Available Positions

Director/Park Operations
Zoofari Parks (Virginia Safari Park, Gulf Breeze Zoo, Alabama Safari Park)

Location: Corporate Base(s) or TBD

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:

The DIRECTOR/Park Operations is a senior management position and a direct report to the CEO/Corporate Director. It is responsible for oversight of the day-to-day operations of all parks within our system, which currently numbers 3, with further expansions planned. This role will be the implementation of the corporate SOPs as well as the directives of the CEO and Board on a companywide scale, in effect serving as a corporate “compliance officer”. This position works directly with each Park Director, ensuring that they are fulfilling their respective roles and assisting as needed, providing guidance in a supportive capacity.

Our current parks employ 100 - 150 people depending upon seasonality and have total attendance of 500,000+ guests per year. Departments include Animal Care, Guest Services (Retail, Food Service, Rides & Attractions) and Facilities. Corporate positions which work together include Administration, Conservation, Vet Services and Animal Collection Management.

Much of this work will be accomplished remotely, either at one of the corporate office sites or from an additional office placement, and not necessarily on-site at the parks. As such, this job requires a person who can set and achieve goals without being prompted. Travel to the parks will be on a quarterly, or an as-needed, basis. There will be more travel in the beginning to become familiar with each facility and staff.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Compile, edit, update and distribute the company SOPs/Guidelines.
  • Streamline all SOPs and bring all parks into compliance, thus must be proficient in software programs.
  • Oversight of each Park to ensure each facility complies with corporate vision and SOPs
  • Ensures all the Parks’ policies are correctly interpreted and followed by all staff.
  • Ensure the Parks maintain all standards required to maintain national accreditation.
  • Ensure compliance with all regulatory agencies: USDA, USFWS, OSHA, state game agencies, Department of Health, DEP, and water management districts.
  • Along with Park Directors, ensure staffing models are appropriate and staffing needs are met.
  • Provide CEO with monthly reports (or more frequent if required) of each facility which will complement the financial monthly reports from Corporate Accounting department.
  • Ensure staff amenities and workplace environment is conducive to staff retention.
  • Ensure a safe workplace, following all company, federal, state and local regulations.
  • Remain up-to-date with industry best practices and trends.
  • Represent the park in a professional manner at conferences, industry meetings and in general.

QUALIFICATIONS & SKILLS REQUIRED:

  • 10+ years of proven experience in a recognized zoo and/or major attractions facility, managing and understanding park and zoo operations, with skills encompassing animal care, guest services, food service, rides and attractions.
  • BS or MBA (preferred) with an emphasis on operations and/or management.
  • Exceptional and proven leadership skills to insure smooth park operations at the management level.
  • Ability to coordinate, read, review and comprehend all monthly reports.
  • A calm, professional and experienced demeanor when handling adversity, both internally and externally.
  • Proficient in various Microsoft Office products to produce high quality reports.
  • Ability to travel between parks as necessary and required.
  • Ability to actively traverse parks while fulfilling duties.
  • Possess a strategic focus with an eye for detail and efficiency.
  • Possess a proven knowledge of industry practices and policies.
  • Possess excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong industry contacts for enhanced communications within the zoo and attractions sectors.
  • Must be a motivated self-starter who requires very limited direction.
  • Must be able to play a leadership role in the organization, representing cross-department goals thereby fulfilling Zoofari Parks overall goals and management guidelines.

Very competitive base salary with performance bonuses, and benefits including health, dental, vision care, as well as vacation, sick and comp time, 401k.

**Applicants which do not meet the first criteria for Qualifications will not receive a response.

Email resumes to: Admin@zoofariparks.com and place “DIRECTOR/Park Operations” in Subject line.
Applicants which meet a majority of the stated requirements will receive a follow-up response.

Animal Care Team: Keeper, Full Time
Animal Adventure Park, Harpursville, New York

Animal Adventure is an interactive, educational facility operating in upstate New York. We are a growing facility, with a diverse collection, home to 100 species. Keepers are assigned areas based on experience, and also cross trained to broaden abilities and skill set. www.TheAnimalAdventurePark.com

Seeking individuals with degree in zoology or appropriate sciences, prior zoological facility experience a plus. Two positions are open for immediate fill.

