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Interpretive Specialist
Fort Worth Zoo, Fort Worth, TX

Summary:

This position is responsible for the Animal Programs Department-wide interpretive experience and assisting educational specialists in outreach programming as necessary.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Present interpretive programs throughout the zoo, including behind the scenes opportunities, animal exhibit discussions, educational programs and animal presentations
  • Assist Community Outreach Manager in designing and implementing interpretive programs as needed in conjunction with the Outreach program
  • Maintain collection of biofacts used during interpretive presentations including updating species information
  • Assist in animal husbandry in all areas of Outreach
  • Promote the Fort Worth Zoo and its objectives through various media channels and speaking events

Qualifications:

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

Education and/or Experience:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent
  • Bachelor’s degree in Education, Communications, Zoology, Biology, Wildlife Management, life sciences or related field preferred
  • At least one-year interpretation experience and NAI certification preferred

Physical Demands:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and talk or hear. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 50 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds

Work Environment:

  • The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.
  • Team oriented environment
  • Ability to work irregular hours (holidays and weekends)
  • Ability to work special events and functions as required
  • Ability to work outdoors in heat, cold and inclement weather
  • This position may be safety sensitive
  • This position may work around animals susceptible to specific diseases, thus may be subject to regular tuberculosis and rabies titer testing, and the routine use of personal protective equipment such as gloves, face masks

Benefits:

  • This is a full-time position and offers the following benefits:
  • Medical and Prescription Drug (Employee Coverage 90% Employer Paid, Dependent Coverage 55% Employer Paid)
  • Vision
  • Dental
  • Basic Life AD&D (100% Employer Paid)
  • Short Term Disability (100% Employer Paid)
  • Long Term Disability (100% Employer Paid)
  • Supplemental Life
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • 401k
  • Paid Time Off (Accrual Equivalent to 5 Weeks Per Year)
  • PTO Rollover
  • PTO Sell Back
  • Free Zoo Membership
  • Free Guest Passes
  • Discounts on Food, Merchandise, Attractions, Admission and Programs

Disclaimer:

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

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

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


How to Apply:

Please apply at https://us232.dayforcehcm.com/CandidatePortal/en-US/fwzoo/Posting/View/1849.

https://www.fortworthzoo.org/



Area Supervisor
Pueblo Zoo, Pueblo, CO

Pueblo Zoo Mission: To empower people to engage in conservation of animals and their natural habitat. Empower. Engage. Conserve.
Pueblo Zoo Vision: To be the trusted leader in our community raising awareness of the value of biodiversity and promoting conservation.
Pueblo Zoo Core Values: Animal Welfare, Conservation, Teamwork, Education, Collaboration, Community


Status: Full-time, Exempt, salaried
Reports to: General Curator
Compensation: $40,940
Benefits: Competitive benefits package including HMO and HSA-qualified health plans, a 3% employer matched SIMPLE IRA, paid time off, sick time, eight holidays, six sick days and a commitment to flexible work schedules and professional development.


Organization Overview:
The Pueblo Zoo is a vibrant, collaborative, and flexible workplace. The Pueblo Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and is home to over 200 animals representing more than 125 species. Driven by our mission to empower people to engage in conservation of animals and their natural habitat, we serve 100,000 annual visitors, provide educational outreach to tens of thousands of students, and directly support global species conservation. At its core, Pueblo Zoo values animal welfare, teamwork, education, collaboration and community. The Zoo is located in Southern Colorado and provides a great living experience in a big, small town that offers endless outdoor and cultural opportunities without the hassle of congested big city problems.


Job Summary:
This is a supervisory, working level position in animal care, following established protocols to provide outstanding animal care for species throughout the collection: food preparation, feeding, exhibit maintenance, pest control, and reproductive management. Area Supervisors (AS)’s set protocols in husbandry programs, set behavioral goals in regards to training and enrichment, work collaboratively to improve animal exhibits, and prepare and conduct both formal and informal talks for zoo guests. This is the “Green” Section which includes but is not limited to Lion, African Painted Dogs, Primates & Commissary (diets).


Duties and Responsibilities:

Animal Husbandry

  • Provide overall daily care of assigned animals and exhibits to ensure animal health, safety, and welfare, staff and public safety as set forth by AZA, USDA, and PZ to include:
    • Observe and monitor animals’ general health and behavior, reporting any abnormal behavior to a supervisor and/or veterinary staff.
    • Prepare and provide food for assigned animals, following written instructions, provide water and administer medication as instructed to ensure proper nutrition and health.
    • Clean animal exhibits, holding pens, food prep areas, and equipment, maintaining a high level of sanitation, conducting pest control activities and reporting any mechanical defects that would endanger the animal, zoo staff, and/or guests.
    • Achieve the highest standards of animal welfare and wellness by providing environmental enrichment and training sessions, using operant conditioning as applicable.
    • Participate in or assist with the capture and restraint of a variety of taxa including dangerous species.
  • Ensure that zoo wide policies and protocols are being followed in the area, including but not limited to behavioral husbandry and animal handling.

Supervisory

  • In the absence of the General Curator (GC), you will act as the Daily Supervisor (DS) in rotation with other supervisors. The DS is responsible for resolving animal related issues that exceed the normal responsibilities and authority of other animal care staff and non-animal department employees. These include, but are not limited to identifying staffing level issues, animal escape response coordination, coordinating emergency veterinarian care, and actions related to animal emergencies.
  • Act as direct supervisor of Section Keeper(s) assigned to the area. This includes, but is not limited to performance evaluations, coaching, and recommendations for disciplinary action.

Safety

  • Provide assistance with animal transfers and/or procedures as directed.
  • Follow all safety protocols and understand the animal keeper’s role in emergency procedures, responding to emergencies as required.

Communication

  • Update animal records and reports to ensure thorough documentation and enhanced knowledge of animal biology.
  • Set an example of interacting positively and professionally with animal care and veterinary staff and volunteers. Offer feedback and coaching as needed.
  • Utilize the enrichment item/device proposal form to create new enrichment ideas and items to be added to taxa repertoires and properly record the results of enrichment items after use.
  • Collaborate with other zoo personnel as needed to meet the zoo’s mission. This can include, but is not limited to, assisting and participating in media events, special tours, and public relations projects.
  • Participate in and support zoo-wide initiatives, committees, and work groups.
  • Be able to supervise and train volunteers and interns within the department as needed.

Habitat/Building Maintenance

  • Perform general maintenance and repair of exhibits: painting, repairing fences and shelters, abating erosion, planting ground cover and removing weeds.
  • Assisting with the beautification of the zoo by removing trash/debris whenever necessary
  • Other duties as assigned

Guest Relations

  • Actively encourage interest in wildlife through positive interactions with zoo guests via Keeper Talks focused on animals, biology, conservation, and environmental issues.

Knowledge, skills, & abilities:

Must possess working knowledge of similar or related work, the ability to follow written and oral directions, exercise good judgment in evaluating situations and making decisions, supervisory skills, good writing skills, and ability to keep accurate records. AS must have the ability to foresee and apply safety precautions when necessary. Must obtain a valid CO drivers license within 30 days. AS must be willing to work weekends, holidays, and occasional after-hours assignments.


Environment and Physical Requirement:

AS must possess physical strength and stamina, including lifting 50lbs, bend, climb, stoop, and reach. Requires working directly with grass hay, alfalfa, straw, and furred/feathered animals. AS will work primarily, about 75% of the time, outdoors in the heat and cold. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. This job description is intended as a guide to the general job responsibilities and is not inclusive of every duty the employee is expected to perform.


Minimum qualifications:

High school diploma (or equivalent) and 5 years zoo work experience, or 2-year college degree and 3 years work experience, or a 4-year college degree and 2 years work experience (preferred).


How to Apply:

Please send resume and cover letter to jobs@pueblozoo.org.

https://www.pueblozoo.org/



Animal Keeper
NOVA Wild, Vienna, VA

DESCRIPTION
The NOVA Wild is a newly formed zoo and safari park located in Vienna, Virginia. NOVA Wild is American Humane Certified and ZAA Accredited. We have a 12 acre walk through zoo and a 13 acre self drive through safari.
We are growing! We are seeking to hire a forward-thinking, energetic individuals on our animal care team. We are an up and coming facility seeking someone who is flexible, self starting, and willing to learn and grow with us. Preference will be given to applicants with hoofstock experience, however we have a diverse collection and keepers are trained to work in most areas of the zoo.
Keepers will work closely under the Lead Keeper and Curator to ensure high standards of animal care and welfare are met. Keepers are responsible for ensuring all daily animal care duties are performed.


DUTIES

  • Performs animal care operations with the team under supervision of the Curator and Lead Keeper.
  • Ensure animals are held to high animal welfare standards exceeding USDA, ZAA, and AH standards
  • Helps animal training, enrichment, and ambassador animal programs under direction of Lead Keepers and Curator
  • Maintains animal care reports, medical records, and adherence to animal care protocols
  • Ensures daily delivery of animal medications, diets, and enrichment
  • Reports animal behavior and medical concerns to Lead Keeper and Curators. Assists with medical procedures. Functions as a member of the animal escape and recapture team.
  • Looks forward and completes preventative habitat maintenance, creating work orders for repairs to the maintenance team. Maintains park and habitat cleanliness standards
  • Thorough knowledge of rearing animals and breeding procedures
  • Develops seasonal staff, interns, and volunteers to run assigned routines operationally
  • Operates tractors, fork lifts, seated mowers, trucks, and golf carts
  • Performs animal encounters, keeper talks, and informal guest interactions throughout the day
  • Strong communications skills, to communicate routine needs, concerns, and to handle interpersonal communication amongst other staff members
  • Performs other duties as assigned

EDUCATION AND PRE-REQUISITES

  • 1 year of animal care experience in a zoological setting
  • Higher education, with preference towards a Bachelor’s science in Biology or Zoology preferred
  • Experience speaking in public with a professional demeanor
  • Experience assisting with volunteer, intern, enrichment, and training programs preferred
  • Experience with large animal restraint, animal ambassador programs, hand-rearing, hoof care, forage programs, body conditions, gestation and or breeding periods are preferred
  • Must have the ability to work in all weather conditions, able to see color, be physically fit, able to stand/stoop/crawl/climb, able to run, and lift a minimum of 50 lbs.
  • Experience with yard maintenance machinery and power tools
  • Understanding of USDA and ZAA animal care standards
  • Valid driver’s license and able to work weekends/holidays

PAY AND BENEFITS

  • Pay is commensurate with experience, the starting rate for this position is $15
  • This is a Full Time, benefited position; health care plans, matching 401k, and paid time off are given to permanent full time employees

How to Apply:

Please send your cover letter and resume to Elizabeth Kruckow, Director of Animal Welfare at elizabeth@novawild.org.

https://novawild.org/



Summer Camp Counselors
Austin Zoo, Austin, TX

Austin Zoo is currently recruiting three Summer Camp Counselors for the 2024 summer season. The Summer Camp Counselor is a seasonal employee responsible for leading campers, ages 6-12, in inquiry-based learning activities, crafts, games, and zoo tours.


RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Enthusiastically engage campers in inquiry-based activities, crafts, and zoo tours
  • Ensure the safety of all campers by enforcing zoo camp rules
  • Demonstrate & encourage respect of zoo animals
  • Maintain zoo camp behavioral expectations with campers to ensure a fun, safe and inclusive environment for campers of all abilities
  • Build and maintain a good rapport with campers and parents
  • Assist with daily clean-up and continual organization of zoo camp classroom and supplies
  • Please note that this role does not include animal handling or care.
  • Other duties as assigned

CRITERIA:
Experience and Education: A minimum of one year of experience working with children. Completion or pursuit of a Bachelor's Degree in Education, Biology, Zoology, or related field from an accredited college or university. Previous summer camp experience strongly desired.

Skills and Aptitudes:

  • Demonstrate a passion for conservation and environmental education.
  • Enjoy working with children ages 6-12 of all abilities
  • Ability to make quick, responsible decisions and improvise when needed
  • Display a high level of patience and respond well under pressure
  • Comfortable speaking in front of large groups of people
  • Enthusiastic, creative, adaptable, patient, and able to work both independently and with a team
  • Able to communicate thoroughly, respectfully, and clearly with campers, parents, and other staff

Additional Requirements:

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

WORK SCHEDULE AND COMPENSATION:

  • Mandatory Training Dates: May 27h – May 31st 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
  • Work Schedule: Mondays – Fridays from 8:30am– 4:30pm, June 3rd – August 9th
  • $15/hour

How to Apply:

Interested candidates are encouraged to send a cover letter and resume to the Austin Zoo Education Manager at: education@austinzoo.org by April 14th 2024.

https://austinzoo.org/



Animal Care Specialist 2 - Land Animals
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Vallejo, CA

Description:
Salary: $20.00 - $22.00/HR


Essential Job Duties:

  • Feed, clean and daily husbandry of animals in Animal Care.
  • Give medication to animals as directed by Supervisor.
  • Record daily entries into logbook concerning animal care and behaviors.
  • Perform in Discovery Theater shows and act as backup during shows.
  • Walk assigned animals around park ensuring animal and guest safety.
  • Handle animals in and out of the park as needed.
  • Perform regularly in front of the public, demonstrating various animal behaviors.
  • Assist Apprentice Trainers and Handlers with proper protocol.
  • Answer guest’s questions concerning animal care, diet, etc. and other general park information in a polite courteous and informative manner.
  • Learn all essential commands and related behaviors.
  • Follow all department and park policies.
  • Assist other trainers as needed.
  • Maintain equipment and enclosures as needed.
  • Animals in collection consist of felines, domestic animals, small exotics, large hoof stock, and birds.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Previous experience as an Apprentice Trainer in Animal Care with Supervisors approval and/or minimum two years previous experience.
  • Must be in excellent physical condition and possess the mental capacities to perform the essential job duties. Must be able to lift equipment up to 50 lbs.
  • Must possess the physical dexterity to hold and maneuver equipment.
  • Must be able to walk and move quickly between different areas.
  • Must not be afraid of heights.
  • Good public speaking ability.
  • Must be able to work outdoors in all types of weather.
  • Must possess the physical and mental abilities to work with very large strong animals.
  • Must be available to work weekends and holidays.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license.

