    • Disposes of litter and waste throughout the park and zoo facilities.

QUALIFICATIONS
Experience and Education
Bachelor’s degree in engineering or the biological sciences and/or equivalent practical experience in a related technical field such as wastewater treatment; one to three years previous aquatic animal life support experience at an accredited private or public aquarium facility required.

Employee must be able to become open water SCUBA certified within the probationary period and able to pass institutional exercises/skills with the approval of the Dive Safety Officer.

PHYSICAL requirements
Must be able to work flexible hours covering all hours of the day all days of the week including holidays. Must be able to lift and carry 50 lbs. Must be able to work in an industrial type work environment and be able to safely use personal protective equipment such as respirators. Must be able to function in areas with low headroom, difficult access, ladders and heights. Must be able to perform physical activities such as walking, stooping, pushing, pulling, climbing, grasping, bending, crawling, carrying, handling dexterity, etc. Must be able to work around and use hazardous chemicals with proper personal protective equipment. Must be able to work in confined spaces with proper personal protective equipment.

All new employees must be vaccinated for Covid.

Interested candidates should submit resume to:
HR@pittsburghzoo.org

EOE

Aquarist
Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, Pittsburgh Zoo, PA

Position Title: Aquarist
Institution: Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
Department: Aquarium
Position Status: Full-time, Hourly

Responsibilities/ Duties:

  • Provides exceptional care to all assigned animals and exhibits including daily cleaning, water quality, maintenance, feeding, and health assessments as directed by the Curatorial team and be able to perform all tasks without direct supervision.
  • Maintains and cleans in and around aquarium exhibits, keeper areas and life support rooms, kitchen, and laboratory.
  • Properly ensures exhibits are secure and safe for all animals and guests. Report any major finding to Curatorial team.
  • Ensure proper care of all life support equipment including regular preventative maintenance and routine decontamination procedures while continuously monitoring all life support systems to confirm proper and safe function.
  • Collect, test and analyze water quality samples for the aquarium regularly, as well as, Water’s Edge and Kid’s Kingdom as needed. Communicate and take action based on results.
  • Perform maintenance of analytical and laboratory equipment including calibrations, preventative maintenance, and minor repairs.
  • Ensure proper lighting levels are achieved and maintained for all animals and environments.
  • Perform the required medicinal treatments of specimens in quarantine and rehabilitation and work in a team with animal health staff to develop treatment protocols and procedures.
  • Participate in the acquisition, transport, and acclimation of specimens including all animals in wildlife rehabilitation in accordance with all permits and procedures.
  • May assist in research study procedures and in the collection of data and preparation of reports.
  • Maintain all live cultures of zooplankton and phytoplankton as well as participate in aquaculture of fish and invertebrate species as needed.
  • Answers questions and conducts tours for educational programs and the general public.
  • Participates in training programs at the zoo or at remote locations. Attends professional conferences and prepares and delivers professional papers or articles. May assist in providing training to staff, interns or volunteers as requested.
  • Assists management and other staff in exhibit preparation and horticultural staff with planting exhibits.
  • Collects biological specimens and assists in chemical or physical restraint of animals.
  • Frequent scuba diving in various conditions in accordance with facility standards and protocols.
  • Responsible for making saltwater and maintaining reservoir levels.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Performance Factors

  1. Attendance and Dependability: The employee can be depended on to report to work at the scheduled time and is seldom absent from work. Employee can be depended upon to complete work in a timely, accurate and thorough manner and is conscientious about assignments.
  2. Communication and Contact: The employee communicates effectively both verbally and in writing with superiors, colleagues, and individuals inside and outside the Zoological Society.
  3. Relationships with Others: The employee works effectively and relates well with others including superiors, colleagues, and individuals inside and outside the Zoological Society. Exhibits a professional manner in dealing with others, and works to maintain constructive working relationships.
  4. Provides excellent customer service in the areas of guest relations and park beautification:
    • Answers visitor inquiries or finds someone who can;
    • Is knowledgeable of location of exhibits, restrooms, concessions, rentals, etc.
    • Disposes of litter and waste throughout the park and zoo facilities.

QUALIFICATIONS
Experience and Education
Bachelor’s degree in marine science, biology, chemistry, or related field and 1 year professional experience working in a public aquarium; or an associate’s degree in the related sciences and 3 years of professional aquarium experience. In lieu of either degree, an additional two years may be substituted to equal a total of 5 years exotic animal experience. Animal experience related to the area that the position will be assigned will take priority. Proficiency in life support systems and water quality analysis strongly preferred.

Employee must be open water SCUBA certified within the probationary period and be able to pass institutional dive exercises/skills with the approval of the Dive Safety Officer.

PHYSICAL requirements
Must be able to lift 50 lbs. chest height; as well as perform a host of physical activities on a daily basis. Some of these requirements include walking, stooping, pushing, pulling, climbing, grasping, bending, crawling, carrying, handling dexterity, etc. This position works in the Aquarium. Must be available to work nights, weekends and holidays; minimal travel may be required.

Interested candidates should submit resume to:
HR@pittsburghzoo.org

EOE

Animal Keeper
Carson Springs Wildlife Foundation, Gainesville, Florida

Carson Springs Wildlife Foundation is a non profit ZAA accredited animal park dedicated to housing animals in ideal natural enclosures and conservation education on 235 acres in Gainesville, Florida

Zookeepers have the opportunity to work with a close knit staff and with a variety of species , mainly carnivores.

Only guided tours and no general admission

Applicants

  • Must have animal experience
  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Must be physically fit and able to lift and carry 50 pounds repeatedly.
  • Must be willing to work outside in all types of weather, weekends and holidays .
  • Must be able to follow rules, detailed instructions, and safety protocols.
  • Must be reliable , trustworthy and able to work alone .
  • Must be able to effectively interact with the public and give tours once trained.

Duties include but not limited to:
Animal care, cleaning , diet prep, enclosure maintenance, tour guide, general cleaning to USDA standards.

Competitive compensation based on experience starting 36,000 to 40,000.

Health insurance, 401k, tips and bonuses , paid vacation . 5 days, 40 hours a week.

Apply by email with resume and contact info for professional references contact@ cswildlife.org

Land Animal Caregiver – Discovery Theater (Paid Intern)
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Vallejo, California

Description
Seasonal caregivers are responsible for the general care, cleanliness and maintenance of land animal areas and assigned animals.

Primary Responsibilities:

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

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Must have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Must be comfortable speaking in front on large crowds.
  • Must be articulate and able to clearly speak, read, and write in English.
  • Must have good vision and hearing with or without corrective device (such as prescription glasses)
  • Must be willing to listen and follow both written and verbal instructions.
  • Must be willing and able to work 40 hours a week, both indoors and outdoors, in all weather conditions.
  • Must be available to work weekends, evenings, and holidays.
  • Must possess the mental and physical capacities necessary to perform primary responsibilities.
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs.

Safety Sensitive Position
Six Flags is an Equal Opportunity Employer. SIX FLAGS SUPPORTS A DRUG FREE WORKPLACE

If you are able to answer "YES" to all of the following questions, please continue the application process by clicking "Apply"

  1. Can you provide legal documentation establishing your identity and eligibility to be legally employed in the United States?
  2. Are you able to perform the essential functions of the job for which you are applying with or without reasonable accommodation?
  3. Within the last 90 days, can you state that you have not used illegal or social drugs (excluding marijuana), such as MDMA (Molly), cocaine and crystal methamphetamine?
  4. I am willing to agree that future text messages relating to Six Flags, Inc., including company news, job posting application status updates, and other information, may be sent on behalf of Six Flags, Inc. to the cell phone number I provide.

Please apply at www.sixflagsjobs.com

Land Animal Caregiver – Big Cats (Paid Intern)
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Vallejo, California

Description
Seasonal caregivers are responsible for the general care, cleanliness and maintenance of all big cat areas and assigned animals. Entry level training of tigers, lions, and bobcats.

Primary Responsibilities:

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

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must be 18 years of age or older.
  • One year previous experience handling or keeping exotic animals preferred.
  • Must have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Must be comfortable speaking in front on large crowds.
  • Must be articulate and able to clearly speak, read, and write in English.
  • Must have good vision and hearing with or without corrective device (such as prescription glasses)
  • Must be willing to listen and follow both written and verbal instructions.
  • Must be willing and able to work 40 hours a week, both indoors and outdoors, in all weather conditions.
  • Must be available to work weekends, evenings, and holidays.
  • Must possess the mental and physical capacities necessary to perform primary responsibilities.
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs.

Safety Sensitive Position
Six Flags is an Equal Opportunity Employer. SIX FLAGS SUPPORTS A DRUG FREE WORKPLACE

If you are able to answer "YES" to all of the following questions, please continue the application process by clicking "Apply"

  1. Can you provide legal documentation establishing your identity and eligibility to be legally employed in the United States?
  2. Are you able to perform the essential functions of the job for which you are applying with or without reasonable accommodation?
  3. Within the last 90 days, can you state that you have not used illegal or social drugs (excluding marijuana), such as MDMA (Molly), cocaine and crystal methamphetamine?
  4. I am willing to agree that future text messages relating to Six Flags, Inc., including company news, job posting application status updates, and other information, may be sent on behalf of Six Flags, Inc. to the cell phone number I provide.

Please apply at www.sixflagsjobs.com

Reptile Animal Keeper
Catoctin Wildlife Preserve, Thurmont, Maryland

Primary Responsibilities

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 (3 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

Animal Keeper 1
Jungle Island, Miami, Florida

Position: Animal Keeper 1
Department: Zoological Operations
Reports To: Supervisor of Animal Care
FLSA: Non-exempt
Review Schedule: 90 days and annually
Compensation Adjustments: if necessary

POSITION SUMMARY/Primary Objective:
Jungle Island is a beautiful, unique zoological facility placed on Watson Island off the coast of downtown Miami and Miami Beach. Jungle Island has a rich history that is soon to be built upon as the park will be reconstructed and re-launched hosting a wide variety of animal experiences in early 2023. Until then, Animal Keepers will care for animals during the development of the new park over the next year, ensuring a successful re-opening. The Animal Keeper performs all job assignments with a professional and positive attitude that reflects Jungle Island’s mission and vision of connecting people, wildlife, and conservation. The Animal Keeper, under general supervision, performs a wide variety of functions in the training, handling, and care of exhibit animals. An Animal Keeper must have the ability to understand and execute plans as directed by the supervisor. This position will perform general husbandry and animal care tasks, such as cleaning, feeding, handling animals for procedures, record keeping, exhibit maintenance, and training as well as a wide variety of moderately difficult tasks in relation to operating an accredited zoological facility. The Animal Keeper should be prepared to work in a fast-paced, sometimes challenging environment. Animal Keepers should also be prepared to work in all types of weather, on weekends and holidays. The Animal Keeper will interact regularly with animals as well as park guests to provide world-class experiences that are signature to Jungle Island. This position reports to the Supervisor of Animal Care.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  • Perform daily cleaning of exhibits and facilities
  • Animal food prep and storage
  • Feed and provide any necessary husbandry for collection animals
  • Work with supervisor to develop and maintain an enrichment plan for collection animals
  • Must be comfortable working with reptiles, birds, and mammals without issue
  • The ability to use power tools for exhibit maintenance
  • Maintain trained behaviors as directed by the Supervisor
  • Transport animals as necessary for exhibits or special events
  • Must be comfortable handling animals in the park near guests, on stage, on camera as well as in off-site, public appearances
  • Maintain area equipment to assure all is in working order
  • Outgoing personality with the ability to educate and entertain guests
  • Ensure public safety regarding animal interactions inside and outside of the park
  • Administer prescribed medication and nutritional supplements as directed by supervisor
  • Comfortable assisting medical staff as necessary in treatment of animals
  • Maintain feeding, medical, and other records regarding animal care daily
  • Conduct special tours or VIP meet and greets as requested by Supervisor
  • Maintain an educational environment with all guests. Answer questions and provide information to them in a polite, professional manner
  • May perform public relations visits at media and other outlets as necessary
  • Must be willing to work nights, weekends and holidays as required

LICENSE/QUALIFICATIONS:
A college degree in any of the biological sciences or psychology is preferred. Applicants may substitute the equivalent in experience working with exotic animals where applicable. Knowledge of animal handling and husbandry practices is required. Experience in behavior modification using operant conditioning via positive reinforcement is a bonus. It is necessary that an applicant’s combined education and experience clearly demonstrate the knowledge and skills outlined. The ability to produce a valid Florida driver license may be required.

SKILLS/APTITUDES:

  • Familiar with natural histories of a wide range of species
  • Great interpersonal/customer service skills
  • Ability to maintain a professional appearance and conduct themselves positively and professionally in all aspects of the job
  • Experience in the care, feeding, training and safe handling of a variety of exotic animals
  • Follows directions
  • Keep electronic health and behavioral records as required
  • Able to communicate and work effectively with others
  • Be prompt
  • Provide world-class guest experiences
  • Monitor animal behavior and appearance and communicate any abnormalities effectively
  • Operate motorized equipment and vehicles
  • Be an ambassador for Jungle Island inside and outside of the park
  • Capable of lifting 50lbs standing, bending, squatting, twisting, and reaching; can work on uneven terrain and move around on slippery surfaces
  • Can handle frequent exposure to predictable and controllable hazards associated with close contact with a wide variety of animals (including large animals, birds, and reptiles); dust, and allergens; handle hazardous materials; work in cramped or confined spaces
  • Must be able to work outside, in water, and in all weather conditions

Note:
A review of this of this description has excluded the marginal functions of the position that are incidental to the performance of fundamental job duties, all duties and requirements are essential job functions. This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position. associates will be required to perform any other jump related duties assigned by their supervisor. This document does not create an employment contract implied or otherwise other than an “at will” employment relationship.

To apply: https://www.paycomonline.net/v4/ats/web.php/jobs/ViewJobDetails?job=48432&clientkey=B8C04F175ABFC2F5FAE175A072814F99

Apprentice Keeper, 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. Apprentice Keepers will be trained through Hoofstock, Bird, Reptile, and Diet/Night round areas of the zoo. Candidate would be eligible to train through Small Carnivores, Primates and Large Cats once they reach a set experience level. Starting pay $15.00/hr. Eligible for increased starting pay if candidate has more than 1 year paid exotic animal 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 Veterinary 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Previous internships/seasonal positions working with exotic animals preferred.

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 COVID 19 vaccine.
  • Proof of rabies vaccination preferred.

Send cover letter and resume to info@austinzoo.org

Permanent Part-Time Animal Keeper
Cape May County Zoo, Cape May Court House, New Jersey

The Cape May County Zoo is accepting applications for a Permanent Part-Time Animal Keeper. The duties include but are not limited to:

  1. Carries out a regular scheduled program designed to insure prompt feeding and proper care for all mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians in a zoo.
  2. Reports immediately any mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians that are not well.
  3. Carries out regular daily maintenance program involved in keeping cages, pens, paddocks, and animal areas in good repair and in a manner that insures maximum cleanliness and neatness.
  4. Carries out regular daily enrichment and training for animals in assigned areas and ensures proper animal welfare.
  5. Performs minor repairs to animal displays and exhibits.
  6. Carefully enforces established zoo regulations relating to protection of mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians in a manner that insures maximum protection to them and maximum safety to the public.

Requirements:
One (1) year of experience in the care and feeding of non-domesticated animals in a zoological park, or other animal sanctuary. Preference given to AZA or ZAA experience

Salary & Benefits:
Position is considered Permanent Part-time which consists of 28 hours per week split into (4) seven hour work days. Work week will be 4 consecutive seven hour days. Position offers future opportunities for full time work. Time off is earned at the rate of:

  • (1) Personal day/56 seven hour days worked up to a maximum of 3
  • (1) Vacation day/25 seven hour days worked up to a maximum of 12
  • (1) Sick Day/19 seven hour days worked up to a maximum of 15
  • (1) Holiday/21 seven hour days worked up to a maximum of 13

Salary: $15.14 per hour

Part time position may lead to future opportunity for Full Time position

How to Apply:
Please send Application (https://capemaycountynj.gov/DocumentCenter/View/452/Employment-Application-PDF?bidId=)and Resume to:

Dr. Hubert Paluch
Cape May County Zoo
4 Moore Rd. DN 801
Cape May Court House, NJ 08210

Or apply online at https://capemaycountynj.gov/FormCenter/Personnel-Forms-8/Cape-May-County-Job-Application-72

Animal Curator
Texas Zoo, Victoria, Texas

Overview
The Texas Zoo is a 501(c)3 non-profit zoological institution located in Victoria, Texas and serves the surrounding community as a leader in conservation education. The Texas Zoo sits on 5 acres within Riverside Park, with the possibility for future expansion. As the National Zoo of Texas, the Texas Zoo focuses on native Texas wildlife, with some exotic species from the Meso-American corridor and Africa.

The Animal Curator position is a dynamic, hands-on, management position that requires oversight of keepers, exhibit maintenance, animal nutrition, and general management of the collection. Applicants should be able to fill a physically demanding position and have excellent animal handling and training skills in addition to staff management experience.

Responsibilities

  • Oversee animal collection and keeper staff
  • Ensure a high level of animal care and welfare.
  • Stay privy to trends within the industry in all facets (exhibit design, welfare, enrichment, nutrition, etc)
  • Work closely with Wildlife Care Manager to create and procedures and protocols related to animal care and handling
  • Ensure proper record-keeping and USDA compliance
  • Work with Wildlife Care Manager and vet team on animal nutrition, welfare, and enrichment plans
  • Sit on animal acquisition committee with board members and wildlife care staff
  • Maintain Sustainability Partnership with Ocelot SSP and work closely with Red Wolf SSP
  • Daily inspections of animals, exhibits and staff
  • Develop and maintain training plans

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in zoology, animal science, or related fields
  • Minimum 5 years experience in zoo or wildlife facility
  • Ability to hold wildlife exhibition and educational permits with state and federal agencies
  • Management experience preferred
  • Flexibility to work nights, weekends and some holidays
  • Basic veterinary knowledge preferred
  • Ability to work with Texas native and exotic species
  • Driver’s License

Compensation:
Salary will be commensurate with experience. Benefits include paid time off and paid holidays.

How to Apply:
Email resumes and cover letters to: cwittenborn@texaszoo.org
Only applicants who fulfill the first three required criteria will receive a response.

Mammal Curator
Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, Pittsburgh, PA

Posting Date: June 27, 2022
Position Title: Mammal Curator
Department: Living Collections
Position Status: Full-time, Exempt
Removal Date: Until Filled

The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is looking for its next Curator of Mammals. Candidates must be dynamic and detail-oriented leaders who excel in building relationships, customer service, strategic thinking and bringing people together. Candidates must also value and exercise the zoo’s core values of inclusion, innovation, excellence, inspiring wonder, respect and building connections. This position will lead the mammal department with the assistance of the assistant mammal curator. With new leadership, the zoo is pursuing a new vision that centers around best practices for animal care, employee engagement, diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility, customer service, community engagement and partnerships and overall excellence. The Pittsburgh Zoo is currently accredited by the ZAA, Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and is certified by American Humane. The zoo is currently enrolled in the AZA’s Pathway towards membership program and anticipates applying for AZA accreditation within the next year.

JOB SUMMARY:
This position oversees the zoo’s extensive large cat and primate collections as well as animals from other taxa and exercises considerable authority and direct responsibility in the overall management and direction of the animal care staff, animal collection, and animal exhibits in a manner which continues the Zoo’s leadership on a national level. The Curator of Mammals will ensure that the goals and objectives established by the Pittsburgh Zoo in support of its mission are met. Responsibilities include personnel hiring, training and evaluation, budget development and management, animal husbandry, health and conservation programs, professional networking, participation in national zoo associations endeavors, and coordination with other zoological facilities This is a Senior Leadership position which reports to the VP of Living Collections and may be required to serve as on-site supervisor for the entire facility.

A. Essential Job Functions

  • Daily responsibilities include monitoring keeper’s progress in their assigned areas and supervising staff; Schedules animal related programs;
  • Maintains animal collection plan and transactions;
  • Ensures that all the guidelines of animal husbandry are met;
  • Develops enrichment and behavior management for the collection;
  • Prepares and monitors budgets and collection planning;
  • Develops goal and projects for the department;
  • Completes annual performance reviews for all staff in a timely manner;
  • Works with assistant curator to monitor staff performance and document any necessary disciplinary action.
  • Attends weekly animal management meetings and department head meetings as required;
  • Actively participates in spring and fall staff retreats;
  • Develops and coordinates safety effort within the department;
  • Must be an active member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).
  • Represents the Zoo in relevant AZA and ZAA species conservation programs and communicates institution’s wants/needs to program leaders;
  • Communicates nationally and internationally on animal transactions, animal transports, animal management, conservation and Zoo related issues;

B. Other Functions:

  • Participates in Zoo’s emergency response teams as needed;
  • This position is an integral part of the Zoo’s Management Team and strong knowledge of and experience in team participatory skills are required.
  • Performs all other duties as assigned and directed.
  • Performance Factors:
    • Attendance and Dependability: The employee can be depended on to report to work at the scheduled time and is seldom absent from work. Employee can be depended upon to complete work in a timely, accurate and thorough manner and is conscientious about assignments.
    • Communication and Contact: The employee communicates effectively both verbally and in writing with superiors, colleagues, and individuals inside and outside the Zoological Society.
    • Relationships with Others: The employee works effectively and relates well with others including superiors, colleagues, and individuals inside and outside the Zoological Society. Exhibits a professional manner in dealing with others, and works to maintain constructive working relationships.
    • Provides excellent customer service in the areas of guest relations and park beautification

QUALIFICATIONS

A. Experience and Education Completion of a Bachelor’s Degree in Zoology, Animal Science, Biology, Ecology or related field from an accredited college or university, plus minimum of five years of previous supervisory experience at a professional zoological facility in a management capacity; or equivalent combination of education and experience in lieu of a degree.

B. Skills and Aptitudes

  • Knowledge of:
    • Care, nutrition, breeding, behavior, and safety precautions required for a wide variety of terrestrial zoo animals.
    • Maintenance of zoo exhibits and facilities.
    • Animal behavior, training theories and applications.
    • Pertinent government and other regulations for housing, shipping, selling, and trading of animals.
  • Demonstrated ability to train, lead, supervise, and direct the work of others.
  • Skill in the handling and restraint of a wide variety of zoo and domestic animals.
  • Ability to:
    • Plan, organize and supervise the care of exotic and wild animal species.
    • Provide input on exhibit designs in relation to their features and appropriateness for a particular animal.
    • Assist with public relations, marketing, development and educational activities.
    • Maintain effective working relationships with other departments, staff, professionals from other zoo organizations, and the general public.
    • Prioritize and delegate work.
    • Communicate effectively both oral and written.
    • Coordinate animal transportation.
    • Set-up and maintain inventory control systems.
  • Computer skills – Fluency in ZIMS and Microsoft Office.

C. Preferred Experience

  • Bilingual
  • Working in a union environment

D. Additional Requirements

  • Ability to work outdoors under various weather conditions.
  • Flexibility to work weekends, holidays, and occasional evenings.
  • Subject to 24 hour on-call availability for Zoo emergencies.
  • Successful completion of a background check.
  • Valid state driver’s license.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; use hands to manipulate, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk and hear; and sit for prolonged periods of time. The employee may be required to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to weather conditions.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to:
HR@pittsburghzoo.org

Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
One Wild Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15206

http://www.pittsburghzoo.org/

Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is an equal opportunity employer

Veterinarian
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Vallejo, California

Job Category: In Park Professional
Requisition Number: VETER007665
Location: Vallejo, CA 94589, USA

Job Details

Description
Summary: This position will work with the zoological staff to proactively treat and care for Six Flags collection of marine and land mammals, exotic birds, fish, reptiles and sharks. The veterinarian will also help plan, direct and participate in health care program for the animal collection.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up of all animal health concerns in the park.
  • Establishes and conducts effective testing procedures for all incoming animals to ensure health of collection and comply with government regulations.
  • Conducts postmortem studies and analyses.
  • Continued assessment and improvement of preventative health care protocols for all species including nutritional and reproduction assessments.
  • Responsible for instruction of zoological staff in radiation protection as mandated by State Department of Health.
  • Contributes information and knowledge on all phases of animal health during Animal Husbandry Meetings.
  • Conduct regularly scheduled veterinary rounds and preventive care programs to maintain health of animals and guard against communicable diseases.
  • Conduct routine physicals on all animals.
  • Work with zoological staff members on present husbandry procedures, design and implement new protocols that facilitate the treatment and care of all animals.
  • Performs other miscellaneous duties as required.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Must be able to participate and succeed in a team-oriented environment.
  • Must be flexible with time to see to needs of collection animals
  • Help coordinate veterinary coverage when not available
  • Coordinate specialists needed for care of animals
  • Excellent diagnostic skills and ability to read and interpret clinical laboratory results.
  • Proficiency in utilizing ultrasound, radiography, flexible and rigid endoscope equipment.
  • Proficiency in anesthesia and surgery for a variety of species.
  • Knowledge and experience in transportation and acclimation of large animals preferred.
  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret common scientific and technical journals.
  • Ability to effectively present information to management, public groups and/or corporate representatives.
  • Must have the ability to easily communicate veterinary needs to a diversified staff.
  • Up-to-date on the use of “environmental enrichment” programs.
  • Ability to obtain state Veterinary licenses within first year of employment and maintain license in good standing.
  • Duties and tasks may involve standing, walking, bending, and lifting.
  • Position is regularly exposed to wet and/or humid conditions and outside weather conditions.
  • Must be able to swim.
  • V.M. or V.M.D in good standing from an accredited college of Veterinary Medicine; valid driver’s license.
  • Minimum of 3 years clinical veterinary experience preferably in a zoological or aquarium setting at least part of time.

Other Functions: All other duties assigned or necessary to support the park as a whole.  While this job description is intended to be an accurate reflection of the requirements of the job, management reserves the right to add or remove duties when circumstances (e.g., emergencies, changes in workload, rush jobs, or technological developments) dictate.

To apply please go to: http://www.sixflags.com/jobs

Office/Business Manager
Monterey Zoo, Monterey County, California

The Monterey Zoo, located on the Vision Quest Ranch in Monterey County, California, is seeking a fulltime (5 days minimum ) office manager/business manager. The Zoo and Ranch manages 22 employees, an animal collection of 100+ (large and small mammals, birds, reptiles, and insects), a B&B, and a special events site. Monterey Zoo is about 8 miles from the Pacific Ocean and is ZAA accredited.

Responsibilities: Include minor bookkeeping, coordination with accountant and bookkeeper, license and permit renewals, all aspects gift-shop management, employee scheduling and management, special events coordination, phone calls, animal records, etc.

Salary: Commensurate with experience. Housing needs may be taken into consideration.

Benefits: Private housing may be available for the employee and their family on the zoo property. Paid vacation and paid sick days included.

Please send a resume and cover letter to: Charlie Sammut, charlie@montereyzoo.org and place “Office/Business Manager” in the subject line.

Animal Care Specialist - Hoofstock
Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, Glen Rose, Texas

Summary/Purpose of Position:
This position will be responsible for the daily care and management of Hoofstock, to include pastures, rhinos, giraffe and holding areas. The position will include some maintenance responsibilities. This position will also be trained to fill in as needed within other areas of the Animal Care Department and report to appropriate supervisors.

