Available Positions

Executive Director
Zoological Association of America (ZAA)

The Zoological Association of America (ZAA) is seeking a dynamic, self-motivated executive to serve as the Association’s Executive Director as it seeks to grow and further develop the goals and programs of the organization.

Candidates should demonstrate the ability to foster a productive, creative, and inclusive climate in promoting ZAA’s strategic plans in the areas of service to its membership, animal care, conservation, accreditation, and education programs as well as other board directed initiatives.

The position will supervise the association’s full and part time employees, work closely with the organization’s committees, its members, legislative advisors, and appropriate government agencies, while working under the Association’s Chair and Board of Directors. The position reports to the Chair of the Board.

Previous management experience, a bachelor’s degree, knowledge of HR and accounting practices, and a minimum of five years in the animal and/or conservation industries is required. The successful candidate will be able to interface and work with a variety of facilities and individuals across a wide range of the wildlife industry.

Preference may be given, not required, for experience in the management of a not-for-profit membership organization or similar business, state and federal legislative experience, and advanced degrees. Pay range commensurate with experience.

Interested individuals attending the ZAA National Conference that would like to be interviewed at that time should submit their application no later than November 25th to the contact below. Individuals not attending the conference should submit their applications by December 9th, and will be interviewed in early January. The search process will remain open until the best candidate for the position is hired.


How to Apply:

Applicants should submit their application to info@zaa.org with subject line: Executive Director and include resume and a cover letter with salary requirements. A ZAA application form will be sent for completion upon receipt of submission.

https://zaa.org/


Full-time Animal Keeper
Cape May County Zoo, Cape May Court House, NJ

The Cape May County Zoo is accepting applications for a Full-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:

  • Salary starts at $31,500/year
  • Enrollment in the State Pension System
  • Outstanding Health Benefits including prescription, dental and vision
  • Generous Paid time off: Holidays, Vacation, Personal
  • Wellness Programs and Incentives

How to Apply:

Apply online at: https://capemaycountynj.gov/FormCenter/Personnel-Forms-8/Cape-May-County- Job-Application-72
Or you may download the job application https://capemaycountynj.gov/DocumentCenter/View/452/Employment-Application-PDF?bidId= and mail to Dr. Hubert Paluch, Cape May County Zoo,4 Moore Rd. DN 801 Cape May Court House, NJ  08210


Section 5 Keeper
ZooWorld, Panama City Beach, FL

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

Seeking highly motivated and innovative individuals to fill a full-time, permanent Zoo Keeper positions to include, commissary, reptiles and animal nursery.

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

Prerequisites:

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

Preference will be given to candidates with:

  • Working experience at an animal care facility.
  • Experience handling, feeding and caring for reptiles.
  • Experience with public presentation.

Compensation:

Pay based on experience, Paid holidays, sick and vacation days, 401-K with matching and profit-sharing

How to Apply:

Please send a cover letter and a resume to Kayte@ZooWorldpcb.com


Prairie Grouse Conservation Internship
Fossil Rim, Glen Rose, TX

***** $300/month and free housing! *****

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 100 0 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 drivers 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 applicants must have a J1 or B1 visa before arrival. Fossil Rim cannot sponsor or assist with the visa process.

Salary:

  • $300/month stipend (for expenses) and free onsite 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.

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center

2155 County Road 2008

Glen Rose, TX 76043

Phone: 254-897-2960

www.fossilrim.org

Keeper/Trainer
Lion Habitat Ranch, Las Vegas, Nevada

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, tortoises, etc. All keepers work with the entire animal collection. This position also requires guest interaction.

Qualifications for Keeper/Trainer:

  • 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:

  • $12-$14/hour dependent on experience
  • Eligibility for health benefits at 60 days of employment
  • 4 free general admission passes per year

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

Full-time Zookeeper
Micke Grove Zoo, Lodi, CA

ABOUT THE ZOO

  • Housed inside of Micke Grove Park, Micke Grove Zoo is a five-acre zoo with amphibians, mammals, birds, reptiles and invertebrates, located just south of Lodi, a quaint town in the middle of the California Central Valley’s wine country. Halfway between the mountain landscapes of picturesque Lake Tahoe, and the buzzing metropolis of San Francisco and the Bay Area, our County enjoys the extensive network of waterways of the San Joaquin Delta.
  • The animal collection of Micke Grove Zoo emphasizes uniqueness and quality over size and quantity. As a proud participant of AZA’s Species Survival Plans (SSP), Micke Grove Zoo is committed to conservation of threatened and endangered wildlife, and uses every opportunity to educate students and zoo visitors on wildlife issues in a small and intimate setting.

ABOUT THE POSITION

Micke Grove Zoo in Lodi (Northern California) is hiring for full-time Zookeeper to join our dynamic team. Zookeepers are responsible for the care, enrichment, and training of assigned animals and does routine maintenance and enhancement of animal exhibits and support facilities.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Requires one year paid experience caring for zoo animals and/or exotic species in a zoo or similar setting, and a Bachelor’s degree with major coursework in biology, zoology, wildlife management, wildlife ecology, animal behavior, or a closely related field.

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS

Base salary $3,636 - $4,420/month, and a generous county benefits and retirement package.

How to Apply:

For more info about the position, Micke Grove Zoo, San Joaquin County or the compensation package—and to apply, please visit https://www.jobapscloud.com/SJQ/


Development Coordinator
Fossil Rim, Glen Rose, TX

Summary/Purpose of Position:

Reporting to Executive Director and working closely with consultants and others in the Development and Marketing Departments, the incumbent will be responsible for data entry, scheduling, donor interaction and planning, and various administrative functions in support of the Development Department activities. The incumbent will standardize and coordinate the entry of data and mining of information, as well as maintain database integrity primarily in the development database. The position will support efficient and compelling fundraising by the Development Department in support of FRWC’s capital and program needs to further our mission.

Position Duties and Responsibilities: The essential responsibilities for the Development Coordinator are, but not necessarily limited, to the following:

Data Gathering and Entry Support:

  • Ensure the timely data entry, processing and written acknowledgement for all gifts, cash and non-cash, received by mail, via the website or otherwise.
  • Enter constituent data for all individuals and organizations, including address updates, constituent demographics, and relationship links.
  • Maintain accuracy of donor constituent data files and paper folders, and ensure overall cleanliness and completeness of Fossil Rim Wildlife Center’s donor database.
  • Enter returned mail address corrections or other such change of address or email notifications.
  • Accurately record and track report requirements for grants and other funding sources to ensure compliance.
  • Explore capabilities of donor management system and share this knowledge with relevant staff.
  • Assist with tracking all information for grant applications and reporting requirements.

Administrative Support:

  • Produce acknowledgement letters for all donor gifts received.
  • Create and maintain records and correspondence for pledges/receivables, generate notifications, invoices and reminders as appropriate.
  • Generate analytical donor reports, database queries and donor lists as necessary.
  • Produce monthly reports for the Executive Director, Development Director, and development consultant.
  • Produce reports and assist with general analysis of data as it relates to fundraising and donor recognition.
  • Assist in research for funding opportunities and draft proposals as well as completing grant reports.
  • Assist with confidential research for updating businesses information, including contact persons for "Primary Contact" for businesses.
  • Assist with conducting research on individuals, corporations, and foundations for prospect activity and maintain integrity of data.
  • Provide back-up for other fundraising and office staff when needed with telephone and correspondence.
  • Assist the fundraising and communications teams on email and direct appeals, special events and projects as needed.
  • Assist with development of marketing, outreach materials and the use of social media for promotions to existing and potential donors. Assist Marketing Department with donor interviews for donor profiles and testimonials for our website and social media sites.
  • Manage e-communication for development events, news and activities.
  • Work with the Finance Department to process financial contributions per the Financial Policies and Procedures Manual.
  • Assist with the production of fundraising and campaign collateral.
  • Assist with planning, organizing and executing Development events.
  • Seek out grants and assist staff in writing grant applications and preparing the requisite progress reports to the donor entity.
  • May arrange, attend and support meetings with donors and prospective donors. Convey goals of the organization while explaining how a donor’s contribution can further the mission.
  • Be available to give support during Donor’s visits.
  • Keep up to date with filing and recordkeeping.
  • Regular attendance is required as per set schedule.
  • Ensure compliance with Employee Handbook, Risk Management Plan, safety rules and procedures, vision, mission, values and goals.
  • Carry out other duties as assigned.

General Duties:

  • Be familiar with and understand the structure and function of all FRWC departments.
  • Adhere to all relevant policies, procedures and the strategic development plan.
  • Remain highly focused on FRWC’s capital needs and/or specific program needs.
  • Provide related assistance as required for special projects as required.

Performance Criteria:

Demonstrate initiative and ability to organize with the ability to prioritize a diverse workload in a busy environment. Ability to function as a member of a team to fulfill the teams responsibilities.

Required Experience, Capacity and Skills:

  • One year of experience in CRM administration, preferably in a non-profit fundraising environment.
  • Strong ability and commitment to accuracy and database integrity.
  • Familiarity with non-profit fundraising strategies, particularly vis-à-vis donor data best practices.
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and exercise independent action.
  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully in a team environment.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work independently with staff at varied levels.
  • Familiarity with Salesforce or similar CRM platform.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite.
  • A positive ‘can do’ attitude is essential.

Qualities Required:

  • Professionalism, maturity and highest ethical standard
  • Ability to work comfortably with others
  • Organizational skills
  • Ability to canvass potential new donors very politely and respectfully
  • Thoroughness
  • Attention to detail
  • Confidentiality and sensitivity

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. Adherence to the schedule that is laid out for you on a weekly basis is required.

Please submit your resume today!  We are a Non-Profit organization and an equal employment opportunity employer and will consider all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other protected classification under federal and state law.  
Fossil Rim is an “at will” and equal opportunity employer. It should be noted that it is company policy to conduct background checks on potential new employees, inclusive of testing for drugs and controlled substance use.

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.

www.fossilrim.org


Primate Keeper
Austin Zoo, Austin, TX

Do you love primates? Are you looking for a job that is active and engaging, at a Zoo where you can really make a difference every day for rescued animals? Austin Zoo, tucked away in the Hill Country just outside Austin, is perfect for you!

In a city like no other, Austin Texas! Considered the “live music capital of the world,” Austin is the home of ACL, Austin City Limits, a world acclaimed live music festival spanning two weekends every fall. Austin has scenic natural views and the hustle and bustle of big-city life. Do we need to say more?

Austin Zoo has been helping animals in need for over thirty years, and the need is great. We continue to assist animals in need, many coming to us from grim circumstances.

We are looking for individuals who are passionate about animals and caring for them. We approach our profession with passion, enthusiasm and a pursuit of excellence.

We are growing, come be a part of this dynamic team! Are you up for the challenge? Do you bring expertise in a zoological setting? If yes, then we’ve been waiting for you!

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • All aspects of Animal Husbandry for our Primate Area including but not limited to cleaning, feeding, medicating, enrichment, training, handling/restraint, etc.
  • Primates include: Colobus monkeys, Patas monkeys, Capuchin monkeys, Ring-tailed Lemurs, Tamarins, Marmoset. Also, in Primate Routine: Kinkajou, Genet
  • 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.
  • At least 2 years working with primates. Experience with primates listed above preferred.
  • A valid drivers 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.

Austin Zoo Benefits:

  • Work week consists of three 12-hour days and one 5-hour day in a 7-day work week.
  • Salary based on experience
  • Health Care Stipend
  • Gas Stipend
  • Uniform Stipend
  • Paid Vacation and Sick Leave
  • Paid ZAA Membership Yearly Dues
  • 40% Discount at Austin Zoo Gift Shop
  • Annual Family of 4 Austin Zoo Membership
  • Free Animal (Capybara or Tortoise) Encounter Annually (subject to availability)

How to Apply:

Send cover letter and resume to Patti Clark at info@austinzoo.org


Large Carnivore Keeper
Austin Zoo, Austin, TX

Do you love Big Cats? Are you looking for a job that is active and engaging, at a Zoo where you can really make a difference every day for rescued animals? Austin Zoo, tucked away in the Hill Country just outside Austin, is perfect for you!

In a city like no other, Austin Texas! Considered the “live music capital of the world,” Austin is the home of ACL, Austin City Limits, a world acclaimed live music festival spanning two weekends every fall. Austin has scenic natural views and the hustle and bustle of big-city life. Do we need to say more?

Austin Zoo has been helping animals in need for over thirty years, and the need is great. We continue to assist animals in need, many coming to us from grim circumstances.

We are looking for individuals who are passionate about animals and caring for them. We approach our profession with passion, enthusiasm and a pursuit of excellence.

We are growing, come be a part of this dynamic team! Are you up for the challenge? Do you bring expertise in a zoological setting? If yes, then we’ve been waiting for you!

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • All aspects of Animal Husbandry for our Large Carnivore Area including but not limited to cleaning, feeding, medicating, enrichment, training, handling/restraint, etc.
  • Large Carnivores include: Lions, Tiger, Cougars, Black Bears, Bobcats, Wolves
  • 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.
  • At least 2 years working with large carnivores. Experience with large carnivores listed above preferred.
  • A valid drivers 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.