How to Apply:

Apply at: https://www.sixflags.com/discoverykingdom/jobs.

https://www.sixflags.com/discoverykingdom



Land Animal Apprentice - Discovery Theater (Paid Intern)
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Vallejo, CA

Description:
Seasonal Apprentices are responsible for the general care, cleanliness and maintenance of all land animal areas and assigned animals.
Salary: $17.00 - $18.00/HR


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.

How to Apply:

Apply at: https://www.sixflags.com/discoverykingdom/jobs.

https://www.sixflags.com/discoverykingdom



Intern Program 2024
Animal Adventure Park, Harpursville, NY

ANIMAL ADVENTURE PARK INTERN PROGRAM 2024

Animal Adventure Park is a ZAA accredited interactive educational zoological facility that is open May – December, with peak season and standard operations being May – October. Throughout this time during the year, our park becomes a booming hub of action, interaction, and education - with guests visiting from all corners of the world.

Animal Adventure Park prides itself on providing our guests with educational experiences through animal interactions. With this approach, our guests are not merely visiting our facility, they become involved in our facility, by being allowed the opportunity to remain up close and personal with our animal ambassadors.

Animal Adventure Park extends our reach beyond educating our guests, and provides educational experiences to students who have a deep interest in becoming zoo professionals. Our facility would like to open its doors to outstanding upcoming professionals that share in our passion for animals, as well as our passion for educating our guests.

We would like to begin our season offering fifteen openings for professional internships with two main rotations all interns can expect to take part in:

  • Education/Outreach: This rotation will encompass caring for our children’s zoo animals, as well as our ambassador animals. This includes domestic and exotic mammals, birds, and reptiles. The intern in this area will have the opportunity to learn from our keeper staff not only how to care for these animals on a daily basis, but also be directly involved with educating our guests during offsite and onsite shows, as well as our up-close animal encounters.
  • Park and Preserve: Animal Adventure’s unique internship program allows for interns to rotate throughout the facility, allowing them to gain experience with all of our species, and work with a variety of keepers in both facilities. These rotations have allowed for a more well rounded intern opportunity, and allowed for interns to learn from all of our staff members. Once an intern has completed a rotation through all the main areas they will be evaluated and stand out team members are given the choice to request more time in specific areas, or with a specific keeper to gain more specialized experience if they so choose. Interns assigned to rotate through the facilities will also get the opportunity to provide guest education as well.

Experience you can expect to gain while interning:

  • Learning safety procedures, diet preparation/nutrition, animal management, behavioral observation, enrichment techniques/implementation, record keeping, and assisting with exhibit maintenance.
  • Interns will also be educated on proper delivery of formal and informal public presentations that keep guests interested, engaged, and intrigued by animals and the message being delivered. Providing our guests with a deeper connection to our animals, results in interest in their wild counterparts and conservation efforts. This will be a large part of your internships at our facility; guest experience and involvement is one of our top priorities.
  • Each intern will be expected to perform daily keeper chats throughout the zoo during their internship. As well as make an approved enrichment item for an animal of their choosing. You will have the opportunity to work hands-on with our keepers and side by side with management staff to learn training and enrichment techniques, and many other “tricks of the trade.”

Interns will be expected to:

  • Maintain a safe environment for themselves, our staff, animals, and guests
  • Maintain clean and sanitary work areas, and keeper spaces.
  • Adhere to all Animal Adventure Park rules, policies, and procedures
  • Function as an integral team member of the facility
  • Assist our teams in spreading the mission of Animal Adventure Park and Preserve by approaching our guests in a confident and friendly manner to enrich their experience with knowledge of the park and our animals.

Salary: Unpaid


REQUIREMENTS

  • Outgoing, approachable and positive attitude
  • Individuals must be 18 years of age or older
  • Working on (or completed) a degree in Bio, Zoology, or other wildlife related field
  • Public speaking or performance experience preferred
  • Must be able to lift and move up to fifty (50) pounds
  • Must be available to work 40 hours per week including weekends, and holidays
  • Must be able to work while exposed to outdoor weather conditions
  • Must be able to remain active and on their feet for long lengths of time.

OTHER RELEVANT INFO

  • Candidates seeking academic credit must have arrangements agreed upon between AAP and their institution before beginning the internship.
  • All offers are contingent on the successful completion of a criminal background screening and execution of a required hold harmless/liability release agreement, and non-disclosure & confidentiality agreement.
  • Interns must have personal health insurance coverage for illness or injury.
  • At a minimum; Internships will begin June 1st, 2022 and end August 1st 2022. All candidates must commit to this schedule and be available to work a regular 40-hour work week including holidays and weekends. If a candidate would like to begin before June 1st, or stay past August 1st arrangements can be made.

How to Apply:

All qualified applicants; please submit a resume and cover letter to the Internship Program Team by March 15th, 2024. Send to Internship Program Supervisor: Kayla Burke at: kaylaaburke240@gmail.com. If you are a candidate for our internship program you will be contacted for an interview.

Thank You for taking an interest in joining our team.

We look forward to working with you in our 2024 season!


https://theanimaladventurepark.com/



Seasonal Zookeeper
Henson Robinson Zoo, Springfield, IL

Position Summary:

Under the direction of the Henson Robinson Zoo’s General Curator a zookeeper is responsible for the overall care of the animal collection, facilities, displays, and exhibits.

They are also involved in enhancing the overall guest experience and maintaining a positive work environment for all employees.

Salary: $18.37/hour onwards, per contractual wage scale


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 the AZA (American Zoo and Aquarium Association) code of Professional Ethics, Species Survival Plans, husbandry guidelines, and USDA standards.
  • Zookeepers must stay current with animal training techniques and enrichment 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 Director and General Curator, or designee.
  • Must be able to safely work in all weather conditions; including 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.
  • Seasonal Zookeepers will function as relief keepers covering areas.
  • Seasonal Zookeepers are typically laid off for 3 months.

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
  • Most be able to work with a wide range of taxa including reptiles, raptors, primates, domestic barnyard animals, and large carnivores.
  • Basic computer knowledge.
  • 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 Vision must include:
    • Seeing 20/20
    • Normal Depth Perception
  • 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:

View description and apply at https://g.co/kgs/M4jVbx5.


https://www.springfieldparks.org/locations/3/henson-robinson-zoo/springfield/facility-details



Animal Care Professional
Georgia Safari Conservation Park, Madison, GA

Description:

The Animal Care Professional is considered an entry-level position and is responsible for completing assigned daily animal care tasks as directed and trained by Animal Care Specialists. This position may occasionally be responsible for overseeing Animal Care Aides, Interns, and volunteers.


Essential Duties, Skills & Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for assigned daily husbandry routines and ability to cross train as needed (Areas include Pasture, Giraffe/Rhino Barn, Ambassador Animal Program).
  • Ability to lift fifty-five (55) pounds unassisted, navigate uneven ground, bend over, drive and ride in off-road vehicles, work in all weather conditions including extreme temperatures, etc. as the job requires.
  • Regular and dependable attendance.
  • Effective communication with Supervisor regarding professional and animal-related needs.
  • Effective listening and accountability skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Assist Specialists and Veterinary team with preventative and emergency care tactics.
  • Assist various GSCP teams as needed.
  • Willing to guide and engage tour groups for animal-related programs as needed.
  • Sound decision making and ability to adapt as situations arise.
  • Work scheduled weekends, holidays, variable work weeks as needed.
  • Collaborate with the AC team to create a safe, positive, compassionate, and healthy work environment.
  • Inclusive mindset.
  • First Aid certification or willingness to obtain it (training provided).

Education & Pre-Requisites:

  • Degree in Biology, Zoology, or related field OR 1+ years experience
  • Livestock,small mammal, and/or reptile handling experience
  • Ability to utilize various programs such as Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Detail and observation oriented with a strong affinity for up to date and accurate record keeping.
  • Ability to inspire colleagues, guests, and volunteers.
  • Ability to live within a 45-minute commute of the Park.
  • Motivation to continuously grow within the position and the field; Continuing Education opportunities will be made available. (Relevant workshops, conferences, webinars, etc. will be considered).
  • Ability to operate Kawasaki Mules, Golf Carts, assorted tour vehicles, etc. Heavy machinery experience is a plus (tractor, skid-steer, etc.), training available.
  • Collaboration in collection planning inclusive of educational, conservation, and management needs.

Physical and Medical Requirements:

  • Must be capable of standing, walking, or sitting for long periods of time (approximately 100% of their assigned shift); ability to climb stairs, bend, and stoop during the execution of duties.
  • No significant uncorrected impairment of visual or auditory ability.
  • Ability to lift and carry a weight up to fifty-five (55) pounds.
  • No allergies related to plants or animals that would interfere with the ability to work.
  • Ability to work in both indoor and outdoor environments and in all weather conditions.

Additional Requirements:*

  • Successful completion of a post-offer background check, including criminal and driving records.
  • Employees will be employed for a ninety (90) day proba onary period.
  • The Park is an Equal Opportunity Employer and provides a Smoke-free and Drug-free Work Environment.
  • *This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. Therefore, the employee may be required to perform other reasonably related duties as assigned by the immediate supervisor or other management. The Park reserves the right to revise or change job duties as business requirements dictate. It is mutually agreed that this job description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment.

Compensation & Benefits:

  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Pay: $19/hour
  • Reports to: Animal Care Specialists, General Curator
  • Benefits Offered:
    • Health insurance
    • Paid time off
    • Retirement plan
    • Dental insurance
    • Vision insurance

About Georgia Safari Conservation Park:

Georgia Safari Conservation Park is a master-planned zoological park being developed on 530 acres in rural Morgan County, Georgia, just one hour east of Atlanta. Phase I is scheduled to open in early 2024 and we are seeking an experienced animal care professional with a background in Giraffe and Rhino husbandry, regulatory requirements, and general care, to join our Animal Care Department.

Our mission is to inspire in others a greater understanding, appreciation, and connection to the natural world. We are committed to developing and promoting a unique, regional zoological culture dedicated to the conservation of threatened and endangered wildlife. We will create an environment conducive to the appreciation and understanding of animal diversity while simultaneously providing meaningful family recreation, and actively encouraging and developing an atmosphere that supports community participation and involvement.


How to Apply:

Apply with Resume and Cover Letter to employment@georgiasafari.comwith name and position in the subject line.


https://georgiasafari.com/



Zoo Day Camp Counselor (Temporary Assignment)
Ventura County Community College District/Moorpark College, Moorpark, CA

Salary: $19.32 Hourly


What You’ll Do:

Under general supervision of the Zoo Operations Supervisor, design and conduct the Junior Safari Day Camp Program and similar programs at the Teaching Zoo at Moorpark College.

This recruitment is being conducted to fill temporary, full-time and part-time assignments at Moorpark College. This recruitment is not being conducted to establish an eligibility list from which regular appointments will be made.


Where You’ll Work:

The Teaching Zoo at Moorpark College is home of the Animal Care and Training Program.

For more information, please email alisa_behar at vcccd.edu.

Minimum Qualifications: Any combination equivalent to

  • Education:
    • One year of college course work
  • Experience:
    • One year of experience working with non-domestic animals or one year of experience working with children in an organized recreational or educational setting
    • A First-Aid Certificate issued by a recognized First Aid training program
    • A CPR Certificate issued by a recognized CPR training program
    • A valid California Driver License

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Animal Care and Training certificate or its equivalent
  • Child development certificate or its equivalent

How to Apply: Email Alisa Behar at alisa_behar at vcccd.edu.


Comptroller
Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, Gulf Shores, AL


Mission: The mission of the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo is to create compelling experiences that connect people and community with wildlife; and inspire personal responsibility for conservation of the natural world. Education. Conservation. Adventure. Community.

Position: As a key member of the senior management team, this position is a department of one and reports directly to the Executive Director. Primary responsibilities are: planning, implementing, managing, and controlling the financial-related activities of the organization. This position directly communicates with Zoo employees, Board members, vendors, and auditors to provide or obtain financial information and to resolve problems or issues. The Comptroller maintains vendor, bank and bond accounts as well as the internal operating accounts of the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo. Work is evaluated through meetings, budget, time constraints and results achieved.