Specific/Mandatory Duties: The essential responsibilities of the Animal Care Specialist - Hoofstock include but are not limited to the following:

  • Daily care and management of the animal collection
  • The ability to maintain the facilities
  • Enhance the conservation programs and educational opportunities through sound animal management practices
  • Daily care and management of programs within the animal collection
  • Accurate record keeping
  • Routine facilities cleaning, monitoring and maintenance--including but not limited to, fences, holding pens, grounds, etc.
  • Assist with animal medical and management procedures as needed
  • Provide information to other departments as needed
  • Handle and restrain animals during animal management procedures
  • Provide inventory information on animal feeds
  • Regular and dependable attendance is required.
  • Be available for after-hours and weekend call out in emergencies
  • Able to lift and carry 75 pounds.
  • Be able to bend over.
  • Ability to spend up to 2/3 of the workday standing/walking.
  • Ability to work outside all day in weather ranging from extreme heat (100+ degrees) to extreme cold (below freezing) and in wet conditions.
  • Ability to drive and/or operate small maintenance equipment e.g., chainsaw, weed trimmer, mower, hand tools, truck and lawn tractor.
  • Ensure compliance with Employee Handbook, Risk Management Plan, all other safety rules & procedures, the company vision, mission and goals.

The secondary responsibilities of the Animal Care Specialist - Hoofstock include but are not limited to the following:

  • The ability to work in areas outside of the primary area as needed
  • Some public speaking
  • Provide educational opportunities through tours and some speaking events
  • On call as needed per emergency situation
  • Provide service for Fossil Rim visitors as needed
  • Assist other Animal Care Department members as needed
  • Other duties as assigned

Desired Qualities, Experience and Educational Skills:

  • Degree in Biology, Zoology, or related degree preferred
  • At least two years of practical experience with large animals in a related field
  • Light maintenance/farm equipment experience preferred
  • Basic knowledge of animal care/animal science and nutrition

Work Requirements:
Usually a 5-day work week, often requiring flexibility and ability to work weekends and holidays. Irregular scheduling in which days may exceed eight hours. This is determined within the department.

Please apply through our website (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 Application” button.

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.

Zookeeper 1 Full Time Position
Plumpton Park Zoo, Rising Sun, Maryland

Plumpton Park Zoo is in Rising Sun, Maryland and is looking for hardworking, self-motivated, dedicated animal care staff. Currently the park is operating on approximately 25 acres and is expanding with several new exhibits this year as well as plans for a big new cat expansion. Plumpton Park Zoo prides itself on providing interactive, educational, and hands-on experiences for its guests and being stewards for the animals in our care. If you like a fast paced, growth mindset setting come join our team!

Summary:
Plumpton Park Zoo is seeking candidates to join the animal care team. Under direct supervision, the individual in this position is responsible for a wide variety of tasks involving the husbandry of the area species including but not limited to primates, small mammals, birds, reptiles and hoofstock, the daily upkeep of keeper and public areas, and interactions with park guests. The individual must be able to carry out the position's duties as described below, with or without reasonable accommodations, and comply with park policies and procedures as they appear in the animal care protocols. The individual must also be of sufficient health to carry out these duties daily without presenting a danger to his/herself or fellow park employees or guests.

Skills and duties: required of this position include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Provide quality guest experience, and maintain professional working relations with park guests, fellow employees, volunteers, and interns.
  • Provide for the care and welfare (husbandry) of assigned animals in the department, such as following prescribed diets and feeding procedures and protocols.
  • Cleaning/disinfecting of animal enclosures, holding areas, keeper space, common use space, and the public area surrounding it within Park, USDA and ZAA guidelines.
    • Includes upkeep of plant collection as well as minor repairs to exhibits/holding areas, if necessary.
  • Observe animals in the department daily for reproductive behavior, abnormal behavior, or potential health problems, reporting these to the supervisor(s).
  • Prepare, distribute, and keep records of animal enrichment
  • Train animals using positive reinforcement
  • Maintain daily reports: i.e.. medical, reproductive, dietary, and work orders in Animal Care Software.
  • Aid veterinary staff when necessary
  • Make presentations (keeper chats), or host animal encounters for park guests
  • Observe and report all facility or safety problems to the supervisor.
  • Any other duties as requested by the senior management.

Qualifications:

  • Four-year college degree in animal sciences, biology, zoology or equivalent.
  • Six months to one year of experience working with animals in some capacity. Examples include working with animals at veterinary clinics, pet stores, on farms, or as an intern or volunteer at a zoo.
  • Excellent public speaking and customer service skills.
  • Communicate effectively in English (oral and written), follow oral and written instructions, and use a two-way radio.
  • Candidate must possess a valid driver’s license
    • Vehicle operation is required- use of ATVS, Golf Carts etc... will be necessary.
  • Physically able to work in extreme temperatures and inclement weather conditions; walking, standing, lifting, and carrying up to 50-75 pounds, performing tasks in an environment that requires repeatedly stooping, bending, and climbing.
  • Ability to work long hours, weekends, weekdays, and holidays
  • Use disinfectants, cleansers, and work around dusty enclosures/storage areas.
  • Use common hand, power, and yard tools while working from the ground or on a ladder in a safe manner, if necessary.
  • Accept regular weekend, holiday, occasional after hour assignments, and be able to change days off as needed.
  • Negative Tuberculosis test results required per ZAA standards
  • Adhere to park/departmental policies and safety procedures

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
This is a full-time position 40 hours/week. Zookeepers are scheduled for four ten-hour days. Schedule rotates based on needs. There are no set days. Base wage is based on experience.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS
Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and 2 references to: cheryl.ppz@gmail.com. Please put in subject line: ‘Zookeeper Position’.

Animal Curator
ZooWorld Zoological Park, Panama City Beach, Florida

Our Perfect Match:
Recognizes the need to treat others with respect and dignity. Has the drive to lead by example and enjoys a guest-centric environment. Will have mastered basic zookeeping skills, enjoy educating the public and won’t be afraid to join their team in the park . Must be an effective leader who understands how to set and meet goals and motivate staff.

Responsibilities Include:
Daily inspection and evaluation of animals, animal exhibits and buildings. Planning, supervising and directing the work required for the care, welfare, display, propagation and procurement of the zoo’s animal collection. Supporting and directing animal related projects (transfers, acquisitions, etc) in accordance with the director’s guidance. Maintaining and reviewing daily logs of animal observations and/or daily operations; implementing, developing and/or revising animal care standards and operating procedures to ensure proper care, maintenance and safety of the animals and their facilities. Hiring, training and planning for the continuing development of the animal care and educational teams. Providing feedback and direction on animal presentations as well as rewriting scripts to keep them fresh and relevant. Ensuring that all animal areas are maintained in a manner that reflects ZooWorld’s high standards. Monitoring animal feed budgets and procuring feed items. This position is the lead member of the Animal Capture Team

What’s in it for you:
Salaried compensation based on experience, 2 weeks paid vacation, paid sick days, bonuses and profit sharing, 401k with matching, and a fantastic work environment with a great team in an organization that values its employees. Opportunities for continuing education, conservation work and conference attendance.

How to get this job:
Email a resume/CV and cover letter to Kayte@ZooWorldPCB.com. Include references and salary requirements to be considered.

Carnivore Permanent Part-time Zookeeper
Dakota Zoo, Bismarck, North Dakota

The Dakota Zoo
The Dakota Zoo is an AZA and ZAA accredited facility located in Bismarck, North Dakota. This 90-acre facility houses around 500 mammals, birds, reptiles, and fish representing 125 species. The Dakota Zoo participates in over 16 Species Survival Plan programs for endangered or threatened species and has served as a rehabilitation facility for injured and orphaned raptors for over 50 years. The Dakota Zoo is proud to be involved with numerous conservation initiatives both locally and globally.

Nature of Work
This person is supervised by the full-time Carnivore Zookeepers and Senior Keeper and indirectly supervised by the General Staff Supervisors, Assistant Director, and Zoo Director. This individual assists with daily zookeeping activities of the Carnivore Section. This person also serves as a relief zookeeper as needed, covering for their area zookeepers who are on vacation, on a leave of absence, etc.

This position works primarily with the zoo’s carnivores and raptor rehab program. Animals include tiger, snow leopard, grizzly bear, river otter, grey wolf, various bird of prey, various canid species, and other miscellaneous taxa.

Job Responsibilities

  • Assists with daily zookeeping activities which includes feeding, cleaning, assessing welfare, documenting observations, animal enrichment, and all other aspects of animal care at the Dakota Zoo.
  • Performs other duties as assigned which includes but is not limited to general maintenance of exhibits and grounds, maintenance of equipment, maintaining animal food supplies, assisting in medical duties and other miscellaneous tasks.
  • Assists area keepers as needed with behavioral training per the discretion of the team.
  • Provides relief for keeper absences as needed and takes on all responsibilities of that keeper during their time of leave. This includes all basic animal care, extra assigned duties, additional cleaning tasks, diet management, team communication, etc.
  • Continues to develop knowledge of animals at our facility and shares this information with other staff, public, and volunteers. Participates in keeper chats, zoo camps, animal encounters, and other miscellaneous education opportunities.
  • Willing to be a positive team player and continues to maintain and build strong communication with coworkers and managers.

Desirable Education, Experience and Qualifications

  • Degree in Zoology, Biology, or related field preferred.
  • Ability to serve as a positive, energetic, and supportive co-worker.
  • Strong communication skills and willingness to work with a team.
  • Experience with and knowledge of animal husbandry practices, including enrichment and recordkeeping, preferable from an AZA or ZAA accredited facility.
  • Experience with and knowledge of dangerous animals including big cats, bears, and other various carnivores, preferable from an AZA or ZAA accredited facility.
  • Displays a professional attitude and appearance to visitors, volunteers, and co-workers.
  • Possession of a valid North Dakota driver’s license, or ability to gain within 3 months.

Special Provisions for Permanent Part-time Positions

  • This position is 25 hours/week year-round. The schedule is Thursday-Monday (8am-1pm). Exceptions may occur when covering shifts for other keeper staff, holidays, and other days as needed.
  • There will be opportunities for working in other areas of the zoo as a supplemental income (admissions/gift shop/concessions), especially May through September.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, employment application (found on the Dakota Zoo website), and three references to Allison Malkowski, Assistant Director, at asdirect@dakotazoo.org.

Senior Aquarium Technician
Southeast Aquariums, Buford, Georgia

Southeast Aquariums is Atlanta's premier Custom Aquarium design, installation, & maintenance firm. We offer full exhibit design & engineering, custom fabrication, & consultations.

We are the only local aquarium installer that provides full 24 hour service, custom design and installation, fully quarantined livestock, and supports only the best brands.

SOUTHEAST AQUARIUMS wants you! This role will oversee the company’s luxury aquarium maintenance division as scheduled by the Aquatics director.

Duties to include, but not limited to:

  • Exceeding expectations of contract obligations for existing clients
  • Routine maintenance of client aquariums, filtration, and livestock for quality and presentation
  • Maintaining company database of life support logs, animal acquisitions, and trip reports
  • Maintaining all life support systems in prime operating condition inclusive of preventative maintenance, routine cleaning, and replacement(s) where necessary
  • Possess the knowledge to properly select and order livestock for client aquariums and ensure appropriate quarantine procedures and necessary treatments are followed and documented
  • Maintaining all company and client maintenance equipment, vehicles, and peripherals
  • Maintain a high level of safety at all times
  • Follow all scheduled tasks as assigned by Management

Minimum requirements for this position include:

  • A strong working knowledge of varying aquarium habitats to include freshwater, marine, and pond environments. A demonstrable track record of successfully maintaining large scale, live reef aquariums is mandatory
  • Working knowledge of various aquarium life support systems and water testing to include automated control systems, foam fractionators, pumps, UV sterilization, ozonation, dosing systems, as well as open and closed loop filtration
  • A self-starting, professional, and outgoing personality with a positive attitude and desire for a long-term career
  • The ability to make sound decisions with regard to high value assets and clientele
  • A clean driving record
  • The ability to work a flexible schedule including "on call"
  • Possess the strength to manually lift and move up to 50lbs regularly and unassisted
  • Able to climb, crawl, bend and stoop when and where necessary to access aquarium filtration areas for service

Desired qualifications include a degree in biological sciences (preferred, not required), and two or more years working in a professional aquarium institution or similarly demanding aquarium maintenance capacity. Operations for this position are centrally located in BUFORD, GEORGIA between Atlanta and Athens. Compensation is based on experience. Benefits are included after full completion of the probationary period as well as sales commissions on non-recurring service transactions. Please send resume, cover letter, desired pay, and three professional references for consideration.

Salary
Pay commensurate with qualification and experience. Hourly range of $35,000.00 - $42,000.00 per year PLUS: Overtime, sales commissions, discretionary bonus(es), AND a $1,000 Sign On Bonus after one year of continuous employment

Benefits
Full-time employees enjoy health care plans, paid vacation, paid sick time, commissions, bonuses, generous employee discounts, and flexible schedules.

Employment type: Full-time (Monday to Friday) with occasional nights and weekends as necessary

TO APPLY:
Please email resume and contact information to sales@seaatlanta.com

Exotic Feline Keeper- Full Time
Panther Ridge Conservation Center, Loxahatchee Groves, Florida

DESCRIPTION
Panther Ridge is looking for a full time keeper to care for our nine species of exotic felines. We are a small non profit organization dedicated to providing exceptional care for the animals 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 25 cats including Cheetah, Leopard, Jaguar, Puma, Clouded Leopard, Fishing Cat, Ocelot, Serval, and Caracal and we are rapidly growing. Check out our website at Pantherridgecc.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.

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
  • Managing interns and docents
  • Public interactions with guests in a courteous and professional manner
  • Follow safety procedures, be reliable and show initiative

Requirements Include:

  • A degree in biology, zoological or a related field
  • Must be a minimum of 18 years of age
  • At least 2 years of exotic animal experience
  • 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
This is a salaried position with an annual starting rate of pay $26,400 (translates to $13.75/hour or $110/day). Salary is dependent upon experience. Paid vacation, tour tips and bonuses are included. This position works an 8 hour day, 5 days a week.

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

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 may be extended to 6 months. We are a ZAA accredited non profit organization dedicated to providing exceptional care for the animals 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 25 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.

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 Include:

  • 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. An increase in stipend is offered for 6 month interns. All tour tips can be kept as well. No pets are allowed in the intern house. 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 resume, cover letter, a letter of recommendation and 3 references to the Head Keeper – sadieryan1117@gmail.com

Terrestrial Zookeeper, Shores
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Powell, Ohio

www.columbuszoo.org

Description
Responsible for the daily care of animals within assigned team as well as all other animals within the region; tests water quality and monitors life support systems and all region exhibit/habitat and grounds maintenance.

Responsibilities

  • Provides care for the region’s animals, including but not limited to food preparation, feeding, monitoring diets, watering, bathing, enrichment, water changes, observing medical and behavioral changes, behavioral stimulation and assists with medical treatment as prescribed by Zoo Veterinarians.
  • Cleans and maintains the region’s exhibit areas (e.g. servicing life support systems, use of water quality testing equipment), performs basic horticulture work within exhibit.
  • Performs minor maintenance, water quality testing, water changes, filter maintenance and other work related to aquatic systems.
  • Utilizes chemical supply products and follows standardized usage guidelines and safety information as set by the Material Data Sheets.
  • Assures safety of self, the living collection, co-workers and visitors by observing safety guidelines around the animals, equipment, and vehicles.
  • Maintains accurate, up-to-date records (e.g. daily, monthly) on the collection.
  • Provides educational information about the region’s animal population through such activities as interacting with the public, conducting keeper talks, staffing interpreter stations, conducting tours and workshops, attending docent meetings, composing articles for zoo publications and conducting volunteer trainings.
  • Provides input to Curator on all aspects (e.g. safety, animal husbandry) of the region.
  • May provide leadership and training to seasonal employees, interns, volunteers and zooschool students (e.g. provide daily work direction, inform management of problems.)
  • Participates in training and operant conditioning programs and follows standardized reporting mechanisms.
  • Attend departmental meetings and participates in developmental seminars and workshops as required.
  • Establishes and maintains contacts with other zookeepers outside of the Columbus Zoo, field researchers and other specialists as required.
  • Participates in venomous species handling program as assigned.
  • Remains current and follows all diving and venomous related institutional safety protocols as assigned.
  • Cross training between Shores Aquarist, Shores Stingray Bay Aquarist, and Shores Terrestrial Keeper positions is encouraged and subject to department operational needs as defined by the curator. Cross-trained staff may be assigned duties throughout the Shores region as needed.
  • Constantly strives to further the mission of the organization and avidly supports the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Zoombezi Bay, Safari Golf Club and The Wilds.
  • Implements sustainable practices in daily tasks whenever possible.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in zoology, animal science, biology or related field required. Four years of relevant zookeeping experience may be substituted for a degree.
  • Experience in zookeeping (6 months to one year), or approved equivalent, required.
  • Ability to perform strenuous physical work required.
  • Minimum six months animal husbandry experience working with reptiles (venomous and non-venomous), amphibians, avian, fish, invertebrates, and marine mammals preferred.
  • Experience in diagnosis and treatment of common diseases of reptiles, amphibians, and avian preferred.
  • Ability to successfully perform zookeeper duties within a diverse animal collection preferred.
  • Experience in the maintenance of aquariums, aquatic life support systems, and use of water quality testing equipment preferred.
  • Proficient in venomous reptile handling and able to complete venomous reptile training (if assigned duties include venomous reptiles.)
  • S.C.U.B.A. certification required (if assigned duties include diving).
  • Ability to pass Dive Program annual swim test required (if assigned duties include diving).
  • Ability to pass Dive Program physical exam required (if assigned duties include diving).
  • Remain current and follows all diving related institutional safety protocols (if assigned duties include diving).
  • C.P.R./First Aid certification required.
  • Remain current and follows all Venomous related institutional safety protocols as assigned.
  • Ability to develop and deliver informational presentations to small, medium or large groups required.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including evenings, weekends and holidays required.
  • Ability to communicate well both verbally and in writing required.
  • Ability to plan and organize work in an efficient and cost-effective manner and without direct supervision required.
  • Ability to provide excellent guest service by positively interacting with guests and upholding the Make it G.R.E.A.T. standards required.
  • Ability to develop and maintain cooperative working relationships with all Zoo team members and contacts regarding company business required.
  • Ability to adhere to standard operating procedures including but not limited to safety protocols required.
  • Possession of a valid Ohio motor vehicle operator’s license and a good driving record required, as well as ability to operate standard shift vehicles required.
  • Proof of negative TB screening prior to placement and annually thereafter required.
  • Ability to adhere to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium’s drug-free workplace policy including but not limited to pre-employment, random, post-accident, reasonable suspicion and follow-up treatment required.
  • Ability to successfully complete a criminal history background check annually required.

Please apply online at https://careers-columbuszoo.icims.com/jobs/2050/zookeeper-%28terrestrial%29%2c-shores/job

Laura Straka, Human Resources, 614-724-3589, laura.straka@columbuszoo.org

Reptile Manager
Animal World and Snake Farm Zoo, New Braunfels, Texas

ABOUT ANIMAL WORLD & SNAKE FARM ZOO
The Animal World and Snake Farm Zoo is a ZAA accredited facility currently in the midst of incredible renovation and growth. Since its inception in 1967, AWSFZ has grown to become a respected zoological facility and houses a diverse animal collection, including many species of mammals and birds, with emphasis on venomous reptiles, crocodilians, chelonians. Recent renovations include a beautiful naturalistic jaguar habitat and new bioactive immersive reptile habitats. The zoo will be expanding onto an additional 25+ acres with opportunities to bring in new animal species and habitats, reimagining of existing habitats, and dining and recreational opportunities for guests. AWSFZ is committed to exceptional animal care standards, an immersive educational guest experience, and staff development. More on our history and future plans can be found here: https://www.awsfzoo.com/about/history

Animal World and Snake Farm Zoo is located in beautiful New Braunfels, Texas, within 30 minutes of Austin and San Antonio. This area is home to exceptional parks, restaurants, shopping, and recreational facilities.

SUMMARY:
Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo is looking for a motivated, detail-oriented, and organized candidate looking to move forward in the animal care profession as our Reptile Manager. This mid-level management position will join our dynamic reptile team, working with a renowned collection of herpetological species. This position includes care and oversight of a large number of venomous snakes and crocodilians, as well as non-venomous snakes, lizards, chelonians, and amphibians. The ideal candidate will have previous professional experience with similar collections, and the ability to manage and train new and experienced keepers. Candidates will have good problem-solving and time management skills and will be expected to help maintain a positive and productive working environment through example. The ideal candidate will be an experienced keeper in a management position, or an experienced keeper looking to take the next step forward in their career. Animal World and Snake Farm Zoo strives to foster a dynamic environment for professional growth as the zoo continues to expand, and this position will provide the opportunity to step into a zoological management position.

This is a working position that requires daily husbandry with the reptile collection, as well as presenting daily shows to guests. The Reptile Manager reports directly to the Reptile Curator and will help fulfill these primary functions:

  • Participates in and oversees daily reptile operations, including husbandry, veterinary care, shows, and maintenance
  • Provides assistance with development, planning, and execution of breeding programs
  • Manages day-to-day work flow and flexible task prioritization of keepers and husbandry within the department
  • Scheduling of keepers, projects, and tasks assigned by the Curator/Directors
  • Assistance with creating and fulfilling short- and long-term department goals within planned timelines
  • Use of excellent communication, delegation and follow-up skills to ensure smooth day-to-day operations
  • Assists Curator in training and evaluation of new reptile staff in approved SOPs and procedures
  • Ensures that the department is appropriately stocked with inventoried supplies as needed for day-to-day, seasonal, and emergency situations
  • Participates in regular scheduled and unscheduled verbal and written communications with the Curator
  • Assists in development and compliance of safety protocols, including venomous species protocols
  • Assists in development of reptile shows and presentation techniques
  • Demonstrates a positive attitude and willingness to exemplify a general philosophy/outlook in line with the Zoo’s mission
  • Understands 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
  • Ensures appropriate detailed data collection and input into the animal records databases
  • Maintains animal habitats through regular maintenance, landscaping, oversight of life support systems including lighting, filtration, heating, and AC units, and care of living plants
  • Oversees cleanliness and organization of reptile keeper areas
  • Communicates department maintenance needs on a timely basis
  • Performs other related duties as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Advanced knowledge of herpetology, including husbandry and exhibitory techniques, nutritional requirements, behavior, common diseases, capture and restraint, and propagation methods
  • A minimum of two (2) years of professional experience at a public zoo or similar institution in a herpetological setting and a demonstrated knowledge and experience in zoological operations, animal husbandry and superior customer service.
  • Proficient in use of email, Google Drive and related programs, and digital task management systems
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision and independently accomplish tasks and goals
  • Ability to plan and organize work in an efficient and cost-effective manner and without direct supervision required
  • Excellent communication skills with supervisors, employees, and zoo-wide coworkers
  • Ability to follow and assign specific instructions and communicate activities and observations clearly in writing and verbally
  • Experience in designing and delivering quality educational programs to the public in both formal and informal formats
  • Thorough and practiced understanding and appreciation for customer experience and expectations
  • Knowledge of Federal, State and ZAA accreditation standards is preferred, not required
  • Ability to work in a dynamic team environment and the capacity to step outside of given role to ensure zoo-wide projects and goals are met
  • Demonstrated ability to motivate and organize the activities of the training staff. This experience should include an increasing degree of responsibility over time with a broad base of technical knowledge and skills
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and work as a part of a team in a constantly changing environment as well as individually, with a minimum of supervision
  • Must be able to lift, carry, push and/or pull objects and materials of moderate weight (50-80 lbs)
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule which may include evenings and/or weekends and holidays. Ability to respond to emergencies on an on-call basis

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

Work Remotely: No

Job Type: Full-time

APPLICATIONS
Please send a cover letter, resume, and 3 references to: Samanthaw@hczoo.com and Jarrodf@hczoo.com

Animal Care Specialist: CAC/Carnivore Swing
Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, Glen Rose, Texas

Summary/Purpose of Position:
This position will assist the Children’s Animal Center (CAC) Supervisor in providing care for the inhabitants of the CAC and Overlook area, provide a safe, enjoyable, educational and interactive experience for our guests and maintain aesthetics of the CAC. This arena provides one of the few opportunities for the public to interact with Fossil Rim staff. In addition, this position will assist the Carnivore Department in the daily husbandry of the carnivore collection, consisting of red wolves, Mexican wolves, maned wolves, black-footed cats, and cheetahs.

Specific/Mandatory Duties: The essential responsibilities of the Animal Care Specialist: CAC/Carnivore Swing include but are not limited to the following:

  • Daily care and management of CAC and carnivore collections
  • Daily diet preparation for CAC and carnivore collections
  • Enhance the conservation programs and educational opportunities through sound animal management practices
  • Constant cleaning of the CAC with consideration for public aesthetics, health, and impression
  • Provide a safe environment for learning and entertainment at the CAC
  • Assist with medical and management procedures of CAC and carnivore collections
  • Progressive involvement and understanding of all carnivore programs
  • Keep accurate daily records and communicate with supervisors
  • Routine cleaning and maintenance of all CAC and carnivore facilities
  • Monitoring of safety for both people and animals
  • Assist with mentoring interns
  • Provide excellent customer service for guests
  • Regular and dependable attendance is required
  • Be available after-hours and weekend call out in emergencies
  • Able to lift and carry 75 pounds
  • Able to bend over
  • Ability to spend up to 2/3 of the work day standing/walking
  • Ability to work outside all day in weather ranging from extreme heat (+100 degrees) to extreme cold (below freezing) and in wet conditions
  • Ability to drive and/or operate small maintenance equipment e.g., chainsaw, weed trimmer, mower, hand tools, truck and lawn tractor
  • Ensure compliance with Employee Handbook, Risk Management Plan, all other safety rules & procedures, the company vision, mission and goals
  • Fulfill other duties as assigned

The secondary responsibilities of the A/C Specialist: CAC/Carnivore Swing include but are not necessarily limited to the following:

  • Assist with maintenance of supplies and equipment
  • Assist in other areas within the Animal Care Department as trained, as needed
  • Provide opportunities that demonstrate educational value of live animals in a safe program environment
  • Act as a spokesperson for Fossil Rim

Desired Qualities, Experience, and Educational Skills:

  • Associate or B.S. degree in biology, zoology, animal science, or a related field
  • At least one year of previous experience with carnivores
  • Experience with education animals preferred
  • Good communication skills
  • Experience with public is a must
  • Basic computer literacy
  • Ability to work independently
  • Patience with public (especially children)
  • Ability to monitor animal/human interactions, and intervene in a positive polite way
  • Ability to take instruction from multiple supervisors
  • Flexibility in daily schedule and expectations

Work Requirements:

  • Usually a 5-day work week, often requiring flexibility and ability to work weekends and holidays. Irregular scheduling in which days may exceed 8 hours.
  • Work one or both weekend days in a 5-day per week schedule
  • Work holidays (schedule to be determined within department) with consideration given consistent with company leave policy

Please apply through our website (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 Application” button.

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.

Marine Species Conservation Coordinator
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 Marine Species Conservation Coordinator 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 Marine Species Conservation Coordinator will focus on assessing, planning and mobilizing policy and action for marine species conservation around the world.

Responsibilities of this position include:

Supporting Coordination of SSC Marine Specialist Groups

  • Maintains and continues to build high quality relationships with each of the SSC Marine Specialist Groups to assist with the delivery of their key objectives and identification of priority opportunities for marine species conservation.
  • With guidance from Chairs of the Marine Specialist Groups, encourages and motivates the SSC Marine and SSC Groups to advance global species conservation efforts around the SSC Species Conservation Cycle (Assess-Plan-Act), with a specific focus on the “Plan” and “Act”.
  • Gathers and integrates 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.
  • Contributes to and reviews formal, programmatic and communication documents as required, including periodic outcome and planning reporting to the SSC for the annual SSC Data process.
  • Ensures good communication and fosters collaboration and coordination between SSC Marine Specialist 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.
  • Bolsters 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 marine conservation.
  • Attends, and where possible helps coordinate, Specialist Group meetings.
  • Engages 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.