Austin Zoo Benefits:

  • Work week consists of three 12-hour days and one 5-hour day in a 7-day work week.
  • Salary based on experience
  • Health Care Stipend
  • Gas Stipend
  • Uniform Stipend
  • Paid Vacation and Sick Leave
  • Paid ZAA Membership Yearly Dues
  • 40% Discount at Austin Zoo Gift Shop
  • Annual Family of 4 Austin Zoo Membership
  • Free Animal (Capybara or Tortoise) Encounter Annually (subject to availability)

How to Apply:

Send cover letter and resume to Patti Clark at info@austinzoo.org


Raptor Program Specialist
New Mexico Wildlife Center, Espanola, New Mexico

TITLE: Raptor Program Specialist

PURPOSE:

  1. Responsible for the daily care, health, well-being, enrichment and training of NMWC’s education program raptors and other Ambassador Animals
  2. Provide supervision, training, and evaluation interns and volunteers
  3. In collaboration with the education staff develops and implements education programs for on- site, off-site, and virtual audiences utilizing Ambassador Animals
  4. Assists with maintaining permits, record keeping, purchasing and facility maintenance

CLASSIFICATION: Full-time hourly, non-exempt

REPORTS TO: Executive Director

SUPERVISES: Interns and Volunteers

WORK HOURS: Five days/40 hours per week; some nights and holiday work hours required.

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

POSITION SUMMARY
The Raptor Program Specialist is responsible for maintaining high standards of husbandry for our entire live animal collection with special focus on raptors. The position participates in all aspects of NMWC education programs, including on-site, off-site and virtual programs. The Specialist, as part of the Education staff, is responsible for the training, supervision and evaluation of interns and volunteers.

The Curator manages all aspects of NMWC education programs, including on-site, off-site and virtual programs. The position is responsible for the training, scheduling, supervision and evaluation of education staff, interns, and volunteers. The Curator 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 Curator may represent NMWC at local, regional, and national meetings and conferences. The position is a key 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
AMBASSADOR ANIMALS

  • Responsible for the proper care, husbandry, and welfare of NMWC’s raptors and other Ambassador Animals including training, enrichment, enclosures, furnishings, diet, and QoL assessment ensuring the highest practical level of animal care
  • Collaborates with veterinarian and hospital staff concerning animal health; assists with medical procedures and examinations as necessary
  • Remains current with and appropriately applies Best Current Practices regarding animal training methodology, enrichment, and husbandry

EDUCATION PROGRAM

  • The Raptor Program Specialist in collaboration with other education staff is responsible for all aspects of educational programming including development, implementation, scheduling, evaluation, and resource allocation
  • Responds to visitor questions concerning Ambassador Animals
  • Identifies opportunities to attract new and diverse audiences, while also increasing the engagement with current visitors, program participants/groups and supporters
  • Ensures the accuracy, relevancy, and quality of education program content

OTHER DUTIES

  • Provide supervision, training, and evaluation interns and volunteers
  • Maintains clear and open communication
  • Performs minor repairs and maintains animal enclosures and related facilities
  • Is responsible for the safe use, maintenance and storage of all education equipment and supplies.
  • Participates in emergency response
  • QUALIFICATIONS

    • A passion for NMWC’s mission and work, enthusiastic personality and a can-do attitude.
    • Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences, Environmental Education, Wildlife Management or related field required.
    • Minimum three years of professional experience working with raptors and/or native wild animal husbandry, training, enrichment with demonstrated knowledge of safe handling of potentially dangerous animals.
    • Must be able to read, write, and speak clearly in English
    • Ability to lift 50 lbs.
    • Possess or obtain a valid New Mexico driver’s license
    • First-Aid/CPR/AED certificatio is preferred

    DESIRED SKILLS

    • Excellent organizational, writing and communication skills
    • Initiative, imagination, and creativity related to wild animal care and conservation education
    • Excellent time management skills
    • Able to identify and correct operational problems quickly
    • Able to think logically and solve problems and make decisions often with minimal guidance
    • Experience with risk management and emergency procedures
    • Volunteer and intern supervisory experience
    • Able to work successfully with people of varying backgrounds, skill levels, and interests
    • Knowledge of zoonotic diseases and prevention and familiarity with basic medications
    • Facility and grounds maintenance skills
    • Spanish fluency

    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: Send resume, cover, and 3 professional references to matthew@newmexicowildlifecenter.org. No phone calls. Only complete applications will be considered.

    For a complete job description, visit our website at: https://newmexicowildlifecenter.org/employment/.


Zookeeper Internship
Tanganyika Wildlife Park, Goddard, KS

2023 Keeper Internship

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.

As an intern you’ll spend time working in each area of the park, from the bird routine to giraffe routine and learning how to educate guests. You’ll gain first hand experience working hands on with the animals at the park and you’ll be assigned to work encounter stations where you’ll gain customer service skills and become an excellent reader of behavior. In addition, monthly workshops will help grow your knowledge and skills. Come join the Tanganyika family and we’ll invest in your future while you help us build ours.

If you love watching guests feed lettuce to a giraffe, helping kids connect with lorikeets, chopping carrots, talking to guests about animals, and assisting keepers in daily husbandry and care then you need to spend the season with us. Did we mention we also have amazing team members you'll be spending your days with?

Why should I choose this internship? Tanganyika’s internship prides itself in providing the following during your time as an intern:

  1. During your internship you will work with all 5 of Tanganyika’s Keeper teams, giving you a wide range of taxa experience
  2. Professional Development is offered through various workshops, keeper chats and Intern Challenges
  3. Focus on your personal growth through one-on-one discussions, performance evaluations and should-to-shoulder education so you can excel in your current role and prepare for your future career
  4. Your time on Animal Encounter stations will help you learn how to strengthen your connection to guests and act as a hub of engagement and information!

How long is the internship? February 17th – November 12th 2023

**We are also hiring for a summer internship starting on May 24 th – August 12 th 2023


What hours will I be working? Hours will vary but interns should expect to work 30 paid hours and 10 hours unpaid each week. The unpaid hours will give you extra scheduled time to work on your individual project, get more time in your favorite animal area, more one-on-one time with keepers, training time, or to simply aid a keeper on a larger project.

This is a paid internship. $10.25/hour

Do you offer housing? Limited housing is available on a first-come, first-served basis and is not guaranteed. $350 a month.

Requirements:

  • 18 years of age or older before the start of the internship
  • Preference given to college students working towards a degree or those that have a degree in a zoo science, wildlife biology, zoology, or other related field
  • 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, weekends, weekdays, holidays, and everyday
  • Interns are required to work with the keepers of their area to create and assess an original enrichment device or approved habitat improvement project

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

Deadline to apply is January 4th 2023. Please check your email for updates, interview scheduling and communication from our Internship Team.

How to Apply:

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


Animal Care
Frank Buck Zoo, Gainesville, TX

Description:

We have an opportunity to add an Animal Care position! A successful candidate will have had previous sustained experience in a zoological setting. Intern & volunteer experience count. We are in search of a positive light that will add value to our team. Can work both independently and as a team when needed. With flexibility, adaptability, proficiency and longevity comes opportunity to cross train to work with multiple taxa. Candidates with interpretive, operant conditioning and animal handling experience encouraged to apply. Frank Buck Zoo embraces a proactive approach to optimizing animal welfare through; husbandry training; weekly area meetings and discussions with leadership. Frank Buck Zoo actively develops and advances best practices through data collection, research and collaboration. In recent years Frank Buck Zoo has been recognized for innovative breeding programs, habitat design and training for cooperative medical care. If this sounds like a team you wish to contribute to, please apply.

Education and Pre-requisites

  • Associates degree in Zoo Technology or Exotic Animal Training & Management or a
  • Bachelors degree in Zoology, Animal Science or related degree plan or combination of hands-on experience in a zoological setting.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license.

Compensation and Benefits:

Starting pay $13.62. Excellent benefits include:

  • Health Benefits
  • Life Insurance
  • Flexible Spending
  • Careflite Caring
  • Paid holidays include New Years Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day (September 11th holiday for Firefighters), Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, the day after Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
  • Accured Vacation, 10 days vacation per year
  • Sick leave is accrued at the rate of 8 hours per month.
  • Retirement Benefits
  • Deferred Compensation
  • Credit Union
  • Tuition Reimbursement (Educational Assistance)
  • Longevity Pay
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Legal Shield/ID Shield
  • AFLAC

  • Frank Buck Zoo provides uniform shirts, sweatshirts, coats (except rain gear) caps and beanies.

    How to Apply:

    Candidates interested in pursuing a career with Frank Buck Zoo should fill out application online at this link: http://www.gainesville.tx.us/685/Employment-Opportunities

    Please send cover letter and resume directly to skleven@cogtx.org upon completion of online application

Full-time Exotics Keeper
Dakota Zoo, Bismarck, ND

This person is directly supervised by the Senior Keeper, General Supervisors, and ultimately the Assistant Zoo Director and Zoo Director.

The Dakota Zoo is seeking a self-motivated, independent, and enthusiastic person to fulfill the role of Education and Volunteer Coordinator. The Education and Volunteer Coordinator reports to the Zoo Director and Assistant Zoo Director. This person helps develop, maintain, and implement the zoo’s work and best practices in conservation education and volunteer programming. This position also assists with general zoo administration duties and memberships as needed and during the off season.

Performs daily zookeeping activities which includes feeding, cleaning, assessing welfare, documenting observations, behavioral training, 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. 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.

This position works primarily with the zoo’s exotics section and Discovery Center. Animals include primates (7 species), African penguin, wallaby, emu, African spurred tortoise, muntjac, macaw, a variety of reptiles, and other miscellaneous taxa.

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 primates and/or penguins preferable from an AZA or ZAA accredited facility.
  • Experience with and knowledge of animal husbandry practices, including operant conditioning and enrichment, preferable from an AZA or ZAA accredited facility.
  • Experience with and knowledge of proper record keeping, 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.

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.


How to Apply:

Please send a Cover Letter, Resume, Dakota Zoo Application (found on website), and 3 References to Allison Malkowski, Assistant Director at asdirect@dakotazoo.org

https://www.dakotazoo.org/employment/

Education and Volunteer Coordinator
Dakota Zoo, Bismarck, ND

The Dakota Zoo is seeking a self-motivated, independent, and enthusiastic person to fulfill the role of Education and Volunteer Coordinator. The Education and Volunteer Coordinator reports to the Zoo Director and Assistant Zoo Director. This person helps develop, maintain, and implement the zoo’s work and best practices in conservation education and volunteer programming. This position also assists with general zoo administration duties and memberships as needed and during the off season.

Education Coordinator Duties:

  • Oversee, develop, and implement zoo camps and year-round education programming.
  • Manage and lead the Zoo Crew team program.
  • Evaluate and update education programing on a regular basis which includes lesson planning and keeping programs relevant in the areas of conservation and education practices.
  • Present ambassador animals, PowerPoints, and biofacts for on grounds education programs as well as external classroom visits, zoom presentations, and miscellaneous community outreach.
  • Be an example of safety and understand and teach welfare as it pertains to animal programs.
  • Incorporate empathy into the zoo’s education programming and be involved with the ACE for Wildlife Empathy Network.
  • Incorporate conservation and the zoos mission to “instill and inspire a better understanding and appreciation for animals and nature” throughout all education programming.
  • Manage and train seasonal education assistants.
  • Assist in events such as Children’s Day, Easter Egg Hunt, Zoo Boo, Photos with Santa, etc. as needed.

Volunteer Coordinator Duties:

  • Oversee, develop, and implement the zoo’s volunteer program. Foster good relationships with current volunteers and expand adult volunteer programs.
  • Schedule, coordinate, and organize volunteer groups, community service, teen volunteers, etc.
  • Assist in identifying and prioritizing volunteer projects to best benefit the needs of the zoo.

Administrative Duties:

  • Assisting in answering phone calls and general zoo messages.
  • Assist with membership promotion and fulfillment.
  • Assist with booking rentals and organizing rental spaces.
  • Assist with Zoogram, social media, and website updates alongside the Assistant Director as it pertains to education and volunteers.
  • Other duties as assigned.

This is a full-time position, typically working Tuesday-Saturday. Flexibility is required to ensure events, training, volunteers, and education programs are covered on various days of the week. BA in Education and classroom or management experience preferred.


How to Apply:

Please send a Cover Letter, Resume, Dakota Zoo Application (found on website), and 3 References to Allison Malkowski, Assistant Director at asdirect@dakotazoo.org

https://www.dakotazoo.org/employment/

Full Time Animal Keeper
Erie Zoo, Erie, PA

The Erie Zoo is seeking qualified individuals to fill multiple full‐time Keeper positions. Successful candidates will need to have the skills and competency to perform normal keeper duties as needed in assigned areas.

Basic Function:

Each position will be responsible for carrying out all aspects of daily animal care and husbandry for the animals. These positions will care for a variety of species including small carnivores, reptiles, birds, large hoofstock and small primates. Experience with these species is preferred.