Key Responsibilities of the Comptroller:

  • Responsible for the accounting of the non-profit Zoo
  • Improve systems and procedures and initiate corrective actions
  • Prepare financial statements monthly and formulate a report for the Director and the Board
  • Prepare budgets- annually and as needed for Bond reporting
  • Prepare and utilize a transparent accounting system allowing for proper checks and balances
  • Review all bond requirements and ensure they are being adhered to and reports budgetary items and other information to the bond holders and on EMMA when required
  • Ensure that the organization maintains 501c3 status
  • Perform a variety of fiscal accounting tasks including maintenance of accounts payable, accounts receivable, daily sales, donor records, accounting records, payroll, and the preparation and analysis of various financial reports
  • Comply with all federal, state, and local requirements regarding payroll, bond, and not-for-profit status.
  • Remain knowledgeable of changes in federal, state, and local laws that would impact operations.
  • Ensure that effective internal controls are in place to ensure compliance with GAAP and applicable federal, state, and local regulatory laws and rules for financial and tax reporting
  • Participate in key decisions as a member of the senior management team, including attending weekly staff meetings, reviewing contracts, operational policies, benefit offerings, personnel policies, third party partner selection, endowment and sponsorship agreements and other development policies (i.e. naming) to provide input from a financial perspective
  • Implement operational best practices
  • Understand and mitigate key elements of the Zoo’s risk profile
  • Formulate ways to improve efficiency and increase revenue

Department Duties:

  • Accounting
    • Keep records of revenue/ expenditures for all Zoo departments in Quickbooks.
    • Manages sales deposits of incoming funds entry from all customer payment systems
    • Performs monthly sales tax reporting and payments
    • Performs all payroll tax filing and payments
    • W2 and 1099 preparation
    • Implement finance and accounting operational best practices.
    • Maintain a chart of accounts
    • Ensure that the Zoo’s records of all revenue/ expenditures of all Zoo departments are kept in compliance with the Zoo’s Record Retention policy.
    • Administers and manages the online p-card system including transaction and cumulative limits for all authorized p-card holders
    • Maintain payroll information by designing systems; directing the collection, calculation, and entering of data
    • Prepare information of all financial accounts to present to an external auditor for annual review
    • Understand, monitor, and mitigate key elements of the Zoo’s risk profile including insurance coverage.
    • Look for opportunities to reduce costs through improvements to operational efficiency
    • Responsible for the analysis of and compilation of the Zoo Foundation, Inc.’s annual budget by collaborating with the Executive Director and Senior Staff.
    • Maintain financial records for unrestricted, temporarily restricted, and permanently restricted gift funds to ensure compliance with gift restrictions
  • Bond Management
    • Ensure monthly debt service payments are made promptly
    • Watch markets and make recommendations regarding possible refinancing/ reinvestment opportunities
    • Maintain all Zoo Bond documents and records
    • Provide required reports and participate in quarterly Bond calls
    • Respond to any additional bondholder financial information requests
    • Ensure compliance with all bond requirements, covenants, and continuing disclosure requirements
  • Zoo Foundation, Inc. Board
    • Attend all Zoo Board meetings
    • Prepare financial statements monthly and report the results of operations to the Zoo Director and respond to any questions of the Zoo Board at the regular monthly meetings
    • Create cash flow models and monitor reserves to assess and predict cash needs of the organization through the annual business seasons/cycles
    • Perform analysis of Zoo financial information to monitor operations
    • Track Board member terms, and facilitate collection of all annual Board paperwork (Conflict of interest and other signed policies).

Education/Experience:

  • BS in Accounting, or Finance required
  • MBA highly desirable
  • CPA highly desirable
  • Eight to ten years of progressive accounting experience is required
  • Experience with “for cause” non-profit entities is required

Software Requirements/Equipment Requirements:

  • Proven competency in the application of Microsoft Office, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel and computer programs is required
  • Proficiency in QuickBooks and Intuit required
  • Knowledge in Google Drive sharing is a plus
  • Must have the ability to use mobile devices, computer, fax, scanner, phone and copy machine

Physical Requirements:

  • Remain in a stationary position, often standing or sitting for prolonged periods of time
  • Maintain concentration/ focus on tasks
  • Executes tasks independently
  • Ability to communicate and exchange information with others
  • Light work that includes moving objects up to 20 lbs

Environmental/Working Conditions:

  • Ability to work under and handle stress in an appropriate manner required
  • Long hours are sometimes required including evenings, weekends, and holidays
  • Candidates must be able to work effectively with minimal supervision and approach all encounters with employees and guests in a friendly, service-oriented manner

Benefits:

  • We offer group health, dental, and vision plans after 60 days of employment
  • Paid Life Insurance policy for the individual.
  • 40 hours of paid time off, 40 hours of vacation, and 7 paid holidays per year to start
  • $62,000- $65,000 Annually (depending on experience)
  • A community of white sandy beaches and blue water

Personal Attributes:

Strong interpersonal skills, ability to communicate and manage well at all levels of the organization. Rigorous, analytical with high attention to detail. Must be a contributor to creating great guest experiences!


How to Apply:

Please send resumes and cover letters (include where you saw the posting) to: Ruthie Taylor humanresources@algulfcoastzoo.org

https://www.alabamagulfcoastzoo.com/



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


Description

Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo is looking for a motivated person to work with domestic and exotic hoofstock, small mammals, and birds. Previous experience preferred.

This position requires an individual with a high degree of professional experience who takes pride in work well done. Must be a proven team player and team member. The priorities for this position include attention to animal care and health, excellent observation and documentation skills, 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
  • Educating visitors through educational shows and private encounters
  • 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.

At least one year of experience in a zoological setting 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 raking and shoveling.


Education and Pre-Requisites

This is a position that involves working on weekends and holidays.

Compensation commensurate with experience.

Job Type: Full-time


How to apply

Qualified applicants may submit a cover letter and resume to:

caseym@hczoo.com

and

Deputy Director
Jarrod Forthman
jarrodf@hczoo.com

https://www.awsfzoo.com/



Communications/Membership Coordinator (remote)
Zoological Association of America, Punta Gorda, FL

About ZAA:

The Zoological Association of America (ZAA) is the fastest growing nonprofit accrediting organization dedicated to responsible wildlife management, conservation, and education. ZAA currently accredits more than 60 zoos, aquariums, and preserves across North America, serves close to one thousand members, and funds dozens of in-situ conservation projects around the world. Our focus is to advocate for our members, wildlife, and profession; educate our visitors and community; and conserve wild animals and wild places!

We offer a fast-paced environment and empower staff to bring and implement new ideas and strategies for growth and continuous improvement. ZAA is currently seeking a positive and skilled person to work with a dedicated team and membership to build a stronger community and increase brand recognition.


Position Description:

The Communications/Membership Coordinator position is a full-time fully remote exempt salaried position with occasional travel (i.e., attending ZAA conferences). This position reports directly to the Executive Director and is part of the ZAA Administrative Team, working with the Administrative Assistant, Accreditation Coordinator, the Board of Directors, and ZAA Committees. The primary role is to develop and implement a strategy to promote ZAA via professional internal and external communications and to grow ZAA membership. Some duties include: to manage all ZAA social media accounts, produce and publish the ZAA quarterly magazine, create press releases, and assist with the generation of ZAA’s annual report. Additionally, the Communications/Membership Coordinator will be responsible for PR/Marketing, in cooperation with the ZAA PR/Marketing Committee, to attract new and retain current members, as well as collaborating with the ZAA Conference Committee to produce successful, meaningful, and exciting midyear and annual conferences to boost membership. Additional duties may be assigned.


Job Responsibilities:

  • Internal Communications (20%)
    • Regularly meet with the Executive Director
    • Create member and committee updates
    • Membership communications
    • Coordinate with appropriate committee chairs
  • External Communications (40%)
    • Maintain ZAA website
    • Post and respond to ZAA social media
    • Create press releases
    • Electronically publish quarterly ZAA Magazine
    • Produce ZAA marketing materials & conference communications
    • Generate ZAA annual report
  • Conference Duties (30%)
    • Representing ZAA locally, nationally, and internationally as required
    • Accompanying conference site visits
    • Promoting and attending the Annual and Mid-Year Conferences
  • Additional responsibilities: (10%)
    • Working with Executive Director on special projects
    • Attending in-person board meetings as required
    • Other duties as assigned

    Requirements and Expectations:

    • Bachelor’s degree in communication, marketing, or similar
    • Two years minimum experience in organizational communication, PR, marketing
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills
    • Expected to work remotely 40 hours/week; 50+ hours/week in-person during conference weeks
    • Ability to travel up to fifteen days per year for events
    • Access to secure high-speed internet
    • Impeccable time management and organizational skills
    • Ability to work with a wide range of personalities
    • Ability to professionally handle last-minute changes and other stressful situations
    • Experience in the zoological industry preferred
    • Experience working with nonprofit organizations preferred

    Benefits:

    • 80 hours PTO/year
    • Six paid holidays
    • Healthcare benefit
    • Paid travel
    • Incentives for organizational growth

    Compensation Range: $50-60K annually, dependent on experience.

    Applications accepted: Jan 22-Feb 5, or until needs have been met.


    How to Apply:

    Please email resume, cover letter, and any questions to jobs@zaa.org.


    https://www.zaa.org/



Veterinarian
Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch, San Antonio, TX

Position Summary: Full-time, 40 hours per week. Under the supervision of the Vice President. Perform work with exotic animals. Salary per year $98,176.

Minimum Requirements: Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine plus Bachelor of Science in Zoology. At least 1 year of experience in Zoology or related field working with exotic animals.

Regular Duties:

  • Examine, diagnose, and treat exotic animals, including but not limited to: Cheetahs, Rhinos, Giraffes, Antelope, Oryx, various small primates, Ostriches, and other hoofstock (ungulate) species.
  • Monitors animal health issues, behavior, and eating habits.
  • Communicating with breeding facilities to gain and share knowledge regarding genetics and behavioral patterns.
  • Develops, coordinates, and implements preventive health surveillance, analysis, and nutrition programs.
  • Manages inventory of veterinarian equipment and supplies.
  • Manages Zoo health treatment and prevention programs.
  • Assures that Zoo operations meet state and federal compliance regulations regarding the health and wellbeing of the animals.
  • May be required to respond afterhours, including holidays and weekends, in the event of a departmental emergency
  • Supervises the work of Veterinary Technologists and Technicians.

How to Apply:

Email resumes and questions to tiffany@wildliferanchtexas.com.


https://www.wildliferanchtexas.com/



Veterinary Technician/Quarantine Keeper
NOVA Wild, Reston, VA

General Description

The Veterinary Technician and Quarantine Keeper reports directly to the zoo veterinarian and to the Director of Animal Welfare. Assists, prepares and performs laboratory testing on various samples as directed. Assists with animal procedures, coordinates with animal nutritionist, assists with medical record keeping, and quarantine animal management as directed. Employees have access to controlled substances in the performance of their job duties. Therefore, employees are required to not have any previous felony convictions related to a controlled substance.


Important and Essential Duties

  • Provide direct assistance to the veterinarian as requested during the performance of all veterinary procedures including anesthesia, surgery, routine exams, radiographs, euthanasias, necropsies, etc. 
  • Perform clinical pathology tasks and sample preparation including, but not limited to hematology, serum chemistries, microbiology, parasitology, urinalysis, and cytology.
  • Dispense medications with proper labeling, prescribed by the veterinarian and administer treatment as directed. Maintain an inventory of all drugs/supplies, ensure expired materials are disposed properly, and follow all USDA/ZAA/DEA/OSHA regulations.
  • Keep the Veterinary Room clean, stocked, and fully functional. This includes the maintenance, disinfection, and sterilization of medical equipment.
  • Serve the veterinary team in being the primary technician caring for all quarantined animals and keeping the quarantine facility clean and orderly, including minor maintenance and groundskeeping.
  • Assist in hand rearing neonatal animals.
  • Coordinate diet changes with nutritionist under the direction of the Director of Animal Welfare.
  • Maintain accurate medical records and assist with entering records into Animal Care Software and filing into individual medical charts and files.
  • Assist in animal immobilization and emergency response team; proficient in darting and other emergency response protocols.
  • Operating motorized vehicles around zoo grounds as well as potentially transporting animals.

Other Job-Related Duties

  • Perform other job related duties and responsibilities as assigned.
  • Skill to:
    • Safely operate a motor vehicle.
    • Maintain and operate veterinary equipment for anesthesia, x-rays, ultrasound, endoscopy, microscopy, laser, blood analysis, cytology and chemical immobilization.
    • Administer pharmaceuticals accurately by a variety of methods, including by pole syringe and darting.
    • Operate a computer for email use, medical recordkeeping, and medical supply ordering.
  • Ability to:
    • Work in a variety of environments in order to provide care to the entire animal collection.
    • Willingness to work weekends and holidays.
    • Work a flexible work schedule, including being on-call for emergencies.
    • Respond calmly during an emergency event.
    • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
    • Maintain confidentiality of medical records.
  • Experience:
    • Professional experience working with exotic animals in the zoo field, preferred.
    • Familiarity with ZAA, USDA, and OSHA standards.
  • Education/Training:
    • A high school diploma or GED is required.
    • A two (2) year degree or higher from an accredited college or technical school in Veterinary Technology or its equivalent is preferred.
  • License or Certificate:
    • A valid current Virginia driver’s license; the ability to obtain one within ninety (90) days of employment, or a military waiver is required.
    • Out of state LVT certifications will be required to obtain a Virginia LVT within six (6) months of employment.
  • Special Requirements:
    • Exposure to the outdoors, radiation, zoonotic diseases, potentially hazardous chemicals, narcotics and biohazard waste.
    • Occasional travel for animal transport.