Strategically expanding, growing and diversifying the SSC network for marine species and ecosystems:

  • Works with the SSC Marine Species Specialist Group Chairs and the Marine Conservation Committee 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.
  • Identifies issues within SSC Specialist Groups (or complaints directly received) that require mediation or resolution. Refer such issues to the SSC Chair’s Office.
  • Builds relationships with existing training programs, e.g., CLP, EDGE Fellows, Durrell Academy, to encourage emerging talent to integrate into the SSC network.
  • Actively supports the SSC Marine Specialist 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
In partnership with the IZS Conservation Education Department, the IZS Communications Department and the SSC and GSP Communication Officer(s):

  • Coordinates, implements and evaluates how the GCSS can engage with the public on issues relating to marine 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.
  • Assists 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

  • Ensures relevant strategic priorities and opportunities relating to marine species 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 marine species.
  • Demonstrated experience and a good understanding of the practical aspects of biodiversity conservation actions, endangered species protections and policy especially relating marine species.
  • 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 marine species 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 multi-cultural 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:
4 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 is requiring all Zoo employees and volunteers to be Covid-19 vaccinated unless individuals require a medical or religious belief accommodation. If hired, vaccination must be completed prior to first working day or accommodation request must be approved prior to first working day.

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:

  • Interested candidates must complete an online Zoo application by the July 11, 2022, application deadline. This application can be found on the Zoo’s website at: https://www.indianapoliszoo.com/jobs-volunteer/available-positions/
  • To be eligible, applicants MUST include curriculum vitae, cover letter, and salary requirements.
  • Please note, the Zoo reserves the right to remove this job posting at any time, even prior to the stated application deadline above.

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

Animal Keeper 1
Animal Park at the Conservators Center, Mebane, North Carolina

Position: Animal Keeper 1
Department: Animal Husbandry
Reports To: Animal Husbandry Manager
FLSA: Non-exempt
Review Schedule: 90 days and annually

POSITION OVERVIEW
The Animal Park at the Conservators Center is a nonprofit wildlife park with a carnivore based collection, located in rural NC. Species kept include big cats, wolves, dingoes and other small canids, small cats, and small carnivores. The park hosts educational guided tours and special events that connect people with wildlife.

The Animal Keeper is responsible for performing husbandry for all animals on site. This is an outdoor position for an adventurous personality with a special interest in carnivores of all sizes.

An Animal Keeper must have strong focus in the present moment, and follow through with tasks precisely as directed. The Animal Keeper works weekends and holidays, outdoors in all weather, and still has a positive, professional attitude at all times. The Animal Keeper will i nteract regularly with animals as well as other staff and park guests to help provide exceptional visitor experiences. This position reports to the Animal Husbandry Manager.

Benefits include PTO, continuing education opportunities, group discounts for dental/vision and other coverage, as well as professional guidance for insurance plans available through the Marketplace.

JOB FUNCTIONS

  • Carries out all aspects of the daily care of assigned animals, including cleaning, diet prep and feeding, applying operant conditioning training, general exhibit maintenance and upkeep of habitats and support facilities
  • Maintains clean and organized exhibits, service areas, and equipment
  • Administers prescribed medications, supplements, and treatments under supervision
  • Maintains daily electronic record keeping on diets, health, welfare, training, etc.
  • Performs landscaping maintenance and eliminates toxic or harmful plants
  • Assists in pest control throughout the park.
  • Identifies maintenance needs and potential safety issues and effectively reports them
  • Assists in acquisition, processing and storage of animal food, including whole prey
  • Cross-trains and works in other areas of the business as needed
  • Interacts with donors and members of the public regularly, sharing an educational perspective and encouraging participation in park programs
  • Participates in educational experiences including keeper chats, tours, animal presentations or demonstrations, and/or other public interactions
  • Oversees work activities and/or provides training for interns and volunteers
  • Safely operates motorized vehicles and equipment
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications and Aptitudes

  • College degree in one of the natural sciences or a related discipline, or a certificate of completion from an acceptable exotic animal care program is preferred, but equivalent experience with relevant species will be considered
  • A minimum of one year of experience in zoo animal care, gained through employment, i nternships, or volunteer experience
  • Previous experience effectively using operant conditioning for shaping behaviors is ideal
  • Able to perform significant physical effort on a daily basis, such as walking, bending, stooping, twisting, repetitive motions, lifting heavy objects (up to 50 pounds), careful movement over uneven or slippery ground, and standing for long periods
  • Capacity to learn new skills and complex tasks quickly and thoroughly
  • Able to work weekends and holidays
  • Able to endure routine exposures to significant levels of heat, cold (NC level), moisture, and inclement weather
  • Strong interpersonal, team-building, and communication skills
  • High level of professionalism
  • Attention to detail
  • High adaptability and flexibility on the job
  • Able to ask for assistance, question when uncertain, admit when lacking knowledge
  • Able to represent the Animal Park well both on and off the job
  • Able use basic hand and power tools, and able to learn how to use more complex tools
  • Basic skills with Microsoft Office and Excel software applications
  • Valid driver’s license or ability to obtain one within 60 days of employment
  • Handle predictable and controllable hazards associated with animals; dust and allergens; chemicals used for husbandry purposes
  • This individual will be required to work around potentially dangerous animals
  • COVID-19 vaccination is required, and booster vaccines may be required
  • Pre-exposure vaccination for rabies will be required after a probationary training period
  • Testing or vaccination for other zoonotic diseases may be required

If interested please fill out an application using the link below.
https://animalparknc.org/connect/employment

All resumes, references and questions can be emailed to applications@animalparknc.org

Animal Care Team
Zoosiana, Broussard, Louisiana

Summary
Zoosiana in Broussard, LA is looking for hardworking, capable, and talented individuals to join our Animal Care Team. The Animal Care Team provides daily care and maintenance to the zoo’s hundreds of animals, including feeding, cleaning, and enrichment.

Qualifications

  • Experience on a farm or similar environment;
  • Experience in 4H or similar organization;
  • Combination of education and hands-on experience that provides the required skills for the position;
  • Ability to work among plants and foliage;
  • Excellent customer service and public speaking skills;
  • Must be able to work out doors in the elements, and be able to lift 50 pounds;
  • Must be able to work in a fast paced, cooperative team environment and multi-task.

Responsibilities
The Animal Care Team is responsible for providing daily care and maintenance to all animals living at the zoo, including meal preparation, meal delivery, exhibit and off-exhibit cleaning, enrichment, and other similar tasks. The Animal Care Team is responsible for making daily health and well-being assessments and for daily record keeping. The Animal Care Team maintains regular and frequent communication with the General Curator for ensuring best practices are used in providing care to our animals. Zoosiana is a breeding facility and the Animal Care Team assists with managing individual animal compatibility and breeding behaviors, as well as in rearing and caring for young animals. All members of the Animal Care Team must operate with a “safety-first” mentality and report directly to the General Curator.

About Zoosiana!
Zoosiana is one of the most vibrant and unique companies in the Acadiana region – caring for 1,000 wonderful, beautiful animals and hosting hundreds of thousands of guests on site at the zoo.

Zoosiana is in it’s 30th year of operation and is located in beautiful Broussard, at the intersection of Highway 90 and Ambassador Caffery Parkway. The zoo offers the chance to experience and learn about our world’s most precious residents. Our animal family represents over 125 species from around the world, some of which are rare and endangered. We have a growing family of many animals, including giraffe, squirrel monkeys, scarlet macaws, and many others!

In addition to walking the nearly 45 acre zoo under the shade of century-old live oak trees, guests can enjoy the Safari Express Train, Jungle George’s Gem Mine, Jungle Lodge Playground, Critter Café, Beastro, and the Gift Shop! We also have some exciting new animals and amenities coming in 2022.

How to begin?
Visit us online at https://zoosiana.com/employment to start this exciting adventure.

Veterinary Technician
Animal Adventure Park, Binghamton, New York

Animal Adventure Park is an interactive educational facility, utilizing immersive, and hands-on exhibition, to engage guests in a manner to promote understanding and appreciation of the living world.

Through appreciation, we achieve education. Through education we achieve conservation.

POSITION DESCRIPTION:
Under general supervision, the Veterinary Technician assists the Animal Management Team in administering daily care and treatment of the collection animals, in accordance with the zoo’s program of veterinary care. This position will also perform diet preparation for the zoo’s animal collection as well as other duties as assigned.

POSITION DUTIES & ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
Supports and adheres to the Zoo’s program of veterinary care and preventive medical programs, by assisting with daily tasks, including:

  • Administering medications, according to established protocols and laws.
  • Reporting injuries, irregular behavior, death, or birth of hospitalized/quarantined animals to the Animal Management Team.
  • Monitoring anesthesia and assisting with veterinary procedures.
  • Assisting with movement, capture and restraint of animals.
  • Performing routine laboratory processing analysis.
  • Monitoring health and welfare of quarantined animals and MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:animals under medical treatment.
  • Changing dressings and bandaging as directed.
  • Maintaining inventory of medical supplies.
  • Adheres to all licensing, continuing education and supervision requirements dictated by the state of New York.
  • Entering medical records on treatments and animal care tasks performed.
  • Maintaining Animal Adventure standards as well as USDA regulations and ZAA standards.
  • This position may at times be requested to perform other duties or special projects as assigned.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
EDUCATION:

  • Associate’s Degree in Registered Veterinary Technology.

EXPERIENCE:

  • Ideal candidate will have 1-year full time employment as a licensed registered veterinary technician, preferably in a zoological institution.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of veterinary procedures and technology, including routine equipment usage and the application of technical skills.
  • Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Office required. Familiarity with animal record keeping software is preferred.
  • Knowledge and experience working with non-domestic animal species preferred.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills and ability to understand/follow written and oral instructions.

OTHER MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must have a valid driver’s license.
  • Must have or be able to obtain a negative TB test.
  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds.
  • Must be willing to work a flexible schedule, including weekends, holidays and evening hours, in all weather extremes.

Salary:
Beginning wage is based upon experience. With personal progression shown, raises and bonuses are available for each individual.

Benefits:
After 90 days of employment, full time staff members may choose to take part in the park medical benefit plan, with 50% of the cost covered by the park owner. After 1 year of service, full time staff members will be enrolled in the park's employer paid 401K plan. (100% of the annual contribution is covered by the park owner.)

Email cover letter and resume to curator@theanimaladventurepark.com

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 birds and small mammals. Previous experience with small mammals or birds 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 position that involves working on weekends and holidays. Compensation commensurate with experience.

Job Types: Full-time

To apply, email caseym@hczoo.com and jarrodf@hczoo.com.

Lobbyist, state and/or federal
Zoological Association of America

ZAA is seeking proposals from qualified organizations/individuals to provide legislative lobbyist services at the federal and/or state level on behalf of the association. The service will include advocating for and protecting current and future rights of ZAA, ZAA members, and the zoological industry in general. Please review the attachments for more details.

RFP | Federal Lobbying

RFP | State and Local Lobbying

Please submit your proposal to info@zaa.org no later than August 31, 2022.

Care Team Captain - Hoofstock
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 401(k) 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.

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.

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:

  • Starting hourly rate of $15/hr with pay modifiers for previous FT Keeper 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
  • 401(k) with company match
  • Paid PTO starting at 90 days
  • 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 - BREZ
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 401(k) 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:

  • Starting hourly rate of $15/hr with pay modifiers for previous FT Keeper 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
  • 401(k) with company match
  • Paid PTO starting at 90 days
  • 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.

Carnivore 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.

Carnivore Team
The carnivore team is responsible for a variety of animals, jaguar, tiger, serval, ratel, lion, and a large cheetah breeding facility. This team gets up early and stays late, and puts in the time to provide the best possible life for their animals. In addition to being part of numerous successful breeding programs, the carnivore team is responsible for training demonstrations, behind the scenes tours and ambassador animal training around the park.

If you love watching baby cheetahs learn to run, assisting guests while they stick feed a lion, or love taking a stroll with a serval 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
  • 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:

  • Starting hourly rate of $13.50/hr with pay modifiers for previous FT Keeper 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
  • 401(k) with company match
  • Paid PTO starting at 90 days
  • 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.

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 ROTH IRA match, multiple health insurance options, dental, vision, paid time off, and accident insurance.

Here are some of the departments currently hiring:

Carnivore Team - Previous carnivore experience REQUIRED
The carnivore team is responsible for a variety of animals, jaguar, tiger, serval, ratel, lion, and a large cheetah breeding facility. This team gets up early and stays late, and puts in the time to provide the best possible life for their animals. In addition to being part of numerous successful breeding programs, the carnivore team is responsible for training demonstrations, behind the scenes tours and ambassador animal training around the park.

If you love watching baby cheetahs learn to run, assisting guests while they stick feed a lion, or love taking a stroll with a serval then you need to apply to join our team.

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 Team- 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.

If you wish you could watch a penguin walk down the aisle for someone’s wedding, love watching guests cry over meeting sloths, or think it’s fun to watch people getting splashed by penguins as they swim with them, then this team is 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.

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 - This position is specifically looking for a Giraffe Keeper.
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:

  • Starting hourly rate of $13/hr with pay modifiers for previous FT Keeper 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
  • 401(k) with company match
  • PTO starting at 90 days
  • 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.

Elephant Manager
Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium - International Conservation Center, Pennsylvania

Posting Date: May 17, 2022
Position Title: Elephant Manager, ICC
Department: Mammals
Position Status: Full-time, Exempt
Removal Date: Until Filled

JOB SUMMARY:
The ICC Elephant Manager will be directly responsible for the daily oversight of an African elephant herd of 1.4 animals at the zoo’s International Conservation Center (ICC), located approximately 2 hours outside of Pittsburgh. This position will also assist with the zoo’s herd of 0.5 elephants as needed. This position will work with curatorial staff to ensure compliance and excellent standards of elephant care, management, and consistency between the two programs.

The Elephant Manager will also be responsible for preparing and maintaining records for all aspects of elephant management. Supervises, trains, monitors, and mentors staff as well as participates in the care of elephants to meet the long-term goals of the Pittsburgh Zoo’s (PZ) elephant programs.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Responsible for implementing the daily husbandry, welfare, training, enrichment, and reproduction programs of elephants.
  • Under the supervision of the curator develops goals and associated plans for the behavioral management of elephants
  • Oversees the behavioral management of elephants through observations and interactions with the elephants, evolving a positive reinforcement-training program using progressive best practices.
  • Objectively evaluates the welfare of animals within their responsibility and works with a team of keepers, curators, and veterinarians to monitor and make recommendations to enhance animal welfare.
  • Responsible for creating and maintaining a goal-oriented enrichment program for elephants that promotes enhanced psychological and physical health.
  • Develops and maintains protocols and elephant program to meet and exceed the AZA Standards for Elephant Management and Care and USDA standards.
  • Observes and monitors the health of animals in the area, maintains open communication with the Animal Health Team, and ensures adherence to the preventative health program and medical treatments.
  • Ensures safety of elephants, staff, and public in all spaces.
  • Inspects and monitors food preparation and storage areas for safety and cleanliness.
  • Prepares and maintains records of all aspects of animal management; records daily behavior, breeding behavior, capture and restraint, routine and non-routine medical procedures, etc.
  • Documents all training and enrichment to show measurable outcomes.
  • Responsible for creating an environment where animals are given the greatest opportunity to exhibit natural behaviors.
  • Works with animals on a one-to-one basis such as bathing, collecting blood, cleaning feet, and other management behaviors.
  • Demonstrates good leadership traits including accepting input from employees and colleagues, arbitrating disputes, and instilling a positive work environment. Supervises and monitors the work of employees involved in the care and maintenance of the elephants and ungulates, providing both oral and written instructions and evaluations.
  • Excels at teaching and instructs employees in correct methods, checks and approves work, reviews, mentors, and evaluates employee performance, and establishes plans to develop employees for professional growth.
  • Plans, schedules, and assigns work to staff; establishes priorities.
  • Coordinates and manages animals for transfer to and from PZ and ICC.
  • Facilitates research projects at the ICC; keeps current with ongoing elephant/animal research including scientific advances.
  • Corresponds with other institutions and private specialists on current developments in elephant and general animal care and welfare.
  • Participates in the Zoo’s conservation education programming including presenting educational talks, as well as representing the ICC in the media and other public presentations.
  • Coordinates projects and repairs with the Director of the ICC.
  • Other duties as assigned.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Experience with elephants includes mixed gender and multi-generational herd management, artificial reproduction techniques, and neonate care in a protected contact environment as well as proficiency with and knowledge of all AZA elephant management techniques. Experience with ungulates and other taxa is desirable.
  • Experience leading teams of animal professionals.
  • Excellent teaching, communication, and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers.
  • Ability to deliver and receive constructive feedback

EDUCATION AND PRE-REQUISITES:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Biology, Zoology, Wildlife Management/Science or a related field or an Associate’s degree is preferred. High School diploma required.
  • Advanced knowledge of natural history and management of elephants in a zoo setting.
  • Minimum of five (5) years, increasing responsible experience in the care, training, handling, and breeding of elephants. Experience with male elephants and calves preferred.
  • Three (3) years supervisory/management experience.
  • Excellent elephant handling abilities, strong leadership and partnering skills, ability to operate as a member of a dynamic and diverse team, strong organizational time management, and problem-solving skills, and proven ability to successfully develop and implement a keeper training program and operant conditioning training program for the elephants.
  • Completion of AZA Principles of Elephant Management Course I required. Completion of PEM II is preferred.
  • Must have a current valid driver’s license with good driving record and the ability to obtain and maintain a PA driver’s license (within 6 months of hire).
  • Must have the ability to foster teamwork within and across teams.
  • Must have astute attention to detail.
  • Must provide documentation of current, negative TB test and Covid-19 full vaccination record.
  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, etc.).
  • Manual dexterity and balance is required to operate machinery and equipment. Must be physically able to exert up to ten pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects. Work involves standing, walking, bending, reaching, crawling, crouching, etc. for periods of time. Must be able to lift and/or carry weights of fifty to seventy pounds. Position may require occasional off-site driving. Must be able to work in various weather conditions, as well as evenings and holidays when required.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to:
HR@pittsburghzoo.org

Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
One Wild Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15206

http://www.pittsburghzoo.org/

Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is an equal opportunity employer

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

SUMMARY:
Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo is looking for a motivated and detail-oriented candidate to join our dynamic reptile team, working with a wide variety of herpetological species, including a large number 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 is responsible for the daily care, maintenance and observation of the assigned animal collection and associated facilities.

This position requires an individual with a high degree of professional experience who takes pride in work well done. The ideal candidate will 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 through shows, encounters, and informal interactions.

The Animal World and Snake Farm Zoo is a ZAA accredited facility currently in the midst of incredible renovation and growth. Since its inception in 1967, AWSFZ has grown to become a respected zoological facility and houses a diverse animal collection, including many species of mammals and birds, with emphasis on venomous reptiles, crocodilians, chelonians. Recent renovations include a beautiful naturalistic jaguar habitat and new bioactive immersive reptile habitats. The zoo will be expanding onto an additional 25+ acres with opportunities to bring in new animal species and habitats, reimagining of existing habitats, and dining and recreational opportunities for guests. AWSFZ is committed to exceptional animal care standards, an immersive educational guest experience, and staff development. More on our history and future plans can be found here: https://www.awsfzoo.com/about/history

Animal World and Snake Farm Zoo is located in beautiful New Braunfels, Texas, within 30 minutes of Austin and San Antonio. This area is home to exceptional parks, restaurants, shopping, and recreational facilities.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  • Providing general husbandry for a wide range of animals through cleaning, diet preparation and distribution, watering, observing, enclosure upkeep, propagation, monitoring health, and medicating under veterinary supervision
  • Maintains animal habitats through regular maintenance, landscaping, oversight of life support systems including lighting, filtration, heating, and AC units, and care of living plants
  • Data collection and input 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
  • Demonstrating a positive attitude and willingness to adopt a general philosophy/outlook in line with the Zoo’s mission
  • 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
  • Presenting various species to visitors in shows and private encounters
  • Take direction from the Reptile Curator and perform daily husbandry duties, tasks, and non-routine assignments within the work day
  • Work collaboratively with other zoo staff and departments to accomplish zoo initiatives
  • Inspect enclosures, tanks, fencing, pools, furniture and public areas for cleanliness and/or structural defects and to perform minor repairs and maintenance as needed
  • Using email, Google Drive and related programs, and digital task management systems on a daily basis
  • Performing other related duties as assigned

EDUCATION AND PRE-REQUISITES
The position requires knowledge of herpetology, including husbandry and exhibitory 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 should have a proven record of animal care.

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.

Work Remotely: No

Job Type: Full-time

APPLICATIONS
Please send a cover letter, resume, and 3 references to: Samanthaw@hczoo.com and Jarrodf@hczoo.com.

Veterinary Technician
Fort Worth Zoo Fort Worth, Texas

Summary:
As our $100-million expansion and improvements continue, our need for additional veterinary technicians is growing. This new position is responsible for providing clinical support to the veterinarians, to include assistance with medical diagnostics and clinical procedures, patient care, laboratory analysis, filling prescriptions, administration of treatments, maintenance of clinical facilities, equipment and medical records.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

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

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

Must possess working knowledge of:

  • Basic methods and techniques of veterinary clinical procedures
  • Observational skills for medical procedures and patient monitoring
  • Basic principles of anatomy, physiology and behavior of a variety of animal species
  • Basic principles and procedures of safe animal handling and restraint techniques of a variety of animal species
  • Operational characteristics of veterinary equipment and instruments

Must possess the ability to:

  • Provide appropriate and timely assistance with medical procedures in a variety of situations and conditions
  • React appropriately and calmly in emergency situations
  • Understand and follow written and oral instructions and priorities as set by supervisor
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing
  • Work independently in the absence of immediate supervision
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work
  • Maintain mental capacity which permits making sound decisions and good judgments, prioritizing work activities, demonstrating intellectual capabilities
  • Maintain physical condition appropriate to the performance of assigned duties and responsibilities which may include sitting, walking or standing for extended periods of time, working closely with others, operating assigned equipment

Additional Requirements:

  • Valid driver license with acceptable motor vehicle record to maintain zoo standards of insurability
  • Proof of negative tuberculosis (TB) screening within previous six months of hire date
  • Rabies/titers immunization and TB testing as required

Education and/or Experience:

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

Certificates, Licenses, and/or Registrations:

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

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

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

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

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 (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://us62e2.dayforcehcm.com/CandidatePortal/en-US/fwzoo/Posting/View/791

General Curator
Alabama Safari Park, Hope Hull, Alabama

The Alabama Safari Park is a 350-acre facility, located just south of Montgomery, AL. This drive-through style safari park is home to a diverse collection of hoofed stock, as well as species such as cassowary, kangaroos, giant anteaters, budgie aviary and a petting area.

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

We are hiring for a dynamic, physically fit, experienced animal person who is either currently in a curatorial role or who is ready to take the next step up to this level. The General Curator will work to manage and oversee the collection of over 700 animals.

The position is physically demanding and active. Although administrative in nature, this is a hands-on working position and requires work in the field.

Applicants must have significant hands-on animal experience, including proven management experience as well as basic veterinary knowledge. Must be professional, in both demeanor and appearance. Non-smoking work environment.

Job Description: General Curator

  • Direct oversight of the animal collection, including a full-time staff of 10-15 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:

  • 5+ years of paid experience in a zoological park or breeding center with at least 3 years with 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.

Compensation:
Salary will be commensurate with experience. Benefits include paid time off, insurance options, and 401K with company match.

How to Apply:
Email applications to: sburch@zoofariparks.com
Only those applicants which fulfill the first two required criteria will receive a response.
Application Deadline: Open until filled

Full time Keeper
Metro Richmond Zoo, Moseley, Virginia

The Metro Richmond Zoo is situated on 150 acres and is home to 2,000 animals many of which are endangered. The zoo is rapidly growing and is heavily involved in conservation programs for many species.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must be a minimum of 18 years of age.
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher or
  • High school graduate with at least 2 years paid animal experience.
  • Good interpersonal and communications skills.
  • Work in a non-smoking environment
  • Must be able to interact with guests in a courteous and professional manner.
  • Must be willing to learn and integrate information, knowledge, and direction quickly.
  • Must be reliable and show initiative.
  • Must be able to maintain focus and mental stability at all times
  • Must be able to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Physically fit with the ability to crawl, run, climb and lift at least 50 lbs.
  • Must be able to work weekends and holidays

TYPICAL DUTIES:
Daily husbandry for a wide variety of animals. Prepare and feed regular and special diets to zoo animals. Properly clean, disinfect and maintain cages, enclosures and exhibit areas as needed. Understand and maintain safety standards for animals, guests and staff. Daily observation of animals to monitor health and well-being. Observation of animals to monitor for illness or injury and the ability to report appropriately to vet and senior staff. Assist vet 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.

Benefits:
Health Insurance and retirement programs available after 30 days
Some paid holidays
Paid leave accrual after 6 months of employment
Free and discounted tickets to the Zoo and Adventure Park
Discount on all gift shop and food service purchases
Pay is based on experience

Send resume to employment@metrorichmondzoo.com

Resident, Senior Animal-Care Specialist
Rare Species Conservatory Foundation, Loxahatcheed, Florida

Reports to Director. Full-time, salaried position.

At RSCF, we’re passionate about caring for wildlife. As a principal partner in Florida International University’s Tropical Conservation Institute, RSCF provides the real-time, hands-on conservation platform to develop and execute long-term recovery projects for critically endangered species. We’re seeking an enthusiastic, dedicated, hard-working, career-seeking individual to help lead our animal-care team. For more information visit https://www.rarespecies.org/

As a Resident Senior Animal Care Specialist:

  • Live on-site at RSCF's 30-acre South Florida conservation and research center
  • Responsible for providing excellent animal care and management every day
  • Work in a consistent, professional and positive manner displaying consideration, tolerance, cooperation, open communication, and reliability
  • Follow all husbandry, training, and safety protocols
  • Safely and efficiently work with a diverse collection of animals including endangered small primates, parrots and African hoofstock.
  • Maintain safe and sanitary animal habitats and working areas
  • Maintain daily, weekly, and monthly records
  • Create and provide animal enrichment
  • Have a demonstrated ability to evaluate animal wellness
  • Understand the natural and life histories of animals on-site
  • Deliver instructional seminars as needed
  • Be engaged in, and contribute to, RSCF conservation and recovery programs
  • Other duties as assigned

What it takes to succeed:

  • Must have 3 full time years of zoological/exotic species paid animal experience
  • Be a self-starter, highly motivated to learn and apply new skills
  • Have a demonstrated attention to detail
  • High School diploma; 4-year college degree in relevant field preferred
  • Must have a clean driving record and own a reliable vehicle for personal use
  • Must be physically fit and comfortable working outdoors in south Florida weather conditions
  • Able to frequently lift/move 50 pounds, occasionally lift/move up to 100 pounds stand for prolonged periods of time
  • Commit to a flexible schedule that may include weekends, holidays, early mornings, and late evenings
  • Possess strong written/verbal communication skills; ability to speak effectively before groups
  • Commitment to learn and grow with a dynamic conservation team

The perks of the position:
As part of the RSCF team, you’ll enjoy a fun, fast-paced environment, great teammates, as well as:

  • Full-time, salaried position with competitive compensation
  • Paid time off
  • Clean, comfortable on-site housing provided

If you’re looking for the opportunity to become involved in impactful, real-time, global conservation programs we'd like to hear from you!

Send letter of inquiry, resume, and references to info@rarespecies.org

Volunteer Manager
Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, Pittsburgh, PA

Position Title: Volunteer Manager
Department: Internal Relations
Reports To: Director of Human Resources
FLSA Status: Salaried, Exempt

The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is looking for its next manager of volunteer programs. Candidates must be dynamic and detail-oriented and excel in building relationships, customer service and bringing people together.

With new leadership, the zoo is pursuing a new vision that centers around best practices for animal care, employee engagement, diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility, customer service, community engagement and partnerships and overall excellence.

The Pittsburgh Zoo is currently accredited by the ZAA, Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and is certified by American Humane. The zoo is currently enrolled in the AZA’s Pathway towards membership program and anticipates applying for AZA accreditation within the next year.