  • Full Time; 40 hours per week
  • Wage based on experience
  • Employer paid 401k
  • Health benefits available
  • Bonus/Incentives

Position requires:

  • Knowledge & experience of diet prep, enrichment, and other animal care essential duties
  • Intense physical labor
  • Attention to detail
  • High standard for cleanliness and care
  • Compassion & Patience
  • Sociable personality with eagerness to interact and educate guests
  • Knowledge of USDA regulations & standards

Apply by:

Sending cover letter & resume to JPatch@theanimaladventurepark.com
Include list of prior species worked with

Great Ape Position, Full-time
Gulf Breeze Zoo, Gulf Breeze, Florida

The Gulf Breeze Zoo, a 50-acre facility located in the beautiful Florida panhandle, The Zoo maintains a collection of over 900 animals including great apes, carnivores, primates, birds, reptiles and domestics.

The Gulf Breeze Zoo encourages you to apply if you are an energetic and hardworking individual who shares a passion for animal care. Great Ape Keepers work with a collection of Gorilla, Orangutans, and Ring-Tailed Lemurs.

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

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

A bachelor’s degree in an animal relevant field is strongly desired. Previous experience with exotic animals feeding, care, and exhibit cleaning/maintenance is beneficial. Experience with Great Apes or primates is preferred.

All applicants must be physically fit with the ability to lift 50 pounds comfortably and be able to work in all types of weather. Applicants must possess a strong work ethic, a willingness to learn, and excellent communication skills. Ability to follow a strict personal dress code and maintain a valid driver’s license is required.

Benefits:
Competitive salary, insurance, paid sick/vacation time and 401k options available.

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

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

Hoofstock Position
Gulf Breeze Zoo, Gulf Breeze, Florida

The Gulf Breeze Zoo is a 50-acre facility located in the beautiful Florida panhandle. The Zoo is rapidly growing and in search of a motivated individual to join our animal care team. While the position will mostly care for a variety of hoofstock. The zoo maintains a diverse collection of over 900 animals including great apes, carnivores, primates, birds, reptiles and a large petting animal area.

Currently Seeking:
The Gulf Breeze Zoo encourages you to apply if you are an energetic and harworking individual who shares a passion for animal care. We currently have 3 unique hoofstock positions at Gulf Breeze Zoo, however you may be asked to learn one or mulitple routines. You have the opportunity to care for animals in both a free-range preserve and exhibit setting, including but not limited to, giraffes, white rhinos, addax, dromedary camel, gazelle, blackbuck, Nile hippo, kangarros, and ratites.

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

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

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

All applicants must be physically fit with the ability to lift 50 pounds comfortably and be able to work in all types of weather. Applicants must possess a strong work ethic, a willingness to learn, and excellent communication skills. Ability to follow a strict personal dress code and maintain a valid driver’s license is required.

Benefits:
Competitive salary, insurance, paid sick/vacation time and 401k options available.
 
Note: Gulf Breeze Zoo is a drug free and smoke free work environment.

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

Animal Care Specialist in Bird Department
Gulf World Marine Park, Panama City Beach, Florida

Description:
We are looking for a passionate, dedicated, and hard-working member to join our bird team! We are home to 18 rescued parrots, and one African Pied Crow. The bird team is also responsible for the care of our small collection of reptiles and domestic mammals. This position will assist with the daily husbandry and care of the animals in the department, which includes cleaning and heavy lifting. The position will also help with development of the training program and our African Pied Crow encounter program. This position will also be required to engage with guests in educational chats and theatrical shows.

Responsibilities:

  • Present daily shows and presentations to our guests
  • Participate in daily training with a variety of species
  • Maintains exhibit quality standards through daily cleaning and inspections
  • Responsible for diet preparation and feeding
  • Provides new daily enrichment for all animals
  • Cooperates with vet staff for all animal health related issues, treatments, procedures, and crating
  • Keeps work area clean and organized
  • Complies with policies and procedures

Requirements:

  • Ability to lift 50 pounds and physically perform all daily chores
  • Bachelors degree or 3-4 years experience at another zoological facility
  • Knowledge of husbandry and operant conditioning
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, including weekends and holidays
  • Must have good written and oral communication skills
  • Possess a basic understanding of all the species in the Bird Department