How to Apply:

To apply, send resume to elizabeth@novawild.org.


https://novawild.org/



Vice President of Legal Affairs
Columbus Zoo, Columbus, OH

Overview

Oversees the legal aspects of our business, safeguards our reputation by guaranteeing that the company strictly complies with legal guidelines and gives legal advice to management about all relevant issues for the Columbus Zoo Family of Parks (“CZFP”).


Responsibilities

  • Give accurate and timely counsel to executives in a variety of legal topics (labor law, partnerships, international ventures, corporate finance etc.).
  • Collaborate with management to devise efficient defense strategies.
  • Specify internal governance policies and regularly monitor compliance.
  • Research and evaluate different risk factors regarding contracts, business decisions and operations.
  • Leads levy committee administrative strategies to include responsibility and review of all legal documents related to the levy campaign.
  • Apply effective risk management techniques and offer proactive advice on possible legal issues.
  • Communicate and negotiate with external parties (regulators, external counsel, public authority etc.), creating relations of trust.
  • Draft and solidify agreements, contracts, and other legal documents to ensure the company’s full legal rights.
  • Deal with complex matters with multiple stakeholders and forces.
  • Provide clarification on legal language or specifications to everyone in the organization.
  • Conduct all work with integrity and responsibility.
  • Maintain current knowledge of alterations in legislation.
  • May assume the role of CZFP spokesperson before the media and within the community to gain public understanding and acceptance of the Columbus Zoological Park Association as needed.
  • Acts as Director on Duty as assigned.
  • Constantly strives to further the mission of the organization and avidly supports the Columbus Zoo Family of Parks.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in law or Juris Doctor (JD) degree.
  • Active license to practice law and/or membership in the Ohio State Bar.
  • 5 years proven experience as Legal Counsel in a business environment.
  • Experience with collective bargaining a plus.
  • Excellent knowledge and understanding of corporate law and procedures.
  • Full comprehension of the influences of the external environment of a corporation.
  • Demonstrated ability to create legal defensive and proactive strategies.
  • High degree of professional ethics and integrity.
  • Sound judgment and ability to analyze situations and information.
  • Superior verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Excellent time management skills with a proven ability to meet deadlines.
  • Strong research, analytical, and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and to delegate them when appropriate.
  • Ability to function well in a high-paced and at times stressful environment.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite or related software.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including evenings, weekends and holidays required.
  • Ability to provide excellent guest service by interacting positively with guests and upholding CZFP’s customer service (Make it G.R.E.A.T.) standards required.
  • Ability to develop and maintain cooperative working relationships with all CZFP 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 state issued 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 successfully complete a criminal history background and credit check required.

How to Apply:

View full description and apply at https://careers-columbuszoo.icims.com/jobs/2522/vice-president-of-legal-affairs/job.


https://www.columbuszoo.org/



Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Access, and Belonging
Columbus Zoo, Columbus, OH

Overview

This position is the “conductor” of all aspects of the Columbus Zoo Family of Parks (“CZFP”) Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Access, and Belonging (“DEIAB”) initiatives, programs, and culture. This position is a highly visible and strategic role and will be the primary point of contact for the DEIAB Committee, CZFP executive leadership team for all DEIAB-related work. This role will work cross functionally to plan, coordinate, and promote the CZFP’s DEIAB initiatives and ensure alignment with the Organization’s mission.


Responsibilities

  • Serve as the CZFP’s overall DEIAB point of contact with the full support and active involvement of the CZFP’s leadership, President & CEO, the CZFP’s executive leadership team, and volunteer board to educate and integrate DEIAB into all aspects of our business.
  • Partner with key internal stakeholders and departments to continue to review, develop and implement policies and practices that foster a more diverse, equitable, accessible, and inclusive environment at the CZFP, considering both internal and external guests and community members.
  • Review, track and synthesize data on established metrics and potentially create new ones to measure progress in DEIAB initiatives.
  • Identify areas of opportunity to effectively integrate DEIAB into the structure, strategy, and function of the organization through areas like organizational goals, strategic planning, and departmental planning.
  • Responsible for creating and presenting new ideas and concepts that continue to build upon the positive momentum and increased awareness of CZFP leaders and employees on DEIAB matters by continuing with established trainings, workshops, programs, resource groups, etc.
  • Work with CZFP leadership on insights and current or innovative initiatives/activities/practices to embed DEIAB into recruitment, retention, compliance, marketing, communications, external relationships and partnerships, events and sponsorships, grants, and supplier diversity.
  • Proactively identify emerging internal and external matters to improve the CFZP DEIAB initiatives.
  • Create internal and external opportunities to engage in DEIAB initiatives that will advance our standing within the Central and Southeastern Ohio community.
  • Partner with the Human Resources Department to align and ensure DEIAB practices are embedded into every Human Resources-related process and policy at the CZFP.
  • Serve as the coordinator of the CZFP’s DEIAB Committee, including scheduling meetings and creating meeting agendas and content.
  • Be actively involved in the zoo and aquarium industry, for example, serving as a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquarium’s Diversity Committee and working with the Association of Minority Zoo and Aquarium Professionals (“AMZAP”).
  • Collaborate and partner with the other DEIAB professionals within community organizations.
  • Perform related duties and responsibilities as assigned or required.
  • Assists SVP of HR with succession planning.
  • Acts as Director on Duty as assigned by the CEO.
  • Maintains confidentiality of employee records/information.
  • 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.

Qualifications

  • High school diploma or equivalent required.
  • Bachelor's degree in related field or equivalent experience required.
  • Three to five years of experience leading DEIAB efforts is required, preferably with prior experience successfully implementing DEIAB efforts within a highly matrixed organization/company.
  • Experience with and knowledge of applicable laws, regulations, policies, guidelines, and innovation related to DEIAB.
  • Ability to collaborate with a wide array of people at all levels and departments.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, with specific emphasis on the ability to facilitate complex and difficult discussions about DEIAB topics. Demonstrated ability to translate organizational needs into DEIAB strategies.
  • Ability to listen actively and effectively.
  • Capability to manage complex situations with a high level of tact and diplomacy.
  • Strong understanding of organizational processes.
  • Ability to create and deliver effective training and programming to ensure transfer of learning to all levels of organization.
  • High emotional intelligence and the ability to communicate in a clear and concise manner.
  • Ability to evaluate and communicate what financial resources may be needed to enhance the CZFP DEIAB efforts.
  • Knowledge of DEIAB industry benchmarks.
  • Familiarity with zoos, aquariums, conservation organizations and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (“AZA”) is preferred.
  • Ability to effectively manage and influence change in a large and complex environment.
  • Proficient in modern technology including but not limited to word processing and spreadsheet programs required with experience in Office 365 (Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, Publisher).
  • 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 interacting with guests positively and upholding the customer service standards for Make it G.R.E.A.T. required.
  • Ability to develop and maintain cooperative working relationships with all CZFP 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 state issued motor vehicle operator’s license and a good driving record required.
  • Ability to adhere to the Columbus Zoo Family of Parks 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 and credit check required.

How to Apply:

View full description and apply at https://careers-columbuszoo.icims.com/jobs/2520/director-of-diversity%2c-equity%2c-inclusion%2c-access%2c-and-belonging/job.


https://www.columbuszoo.org/



Facilities & Grounds Maintenance Technician
Georgia Safari Conservation Park, Madison, GA

Description:

Under the direction of the Director of Facilities & Grounds Maintenance, this employee provides daily maintenance and repairs for the Georgia Safari Conservation Park (the “Park”). This includes, but is not limited to: vehicles, buildings, lighting/sound equipment, HVAC, fences, animal habitats, and other structures as assigned; restrooms, operations and event buildings, grounds, planters, structures and fences. This position is critical to creating a positive first impression and overall welcoming experience for visitors to the Park.


Essential Duties, Skills, and Responsibilities:

  • Perform general maintenance duties as directed by supervisor, including, but not limited to: repairs to structures and equipment, cleaning and maintenance of same, painting, construction, digging, organization of storage areas, maintain light/sound/cameras/HVAC, tree/limb removal, disposal of trash/recycling, monitoring integrity of animal, visitor and perimeter barriers.
  • Provide support for special events and rentals as scheduled or requested. This may include affixing lights, moving equipment, staging, parking, and other duties as requested.
  • Assist with affixing and maintaining all Park graphics.
  • Utilize Park vehicles and equipment to complete assigned duties, including mowers, blowers, tractors, bush hogs, brush cutters, track loader with various attachments, ATVs, UTVs, various trailers, hand tools, and power tools.
  • Aid in clearing grounds of environmental debris, ice and/or snow; prepare Park for and monitor impact of inclement weather.
  • Monitor health of plants and trees on and surrounding the Park campus; aid in clearing weeds, fallen branches/leaves, and compromised trees. Develop an understanding of plant toxicity to animals to maintain a safe environment for the animals, and to aid in providing animal care staff with browse, limbs, and other resources to aid in husbandry goals.
  • Storage, inventory and ordering of necessary equipment and supplies.
  • Schedule daily operational duties, special projects, and preventative maintenance.
  • Monitor state of grounds, buildings, structures and fences; relay any repairs needed to supervisor. Ensure repairs/modifications are completed.
  • Assist with projects as requested or assigned.
  • Ensure familiarity with duties/tasks checklists: Daily, Weekly, Monthly and Annual.
  • Ensure all equipment and vehicles are in good condition and functioning properly. Report any issues to supervisor and ensure repairs/modifications are completed in a timely manner.
  • Aid in maintaining storage areas, workspaces, shop and grounds in a neat and orderly fashion. Develop new strategies to improve storage, transfer, and care of equipment.
  • Learn correct use and maintenance of radio equipment.
  • Assist and participate in all departmental activities, including meetings.
  • Aid in monitoring the well-being of the animals throughout the day; report any concerns to supervisor and Animal Care staff.
  • Maintain proper reporting and records when required, in-line with Park protocols.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Maintenance Technicians will:

  • Assure work, equipment, work areas, and self, represent the Park in a safe, clean, professional, and orderly manner at all times.
  • Adhere to Park, OSHA and other regulatory safety standards, procedures, and safety protocols.
  • Maintain high standards of cleanliness and order throughout the campus. Oversee waste disposal and recycling activities, insuring compliance with environmental regulations.
  • Recognize that animal welfare is one of our key measures of health and well-being for each individual animal. As such:
    • Report any behavioral issues, by animals, visitors or staff/volunteers that you believe is concerning or adversely affecting an animal’s well-being.
    • Maintain safe distances from animals and exhibits while completing duties.
    • Communicate with animal care staff when entering or exiting buildings/areas where animals are housed or have access.
    • Will not interact with the animals unless in the company of animal care staff and provided with specific permission and guidance.
  • Prepared to respond to emergency situations, including severe weather events, equipment failures, or other emergencies following Park Emergency Protocols.
  • Adhere to appropriate uniform/dress code protocols.
  • Maintain a professional attitude at all times while representing the Park.
  • Possess a task-oriented, problem-solving attitude, willing to lead by example.
  • Remain open to suggestions from staff on improving the Park’s work environment, while aiding other staff in working towards our mission.
  • Demonstrate personal flexibility, ensuring a progressive, dynamic work environment.
  • Readily communicate concerns and propose solutions.
  • Provide excellent guest experiences.

Education and Pre-Requisites:

  • Strong interest in care of buildings and grounds, with a minimum of three (3) years of experience. Experience with related equipment and vehicles preferred. Priority given to candidates holding applicable training, certifications or licenses.
  • Goal-oriented, exhibiting good follow-through and time management skills.
  • Ability to work weekends, evenings and special events as scheduled or requested.
  • Ability to operate all equipment necessary to perform duties.
  • Basic ability to repair and maintain Park equipment, structures and facilities.
  • Ability to relate positively with a diverse staff and diverse groups of visitors.
  • Able to follow written and verbal instructions and work with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to perform basic math.
  • Able to regularly engage in all physical requirements and lift/carry a minimum of seventy (70) pounds using appropriate body mechanics.
  • Able to actively work in inclement weather conditions year-round.
  • High school or GED diploma, or equivalent combination of training and/or experience required.
  • Must submit to a background check, drug screening, and must have a valid, current driver’s license.
  • Must being willing to receive TB test annually.
  • Must be at least twenty-one (21) years of age.

Driving requirements: Must obtain and maintain a valid Georgia driver’s license upon employment.

Work Environment/Physical Demands::

The physical demands and working conditions described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical Requirements - While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; lift heavy objects; sit; use hands to manipulate, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls; talk, see, hear and smell. The employee is required to reach and stretch with hands and arms; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee may be required to endure extremes in temperature and may work in hazardous environments where personal protective equipment is required. Requires full range of body motion, manual and finger dexterity, and eye-hand coordination; requires the ability to use department equipment, to communicate effectively; requires standing, walking, sitting (possibly for long periods of time) and performing repetitive tasks (including working on the computer) for up to the entire workday; requires the ability to lift/carry up to seventy (70) pounds using appropriate body mechanics.