Purpose:
The Volunteer Manager is responsible for the development, implementation and management of all aspects of the various volunteer opportunities at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. This includes recruitment, interviewing, training, managing, supervising, recognizing, retaining and evaluating the adult and teen programs, among other duties.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Implement and oversee the success of the Volunteer Department; program areas of volunteer service include the adult docent program, aquarium dive volunteers, corporate volunteers, and internships.
  • Coordinate, conduct and manage training and continuing education opportunities for the volunteers with a focus on promoting customer service and excellent presentation skills.
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for volunteers to provide guidance, give updates on the animals, etc.
  • Respond to phone and email requests for information on the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium’s volunteer and intern programs.
  • Coordinates and supports internship program zoo-wide to ensure uniformity for all departments. Primary contact with educational institutions for internship opportunities. Works directly with each department to identify candidates. Conducts onboarding and initial zoo training for all interns. Ensures educational institutional requirements are met.
  • Maintain accurate records for volunteers and interns with regards to hours, State clearance acts, TB tests, etc.
  • Coordinates and participates in volunteer meetings, volunteer appreciation events and social functions.
  • Acts as a liaison between docents, docent executive board and zoo staff.
  • Hiring and supporting part-time staff as needed.
  • Fill in and support daily operational needs, when necessary.
  • Handles and presents live animals both within the Zoo setting and outside of the Zoo setting, as necessary.

Other Functions:

  • Participates in various Zoo committees
  • Models excellent teaching and interpretation skills to participants
  • Communicates with other zoo departments to successfully meet their needs with regards to volunteers
  • Assists with zoo sponsored events
  • Weekend work required
  • Performs other related duties as required.

Performance Factors:

  1. Attendance and Dependability: The employee can be depended on to report to work at the scheduled time and is seldom absent from work. Employee can be depended upon to complete work in a timely, accurate and thorough manner and is conscientious about assignments.
  2. Communication and Contact: The employee communicates effectively both verbally and in writing with superiors, colleagues, and individuals inside and outside the Zoological Society.
  3. Relationships with Others: The employee works effectively and relates well with others including superiors, colleagues, and individuals inside and outside the Zoological Society. Exhibits a professional manner in dealing with others, and works to maintain constructive working relationships.
  4. Provides excellent customer service in the areas of guest relations and park beautification:
    • Answers visitor inquiries or finds someone who can.
    • Is knowledgeable of location of exhibits, restrooms, concessions, rentals, etc.
    • Disposes of litter and waste throughout the park and zoo facilities.

Education/Experience/Knowledge/Skills:
Four years’ experience managing, supervising, and training volunteers or a degree in Zoology, Biology, Education, human resources management, social work, non-profit administration/management or a related field and a minimum of two years experience. Experience working with teens and high school students is desirable. Knowledge of current trends and resources related to volunteerism. Strong organizational and time management skills are required, along with experience in informal interpretation. Demonstrated proficiency with computer software programs, presentation skills and attention to detail are required. Department of Human Services Child Abuse History Clearance, Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Records Check, and Federal Criminal History Record Information are required, along with a valid PA driver’s license. TB Test and proof of Covid – 19 vaccination.
Bilingual preferred.

Physical Requirements:

  • Manual dexterity to operate office machinery such as personal computer, telephone, facsimile machine, copier, calculator, etc.
  • Work may be performed within the park in all weather conditions. This position requires sitting, standing, bending, walking, pushing, and lifting up to 50lbs.
  • Must be able to work evenings, weekends and holidays.

Submit resume to:
Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
HR@pittsburghzoo.org
EOE

Education Keeper(Animal Ambassadors)
Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium and Safari Park, Litchfield Park, Arizona

Come work with the amazing animal ambassadors at The Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium, and Safari Park! Located in Litchfield Park, AZ, just outside Phoenix. We have an immediate opening for a full-time position, with a starting wage of $15.00. The ideal candidate will have experience in public speaking, animal handling, and operant conditioning. Also have a hard work ethic, positive attitude, and energetic personality. Responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to, daily husbandry, public programs, and animal training. Some of the species you’ll be working with are Asian Small-clawed Otters, Macaws, and Serval, as well as various reptile species.

Please send resume and a short (2-3 minute) presentation video to outreach@wildlifeworld.com

Visitor Services Manager
Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Position Title: Visitor Services Manager
Department: Visitor Services/Administration
Position Status: Salaried, Full Time

Purpose:
This position is responsible for managing the Visitor Services team at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium. This position manages all aspects of the visitor experience which includes but is not limited to admission plaza and functions, added-value attractions, parking, safety, and base/reception.

Essential job functions:

  • This position, and the teams managed, interact daily with Zoo visitors, providing information and answering questions while serving as an initial contact to resolve complaints;
  • Manages admission plaza team that welcomes guests during general operational hours and private and evening events, and all added value attractions (eg. carousel, tram ride, VR theater, etc.) with support from the Admissions Supervisor;
  • Manages base/reception operations with support from full- and part-time receptionists;
  • Manages Visitor Services teams that provide exceptional experiences for our guests during their visit, including general daytime and evening operations in the park and parking lot with support from Visitor Services Supervisor(s);
  • Primary liaison between Pittsburgh Zoo insurance provider and injured parties and assist with retrieval of pertinent information and resolution;
  • Gathers and analyzes trend information pertinent to the zoo for consideration of park improvement to improve the visitors’ experience;
  • Encourages and maintains good employee relations throughout the zoo;
  • Work closely with all internal and external departments to foster an outstanding and seamless guest experience throughout the Zoo;
  • Selects, hires, trains, and schedules staff with support from reporting supervisors;
  • Resolves conflicts and evaluates staff members for areas of improvement;
  • Entertain, engage and empower staff members to reduce turnover and increase retention;
  • Utilizes each individual’s areas of excellence and expertise to further enhance the level of the team’s capabilities;
  • Works with the H.R. department to increase every employee’s knowledge, understanding and accountability for the visitor experience;
  • Inspects the Zoo grounds to ensure the facility is clean, safe, and presented to the highest of standards;
  • Assists group sales and special events staff as necessary;
  • Participates in a variety of meetings to maintain a current level of knowledge of daily changes;
  • Conducts department meetings with department staff;
  • Verifies department payroll for accounting;
  • Actively serves on the safety committee;
  • Must become familiar with all equipment used by the department staff including but not limited to the receptionist switchboard, tram/train ride operation, and VR attraction providing the maintenance staff with troubleshooting information when needed;
  • Position will work weekends during peak season (April – October). Schedule may be adjusted during off-peak season;
  • Direct reports include full-time and part-time receptionists, supervisors, and seasonal staff.

Other Functions:

  • Administers first aid;
  • Manages projects when assigned;
  • Performs other related duties as required.

Performance factors:

  1. Attendance and Dependability: The employee can be depended on to report to work at the scheduled time and is seldom absent from work. Employee can be depended upon to complete work in a timely, accurate and thorough manner and is conscientious about assignments.
  2. Communication and Contact: The employee communicates effectively both verbally and in writing with superiors, colleagues, and individuals inside and outside the Zoological Society.
  3. Relationships with Others: The employee works effectively and relates well with others including superiors, colleagues, and individuals inside and outside the Zoological Society. Exhibits a professional manner in dealing with others, and works to maintain constructive working relationships.
  4. Provides excellent customer service in the areas of guest relations and park beautification:
    • Answers visitor inquiries or finds someone who can;
    • Is knowledgeable of location of exhibits, restrooms, concessions, rentals, etc.
    • Disposes of litter and waste throughout the park and zoo facilities.

Education/Experience/Knowledge/Skills:
Must have a high school diploma or equivalent and a minimum of five years of supervisory experience. Must be CPR certified and or become certified within the probationary period, have a negative TB test result, maintain a valid PA driver’s license providing proof on an annual basis, possess excellent verbal and written communication skills, the ability to do multiple tasks, work in a fast-paced environment and have the ability to work within a diverse atmosphere while enhancing the employee and guest experiences.

Physical Requirements:

  1. Manual dexterity to operate office machinery such as personal computer, telephone, facsimile machine, copier, calculator, etc.
  2. Position has both sedentary and active components, working in an office setting, walking the zoo grounds and operating attractions.
  3. Must be able to work evenings, weekends, and holidays.

Submit resume to:
Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
HR@pittsburghzoo.org
EOE

Questions?
Contact our HR Department at HR@pittsburghzoo.org

https://www.pittsburghzoo.org/career-visitor-services-manager

Hoofstock Keeper
Texas Safari Park, Kaufman,Texas

Position Type: Full-Time

The Texas Safari Park is a drive thru safari park located in Kaufman,TX which is about 45 minutes East of Dallas. The Safari Park is rapidly growing and in search of motivated individuals to join our animal care team. This position will mostly care for a variety of hoofstock in our free-range safari. The park maintains a diverse collection of animals including eland, bison, sable antelope, zebra, and many more to come.

Currently Seeking:
The Texas Safari Park encourages you to apply if you are an energetic and hardworking individual who shares a passion for animal care. We strive to provide the best possible experience for our animals, guests, and staff. We currently have multiple hoofstock positions at the Safari Park. You would have the opportunity to care for animals in both a free-range preserve and exhibit setting.

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.
  • Help with capture, moving, and handling of large hoofstock according to set policies and procedures.
  • Administer proper enrichment to various animal species.
  • 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.

Required Qualifications:

  • 1 year animal care experience (paid or unpaid)
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds and work in all weather conditions
  • Ability to stand, walk, reach, bend, lift, stoop, squat, kneel, push, pull, and climb for prolonged periods of time.
  • Weekend and holiday availability

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Previous large hoofstock experience
  • Large domestic hoofed stock (cattle, sheep, horses, etc.)
  • Rhino and Giraffe experience
  • Experience with large machinery (tractor/skid steer/etc.)

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

Applicants should send cover letter and resume with three references to curator@texassafaripark.coms

Animal Keeper I
Big Bear Alpine Zoo, Big Bear Lake, California

San Bernardino County invites application for the position of
Animal Keeper I (Special Districts Department)
Job Number: 22-43008-01

SALARY
$16.26 - $22.46 Hourly

APPLY BY: Continuous
Applicants are encouraged to apply online: http://www.sbcounty.gov/jobs

THE POSITION
-THIS IS A SPECIAL DISTRICTS POSITION ONLY-

Click Here to Learn About Our Excellent Benefits, which include:
-Paid Vacation, Sick Leave and Holidays-
-Health, Dental and Vision Benefits-
-Generous County Retirement-
-Basic Term Life Insurance-

The San Bernardino County Big Bear Park and Recreation is recruiting for an Animal Keeper to perform general and routine animal care tasks at the District's Big Bear Alpine Zoo. Primary duties include feeding exotic animals, observing and documenting animal behavior, maintaining and cleaning animal enclosures, answering questions from the public, assisting with presentations, and performing light maintenance in and around animal enclosures.

This position is located in the mountain area of Big Bear, CA (approximately 1 hour/45 miles from downtown San Bernardino, CA).

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
Availability: Must be able to work in the mountain area of Big Bear, CA and report to work in extreme weather conditions such as ice and snow. Please indicate availability for Big Bear on Agency Wide Question #3. Must be able to work evenings, weekends and holidays.

Travel: Travel within the County may be required. A valid California Driver License and proof of automobile liability insurance must be provided at time of hire and maintained throughout employment.

Working Conditions: Applicants must be able to work outdoors in varying mountain weather conditions, drive in all weather conditions, lift and/or carry heavy objects up to fifty (50) pounds, stoop, kneel, crouch, bend over, crawl, and perform other physical activities in the performance of job duties for this position.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS
Option 1: 160 volunteer hours at Big Bear Alpine Zoo.
-OR-
Option 2: Six (6) months of experience providing animal care, feeding, exercising, observing/documenting behavior, and cleaning enclosures, in a zoo, hospital/clinic, wildlife rehabilitation center or similar facility. Primary experience must include care of a variety of wildlife/exotic animals or sick/injured animals.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Personal, non-work related experience such as taking care of pets, dog sitting, breeding animals, and/or working in facilities such as pet boarding or grooming is NOT considered qualifying experience.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS
Animal Keeper training and experience with exotic animals is preferred. Coursework in wildlife rehabilitation/husbandry and a current Veterinary Technician license is highly desirable.

SELECTION PROCESS
There will be a competitive evaluation of qualifications based on the information provided in the Application, as well as the Supplemental Questionnaire. You are encouraged to include detailed descriptions of your qualifying experience and skills, as only the most highly qualified applicants will be referred to the Department.

All communications regarding the recruitment process will be via e-mail. Applicants are encouraged to check their e-mail frequently to learn additional information regarding this recruitment. Check your GovernmentJobs account for notifications. Update your firewalls to allow e-mails from San Bernardino County through governmentjobs.com. Update your Spam, Junk, and Bulk settings to ensure it will not spam/block/filter communications from e-mail addresses with the following domain: "@hr.sbcounty.gov". Finally, be sure to keep your personal information updated. Taking these steps now will help ensure you receive all communications regarding this recruitment.

Application Procedure: To be considered for this excellent opportunity, please complete and submit the online employment application and supplemental questionnaire. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of the application and/or supplemental questionnaire.

To ensure timely and successful submission of your online application, please allow ample time to complete and submit your application. Applicants will be automatically logged-out if they have not submitted the application and all required materials prior to the posted deadline. Once your application has been successfully submitted you will receive an onscreen confirmation and an email. We recommend that you save and/or print these for your records. Please note, if you do not receive an onscreen confirmation and an email acknowledging our receipt of your application we have not received your application.

If you require technical assistance, please click HERE to review the Government Jobs online application guide, or contact their Toll-Free Applicant Support line at (855) 524-5627. Please note that Human Resources is not responsible for any issues or delays caused by the internet connection, computer or browser used to submit the application.

EEO/ADA: San Bernardino County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant employer, committed to providing equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants.

ADA Accommodation: If you have a disability and require accommodations in the testing process, submit the Special Testing Accommodations Request Form within one week of a recruitment filing deadline.

Veterans’ Preference: Eligible veterans and their spouse or widow(er) who are not current County employees may be awarded additional Veterans’ Preference points. Click here for information and instructions to request Veteran's Preference points.

Please click HERE for important Applicant Information and the County Employment Process.

The Human Resources Department reserves the right to modify the examination process in accordance with the Personnel Rules and accepted selection practices.

Applications may be obtained and filed online at: http://www.sbcounty.gov/jobs
(909) 387-8304 • TTY Users: 711
175 West Fifth Street, 1st Floor, San Bernardino, CA 92415
An Equal Employment Opportunity and ADA Compliant Employer

Keeper III
Salisbury Zoological Park, Salisbury, Maryland

A Zoo Keeper III Prepares food for the animals; Cleans and disinfects animal exhibits; Develops and implements behavioral enrichment to enhance the animals’ lives; Assists the veterinarian in animal treatments; Serves as a zoo representative with professional organization; Serves as lead worker in managing orders, and inspections, and Leads an internal committee or working group. Performs other duties as assigned. Six year’s related experience working with large animals; or equivalent training, education, and/or experience. Valid State Driver’s License CPR/First Aid Certification, Active membership in two associated professional organizations, successful completion of NIMS ICS 100

How to Apply: Submit City application, cover letter, driving record and resume to the following address or apply online at https://salisbury.md/apply

For more information: https://salisbury.md/departments/human-resources/careers

Maintenance II –Seasonal
Henson Robinson Zoo, Springfield, Illinois

Department: General Maintenance – Henson Robinson Zoo
Position Title: Maintenance II –Seasonal
Reporting Authority: Zoo Director
Classification: Non-Exempt – Bargaining Unit Position
Salary: 13.64/hr

Position Summary:
This position performs a variety of general and facility maintenance duties pertaining to the overall operation and cleanliness of the building under the direction and guidance of the Zoo Director. On-site training will be provided. This position requires staff to work a non-traditional 40 hour work week upon hire throughout the end of October before being laid off for the season. Qualified candidates will be required to work into the late evening and weekend hours during our peak season and must pass a background check and drug screening.

Specific Responsibilities:
At the direction of the Zoo Director, the tasks and duties required to successfully fill this position may include, but not be limited to:

  • Mowing, weeding, landscaping areas; watering seasonal plants throughout the zoo.
  • Trash pick-up and removal.
  • Regular and thorough cleaning of facility restrooms to include all surfaces (i.e. toilets, floors, doors, handles, trash receptacles, mirrors etc.)
  • Regular cleaning of windows.
  • Regular sweeping and mopping of all hard surface floors in the facility; use appropriate signage where required to alert guests when floors are wet. Follow OSHA guidelines.
  • Setting up for special events and meetings.
  • Assisting in facility maintenance including painting, vacuuming, spot cleaning carpets etc.
  • Safe operation of golf carts, and Park District Vehicles as assigned.
  • Watering and trimming indoor and outdoor plants.
  • Assisting Maintenance personnel with special projects as directed.
  • Assisting customers during special events and rentals.
  • Greeting all guests and park goers with a friendly demeanor.
  • Wear safe work shoes and Springfield Park District Henson Robinson Zoo uniform shirt.
  • Cleaning out tobacco receptacles.
  • Placing recyclable products in proper receptacles.
  • Maintain a safe and clean environment for guests and staff.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Must possess previous work experience as a maintenance worker in general areas of maintenance operations and possess knowledge and have experience in operation of motorized and non-motorized equipment. (i.e., carpentry, welding, electrical, mowing, use of power tools etc.)
  • Must possess valid Illinois Driver’s License and Class C Driving License and be insurable under District Liability Insurance.
  • Must be able to read and comprehend relevant policies, operational procedures, safety guidelines or other guidelines of Maintenance operations.
  • Must be able to perform simple math and measurement calculations, long hand and with available calculators or other devices in performance of duties and responsibilities.
  • At direction of the Zoo Director, may be required to train, test, obtain and maintain pesticide Operator’s license in accordance with Department of Agriculture rules and regulations.

General Requirements:

  • Must be able to read and write and have good command of the English language.
  • Good oral and written communication.
  • Physical capabilities – lifts 50 pounds, squat, bend and move as necessary for the job.
  • Must be able to perform basic mathematics.
  • Must have basic proficiency of Microsoft Excel and Word.
  • Must possess valid Illinois Driver’s License.
  • Must possess professional phone skills and work well with the public.
  • Must present a neat and professional appearance.
  • Responsible to follow policies and procedures outlined in Springfield Park District employee manual.
  • Must live in Sangamon County, in the State of Illinois or must be willing to move to Sangamon County in the State of Illinois within the first 6 months of acceptance of a position with the Springfield Park District.

*How to Apply:

  • Go to: https://www.springfieldparks.org
  • Locate Join Our Team link at the top right of our Home Page
  • Click on the green button that states “Click Here for a Full List of Job Opportunities and to Apply”
  • Find this Job Description – select the position
  • Complete the *Required Questions
  • Download your *Resume
  • Click Submit to apply for the position.

The Springfield Park District is committed to the provisions of Equal Employment Opportunities and Affirmative Action to its applicants regardless of race, color, religion, ancestry, age sex, marital or veterans’ status, national origin, disability or any other legally protected status.

Animal Keeper 1
Jungle Island, Miami, Florida

Position: Animal Keeper 1
Department: Zoological Operations
Reports To: Supervisor of Animal Care
FLSA: Non-exempt
Review Schedule: 90 days and annually
Compensation Adjustments: if necessary

POSITION SUMMARY/Primary Objective:
Jungle Island is a beautiful, unique zoological facility placed on Watson Island off the coast of downtown Miami and Miami Beach. Jungle Island has a rich history that is soon to be built upon as the park will be reconstructed and re-launched hosting a wide variety of animal experiences in early 2023. Until then, Animal Keepers will care for animals during the development of the new park over the next year, ensuring a successful re-opening. The Animal Keeper performs all job assignments with a professional and positive attitude that reflects Jungle Island’s mission and vision of connecting people, wildlife, and conservation. The Animal Keeper, under general supervision, performs a wide variety of functions in the training, handling, and care of exhibit animals. An Animal Keeper must have the ability to understand and execute plans as directed by the supervisor. This position will perform general husbandry and animal care tasks, such as cleaning, feeding, handling animals for procedures, record keeping, exhibit maintenance, and training as well as a wide variety of moderately difficult tasks in relation to operating an accredited zoological facility. The Animal Keeper should be prepared to work in a fast-paced, sometimes challenging environment. Animal Keepers should also be prepared to work in all types of weather, on weekends and holidays. The Animal Keeper will interact regularly with animals as well as park guests to provide world-class experiences that are signature to Jungle Island. This position reports to the Supervisor of Animal Care.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  • Perform daily cleaning of exhibits and facilities
  • Animal food prep and storage
  • Feed and provide any necessary husbandry for collection animals
  • Work with supervisor to develop and maintain an enrichment plan for collection animals
  • Must be comfortable working with reptiles, birds, and mammals without issue
  • The ability to use power tools for exhibit maintenance
  • Maintain trained behaviors as directed by the Supervisor
  • Transport animals as necessary for exhibits or special events
  • Must be comfortable handling animals in the park near guests, on stage, on camera as well as in off-site, public appearances
  • Maintain area equipment to assure all is in working order
  • Outgoing personality with the ability to educate and entertain guests
  • Ensure public safety regarding animal interactions inside and outside of the park
  • Administer prescribed medication and nutritional supplements as directed by supervisor
  • Comfortable assisting medical staff as necessary in treatment of animals
  • Maintain feeding, medical, and other records regarding animal care daily
  • Conduct special tours or VIP meet and greets as requested by Supervisor
  • Maintain an educational environment with all guests. Answer questions and provide information to them in a polite, professional manner
  • May perform public relations visits at media and other outlets as necessary
  • Must be willing to work nights, weekends and holidays as required

LICENSE/QUALIFICATIONS:
A college degree in any of the biological sciences or psychology is preferred. Applicants may substitute the equivalent in experience working with exotic animals where applicable. Knowledge of animal handling and husbandry practices is required. Experience in behavior modification using operant conditioning via positive reinforcement is a bonus. It is necessary that an applicant’s combined education and experience clearly demonstrate the knowledge and skills outlined. The ability to produce a valid Florida driver license may be required.

SKILLS/APTITUDES:

  • Familiar with natural histories of a wide range of species
  • Great interpersonal/customer service skills
  • Ability to maintain a professional appearance and conduct themselves positively and professionally in all aspects of the job
  • Experience in the care, feeding, training and safe handling of a variety of exotic animals
  • Follows directions
  • Keep electronic health and behavioral records as required
  • Able to communicate and work effectively with others
  • Be prompt
  • Provide world-class guest experiences
  • Monitor animal behavior and appearance and communicate any abnormalities effectively
  • Operate motorized equipment and vehicles
  • Be an ambassador for Jungle Island inside and outside of the park
  • Capable of lifting 50lbs standing, bending, squatting, twisting, and reaching; can work on uneven terrain and move around on slippery surfaces
  • Can handle frequent exposure to predictable and controllable hazards associated with close contact with a wide variety of animals (including large animals, birds, and reptiles); dust, and allergens; handle hazardous materials; work in cramped or confined spaces
  • Must be able to work outside, in water, and in all weather conditions

Note:
A review of this of this description has excluded the marginal functions of the position that are incidental to the performance of fundamental job duties, all duties and requirements are essential job functions. This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position. Associates will be required to perform any other jump related duties assigned by their supervisor. This document does not create an employment contract implied or otherwise other than an “at will” employment relationship.

More information and to apply:
https://www.paycomonline.net/v4/ats/web.php/jobs/ViewJobDetails?job=35363&clientkey=B8C04F175ABFC2F5FAE175A072814F99

Assistant Director
Gulf Breeze Zoo, Gulf Breeze, Florida

Job Description:
Gulf Breeze Zoo, one of four parks within the overall ZooFari Parks LLC system, has an opening for an Assistant Director. This presents a great opportunity to enter our system and learn our practices while assisting with the overall management of section managers.

We are an 80-acre zoo that offers a wide variety of animals and fun for all guests. The park features large cats, primates, birds, reptiles, great apes, and a variety of hoofstock including white and Indian rhino, Nile and pygmy hippo, giraffe and more. We are a breeding facility and take pride and care in producing only the highest quality of specimens.

The position requires overall day-to-day management of all departments and managers, while serving in a supportive role for the Director. The Assistant Director also serves as the Manager-In-Charge during the Director’s absence. Departments include Facilities, Guest Services and Animal Care. Staffing averages 25-50+ employees total, depending upon the season. A strong background in project management and construction is preferred.

The Assistant Director must possess strong attention to detail, be an effective communicator and have a proven record of managing staff in a zoological setting. The Assistant Director will be required to learn, understand and manage all sections of the zoo while upholding high standards and remain compliant with all regulatory agencies, spanning all departments. Training within our system and spanning all departments will be provided and expected.

This position reports to the Director. The Gulf Breeze Zoo is a non-smoking facility and maintains strict personal appearance standards.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Background in animal care, facility management or administration in a zoological setting.
  • A consistent history of professional growth, along with management experience.
  • A minimum of 5 years of total experience required.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • A BS or higher degree in one of the animal sciences preferred, although a management or business degree is acceptable. Extensive experience within a zoo with management experience may be substituted for a degree.
  • The ability to work flexible hours including weekdays, weekends, holidays and evenings as required to effectively delegate and manage the Zoo's departments.
  • Strong leadership skills and be adept at decision-making.
  • Be physically fit enough to be an effective and active member of the facility.

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

To Apply:
Email resumes to: admin@zoofariparks.com. Note “GBZ Assistant Director position” in subject heading.

Live Exhibit Supervisor
Bass Pro Shops- Base Camp, Springfield, Missouri

Link: https://basspro.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/careers/job/Springfield-MO-Bass-Pro-Shops-Base-Camp/Live-Exhibit-Supervisor_R141096

Job Description:
This person will supervise a team of 5 full-time aquarists in a retail environment. Selected candidate will work with corporate management team to maintain all protocols as described in the S.O.P. manual. Scuba diving is required to perform general tasks including public feedings and aquarium maintenance.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in biology, zoology, marine science or related field, or equivalent experience as an aquarist.
  • Experience supervising staff of 3 or more is required.
  • Extensive knowledge and practical experience within the aquarium industry.
  • Thorough knowledge of freshwater, saltwater and land based animal husbandry including dangerous animals.
  • Excellent communication and computer skills including Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Must have excellent organizational and decision making skills.
  • Must be flexible and adaptable including making the most of a challenging or unfamiliar environment.
  • Must be able to act with urgency and respond positively to variety of situations.
  • Prefer someone with reporting, budget management and project management experience.
  • Must be currently certified or willing to be certified as a Scuba diver and in First Aid/CPR. Must possess or be able to obtain a Class E driver’s license. Position requires lifting in excess of 50+ lbs. as a regular part of duties.

This individual will work a rotating weekday and weekend schedule with varied hours from 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Position requires working alternate weekends and being on call for emergencies involving the exhibits.

Contact: Alex Thomas, ARThomas@basspro.com, 417-873-5345

Instructions: Please submit application through link

Zookeeper and Animal Educator
Barn Hill Preserve, Frankford, Delaware

Barn Hill Preserve of Delaware is a 7.5 acre park located only 10 minutes from the east coast beaches.

Seeking highly motivated and innovative individuals to fill a full-time, permanent position in both our keeper department and mobile unit.

This position will care for a variety of exotic animals in a fast paced educationally focused environment. As part of the Barn Hill 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 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.
  • Must be able to lift and carry up to 50 lbs
  • Must be willing to travel out of state for up to 2 weeks at a time

Example of duties:

  • Teaches outreach programs for schools, community organizations, and facility guest
  • Leads birthday parties, as needed.
  • Travel up 10 hours or more from facility to teach
  • Prepare diets for various species
  • Clean enclosures
  • Perform enrichment for various species
  • Maintain compliance with all company policies and procedures
  • Perform related duties as assigned by supervisor

Work Schedule:
This position is a full time position requiring 35-40 hours a week. We require you to be willing to travel out of state for 2 weeks per month for the mobile unit with the remaining weeks at the facility. The Mobile unit operates mid-August to mid-June. Some holidays may require work hours. In the summer months our mobile crew assists with tours at our facility.