Duties and Responsibilities (including but not limited to):

  • Cleaning and maintenance of buildings and exhibits
  • Diet preparation, feeding prescribed diets, monitoring & reporting diet consumption
  • Enrichment presentation
  • Operant conditioning training
  • Observations
  • Medical treatments, assisting in medical procedures
  • Responding to emergency situations
  • Keeper talks
  • Daily written and verbal communication with the Curator

A strong commitment to teamwork, professionalism, and excellence is required. Physical requirements include frequent walking & standing, frequent lifting and carrying up to 50 pounds, reaching, bending, kneeling, twisting, and climbing. The work environment is both indoors & outdoors and in inclement weather. Operation of a variety of equipment, vehicles, and power tools is required. Applicants must pass a pre‐employment background check, drug test and annual TB test.

Applicants must be able to work weekdays, weekends, holidays and some overtime as required. A college degree in biological sciences or related field is preferred. A minimum of two years’ experience in a zoo setting is required. Salary is dependent on work experience and qualifications.

The Erie Zoo 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 status or any other characteristic protected by law.

How to Apply:

Please email your resume to resume@eriezoo.org. Please include FT Animal Keeper in the subject line.


Full-time Keeper Position With On-Site Accommodations
Camel Safari, Bunkerville NV

Full-time Keeper Position With On-Site Accommodations

Camel Safari is a ZAA accredited zoological facility currently looking for a full time employee. Wage is $15/hr and also includes on-site housing and utilities.

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 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.

This position will cover a broad range of zoo-related professional skills. Employee will be trained on and have responsibilities that include; animal husbandry, feeding, guest service and education, record keeping, exhibit maintenance along with free-contact training and handling of ambassador animals. 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 candidate.

Qualifications for this position include:

  • Must be able to lift 100 lbs (hay bales)
  • Have a valid driver's license
  • 21 years of age or older
  • Preference given to candidates with Biology related degrees, prior zookeeping experience and/ or experience handling large animals.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates please email allie@camelsafari.com with your contact information and resume and any questions regarding the position.


General Curator
Virginia Safari Park, Natural Bridge, VA

The Virginia Safari Park ( www.virginiasafaripark.com) is an award-winning 180-acre drive- through safari park (within our 500-acre facility) located in Southwest Virginia. This park is part of the larger Zoofari Parks ( www.zoofariparks.com) group of zoological facilities. This ZAA- Accredited facility is home to over 1,000+ specimens of a wide variety of hoofed stock, including breeding groups of white rhinoceros and reticulated giraffe. We also champion cooperative breeding programs for cheetah, 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

  • 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.
  • Physically fit.

Compensations:

Starting salary commensurate with experience. Paid sick and vacation time, comp time, insurance options including vision and dental, 401k.

How to Apply:

Email applications to: sburch@zoofariparks.com with General Curator in subject line. Only those applicants which fulfill the first 2 requirements will receive a response.

https://www.virginiasafaripark.com/


Animal Keeper 1
Jungle Island, Miami, FL

Position: Animal Keeper 1

Department: Zoological Operations

Reports To: Supervisor of Animal Care

FLSA: Non-exempt

Review Schedule: 90 days and annually

Salary Range: $14.00

Position: 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.


How to Apply:

Please apply online through the job portal: https://www.paycomonline.net/v4/ats/web.php/jobs/ViewJobDetails?job=66210&clientkey=B8C04F175ABFC2F5FAE175A072814F99

https://www.jungleisland.com/

In-Park Curator
Gulf Breeze Zoo, Gulf Breeze, Florida

The Gulf Breeze Zoo is a 50-acre facility located just east of Pensacola, Florida. This ZAA accredited facility provides a unique guest experience with both in-park (traditional zoo) and out of park (safari park) settings. The Zoo maintains a diverse collection of over 1,000 animals representing over 120 species including including hippos, rhinos, giraffe and various hoofed stock species, large cats, bears, great apes, primates, various species of hornbills, toucans, psittacines, waterfowl, reptiles and domestic farm animals.

Job Description: In-Park Curator

Under the direction of the General Curator, the In-Park Curator is a working position responsible for the coordination, leadership and supervision of the in-park animal collection and its animal care team. Applicants should demonstrate significant hands-on animal experience and observation for animal well-being and life stages; including but not limited to an understanding of husbandry, behavior, nutrition, breeding and seasonal habitat maintenance.

Essential Duties:

  • Oversee the daily care, welfare and husbandry of collection animals in assigned areas through mentoring and supervision of keepers and participating in routines
  • Promote best health practices through compliance with preventative screening, behavioral and physiological monitoring, medical administration, husbandry training, animal handling, capture and restraint and assisting veterinarians with medical procedures and examinations.
  • Maintain detailed, accurate records of all species and individuals within assigned areas
  • Promote breeding of target species including management of the toucan and hornbill breeding center
  • Oversee the safety and upkeep of animal habitats and coordinate improvements and repairs
  • Ensure compliance with zoo and company wide safety protocols and procedures
  • Effectively communicate with team members, supervisors, and other members of the organization, to support the overall needs of the department and the organization.
  • Serve as Animal Care Manager on Duty and oversee animal department operations during opening and/or closing shifts
  • Serve as a member of the Emergency Response Team
  • Gulf Breeze Zoo is a non-smoking work environment.

Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 5 years of paid experience in a zoological park or breeding center with at least 2 years with progressive responsibilities in a lead/management position.
  • Record-keeping, collection management experience.
  • Experience with avian breeding, incubation, and hand-rearing
  • Demonstrate professionalism in both demeanor and experience
  • BS in the animal related sciences preferred.
  • Ability to maintain a valid driver’s license

Compensation:

  • Competitive salary, commensurate with experience
  • Health insurance including vision and dental options
  • Paid sick/vacation time
  • 401k options available
  • Challenging, meaningful word to keep you engaged and your career moving forward

How to Apply:

Applicants should send a cover letter that includes relevant species experience and resume to Sarah Patterson, spatterson@gulfbreezezoo.org

www.gbzoo.com


Managing Director
Peter Emily International Veterinary Dental Foundation, Lakewood, CO

Board Governance:Works with board in order to fulfill the organization mission.

  • Responsible for leading PEIVDF in a manner that supports and guides the organization’s mission as defined by the Board of Directors.
  • Responsible for communicating effectively with the Board and providing, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions.

Financial Performance and Viability: Develops resources sufficient to ensure the financial health of the organization.

  • Responsible for the fiscal integrity of PEIVDF, to include submission to the Board of a proposed annual budget and quarterly financial statements, which accurately reflect the financial condition of the organization.
  • Responsible for fiscal management that generally anticipates operating within the approved budget, ensures maximum resource utilization, and maintenance of the organization in a positive financial position.
  • Responsible for fundraising and developing other resources necessary to support PEIVDF’s mission.

Organization Mission and Strategy: Works with board and staff to ensure that the mission is fulfilled through programs, strategic planning, and outreach.

  • Responsible for implementation of PEIVDF’s programs that carry out the organization’s mission.
  • Responsible for strategic planning to ensure that PEIVDF can successfully fulfill its Mission into the future.

Organization Operations: Oversees and implements appropriate resources to ensure that the operations of the organization are appropriate.

  • Responsible effective administration of PEIVDF operations, to include planning and management of veterinary dental teaching and treatment misisons.
  • Responsible for the hiring and retention of competent, qualified staff, contractors, and volunteers. Responsible for signing notes, agreements, and other instruments made and entered into and on behalf of the organization, as authorized by the Board of Directors.
  • Serve as PEIVDF’s primary spokesperson to the general public, donors, and media.

Professional Qualifications::

  • A bachelor’s degree
  • Transparent and high integrity leadership
  • Solid, hands-on, budget management skills, including preparation, analysis, decision-making, and reporting
  • Strong organizational abilities including planning, delegating, program development and task facilitation
  • Ability to convey a vision of PEIVDF’s strategic future to staff, board, volunteers and donors
  • Knowledge of fundraising strategies and donor relations unique to nonprofit sector
  • Skills to collaborate with and motivate board members and other volunteers
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to interface and engage diverse volunteer and donor groups
  • Demonstrated ability to oversee and collaborate with staff, contractors, and volunteers

How to Apply:

Please send resume, cover letter and references to Dr. Charles Dyer: ivdyer@yahoo.com

https://peteremilyfoundation.org/


Chief Advancement Officer
Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium (the “Zoo”) is home to more than 9,000 animals representing over 500 species, as well as over 1,000 species of plants. The Zoo is one of just a handful in the United States with a substantial, stand-alone aquarium.
The Zoo was founded in 1898 and will celebrate its 125th anniversary in 2023. In 1994, the Zoo was privatized and is currently owned and operated by the Zoological Society of Pittsburgh, a 501(c)(3) organization. During the past decade, the Zoo has supported over 245 conservation projects in over 60 countries. The program particularly encourages field studies and cross-disciplinary approaches to conservation. The Zoo participates in animal rescue programs and operates a fully equipped veterinary hospital. In addition, the Zoo owns and operates the 1,000-acre International Conservation Center, a conservation, research, education, breeding, and training facility that specializes in the care and breeding of African elephants.
The Zoo has an annual operating budget in excess of $22 million and enjoys an average attendance of close to one million visitors annually, making it the highest attended cultural attraction in the region. In addition to generous support from the Allegheny Regional Asset District and ongoing support from the major foundations in Pittsburgh, the Zoo generates earned income from admissions, gift shop and restaurant sales, and event rentals, and receives support from members and individual donors.
The Zoo is brimming with energy as it welcomed President & CEO Jeremy Goodman in October 2021, just the 2nd individual to serve in the role since privatization. The Board of Directors recently approved a new five- year strategic plan and at the direction of Dr. Goodman is currently undertaking the development of a new 20-year, visionary masterplan that will transform the Zoo’s campuses. Executive and Board leadership are deeply committed to the vitality and sustainability of this great community asset for the Pittsburgh region and have prioritized building a best-in-class development and external relations program.
Amid this backdrop of energetic leadership and forward-looking investment, the Zoo seeks candidates for the newly created position of Chief Advancement Officer (CAO), signaling the elevation and prioritization of advancement initiatives as the Zoo enters a transformational period in its evolution. Reporting to the President & CEO, the CAO will lead the Zoo’s newly created Advancement Office comprising Development, Government Affairs, Marketing & Communications, and Creative Services. This key leader is responsible for the strategic direction and ensuring efficient execution of the following, thereby ensuring all divisions meet or exceed goal metrics/key performance indicators:

  • All fundraising programs and related services, inclusive of annual fund, individual major gifts, foundation and corporate relations, special events, member services, and advancement services
  • Representing and advancing the Zoo’s government relations agenda at local and state levels in the areas of conservation, activities policy, funding, and wildlife care
  • A comprehensive and coordinated marketing and communications strategy to advance the Zoo’s brand and mission on an organization-wide scale, including media relations, social media campaigns, and community engagement and events, in addition to private events and group sales management
  • Creative services to develop Zoo advertisements and other design content utilized by the Advancement Office and fellow Zoo units

The CAO will support the President & CEO in furthering the Zoo’s mission, vision, and values across all internal and external constituencies.

The CAO, in collaboration with the President & CEO, will lead a new era of strategic engagement and philanthropic achievement. The core charge of the CAO will be to chart a more strategic course for Zoo advancement infrastructure and activities during their continued expansion, while formalizing and sustaining a modern, data-driven, and major-gifts-focused development program that meets the ongoing needs of the organization. The CAO will lead the Zoo in cultivating a culture of philanthropy that permeates all areas of the organization, as well as developing an active lens for both donor-centric and community-centric fundraising approaches. This leader will actively partner with colleagues across the Zoo community to model and advance its commitment to diversity, equity, access, and inclusion.

The CAO will manage a current team of approximately 15 professionals and will be tasked with recruiting additional development team members. The team is expected to grow further through phased expansion as the Advancement Office continues to evolve. The CAO will be empowered to create a best-in-class department in consultation with the President & CEO.

While Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium will consider a broad range of backgrounds, the ideal candidate will have the following qualifications/experience:

  • Passion for conservation, wildlife, and the mission of the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. Ability to authentically engage and inspire others as a senior representative of the organization.
  • Minimum of 12 years of experience in nonprofit fundraising, serving in roles with progressive levels of responsibility, including experience with the following: individual giving, institutional giving, major gifts, annual giving/membership, planned giving, capital campaign (planning, execution, closure), donor and board relations, stewardship, events, and development operations. Demonstrated success in change management and in setting and achieving ambitious philanthropic goals.
  • Knowledge of and fundamental adherence to the principles, ethics, and best practices of modern advancement, including the integration of various giving and external relations programs to engage stakeholders, cultivate interest and commitment, and diversify and grow the funding base.
  • Demonstrated commitment to and understanding of how to build diversity, equity, and inclusion in the advancement function; culturally competent with respect to issues such as racial, cultural, religious, sexual, and gender identity.
  • Minimum of seven years in management roles with increasing responsibilities. Ability to lead, recruit, evaluate, and develop a diverse team of advancement professionals and contribute to the ongoing fostering of a high-functioning, results-oriented, multi-racial/multi-ethnic workforce.
  • Demonstrated success in developing a strong and winning case for support, successful communications plan, and strategic, innovative fundraising plans, and executing those plans to grow fundraising and exceed goals. Demonstrated experience cultivating, training, building relationships with, and working in collaboration with executives, senior staff, and board/volunteer leaders on advancement-related activities.
  • Successful track record of personally identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding major gifts from individual and institutional donors at the level of six to seven-figures and greater.
  • Demonstrated ability in planning and executing integrated, strategic marketing and communications in support of achieving constituency engagement, fundraising, event, programmatic, branding, or other organizational goals. A functional understanding of how to effectively leverage various communication mediums and distribution channels for optimal exposure and impact.
  • A forward thinker with a track record of utilizing new methods of constituent engagement and connectivity.
  • Demonstrated ability to integrate data into decision-making and strategy development.
  • Working knowledge of modern data management practices and innovations that can streamline advancement processes and contribute to the integration of related functions.
  • Flexibility to travel.
Please note that all new hires must be vaccinated against COVID-19.
The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is an equal opportunity employer.