Visual, Hearing and Communication Requirements - Requires corrected vision and hearing to within normal range, with or without reasonable accommodation. Must be able to communicate effectively in verbal and written form with all levels of personnel within and outside of the organization.

Environmental Conditions - Working in a closed office environment and an outdoor environment. Workspace may be shared. Working conditions may be noisy with fluctuating indoor and/or outdoor temperatures. Subject to exposure to animals or guests which may have the potential for physical aggression. May be exposed to a risk of bodily injury through contact with moving instrumentation, toxic substances, bodily fluids, animal attack, communicable diseases, outdoor weather conditions and other conditions common in a Safari Park environment. Subject to unpleasant odors. May be exposed to wet/humid/sunny conditions.

Pressure Factor - Requires working under stressful conditions. Moderate pressure to meet scheduled and recurring deadlines.


Misc.:

This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. Therefore, the employee may be required to perform other reasonably related duties as assigned by the immediate supervisor or other management. The company reserves the right to revise or change job duties as business requirements dictate. It is mutually agreed that this job description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment.

Employees will be employed with a ninety (90) day probationary period.

The Park is an EOE and provides a Smoke-free and Drug-free Work Environment


Schedule: The Park operates seven (7) days a week and will require flexibility of scheduling employees.

  • 5 days of 8-hour shifts or 4 days of 10-hour shifts
  • Day shift and Special Event Evenings
  • Holidays
  • Weekend availability

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Job Type: Full-time
  • Pay: $16.00 - $22.00 per hour determined by experience
  • Benefits:
    • Vision insurance
    • Dental insurance
    • Retirement plan
    • Paid time off
    • Health insurance
  • Probationary Period: All new hire employees enter employment with a ninety (90) day probationary period.

How to Apply:

Resumes can be submitted to: employment@georgiasafari.com.


https://georgiasafari.com/



VIP Tour Guide/Animal Care Aid
Georgia Safari Conservation Park, Madison, GA

Georgia Safari Conservation Park offers an exclusive behind-the-scenes touring experience, led by the VIP Tour Guide. The VIP Tour Guide is responsible for taking guests on an educational and entertaining journey where they get an up-close encounter with our giraffe, rhino and our ambassador animals and a private safari experience. As a VIP tour guide, you play a key role as a representative of our Park. Your primary responsibility is to serve as a Park Ambassador and private guide, ensuring that guests participating in the VIP tour program receive an exceptional and unforgettable experience throughout their visit to our Park. During periods when tours are not scheduled, your secondary responsibility will involve supporting the Animal Care team. In this capacity, you will serve as an animal care aid, supporting the team in the day-to-day care of our animal collection.

About the VIP Tour: The VIP Tour at Georgia Safari Conservation Park is an exclusive three-hour curated experience tailored for parties of up to eight guests. This exclusive program encompasses a guided safari tour in one of our VIP safari vehicles, a private encounter with giraffe and rhino, an in-depth behind-the-scenes tour of our giraffe and rhino barn, and an extended animal encounter featuring our ambassador animals.

The ideal candidate will have a fun and engaging personality, a passion for people and animals and a desire to create memorable experiences for others.


Pay: $18/hour

Full-Time or Part-Time Position

Benefits: Staff discounts for overnight lodging merchandise, concessions, and other Park amenities. Full-time positions include paid time off, health insurance, and participation in a 401K savings plan after 3 months of employment.

Reports to: General Curator


Description and Essential Responsibilities:

  • Impeccable guest service and public speaking skills.
  • Valid driver’s license with a proven clean driving record.
  • Ability to work outside in a variety of weather conditions.
  • Knowledge of animal natural history and passion for sharing this knowledge in a fun and respectful manner.
  • Ability to interpret animal behavior and safely guide the public around animals during tours (training provided).
  • A Passion for people, wildlife, conservation, and environmental education.
  • Ability to safely operate a variety of safari touring vehicles.
  • Ability to lift 40lbs unassisted, navigate uneven ground, bend over, drive and ride in off-road vehicles, work in all weather conditions including extreme temperatures, etc. as the job requires.
  • Regular and dependable attendance.
  • Assist Animal Care team as needed in various areas.
  • Assist various Park guest services teams as needed.
  • Sound decision making and ability to adapt as situations arise.
  • Work scheduled weekends, holidays, special events and variable work weeks as needed.

Preferred Qualifications, Education, and Experience

  • Detail and observation oriented with a strong background in guest/animal interactions.
  • A minimum of 6 months of experience working with large animals.
  • Ability to lead and inspire colleagues, guests, and volunteers.
  • Ability to live within a 1-hour commute of the Park.
  • Motivation to continuously grow within the position and the field.
  • Ability to operate Kawasaki Mules, Golf Carts, assorted touring vehicles, etc. Heavy machinery experience is a plus (tractor, skid-steer, etc.), training available.
  • Collaboration in planning of education and guest service needs.
  • Emergency First Aid certification (CPR, AED, etc.) or willingness to obtain it

If you are passionate about wildlife and enjoy educating and entertaining guests with your knowledge and enthusiasm for animals and conservation, we invite you to apply for the position of VIP Tour Guide at Georgia Safari Conservation Park. Join us in making a positive impact on the world of wildlife conservation and sharing the wonders of the animal kingdom with others.


About Georgia Safari Conservation Park

Georgia Safari Conservation Park is a master-planned zoological park being developed on 530 acres in rural Morgan County, Georgia, just one hour east of Atlanta. Phase I is scheduled to open in early 2024.

Our mission is to inspire in others a greater understanding, appreciation, and connection to the natural world. When fully developed, our park will bring three attractions together on one site: a guided African game drive, a 100-acre traditional walk-through exhibit area, and luxurious overnight Lodging. We are committed to developing and promoting a unique, regional zoological culture dedicated to the conservation of threatened and endangered wildlife. We will create an environment conducive to the appreciation and understanding of animal diversity while simultaneously providing meaningful family recreation, and actively encouraging and developing an atmosphere that supports community participation and involvement.


How to Apply:

Apply with Resume and Cover Letter to employment@georgiasafari.com.


For more information on our facility, please visit our website at https://georgiasafari.com/



Hoofstock Team Lead Keeper
Tanganyika Wildlife Park, Goddard, KS

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.

The most successful keepers at Tanganyika enjoy sharing their love of animals with our guests, relish in the opportunity to be creative, are constantly looking for ways to make improvements within their circle of influence, enjoy working on a small team, and take pride in their work.

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

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


Hoofstock Team-

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

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


Supervisor Responsibilities:

  • LMA - Leadership, Managements and Accountability
  • Schedules
  • Oversees animals in your department with regards to wellness, health, training, enrichment, daily care and all related documentation.
  • Works collaboratively with all departments of the Park for continual growth and development of the team, animals and the facility.
  • Diet Changes
  • Supply Lists
  • Routine Coverage

Requirements:

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

Desired skills, experience, and individual qualities:

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

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Starting hourly rate of $16.00/hr with pay modifiers for previous FT Keeper or training experience
  • Year round, full-time position
  • Professional development program that allows Keepers to improve their skill set and earn additional pay compensation
  • Health, Dental and Vision Insurance
  • Supplemental Insurance
  • HSA
  • 401K
  • PTO starting at 90 days
  • In-House Discounts
  • Free admission to TWP for yourself and family

How to Apply:

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


For more information on our facility, please visit our website at https://twpark.com/



Veterinary Technician
Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium, Pittsburgh, PA

Department: Animal Health

Reports To: Lead Veterinary Technician

FLSA Status: Salaried, Exempt

The Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium is looking for a Veterinary Technician to join their Animal Health department team. Candidates must be dynamic and detail-oriented people who excel in building relationships, customer service, and are team players. Candidates must also value and exercise the zoo’s core values of inclusion, innovation, excellence, inspiring wonder, respect and building connections. This position will join a team consisting of a Director of Animal Health, two associate veterinarians, two licensed veterinary technicians and a department administrator.

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 & Aquarium is home to over 8,000 animals representing 600 species and 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.

Pittsburgh was recently named by Livability.com as one of the top 10 cities to live in the US.


Job Summary: Assists the veterinary staff in the day to day operations of the animal health department.


Essential Job Functions:

  • Assist the veterinary staff during medical and surgical procedures
  • Monitor anesthesia during procedures
  • Process laboratory specimens
  • Assist in radiology
  • Enter and maintain medical record
  • Participate in animal restraint and treatment
  • Fill prescriptions
  • Keep track of hospital inventory and controlled substances
  • Housekeeping
  • Implementation and organization of research and all other duties as assigned and directed
  • Must be able to work outside in a variety of weather conditions
  • Must be able to work both independently and as a team member
  • Ability to take directions and make independent decisions when required
  • Triages medical cases and provides care for animals housed in the Animal Care Center
  • Operates a variety of remote drug delivery equipment
  • Conducts necropsy examinations
  • Maintains PA veterinary technician license in good standing
  • Organizes and spearheads the monthly deworming program

Other Functions:

  • Performs all other duties as assigned and directed

Education/Experience/Knowledge/Skills:

A minimum of two years clinical veterinary technician experience, experience in zoo, wildlife, or exotic animal practice is desirable. A bachelor’s degree in veterinary medical technology, animal science, or zoology is desirable. Candidate must have a degree from AVMA accredited veterinary medical technology program. Candidate must have knowledge of Microsoft word and Excel; database and ZIMS experience is a plus. Must acquire Pennsylvania veterinary technician license within six months of start date; valid driver’s license is required, along with the ability to drive a commercial van.


Physical Requirements:

Manual dexterity is required to operate machinery, restraining devices, including personal computer, fax machine, copier, etc. 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 weekends, evenings and holidays as required.


How to Apply:

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to: HR@pittsburghzoo.org. Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium is an equal opportunity employer.


For more information on our facility, please visit our website at https://www.pittsburghzoo.org/



Animal Care Specialist—Texas Horned Lizard and Avian
Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, Glen Rose, TX

Starting hourly pay $16.50 and up based on experience

Summary/Purpose of Position: This position will work primarily in the Avian department and with the Texas horned lizard (THL) collection. This is a species that undergoes brumation and for the breeding season this employee will be 100% THL, with Avian staff coverage on his/her days off. During brumation, this employee will help out in other areas of the Avian department, and also at the Children’s Animal Center.


Specific/Mandatory Duties: This person will be responsible for, but not limited to:

  • The daily routine of the Texas horned lizards—animals and facilities.
  • Daily visual inspections of the collection, weighing as needed, feeding several times throughout the day, maintaining the feeder insect collection, including termite traps and collecting various species of ants to supplement the collection.
  • Monitor and maintain small appliances: lights, misters, refrigerator temp/humidity, heat lamps, lighting, etc.
  • Record daily statistics for each lizard and the overall THL program: temperature ranges within enclosures, humidity, monitor photoperiod, substrate conditions and activity levels of the THL throughout the day. Seasonal changes. Recognize and adjust husbandry parameters daily as appropriate to match the needs of the THL population.
  • Secondary coverage of Avian department and the Children’s Animal Center
  • The daily routine at the Children’s Animal Center. Coverage for when there is no intern, and for (extended—e.g. vacation) days off by the supervisor of the area.
  • The Children’s Animal Center has some great herps too. California king snake, barred tiger salamander, African spurred tortoise, ornate box turtle, Sonoran Desert tortoise and Texas tortoise.
  • Facility maintenance and repair as needed.
  • Assist with maintaining the Attwater’s Prairie Chicken (APC) enclosures during the offseason by helping with weed eating and removal of Bermuda grass and juniper branches.
  • Clearing and maintaining roads and picking up deadfall throughout the center.
  • Spray Round-up under the hotwire around the flights and on the invasive thistle and nightshade.
  • Well versed in the APC program, CAC and Animal Care specifics and FRWC in general.
  • Physically able to lift and carry 55 pounds.
  • Ability to spend up to 2/3 of the workday standing/walking.
  • Ability to work outside in weather ranging from extreme heat (+100 degrees) to extreme cold—(below freezing) and in wet conditions.
  • Ability to operate small maintenance equipment e.g., chainsaw, weed trimmer, mower and hand tools, and to be trained on tractors. Backhoe and dump truck, if necessary.
  • Ensure compliance with Employee Handbook, Risk Management Plan, all other safety rules & procedures, the company vision, mission and goals.

The secondary responsibilities: Minor responsibilities with APC chick rearing. The person who fills this position will not be a part of the seasonal chick rearing team, but a year-to-year knowledgeable individual who will assist as needed with different aspects of the daily routine as time permits. Daily responsibilities of the Children’s Animal Center during absences of the supervisor and between interns, including occasional work with the supervisor to continue to stay trained in the area. All coverage of these areas by this position will be coordinated through the Avian Curator, Hoofstock and Rhino Curator, and the Director of Animal Care.


Skills and Education Requirements:

  • Must be able to understand and follow directions.
  • Primary contacts will be the Avian Curator, internal staff members as necessary to carry out general duties of the position.
  • Must have a driver’s license and be over 21 years of age.

Work Requirements:

  • A full 40 hour work week requiring flexibility. Weekend days will be included in the work week, but will have two consecutive days off.
  • Available to work on holidays as needed.
  • May be required to work extra hours.