Competitive pay scale with performance bonuses available. Medical coverage, vacation and sick time, 401k. E-mail resumes and cover letters to: J.mueller@barnhillpreserve.com, applicants which meet a majority of the stated requirements will receive a follow-up response.

Learning Facilitator
Henson Robinson Zoo, Springfield, Illinois

Springfield Park District
Learning Facilitator, Henson Robinson Zoo
Department: Henson Robinson Zoo
Position Title: Learning Facilitator – Full-Time
Reporting Authority: Zoo Director
Classification: Non-Exempt
Salary/Hourly: 16.00 per hour

Position Summary:
This position is under the supervision of the Zoo’s Director. This position directly programs and leads all ‘on-site’ and ‘off-site’ education programs. This position is responsible for the creation and implementation of the Zoo’s education programs, development of the Zoo’s informational graphics and informal education stations around the zoo and provides support for private rentals, birthday parties, special events and other functions. All job functions should incorporate the vision of the education department’s broad conservation goals and integrate conservation education strategies. Strong candidates will enjoy and value working with people of all ages, cultures and abilities.

This position works a minimum of 40 hours per week. The hours would include non-standard work with weekdays and weekends during normal business hours and could include additional evening work and holidays as the facility needs. Schedules could fluctuate based on facility, operational and District needs. Please see a full list of specific duties below.

Specific Responsibilities:
On-site Formal Classes and Camps

  • Under the direction of the Zoo Curator of Animals and Education, plan, organize, schedule, coordinate, market and implement youth-oriented education programs and camps
  • Create engaging, fun, and educational curricula
  • Assist with development of program budgets
  • Create and distribute promotional fliers, social media posts or other marketing strategies
  • Assist in organizing, data entry and carrying out registration using RecTrac
  • Serve as lead instructor or supervise intern instructors
  • Recruit and train education interns
  • Perform formative assessments and summative evaluation of classes and camps
  • Provide customer service information and assistance to the public, staff and volunteers. Provide crowd control, group management and rectify minor customer issues, complaints and disputes
  • Maintain program props, materials and supply inventories. Stock, clean and organize props and materials for programs
  • Perform logistical support duties to include booking and organizing rooms and resources, registering participants, processing payments, scheduling activities, maintaining statistics, records and databases
  • Identify and recommend policy and process improvements to leads/supervisors/managers
  • Transport program participants, materials and resources
  • Mentor volunteers and interns
  • Research content and write articles, blog posts, fliers, publications, communications/interpretive materials and other promotional and support materials
  • Facilitate meetings, including developing agendas, facilitating inclusive participation, building consensus, resolving conflicts and capturing notes.
  • Prepare Seasonal Park District brochure information pertaining to Zoo Programs and Camps
  • Assist with large special events
  • Perform other duties as assigned
  • On-site Formal Animal Programs
  • Design program themes and content
  • Perform programs on zoo grounds including the amphitheater

On-site Informal Interpretive Education

  • Create methods and means of interpreting the zoo’s exhibits, biological artifacts, and program animals in order to enact changes in our visitors’ knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors and to enrich their visit to the zoo.
  • Assist with customer service goals through work in visitor services including handling money, answering phones and other duties as necessary.
  • Prepare other staff and volunteers to utilize those means and methods for interpretation
  • On-site Informational Graphics
  • Assist in developing signs and graphics for the Zoo’s animals and conservation areas.
  • Off-Site Animal Programs
  • Create a repertoire of programs designed to target specific ages and abilities
  • Assist in scheduling and registration on RecTrac
  • Carry out programs

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Bachelor’s degree in zoology, biology, education or a related field.
  • Experience developing curriculum; and implementing and evaluating programs. Experience with a zoo, aquarium, museum, early childhood center, park or other informal education organization preferred.
  • Strong computer background and proficiency required experienced with Microsoft Office applications; particularly Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook Google and Social Media platforms. Must be able to work with customized databases and technology, and conduct Internet research.
  • Ability to write curriculum, routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively to a variety of audiences including young children, families, adults and before groups of zoo employees.
  • Capable of leading and teaching classes of students from ages 2 through adult.
  • Capable of handling a variety of animals.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work with a variety of stakeholders from different backgrounds and abilities (visitors, volunteers, teachers, and staff, etc.)
  • Highly organized, detail oriented and efficient with excellent administrative, record/data keeping and time management skills
  • Creative and motivated to present ideas and suggestions that drive improvement to all aspects of the Zoo.
  • Ability to prioritize workload and schedules in a fast-paced environment with multiple agendas
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and projects with high energy and creative problem-solving skills
  • Ability to anticipate needs and challenges, take initiative, ask questions, and provide solutions to achieve department and organization objectives
  • Ability to work effectively as a team member, and independently with little supervision
  • Adaptable to changing environments, operational protocols and business situations
  • Highly professional public presence; Must be enthusiastic and customer service oriented and deal with guests in a courteous and professional manner. Enjoy working with the public including diverse populations and people of all ages and abilities.
  • Commitment to the mission of the Zoo and the Springfield Park District’s Core Values
  • Experienced with public speaking and keeping audiences engaged.
  • Maintain and promote a positive professional image within the community and overall field of Zoos and Aquariums.
  • Attend conferences, workshops, meetings, and trade shows to keep abreast of marketing, business trends and professional development in AZA, ZAA development and/or parks & recreation.
  • Good knowledge of pertinent safety precautions.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, a Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Certificate (infant, child and adult), and Standard First Aid Certificate.
  • Ability to work a non-standard/flexible schedule, which may include weekends, some evenings and holidays

General Requirements:

  • Must be able to read and write and have good command of the English language.
  • Physical capabilities – lifts 50 pounds, squat, bend and move as necessary for the job.
  • Must be able to perform basic mathematics.
  • Must have basic proficiency of Microsoft Excel and Word.
  • Must possess valid Illinois Driver’s License.
  • Must possess professional phone skills and work well with the public.
  • Must present a neat and professional appearance.
  • Responsible to follow policies and procedures outlined in Springfield Park District employee manual.
  • Must live in Sangamon County, in the State of Illinois or must be willing to move to Sangamon County in the State of Illinois within the first 6 months of acceptance of a position with the Springfield Park District.

*How to Apply:

  • Go to: https://www.springfieldparks.org/
  • Locate Join Our Team link at the top right of our Home Page
  • Click on the green button that states “Click Here for a Full List of Job Opportunities and to Apply”
  • Find this Job Description – select the position
  • Complete the *Required Questions
  • Download your *Resume
  • Click Submit to apply for the position.

*To be considered for a position, all applicants MUST apply online through our Job Opportunity and Tracking Portal. No paper applications or resumes will be accepted.

Deadline to Apply: TBD

Revised: April 2022

The Springfield Park District is committed to the provisions of Equal Employment Opportunities and Affirmative Action to its applicants regardless of race, color, religion, ancestry, age sex, marital or veterans’ status, national origin, disability or any other legally protected status.

Exhibit Coordinator
Austin Nature & Science Center, Austin, Texas

TITLE: Exhibit Coordinator (Austin Nature & Science Center / Wildlife Animal Care / Parks & Recreation Department.)

To apply: https://www.austincityjobs.org/postings/97169

Description: The purpose of this position is to perform tasks in the development, maintenance and administrative support of live animal exhibits, daily animal care, animal collection management, team leadership, and ensuring compliance with local state and federal regulations regarding exhibit and program animals at the Austin Nature Science Center (ANSC).

$19.26 – $24.07 per hour.

Work/Location Schedule Notes:

  • Monday – Friday.
  • Variable – 40 hours per week.
  • May be required to work during special events, evenings, weekends and occasional holidays.

Preferred Certification:

  • Certification in animal care or animal training (e.g., Exotic Animal, Wildlife Rehabilitation, Zoo & Aquarium Science).

Preferred Experience:

  • Experience in care of exhibit and program animals, including mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and invertebrates.
  • Experience in the safety practices and procedures of assessing the health of exhibit and program animals, including knowledge relevant to zoonotic diseases and parasites.
  • Experience in maintaining and analyzing animal care records.
  • Experience in setting diet and medication schedules for exhibit and program animals.
  • Experience providing customer service to the public and working with diverse populations, including diverse social, cultural, economic, and educational backgrounds.

Essential duties and functions, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following. Other related duties may be assigned.

  1. Leads volunteers, staff or contractors.
  2. Examines objects to be included in exhibits.
  3. Ensures accuracy in exhibit production, information and exhibit activities.
  4. Develops long range and short range goals.
  5. Coordinates, plans, develop designs, produces and evaluates exhibits, displays, and visual presentation materials.
  6. Develops and monitors budgets and fiscal reports.
  7. Ensures timely development, scheduling and performance of exhibit activities and projects.
  8. Oversees the day-to-day management and care of assigned collections, exhibits, records, and exhibits assets.
  9. Allocates and purchases resources
  10. Coordinates the design and creation of marketing materials.
  11. Researches and applies for grants.

Responsibilities- Supervision and/or Leadership Exercised:
May provide leadership, work assignments, evaluation, training, and guidance to others

Must possess required knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.

  • Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs and other techniques.
  • Knowledge of the principles and methods of showing, promoting design techniques, ideas, systems or products, including artistic contributions.
  • Knowledge of Federal, State and Local laws.
  • Knowledge of city practice, policy and procedures.
  • Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning and resources allocation.
  • Knowledge of fiscal planning and budget preparation.
  • Skill in oral and written communication.
  • Skill in handling multiple tasks and prioritizing.
  • Skill in using computers and related software.
  • Skill in data analysis and problem solving.
  • Skill in planning and organizing.
  • Ability to lead and train others.
  • Ability to work with frequent interruptions and changes in priorities.
  • Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with other City employees and the public.

The City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) provides, protects and preserves a park system that promotes quality recreational, cultural and outdoor experiences for the Austin community. Working with the City of Austin provides a number of health and welfare benefits, such as medical, paid leave time, a great retirement plan, training opportunities and more! Click HERE for more information.

Part-Time Educator Position
Austin Zoo, Austin, Texas

Austin Zoo is currently recruiting for one part-time Zoo Educator to work Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays, and Tuesdays. Educators are responsible for leading field trip programs, outreach programs, Boy and Girl Scout workshops, and homeschool programs. This role also involves facilitating capybara and Galapagos tortoise encounters with the public. Additionally, the educator will engage guests on zoo grounds through exhibit interpretation, biofacts, and animal encounters.

This position involves regular animal care duties and handling of a variety of small animals.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Demonstrate and encourage respect of animals during education programs and animal encounters
  • Enthusiastically engage visitors in inquiry-based learning activities
  • Engage zoo guests in strategically framed discussions regarding conservation and animal welfare.
  • Assist with daily animal care duties to maintain clean, healthy and enriching animal ambassador habitats
  • Assist with program development
  • Other duties as assigned

CRITERIA:
Experience and Education:
Completion or pursuit of a Bachelor's Degree in Biology, Zoology, Environmental Science, or related field from an accredited college or university. Previous professional animal care experience (household pets not included) strongly desired. Previous youth program experience strongly desired.

Skills and Aptitudes:

  • Demonstrate a strong interest and/or experience in environmental education
  • Enjoy working with children of all ages and abilities.
  • Ability to adapt and make quick, responsible decisions and improvise when needed
  • Display a high level of patience and respond well under pressure
  • Comfortable speaking in front of large groups of people
  • Enthusiastic, creative, adaptable, patient, and able to work both independently and with a team

Additional Requirements:

  • At least 18 years old
  • Ability to work outdoors under various weather conditions
  • Successful completion of a background check

WORK SCHEDULE AND COMPENSATION:

  • $15.00 an hour
  • Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays, and Tuesdays.
  • 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Interested candidates are encouraged to send a cover letter and resume to the Austin Zoo Education Manager at education@austinzoo.org

Zookeeper Level 1 Full Time Position
Hemker Park & Zoo, Freeport, Minnesota

Hemker Park & Zoo is located in Freeport, Minnesota and is looking for hardworking, self-motivated, dedicated animal care staff. Currently the park is 20 acres and is expanding with several new exhibits this year. Hemker Park & Zoo prides itself on providing interactive, educational and hands-on experiences for its guests and being stewards for the animals in our care. If you like a fast paced, growth mindset setting come join our team!

Summary:
Hemker Park & Zoo is seeking candidates to join the animal care team. Under direct supervision, the individual in this position is responsible for a wide variety of tasks involving the husbandry of the area species including but not limited to: primates, small mammals, birds and hoofstock, the daily upkeep of keeper and public areas, and interactions with park guests. The individual must be able to carry out the position's duties as described below, with or without reasonable accommodations, and comply with park policies and procedures as they appear in the Employee Handbook and animal care protocols. The individual must also be of sufficient health to carry out these duties on a daily basis without presenting a danger to his/herself or fellow park employees or guests.

Skills and duties: required of this position include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Provide quality guest experience, and maintain professional working relations with park guests, fellow employees, volunteers, and interns.
  • Provide for the care and welfare (husbandry) of assigned animals in the department, such as following prescribed diets and feeding procedures and protocols.
  • Cleaning/disinfecting of animal enclosures, holding areas, keeper space, common use space, and the public area surrounding it within Park, USDA and ZAA guidelines.
    • Includes upkeep of plant collection as well as minor repairs to exhibits/holding areas.
  • Observe animals in the department daily for reproductive behavior, abnormal behavior, or potential health problems, reporting these to the supervisor(s).
  • Prepare, distribute, and keep records of animal enrichment
  • Train animals using positive reinforcement
  • Maintain daily reports: ie. medical, reproductive, dietary, and work orders.
  • Provide assistance to the veterinary staff when necessary
  • Make presentations, or host animal encounters for park guests
  • Observe and report all facility or safety problems to the supervisor.
  • Any other duties as requested by the curator or team lead to assist the team.

Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or equivalent,college degree in a related field preferred.
  • Six months to one year of experience working with animals in some capacity. Examples include working with animals at veterinary clinics, pet stores, on farms, or as an intern or volunteer at a zoo.
  • Excellent public speaking and customer service skills.
  • Communicate effectively in English (oral and written), follow oral and written instructions, and use a two-way radio.
  • Candidate must possess a valid drivers license
    • Vehicle operation is required- use of ATVS, Golf Carts etc... will be necessary.
  • Physically able to work in extreme temperatures and inclement weather conditions; walking, standing, lifting and carrying up to 50-75 pounds, performing tasks in an environment that requires repeatedly stooping, bending, and climbing.
  • Ability to work long hours, weekend, weekdays and holidays
  • Use disinfectants, cleansers, and work around dusty enclosures/storage areas.
  • Use common hand, power, and yard tools while working from the ground or on a ladder in a safe manner.
  • Accept regular weekend, holiday, occasional after hour assignments, and be able to change days off as needed.
  • Negative Tuberculosis test results required per ZAA standards
  • Adhere to park/departmental policies and safety procedures

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
This is a full time position 40 hours/week (does include every other weekend and some holidays). Base wage is based on experience.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS
Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and 2 references to: info@hemkerzoo.com

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 may be extended to 6 months. We are a ZAA accredited non profit organization dedicated to providing exceptional care for the animals 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 22 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.

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 Include:

  • 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. An increase in stipend is offered for 6 month interns. All tour tips can be kept as well. No pets are allowed in the intern house. 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 resume, cover letter, a letter of recommendation and 3 references to the Head Keeper – sadieryan1117@gmail.com

Seasonal Education Keeper
Cape May County Park & Zoo, Cape May County Court House, New Jersey

The Cape May County Park & Zoo Education Department is seeking an individual who is motivated, has great people skills, a passion for educating, and an up-beat personality to fill a Seasonal Education Keeper position. This employee, under the supervision of the Education Director will work alongside the education staff to present educational programs, conduct animal encounters with the public, guide tour groups through the zoo, assist with camps and outreach programs, assist in animal husbandry and animal training, and create and implement animal enrichment and new curricula.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Zoology, Wildlife Biology, Conservation Education, Zoo Science, Education, or related field.
  • Animal care experience, preferably at an AZA facility.
  • Child care experience.
  • Excellent public speaking, communication skills, creative thinking and originality.
  • Excellent decision making skills.
  • Ability to handle and present ambassador animals in a safe, dignified manner.
  • Ability to work 40 hours per week, including weekends and holidays.
  • Ability to work outside in all weather conditions and have the ability to lift up to 50 pounds.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license.

All applicants must pass a drug and background check prior to employment.

Additional Comments:
This position is $15.00/hour, 40 hours a week. This position is SEASONAL it will be 6-months employment from your start date. Preference is given to applicants with a Cape May County address.

The candidate we are looking for must possess all the qualifications listed above as well as the ability to work independently and with a team, a passion for education, and mindset to achieve larger goals for the Education Department. This department is a FUN and FAST paced place to be! We consist of 4 full time staff members, and our team of approximately 30 ambassador animals ranging from toads to wallabies. We are a fun, upbeat, supportive, charismatic team, and are looking for an applicant that will help us grow.

Due to the nature of this position you must have a flexible schedule.

How to Apply:
Please send or email a copy of the CMC Zoo Job Application, a cover letter, and resume to:
education@cmczoo.com
Please write Seasonal Education Keeper in the subject line.

- OR -

ATTN: Education Department
707 North Route 9,
Cape May Court House, NJ 08210

Application Deadline: April 15, 2022

Keeper/Trainer
Lion Habitat Ranch, Henderson, Nevada

The Lion Habitat Ranch in Las Vegas, NV is hiring! It is the home to some of the MGM lions. We are a growing non-profit facility.

The position of Keeper/Trainer is a full-time, hourly position. Responsibilities include daily care, weighing, preparing diets, cleaning, training and exhibit maintenance for our zoo population including lions, a giraffe, psittacines, ratites, and tortoises. This position also requires a lot of guest interaction.

Qualifications for the Keeper/Trainer include:

Experience/Education: High School Diploma or GED. Bachelor's degree is preferred. Experience working at a similar facility and basic knowledge of operant conditioning are a plus.

Physical Efforts: Must be in good physical health and able to bend, reach, lift, push, pull, or carry at least 50 lbs in a desert environment that includes extreme heat, dust, extreme cold (winter), etc...

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

Vaccinations: Must be fully vaccinated for Covid-19.

Compensation: Salary dependent on experience, eligibility for health benefits at 6 months, 4 free general admission passes per year.

Email cover letter, resume, and three professional references to lhrvolunteers@gmail.com. The position is open until filled.

Senior Aquarist
Miami Seaquarium, Miami, Florida

Job Title: Senior Aquarist

Area: Aquariums

Reports to: Aquarist Department

Summary
A Senior Aquarist at Miami Seaquarium will be responsible for the care and display of marine life living in exhibits throughout the park as well as being a resource for the Aquarium Department staff. The senior aquarist must act as a role model for the aquarium staff. The primary responsibilities will include working as assigned in any of the aquarium exhibits or areas

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Ensuring all work environments are safe and any safety concerns are reported immediately.
  • Maintain open and professional communication with departments that interface with the Aquatics Department.
  • Ensure a quality experience and accurate information given during presentations and guest encounters by active participation and feedback to the team.
  • Function as a team player, showing trust and mutual respect for all members on the team.
  • Uphold the highest standards of courtesy and conduct.
  • Respond to all animal and operational emergencies as required.
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge of animal care including diets, water preferences, scientific nomenclature, range, habits, and compatibilities.
  • Train aquarists in all areas of aquarium science and operations.
  • Facilitate the on-boarding of new Aquatics staff.
  • Act as mentor to new aquarists and teach them assigned tasks.
  • Give feedback to aquarists through frequent critiques in an informal setting as well as during one on one meetings.
  • Assist management with administrative tasks such as scheduling, ordering supplies and payroll.
  • Perform leading roles in the hiring of new aquarists and interns.
  • Perform leading role in exhibit projects such as renovation, repairs or modifications.
  • Perform leading roles during on site animal procedures and moves.
  • Perform essential functions in animal collecting operations both in the field and in exhibits.
  • Perform basic fish and invert diagnostics and communicate findings to Veterinarian and Curator.
  • Apply animal training techniques to improve the health and welfare of the animal collection, and to meet program needs.
  • Perform a leading role in animal interactions ensuring an excellent guest experience and safety.
  • Provide accurate and informative interpretations of animal exhibits to guests by performing formal and informal discussions and/or tours.
  • Perform leadership functions as assigned.
  • Represent Miami Seaquarium at industry conferences by presenting work that contributes to the aquarium and zoological industry.

Requirements

Education: College degree in Marine/Life Science or related field, or commensurate experience. SCUBA certification from an internationally recognized certifying agency. Preferred requirements include CPR and lifeguard certification

Languages: Fluent English

Skills:

  • Demonstrated excellent animal observation and record keeping skills.
  • Demonstrated professional presentation and communication skills to both guests and fellow aquarists.
  • Pass all required department tests, including a swim test.
  • SCUBA certification from an internationally recognized certifying agency.
  • Basic computer skills.
  • Ability to recognize and correct minor and major challenges with little direction from senior personnel.
  • Possess the characteristics of a role model that demonstrate the highest standards of professionalism, knowledge and teamwork.

Experience:

  • 4+ years experience working as an Aquarist at an accredited animal aquarium or zoo (HC or AZA) or in a professional animal environment such as an aquaculture facility.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of general fish and invertebrate biology, nutrition, natural history and behavior.
  • Demonstrated specialty in aquarium science that has improved the aquarium exhibits, animal husbandry, life support systems, etc.
  • Proven experience with habitat maintenance, animal food preparation & nutrition requirements, general husbandry practices and animal restraint/capture techniques.
  • Advanced knowledge of animal medications, their administration and knowledge of quarantine procedures.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of life support system operations and design.
  • Demonstrated experience with plumbing as it pertains to aquatic life support systems.
  • Proven experience with performing animal interactions with guests.

How to Apply
Send a resume to Cburtrum@msq.cc
Please type the position title as the subject of the e-mail.

Aquarist
Miami Seaquarium, Miami, Florida

Job Title: Aquarist

Area: Aquariums

Reports to: Aquarist Department

Summary
An Aquarist at Miami Seaquarium will be responsible for the care and display of marine life living in exhibits throughout the park as well as being a resource for the Aquarium Department staff. The primary responsibilities will include working as assigned in any of the aquarium exhibits or areas.

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Ensuring all work environments are safe and any safety concerns are reported immediately.
  • Maintain open and professional communication with departments that interface with the Aquatics Department.
  • Ensure a quality experience and accurate information given during presentations and guest encounters by active participation and feedback to the team.
  • Function as a team player, showing trust and mutual respect for all members on the team.
  • Uphold the highest standards of courtesy and conduct.
  • Respond to all animal and operational emergencies as required.
  • Responsible for all tasks in the assigned exhibit. Including keeping up with maintenance and husbandry schedules.
  • Ensure all exhibit and husbandry standards are met every day.
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of animal care including diets, water preferences, scientific nomenclature, range, habits, and compatibilities. Apply this knowledge to the exhibits and animal collection.
  • Assist in training aquarists in all areas of aquarium science and operations.
  • Perform mentoring responsibilities as assigned for new aquarists and teach them assigned tasks.
  • Assist management with administrative tasks such as scheduling, ordering supplies and payroll.
  • Participate in exhibit projects such as renovation, repairs or modifications.
  • Participate in on site animal procedures and moves.
  • Participate in functions in animal collecting operations both in the field and in exhibits.
  • Assist in performing basic fish and invert diagnostics and communicate findings to Veterinarian and Curator.
  • The Administrator prescribed medical treatments as directed by veterinarian and curator.
  • Perform all necessary life support maintenance and repairs on assigned exhibits.
  • Apply animal training techniques to improve the health and welfare of the animal collection, and to meet program needs.
  • Perform roles in animal interactions including Sea Trek and stingray encounters, ensuring an excellent guest experience and safety.
  • Provide accurate and informative interpretations of animal exhibits to guests by performing formal and informal discussions and/or tours.
  • Represent Miami Seaquarium at industry conferences by presenting work that contributes to the aquarium and zoological industry.

Requirements

Education: College degree in Marine/Life Science or related field, or commensurate experience. SCUBA certification from an internationally recognized certifying agency.

Languages: Fluent English

Skills:

  • Demonstrated excellent animal observation and record keeping skills.
  • Demonstrated professional presentation skills.
  • Pass all required department tests, including a swim test.
  • SCUBA certification from an internationally recognized certifying agency.
  • Basic computer skills.
  • Ability to recognize and correct normal operational challenges or seek prompt assistance from senior personnel.
  • Possess the characteristics of an Animal Care professional demonstrating competence, professionalism, teamwork, mutual respect and commitment to the mission of Miami Seaquarium.

Experience:

  • 2+ years experience working as an Aquarist at an accredited animal aquarium or zoo (HC or AZA) or in a professional animal environment such as an aquaculture facility.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of general fish and invertebrate biology, nutrition, natural history and behavior.
  • Proven experience with habitat maintenance, animal food preparation & nutrition requirements, general husbandry practices and animal restraint/capture techniques.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of life support system operations and design.
  • Proven experience with performing animal interactions with guests.

How to Apply
Send a resume to Cburtrum@msq.cc
Please type the position title as the subject of the e-mail.

Wildlife Keeper
Miami Seaquarium, Miami, Florida

Area: Animal Care

Reports to: Animal Care Manager

Summary
A Wildlife Keeper at Miami Seaquarium will be responsible for the care and display of Tropical Birds, Manatees and Sea Turtles living in exhibits throughout the park as well as being a resource for the Aquatics Department staff. All Keeper positions will also participate in the rehabilitation of manatees and sea turtles.

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Ensuring all work environments are safe and any safety concerns are reported immediately.
  • Maintain open and professional communication with departments that interface with the Aquarium Department.
  • Ensure a quality experience and accurate information given during presentations and guest encounters by active participation and feedback to the team.
  • Function as a team player, showing trust and mutual respect for all members on the team.
  • Uphold the highest standards of courtesy and conduct.
  • Respond to all animal and operational emergencies as required.
  • Responsible for all tasks in assigned exhibit. Including keeping up with maintenance and husbandry schedules.
  • Ensure all exhibit and husbandry standards are met every day.
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of animal care including diets, water preferences, scientific nomenclature, range, habits, and compatibilities. Apply this knowledge to the exhibits and animal collection.
  • Assist in training keepers in all areas of animal care and operations.
  • Perform mentoring responsibilities as assigned for new keepers and teach them assigned tasks.
  • Assist management with administrative tasks such as ordering supplies.
  • Participate in exhibit projects such as renovation, repairs or modifications.
  • Participate in on site animal procedures and moves.
  • Demonstrate proper small animal restraint and handling techniques.
  • Administer prescribed medical treatments as directed by veterinarian and curator.
  • Apply animal training techniques to improve the health and welfare of the animal collection, and to meet program needs.
  • Perform roles in animal interactions: Bird interactions, Penguin Encounter and other encounters as assigned, ensuring an excellent guest experience and safety.
  • Provide accurate and informative interpretations of animal exhibit to guests by performing formal and informal discussions and/or tours.
  • Provide and develop species specific enrichment items.
  • Represent Miami Seaquarium at industry conferences by presenting work that contributes to the aquarium and zoological industry.

Requirements

Education: We are a growing team looking for new team members that are passionate about animals and conservation. Opportunities abound and on the job training is available!

Languages: English

Skills:

  • Demonstrated excellent animal observation and record keeping skills.
  • Demonstrated professional presentation skills.
  • Basic computer skills.
  • Ability to recognize and correct normal operational challenges or seek prompt assistance from senior personnel.
  • Possess the characteristics of an Animal Care professional demonstrating competence, professionalism, teamwork, mutual respect and commitment to the mission of Miami Seaquarium.
  • Availability to work full time, 40hrs per week, this may include working weekends and holidays.
  • Must be able to move/ lift up to 50lbs on a daily basis.
  • Proven experience with performing animal interactions with guests.