How to Apply:

Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium has retained the DSG Fundraising & Advancement Practice of the Diversified Search Group to assist in this confidential search process. Inquiries, nominations, and applications (current resumes and cover letters) should be directed electronically to:

Gerard F. Cattie, Jr.
Managing Director and DSG Fundraising & Advancement Practice Leader
Diversified Search Group
The Chrysler Building, 405 Lexington Avenue, 49th Floor, New York, New York 10174
gerard.cattie@divsearch.com


Animal Care Specialist - CAC
Fossil Rim, Glen Rose, TX

Summary/Purpose of Position:

This position will provide care for the inhabitants of the Children’s Animal Center (CAC) and Overlook area, provide a safe, enjoyable, educational and interactive experience for our guests and maintain aesthetics of the CAC. This position will also liaise with the Environmental Engagement Department to provide educational opportunities for FRWC guests and groups. This arena provides one of the few opportunities for the public to interact with Fossil Rim staff. The area includes a diverse collection of animals from domestic livestock, spiders, reptiles and birds.

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

  • Provide a safe environment for learning and entertainment.
  • Daily care and maintenance of animals in this area.
  • Constant cleaning of the CAC with consideration for public aesthetics, health, and impression
  • Assist with medical care of CAC animals
  • Recordkeeping on all CAC animals
  • Develop and provide program and collection planning to continually improve the CAC experience
  • Monitoring of safety for both people and animals
  • Purchasing of food items, and management of diet
  • Provide training program for interns
  • Provide excellent customer service for guests.
  • Regular and dependable attendance is required.
  • Be available for after-hours and weekend call out in emergencies
  • Able to lift and carry 50 pounds.
  • Be 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.

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

  • Maintenance of all facilities Maintenance of supplies and equipment
  • 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 desirable Previous experience with domestic livestock
  • Good communication skills
  • Experience with public 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

Please submit your resume today!  We are a Non-Profit organization and an equal employment opportunity employer and will consider all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other protected classification under federal and state law.  
Fossil Rim is an “at will” and equal opportunity employer. It should be noted that it is company policy to conduct background checks on potential new employees, inclusive of testing for drugs and controlled substance use.

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

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.

www.fossilrim.org

Carnivore Keeper
Wildlife Safari, Winston, OR

Position Overview

This is a full-time staff position responsible for the daily animal husbandry of a designated department or area.  Works independently and in a team environment to apply highest standards of animal care, enrichment and training.  Interacts with the public to educate them about the collection and conservation concerns, providing keeper talks and encounters.  Works closely with the vet staff to maintain animals’ good health and well-being.

Position Goal

To provide exceptional animal care to the park’s collection while creating a memorable and fun guest experience.  The keeper is the first line of defense in assuring animal and guest safety.  The keeper is the expert on the well-being and needs of each of the animals in the department’s collection.

Key Responsibilities

  • Performs the general daily care of the animals in assigned exhibit and holding areas. 
  • Maintains exhibits and holding areas in a clean and presentable condition at all times.
  • Carefully observes the animal collection for signs of illness or injury and reports problems to the department Supervisor.
  • Works closely with the vet staff to diagnose and treat medical needs of the collection. 
  • Assists with examinations, take downs and procedures.  Administers prescribed treatments.
  • Prepares food in accordance with dietary requirements and restrictions.
  • Provides enrichment as agreed to by department management.
  • Trains animal collection as possible and for the purpose of educating and entertaining park guests.
  • Abides by department or species’ protocols to assure the highest level of keeper and public safety.
  • Conducts keeper talks and animal encounters as scheduled by guest services.
  • Maintains accurate and complete records as required by department.
  • Performs restraint, crating/uncrating and general transport of animals as needed.
  • Participates in all zoo activities and events, for example, shows and after hour fund raisers, as required by management.
  • Assists in data collection for approved research projects.
  • Assists department supervisor as needed.
  • Responds to department emergencies to maintain guest and animal safety.

Qualifications:

  • Able to pass a drug test, including marijuana, and annual tuberculosis tests.
  • At least one year previous experience working in a drive thru, or other zoo environment preferred.
  • At least 2 years college education in a zoological or related field; bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • Able to endure extreme weather conditions.
  • Able to bend, stoop, crawl and walk on uneven surfaces, and lift up to 50 lbs.
  • Valid drivers license with a clean driving record
  • Able to work in team and independently as needed.

How to Apply: Send cover letter, resume and three references to: shuse@wildlifesafari.net

or Mail To: Wildlife Safari
c/o Education
PO Box 1600
Winston, OR 97496

Education Animal Ambassador
Wildlife Safari, Winston, OR


$14.00 an hour | Full Time, Permanent

Position Overview

The Education Department at Wildlife Safari is currently accepting applications for a Animal Ambassador Position with great people skills, a passion for animals and education, and an energetic, positive, personality to fill the Education Animal Ambassador position in the Education Department. The Education position directly assists the Education Director in coordinating daily operations of the Education Department and is responsible for the development and implementation of educational programs including interpretation as well as the management of the department’s animal collection.
Will create curriculum for camps and classes, runs day camps and homeschool programs, presents public outreach programs, conducts guided tours, overnight camps, and creates social media posts, flyers and posters. Other responsibilities include professional networking, public relations, and public speaking. The Educator will work with the Education team to market and enhance the Education Department’s unique programs as well as help with their evaluation.
The Education position is responsible for the husbandry and well-being of all species allocated to the department. Duties include but are not limited to: cleaning enclosures, diet preparation, handling of all education animal collection, behavioral conditioning, daily enrichment, and medical care and admission of drugs under the direction of the Veterinarian/Education Director.
This is a unique, exciting and hands-on opportunity to further one’s career in Zoo Education!

Education and Experience Requirements:

  • Must be able to pass a drug test, including marijuana
  • Bachelor’s degree in a field complementary to Wildlife Safari’s mission; Zoology, Wildlife Biology, Conservation Education, Environmental Education, or related field
  • A combined minimum of 2 years experience in work relevant to animal husbandry and knowledge of captive animal management as well as experience as a formal or an informal educator or interpreter
  • Operant conditioning experience preferred
  • Experience working with children of a variety of ages a must, from pre-school to  high school
  • Proven ability to develop and deliver effective educational programs
  • Experience with Microsoft excel, publisher and power point
  • Able to speak to the public both individually and in a presentation setting
  • Demonstrated strong leadership, good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work as a part of a team
  • 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

Benefits:

  • Health and dental benefits after 60 days
  • Aflac benefits
  • Free membership with recipicol zoo
  • 40% off in Restaurant and Gift Shop
  • Sick leave and paid time off
  • Vet and vehicle services at cost
  • Free animal encounters
  • Employee parties throughout the year

This is a permanent, full-time position. Applications will be accepted until position is filled.


How to Apply: Send Cover Letter, Resume and References to: lgoulet@wildlifesafari.net

or Mail To: Wildlife Safari
c/o Education
PO Box 1600
Winston, OR 97496

Director of Operations
The Wilds, Cumberland, Ohio

Description:

Oversees Park and Visitor Operations departments and staff at the Wilds.

Responsibilities:

  • Supervises park and visitor operations including: housekeeping, security, loss prevention, lodging, visitor service, admission, parking, shuttle, horseback, warehouse, food service, catering, retail, and zipline safaris (with support from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium).
  • Oversees titles, licenses, water systems, health permits and fire inspections.
  • Responsible for preparing invoices/purchase orders for all operations, and maintaining and developing Park and Visitor operations budget.
  • Responsible for developing and maintaining all tour operations for online reservation system, coupon processing and credit card processing.
  • Responsible for the implementation and administration of the POS system for admissions, food/beverage, retail, and parking.
  • Provides input on operational impact of all new programs/projects.
  • Interviews and hires full time and seasonal staff and determines appropriate number of staff to operate productively within the budget.
  • Responsible for staff schedules within the Park and Visitor Operations Departments and documents all early and late dismissals.
  • Ensures payroll information is properly prepared, recorded and maintained.
  • Develops training materials for seasonal staff and provides adequate training.
  • Oversees physical cash handling, including drawer reconciliation and open/close process.
  • Develops product lists, determines retail pricing, orders and maintains food/beverage items.
  • Assists the retail coordinator with pricing, inventory management, staff and operating issues.
  • Coordinates and oversees special events held on property.
  • Establishes and maintains an open and constant line of communication with the Vice President on all issues.
  • Carefully documents all disciplinary problems reporting to the Vice President.
  • Develops a thorough understanding of each POS program in order to assist with clerk duties as needed.
  • Performs opening and closing procedures as needed.
  • Develops policies for all emergency and safety procedures.
  • Develops and modifies all policies and procedures ensuring that all Operations staff members have a written guideline that matches current policy
  • Responds to after-hours security alarm as needed.
  • Acts as a representative of the Wilds including appropriate dress, language and attitude in all activities, providing a positive example to all staff.
  • Provides all visitors with prompt friendly service.
  • Constantly strives to further the mission of the organization and avidly supports the Wilds, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Zoombezi Bay, Safari and Golf Club.
  • Implements sustainable practices in daily tasks whenever possible.
  • Establishes diversity, equity, access, and inclusion as a priority in all programs and activities
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • High School diploma or equivalent required. Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • Two years previous supervisory experience required.
  • Three years of management experience in a similar industry preferred.
  • Administrative and organizational skills required.
  • Excellent customer service skills required.
  • Independent decision making/problem solving ability.
  • Computer and presentation skills required.
  • Positive professional attitude.
  • CPR/first aid training preferred.
  • 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 Wilds/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.
  • Ability to successfully complete a pre-employment drug screening required.
  • Ability to successfully complete a criminal history background check annually required.

How to Apply:

Please apply online at https://careers-columbuszoo.icims.com/jobs/2162/director-of-operations/job

For questions regarding this postition please contact, Laura Straka, Human Resources, 614-724-3589 www.columbuszoo.org


Pinnipeds Supervisor
Columbus Zoo, Powell, Ohio

Description:

Supports the Curator of Pinnipeds and Zoo leadership in managing daily operations of the area to include scheduling, daily coordination, adherence to safety protocols, staff mentoring, staff evaluations, staff training and other area personnel matters as assigned. Supports the actions and priorities of the Curator. This may include assisting with the development and implementation of area/taxa specific protocols and policies; safety policies and procedures; training, and projects while ensuring animal welfare best practices in coordination with professional standards. Under the mentorship of the Pinnipeds Curator, engages with external professional associations, collection planning, and protocol development. Leads team in training animals and providing educational and engaging programming to Zoo guests.