To apply for this position please email your resume and three letters of recommendation to jenna@gulfworldmarinepark.com

Keeper 1 (full time, non-exempt)
Austin Zoo, Austin, Texas

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

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

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

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in biology or a related field is required (3-4 years of full time mammal or avian training experience at a zoo or aquarium may be considered in lieu of a degree) with specific knowledge of animal husbandry and behavioral conditioning.
  • 2-3 years (4+ years without a degree) of experience working with animals in a zoo or aquarium setting is required. Emphasis should be on animal care and exhibit and holding area maintenance. (Domestic pets do not count)
  • Must have demonstrated discipline and have a history of a consistently high degree of work quality.
  • A valid driver's license with a good driving record.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule which will include weekends and/or evenings and holidays.
  • Ability to travel when necessary, usually not to exceed four weeks at one time.
  • Ability to respond to emergencies on an on call basis.
  • Knowledge of Word Processing and Spreadsheet software.
  • Must have good written and oral communication skills.
  • Knowledge of ZIMS.
  • C.P.R./First Aid certification (preferred) or ability to obtain within 90 days of being hired.
  • Experience in the maintenance of aquariums, aquatic life support systems, and use of water quality testing equipment.
  • Ability to successfully complete a criminal history background check annually required.
  • Possess a basic understanding of all species within the collection.
  • Ability to perform all basic husbandry tasks relating to care for all species within the facility.

PHYSICAL AND MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS:

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

Send resumes and cover letters to info@austinzoo.org

Environmental Education Internship

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, Glen Rose, Texas

We are currently accepting applications for the May 17 to November 12, 2021 season. The deadline is March 1st.

Do you hope to inspire those around you with your enthusiasm for discovery and passion for wildlife and the environment? Then the Environmental Education Internship is for you! At Fossil Rim Wildlife Center you’ll promote environmental education and wildlife conservation through a diversity of compelling learning experiences, including fun interactive programs, hikes and games.

The Environmental Education Interns work with scouts, schools, families and other audiences to present a variety of educational programs including overnight camps, outreach booths, and school based activities. You will be trained in giving guided tours that explore our 7 mile Scenic Wildlife Drive, providing you, as well as our guests, with personal encounters with many of our animals.

Interns also help care for the Ambassador Animals: snakes, tarantulas, hissing cockroaches, and more! The wide variety of teaching opportunities and educational training provides the Environmental Education Intern with an exciting array of new skills and experiences to better prepare interns for their future in education.

Desired Experience, Capabilities and Educational Skills:
Undergraduate degree in wildlife management, biology, education or a related discipline is preferred. Experience working with children, the public, or in an educational setting required. You must also have a valid driver’s license.

Stipend and Housing
A $300/month stipend (for expenses) and on-site housing provided free of cost. Due to the nature and requirements of this position, Environmental Education Interns are required to live in the provided on-site housing.

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.

General Curator
Alabama Safari Park, Montgomery, Alabama

Alabama Safari Park is a 350-acre drive through zoo and and conservation center. We maintain an inventory of 800+ specimens comprised of large groups of hoofed stock as well as our “Safari Village”; which contains a petting area, lemur island, kangaroos and budgie aviary.

For the General Curator position, we are looking for a person with strong prior experience with hoofed stock and animal husbandry. Must be able to manage, train and motivate animal care staff, and overseeing breeding programs. This is a hands-on position and will require extensive time spent in the field observing both the staff and animal collection daily.

Requirements:

  • This position requires hoof stock knowledge and experience.
  • A strong work ethic, good physical condition, and a willingness to learn.
  • Minimum of 5 years paid animal care experience.
  • Maintain a non-smoking work environment.
  • Have the ability to work in all weather conditions.
  • General knowledge of operating tractors, skid steers, and trailers a plus.
  • Valid Driver’s license.
  • Must be able to work weekends and holidays.
  • Must be able to lift a minimum of 50lbs.

Our benefits package includes competitive salary ($46,000-$52,000 based on experience), vacation and sick leave, access to company assisted insurance and a 401K.