Other:

Park Director
Zoofari Parks LLC, Virginia and Texas

JOB: Park Director(s)

Organization: Zoofari Parks LLC (https://www.zoofariparks.com/)

Location: VA, TX to begin

Job Description:
Training/mentoring young, up and coming park directors.

As we expand our footprint with the addition of new parks, we realize that having well-trained and educated senior staff is imperative to enhancing our professional growth.

We want to hire 1-2 “well-seasoned” zoo directors to be employed for 2-3 years at one of our parks with the intent of teaching a director-in-waiting how to direct. That person will normally be in their mid-30’s and an Asst Dir/GC. You can be recently retired or close to retirement. Must be in good physical shape in order to manage an on-going park. To be clear – you will be the actual Director – but will be teaching by example and your actions on how to properly direct a zoological facility. The job encompasses oversight of Animal Care, Guest Services and Facilities. Each of those departments has their own management team.

Qualifications:

  • Must be, or have been, a director at a recognized zoological facility.
  • 10+ years in Director’s role
  • Professional appearance and calm demeanor
  • An experienced eye for detail
  • Ability to train subordinates in all aspects of zoo operations.
  • Ability to function as an on-going Zoo Director with all that the position entails.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Salary commensurate with abilities and history but will average in the upper 80’s - $90k per annum. Insurance and other benefits offered as part of the package. Please send resume to admin@zoofariparks.com and place “Park Director” in Subject line.

Zookeeper I
Niabi Zoo, Coal Valley, Illinois

TITLE: Zookeeper I
DEPARTMENT: Niabi Zoo – Zoo Animal Care
SUPERVISOR: Assistant Zoo Director
FLSA: Non-Exempt
EMPLOYMENT STATUS: Represented Employee – AFSCME 2025A
CLASSIFICATION: Zookeeper I – Grade 18
Updated: 23 October 2021

BASIC FUNCTION:
Under general supervision is responsible for a variety and abundance of manual and maintenance duties in the care and proactive husbandry and welfare of exotic and other zoo managed animals. in the Forest Preserve District’s-Niabi Zoo. Incumbent illustrates good team work and communication skills and provides and implements proper nutrition, behavioral and environmental enrichment and proactive animal husbandry for all animals within the zoo, maintains daily recordkeeping, as assigned welfare and wellness evaluations, assists in the provision of veterinary medical treatment of the collection along with performing general maintenance that include the upkeep of animal habitats and zoo grounds. Incumbent is required to work within teams along with autonomous work throughout the day. The employee receives continuing or individual assignments from the Assistant Director/Curator, generally indicating work to be done, limitations, quality and quantity expected, deadlines and priority of assignments.

SARS-COV-2 (Covid 19 and Variants) PANDEMIC UPDATE:
We are striving to put our employee health and safety first with daily, mandatory facial coverings/temperature checks, socially distanced markers, hand health and other safety measures during the global pandemic to ensure a safe work environment for team members and animals. Covid Vaccines are a pre-employment requirement.

PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Provide appropriate animal husbandry, welfare and wellness for a diverse animal collection. Provide proper prescribed nutrition, water and browse for all animals at the zoo. Observes daily activity budgets and ensures/evaluates proper animal welfare and wellness for all animals and their environment. Handles and assists in the operant conditioning and environmental enrichment of animals as required using best practices, industry standards and safety. Provides public keeper chats and guest relations throughout the zoo.
  • Assists in the provision of veterinary medical treatment for animals in all capacities.
  • Conduct daily husbandry; sanitation/disinfection and all care needs surrounding animal living spaces (habitats and behind the scenes areas).
  • Performs general maintenance and lawn care as necessary for zoo grounds.
  • Provides security and safety for all animal habitats, behind the scenes spaces and public areas.
  • Responds to inquiries from the fellow staff members, vendors/contractors and the general public.
  • Contribute to the management of resources and supply stock including transport, stocking and handling.
  • Operates trucks, tractors and related vehicles as required and certified. Loads and unloads trucks.
  • Prepares and maintains related daily records, quarterly animal evaluations, life event and animal welfare assessments, mobility scoring and all other health and wellness evaluations and related reports.
  • Shall assist in emergency response including those occurring before or after normal business hours.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS AND SPECIFICATIONS:

Education, Experience, & License Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in biology or zoology, or related field is required supplemented by two or more years’ experience in zoo keeping/managed animal care, and care of exotic animals in a zoo or aquarium setting.
  • Must have an appropriate, valid driver’s license and a clear background check.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:

  • Working knowledge of animal welfare, biotic and abiotic needs of numerous animal speceies; health, and dietary needs of animals; operant conditioning, environmental enrichment and overall best practices in animal welfare/wellness; animal restraint and safe handling and capture techniques; basic facility maintenance/lawn care; typical behaviors of a variety of animals; zoo operations; public relations techniques.
  • Knowledge of basic animal care including related safety precautions.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices involved in the proactive care of a wide variety of zoo animals within all genera.
  • Ability to learn and willingness to adhere to Niabi Zoo/ Rock Island County Forest Preserve District standards and codes, practices, policies and procedures.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective and constructive working relationships within a diverse group of coworkers.
  • Ability to perform duties in or on uneven surfaces, extreme heat, cold and in severe weather.
  • Ability to communicate with the public tactfully and courteously.
  • Ability to communicate clearly both orally and in writing.
  • Skill in the physical handling and management of a variety of zoo animals.
  • Skill in the operation of maintenance equipment, including, but not limited to motor vehicles, personal computers, hand tools, power tools and related equipment.

Physical Requirements: Task involves the regular, and at times sustained, performance of heavier physical tasks such as walking over rough or uneven surfaces, bending, stooping, working in confined spaces and lifting or carrying moderately heavy (20-75 pound) items and occasionally very heavy (100 pounds or over with team members) items; or may involve the complex operation of gasoline, electric or diesel-powered machinery or shop equipment requiring the manipulation of multiple controls, fine adjustments or both; or the sustained operation, on a production basis.

Medical Requirements: Obtain Tetanus vaccine and a negative TB test, obtain Rabies and Covid vaccine prior to start date if hired. Must produce proof of test and vaccines. Must adhere to all State mandated, Zoo mandated; evolving Pandemic Safety Measures.

Environmental Requirements: Task may require frequent exposure to adverse environmental and weather conditions.

Sensory Requirements: Task requires color perception and discrimination. Task requires sound perception and discrimination. Task requires odor perception and discrimination. Task requires visual perception and discrimination. Task requires oral communications ability.

Applications for these positions will be accepted until filled.

JOB CLASSIFICATIONS: Hourly

STARTING SALARY: $17.43/hour

Please submit Resume and references to:
Niabi Zoological Park
Attn: Tammy Schmidt, Assistant Director
tschmidt@niabizoo.com

or mail to:
13010 Niabi Zoo Road
Coal Valley, IL 61240

Zookeeper, Elephant
Columbus Zoo, Powell, Ohio

Responsible for all aspects of daily husbandry and care of the Columbus Zoo’s elephant herd, which involves food preparation, feeding, exhibit maintenance, reproductive management, and maintaining a safe work environment.

Essential Duties:

  • Performs care of the region’s animals, including food preparation, feeding, monitoring diets, watering, bathing, enrichment, water changes, observing medical and behavioral changes, and behavioral stimulation and may assist with medical treatment as prescribed by Zoo Veterinarians.
  • Cleans and maintains animal exhibit areas, performs basic horticulture work (e.g. caring for region’s egress/ingress, general grounds beautification) and disinfects animal enclosures.
  • Assures the safety of self, animals, co-workers and visitors by observing safety guidelines when working with animals, equipment and vehicles.
  • Provides educational information about the region’s animal population through such activities as interacting with the public, conducting keeper talks, staffing interpreter stations, conducting tours and workshops, attending docent meetings, composing articles for zoo publications and conducting volunteer trainings.
  • Provides input to Assistant Curator and Elephant Manager on all aspects (e.g. safety, animal husbandry) of assigned areas.
  • Maintains daily and monthly records on animals.
  • May provide leadership to seasonal employees, interns, volunteers and zooschool students (e.g. provide daily work direction, inform management of problems).
  • Participates in training and operant conditioning programs and follows standardized reporting mechanisms.
  • Attends departmental meetings and participates in developmental seminars and workshops as required.
  • Other responsibilities may include duties related to the operation of other species located in the Asia Quest Region which includes, rhinos, tigers, aviary, variety of ungulates and birds, flying foxes, langurs, sloth bears, pallas cats, snow leopards and stellar sea eagle.
  • May establish and maintain contacts with other zookeepers outside of the Columbus Zoo, field researchers and other specialists.
  • Participates in cross-training activities as directed.
  • Constantly strives to further the mission of the organization and avidly supports the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Zoombezi Bay, Safari Golf Club and The Wilds.
  • Implements sustainable practices in daily tasks whenever possible.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Skills/Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or equivalent required.
  • Bachelor’s degree in zoology, animal science, biology or relevant field required. Four years of relevant zoo keeping experience may be substituted for degree.
  • Previous animal husbandry experience preferred in one or more of the following: primates, reptiles, carnivores, herbivores and birds.
  • 5 years’ experience in working with elephants required (8-10 years preferred).
  • Experience with a wide variety of training techniques preferred.
  • Ability to successfully perform zookeeper duties within a diverse animal collection preferred.
  • Basic knowledge of research techniques and practices with solid observation skills.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment in emergency situations and to respond with appropriate action
  • Must be able to establish and maintain positive working relationships with all levels.
  • Ability to develop and deliver informational presentations to small, medium or large groups required.
  • Ability to perform strenuous physical work required.
  • Ability to communicate well both verbally and in writing required.
  • Ability to plan and organize work in an efficient and cost-effective manner and without direct supervision required.
  • Ability to provide excellent guest service by positively interacting with guests and upholding the Make it G.R.E.A.T. standards required.
  • Ability to develop and maintain cooperative working relationships with all Zoo team members and contacts regarding company business required.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including evenings, weekends and holidays required.
  • Ability to adhere to standard operating procedures including but not limited to safety protocols required.
  • Possession of a valid Ohio motor vehicle operator’s license and a good driving record required, as well as ability to operate standard shift vehicles required.
  • Proof of negative TB screening prior to placement and annually thereafter required.
  • Ability to adhere to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium’s drug-free workplace policy including but not limited to pre-employment, random, post-accident, reasonable suspicion and follow-up treatment required.
  • Ability to successfully complete a criminal history background check annually required.

Please visit https://careers-columbuszoo.icims.com/jobs/1913/zookeeper%2c-elephants/job to apply online or mail resume to:
Human Resources
9990 Riverside Drive
PO 400
Powell, OH 43065

Equal Opportunity Employer

African Black Footed Penguin Keeper
Brights Zoo, Limestone, Tennessee

Experienced Penguin Keeper (Black footed Penguin)

Brights Zoo is looking for an experienced penguin keeper to care for our penguin colony. Other animals in this section would include, Fennec Fox, Asian Small Clawed Otters, Reptiles, Primates, Birds and small mammals.

Candidates must have at least 2 years working with African Black Footed Penguins.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Responsible for the feeding and general care and welfare of assigned exhibit animals
  • Administers prescribed medication and nutritional supplements
  • Keeps feeding records
  • Observes assigned animals
  • Reports abnormal conditions to superiors
  • Cleans exhibit areas, pools, animal sleeping areas and service areas
  • Cleans and disinfects utensils, work tools and containers
  • Maintains health and behavior records on assigned animals
  • Answers questions from the public concerning exhibit animals
  • Provides exhibit security
  • Participates in capturing, incapacitating and moving exhibit animals
  • Assists medical staff in treating animals
  • Performs minor or routine maintenance on exhibit enclosures
  • Reports the need for major maintenance and repairs
  • Operates a variety of light and medium equipment
  • Performs minor or routine maintenance on exhibit enclosures
  • Reports maintenance needs
  • Operates a variety of light and medium equipment
  • Model for punctuality and professionalism
  • Exemplifies the highest standard of work ethics

REPRESENTATIVE DUTIES

  • Observes assigned animals with regard to general appearance, feeding habits, condition of fecal matter, etc
  • Assists with procedures on a limited basis at the lead’s/manager’s discretion
  • Monitor Pool test levels and make corrections needed
  • Assists with procedures on a limited basis at the lead’s/manager’s discretion
  • Assists in hand rearing of African Black Footed Penguins

Benefits

  • Competitive pay
  • Paid time off
  • Retirement plan
  • Paid insurance

To Apply
please fill out an application located at https://brightszoo.com/index.php/about/careers

Hoof Stock Keeper
Brights Zoo, Limestone, Tennessee

Experienced Hoof Stock Keeper

Brights Zoo is looking for an experienced hoof stock keeper. Currently Brights Zoo has Greater Kudu, Eastern Mountain Bongo, Nyala, Sitatunga, Scimitar horned Oryx, Bison, Common Eland, Watusi, Giraffe, Bactrian Camels, Goats, Donkey, Grants Zebra and Addax. Candidates should have experience working with giraffe.

Candidates must have at least 2 years working with a wide variety of hoof stock.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Responsible for the feeding and general care and welfare of assigned exhibit animals
  • Administers prescribed medication and nutritional supplements
  • Keeps feeding records
  • Observes assigned animals
  • Reports abnormal conditions to superiors
  • Cleans exhibit areas, pools, animal sleeping areas and service areas
  • Cleans and disinfects utensils, work tools and containers
  • Maintains health and behavior records on assigned animals
  • Answers questions from the public concerning exhibit animals
  • Provides exhibit security
  • Participates in capturing, incapacitating and moving exhibit animals
  • Assists medical staff in treating animals
  • Performs minor or routine maintenance on exhibit enclosures
  • Reports the need for major maintenance and repairs
  • Operates a variety of light and medium equipment
  • Performs minor or routine maintenance on exhibit enclosures
  • Reports maintenance needs
  • Operates a variety of light and medium equipment
  • Model for punctuality and professionalism
  • Exemplifies the highest standard of work ethics

REPRESENTATIVE DUTIES

  • Observes assigned animals with regard to general appearance, feeding habits, condition of fecal matter, etc
  • Assists with procedures on a limited basis at the lead’s/manager’s discretion
  • Assists in hand rearing of hoof stock when needed

Benefits

  • Competitive pay
  • Paid time off
  • Retirement plan
  • Paid insurance

To Apply
please fill out an application located at https://brightszoo.com/index.php/about/careers

Animal Keeper II - Wildlife Rehabilitation
CALM’s Wildlife Rehabilitation Cente, Bakersfield, California

DEFINITION
Under the direct supervision of the Curator, is responsible for the daily husbandry and care of the animals in CALM’s Wildlife Rehabilitation Center (CWRC), monitoring animal health, keeping accurate records, maintaining the condition of animal enclosures, and interaction with the public on all aspects of wildlife rehabilitation.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

  • Perform intake, examination, and treatment of injured and orphaned wildlife, filling out all paperwork completely, initial set up of animal (including hydration, feeding and initial medical care), and working with the public bring in the animal in a positive manner;
  • feed all animals according to dietary guidelines and feeding schedules;
  • make daily diets for a variety of animals according to their treatment plans;
  • clean and maintain all animal enclosures;
  • monitor health of animals and report observations to veterinary staff;
  • medicate sick or injured animals;
  • keep patient treatment boards current with case information/treatment/feeding;
  • complete facility and enclosure maintenance and landscaping as required, including repairs, mowing, weed eating etc.;
  • maintain an in-depth knowledge of CWRC policies and protocols;
  • assist in training volunteers and interns on the proper handling and care of animals at CWRC;
  • mentor volunteers and interns being sure the quality of care given is up to CWRC standards;
  • work directly with the curator and veterinary care team to establish quality of life for a variety of species;
  • perform animal releases of a variety of species in appropriate locations;
  • maintain safe and professional work environment at all times;
  • transport animal to offsite veterinary visits as needed;
  • maintain a calm and proactive demeanor during animal emergencies;
  • assist with maintaining inventory for wildlife care including maintaining food supplies, supplements and other necessary supplies for cleaning, and maintaining cage and facility upkeep;
  • participate in special events and educational programs on caring for wildlife in captivity and wildlife rehabilitation;
  • answer questions and educate the public on all aspects of CWRC including inquiries on injured, orphaned, nuisance or abandoned animals;
  • perform overnight and at-home animal care of a variety of species when necessary;
  • perform other related duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS

Knowledge of:

  • Local wildlife including their natural environment, life stages, and behavior throughout the year;
  • identifying a wide variety of animals including birds, mammals, reptiles, and other species to ensure proper and safe handling;
  • proper techniques in handling and restraining wildlife;
  • medical terminology as it pertains to medication administration and dosing;
  • biosecurity and quarantine procedures as it pertains to wildlife care practices.

Ability to:

  • Assess the treatment needs of a variety of wildlife species;
  • handle live animals for the purpose of feeding wildlife animals;
  • work independently or as a member of a team;
  • work positively with volunteers, interns, and members of the public;
  • lift 50lbs often and team lift 125lbs occasionally;
  • read, speak, and write English;
  • weigh and measure accurately;
  • work outside in inclement weather conditions, including dust, heat, rain, and pollen;
  • see, hear, reach, bend, kneel, run and walk on rough terrain;
  • work weekends, holidays, and special events.

Experience:
One (1) year paid experience in a licensed Wildlife Rehabilitation Center working directly with wildlife. Prior supervisory experience preferred.

Education:

  • High School graduate.
  • AA or BS degree in Zoology, Biology, Wildlife Management, or related discipline preferred.

Conditions of employment:
Some positions may require proof of privately owned automobile insurance and possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle operator's license which must be maintained for the duration of the assignment.

Further information and to apply: https://www.edjoin.org/Home/DistrictJobPosting/1550175

Manager, Zoological Operations
Jungle Island, Miami, Florida

Position: Manager, Zoological Operations
Department: Zoological Operations
Reports To: Vice President of Zoological Operations
FLSA: Exempt
Review Schedule: 90 days and annually
Compensation Adjustments: (if necessary)

POSITION SUMMARY/Primary Objective:
The Manager of Zoological Operations performs all job assignments with a professional and positive attitude that reflects Jungle Island’s mission and vision of connecting people, wildlife and conservation and pursues green/conservation practices when feasible. The Manager of Zoo Ops is a working position. The candidate will be expected to participate in daily tasks/performances as well as supervise the operations of the department. The Manager of Zoo Ops will be part of the Zoological Operations Leadership Team and as such, may be asked to perform duties related to leadership of the entire department when necessary. The Manager performs a wide variety of functions in the training of staff, handling and care of show and exhibit animals, show operation, and guest experiences such as tours and animal encounters. This position reports to the Vice President of Zoological Operations and is responsible for the operation of the department in the absence of the VP. As such, the Manager must have the ability to multi-task between administrative duties, supervisory duties as well as perform animal care and training. The Manager must have the ability to coach, or redirect team members as necessary, assist in writing team member reviews, perform general husbandry, clean exhibits, and other areas, as well as a wide variety of moderately difficult tasks.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  • Administrative duties including team scheduling, ordering of supplies, ordering of animal food, animal records and writing reports.
  • Transport animals as necessary
  • Operate safety drills
  • Communicate effectively with Veterinary team
  • Work with VP of Zoological Operations as well as the Supervisor of Animal Training on show quality and theatrics
  • Oversee the husbandry and care of the collection while working with the Supervisor of Animal Care
  • Can maintain a high level of team motivation in a positive work environment
  • Must be able to make sound decisions in a challenging, high-paced environment
  • Must be comfortable handling animals in the park near guests, on stage, on camera as well as in off-site, public appearances
  • Maintain area equipment to assure all is in working order
  • Confident in working directly with a wide variety of animals, including mammals, large parrots, birds of prey and reptiles
  • Ensure public safety regarding animal shows, interactions, performances in and out of the park
  • Perform and oversee any necessary cleaning and husbandry at or above accreditation standards
  • Administer prescribed medication and nutritional supplements
  • Maintain feeding, medical, and other records regarding animal care daily
  • Conduct special tours as requested by VP of Zoo Ops
  • Must be willing to work nights, weekends and holidays as required

LICENSE/QUALIFICATIONS:
A college degree in any of the biological sciences or psychology is preferred as well as leadership experience in a zoological setting. Applicants may substitute the equivalent in experience working with animals in an accredited facility. Must have at least 3 years of professional experience working with animals in an accredited facility. Experience in training animals, animal handling and husbandry is required. It is necessary that an applicant’s combined education and experience clearly demonstrate the knowledge and skills outlined. The ability to produce a valid Florida driver license may be required.

SKILLS/APTITUDES:

  • Can multi-task in a fast-paced environment
  • Familiar with natural histories of a wide range of species
  • Has well developed public speaking and presentation skills
  • Understands animal behavior modification utilizing operant and classical conditioning techniques and can teach them to others
  • Experience in the care, feeding and handling of exotic animals from multiple taxa
  • Great communication skills with team members as well as executives
  • Keep health and behavioral records as required
  • Able to identify area shortfalls and create and execute a plan to correct issues
  • Be prompt, professional and positive in all aspects of the job and lead the team to do the same
  • Teach team members to consistently provide world-class guest experiences
  • Operate motorized equipment and vehicles
  • Be an ambassador for Jungle Island inside and outside of the park
  • Capable of lifting 50lbs standing, bending, squatting, twisting, and reaching; can work on uneven terrain and move around on slippery surfaces
  • Can handle frequent exposure to predictable and controllable hazards associated with close contact with a wide variety of animals (including large animals, birds, and reptiles); dust, and allergens; handle hazardous materials; work in cramped or confined spaces
  • Must be able to work outside, in all weather conditions

How to Apply: https://www.paycomonline.net/v4/ats/web.php/jobs/ViewJobDetails?job=31840&clientkey=1344F94F3208E415089C62C1CBE2D7D3

Note:

A review of this of this description has excluded the marginal functions of the position that are incidental to the performance of fundamental job duties, all duties and requirements are essential job functions.

This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position. Associates will be required to perform any other jump related duties assigned by the VP or anyone else on the executive leadership team.

This document does not create an employment contract implied or otherwise other than an “at will” employment relationship.

Park Director / General Manager
Aggieland Safari, Bryan-College Station, Texas

Aggieland Safari in Bryan-College Station, TX has an opening for the Park Director / General Manager to join our team. We are located at 18075 FM 974 in Bryan, Texas 77808.

Aggieland Safari is a wholly owned subsidiary of Parks! America, a public company who owns and operates Wild Animal Safari Parks in Pine Mountain, Georgia, Springfield, Missouri and Bryan-College Station, Texas. Our ideal candidate is a self-starter, ambitious, and reliable. Experience in supervising or managing Theme Park, waterpark, aquarium and/or zoo-safari animal collections and breeding operations is preferred.

The General Manager reports to the Executive Vice President. The Park Director / General Manager collaborates with the corporate Senior Director of Attractions & Construction and the Executive Vice President in operating the Aggieland Wild Animal Safari conservation center and amusement park, is responsible for the animal collections well-being, the animal exhibits, research, propose and executes annual CAPEX projects and maintenance projects related to the attraction.

This is a full-time, year-round salaried position with benefits. College Station, Texas is a great place to live, work and raise a family. Salary range begins at $55,000 to $60,000+ and is commensurate with experience.

Responsibilities

  • Oversee daily business operations, a hands-on experience
  • Ensure a high level of animal care and welfare. This is a physically demanding position.
  • Keep up to date on current trends and procedures in the zoological field, including exhibition and care
  • Reviews, creates, maintains, and provides both leadership and oversight for policies and procedures and protocols related to animal care and handling
  • Record-keeping and collection management is a major priority for adherence to USDA and company standards
  • Works with the Head Zookeeper in the understanding of nutrition, conformation, breeding habits, proper display techniques, and an eye for animal heath, enrichment, and well-being
  • Daily inspections of the park property, animals, and staff
  • Manage staff and delegate responsibility as needed
  • Maintain excellent customer service standards
  • Manage profit and loss statements with respect to labor costs and operating expenses
  • Manage in-park Revenue Operations including food & beverage, vehicle rentals and retail merchandise
  • Manage all company safety policies & procedures and continue to review and enhance safety in every aspect of the operation
  • Collaborate with the Corporate team in establishing and maintaining the company conservation standards for all animal species on our properties

Qualifications

  • Experience in a zoological park or breeding center with at least 3 years of supervisory and management experience preferred. Experience in related amusement or animal care fields may be considered if applicant can demonstrate the ability to learn and manage Wild Animal Safari animal collections
  • Ability and willingness to work varied shifts with varied days off year-round (the park opens at 9AM and closes at either 5PM, 6PM, or 7PM depending on time of year)
  • Excellent communication skills to connect effectively with customers and co-workers
  • Positive attitude and ethics which support our values and culture
  • Ability to manage a fast-paced, high-volume, clean, customer-focused workplace
  • Strong time-management skills; ability to multi-task, prioritize, and organize
  • Must be able to work with numbers in completing daily reports, budgets, and purchase orders
  • Must be able to work with computer software systems, Microsoft 365 Business Professional Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc..., POS systems and online ticketing portals
  • Ability to manage CAPEX and maintenance projects at the Wild Animal Safari
  • Ability to work with a wide range collection of animals. The position is physically demanding.
  • Authorization to work in the United States
  • Driver's License
  • Reliable transportation

Benefits

  • Excellent company sponsored Health Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Disability coverage, basic Life Insurance, and optional other medical insurance available 60 days after employment. The company pays 80% of the basic health insurance plans. There are not “out of network” doctors in the plan. This is a national health insurance plan, so most all doctors are considered in-network across the country. The insurance carrier is Humana.
  • Ten (10) days' vacation which begins to accrue 60 days after employment
  • Up to ten (10) days sick pay annually which begins to accrue 60 days after employment
  • Seven (7) paid Holidays annually (Christmas, Thanksgiving, November floating day, December floating day, New Year's Day, January floating day, February floating day)

We are looking forward to reviewing your application. Please apply online at https://animalsafari.com (select the Aggieland Safari park) AND send a copy of your resume and letter of intertest to both Mark Whitfield, Parks! America - Executive Vice President: mark@animalsafari.com (608) 477-8976 and Steve Jagielski, Senior Director of Attractions and Construction steve@animalsafari.coms.

Assistant Curator
Leesburg Animal Park, Leesburg, Virginia

POSITION DESCRIPTION:
TITLE: Assistant Curator
CLASSIFICATION: Full Time hourly
REPORTS TO: Curator
WORK HOURS: 5 days per week 7:30am to 4:30/5:30pm
COMPENSATION: $16-18.00 per hour, and PTO and relocation assistance.

POSITION SUMMARY:
The Assistant Curator has an important role in assisting the Curator in all aspects of care and record keeping for the Park’s animals as well as helping to provide educational programs and other Park activities for our guests. They also assist in the training and oversight of the keeper staff, interns and volunteers.

REQUIREMENTS: A minimum of 3 years in a paid position working with small and large exotic and domestic animals. Must have a basic knowledge of animal husbandry practices and medical procedures.

Interested applicants can learn more about the Park at https://www.leesburganimalpark.com/.

Please send a cover letter and resume to admin@leesburganimalpark.com.

Mammal Lead Keeper
Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo, New Braunsfel, Texas

AAnimal World & Snake Farm Zoo is seeking a dynamic individual to lead the daily operations of our mammal/bird department.