Qualities required:

  • Dependability
  • Flexibility
  • Honesty
  • Self-motivation
  • Attention to detail
  • Dedication

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.


For more information about Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, visit their website at https://fossilrim.org/



Facilities Maintenance Manager
Columbus Zoo, Columbus, OH

Responsible for the supervision of personnel performing preventative and general maintenance related to electrical, plumbing, carpentry, and HVAC/refrigeration at the Columbus Zoological Park Association properties.


Responsibilities

  • Directs and coordinates activities of Maintenance personnel engaged in the preventative and general maintenance, inspection and repair of all electrical distribution and lighting systems equipment, natural gas distribution systems and equipment, potable and non-potable water systems and equipment, storm and sanitary sewer systems, water and sewer treatment plants, buildings and facility mechanical systems, refrigeration equipment, painting and performing structural repairs to masonry, and marine exhibit life support systems and controls and exhibit areas.
  • Uses electronic work order system to review job orders, determines work priorities, and schedules those orders to effect greatest utilization of labor and materials.
  • Provides necessary follow-up with personnel to ensure that jobs have been successfully completed.
  • Ensures all department expenses are within budget through constant monitoring.
  • Plans, develops, and implements new methods and procedures designed to improve operations and minimize operating costs.
  • Develops and implements preventative maintenance programs based on the manufacturer’s requirements and best practices.
  • Inspects buildings, facilities, and equipment to determine need and extent of service.
  • Prepares and conducts performance reviews, ensures safety and equipment training is available, and identifies development opportunities for staff, recommends corrective actions when appropriate and interviews/recommends candidates for hire and/or internal promotion or transfer.
  • Negotiates costs and project scopes with vendors.
  • Prepares schedules for work completion.
  • Conducts daily planning meetings with Maintenance personnel.
  • Attends daily/weekly meetings as required.
  • Participates in cross-training activities as directed.
  • Works with Purchasing to ensure that adequate supplies are always on hand using the most cost-effective methods available.
  • Manages department purchasing through electronic purchase order program.
  • Prepares necessary paperwork (e.g. purchase requisitions, check requests) for payment to outside contractors.
  • Maintains a cooperative working relationship with the other Facilities managers and supervisors to ensure the effective operation of the entire Facilities Department.
  • When applicable, monitors and distributes chemical supply products and follows standardized usage guidelines and safety information as set by the Material Data Sheets to Facilities.
  • Ensures the safety of self, staff, animals, and guests through regular participation in safety training and activities, compliance with standard operating procedures and proper operation and maintenance of equipment.
  • 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.
  • Technical school graduate in related field preferred.
  • Undergraduate degree in related field (e.g. engineering, building management) preferred.
  • 5 years of general maintenance experience required.
  • 5 years of supervisory experience required.
  • Working knowledge of trades and building systems required.
  • Basic plumbing, welding, fabricating, carpentry, construction, and engineering skills preferred.
  • Knowledge of blueprints, weights, properties, conversion tables, surveying and mapping preferred.
  • Working knowledge of tools and equipment used in trades, maintenance and construction work required.
  • Knowledge of building materials and supplies required.
  • Ability to plan work schedules and to deal effectively with supervisors and subordinates required.
  • Experience with computers and Windows software preferred.
  • 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 interacting with guests positively 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 state issued 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 at https://careers-columbuszoo.icims.com/jobs/2506/facilities-maintenance-manager/job.


For more information on our internships and to apply, please visit our website at https://www.columbuszoo.org/



Intern
Panther Ridge Conservation Center, Loxahatchee Groves, FL

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 501(c)3 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 27 cats including Cheetah, Leopard, Jaguar, Puma, Clouded Leopard, Fishing Cat, Ocelot, Lynx, 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.


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.


How to Apply:

Please send resume, cover letter, a letter of recommendation and 3 references to the Animal Curator sadieryan1117@gmail.com.


To learn more about Panther Ridge Conservation Center, visit https://pantherridge.org/



Life Support Systems and Water Quality Keeper
Columbus Zoo, Columbus, OH

Operates, maintains, and repairs the Animal Care department’s life support and water quality systems.


Responsibilities

  • Operates monitors and ensures proper functioning of all equipment vital to the operation of Animal Care exhibit water quality and life support systems and exhibit water features (e.g., lab equipment, pumps, valves, filters, ozone generators, backwashes, generators).
  • Communicates daily with co-workers and curators regarding LSS and water quality issues as they relate to animal health and exhibit function/appearance. Works closely with co-workers to monitor and maintain nitrogen cycling in new and empty tanks, and to ensure all scheduled and unscheduled water changes, transfers and tank-drop procedures are completed safely and efficiently. This may include but is not limited to monitoring and performing the following analyses: salinity, pH, temperature, ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, copper, sulfate, ORP, hardiness alkalinity, dissolved oxygen, phosphate, turbidity, chlorine, and other parameters as assigned by curators.
  • Will serve as a spotting diver when only one diver is in water.
  • Maintain efficient operation of backwash recovery system and water reclamation to reclaim at least 95% of marine systems. Prepares and maintains saltwater batches and water transfers on large systems.
  • Performs minor service and repairs to LSS equipment/systems including but not limited to water pumps, ozone equipment, meters/monitors/probes/sensors and associated calibrations, air blowers, and air prep units, water towers and vessels, water chillers and heat exchangers, valves, LSS plumbing, filters, and generators.
  • Troubleshoots water chemistry problems by recommending and adding chemicals, synthetic seawater and reclaimed seawater to tanks as needed to maintain appropriate levels and responds to life support system alarms.
  • Maintains accurate records of water quality testing and life support reading/activities and generates reports/recommendations (e.g., repairs, purchases, supplies) based on the information.
  • Coordinates with and assists Facilities Department with major repairs; preventative maintenance service; and, on water quality and life support equipment.
  • Maintains an inventory of back up LSS equipment, parts and supplies to facilitate regular preventative maintenance service and minor repairs.
  • Assures safety of self, animals, co-workers, and visitors by observing safety guidelines around the animals, equipment, and vehicles.
  • Utilizes chemical supply products and follows standardized usage guidelines and safety information as set by the Material Data Sheets and makes recommendations to curator staff on compliance related issues.
  • Attends region meetings and participates in developmental seminars (e.g., remains current on job skills) and workshops as required.
  • Provide input to head keeper and curator staff on all aspects (e.g., water quality, safety, life support systems) of the region.
  • Provides educational information about the region’s animal population through such activities as interacting with the public, conducting keeper talks, conducting tours and workshops, attending docent meetings, composing articles for zoo publication, and conducting volunteer trainings.
  • Participates in cross-training as directed.
  • Establishes and maintains contacts with other keepers outside of the Columbus Zoo, field researchers and other specialists as required.
  • Provides leadership to other Animal Care team members and departments on water quality and life support issues as required.
  • 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 chemistry, biology or relevant field required. Four years of relevant experience may be substituted for a degree.
  • Six months’ experience as LSS/Water Quality Keeper preferred.
  • Experience in the maintenance of aquariums, aquatic life support systems, and use of water quality testing equipment preferred.
  • Thorough understanding of biological, mechanical, and chemical filtration systems including ozone mechanics, ORP, chlorine injection, biological filters, rapid sand filters, and the ability to trouble shoot these types of systems required.
  • Skills in LSS plumbing, minor electrical, fiberglass repair, and light carpentry preferred.
  • Knowledge of spectrophotometers (e.g., HACH) and multiprobe mini-sonde (e.g. hydrolab, YSI) preferred.
  • Proficiency with computers required with MS Office software experience preferred.
  • Ability to perform strenuous physical work required.
  • Ability to develop and deliver informational presentations to small, medium, or large groups required.
  • S.C.U.B.A certification required or ability to obtain S.C.U.B.A certification within one year of employment.
  • Ability to pass Dive Program annual swim test required.
  • Ability to pass Dive Program physical exam required.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including evenings, weekends and holidays required.
  • Ability to be on an on-call basis 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 interacting with guests positively 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.

How to Apply:

Please apply at https://careers-columbuszoo.icims.com/jobs/2501/life-support-systems-and-water-quality-keeper/job.


For more information on our internships and to apply, please visit our website at https://www.columbuszoo.org/



Events and Promotions Coordinator
Columbus Zoo, Columbus, OH

Plans, executes, and evaluates on-site and off-site events and promotions (ranging from 140 to 20,000+ guests) with the guest experience in mind for the purpose of driving attendance, increasing revenue and brand awareness for the Columbus Zoo Family of Parks (“CZFP”).

Responsibilities

  • Efficiently and effectively plans, executes, and evaluates on-site and off-site events and promotions (ranging from 140 to 20,000+ guests) with the guest experience in mind for the purpose of driving attendance, increasing revenue and brand awareness for the Columbus Zoo Family of Parks. This work would include but is not limited to organizing event details (venue, vendors, entertainment, food, supplies and décor), driving design direction for event collateral (print and digital), and managing communications with vendors/sponsors/guests and all internal departments.
  • Establishes and maintains relationships with vendors and/or community partners.
  • Promotes events via advertising and works closely with the communications team to utilize variety of communication tools to publicize events including but not limited to providing work direction for graphic designs, social media posts, and website event descriptions.
  • Prepares/distributes event operations plans to internal departments to ensure awareness and request/finalize any departmental needs.
  • Maintains a working knowledge of the complex individual needs of each event and promotion.
  • Ensures each event is kept on budget and revenue and expenses are accurately tracked.
  • Creates/manages evaluations (internal and external) of each event with budget efficiency, overall guest satisfaction, and gathered/suggested improvements to better/enhance future events.
  • Conducts market research on current event trends and possible opportunities to introduce to the Columbus Zoo Family of Parks.
  • Provides event reports as requested to the Director of Events and Promotions.
  • Provides interview support, work direction, and supervision to the Events and Promotions seasonal team.
  • Hosts events on weekends, weekdays, evenings, and holidays as necessary.
  • Functions as a strong team member of the Events and Promotions Department, as well as assisting in other areas as assigned.
  • 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.

Requirements:

  • High school diploma or equivalent required.
  • Undergraduate degree in business administration, marketing, communication, or related field, or equivalent experience required.
  • 2-3 years of special event planning experience preferred.
  • Excellent organizational skills required.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office software required.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with sometimes stressful situations required.
  • Ability to multitask and handle numerous events of varying sizes and styles at one time 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 with great attention to detail in an efficient and cost-effective manner and without direct supervision required.
  • Ability to provide excellent guest service by interacting with guests positively and upholding the Make it G.R.E.A.T. standards required.
  • Ability to develop and maintain cooperative working relationships with all Columbus Zoo Family of Parks 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 state issued motor vehicle operator’s license and a good driving record required.
  • Ability to adhere to the CZFP’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.
  • Knowledge of CaterEase event planning and catering software, Social Tables event software, Accesso Passport reporting software preferred.

How to Apply:

Please apply at https://careers-columbuszoo.icims.com/jobs/2509/events-and-promotions-coordinator/job.

For more information on our internships and to apply, please visit our website at https://www.columbuszoo.org/



Animal Experiences Specialist (AES) Team
Tanganyika Wildlife Park, Goddard, KS

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!

Animal Experiences Specialist (AES) Team

The AES team is responsible for a variety of animal experiences and encounters throughout the park including our behind the scenes tours, meet and greets, birthday party ambassadors, and offsite programs. This position is not only responsible for the guest facing side of the experiences like sharing facts, but also the animal training that takes place during and in between experiences. This team loves getting creative and innovative, working to find ways to connect guests to our animals! The AES team also works closely with zookeepers in the other Care Team departments to improve our already extensive animal training program. As part of the AES team you will have the chance to train with a variety of animals, including lizards, tortoises, small mammals, penguins, sloths, macaws, porcupines, otters, and more!

If you love training and creating special connections between guests and animals, then this position is perfect for you!


Basic duties include:

  • Create a special connection between guests and animal conservation through fun, safe, and informative experiences with the goal of them wanting to continue supporting our conservation efforts by giving back to the park.
  • Be knowledgeable about ambassador species and stay updated on their conservation status.
  • Talk about animal ambassadors and answer questions during experiences.
  • Train new and maintenance behaviors in accordance to training protocols.
  • Assist zookeepers in training sessions and provide feedback for ensuring consistency in training methods.
  • Evaluate each training/ambassador session and record in Animal Care Software.
  • Maintain cleanliness of Meet & Greet room.
  • Occasionally assist other Care Team departments with husbandry.

Requirements:

  • Combination of education and hands-on experience that provides the required skills for the position
  • Basic understanding of operant conditioning and positive reinforcement training
  • Excellent public speaking and customer service skills
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and meet deadlines
  • Ability to work long hours, weekend, weekdays, holidays, and everyday
  • Ability to stand and walk for up to 8 hours per day with frequent stooping and bending
  • Ability to routinely lift up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift up to 50 pounds
  • Desire to grow as a team member, animal keeper, and human being

Desired skills, experience, and individual qualities

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

Compensation and Benefits

  • Starting hourly rate of $14.00/hr with pay modifiers for previous FT Keeper experience
  • Year round, full-time position
  • Health, Dental and Vision Insurance
  • Supplemental Insurance
  • HSA
  • 401(K)
  • PTO starting at 90 days
  • In-House Discounts
  • Free admission to TWP for yourself and family

How to Apply:

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


For more information on our internships and to apply, please visit our website at https://twpark.com/



Keeper
Tanganyika Wildlife Park, Goddard, KS

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

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

We’ve developed an objective level and pay system that puts growth (both financial and personal) directly in the hands of the keepers and provides a transparent pay system. We have a competitive benefit package that is growing and improving each year: offering a 401(k) with match, multiple health insurance options, dental, vision, paid time off, and accident insurance.