Please send your cover letter and resume to:
Chris Mogensen, Director
Email: Chris@zoofariparks.com

Internship (Fall)
ZooWorld, Panama City Beach, Florida

Description:

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

Requirements:

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

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

Accommodations:

Interns willing to complete a full 40-hour work week for a consecutive three months will be provided with intern housing at no extra cost. Housing is on a first come first served basis. To apply for this exciting opportunity please email a resume and cover letter to: curator@zooworldpcb.com and dicastil@syr.edu

Collections Operations Supervisor
Salisbury Zoo, Salisbury, Maryland

Full-time (40 hours) $44,447- $48,111 Full range of benefits

Essential Functions: Oversee the daily operation of the Zoo. Will perform routine animal husbandry duties for living collection areas as required. Document and apply standard operating guidelines for the zoological management of the living collection of the Zoo. Manage and oversee animal care staff. Collaborate with assigned staff to insure that annual safety drills and training are performed. Routinely assist in the inspection of exhibits for containment integrity and animal safety and welfare. Working with the Animal Health and Welfare Committee insure that animal training and enrichment programs are applied.

Requirements:

  • Associates Degree in Zoology, Biology, or closely related field. Bachelor’s Degree preferred; seven years of related experience or equivalent will be considered.
  • Experience in AZA accredited facility preferred.
  • Three years supervisory experience required.
  • Three years relevant experience in the carpentry or construction field or equivalent training, education, and/or experience.
  • Knowledge of standard office practices, techniques, and equipment.
  • Must obtain a valid driver’s license and CDL physical card.

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Apply: Send City application and detailed resume to below address or online at www.salisbury.md/apply along with a copy of your driving record.

Keeper, full time
Metro Richmond Zoo, Moseley, Virginia

Requirements:

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

Typical Duties:

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

Benefits:

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

Send resume to employment@metrorichmondzoo.com

Zookeeper
Wildwood Wildlife Park Zoo & Safari, Minocqua, Wisconsin


Description

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

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

Qualifications

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

Compentation and Benefits

This will be a full-time keeper position. Hourly pay during probation period then salary position.

How to Apply:

Send a cover letter and resume

Wildwood Wildlife Park Zoo & Safari

10094 Hwy 70 West, Minocqua, WI 54548

Phone: (715) 356-5588 Fax: (715) 358-3688

Email: nature@wildwoodwildlifepark.com

Exotic Animal Trainer

Triple D Game Farm, Kalispell, Montana

Triple D Wildlife is looking for a very experienced Exotic Animal Trainer with Zoo Keeper experience who is ready to care for a variety of animals, anything from wolves to exotic mammals. Will be assisting with care taking of a variety of animals depending on need. Skills required are animal husbandry knowledge, zookeeper, and experience caring for animals previously, ability to lift 50lbs, and have a strong work ethic. Requires attention to detail. Need excellent communication and documentation skills.

Required Education and Experience:
  • High school diploma or equivalent combination of education and experience, more than two years of experience in animal handling or animal care with an emphasis on training and exhibiting large animals such as Bears, Tigers and leopards.
Required Licenses and Certifications:
  • Class D Driver's License
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abillities:
  • Demonstrate basic computer skills.
  • Ability to multi-task and work cooperatively with others.
Other Requirements or Other Factors:
  • Ability to work around animals, dust and hay.
  • Physical ability to move or lift heavy loads.
  • May require working alternate shifts, holidays, weekends, or "on-call duty".
  • Person's in this position are considered essential when the Triple D Wildlife declares an emergency, etc., and are therefore required to report to work and remain on duty unless/until relieved by the direct supervisor

Please send a resume and job history to info@tripledwildlife.com

Failure to provide all job application data or a complete resume could result in an invalid submission and a rejected application. We encourage all applicants to email a resume and job history.

All positions are security-sensitive. Applicants are subject to a criminal history investigation, and employment is contingent upon the institutions verification of credentials and /or other information required by the institution's procedures, including the completion of the criminal history check. Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer committed to diversity.