SUMMARY:
The position requires a dedicated individual who will take direction from the Mammal Curator in managing in the coordination, training and implementation of professional husbandry, training and show presentation protocols for the zoo’s collection of birds and mammals as well as other related projects and programs. The Lead Keeper will participate in planning and be responsible for assisting the Mammal Curator in implementing all assigned animal care, exhibit maintenance, animal training and show presentation procedures, staff training for the bird and mammal collection. This position requires an individual with a proactive attention to detail as well as a proven leader, trainer, and team member.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Oversee the daily operations of the mammal/bird collection, exhibits and off display holding areas.
  • Assists the Mammal Curator with the training of husbandry staff in developing behaviors that will lead to the improvement of entertaining and educational shows.
  • Participates in area work schedule, maintains exhibit quality standards through regular maintenance and cleaning activities, and facilitates training through a hands-on work approach.
  • Coordinates the input of data by husbandry staff into the animal records databases.
  • Assures that appropriate records are kept on all husbandry, training and enrichment including daily care, animal health, acquisition/disposition and mortalities.
  • Help train new Mammal Department employees to assure compliance with established standards and protocols.
  • Aid the Mammal Curator in overseeing general maintenance of all related work areas and equipment. Keeps the work area clean and organized and reports mechanical failures to supervisors in a timely way. Ensure off exhibit areas should be clean, neat and well organized.
  • Assist Mammal Curator with communication and follow-up with division directors as pertains to effective and efficient management of assigned area(s).
  • Participates in long and short term departmental planning.
  • Assures that animal food, maintenance equipment and supplies are ordered and stocked in appropriate amounts in conjunction with current inventory and the availability of seasonal resources.
  • Interacts with the Mammal Curator and leads in carrying out medical procedures and protocols that are prescribed.
  • Notify the Mammal Curator regarding the needs and repairs of critical life support equipment, structural depreciation, emergency repairs and joint projects.
  • Comply with safety and security directives, policies and procedures.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned and defined.

REQUIRED SKILLS:

  • Ability to operate with minimal daily supervision.
  • Applied leadership abilities to motivate, direct and coach staff.
  • Ability to troubleshoot and follow-through.
  • Must be able to manage daily staff workflow and to forecast non-routine project manpower needs.
  • Knowledge of mammal and bird husbandry as pertains to nutrition, psychological well-being, preventative care and exhibitry.
  • Experience in designing and delivering quality educational programs to the public in both formal and informal formats.
  • Practiced skills in working in a dynamic team environment and the capacity to step outside of your role to ensure zoo-wide projects and goals are met.
  • Strong communication skills through all levels of staff.
  • Thorough and practiced understanding and appreciation for customer experience and expectations.
  • Knowledge of Federal, State and ZAA accreditation standards.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • A minimum of two (2) years of professional experience at a public zoo or similar institution and a demonstrated knowledge and experience in zoological operations, animal husbandry and superior customer service.
  • Demonstrated ability to motivate and organize the activities of the training staff. This experience should include an increasing degree of responsibility over time with a broad base of technical knowledge and skills.
  • Must have at least two (2) years of practiced experience with the care and safe husbandry of primates, birds, or small mammals
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and work as a part of a team in a constantly changing environment as well as individually, with a minimum of supervision.
  • Must be able to lift, carry, push and/or pull objects and materials of moderate weight (50-80 lbs)
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule which may include evenings and/or weekends and holidays. Ability to respond to emergencies on an on-call basis.

Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo is among the most celebrated zoos in Texas with an ever growing attendance and a non-stop growth and expansion that is second to none. We are seeking an individual to not only manage our daily operations within the zoo, but also an individual that wishes to grow with us, as we grow into the next generation of zoos.

Qualified applicants may submit a cover letter and resume to:
Mammal Curator
Casey Martin
caseym@hczoo.com

and

Deputy Director
Jarrod Forthman
jarrodf@hczoo.com

Keeper I (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 I will be trained through all areas of the zoo except Primates and Large Cats. Candidate would be eligible to train through Primates and Large Cats once they reach Keeper II status. Starting 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.
  • 1 -3 years of paid experience working with exotic animals.
  • 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.

Applicants should send resume and cover letter to info@austinzoo.org

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 paid experience working with exotic animals.
  • Keeper III: 5+ years of paid experience working with exotic animals.
  • 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.

Applicants should send resume and cover letter to info@austinzoo.org

Animal Keeper 1
Jungle Island, Miami, Florida

Position: Animal Keeper 1

Department: Zoological Operations

Reports To: Supervisor of Animal Care

FLSA: Non-exempt

Review Schedule: 90 days and annually

Compensation Adjustments: if necessary

POSITION SUMMARY/Primary Objective:
Jungle Island is a beautiful, unique zoological facility placed on Watson Island off the coast of downtown Miami and Miami Beach. Jungle Island has a rich history that is soon to be built upon as the park will be reconstructed and re-launched hosting a wide variety of animal experiences in early 2023. Until then, Animal Keepers will care for animals during the development of the new park over the next year, ensuring a successful re-opening. The Animal Keeper performs all job assignments with a professional and positive attitude that reflects Jungle Island’s mission and vision of connecting people, wildlife, and conservation. The Animal Keeper, under general supervision, performs a wide variety of functions in the training, handling, and care of exhibit animals. An Animal Keeper must have the ability to understand and execute plans as directed by the supervisor. This position will perform general husbandry and animal care tasks, such as cleaning, feeding, handling animals for procedures, record keeping, exhibit maintenance, and training as well as a wide variety of moderately difficult tasks in relation to operating an accredited zoological facility. The Animal Keeper should be prepared to work in a fast-paced, sometimes challenging environment. Animal Keepers should also be prepared to work in all types of weather, on weekends and holidays. The Animal Keeper will interact regularly with animals as well as park guests to provide world-class experiences that are signature to Jungle Island. This position reports to the Supervisor of Animal Care.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  • Perform daily cleaning of exhibits and facilities
  • Animal food prep and storage
  • Feed and provide any necessary husbandry for collection animals
  • Work with supervisor to develop and maintain an enrichment plan for collection animals
  • Must be comfortable working with reptiles, birds, and mammals without issue
  • The ability to use power tools for exhibit maintenance
  • Maintain trained behaviors as directed by the Supervisor
  • Transport animals as necessary for exhibits or special events
  • Must be comfortable handling animals in the park near guests, on stage, on camera as well as in off-site, public appearances
  • Maintain area equipment to assure all is in working order
  • Outgoing personality with the ability to educate and entertain guests
  • Ensure public safety regarding animal interactions inside and outside of the park
  • Administer prescribed medication and nutritional supplements as directed by supervisor
  • Comfortable assisting medical staff as necessary in treatment of animals
  • Maintain feeding, medical, and other records regarding animal care daily
  • Conduct special tours or VIP meet and greets as requested by Supervisor
  • Maintain an educational environment with all guests. Answer questions and provide information to them in a polite, professional manner
  • May perform public relations visits at media and other outlets as necessary
  • Must be willing to work nights, weekends and holidays as required

LICENSE/QUALIFICATIONS:
A college degree in any of the biological sciences or psychology is preferred. Applicants may substitute the equivalent in experience working with exotic animals where applicable. Knowledge of animal handling and husbandry practices is required. Experience in behavior modification using operant conditioning via positive reinforcement is a bonus. It is necessary that an applicant’s combined education and experience clearly demonstrate the knowledge and skills outlined. The ability to produce a valid Florida driver license may be required.

SKILLS/APTITUDES:

  • Familiar with natural histories of a wide range of species
  • Great interpersonal/customer service skills
  • Ability to maintain a professional appearance and conduct themselves positively and professionally in all aspects of the job
  • Experience in the care, feeding, training and safe handling of a variety of exotic animals
  • Follows directions
  • Keep electronic health and behavioral records as required
  • Able to communicate and work effectively with others
  • Be prompt
  • Provide world-class guest experiences
  • Monitor animal behavior and appearance and communicate any abnormalities effectively
  • Operate motorized equipment and vehicles
  • Be an ambassador for Jungle Island inside and outside of the park
  • Capable of lifting 50lbs standing, bending, squatting, twisting, and reaching; can work on uneven terrain and move around on slippery surfaces
  • Can handle frequent exposure to predictable and controllable hazards associated with close contact with a wide variety of animals (including large animals, birds, and reptiles); dust, and allergens; handle hazardous materials; work in cramped or confined spaces
  • Must be able to work outside, in water, and in all weather conditions

Note:
A review of this of this description has excluded the marginal functions of the position that are incidental to the performance of fundamental job duties, all duties and requirements are essential job functions. This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position. associates will be required to perform any other jump related duties assigned by their supervisor. This document does not create an employment contract implied or otherwise other than an “at will” employment relationship.

To Apply: https://www.paycomonline.net/v4/ats/web.php/jobs/ViewJobDetails?job=31509&clientkey=B8C04F175ABFC2F5FAE175A072814F99

General Curator
Virginia Safari Park, Natural Bridge, Virginia

The Virginia Safari Park https://www.virginiasafaripark.com/>website 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. The position is physically demanding and active. Although mainly administrative, this is a hands-on working position and requires work in the field. Applicants must have significant hands-on animal experience, including proven management experience. Must be professional, in both demeanor and appearance. Non-smoking work environment.

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:

  • 5+ 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.

Junior Zookeeper Program Coordinators (Full Time Seasonal Position)
Wildlife Safari, Winston, Oregon

Organization: Wildlife Safari
Location: Winston, Oregon, United States
Job or Internship: Job

Junior Zookeeper Program Coordinators (Full Time Seasonal Position)

Wildlife Safari
PO Box 1600
1790 Safari Road
Winston, OR 97496
541-679-6761 x 221
http://www.wildlifesafari.net

The Education Department at Wildlife Safari is currently accepting applications for people with great people skills, a passion for animals, and an energetic, positive personality to fill the 2 Junior Zookeeper Program Coordinator positions for the 2022 summer season (mid May – mid September).

Working together alongside the Education Department, these positions are responsible for the development and implementation of the 2022 Junior Zookeeper Program. Duties include but are not limited to: training Juniors to handle and care for the education animal collection, creating and implementing fun activities for Junior Zookeepers ages 10-17, creating and distributing a work schedule for program participants, planning and overseeing the day-to-day activities of Junior Zookeepers (animal care, education ambassador booths, structured lessons, animal encounters, etc), and assisting with the daily operation of the Education Department.

The ideal candidate will work well within a team setting as well as independently, demonstrate strong communication skills, have the ability to multi-task, and posses a strong desire to work with junior high and high school students. This is a unique, exciting and hands-on opportunity to further one’s career in Zoo education.

Education and Experience Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree or currently obtaining a degree in a field complementary to Wildlife Safari’s mission; Zoology, Wildlife Biology, Conservation Education, Environmental Education, or related field
  • Experience as a formal or an informal educator or interpreter, including creating and implementing Conservation Education curriculum
  • Experience working with junior high and high school students, preferably in a supervisory position
  • Exotic animal handling and husbandry experience
  • Certification in CPR/First Aid preferred but not required
  • Must be willing to work overnight camps
  • Able to speak to the public both individually and in a presentation setting
  • Good people skills
  • Personal vehicle and valid driver’s license
  • Negative TB and drug test
  • Ability to work Monday through Friday, 40 hours a week
  • Required to work outdoors and indoors in extreme weather conditions; ability to lift up to 50 (fifty) pounds.

This is a temporary, full-time position, $12.50/hour.

Start and end dates range from mid May to mid-Sept and are flexible. Applications will be accepted until positions are filled.

To apply send cover letter, resume, 3 references and one letter of recommendation to:

Wildlife Safari, Education Department
PO Box 1600, Winston, OR 97496

or email to education@wildlifesafari.net
*Please include ‘Junior Zookeeper Program Coordinator’ in subject line if applying via email

Summer Camp Counselors (Full Time Seasonal Position)
Wildlife Safari, Winston, Oregon

Organization: Wildlife Safari
Location: Winston, Oregon, United States
Job or Internship: Job

Summer Camp Counselors (Full Time Seasonal Position)

Wildlife Safari
PO Box 1600
1790 Safari Road
Winston, OR 97496
541-679-6761 x 221
http://www.wildlifesafari.net

The Education Department at Wildlife Safari is currently accepting applications for people with great people skills, a passion for animals, and an energetic, positive personality to fill our 2 Summer Camp Counselor positions for the summer 2022 season (end May – mid September).

This position is responsible for all of Wildlife Safari’s summer day camps including our Pint-Sized Explorer Camps (3-4 year olds), Discover Camps (4-7 year olds) and Adventure Camps (4-11 year olds). The Counselor will work with the Education Department and develop and implement all summer educational programs. Duties include but are not limited to: husbandry and handling of all education animal collection, creating curriculum for and running the zoo camps, conducting guided tours, overnight camps, educational outreach presentations, helping with the Junior Zookeeper Program and onsite public talks.

This is a unique, exciting and hands-on opportunity to further one’s career in Zoo education.

Education and Experience Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree or currently obtaining a degree in a field complementary to Wildlife Safari’s mission; Zoology, Wildlife Biology, Conservation Education, Environmental Education, or related field
  • Experience as a formal or an informal educator or interpreter
  • Experience working with children of a variety of ages a must
  • Animal experience preferred but not required
  • Must be willing to work overnight camps
  • Able to speak to the public both individually and in a presentation setting
  • Good people skills
  • Personal vehicle and valid driver’s license
  • Negative TB test
  • Ability to work 40 hours a week
  • Required to work outdoors and indoors in extreme weather conditions; ability to lift up to 50 (fifty) pounds.
  • Must be able to pass a drug test

This is a temporary, full-time position, $12.50/hour.

Start and end dates range from end of May to mid-Sept and are flexible. Applications will be accepted until positions are filled.

To apply send cover letter, resume, 3 references and one letter of recommendation to:

Wildlife Safari, Education Department
PO Box 1600, Winston, OR 97496

or email to education@wildlifesafari.net
*Please include ‘Lead Summer Camp Counselor’ in subject line if applying via email

Senior Parks Animal Keeper
Orange County Zoo, Orange, California

OC Zoo, Irvine Regional Park, Orange, CA

Job Status: Full time, permanent

Schedule: Five - 8 hours/day shifts. Rotate days off every three months. Typical shift is 7:30am to 4:30pm.

Rate of Pay: $24.42 - $32.90 hourly

Position Summary:
OC Zoo has a current vacancy for a Senior Parks Animal Keeper. The Senior Parks Animal Keeper is the senior level classification in the Parks Animal Keeper occupational series. Positions in this class are characterized by their ability to both lead and work with zoo personnel caring for the animals and maintaining the zoological facility, and to monitor and maintain all zoo operation transactions and collections. This position will have registrar duties of maintaining animal records and training staff on the zoo data base system. Senior Parks Animal Keepers are under the general supervision on a Zoo Curator or Zoo Manager. Incumbents may act as first line supervisors for Parks Animal Keepers and subordinate office staff. The OC Zoo staff members are committed to providing a high-quality operation of animal care and pleasant visitor experience.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Monitor and maintain the animal record keeping system, audit data submission, update collection records, and train staff.
  • Assist in the renewal of required Federal, State, and local permits. This includes the tracking of permit renewals, preparation of documentation, review of all requirements, and updating all hard copy documents for inspections.
  • Supervise work of contracted Park Attendants, Parks Animal Keepers, volunteers, and other outside contractors when necessary. This could include assisting with work duties, mentoring and training.
  • Coverage for short staff days to perform duties of the Parks Animal Keepers in the care of the animal collection.
  • Conduct guided interpretive tours, presentations, and programs.
  • Assist with animal medical procedures and communicate with zoo veterinarians.
  • Assist with the inventory and procurement of needed supplies for the operations of the zoo.
  • Compiling and writing monthly reports, reviewing policies and procedures, making observations of operations/animal issues and identifying solutions.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of Federal, State, and local laws regulating animal acquisition, disposition, exhibition, husbandry standards, transportation, and permit with the U.S. and abroad.
  • Proper care, feeding, medicating, training and conducting enrichment activities for an animal collection.
  • Understanding of accreditation standards, USDA and California Fish and Wildlife regulations as they pertain to caring for animals and ensuring they are health and their habitats are in compliance.
  • Practical experience with maintaining habitats to ensure they are clean and free of dangerous items that may cause harm to the animals. This would include but limited to: removing old debris and animal stool, replacing bedding, inspecting enclosures, adding dirt, raking, mowing lawns, changing perching, seeding lawns, maintaining pump systems, cleaning and disinfecting enrichment toys.

Physical Demands:
Strength to pull, drag, lift, and carry up to 50 pounds for 50 feet. Strength to handle, restrain, and maneuver large animals, including livestock, from one area to another or into a trailer for transport. Strength to capture, secure, handle and restrain a variety of animal, which may be physically uncooperative and aggressive. Agility to walk, run, physically maneuver oneself to capture and avoid injury by various animals. Ability to stand for extended periods. Body mobility to walk and run on uneven ground, climb stairs, bend, twist, reach, kneel, squat and crawl to catch animals. Manual dexterity to hand write paperwork and use a computer. Vision sufficient to read standard text and fine print, a computer screen, see animals at a distance, determine depth and to distinguish colors and body language. Hear well enough to hear the approach of an animal or sounds emitted by animals.

To Apply:
Please apply online at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/oc Only online applications will be accepted. The recruitment will remain open on a continuous basis until the needs of the County of Orange County are met. Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply immediately.

Parks Animal Keeper
Orange County Zoo, Orange, California

OC Zoo, Irvine Regional Park, Orange, CA

Job Status: Full time, permanent

Schedule: Five - 8 hours/day shifts. Rotate days off every three months. Typical shift is 7:30am to 4:30pm.

Rate of Pay: 21.33 - $28.77 hourly

Position Summary:
OC Zoo has a current vacancy for a Parks Animal Keeper. The Parks Animal Keeper will work under general direction of the Zoo Director, Zoo Curator and Senior Parks Animal Keepers. This is a professional position, requiring experience and working knowledge of exotic animals and how to take care of them. The Parks Animal Keeper must complete the daily tasks in a timely fashion with minimal supervision, keep detailed daily records, and be proficient in observing animals and their behaviors. The OC Zoo staff members are committed to providing a high-quality operation of animal care and a pleasant visitor experience. The Parks Animal Keeper duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to the following:

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Observing and carrying out all basic aspects of the daily care of animals.
  • Reporting any observed health or behavioral abnormalities to Zoo Curator and Veterinarian
  • Following all approved operation procedures listed in string duty assignments.
  • Participating and developing programs focused on enhancing the guest experience.
  • Giving presentations to the general public and engage with park visitors by discussing animal natural history, natural habitats, status of animals in the wild, care and feeding of animals and other topics of interest.
  • Preparing accurate and detailed records and logs and maintaining monthly reports.
  • Cleaning, maintaining and conducting minor repairs to assigned animal habitats.
  • Inspecting, cleaning, and conducting minor repairs to assigned animal habitats.
  • Inspecting, cleaning, and maintaining public walks, paths, zoo grounds, plants and animal enclosures.
  • Maintaining manuals regarding duties/cares of assigned animals.
  • Training employees and/or volunteers on proper care of animals, as well as, delegating tasks as needed.
  • Utilizing hand tools, rakes, shovels, wheelbarrows, and minor power tools to fix, enhance, clean, and maintain animal habitats and enclosures.
  • Assisting veterinarian during visits and administering medications, monitoring injuries and healing when needed.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Daily cleaning, feeding, medicating, training, and conducting enrichment activities for assigned animals.
  • Utilizing operations manuals for details regarding proper care and updating feeding and medication instructions.
  • Understanding of accreditation standards, USDA and California Fish and Wildlife regulations as they pertain to caring for animals and ensuring they are health and their habitats are in compliance.
  • Practical experience with maintaining habitats to ensure they are clean and free of dangerous items that may cause harm to the animals. This would include but limited to: removing old debris and animal stool, replacing bedding, inspecting enclosures, adding dirt, raking, mowing lawns, changing perching, seeding lawns, maintaining pump systems, cleaning and disinfecting enrichment toys.
  • Working as a team to ensure proper coverage in areas and assisting when needed for training and engagement activities.

Physical Demands:
Strength to pull, drag, lift, and carry up to 50 pounds for 50 feet. Strength to handle, restrain, and maneuver large animals, including livestock, from one area to another or into a trailer for transport. Strength to capture, secure, handle and restrain a variety of animal, which may be physically uncooperative and aggressive. Agility to walk, run, physically maneuver oneself to capture and avoid injury by various animals. Ability to stand for extended periods. Body mobility to walk and run on uneven ground, climb stairs, bend, twist, reach, kneel, squat and crawl to catch animals. Manual dexterity to hand write paperwork and use a computer. Vision sufficient to read standard text and fine print, a computer screen, see animals at a distance, determine depth and to distinguish colors and body language. Hear well enough to hear the approach of an animal or sounds emitted by animals.

To Apply:
Please apply online at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/oc Only online applications will be accepted. The recruitment will remain open on a continuous basis until the needs of the County of Orange County are met. Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply immediately.

Summer Internships
Chase Sanctuary, Webster, Florida

POSITION DESCRIPTION:
Chase Sanctuary is a 10 acre educational facility with an emphasis on several Lemur species, Cotton-Top Tamarin, Marmoset Monkeys, Sloths and several species of exotic birds. We also maintain a collection of tortoises including Aldabra, Galapagos and Sulcata as well as many other wildlife species. We have an animal nutritionist and a vet tech on staff and a board certified primate veterinarian on retainer.

Our mission at Chase combines education and conservation. We educate the public about the plight of endangered species and simultaneously maintain troops and colonies in very spacious fully enriched habitats and multi acre play areas to encourage natural propagation and troop/colony rearing. We are a 501C-3 organization investing 100% of our revenue into our animals and their facility.

We seek 2-3 passionate interns who are able to be part of something bigger than themselves, who are team players and who are not afraid of hard work. You will benefit from working with our staff on hands on animal activities, working with the public by conducting tours and educational animal experiences (we adhere is WAZA guidelines for animal interactions) and by helping to maintain the habitats and grounds. You will also have an opportunity to help with positive reinforcement training (operant conditioning),various husbandry related processes, and the Species 360 Zimms software/data base.

Internships run from May/June to August

REQUIREMENTS :

  • Academic focus in Zoology/Animal Sciences/Veterinary or Veterinary technician program
  • Must have Drivers license
  • Clean criminal history
  • Please check with your academic institution to determine eligibility for college credits from this internship

HCOMPENSATION:

  • Housing, including utilities, will be provided
  • This is an unpaid internship but a small allowance will be provided for incidentals ($75 per week)

TO APPLY:
E-mail resume and a cover letter detailing why you wish to join our team this summer. The e-mail address is ChaseSanctuary@gmail.com. Should you be a good fit we will set up a video interview and tour of our facility. Before hire, 2 references and a background check will be required.

We look forward to hearing from you !

Animal Keeper II
Hattiesburg Zoo, Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Job Description: Animal Keeper II

DEPARTMENT: Zoo Animal Care

LOCATION: Hattiesburg Zoo

SHIFT: Generally 40 hours per week on a schedule requiring a mix of weekdays, weekends, evenings and holidays as required.

Reports to: Animal Curator

Summary: Under the direction of the Animal Curator, performs scientific work in the care of zoo animals and the maintenance of zoo exhibits and facilities. Participates in the training, enrichment, dietary, record keeping and health needs of the animal collection. Participates in the aesthetics and maintenance of the various exhibits and participates with guest interactions.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Observes and evaluates animal condition, behavior, and responses on a daily basis and reports any unusual situations to the supervisor, as well as any aggressive or potentially dangerous tendencies.
  • Maintains records on animal health and behavior, exhibits, diets, vet care, enrichment/training, etc.
  • Cleans (disinfects as scheduled) and checks integrity of animal exhibits and structures daily to ensure safety and welfare of animals, guests, and staff in accordance with established guidelines.
  • Maintains exhibit materials and landscaping, such as caring for plants in and around exhibits, cleaning and installing perches, nest boxes, bedding materials, feed containers, and decorative materials and understands how these will be used by animals and their safety.
  • Operates heavy machinery as needed.
  • Performs minor repairs and preventative maintenance to exhibits, reports maintenance concerns they cannot be easily addressed to the Animal Curator, makes recommendations to improve the safety, aesthetics, and functionality of facilities; assists in the completion of approved changes.
  • Prepares prescribed diets and follows feeding instructions noting consumption and conformance of foods; makes diet change recommendations as needed; thoroughly cleans feed trough, bowls, and other containers; unloads and replenishes hay; unloads food shipments.
  • Assists in the capture and restraint of animals, which may or may not be sedated; assists in administering prescribed medications and dietary supplements noting consumption and treating injured/sick animals.
  • Daily involvement in improving the quality of life of the animals by developing and implementing behavior modification and enrichment programs to elicit species-typical behaviors.
  • Participates in the animal training program for the purpose of improving animal welfare and/or public demonstrations.
  • Assist in the training, supervision, assignment and evaluation of volunteers and interns.
  • Assists in the presentation of educational programs and participates in daily guest interactions.
  • Take on an extra responsibility of the job; Aesthetics, Medical, Nutrition, Training, Enrichment or Registrar) learns and performs the job as specified.
  • Acts as a mentor for other Animal Care staff.

Qualification Requirements

Education and Work Experience:
Bachelor’s degree in a biological science (i.e. biology, zoology, ecology) and 3 years exotic animal experience or 5 years exotic animal experience; or an equivalent combination of training and experience

Essential Job Qualifications

  • Must retain a valid Driver’s License and meet the eligibility requirements to drive while conducting company business.
  • Current TB test
  • Work outdoors in all types of weather and lift heavy objects (up to 50 pounds)

Knowledge and Skills

  • Strong work ethic, self-motivated, committed to the vision of the Hattiesburg Zoo.
  • Ability to comprehend and follow oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with other employees and the general public.
  • Friendly with public and courteous to visitors, able to provide keeper chats and public encounters in a friendly manner.
  • In depth knowledge of behavioral management and operant conditioning and how they apply in a zoo setting.
  • Experience with large carnivores preferred
  • Experience working with and training volunteers/interns.

To Apply Please Visit: https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=f2539413-573d-4af3-b530-aac5325ef868&ccId=19000101_000001&type=JS&lang=en_US&selectedMenuKey=CareerCenter

Zoological Veterinarian
Hattiesburg Zoo, Hattiesburg, Mississippi

JOB DESCRIPTION: Zoological Veterinarian

DEPARTMENT: Zoo

LOCATION: The Hattiesburg Zoo is home to more than 200 animals representing 96 species of mammals, birds, ectotherms and insects. The metropolitan area of Hattiesburg has a population of around 150,000 and a market area of over 300,000. The Hattiesburg Zoo is located on 12-acres of Kamper Park which is located in the central area of the City of Hattiesburg. The Zoo has been rapidly expanding over the past 10 years and expects to grow to double its current acreage. Work is primarily stationed at the Hattiesburg Zoo, though some travel will be required to all Hattiesburg Convention Commission (HCC) facilities.

SHIFT: Full-time including a variety of weekdays, nights, weekends and holidays.

REPORTS TO: The Veterinarian will report to the HCC Director of Operations and will be expected to oversee and perform effective, efficient and professional animal medical services and care for the Hattiesburg Zoo. The Veterinarian will be a key leader and advisor in making institutional decisions, setting priorities, developing policies and practices, in accordance with a holistic perspective of the Zoo and its growth.