Here are some of the departments currently hiring:

BREZ Team

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

If you love watching baby kangaroos take their first hops or enjoy seeing the thrill when kids hear 50 guinea pigs squeak all at once then this is the team for you!


TMC Team

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

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


Hoofstock Team

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

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


Primate Team

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

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


Commissary

The commissary team is responsible for coordinating animal diets! This includes daily diet preparation, tracking product usage and ensuring products are re-stocked as needed. This person will also ensure proper storage, handling, and food stock rotation to prevent unnecessary food waste and assure USDA and ZAA standards are met.

Do you enjoy slicing and dicing fruits and veggie? Even better, does creating mouthwatering masterpieces for the animals that call Tanganyika home light you up? Then this is the position for you!


Carnivore Team - Previous carnivore experience required

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

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


Requirements:

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

Desired skills, experience, and individual qualities

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

Compensation and Benefits

  • Starting hourly rate of $14.00/hr with pay modifiers for previous FT Keeper experience
  • Year round, full-time position
  • Health, Dental and Vision Insurance
  • Supplemental Insurance
  • HSA
  • 401(K)
  • PTO starting at 90 days
  • In-House Discounts
  • Free admission to TWP for yourself and family

How to Apply:

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


For more information on our internships and to apply, please visit our website at https://twpark.com/



2024 Keeper Internship
Tanganyika Wildlife Park, Goddard, KS

Tanganyika Wildlife Park in Goddard, KS, is looking for hardworking, self-motivated, dedicated animal care staff. Tanganyika prides itself on providing wildly different experiences for its guests and being stewards for all animals in our care.

Tanganyika Wildlife Park has a set of core values that help guide our team to be leaders and help our team improve and continue to meet our goal of becoming a destination park for visitors and a great workplace. 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 the giraffe routine and learning how to educate guests. You’ll gain first-hand experience working hands-on with the animals at the park and 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. 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 must spend the season with us. Did we mention we also have fantastic team members you’ll spend your days with?


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

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

How long is the internship? February 19th – November 10th 2024**

**We are also hiring for a summer internship from May 25th to August 10th, 2024. We will be making a separate job posting in March for this position

What hours will I be working? Hours will vary, but interns should expect to work 30 paid hours on Encounter Stations and 10 hours volunteering each week. The unpaid hours will allow you more time helping in your favorite animal area, one-on-one time with keepers, training, or aiding 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.

Requirements

  • 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:
  • 18 years of age or older before the start of the internship
  • Preference is 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
  • A willingness to engage in 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 every day

Desired skills, experience, and individual qualities

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

Compensation and Benefits

  • $10.25/hour and guaranteed 32 hours/week
  • In-House Discounts
  • Free admission to TWP for yourself and family

How to Apply:

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


For more information on our internships and to apply, please visit our website at https://twpark.com/



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

Must be 21 years of age at the start of the internship!


Application Deadlines:

  • SPRING (February – June) - Deadline is October 1st.
  • FALL (July – November) - Deadline is April 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.

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

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.


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



Animal Care Internships (multiple) - TEXAS
Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, Glen Rose, TX

Must have graduated from college before starting internship! (Only exception is CAC internship)

Must be 21 years of age at the start of the internship!

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


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

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

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

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

STIPEND AND HOUSING ARE AVAILABLE.

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


Semester times are:

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

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


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, résumé, and contact information for 3 professional references. Please specify which season you are applying for.


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



Keeper/Trainer Position
Lion Habitat Ranch, Las Vegas, NV

Are you a self-starter and looking for a facility where you are asked your thoughts on how to take the facility to the next level? Do you have a sarcastic sense of humor and like to work on a team that is able to laugh through even the difficult moments in the day? Look no further than the Lion Habitat Ranch.

We are a growing non-profit facility and are working on more events and potentially opening another day in the week in the future. This year we have brought in an outside consultant for team development, we have added exponentially onto our enrichment program, and we have lions pushing the record for oldest living lion (24!).

The position of Keeper/Trainer is a full-time, hourly position (five, eight hour days per week). Responsibilities include daily care, weighing, preparing diets, cleaning, training and exhibit maintenance for our zoo population including lions, a giraffe, psittacines, ratites, tortoises, and our adorable guard dog Diesel. All keepers work with the entire animal collection. This position also requires a lot of guest interaction. A standard day would start with your typical feeding/cleaning/maintenance and the later half of the day you would spend sharing stories with guests about our animal family.


Qualifications for the Keeper/Trainer include:

  • Experience/Education: High School Diploma or GED. Bachelor's degree is preferred. Experience working at a similar facility and basic knowledge of operant conditioning are a plus.
  • Physical Efforts: Must be in good physical health and able to bend, reach, lift, push, pull, or carry at least 50 lbs in a desert environment that includes extreme heat, dust, extreme cold (winter), etc.
  • Communication/Interpersonal Skills: Applicants must be outgoing, creative, confident, self-motivated, and work well independently, as well as with others. Applicants must have good stage presence and the ability to work in a fast-paced, labor-intensive environment.
  • Vaccinations: Must be fully vaccinated for Covid-19.

Compensation:

  • $14-$16/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.


http://www.lionhabitatranch.org/



Assistant Animal Care Curator – Rhino Savanna
The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, Palm Desert, CA

Where Vision Meets Action: Join The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens!

We are on a mission to redefine the future of zoos, push boundaries, and give a powerful voice to desert wildlife conservation. If you are passionate about animal well-being, visionary leadership, and driving positive change in the world, then keep reading!


About Us:

We are not your ordinary zoo; we are the Zoo of the Future! Our groundbreaking vision reimagines the role of zoos in desert wildlife conservation. The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens has been at the forefront of wildlife conservation and education for over half a century. The climate of the Southern Californian desert naturally makes us leaders in animal well-being as our animals enjoy an optimal climate in immersive habitats year-round.

Our commitment to preserving the earth's most precious treasures has led us to envision a place where wildlife thrives, and people connect with nature in ways they never imagined.


The Role: Leader of the Future.

As an Assistant Animal Care Curator, you will play a pivotal role in shaping the next generation of zoos. This is an opportunity to be part of a bold and innovative team that is redefining the way we care for, interact with, and protect wildlife.

You will cultivate, nurture, and lead a passionate and dedicated team of animal care professionals and educators in creating a future where every visit is a journey of discovery and conservation action.

Here, you have a voice and the ability to make changes fast. You’ll be involved in high level conversations and action, and groundbreaking well-being advancements.


Assistant Animal Care Curator – African Safari (Rhino Savanna): What You’ll Do

As our program expands, so must our team! Be a part of North America’s only multispecies black rhinoceros habitat housing various African species of bird and antelope, in addition to our rhinos. The area also includes brand new warthog, cape porcupine, mongoose, and naked mole-rat habitats. As an innovative institution and a leader in wildlife husbandry and conservation education, we are excited about the future of our black rhino breeding and care program.

This position reports to the Animal Care curator of African Safari and is one of two assistant curators managing the large dynamic area. This position specifically manages the Rhino Savanna portion of African Safari but will work throughout African Safari area. We are looking for a candidate who will actively move animal care and well-being into the future, while becoming an integral part of both the African Safari and Animal Care leadership teams.

Conservation Leadership: Assist our efforts to save some of the world’s most intriguing and endangered desert species through cutting-edge conservation programs and innovative projects that push the boundaries of wildlife conservation and education.

Animal Care Excellence: Revolutionize animal care by elevating our quality daily care, husbandry and behavioral management.

Visitor Engagement: Create immersive, educational, and unforgettable “best day ever” experiences for our guests, igniting their passion for desert wildlife conservation.

Team Development: Inspire and mentor a diverse team of professionals, fostering a culture of innovation, excellence and empowered leadership.

Community Outreach: Collaborate with local and global organizations to drive conservation awareness and action.


What You’ll Bring:

  • Be a change catalyst with gumption to lead us forward.
  • A deep understanding of animal husbandry, conservation, and sustainability.
  • A passion for educating and inspiring guests about desert wildlife and conservation.
  • A commitment to creating a brighter future for zoos and for our planet.

Perks of the Job:

  • Work from a shiny new $10 million office complex within a stunning 80-acre desert oasis campus nestled in the heart of the beautiful Coachella Valley between mountains and with easy access to ocean, lake, and city life.
  • The ability to spearhead projects that revolutionize animal care, habitat design, and conservation efforts.
  • This is a salary position starting range $64,480-$66,144, with a planned increase starting 1 Jan 2024 per new California Law, and a medical/dental/vision benefit package paid for by the zoo.
  • The potential of an annual cost of living adjustment, bonus, and merit-based increase opportunities.
  • Be part of an inclusive culture and dynamic team that's shaping the future of zoos.
  • Enjoy unique opportunities to interact with incredible animals and make a real impact on wildlife conservation.

How to Apply:

To apply, visit our website http://www.livingdesert.org/careers and submit your resume, three professional references, and a cover letter detailing why you're the perfect fit for the Assistant Animal Care Curator position.

Desert conservation through preservation, education, and appreciation – The Zoo of the Future Awaits!


http://www.livingdesert.org



Animal Care Keeper – Multiple Positions
The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, Palm Desert, CA

Position Summary:

The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens Animal Care Keeper is responsible for providing the highest quality daily care, husbandry, and behavioral advancement of a defined portion of The Living Desert’s (TLD) animal residents and habitats.

The Animal Care Department is expected to support the Zoo in its mission “to support desert conservation through preservation, education and appreciation.” The team embraces a forward-thinking vision of a modern zoo and inclusive culture. The Animal Care team strives to be a strong, cohesive team working to deliver uncompromising excellence in animal care, welfare, and guest engagement while working for the greater good of the zoo and its mission. Each Animal Care Keeper is encouraged to lead from where they are, bring innovative ideas forward and provide a high level of well-being for each individual in their care.


Wildlife Connections Animal Care Keeper

The Wildlife Connections keeper oversees a diverse range of animals located throughout the zoo and supports the Animal Department’s culture of providing conservation connections with our guests through demonstrating the natural behaviors of the animals. The connection animals are comprised of a variety of birds, mammals, and reptiles. This team member should foster enthusiasm, demonstrate strong guest engagement skills, have an energetic presence, and be able to work in a fast-paced environment. Wildlife Connections keepers demonstrate exceptional public speaking and performance skills to conduct both formal and informal presentations throughout the park. This is a key guest interactive position that requires creativity and the confidence to inspire guests through a revised and modern approach.


African Safari Animal Care Keeper

The African safari keeper oversees animals located throughout the zoo and supports the Animal Department’s culture of providing conservation connections with our guests through demonstrating the natural behaviors of the animals. The African Safari area is comprised of a variety of ungulates, birds, and some carnivores. This team member should foster enthusiasm, demonstrate strong guest engagement skills, have an energetic presence, and be able to work in a fast-paced environment. The Animal Care team is expected to demonstrate skills in both formal and informal presentations throughout the park and taking time to interact with guests.

We are looking for candidates that mesh with the Africa team. The African Safari keepers work with all Africa area animals including black rhinoceros, giraffe, African painted dogs, various birds, and other ungulates. Depending on experience and skills, successful candidates may have the opportunity to specialize in one of the six strings to help focus on moving our habitat/ecosystem management philosophies forward. All African Safari keepers will be cross-trained in all animal sections to help move breeding, training, management, and well-being programs forward.


Nutrition Center Animal Care Keeper

The Nutrition Center keepers will work in both the existing Nutrition Center and the Chaiken Nutrition Center at Outpost barn. These keepers will be responsible for daily diet preparation for the 600 animals in the zoo, inventory, ordering, receiving, and following USDA and AZA regulations. These keepers will be proficient in food preparation skills including knife work, accuracy of diets, and have a basic understanding of caloric amounts for most food items. They will work mostly independently to maintain accurate inventory and keep food items in stock while being at or under budget. Keepers will be proficient in ordering, invoicing, and maintaining vendor relationships. Keepers will also oversee volunteers and mentor interns. Keepers must be highly skilled in efficiency and time management.


This posting is a summary of the typical duties of the role, not an exhaustive or comprehensive list of all possible job responsibilities, tasks, and duties.