Responsibilities:

  • Supervision and daily care of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium pinnipeds. Responsible for supervising and overseeing the care and management of daily operations. This includes supervising the responsibilities of the team in animal care, husbandry, training, facility responsibilities, food preparation, program management, zoo operations and other daily responsibilities under the Curator of Pinnipeds.
  • Assists the Curator of Pinnipeds in managing and creating policies relating to the overall care and well-being of the region’s animal collection (e.g., animal health, disease diagnosis and treatment, development of husbandry protocol, animal nutrition, enrichment and other activities related to animal care).
  • Supervises staff in daily operations, issues instructions (written and verbal) for completion of all required work, selects and hires staff, determines performance standards and work objectives, scheduling, evaluates staff and takes necessary actions in a timely fashion, identifies staff development opportunities and facilitates those opportunities, and identifies and acts upon disciplinary issues.
  • Ensures area compliance to all professional standards as defined by the AZA, AMMPA, and ZAA.
  • Ensures compliance will all Zoo safety protocols and policies.
  • Supports the Curator of Pinnipeds in the oversight of the Pinniped training program, animal training goals and staff management in specialized area.
  • Supervises staff development and training.
  • Assists the Curator of Pinnipeds on animal transports, restraint techniques and supports the Curator of Pinnipeds on acquisitions and dispositions of animals.
  • Supervises the procedure of food preparation including the storage, thawing, and processing of daily diets and facility cleanliness.
  • Supervisor should be continually evaluating target weights and diets of all animals. Providing updates to Curator of Pinnipeds.
  • With direction from the Curator of Pinnipeds, Director of Animal Nutrition and Zoo veterinarians, manages animal diets, and managing the training staff administration of prescribed medication.
  • Responsible for overseeing the staffing and implementation of programs including hosting, training and poolside interaction during performances. Must have exceptional public speaking skills and present program material professionally. Must be knowledgeable in marine mammal issues and capable of presenting accurate information to the public and staff when required.
  • Responsible for leading programs on grounds, leading tours and presenting stage presentations. Must have exceptional public speaking skills and present program material professionally. Must be knowledgeable in current exotic animal policies and capable of presenting accurate information to the public and staff when required.
  • Supports the Curator of Pinnipeds in developing short-term and long-term objectives for the animal collection, educational graphics, conservation initiatives, research and visitor amenities and services.
  • Supports the Curator of Pinnipeds in developing plans and ideas for improvements in the region’s animal care, exhibitry, signage, horticulture/landscaping and visitor satisfaction.
  • Under the direction of Curator of Pinnipeds, implements staff training and collection training and follows standardized reporting mechanisms.
  • Holds weekly staff meetings within the region and attend required Zoo-wide staff meetings.
  • Represent the Zoo nationally and/or internationally when requested.
  • Performs staff duties and related tasks within the region as required.
  • Submits articles to zoo related publications.
  • 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.
  • Initiates welfare assessments and ensures actions of all opportunities identified during the assessment process
  • Oversees or delegates planning and coordination of veterinary procedures
  • Creates and reviews risk assessments for region
  • Manages and assists/organizes/ensures compliance with USDA, AZA, AAMPA and ZAA inspections/accreditations and USDA.
  • Input and submit of facility work orders
  • Assist preparation and execution of region budget
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or equivalent required.
  • B.S. in life sciences or equivalent required. Equivalent work experience may be substituted for degree.
  • 10 years of experience working with marine mammals with extensive experience in pinniped management, preferred.
  • Experience in leading and managing a work team. Minimum one-year experience preferred.
  • Experience with interpreting and meeting professional standards. Minimum one-year experience required.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with professional standards related to AZA, ZAA, and AMMPA preferred.
  • Ability to work as a team with other staff members.
  • Knowledge of animal and conservation issues preferred.
  • Ability to evaluate and implement change in both internal and external processes.
  • Ability to follow and be an example of institutional values.
  • Ability to ensure accreditation compliance with professional standards through the AZA, ZAA, and AMMPA.
  • Ability to develop and conduct training programs for new and existing staff required.
  • Ability to successfully lead a team 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.
  • Ability to work a non-standard work week including overtime, weekend work, evening work as needed and be on call 24 hours a day to respond to issues related to the region as required.
  • Possession of a valid Ohio motor vehicle operator’s license and a good driving record 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.

How to Apply:

Please apply online at https://careers-columbuszoo.icims.com/jobs/2164/animal-programs-supervisor-%28pinnipeds%29/job

For questions regarding this postition please contact, Laura Straka, Human Resources, 614-724-3589 www.columbuszoo.org


Animal Programs Specialist (Heart of Africa)
Columbus Zoo, Powell, Ohio

Description:

Responsible for assisting with the implementation of animal programming which engages and educates the public, promotes the Zoo, generates support from corporate sponsors and assists with events on Zoo grounds. The ideal candidate will have experience working with cheetah husbandry, handling and medical training.

Responsibilities:

  • Assists the Animal Programs team in the overall care and well-being of the region’s animal collection (e.g., animal health, disease diagnosis and treatment, husbandry, animal nutrition, enrichment and other activities related to animal care).
  • Works in compliance with animal welfare best practices and all professional standards.
  • Ensures compliance will all Zoo safety protocols and policies.
  • Responsible for the storage, thawing and processing of daily diets following written diet plans.
  • Responsible for gaining an understanding of diet manipulation with guidance from a Senior Specialist.
  • Assist and support all facility maintenance of the Animal Programs collection area.
  • Responsible for the daily cleaning and disinfection of holding spaces, travel crates, break room, and any other facilities being utilized for public display.
  • Must be able to speak publicly and present daily programs professionally.
  • Ensure daily program and presentation setup.
  • Assists in the coordination and implementation of promotional appearances including but not limited to television, civic and service groups, parades, charity events, festivals, Zoo special events, corporate events, schools, and miscellaneous programs.
  • Assists with all on-grounds presentations and animal programs to ensure high quality, engaging experiences for guests.
  • Provides support for V.I.P. or other designated events.
  • Provides "Behind-the-Scenes" tours of Zoo exhibits as requested.
  • Provides daily care and assists with training of the Animal Programs collection assigned to the department.
  • Transports animals to scheduled programs.
  • Assists and ensures compliance with USDA, AZA, and ZAA inspections/accreditations and USDA.
  • Handles animals and displays them to audience and provides information about the animals and their behavior.
  • Makes decisions regarding the safety of animals and people at display location.
  • Conducts other programs as necessary.
  • Constantly strives to further the mission of the organization and avidly supports the Columbus Zoo Family of Parks.
  • Implements sustainable practices in daily tasks whenever possible.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or equivalent required.
  • Bachelor's degree in education, zoology, a related field, or equivalent experience required.
  • 1 year of experience with nature interpretation preferred.
  • 1 year of experience with exotic animal handling, including hand raising, and care strongly desired.
  • Ability to understand, remain current, and comply with all professional standards and regulations including USDA, AZA, and ZAA.
  • Ability to work as a team with other staff members.
  • Knowledge of animal and conservation issues preferred.
  • Ability to maintain a positive attitude in sometimes stressful situations required.
  • Ability to communicate well both verbally and in writing required.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including evenings, weekends and holidays 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.
  • Proof of negative TB screening prior to placement and annually thereafter required.
  • Possession of a valid Ohio motor vehicle operator’s license and a good driving record 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.

How to Apply:

Please apply online at https://careers-columbuszoo.icims.com/jobs/2152/animal-programs-specialist-%28heart-of-africa%29/job

For questions regarding this postition please contact, Laura Straka, Human Resources, 614-724-3589 www.columbuszoo.org


Education & Volunteer Program Manager
Animal Park at the Conservators Center, Burlington, NC

Full Time Salaried Exempt for fully qualified candidates at $35,563

Summary

The Animal Park at the Conservators Center is looking for an Education & Volunteer Program Manager. Responsibilities focus on oversight of our tour guide program, public visitation and education, and the volunteers who are critical to our success. The person in this position will provide animal ambassador and conservation education information on guided tours and field trips, and will develop and implement new educational programs. The selected candidate also will oversee the recruiting, training, and supervising of volunteers. This role requires excellent verbal and written communication skills, strong organizational skills, and the ability to handle multiple workstreams concurrently. Candidates should have a college degree or some coursework relevant to conservation education. Hands-on experience with providing educational programs and supervising volunteers is desirable. This position requires weekend hours and some holidays. Transitional shared housing may be provided to support relocation. Applicants please review additional information on our website and submit as directed.

Below are highlights of requirements. Please see our website for full details, www.animalparknc.org.

Skills & Qualifications:

  • Exceptional telephone and email etiquette
  • Strong critical and organizational thinking, time management, and decision-making skills
  • A proactive mindset with attention to detail, creative problem-solving
  • Ability to speak to groups of people of all ages and backgrounds, sometimes in large group settings
  • Excellent customer service and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent communication (written and oral), conflict resolution, and de-escalation skills
  • Ability to learn new computer programs/apps quickly

Education/Experience:

  • College degree, associates degree, or at least two years of relevant experience working with volunteers
  • Background knowledge of environmental education or biological or animal sciences sufficient to support educational program development and delivery
  • Work experience in facilitating educational programs is preferred
  • Handling/husbandry experience working with animals is strongly preferred
  • Licensure, Certification, and/or Registration:

    • First Aid/CPR, or completed within six months of hire; offered on site
    • Valid driver’s license

    • Application:

      We are currently accepting full-time employment applications. For additional information, please visit our website at www.animalparknc.org.

      All resumes, references and questions can be emailed to: applications@animalparknc.org. Please list the job title in the subject line, and attach your resume/CV and at least two relevant references. The selection process will include traditional interviews that may take place over the phone for individuals who are not local.

Seasonal Animal Keeper
Nurtured by Nature/Animal Educators, Pauma Valley, CA

SEASONAL FULL-TIME ANIMAL KEEPER

Nurtured by Nature/Animal Educators, Inc. provides sustainable interactions with the wonders of nature and environmentally sustainable breeding conservation programs for several species of reptiles and mammals. We are currently partnering with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Sloth, Anteater, and Armadillo Specialist Group (Fiscal Sponsor and program support), Global Conservation Force (project support), CA Fish & Wildlife (rescue and rehoming of animal confiscations), the International Otter Survival Fund (program support), Turtle Survival Alliance (program support), International Iguana Foundation (program support), EcoLife (program support), the Red Panda Network (program support), and many others on global conservation projects and the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Hospice, and others to provide hope and emotional relief to those dealing with difficult circumstances through our interactive otter swim/animal encounters.

Some of the animals in our care include Asian Small-clawed Otters, Two-toed Sloth, Armadillos (Three-banded, Six-banded, Dwarf Hairy), Foxes (Bat-eared, Fennec, & Arctic), Lemurs (Red and Black & White Ruffed, Ringtail), Capybaras, Clouded Leopard, African Crested Porcupine, Eagle Owls, Bald & Golden Eagles, Black-backed Jackals, Paca, Toucan, Kinkajous, and multiple turtle/tortoise and lizard species.

We are currently in the process of finishing construction on our brand new all-weather Make-A-Wish encounter and Public program area to expand our conservation education reach. This portion of our facility will have a temperature controlled area for otter swim encounters but will also have a large play yard/lazy river area to provide combined daily enrichment for animals while allowing us to teach more conservation education to guests.

BIG things are happening and we are in need of QUALITY employees to join our team!

We are looking for a full-time animal keeper to join our team! We would like to find a person who wants a career in animal care, conservation education, and supporting charitable animal interactions, and understands the dedication required to properly care for animals on a daily/weekly/monthly/yearly/lifetime basis.

Animal Keeper duties include (but are not limited to):

  • Takes responsibilities seriously and makes animal care top priority
  • Ability to work autonomously once trained
  • Work as a part of our team in a professional, positive, and friendly manner
  • Clear and competent communication with coworkers and management
  • Daily diet preparation
  • Feeding & watering of animals
  • Daily cleaning of enclosures
  • Daily observation of animals and enclosures to determine health of the animals and safety/security of enclosures
  • Animal observation and ability to "read" animal behavior
  • Handling of animals for programs and/or medical care
  • Administration of medication
  • Enclosure repair
  • Assist with grounds maintenance if necessary
  • Complete daily care records and maintain properly for permit compliance
  • Reliably shows up to work as scheduled

Wage: Starting pay based on experience and includes medical benefits and 2 week's vacation per year


How to Apply:

Please email your cover letter and resume, and any questions to nurturedbynature01@gmail.com


Seasonal Animal Keeper
Nurtured by Nature/Animal Educators, Pauma Valley, CA

SEASONAL FULL-TIME ANIMAL KEEPER

Nurtured by Nature/Animal Educators, Inc. provides sustainable interactions with the wonders of nature and environmentally sustainable breeding conservation programs for several species of reptiles and mammals. We are currently partnering with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Sloth, Anteater, and Armadillo Specialist Group (Fiscal Sponsor and program support), Global Conservation Force (project support), CA Fish & Wildlife (rescue and rehoming of animal confiscations), the International Otter Survival Fund (program support), Turtle Survival Alliance (program support), International Iguana Foundation (program support), EcoLife (program support), the Red Panda Network (program support), and many others on global conservation projects and the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Hospice, and others to provide hope and emotional relief to those dealing with difficult circumstances through our interactive otter swim/animal encounters.

Some of the animals in our care include Asian Small-clawed Otters, Two-toed Sloth, Armadillos (Three-banded, Six-banded, Dwarf Hairy), Foxes (Bat-eared, Fennec, & Arctic), Lemurs (Red and Black & White Ruffed, Ringtail), Capybaras, Clouded Leopard, African Crested Porcupine, Eagle Owls, Bald & Golden Eagles, Black-backed Jackals, Paca, Toucan, Kinkajous, and multiple turtle/tortoise and lizard species.

We are currently in the process of finishing construction on our brand new all-weather Make-A-Wish encounter and Public program area to expand our conservation education reach. This portion of our facility will have a temperature controlled area for otter swim encounters but will also have a large play yard/lazy river area to provide combined daily enrichment for animals while allowing us to teach more conservation education to guests.

BIG things are happening and we are in need of QUALITY employees to join our team!

We are looking for a seasonal full-time animal keeper to join our team! We would like to find a person who wants a career in animal care, conservation education, and supporting charitable animal interactions, and understands the dedication required to properly care for animals on a daily/weekly/monthly/yearly/lifetime basis.

Our goal is to get you on board and significantly trained with many of the animals in our care by the end of a six month period. If you are successful during this time period, you will be eligible for consideration for a full-time permanent position with a pay raise, benefits, and room for growth.