Interns

Panther Ridge Conservation Center, Loxahatchee, Florida

DESCRIPTION
Panther Ridge is looking for interns to care for many species of exotic felines. We are a non-profit organization dedicated to providing exceptional care for the animals in our collection, all while supporting conservation efforts in Africa and Asia. Although we are not open to the general public, we provide educational private tours conducted by all staff and interns. Panther Ridge is currently home to over 20 cats including Cheetah, Leopard, Jaguar, Puma, Clouded Leopard, Ocelot, Serval, Caracal and Fishing Cat. Check out our website to learn more pantherridge.org

EDUCATION AND PRE-REQUISITES
Responsibilities Include:

  • Diet preparation
  • Cleaning of enclosures
  • Animal interactions/training
  • General maintenance as needed
  • Assisting with veterinary care if needed
  • Providing enrichment
  • Public interactions through tours
  • Follow safety procedures

Requirements
  • Must be working toward or have a degree in biology, zoological or a related field
  • 3 months full time exotic feline experience preferred
  • Previous training experience always a plus
  • Ability to lift and carry 40-60 pound boxes
  • 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 hardworking, self-motivated individual
  • Must work well with others
  • Must have their own reliable car

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
Start and end dates are flexible. Internships last 3 months and can be extended for the right individual. Interns are expected to work 6 days a week. Housing and a $200/month stipend will be provided.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS
To apply send a resume, cover letter, and three references to our Head Keeper sadieryan1117@gmail.com

Animal Care Internships (multiple)

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, Glen Rose, Texas

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

There are five intern positions currently available within Fossil Rim's Animal Care Department:

1) Whitfield Collins Carnivore Internship;
2) Children's Animal Center (CAC) Internship;
3) Rhino Internship;
4) Hoofstock Animal Care Internship and
5) Prairie Grouse Conservation Internship (late March / early April through July / August; March 1st deadline and interns selected on a rolling basis)

Candidates should have completed at least two years (CAC) or three years (other internships) of an undergraduate or graduate program related to wildlife management, conservation biology or a related science degree. They must also have a valid driver's license. Interns will gain practical experience caring for captive wildlife. Experiences include feeding, cleaning, endangered species management, chemical immobilization, record-keeping and many other related activities.

STIPEND AND HOUSING ARE AVAILABLE.

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

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

How to Apply
Please apply through our website. WE DO NOT accept applications via email. Click the "Apply for this Position" button, fill out the form, upload the required documents, and click the "Submit Application" button. We require a cover letter, résumé, and contact information for 3 professional references. Please specify which season you are applying for.

If you prefer to send your application by mail, the address is: Fossil Rim Wildlife Center; Attn: Intern Coordinator; 2155 County Road 2008; Glen Rose, TX 76043. You may also fax an application to 254-870-3124.

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

Reptile Keeper

Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo, New Braunfels, Texas

DESCRIPTION
Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo is looking for a motivated person to work with a wide variety of herpetological species. Previous experience with venomous snakes and large crocodilians is preferred, but not required. Other animals under the care of this position include non-venomous snakes, lizards, turtles/tortoises, amphibians, as well as some birds and mammals.

This position requires an individual with a high degree of professional experience who takes pride in work well done. Must be a proven leader, team player, and team member. The priorities for this position include attention to animal care and health, fostering a positive team environment, and accomplishing an excellent guest experience.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

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

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

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

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

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

Office Manager

Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo, New Braunfels, Texas

DESCRIPTION
Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo is looking for a motivated person to fill the Office Manager position. The Office Manager directs, leads, manages, and motivates the staff through task assignment and performance monitoring. This position is responsible for ensuring that the highest standards of animal care and visitor amenities are maintained. The Office Manager works closely with the Deputy Director to supervise all aspects of the park, specifically focusing on visitor activities, park documentation, marketing, and financial matters. This position requires high-level communication skills and the individual in this role must function well in a logistically challenging environment.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

  • Ensure proper husbandry, health and development of the Zoo's animals and associated exhibits in accordance with industry standards, best practices, ZAA Accreditation requirements, and legal requirements
  • Maintain the overall financial integrity of the Zoo by monitoring associated operating revenues, expenses, and other related financial matters
  • Plan, implement, and oversee visitor enhancing activities and events
  • Supervise all pertinent park documentation -- electronic or printed -- including, but not limited to, all animal records, polices, procedures, protocols, handbooks, guidelines, programs, purchase orders, supplies, schedules, permits, and other paperwork
  • Oversee care and maintenance of the entire animal collection following park and department SOPs and safety procedures
  • Administer all approved systems of documentation and recordkeeping to maintain accurate statistics for permitting and inspections
  • Oversee the success of programs and initiatives in education and conservation

EDUCATION AND PRE-REQUISITES
Zoological facility management experience is preferred. 
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 typing or filing.