SUMMARY: The Veterinarian will be responsible for the provision of professional veterinary care as well as overseeing and administering a preventative health program in accordance with industry standards and best practices as identified by AAZV and AZA. The Veterinarian position is a senior leadership position that requires a high degree of technical skills, a commitment to learning and application, a willingness to participate in the overall operations of the Zoo, the ability to work together with all Commission departments, and a passion for improvement. The Veterinarian must be insatiably curious and excited about the Hattiesburg Zoo and zoos in general. The Veterinarian must be committed to satisfying that curiosity through action by becoming intimately involved in the vast range of work needed to effectively grow the Zoo’s reach, attendance and renown.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Establish and execute preventive medicine programs that reduce suffering, morbidity and mortality and promote a healthier animal collection including includes quarantine, routine exams, disease monitoring, parasite control, vaccinations, tuberculin testing, dental prophylaxis, and periodic nutrition reviews.
  • Provide high quality veterinary medicine to all sick and injured animals in the collection ensuring professional standards of care are met.
  • Regularly screen and treat for common zoonotic diseases in the animal collection to reduce zoonotic disease transmission for staff and guests.
  • Diagnosis and treatment of animal collection, including surgical procedures as needed.
  • Regularly screen and treat for common zoonotic diseases in collection.
  • Administer and oversee all quarantine protocols.
  • Coordinate with curatorial and keeper staff as required for animal health and well-being.
  • Provide clinical oversight of species-specific dietary and nutritional needs.
  • Participate substantially in collection planning, acquisition and management.
  • Participate in exhibit renovation, improvements and design recommendations.
  • Collaborate with colleagues and local veterinary and medical specialists on clinical cases as needed.
  • Performs gross necropsies and collect samples for histopathology, prepares necropsy reports, analyzes findings, and formulates recommendations for preventive measures. Prepare samples for histopathology and other testing.
  • Prepares and maintains required records, ensuring accuracy, timeliness and professionalism.
  • Provides training for keepers and other staff in appropriate animal handling during veterinary procedures, animal health evaluation, preventive health care, and prevention of zoonotic disease transmission and other topics as assigned.
  • Ensures compliance with local, state, and federal laws and regulations related to animal care, transport, treatment, and the handling of controlled substances.
  • Maintains standards and regulations of AZA, AAZV, USDA and other regulatory agencies and associations as they apply to zoological institutions and veterinary programs/facilities.
  • Participates in addressing emergency animal situations including capture and restraint of animals, and foreign animal disease outbreak policy/response.
  • Available for necessary animal medical care nights, weekends and holidays. Work with Zoo Management to insure proper emergency coverage during approved or emergency absences.
  • Maintains adequate supplies of pharmaceuticals and veterinary equipment on site.
  • Remain current on all industry veterinary standards and AAZV best practices by participation in AAZV and other professional organizations and forums.
  • Remains current on continuing education requirements.
  • Collaborates with colleagues and local, national, and international veterinary and medical specialists on clinical cases as needed.
  • Teach and mentor visiting veterinary students, technicians, and interns as needed.
  • Provide leadership in all aspects of effective animal husbandry initiatives.
  • Create compelling interactions with zoo guests regularly to further expand the public’s appreciation for wildlife, native habitat and conservation.
  • Interact with the media, and internal and external clients as requested.
  • Consistent focus on the ongoing scientific/medical work of the Zoo and its intersection with the guest experience is required.
  • Readily participate in “big-picture” zoo activities and events as a leader and example. Encourage co-workers through word and deed to deliver exceptional events, activities and experiences.
  • Perform other Zoo and/or Commission duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

Education and Work Experience

  • Degree in Veterinary Medicine from an AVMA-accredited US college or university.
  • Candidate must be able to secure State of Mississippi Veterinary License and DEA licensing and a Mississippi Driver’s License.
  • ACZM Board Certification or eligibility preferred.
  • One year of professional level work experience as a staff veterinarian or resident in exotic animal medicine at a zoological park or appropriate aquarium, veterinary college affiliated with a zoo or appropriate aquarium, private practice affiliated with a zoo or appropriate aquarium with a large diverse exotic clientele.
  • Or, at least two years of professional level work experience as a veterinarian in private practice which includes exotic animals as a portion of its caseload.
  • Experience anesthesia, surgery, radiology, parasite control procedures, nutrition, medical therapy, and post-mortem procedures as applied to an extensive variety of exotic animals.
  • Computer skills with business applications such as Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, etc. sufficient to enter data and create analytical documents, reports and communications.
  • The position requires occasional travel, superior verbal and written communication skills, a hands-on participatory mentality, enthusiasm as well as familiarity with the usual tools, software, etc.

ABILITIES

  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret complex documents.
  • Ability to respond effectively to sensitive inquires or complaints.
  • Ability to adapt communication based on audience and purpose with inclusivity.
  • Ability to work effectively within diverse teams and environments, as well as individually.
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
  • Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
  • Ability to work weekends, holidays, and after-hour assignments for animal welfare and organizational requirements.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

  • This position must frequently lift and/or move up to 30lbs., and occasionally lift and/or move up to 75lbs. This position may assume awkward positions for extended periods of time.
  • This position requires standing, walking, and sitting, use of hands, reaching, climbing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, and crawling.
  • This position relies heavily on all senses every day to evaluate patients. Touch is important for physical examinations, taking blood samples, and performing surgical procedures and giving medicine. Sight is important for evaluating patients at a distance, examining animals for lesions, performing surgery and post mortem examinations, microscope work, and darting. Hearing is important for communicating with co-workers, visitors, and patients, and listing for heartbeats and breathing. Smell is important for identifying some diseases, infections, body fluids, medications, etc.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to perform essential functions.

SUMMARY
The successful candidate will be a self-starter, self-motivated, able to multitask, be creative and detail-oriented, yet able to anticipate and effectively deal with a significantly large number of details with concurrent and overlapping deadlines for completion. Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to motivate organizational peers is required. Must be a team player, able to work collaboratively and constructively with other department heads and industry partners, while demonstrating a positive attitude, cooperation, and showing an overt hands-on engagement with all staff, guests and stakeholders.

To Apply Please Visit: https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=f2539413-573d-4af3-b530-aac5325ef868&ccId=19000101_000001&type=JS&lang=en_US&selectedMenuKey=CareerCenter

2022 Summer Zookeeper Internship
Cape May County Zoo, Cape May Court House, New Jersey

The Cape May County Zoo will be accepting applications for its 2022 Summer Zookeeper Intern Program. Applicants accepted in the program will gain experience working with exotic zoo animals.Interns will shadow a zookeeper and rotate through each area of the zoo. Interns will learn about basic husbandry, diets, exhibit design and repair, medical care, and more. Each intern will design and complete an approved project of their choosing. The interns will spend one day per week at an animal interpretation station in the Zoo. The program is an unpaid educational internship and preference will be given to science majors enrolled in a Bachelor Degree program. The program is scheduled to run from June 6th 2022 – July 15th 2022. The hours will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday; however, times and days are flexible. Working in a zoo can be a physical job, please be sure that you are capable of doing this type of work. Preference will be given to applicants from Cape May County. This is an unpaid, educational internship. Interested applicants are asked to fill out the Cape May County Employment application and in the space marked “Positions applied for” fill in “2022 Summer Zookeeper Intern.”

Application Deadline March 18, 2022

Please mail Applications and any other related materials to
Dr. Alex Ernst
4 Moore Rd. DN 801
Cape May Court House, NJ 08210

2022 Training and Enrichment Summer Internship
Cape May County Zoo, Cape May Court House, New Jersey

The Cape May County Zoo is accepting applications from motivated individuals who are looking to gain experience with the training and enrichment of zoo animals.

The intern will work directly with the Training and Enrichment Coordinators and Animal Keepers to learn the principles of animal training and enrichment through observation and hands-on work with the animals.

Applicants should be able to work independently and be comfortable speaking in front of zoo guests. The applicant will be doing a variety of tasks assigned by the Training and Enrichment Coordinators, including data entry, constructing enrichment, training zoo animal(s), watching and recording Animal Keeper training sessions, and providing positive experiences for the zoo guests through interpretation.

Qualifications: Preference will be given to applicants in a Bachelors Degree program with a major in Biology, Zoology, Animal Behavior, Psychology, or a related field.

This will be an unpaid internship. The intern will work 9:00am-4:00pm on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. This internship typically runs June 1st through mid-August. Housing is not provided and can be difficult to find in this area, so please keep that in mind before applying.

Interested applicants are asked to fill out a Cape May County Employment application below, and in the space marked “Positions applied for,” please fill in “Training and Enrichment Summer Internship.” Please send it in with a resume to the address below.

Dr. Alex Ernst
4 Moore Rd. DN 801
Cape May Court House, NJ 08210

2022 Education Department Internship
Cape May County Zoo, Cape May Court House, New Jersey

Description – The Cape May County Zoo will accept applications from motivated individuals who are looking to gain experience in Education within the Zoo.

The intern will work directly with the Education Department and Animal Keepers to help organize and execute Summer Zoo Camp, as well as public zoo talks and other programs. Hands-on work with the education ambassador animals will also be incorporated.

Applicants should be able to work independently and be comfortable speaking with zoo guests of all ages in both large and small group settings.

The applicant will be completing a variety of tasks assigned by the Education Department including but not limited to:

  • Public speaking in the Zoo about specific animals
  • Assisting with Summer Zoo Camp, Tours, Birthday Parties, and Special Events
  • Provide positive experiences with the zoo guests during programs
  • Data entry and analysis

Qualifications - Must be at least 18 years old and pass a background and drug test with the County.

*Working in a zoo can be a very physical job, please be sure that you are capable of doing this type of work.

Details - This is an educational internship. Hours will be from 9:00am-2:00pm three days per week. This internship will run from mid-June thru mid-August. Days and times are somewhat flexible.

Applying - Interested applicants are asked to fill out a Cape May County Employment
Application found at https://www.capemaycountynj.gov/1008/Park-Zoo under employment

In the space marked “Positions applied for” Please fill in “Education Internship” and send it, along with a resume, to

CMC Park & Zoo: Education
4 Moore Rd. DN 801
Cape May Court House, NJ 08210

Application Deadline is March 31, 2022

Live Exhibit Supervisor
Bass Pro Shops, Memphis, Tennessee

Summary:
Responsible for large aquatic collection spread over nine themed exhibits totaling 400,000 gallons. Supervise a team of 6 full-time aquarists in a retail environment. Close partnership with Base Camp management team on protocols, fish quarantine and deliveries, plus rotation to Springfield showroom/quarantine facilities. Scuba diving is required for general tasks including public feedings and aquarium maintenance.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in biology, zoology, marine science or related field, or equivalent experience as an aquarist.
  • Experience supervising staff of 3 or more is required.
  • Extensive knowledge and practical experience within the aquarium industry.
  • Thorough knowledge of fish found in temperate freshwater, Indo-Pacific saltwater, migratory waterfowl, and American alligators.
  • Excellent communication and computer skills.
  • Public interaction multiple times a day in form of SCUBA performed fish feeding.
  • Must have excellent organizational and decision-making skills.
  • Must be flexible and adaptable including making the most of a challenging or unfamiliar environment.
  • Must be able to act with urgency and respond positively to variety of situations.
  • Prefer reporting, budget management and project management experience.
  • Must be currently certified or willing to be SCUBA certified and in First Aid/CPR.
  • Position requires lifting in excess of 50+ lbs. as a regular part of duties.

Opportunity for flexible schedule. Typical workday 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Position requires 24/7 emergency call availability.

Full Time Benefits Summary:
Enjoy discounts on retail merchandise, our restaurants, world-class resorts, and conservation attractions!
Medical
Dental
Vision
Health Savings Account
Flexible Spending Account
Voluntary benefits
401k Retirement Savings
Paid holidays/vacation/sick time
Bass Pro Cares Fund

To Apply: https://careers.basspro.com/us/en/job/R134835/Live-Exhibit-Supervisor

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 growing 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

Commissary Keeper
Tanganyika Wildlife Park, Goddard, Kansas

Are you fascinated by food? Go nuts for nutrition? Have a passion for produce? Tanganyika Wildlife Park in Goddard, KS is looking for hardworking, self-motivated, dedicated individuals to join our animal care staff.

As Commissary Keeper, you will be responsible for preparing diets for our animals that get fruits and vegetables. While this position does not work directly with animals, you will be working closely with the Primate Team and assisting them with enrichment and other projects. If you enjoy working in a fast-paced environment, and are looking for a way to combine your love of food prep and passion for animals, then this is the job for you!

Basic Duties Include:

  • Preparing produce diets for hoofstock, birds, primates, and reptiles, including cutting produce, cooking vegetables and eggs, and other items as instructed. (Note: this position does NOT include dealing with meat/prey items, insects, or fish)
  • Washing dishes
  • Maintaining kitchen cleanliness
  • Maintaining organization in the walk-in cooler and refrigerator
  • Restocking the kitchen and completing diet prep for the following day
  • Organizing all outgoing diets and delivering to animal areas for Keepers to distribute
  • Inventorying items and notifying supervisor of orders needing to be made
  • Assist Primate Team with enrichment and projects
  • Occasional guest engagement while in the park, during behind the scene tours of commissary, and some camp/guest activities

Requirements:

  • Must have a basic understanding of the nutritional value of fruits and vegetables
  • Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment and meet deadlines
  • Must be able to stand and walk for up to 8 hours per day with frequent stooping and bending
  • Must be able to routinely lift up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift up to 50 pounds
  • Desire to grow as a team member and human being

Desired Skills, Experience, and Individual Qualities:

  • Self motivated
  • Hard working
  • Driven
  • Dedicated
  • Ability to follow directions and checklists
  • Fast learner
  • Flexibility
  • Adaptable

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Year round, full-time position
  • Starting hourly rate of $13/hr
  • Professional development program (levels and badges) that allows staff to improve their skill set and earn additional pay compensation
  • Health, Dental, and Vision insurance
  • Supplemental Insurance
  • HSA
  • 401(k)
  • PTO starting at 90 days
  • In-house discounts
  • Complimentary 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 Care Technician II - Mammal Specialist
Wonder Gardens, Bonita Springs, Florida

TITLE: Animal Care Technician II - Mammal Specialist
FLSA, Tech I: Non-Exempt, 40 Hours/ week max
DEPARTMENT: Animal Care
REPORTS TO: Curator, Collections & Exhibits

OVERVIEW:
Joining the Wonder Gardens team provides the opportunity to work with one of Southwest Florida’s favorite attractions. Performing daily husbandry, diet preparation, and training, the Mammal Specialist is responsible for ensuring the highest standards of animal care and must demonstrate integrity, self-accountability, and self-development.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Associates or bachelor’s degree zoology, biology, or equivalent
  • Minimum 1 year experience as an otter keeper in a zoo, museum, or environmental organization
  • Knowledge regarding all types of reptiles, birds, and mammals
  • General knowledge of accreditation standards for animal care
  • Able to manage multiple projects, handle interruptions and shifting priorities, maintain focus on tasks, and pay meticulous attention to detail
  • Self-motivated with excellent time management skills and accuracy
  • Strong written and verbal communication and the ability to communicate effectively with colleagues and the public
  • Able to work independently and as a team member, and assume new responsibilities as determined
  • Commitment to the mission, vision, and values of the Wonder Gardens
  • Must be able to demonstrate proficiency in public speaking and guest interaction
  • Ability to handle confidential information in a professional and discrete manner
  • Have consistent and reliable transportation to and from work
  • Must be authorized to work in the U.S. for any company
  • Must be available days, evenings, and weekends
  • Must be able to think creatively and demonstrate excellent oral and written communication skills free from errors
  • Ability to work independently at times with minimal supervision, as well as on a team, as necessary
  • Knowledge of contemporary animal training techniques
  • Strong organizational and leadership abilities
  • SCUBA certification highly desired

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Implement and manage species-specific enrichment schedule
  • Contribute to a positive work environment and team dynamic
  • Supervise and train animal care interns and volunteers
  • Performs the daily husbandry and assists in the management, health, diets, enrichment, and behavioral conditioning of all animals
  • General knowledge of husbandry requirements and the prevention of zoonotic diseases
  • Assists in the overseeing and the evaluation of new wildlife, quarantine, preparedness of new housing and introduction to new habitat
  • Assists in the maintaining of records of collections and veterinary history
  • Engage with guests through scheduled encounters, educational programming, and media events
  • Close observation of animal behaviors with a particular focus on appropriate appetite, mobility, and waste production to monitor health of animals, notification of appropriate animal care staff with any concerns
  • Provides necessary veterinarian treatment of wildlife when needed
  • Must be prepared to assist with emergencies to ensure animal well-being.
  • Helps in improving current exhibits as directed by the Curator of Collections & Exhibits
  • Available to attend special events as needed including and not limited to evenings and weekends
  • Provide information in a timely and accurate manner, including prompt follow-up communications
  • Assist with plans, concepts, blueprints, signs, and illustrations for new exhibit spaces
  • Develop special projects, as directed by manager or supervisor
  • Able to be on call in the event of emergency weather situations (i.e., hurricanes, tropical storms, severe thunderstorms, etc.)
  • Implement and manage species-specific enrichment schedule in assigned areas
  • Maintains records of collections and veterinary history

NOTE: These statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work involved in this job. It is not an exhaustive list of all the responsibilities, duties and skills required for this job.

To Apply:
Send your resume and cover letter to Kaitlyn Dunbar, Curator of Collections & Exhibits, at Kaitlyn@wondergardens.org

Zoo Manager
Happy Hollow Park and Zoo, San Jose, California

San Jose, CA
Full Time
Animal Services
Experienced

CITY OF SAN JOSÉ, CA
Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services
Zoo Manager

Happy Hollow Park and Zoo in San Jose, California (population 1 million+) seeks an outstanding candidate for Zoo Manager, who is a leader in wildlife care and welfare, conservation, and project management to join its leadership team. The Zoo Manager must have experience in directing exceptional animal care and be a collaborative leader in managing this popular and important community resource operated by the San Jose Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services.

The Zoo Manager will have experience in animal care, animal welfare enrichment, and husbandry of diverse species and a proven, comprehensive safety background in operations. Duties also will include maintaining collaborative relationships with the zoo’s stakeholders, partners and governmental agencies. The successful candidate will be a person who can create and promote a work environment that reflects Happy Hollow’s Park and Zoo values and who continuously demonstrates the interpersonal skills, integrity and judgment to create trust, deliver results and influence a positive inclusive culture. The HHPZ has been an accredited over 25 years and places the care and welfare of a diverse animal collection as the highest priority for the Zoo Manager and team members.

The ideal candidate will bring mentoring, managing and providing inspired, forward-thinking leadership to zoo team members. Candidates will demonstrate competencies in all aspects of the operations and logistics of running an accredited zoo.

HHPZ is part of a 16-acre park and zoo that is accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA). The zoo’s mission is “to connect people to nature through play.” HHPZ is open to the public year-round and attracts more than a half million visitors annually. Supported by the nonprofit Happy Hollow Foundation, HHPZ provides a variety of outdoor play experiences for all ages, nature-themed amusement rides, in-house and private events, and a robust animal education and wildlife conservation and education programs.

In addition to overseeing the zoo’s operations and capital improvement projects, the Zoo Manager plans, directs, coordinates, and supervises HHPZ programs, maintenance and construction activities which include the oversight of the health and safety of the zoo’s animals, including 160 animals of 60 different species, including 19 Species Survival Plan (SSP) Programs. Animals are cared for in 20 exhibits and facilities throughout the zoo.

EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE

  • Education: A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Biology, Zoology or a related field.
  • Experience: Three (3) years of increasingly responsible experience managing and supervising an institution or facility responsible for the care of zoo animals and public exhibits of diverse and exotic animals, including two (2) years of experience at the level of Zoo Curator.
  • Acceptable Substitution: Completion of two (2) years of course work from an accredited college or university and five (5) years increasingly responsible experience managing and supervising the care of zoo animals. There is NO substitution for the required Zoo Curator experience.
  • Licenses: Must have valid CA driver’s license.
  • Employment Eligibility: Federal law requires all employees to provide verification of their eligibility to work in this country. Please be informed that the City of San José will not sponsor, represent, or sign any documents related to visa applications/transfers for H1-B or any other type of visa that requires an employee application.

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
The approved salary range for this position is $89,128 - $108,659. In addition to the starting salary, employees in this classification shall also receive an approximate five percent (5%) on-going non-pensionable pay. The actual salary shall be determined by the final candidate’s qualifications and experience.

Apply online to https://govhrusa.applytojob.com/apply/rP7DmwWmqk/San-Jose-CA-Zoo-Manager with your cover letter, resume and contact information with six-work related professional references by March 11, 2022. Any questions may be directed to Chuck Balling, Vice President and Executive Recruiter, GovHR USA at 847-380-3240.

Pursuant to the City’s COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination and Testing Policy, the City of San Jose is requiring all new hires to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of employment absent a documented medical and/or religious exemption.

The city of San Jose is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Keeper (Full-Time)
Chahinkapa Zoo, Wahpeton, North Dakota

Chahinkapa Zoo located in Wahpeton, ND is looking to hire a hard-working and passionate individual to fill a Full-Time Zookeeper position. Zookeepers at Chahinkapa work with the entire collection ranging from education animals (snakes, geckos, hedgehogs, ect) to numerous primates, including an Orangutan, large cats, African hoof stock, domestic hoof stock are to name a few. We are looking for someone that is a team player and will work with other zookeepers to perform animal care duties as well as be able to take initiative to make sure all areas of the job are being fulfilled. Also, be able to communicate daily not only to zookeepers but management as well.

Duties that are performed but are not limited to include:

  • Maintaining a high standard of cleanliness in all areas.
  • Be responsible for acceptable daily standards in animal care and welfare including exhibit maintenance and species specific diets.
  • Observe and interpret animal behavior and report anything out of the ordinary to management.
  • Activities require lifting 50lbs, bending, twisting, stooping, carrying, and extensive walking.

This position is 40 hours a week, weekends and holidays required. It also includes a full benefits package.

Experience needed for this position requires a college degree in a science based curriculum, at least 1 internship completed and a background with animal care and welfare, including enrichment.

Please send cover letter and resume to:
Addy Paul
Lead Keeper
apaul@chahinkapazoo.org

Zoo Internship
Chahinkapa Zoo, Wahpeton, North Dakota

Chahinkapa Zoo is looking for interns for this upcoming summer season. Our interns will work primarily in our North Zoo which includes our petting zoo, domestic ducks, tortoises, birds of prey and chickens. There are also other opportunities to be able to work with other species throughout the zoo. We are looking for someone who is eager to learn about zookeeper, hard-working and can communicate well with zookeepers, other staff members and the public. You will also have the opportunity to prepare diets, help with enrichment for various animals and get to view numerous training sessions with different species.

Qualifications for this internship include:

  • Being enrolled in a science based curriculum
  • Must be able to lift 50lbs
  • Have a valid driver's license

This internship runs 3 months at 40 hours a week, weekends and holidays included and is unpaid.

If you have any questions or would like to apply please contact:
Addy Paul
Lead Keeper
apaul@chahinkapazoo.org

Please indicate that this is for the internship position.

Environmental Education Internship
Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, Glen Rose, Texas

Application Deadlines:
SPRING (February – June) - Deadline is October 1st.
FALL (July – November) - Deadline is March 1st.

We are currently accepting applications for Spring 2023 (February 6 - June 30) The deadline to apply is October 1.

Position Overview
Environmental Education Interns at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center provide environmental and conservation education through a diverse range of engaging learning experiences aligned with the Education Department’s purpose of facilitating individuals discovering their role and responsibilities in the natural world. Interns will gain experience in:

  • Providing interpretative, hands-on experiences related to conservation, nature, and the environment
  • Utilizing informal education methods to educate a wide range of audiences including park visitors, families, scout groups and school groups
  • Leading educational activities in a variety of settings including overnight programs, nature discovery areas, virtual, and traditional classrooms
  • Discovering and enhancing an informal, interpretive education skillset

Additionally, interns are trained on conducting Guided Tours that explore the Gosdin Scenic Drive and Jim Jackson Intensive Management Area as well as providing husbandry for Fossil Rim’s ambassador animal collection.

Intern Duties and Responsibilities
The responsibilities of Environmental Education Interns includes the following:

  • Help develop and present education programs and special events
  • Interpret local and exotic flora and fauna for guests
  • Lead educational hikes and tours of Fossil Rim Wildlife Center
  • Host groups on-site for both day trips and overnight trips
  • Assist with virtual and in-person outreach programs
  • Serve as a Fossil Rim representative during off-site events
  • Assist with ambassador animal husbandry and handling
  • Provide excellent customer service for guests
  • Ensure compliance with Fossil Rim’s mission and vision

Qualifications:
Experience working with children, the public, or in an educational setting is required. Undergraduate degree in biology, environmental science, education, or a related discipline is preferred. Candidates must have excellent communication skills, be able to work in all weather conditions, and be willing to work an atypical schedule (including nights and weekends). Applicants must possess a valid driver’s license.

International applicants must have a J1 or B1 visa before arrival. Fossil Rim cannot sponsor or assist with the visa process. Interns cannot work on a visiting visa.

Benefits:

  • $300/month stipend
  • Free onsite housing in a shared living environment

If selected, candidate must have a TB test conducted within 30 days prior to arrival for internship.

Please apply through our website (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 Application” button. We require a cover letter, resume, and three contactable references. It is best if you list the references in your cover letter.

Prairie Grouse Conservation Internship
Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, Glen Rose, Texas

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center is a not-for-profit, AZA accredited organization, and the Prairie Grouse Conservation Internship focus is on the breeding season of the highly endangered Attwater’s Prairie Chicken. Fossil Rim Wildlife Center offers its Prairie Grouse Conservation Internship from April to August (dates are flexible). This breeding program is paramount in the reintroduction and recovery of this species of prairie grouse. Interns take part in the daily feeding, cleaning, diet preparation, visual observations, chick development, and daily assessments. Healthy chicks are then slotted for future breeding, or for the annual U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service release program.

Resumes are accepted year-round for this position. Applicants must be available from late March / early April through mid / late August. This internship is only available during the spring semester. Candidates should have an interest in and dedication to wildlife conservation. Must be graduated or out of school due to the internship coinciding with the breeding season of the Attwater’s prairie chicken. Interns will be required to work weekends, holidays and in inclement weather including 100º temperatures. Strong communication and organizational skills are necessary as well as attention to fine details. Being able to work independently but in a team atmosphere is also required. Similar to the other internships at Fossil Rim, on-site housing and transportation are provided. A valid driver's license is required.

Application Deadline: March 1st (applications reviewed on rolling basis)
Resumes will be accepted through March 1st for the upcoming Spring season. This internship is only available during the spring semester. You must have a valid driver’s license.

Comments
If selected, candidate must have a TB test conducted within 30 days prior to arrival for internship.

International students must have a J1 or B1 visa before arrival. Fossil Rim will not sponsor or assist with the visa process. Interns cannot come on a visiting visa.

Salary
A $300/month stipend (for expenses) and free on-site housing are provided.

How to Apply
Please apply through our website (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 Application” button. We require a cover letter, resume, and three contactable references. It is best if you list the references in your cover letter.

Animal Care Internships (multiple)
Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, Glen Rose, Texas

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center is an 1,800 acre non-profit conservation center that specializes in captive breeding programs for species of peril. We at Fossil Rim would like to share the experience through the intern training program.

There are five intern positions currently available within Fossil Rim’s Animal Care Department:
1) Whitfield Collins Carnivore Internship;
2) Children's Animal Center (CAC) Internship;
3) Rhino Internship;
4) Hoofstock Animal Care Internship and
5) Prairie Grouse Conservation Internship (late March / early April through mid / late August; March 1st deadline and interns selected on a rolling basis)

Candidates should have completed at least two years of college (for CAC internship) or completed a degree (for other internships) in an undergraduate program related to wildlife management, conservation biology or a related science degree. Previous internships are strongly recommended. They must also have a valid driver’s license.

Interns will gain practical experience caring for captive wildlife. Experiences include feeding, cleaning, endangered species management, chemical immobilization, record-keeping and many other related activities.

STIPEND AND HOUSING ARE AVAILABLE.

International students must have a J1 or B1 visa before arrival. Fossil Rim will not sponsor or assist with the visa process. Interns cannot come on a visiting visa.

Semester times are:
SPRING (January– May) deadline for applications is October 1
SUMMER (May-August) deadline is March 1
FALL (September–December) deadline is June 1.

Salary
A $300/month stipend (for expenses) and free on-site housing are provided.

Please apply through our website. 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 Application” button. We require a cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 professional references. Please specify which season you are applying for.

For more information on each internship and to apply, please visit our website at https://fossilrim.org/career-internships/

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