Animal Keeper duties include (but are not limited to):

  • Takes responsibilities seriously and makes animal care top priority
  • Ability to work autonomously once trained
  • Work as a part of our team in a professional, positive, and friendly manner
  • Clear and competent communication with coworkers and management
  • Daily diet preparation
  • Feeding & watering of animals
  • Daily cleaning of enclosures
  • Daily observation of animals and enclosures to determine health of the animals and safety/security of enclosures
  • Animal observation and ability to "read" animal behavior
  • Handling of animals for programs and/or medical care
  • Administration of medication
  • Enclosure repair
  • Assist with grounds maintenance if necessary
  • Complete daily care records and maintain properly for permit compliance
  • Reliably shows up to work as scheduled

Wage: Seasonal pay $15/hour


How to Apply:

Please email your cover letter and resume, and any questions to nurturedbynature01@gmail.com


Senior Keeper
ZooWorld, Panama City Beach, FL

ZooWorld Zoological Park's animal care department is hiring 1 Senior Keeper to round out their team.

Prerequisites:

  • 3-5 years working in an animal care related field.
  • Internships and real life work experience will be given the same weight as education.
  • A broad background with a wide range of animals is preferred.
  • Specific experience in the area of birds and reptiles will also be considered

Compensation:

In addition to living in a beautiful beach town, ZooWorld's team enjoys:

  • base compensation is $15-$17/hour
  • paid holidays, vacation and sick/mental health time
  • yearly uniform stipends
  • 6 months of living assistance
  • bi-annual bonuses
  • professional development opportunities

How to Apply:

Please send a cover letter and a resume to Kayte@ZooWorldpcb.com include "Senior Keeper" in subject line of email.


Seasonal Zookeeper
Henson Robinson Zoo, Springfield, IL

Department: Henson Robinson Zoo Position Title: Zookeeper - Seasonal Reporting Authority: General Curator Classification: Non-Exempt – Bargaining Unit Position Salary: $17.51 per hour


Position Summary:

Under the direction of the Henson Robinson Zoo’s General Curator, seasonal zookeepers serve as relief keepers and are responsible for the husbandry, health, and welfare of each animal in the collection. Our keepers work as a team and make strides every day to enhance the lives of our animals and the experiences of our guests.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Prepare animal diets following the prescribed diets determined by the General Curator and follow proper animal feeding procedures.
  • Clean animal exhibits, walkways, grounds, and other facilities within exhibit areas in accordance with the established Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Performs daily observations of animals and exhibit facilities. Reports any abnormalities in animal behavior, animal health, exhibit security, and safety to their immediate supervisor or other member of management.
  • Must be able to recognize diseases that might occur in captive wildlife. Carries out treatment prescribed by Zoo’s Veterinarian and General Curator.
  • Recommends improvements in animal care procedures and schedules, exhibit maintenance, and safety.
  • Utilizes proper restraint techniques with animal and human safety always in mind: this includes the agility to safely net and maneuver with injured, aggressive, or handling neonate animals.
  • Successfully secure animals, their enclosures, and other associated structures.
  • Must be familiar with ZAA (Zoological Association of America) Accreditation Standards and husbandry guidelines, and USDA APHIS standards and regulations.
  • Zookeepers must stay current with animal husbandry, training techniques and enrichment industry standards.
  • Must interact with public in formal and informal encounters. Always remaining courteous while answering questions, enforcing rules, and educating.
  • Performs maintenance work on exhibits facilities, grounds, and landscape, including minor repairs.
  • Required to operate power tools, lawn care equipment, vehicles, traverse ladders, and other equipment to repair and maintain the facility.
  • Train, direct, and monitor Zoo interns or others as assigned.
  • Perform all other duties as assigned by the Zoo Director and General Curator, or designee.
  • Must be able to safely work in all weather conditions, including extreme cold, snow and humid conditions typical of central Illinois.
  • Ability to work weekend, holidays, after hour events, and some travel for animal shipments or continuing education is required.
  • The schedule is flexible and days off are subject to change based on institution needs.
  • This seasonal keeper position is trained on 2 of 4 zoo runs and serves as a relief for full-time keepers.
  • This seasonal position is 7 months with a 5 month lay-off.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Associates degree in zoology, biology, or one year experience in the care of animals in a zoological institution or a suitable combination
  • Must be able to work with a wide range of taxa including reptiles, raptors, primates, domestic barnyard animals, and large carnivores.
  • Basic computer knowledge. Knowledge of ZIMS or other zoo record software preferred.
  • Must be able to multi-task and adjust to changing schedules and time constraints.
  • Ability to use a two-way radio

Physical Demands: Based on an 8 hour workday:

Never= 0 hrs Rarely 0-2 hrs Occasionally 2-4 hrs Frequently= 4-6 hours Continuously= 6-8 hours

  • Sit: Rarely
  • Stand: Frequently
  • Walk: Frequently
  • Bend: Frequently
  • Squat: Occasionally
  • Kneel: Frequently
  • Crawl: Rarely
  • Climb: Rarely
  • Reach: Frequently
  • Overhead reaching: Occasionally
  • Grasp: Frequently
  • Push/Pull: Occasionally
  • Twist/Turn: Frequently
  • Lift: 11-60 lbs occasionally
  • Lift : 1-10 lbs frequently
  • Stairs: Occasionally
  • Ladders: Rarely

Other:

  • Ability to lift heavy objects (60 lbs) from ground level, move approximately 10 feet and perform this at least 5 times in succession without danger of injury
  • Ability to withstand heavy outdoor labor in extreme weather conditions.

Corrected Hearing must include:

  • Normal frequency sensitivity

Speaking skills must include being understandable when speaking:

  • In person
  • On the telephone or radio

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 60 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:

Please apply online https://www.springfieldparks.org/joinourteam.aspx

Zookeeper II
Salisbury Zoo, Salisbury, MD

General Statement of Job:

Prepares food for the animals, cleans and disinfects animal exhibits. Develops and implements behavioral enrichment to enhance the animals’ lives; participates in significant internal committee or working group; and performs other duties as assigned

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

Essential Functions

  1. Prepares diet for all animals;
  2. Cleans animals and maintains animal exhibits;
  3. Observes animals for odd behavior or illness;
  4. Develops and performs behavior enrichment activities for animals;
  5. Assists with facility maintenance;
  6. Assists with emergency procedures and provides security for Zoo grounds;
  7. Assists Zoo Director in public relations, planning events and fund-raising activities, and long range planning for the Zoological Park;
  8. Assists in developing and managing trained behaviors for animals;
  9. Participates in significant internal committee or working group;
  10. Keeps supervisor informed of unusual or detrimental conditions and assists in repairing problems in exhibits and around the zoo;
  11. Demonstrates ability to safely and efficiently utilize basic hand tools;
  12. Keeps informed on current Zoological and animal care practices by attending workshops and educational programs or reading specialized literature;
  13. Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  1. Working knowledge of City policies and procedures;
  2. Act as a representative of the City of Salisbury to the public;
  3. Knowledge of zoological policies and practices regarding animal care and exhibit maintenance;
  4. Effectively communicate with the public courteously and tactfully at all times;
  5. Effectively communicate and maintain effective working relationships with other staff members and members of the public;
  6. Knowledge of animal diet requirements;
  7. Knowledge of safe animal handling procedures;
  8. Follow written and oral instructions;
  9. Effectively prioritize and multitask with attention to detail;

Required Education and Experience:

  1. High school diploma or G.E.D.
  2. Three years of experience working with large animals; or equivalent training, education, and/or experience;

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations, Skills:

  1. CPR/First Aid Certification or ability to obtain within 60 days;
  2. Valid Driver’s License;
  3. Successful completion of NIMS ICS 100 & 700 or ability to obtain within 60

Physical Requirements:

  • Work requires considerable physical effort in the handling of materials up to 80 pounds and/or continual standing or walking 60%+ of the time.
  • The work involves risks or discomforts which require special safety precautions, e.g., working with animals, equipment and machinery and observance of traffic signals when driving. May require working in adverse weather conditions.
  • The above job description is not intended as, nor should it be construed as, exhaustive of all responsibilities, skills, efforts, or working conditions associated with this job.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job.

How to Apply:

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

City of Salisbury HR, 125 N. Division St., Salisbury, MD 21801 jobs@salisbury.md; 410-548-1065; fax: 10-548-3748


Animal Programs Specialist (Animal Encounters Village)
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Powell, OH

Description:

Responsible for assisting the Animal Programs team with the overall care and well-being of the Promotions collection, ensuring that all welfare best practices and safety standards are followed. Provides various presentations and tours, which engage and educate the public, promote the Zoo, generate support from sponsors and assist with events on Zoo grounds.

Responsibilities:

  • Assists the Animal Programs team in the overall care and well-being of the region’s animal collection (e.g., animal health, disease diagnosis and treatment, husbandry, animal nutrition, enrichment and other activities related to animal care).
  • Works in compliance with animal welfare best practices and all professional standards.
  • Ensures compliance will all Zoo safety protocols and policies.
  • Responsible for the storage, thawing and processing of daily diets following written diet plans.
  • Responsible for gaining an understanding of diet manipulation with guidance from a Senior Specialist.
  • Assist and support all facility maintenance of the Animal Programs collection area.
  • Responsible for the daily cleaning and disinfection of holding spaces, travel crates, break room, and any other facilities being utilized for public display.
  • Must be able to speak publicly and present daily programs professionally.
  • Ensure daily program and presentation setup.
  • Assists in the coordination and implementation of promotional appearances including but not limited to television, civic and service groups, parades, charity events, festivals, Zoo special events, corporate events, schools, and miscellaneous programs.
  • Assists with all on-grounds presentations and animal programs to ensure high quality, engaging experiences for guests.
  • Provides support for V.I.P. or other designated events.
  • Provides "Behind-the-Scenes" tours of Zoo exhibits as requested.
  • Provides daily care and assists with training of the Animal Programs collection assigned to the department.
  • Transports animals to scheduled programs.
  • Assists and ensures compliance with USDA, AZA, and ZAA inspections/accreditations and USDA.
  • Handles animals and displays them to audience and provides information about the animals and their behavior.
  • Makes decisions regarding the safety of animals and people at display location.
  • Conducts other programs as necessary.
  • Constantly strives to further the mission of the organization and avidly supports the Columbus Zoo Family of Parks.
  • Implements sustainable practices in daily tasks whenever possible.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or equivalent required.
  • Bachelor's degree in education, zoology, a related field, or equivalent experience required.
  • 1 year of experience with nature interpretation preferred.
  • 1 year of experience with exotic animal handling, including hand raising, and care strongly desired.
  • Ability to understand, remain current, and comply with all professional standards and regulations including USDA, AZA, and ZAA.
  • Ability to work as a team with other staff members.
  • Knowledge of animal and conservation issues preferred.
  • Ability to maintain a positive attitude in sometimes stressful situations required.
  • Ability to communicate well both verbally and in writing required.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including evenings, weekends and holidays 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.
  • Proof of negative TB screening prior to placement and annually thereafter required.
  • Possession of a valid Ohio motor vehicle operator’s license and a good driving record 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.

How to Apply:

Please apply online at https://careers-columbuszoo.icims.com/jobs/2137/animal-programs-specialist-i-%28animal-encounters-village%29/job

https://columbuszoo.org/

Curator of Fish and Reptiles
Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park, Fort Walton Beach, FL

Job Summary

Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park is dedicated to educating, entertaining, and inspiring our guests to respect and preserve wildlife by providing unique and memorable experiences for visitors of all ages to connect with marine life. The Gulfarium is looking for an individual to fill the Curator of Fish and Reptiles role. The aquarium team is responsible for over 150 species of teleosts, elasmobranchs, herptiles, and invertebrates, as well as their associated habitats/life support systems while also carrying out the department’s many daily interaction programs with guests.

Direct Responsibilities include:

  • Oversee development, implementation, and supervision of safe, proper protocols for all aspects of care for the fish and reptile collection including: sanitation, health, nutrition, reproduction, behavior, and behavioral husbandry.
  • Cooperatively develop and implement comprehensive collection plans for each section of the department as well as directs the safe coordination of animal acquisitions and dispositions.
  • Excels in all aspects of husbandry, knowledge, communication, and team responsibility. With the team, demonstrates a sense of leadership in all actions and decisions. Is driven by the need to improve all aspects of their work. Has excellent ability of problem-solving.
  • Function as a leader and a resource for aquarist and reptile staff in day-to-day operations, providing thorough guidance. Assist aquarists with the development of exhibit improvements, training, and enrichment proposals, and encouraging advancements in husbandry practices in all areas.
  • Collaborate with veterinary staff on the medical care of the aquarium animal collection.
  • Collaborate in production of interpretive graphics associated with animal exhibits.
  • Manage buildings, exhibits, holding areas and grounds of relevant areas.
  • Exercise sound judgement to evaluate animal health and identify concerns as they arise. Develop strategies and solutions to health or behavioral concerns.
  • Develop short and long-term strategies to activate and/or refresh existing exhibits, plan for renovations, and explore concepts for new interactive programming and spaces (maximizing quality of life for animals, guests, and staff).
  • Improve husbandry best practices, developing procedures aimed at increasing efficiency and advancing animal care and welfare.
  • Maintain required local, state, and federal permits as required.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Desired Qualifications:

Education and work experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in marine biology, zoology, or an equivalent field of study.
  • Ten years’ experience in the zoological field with at least five being marine animals.
  • Deep understanding of aquatic life support systems and maintenance of facilities.
  • Five years’ experience in a supervisory and operational capacity.
  • Experience with venomous fish and snakes.