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

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

Retail Manager

Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo, New Braunfels, Texas

DESCRIPTION
Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo is looking for a motivated person to fill a retail sales management position in the Gift Shop. Retail Managers ensure a positive experience for each customer, guarantee efficient, courteous handling of customer requests (including sales, payment/service problem resolution and informative answers to any inquiry about the facility or the animals). This position works closely with our Director in the day-to-day operations of the shop. This position requires someone who is passionate, informed and confident. The Retail Manager should be in-the-know and on-top of things like cash management, time & attendance, scheduling, event planning and opening/closing the store. Marketing knowledge will be needed for in-store merchandising and promotional activity. This is an area that is growing rapidly and our facility needs an enthusiastic, customer-focused employee.

The Retail Manager position will also need to provide fast, friendly service by actively seeking out customers to assess their needs and provide assistance. Similar to the sales associates, they must have an emphasis on department and product knowledge, providing information on product features, and knowing related items to sell an entire project (including admission tickets and animal feed). The Retail Manager must oversee the in-stock condition of the gift shop, and ensure that it is clean, shoppable, and safe.  This position will often act as the Person in Charge— they must take on the responsibility of providing a safe working and shopping environment by following all safety policies & standards, immediately correcting hazards & unsafe conditions or reporting conditions to the Director.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES:

MANAGEMENT OF STORE AND STAFF:

  • Supervise all operational aspects of the Gift Shop including, but not limited to, inventory, merchandising, stocking, remodeling, staffing, management, purchasing, receiving, and daily upkeep of the retail space
  • Able to train gift shop staff by reviewing and reiterating the Employee Handbook and other policies, as well as products and training materials; delivering training sessions; reviewing staff job results and learning needs with retail store manager; developing and implementing new product training
  • Demonstrate desired behaviors for staff including driving sales, handling difficult and/or complicated sales, cash management, inventory, and follow-up with customers
  • Providing a strong leadership presence and control in store and leading by example
  • Regularly communicates with management to discuss strengths, opportunities, and trends in business
  • Ensures all pricing, signage, and displays are correct at all times
  • Maintains inventory of merchandise through the POS system, physical counts and other necessary means (including quarterly inventory maintenance)
  • Receives regular vendor deliveries and stocks sales floor in a timely manner
  • Performs all duties as directed by supervisor
  • Work with Operations Director to create an effective schedule; cover shifts when necessary
  • Maintain safe counts and all incoming and outgoing revenue

ENSURES CUSTOMER SATISFACTION

  • Actively seek out customers to offer assistance
  • Offer a friendly greeting, smile, and make eye contact with customers, especially upon their initial arrival to the zoo
  • Show enthusiasm with the customer
  • When necessary, handle several customers at once
  • Thank customers for their business at Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo
  • Follow up with customers via telephone or email when appropriate
  • Teams up with others to ensure customer satisfaction
  • Resolve customer complaints or involve the appropriate manager to ensure customer satisfaction
  • Cooperate with other Associates when asked to help

ENSURE GIFT SHOP IS FULLY STOCKED, CLEAN AND SHOPPABLE

  • Execute daily stock maintenance: all shelves are stocked, no visible dust or ripped packaging, no damaged merchandise
  • Ensure that shelves, aisles, display units, etc. are clean, well-lit and appealing to the customer's eye

BUILD PERSONAL SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE 

  • Proactively seek knowledge on all products and services (including basic knowledge on animals, exhibits, zoo expansion and shows)
  • Maintain advanced knowledge of all products in department (including retail merchandise, admission, field trips, birthday parties and group events)

BUILD SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE OF OTHER ASSOCIATES AND CO-WORKERS 

  • Coach others regarding customer service skills
  • Practice positive thinking and constructive criticism

EDUCATION AND PRE-REQUISITES
Previous retail experience is required. Candidates will need to have good communication skills, be able to follow specific instructions and to communicate activities and observations clearly in writing and verbally. 

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

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

List a position

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

2. Email the listing to info@zaa.org

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


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