Skills and knowledge

  • A broad-based knowledge of biological collections management.
  • Experience managing a complex organizational and financial structure.
  • Proven communication, leadership, and relationship building skills.
  • Possess the maturity, professionalism, and high ethical standards that project integrity trust, and confidence.
  • Requires a goal-oriented individual who has high energy, and an experienced manager who is willing to think outside the box, and who can make tough decisions based on thoughtful consideration of issues. The successful candidate will be a consensus builder and have a positive outlook.
  • Dive certification and ability to dive on a regular basis.
  • Commitment to animal care excellence and a passion for conservation.

Environmental/Working Conditions:

  • Evening, weekend, holiday work may be required.
  • Available based on special needs/circumstances on a 24-hour basis.
  • Must have good physical agility, strength, good hearing, and vision, and perform physically demanding labor in extremes of weather and challenging physical environments e.g., animal enclosures.
  • Candidate must maintain high standards of personal appearance and grooming, including proper uniform standards, and comply with the Gulfarium Employee Handbook.
  • Candidate must have the ability to establish and maintain effective, efficient, and cooperative relationships with staff, management, vendors, and park guests.
  • Candidate must be able to work effectively with minimal supervision and approach all encounters with staff and guests in a friendly, service-oriented manner.
  • Maintain all animal health care areas to or above industry standards, ensuring safety and regulatory compliance, organization, equipment care and maintenance, and hygiene.

Compensation and Benefits:

  • This is a full-time salaried position commensurate with experience, offering benefits such as company paid time off, company health insurance coverage, 401 (K), and organizational membership.

  • How to Apply:

    Please send cover letter and resume/CV to info@gulfarium.com with subject line: Curator of Fish and Reptiles.

Full-Time Keeper
Chahinkapa Zoo, Wahpeton, ND

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.


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

Hoofstock Keeper
Gulf Breeze Zoo, Gulf Breeze, Florida

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

Currently Seeking:

The Gulf Breeze Zoo currently has four (4) unique hoofstock sections, each with its own routine and unique animals. We are currently seeking an energetic and hardworking individual who shares a passion for animal care. The ideal candidate would have the opportunity to learn one or multiple hoofstock routines with animals in both free-range preserve settings and tradional herd management settings. Animals in the hoofstock section include (but not limited to): giraffe, white rhino, Indian rhino, dromedary camel, gazelle, kudu, sable, blackbuck, Nile and pygmy hippo, kangaroos, and ratites.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Daily care of hoofstock species of varying complexity
  • Daily cleaning and maintenance of exhibits
  • Daily observation of animals including for injuries, breeding, and general healthcare
  • Administer proper enrichment to various animal species
  • Maintain detailed record keeping
  • Assist with veterinary treatments as needed
  • Must be able to communicate and talk to guests through formal and informal encounters.
  • Ability to use machinery, power tools, and lawn equipment in a safe manner
  • All applicants must be physically fit, able to lift 50 pounds comfortably
  • Able to work in all types of weather, seasons
  • Must possess a strong work ethic and a willingness to learn
  • Ability to follow uniform policy and park dress code
  • Ability to maintain a non- smoking/vaping work environment
  • Ability to maintain a valid driver’s license

Education & Pre-requisites:

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

Benefits:

  • Competitive salary
  • Health insurance including vision and dental options
  • Paid sick/vacation time
  • 401k options available
  • Challenging, meaningful word to keep you engaged and your career moving forward

How to Apply: Applicants should send a cover letter that includes relevant species experience, resume and references to spatterson@gulfbreezezoo.org

www.gbzoo.com

Bird/Reptile Keeper
Gulf Breeze Zoo, Gulf Breeze, Florida

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

Currently Seeking:

The Gulf Breeze Zoo, is seeking an enthusiastic animal keeper to join our team to work with a variety of avian and reptile species. We are looking for a dedicated keeper with attention to detail and a passion for birds and reptiles. The applicant will be joining the Birds and Reptile team focusing on animal husbandry, training, and reproduction. Species to be cared for include, but are not limited to: Hornbills, turacos, vultures, pheasants, kookaburras, toucans, owls, flamingos, waterfowl, parrots, alligators, Galapagos tortoise, Aldabra tortoise, red footed tortoise and a variety of small reptiles used for education programs.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Diligent daily care of bird and reptile species of varying complexity
  • Must be proficient at observing animal behavior
  • Maintain behavioral enrichment
  • Maintain detailed record keeping
  • Habitat and exhibit cleaning/maintenance
  • Assist with veterinary treatments as needed
  • Able to interact and educate guests on bird and reptile species
  • All applicants must be physically fit, able to lift 50 pounds comfortably
  • Able to work in all types of weather, seasons
  • Must possess a strong work ethic and a willingness to learn
  • Ability to follow uniform policy and park dress code
  • Ability to maintain a non- smoking/vaping work environment
  • Ability to maintain a valid driver’s license

Education & Pre-requisites:

This position requires a minimum of 1 year of experience working with exotics in a zoological setting. An Associates or Bachelor degree is preferred but may be substituted for equivalent experience. Preferred applicants will have 1-2 years of experience working with birds/reptiles.

Benefits:

  • Competitive salary
  • Health insurance including vision and dental options
  • Paid sick/vacation time
  • 401k options available
  • Challenging, meaningful work to keep you engaged and your career moving forward

How to Apply: Applicants should send a cover letter that includes relevant species experience, resume and references to spatterson@gulfbreezezoo.org

www.gbzoo.com

Commissary Attendant (Full-Time)
Gulf Breeze Zoo, Gulf Breeze, Florida

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

Currently Seeking:

The commissary attendant provides animal diets for all of the animals that call Gulf Breeze Zoo home. We are currently seeking an energetic and hardworking individual who shares a passion for animal care and diet preparation. This position is responsible for maintaining the commissary and preparing all animal diets daily based on written and electronic instructions. This position will also aid the farm team area which houses goats, sheep, chickens and waterfowl.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Daily diet preparation for animals
  • Maintaining USDA standards for an animal commissary
  • Maintaining the cleanliness of walk in coolers/freezers
  • Keeping inventory of supplies. i.e. ingredients, bowls, tools, etc
  • Weekly inventory of food and ordering
  • Maintaining inventory of grains and supplements
  • Aiding in the cleaning of the farm area when necessary
  • Previous experience with exotic animal feeding, care, and exhibit cleaning/maintenance is beneficial but not required.
  • All applicants must be physically fit, able to lift 50 pounds comfortably
  • Able to work in all types of weather, seasons
  • Must possess a strong work ethic and a willingness to learn
  • Ability to follow uniform policy and park dress code
  • Ability to maintain a valid driver’s license

Benefits:

  • Competitive salary
  • Health insurance
  • Paid sick/vacation time
  • 401k options available.
  • Challenging, meaningful work to keep you engaged and your career moving forward

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

How to Apply: Applicants should send cover letter and resume to spatterson@gulfbreezezoo.org

www.gbzoo.com

Primate Keeper
Gulf Breeze Zoo, Gulf Breeze, Florida

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

Currently Seeking:

Our Primate keepers work with a wide variety of animals including but not limited to; Siamang, Gibbon, Guenon, Spider monkey and various Lemur and Tamarin species. Responsibilities for this section include but are not limited to primate care, training, behavioral enrichment, assisting with medical needs, daily records and help with primate habitat maintenance.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Daily cleaning and maintenance of exhibits
  • Diet preparation and feeding
  • Assist in vet and medical procedures
  • Daily observation of animals
  • Administer proper enrichment to various animal species
  • Able to use machinery, power tools, and general lawn equipment in a safe manner
  • Must be able to communicate and talk to guests through formal and informal encounters
  • All applicants must be physically fit, able to lift 50 pounds comfortably
  • Able to work in all types of weather, seasons
  • Must possess a strong work ethic and a willingness to learn
  • Ability to follow uniform policy and park dress code
  • Ability to maintain a valid driver’s license

Benefits:

  • Competitive salary
  • Health insurance
  • Paid sick/vacation time
  • 401k options available
  • Challenging, meaningful work to keep you engaged and your career moving forward

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

How to Apply:

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

www.gbzoo.com

Environmental Education Internship
Fossil Rim, Glen Rose, TX

We are currently accepting applications for Fall 2023 (July 10th - November 17th). The deadline to apply is March 1st.

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. 
Note: International applicants must have a J1 or B1 visa before arrival. Fossil Rim cannot sponsor or assist with the visa process.

Benefits:

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

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

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.

www.fossilrim.org

Animal Care Internships
Fossil Rim, Glen Rose, TX

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. Childrens 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 1 st deadline and interns selected on a rolling basis)

Position Overview:

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.

Qualifications:

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. 
Note: International applicants must have a J1 or B1 visa before arrival. Fossil Rim cannot sponsor or assist with the visa process.

Semester Deadlines:

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

Benefits:

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

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.

www.fossilrim.org

Keeper/Trainer
Lion Habitat Ranch, Las Vegas, Nevada

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, tortoises, etc. All keepers work with the entire animal collection. This position also requires guest interaction.

Qualifications:

  • 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:

  • $12-$14/hour dependent on experience
  • Eligibility for health benefits at 60 days of employment
  • 4 free general admission passes per year

How to Apply: Email cover letter, resume, and three professional references to lhrvolunteers@gmail.com

Education Keeper (Ambassador Animals)
Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & 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 training. Also, have a hard work ethic, positive attitude, and energetic personality. Responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to, daily husbandry (preparing diets, cleaning, feeding, medicating), public programs, and animal training.

How to Apply: Please send resume and a short 2-3 minute presentation video to outreach@wildlifeworld.com.

Part Time Animal Keeper 1
Jungle Island, Miami, Florida

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. The PT Animal Keeper 1 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 PT Animal Keeper 1, under general supervision, performs a wide variety of functions in the training, handling, and care of exhibit animals as well as any other task the department may deem necessary. A PT Animal Keeper 1 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. These tasks can range from landscaping to working in the gift shop. The Animal Keeper should be prepared to work in a fast-paced, sometimes challenging environment. PT Animal Keeper 1’s should also be prepared to work in all types of weather, on weekends and holidays. The PT Animal Keeper 1 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
  • Willing to perform any necessary sales tasks as required by the department such as gift shop or budgie feeding booth
  • 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. Current admission into a college program may be considered. Applicants may also substitute the equivalent in experience working with exotic animals where applicable. General 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 and hours cannot be guaranteed. This document does not create an employment contract implied or otherwise other than an “at will” employment relationship.


How to Apply: Apply Here

Veterinary Tech
Chase Animal Sanctuary, Webster, Florida

Exotic Animal Veterinary Technician

Chase Sanctuary and Wildlife Conservancy is looking for a special vet tech to join our passionate team at a time of high growth for our facility. We are a 501-C(3) organization involved in species preservation of critically endangered primates and in the husbandry and exemplary care of every one of our 150 zoological residents.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Maintain medication inventory and supply orders
  • Maintain lab area and ensure equipment is clean and and ready for emergency use
  • Be an advocate for the facility
  • Perform diagnostic procedures to create treatment plans.
  • Collaborate with our Veterinarian and our Operations manager to create ideal living conditions, enrichment and nutrition for the animal collection. (150 animals)
  • Complete weekly body scoring and enter data into ZIMS software
  • Schedule any procedures and surgeries as need
  • Neonatal care and foster rearing of rejected infant animals.
  • Transport animals to emergency facilities as needed
  • Contribute to research and scientific publications
  • Input and manage all animal records in ZIMS in a timely manner
  • Assist with accreditation documentation and processes
  • Coordinate with other zoological facilities for species preservation and education programs
  • Manage quarantine and intake of new animals
  • Administer medication, IV fluids, sub-q fluids and other procedures as needed under direction of our veterinarian
  • Change bandages, evaluate wounds and apply wound medication as needed
  • Evaluate and document animal behavior, especially primate troop and colony dynamics for both husbandry and scientific purposes
  • Nurture professional and courteous relationships with all staff - we have a zero tolerance policy for drama
  • Perform keeper responsibilities as needed
  • Attend events on behalf of Chase
  • Attend and contribute to weekly staff meeting
  • Help with fundraising efforts

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Proficiency in Google software suite
  • Experience with ZIMS software preferred
  • Excellent people skills - Team player
  • Able to multitask in a fast-paced environment.
  • Able to take direction, both verbally and written.
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including weekdays, weekends, holidays and evenings.
  • Desire to be part of something bigger than yourself

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE:

  • Degree from an accredited Veterinary Technical program (certification/registration preferable) or significant exotic experience, particularly with primates
  • Excellent computer skills
  • Able to catch and restrain small to medium size primates and other mammals and birds for veterinary or health reasons
  • Minimum of 2 years Exotic animal experience

Excellent work environment, Fleixble work schedule, competitive salary, possible living arrangments.

How to Apply: Submit resume and salary requirements to Nina Vassallo NPSanctuary@gmail.com

http://www.chasesanctuary.org

Headkeeper, Heart of Africa
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Powell, OH

Description:

Responsible for the animal management and exhibit/grounds maintenance for assigned team(s); scheduling, training and training coordination for assigned team(s); and, leadership for seasonal team members, interns, volunteers and zooschool students assigned to the region.

Responsibilities:

  • Under the direction of the Assistant Curator, responsible for animal management and exhibit maintenance for assigned team(s) including but not limited to animal health, animal enrichment, and habitat issues (e.g. work orders).
  • Under the direction of the Assistant Curator, responsible for generating and executing work schedules, coordinating training initiatives, and delivering on-the-job training to region staff as assigned.
  • Under the direction of the Assistant Curator, assumes leadership reasonability for seasonal staff, interns, volunteers and zooschool students assigned to region including but not limited to selection, scheduling, evaluation, training, daily work direction and informing management of problems.
  • Under the direction of the Assistant Curator, maintains accurate up-to-date records on region’s animal population (e.g. daily, monthly).
  • Provides leadership on individual projects as assigned by the Assistant Curator.
  • Provides care of the region’s living collection, including but not limited to food preparation, feeding, monitoring diets, watering, bathing, enrichment, observing medical and behavioral changes and behavioral stimulation, and may direct and provide medical treatment as prescribed by Zoo Veterinarian.
  • Cleans and maintains region’s animal exhibit areas, performs basic horticulture work within exhibit, and disinfects animal enclosures.
  • 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 the safety of self, animals, co-workers and visitors by observing safety guidelines when working with animals, equipment and vehicles.
  • Provides educational information about animals by interacting with the public, conducting tours and workshops, attending docent meetings, composing articles for zoo publications and conducting volunteer trainings.
  • Provides input to Assistant Curator on all aspects (e.g. safety, animal husbandry) of assigned areas.
  • Participates in training and operant conditioning programs and follows standardized reporting mechanisms.
  • Attends 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
  • 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.

Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or equivalent required.
  • Bachelor’s degree in zoology, animal science, biology or related field required. Four years of relevant zookeeping experience may be substituted for degree.
  • 12 months of successfully performing duties as a Zookeeper 4 preferred.
  • Experience supervising, organizing, and hiring internships and seasonal labor preferred.
  • Minimum six months animal husbandry experience required in one or more of the following taxa preferred: hoofstock, carnivores, and/or primates.
  • Ability to perform strenuous physical work required.
  • Ability to efficiently manage time and work without direct supervision.
  • Ability to develop and deliver informational presentations to small, medium or large groups required.
  • One to five years of leadership and/or supervisory experience preferred.
  • Ability to successfully perform zookeeper duties within a diverse animal collection preferred.
  • Successful animal husbandry experience in working with mammals, primates, avian and hoofstock with an emphasis on hoofstock preferred.
  • Ability to successfully lead and motivate a team.
  • P.R./First Aid certification preferred.
  • 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.

  • How to Apply:

    Please apply online at https://careers-columbuszoo.icims.com/jobs/2106/headkeeper%2c-heart-of-africa/job

    Questions? Please reach out to Laura Straka, Human Resources, 614-724-3589, laura.straka@columbuszoo.org.

Curator, Australia & the Islands
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Powell, OH

Description:

Manages specified zoogeographic region which includes but is not limited to a variety of animal species and exhibits, development & direction of region animal husbandry staff and direction of departmental objectives, policies, planning, and participation in conservation activities. Represents the Zoo as the subject matter expert for a specific region and taxa. Develops region/taxa specific animal collection plans, animal care direction, safety protocols, habitat maintenance and modifications, budgeting submissions and ensures animal wellbeing best practices in coordination with professional standards.

Responsibilities:

  • Manages region’s animal collection to include review, evaluation, development, and implementation of region animal care practices. Manages the region animal collection including but not including but not limited to; collection planning, department safety protocols, animal transportation plans, birth/hatch management plans, hand rearing efforts, facility work requests, exhibit design, enrichment, internship program, and all written Animal Care policies and procedures.
  • Works as a member of the curatorial team.
  • Manages staff and policy relating to the overall care and well-being of the Australia and the Islands region’s animal collection (e.g., animal health, disease diagnosis and treatment, development of husbandry protocol, animal nutrition, enrichment and other activities related to animal care).
  • Supervises Assistant Curator and staff in daily operations, issues instructions (written and verbal) for completion of all required work, selects and hires staff, determines performance standards and work objectives, evaluates staff and takes necessary actions in a timely fashion, identifies staff development opportunities and facilities those opportunities, and identifies and acts upon disciplinary issues.
  • Serves on and contributes to internal committees such as Animal Wellbeing, training, enrichment, and research.
  • Provides mentoring and leadership development for the Assistant Curator along with oversight of staff development and training.
  • Represents the Zoo in region related Animal Management matters externally and internally while providing Zoo leadership with related recommendations and direction.
  • Creates and maintains professional collaborative relationships with internal stakeholders.
  • Oversees region related animal acquisitions/dispositions including the review of recommendations, completion of paperwork, logistical preparations and physical transports.
  • Remain current with all professional standards and regulations related to Animal Management (AZA, USDA, and ZAA). Ensure Zoo compliance with all related professional standards and regulations and advises the Zoo leadership accordingly. Produces and manages policies relating to the overall care and well-being of the region animal collection (e.g., animal health, disease diagnosis and treatment, development of husbandry protocol, animal nutrition, enrichment and other activities related to animal and plant care).
  • Supervises region staff in the absence of the Assistant Curator, issues instructions (written and verbal) for completion of all required work, selects and hires staff, determines performance standards and work objectives, evaluates staff and takes necessary actions in a timely fashion, identifies staff development opportunities and facilitates those opportunities, and identifies and acts upon disciplinary issues.
  • Provides leadership and expertise in developing short-term and long-term objectives for the region animal collection, educational graphics, conservation initiatives, research and visitor amenities and services. Ensures compliance will all Zoo safety protocols and policies
  • Develops plans and ideas for improvements in the region’s animal husbandry, exhibitry, signage, horticulture/landscaping and visitor satisfaction.
  • Oversees minor maintenance, water quality testing, water changes, filter maintenance and other work related to aquatic systems.
  • Coordinates and travels on animal transports as assigned.
  • Holds weekly staff meetings within the region and attend required Zoo-wide staff meetings.
  • Submits articles to zoo related publications.
  • Acts as Curator On Duty (COD) as a part of the Curatorial staff rotation.
  • Constantly strives to further the mission of the organization and avidly supports the Columbus Zoo Family of Parks.
  • Implements sustainable practices in daily tasks whenever possible.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or equivalent required.
  • B.S. in life sciences or equivalent required.
  • Five to ten years of direct supervisory experience, preferably in a professional zoological institution.
  • Five to ten years progressive experience in the leadership of an animal care team, preferably in a professional zoological institution.
  • Knowledge of professional animal care principles, wildlife laws and animal wellbeing best practices in coordination with professional standards.
  • In depth knowledge and experience with professional standards related to AZA, USDA, and ZAA.
  • Ability to ensure institutional compliance with professional standards through the AZA, USDA, and ZAA.
  • Animal Care background with Marsupials and Birds preferred.
  • Ability to evaluate and implement change in both internal and external processes.
  • Ability to evaluate the return on investment for programs.
  • Ability to follow and be an example of institutional values.
  • Ability to develop and conduct training programs for new and existing staff required.
  • C.P.R./First Aid certification preferred.
  • 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.
  • Ability to work a non-standard workweek including non-paid overtime, weekend work, evening work as needed and be on call 24 hours a day to respond to issues related to the region as required.
  • Possession of a valid Ohio motor vehicle operator’s license and a good driving record 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.

  • How to Apply:

    Please apply online at https://careers-columbuszoo.icims.com/jobs/2116/curator%2c-australia-%26-the-islands/job

    Questions? Please reach out to Laura Straka, Human Resources, 614-724-3589, laura.straka@columbuszoo.org.

Rhino Keeper/Winery Associate
Zoo, Fredericksburg, TX

Description:

The Rhinory is a new award winning winery with Rhino Conservation as our main goal and focus. Our rhino program is at the beginning stages and it is our hope that we will grow into a breeding facility for white and black rhinos on our 55 acre property. Proceeds from the sales of wine and merchandise go to financially supporting non-profit organizations. This program was started to help conservation through the educational impact our keepers can make each day while interacting personally with Rhinory guests.

Responsibilities:

  • Care and Husbandry of 1.0 Southern White Rhino
  • Interact and educate winery guests on our mission and conservation
  • Inspect facility daily to ensure safety of animals and guests
  • Keep accurate and detailed records
  • Assist in training projects with rhino
  • Assist in veterinary care including footwork
  • Help with tasks in wine tasting room including learning wine , preparation for day
  • Learn wine and perform wine tasting for guests
  • Contribute to a safe and positive work environment for animals, guests and staff.

Qualifications:

  • Minimum of a two years paid full time exotic animal experience
  • Minimum of AA or AS or higher degree in Biology, Zoology or Animal Sciences
  • Experience with positive reinforcement training and public speaking
  • Ability to work with potentially dangerous animals
  • Ability to work in various conditions including extreme heat and cold.
  • Ability to lift, pull, push up to 50lbs. as well as standing for long hours on daily basis

  • Pay includes the opportunity for a 401K match up to $5,000 per year. The Rhinory also will provide a year-end performance related bonus.

    How to Apply:

    Please email resume and cover letter to jobs@rhinory.com

Zoo Veterinarian
Capron Park Zoo, Attleboro, MA

The City of Attleboro seeks to fill the position of Zoo Veterinarian at the Capron Park Zoo. The position is responsible for the development, implementation and maintenance for a professional, comprehensive, long-term veterinary medical program for the Zoo’s animal collection in accordance with e standards established by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, The American Association of Zoo Veterinarians and USDA APHIS.

Duties include:
Under the supervision of the Zoo Director, establishes and implements a program of preventative care with includes a schedule of annual examinations for the animal collection. Annual exams may include, but are not limited to: vaccinations, deworming, parasite checks, foot care, dental and blood work. Responsible for the provision of all necessary diagnostic procedures such as radiographs, blood analysis, and any other test to assess an animal’s condition. Established and maintains a schedule of fecal checks complete with prophylactic de-wormers or de-worming as necessary. Manages the Zoo’s Animal Hospital. Retains and updates zoo documents for controlled medication as required by FDA, AZA and USDA as well as maintains inventory and orders all supplies for the Zoo’s pharmacy. Establishes and maintains an acceptable record keeping system including but not limited to the ZIMS systems. Must train and have familiarity with all firearms housed at the Zoo in order to assist in the recapture of escaped animals. Acts as a liaison with Federal, State and local authorities in all pertinent licenses and permits of the implementation of veterinary care. Must be “on-call” for emergencies. Performs work as required.

Graduation from an accredited college of veterinary medicine with a doctorate in veterinary medicine and a license to practice veterinary medicine in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Must be able to obtain and maintain current DEA licenses.


How to Apply:

Please submit resume and cover letter to the Personnel Department, City Hall, and 77 Park Street, Attleboro MA 02703 or email: personneloffice@cityofattleboro.us

Curator of Education
Capron Park Zoo, Attleboro, MA

The City of Attleboro seeks a Curator of Education for the Capron Park Zoo who, under the supervision of the Zoo Director or Assistant Zoo Director, is responsible for coordinating, implementing, and promoting education, conservation and volunteer activities at the Capron Park Zoo.

Duties include:

  • Developing, implementing, promoting and presenting inclusive environmental, conservation, and zoo programs for teachers, schools, zoo visitors and the public.
  • Develops and maintains a master plan and strategic plan of the Education Department that supports and reflects the mission of the Capron Park Zoo.
  • Develops and promotes cooperative programming, education, research and conservation efforts with area organizations.
  • Trains and supervises the Education Department’s staff, interns and volunteers.
  • Develops and maintains education animal handling protocols which meets or exceeds AZA Animal Ambassador Handling Guidelines and Standards including all welfare assessments.
  • Designs, promotes and implements special events.
  • Maintains active presence on the Zoo’s social media platforms.
  • Maintains and updates Zoo’s website and liaisons with the webmaster.
  • Creates and prepares articles and a regularly published newsletter.
  • Performs work as related.

Must possess a Bachelor’s degree in Biology or related field and five years of experience in educational programs, or the equivalent combinations of training and experience. Considerable knowledge of curriculum development. Ability to handle exotic animals. Good oral and written skills are required.


How to Apply:

Please send resume and cover letter to the Personnel Department, City Hall, and 77 Park Street, Attleboro MA 02703 or email: personneloffice@cityofattleboro.us

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

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

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
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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.

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

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.

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

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