General:

  • Must represent The Living Desert in a professional manner
  • General knowledge of zoological animal husbandry, natural history, and observational skills
  • Ability to use critical thinking skills to trouble shoot issues and reveal solutions to move the animal team forward

Husbandry:

  • Diet/meal preparation, feeding and restocking of feed supplies as needed and as prescribed
  • Daily cleaning and general maintenance of animal habitats, service areas, holding units, and support areas utilizing various tools, instruments, disinfectants; and with the ability to do so safely
  • Continue education on the animal residents; research scientific journals, create environments that induce breeding and welfare goals and recommended habitat design options

Behavior:

  • Participates with daily behavioral husbandry, operant conditioning, and enriching experiences of the animal collection
  • Condition behaviors for animal management and welfare advancement, and educational programming according to accepted training culture

Communication:

  • Ability to provide and accept feedback professionally and effectively
  • Strong organizational and communication skills with the ability to accurately report daily information written, orally and with computer programs

Guest Engagement:

  • Excellent guest service and communication skills for effective and engaging public speaking; Gives knowledgeable and engaging tours/talks for guests, staff, and donors
  • Participate in guest education programs on or off-site, formal, and informal animal presentations, scheduled and impromptu keeper talks and provide accurate, effective, and engaging presentations; Assist Animal Care Curator or Director of Animal Care with development of connection messaging

Safety:

  • Ability to work with potentially dangerous animals under the Two Key/Two Lock/Two Keeper and Lock Out Tag Out Engineering Control systems
  • Must be capable of emergency response handling to avoid injury to self, others, and animals
  • Ability to remain calm and professional in the event of an unpredictable situation and follow through until situation is over

Benefits:

  • Starting Pay: $18.67/hr
  • Paid time off and sick leave
  • Employee health care package covered by TLD
  • Yearly stipend for work footwear
  • Opportunity to participate in 8hrs of TLD conservation project work

Qualifications:

  • AA, AS,BA, or BS degree in Zoology, Biology, Animal Science or other related degree preferred. One year of exotic paid animal experience is also preferred.
  • Experience with animal training and public presentations a plus
  • Will substitute training and experience that provides the required knowledge, skill, and abilities
  • Generally, one year of full-time exotic animal experience will translate to one year of college
  • Valid California driver license or the ability to obtain one
  • Must be insurable on The Living Desert's automobile policy
  • Must provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 including booster if eligible

Physical Position Description:

  • ESSENTIAL PHYSICAL TASKS: Standing, walking, twisting, climbing, crawling, kneeling, reaching motions, lifting up to 50lbs.
  • TYPICAL WORKING CONDITIONS: Exposure to extreme heat, chemicals, and dust/airborne materials. Work with potentially dangerous animals (i.e. large ungulates, carnivores, venomous animals).
  • HOLIDAY WORK: Holiday and weekend work required.
  • TRAVEL: Occasional conference and workshop attendance available if funding available. Some or all expenses paid.

How to Apply:

To apply for current open positions: Please visit the Living Desert website to fill out an online application at http://www.livingdesert.org for each position(s) of interest. Qualified applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, and three (3) references. The cover letter should include how you will be key in moving the Animal Care Department and The Living Desert mission forward. The position will remain open until filled.


http://www.livingdesert.org



Animal Care Specialist – Hoof Stock
B Bryan Preserve, Point Arena, CA

Full time - Immediate

B Bryan Preserve in Point Arena, CA is looking for a qualified, committed, and enthusiastic person to join our team caring for a variety of African hoof stock including Nubian Giraffe, all three species of zebra, Greater Kudu, Sable, Roan, Bontebok and Cape Buffalo.

We are a privately owned AZA Accredited related facility providing excellent care in a dedicated, fun, team-oriented atmosphere. You will be responsible for the day-to-day animal care including cleaning, feeding, enrichment and training. Our training focus currently is a variety of medical procedures, hoof work and participation in various research projects.

This candidate will have the opportunity to learn and help assist during vet procedures including blood draws, injections, and hoof care as well as neonate checkups for newborns.

You will also deliver our conservation message to visitors on tours on a regular basis.


Daily duties include:

  • Maintains and cleans enclosures.
  • Prepares, regulates, and distributes food, loads, and unloads foodstuffs, cuts browse on and off grounds and provides enrichment.
  • Conducts visitor tours in our vintage Land Rovers.
  • Establishes and maintains computer records ZIMS and daily keeper notes.
  • Observes behavior of animals in both a day to day and long-term basis, notes any unusual behaviors, signs of illness or injury, breeding behavior, etc., updates Animal Welfare Studies and Quality of Life analyses.
  • Duties:
    • Animal Husbandry – 40%
    • Leading tours – 25%
    • Training – 20%
    • Participate in medical procedures – 10%
    • Recordkeeping – 5%

Experience Requirements:

  • Minimum 2 years paid experience in the care of captive hoof stock in a zoo type environment.
  • Must be a team player who takes initiative, is a self-starter and can work independently.
  • Good physical condition with the ability to lift ~ 50 lbs. and move ~ 120 lbs.
  • Valid drivers license and clean driving record.
  • Willingness to work outside normal business hours including weekends and holidays.
  • Good written and verbal communications skills. Able to give a 1.5-hour tour and deliver our conservation message for groups up to thirty.
  • Best practices of working with hoof stock and reading behaviors
  • Looking for applicants with prior operant conditioning experience. Farrier experience is also a plus.
  • Further Comments: Must be fully vaccinated from Covid and an up-to-date Tetanus and TB.

Perks:

B Bryan Preserve is in a small coastal town about 3.5 hours North of San Francisco on the Pacific Coast. Our 110-acre facility is dedicated to the breeding and conservation of African hoof stock herds in large enclosures.

We are committed to providing professional development opportunities to staff by sending them to conferences, workshops, visits to other facilities and more.

Lodging available on property.


Salary:

  • This is a 40 hour per week position.
  • Pay is $19/hour or DOE.
  • Medical Stipend offered.
  • Accrued vacation.
  • Lodging available in 26’ trailer on property.

How to Apply:

Send cover letter, resume and list of hoofstock worked with in pdf to mello@mcn.org. Closes on Dec 8.


https://www.bbryanpreserve.com/



Wildlife Husbandry Manager
SeaQuest Woodbridge, Woodbridge, NJ

Location: 250 Woodbridge Center Dr Woodbridge NJ, 07095

Pay range: $19-23 Hourly + Bonuses

Our goal at SeaQuest is to ensure guests have a one-of-a-kind experience interacting with animals from all over the world. SeaQuest is looking for a Husbandry Manager for our Wildlife Husbandry Team who will enhance the guest experience by creating a warm, inviting, and energetic environment throughout the aquarium. The Wildlife Husbandry Manager reports to the General Manager and is responsible for ensuring all bird and reptile animals and exhibits are operated to the highest standards relative to animal health and facility maintenance. As a Husbandry Manager, you will oversee all aspects of planning, developing, and managing animal care programs and maintaining enclosures compliant with USDA and Fish and Wildlife standards. In addition, you will be responsible for coaching team members to better serve guests and animals in accordance with SeaQuest standard operating procedures. This job description may not be inclusive of all assigned duties, responsibilities, or aspects of the job described. It may be amended at any time at the sole discretion of the employer.


Wildlife Husbandry Manager Responsibilities:

  • Oversee the Bird/Reptile/Mammal department’s daily operations to ensure that the team is following the best practices for animal care, safety, and facility maintenance
  • Ensure team members are interacting with guests
  • Plan, organize, and manage the activities of the husbandry staff
  • Establish and maintain department team member schedules
  • Implement and follow procedures to ensure bird and reptile shows are up to company standards
  • May be responsible for permitting
  • Schedule and monitor veterinary visits
  • Schedule show performances

Wildlife Husbandry Manager Requirements:

  • Five plus years managing in a zoo or aquarium husbandry setting
  • Bird training is a plus, with experience in creating bird shows
  • Extensive knowledge of various species including birds, reptiles, mammals, and insects
  • Demonstrate a high level of organization in the workplace
  • Be a strong self-motivator
  • Effectively communicate information verbally and in writing
  • Ability to remain calm under pressure
  • Excellent mentoring, coaching, and people management skills
  • Knowledge and desire to learn about which animals are allowed in our facility

Education:

  • A degree in the related field is preferred but not necessary

Schedule:

  • Full-time
  • Weekend availability
  • Holidays

Company Benefits:

  • $23 - $25 hourly depending on experience
  • Healthcare
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • 401K
  • 401K Matching
  • Sick pay
  • Employee discount

How to Apply:

Applicants can apply directly at https://recruiting.paylocity.com/recruiting/jobs/Apply/1829285/SeaQuest/Wildlife-Husbandry-Manager.


https://visitseaquest.com/woodbridge/


Animal Keeper
Animal Park at the Conservators Center, Burlington, NC

Summary for job posting:

The Animal Park at the Conservators Center—a nonprofit wildlife park with a carnivore-based collection, including big cats, wolves, and small cats—is seeking an Animal Keeper. The Animal Keeper is part of a team responsible for performing all the operations associated with the husbandry of the animals on site. This is an all-weather outdoor position for an adventurous personality with a special interest in carnivores. This posting is abbreviated. Please see our website for more details.


RESPONSIBILITIES & ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Carries out all aspects of the daily care of assigned animals, including cleaning, diet prep and feeding, and applying operant conditioning training
  • Maintains daily electronic record-keeping on diets, health, welfare, training, etc.
  • Performs landscaping maintenance and eliminates toxic or harmful plants
  • Interacts with donors and members of the public regularly, sharing an educational perspective and encouraging participation in Animal Park programs
  • Participates in educational experiences including keeper chats, tours, animal presentations or demonstrations, and/or other public interactions
  • Oversees work activities of and/or provides training for interns and volunteers

* Below are highlights of requirements. Please see our website for full details.

SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS

  • Two years of experience working with exotic or wild animals as a staff member/employee, and ability to work with potentially dangerous animals
  • Experience with simple construction and maintenance
  • Public speaking and educational presentation skills
  • High adaptability and flexibility on the job

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE

  • Bachelor’s or Associate degree in Animal Science, Biology, or related field (comparable work experience considered)
  • Basic skills with Microsoft Office software applications

LICENSURE, CERTIFICATION & REGISTRATION

  • Valid driver’s license
  • COVID-19 vaccination required; booster vaccines may be required
  • Pre-exposure vaccination for rabies will be required after a training period

WORK ENVIRONMENT

  • Requires working weekends and holidays
  • Requires prolonged standing, significant walking, and bending, stooping, lifting and stretching
  • Requires the ability to move safely over uneven ground while carrying items
  • Requires lifting up to 50 pounds
  • Rural location requires reliable transportation
  • Requires working outdoors in all weather conditions
  • Requires handling predictable and controllable hazards associated with animals, including exposure to dust and allergens as well as chemicals used for husbandry purposes

COMPENSATION

  • The salary for this position is commensurate with experience. Pay for fully qualified individuals starts at $11/hour.
  • Subsidized shared housing opportunities may be available during relocation.

How to Apply:

We are currently accepting full-time employment applications. For additional information and a full job description, please visit our website at http://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.


http://www.animalparknc.org



Animal Care Manager
Animal Park at the Conservators Center, Burlington, NC

Summary for job posting:

The Animal Care Manager is responsible for the daily husbandry and overall welfare of the animal collection. This Manager works alongside, trains, and oversees the animal care staff. The Animal Care Manager interacts regularly with individual animals for their daily care, as well as with other staff and park guests to help provide exceptional visitor experiences. The Animal Care Manager position is an intermediate management position with the potential for growth through continuing education, new skills training and extended job responsibilities.

The person filling this role works most weekends and some holidays, outdoors in all weather, and maintains a positive, professional attitude at all times. Benefits include PTO, continuing education opportunities, group discounts for dental, vision, and other coverage, and professional guidance for insurance plans available through the Marketplace. This position is salaried, commensurate with experience.


RESPONSIBILITIES & ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Supervises all aspects of the daily husbandry of the park’s animals, including diet prep and feeding, basic habitat maintenance and facilitating health care
  • Manages a staff of zookeepers including hiring, training, scheduling, working alongside, and supervising
  • Maintains daily electronic record-keeping on diets, health, welfare, and training
  • Manages the departmental budget with guidance and oversight from leadership
  • Coordinates with veterinarians regarding animal health concerns, medications and visits
  • Manages the intern program, including advertising applications, interviews, training, and program development
  • Integrates and supervises volunteer support staff
  • Responsible for acquisition, processing, and storage of animal food, including whole prey
  • Interacts with donors and members of the public regularly
  • May participate in educational experiences including keeper chats, tours, animal presentations or demonstrations, and/or other public interactions
  • Performs basic landscaping maintenance and eliminates toxic or harmful plants
  • Safely operates motorized vehicles and equipment
  • Performs other duties as assigned

SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS

  • Five or more years of experience working with exotic or wild animals as a staff member/employee, including potentially dangerous animals like large carnivores
  • Strong interpersonal, team-building, and communication skills
  • Experience with simple construction and maintenance
  • Public speaking and educational presentation skills
  • Experience with or willingness to learn to safely operate firearms
  • Capacity to learn new skills and complex tasks quickly and thoroughly
  • High adaptability and flexibility on the job

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE

  • Bachelor’s or Associate’s degree in Zookeeping, Animal Science, Biology, or related field (comparable work experience considered)
  • Five or more years of experience working in a zoo setting (comparable work experience considered)
  • Basic skills with Microsoft Office software applications

LICENSURE, CERTIFICATION & REGISTRATION

  • Valid driver’s license
  • COVID-19 vaccination required; booster vaccines may be required
  • Pre-exposure vaccination for rabies will be required after a training period

WORK ENVIRONMENT

  • Requires working weekends and holidays
  • Requires prolonged standing, significant walking, and bending, stooping, lifting and stretching
  • Requires the ability to move safely over uneven ground while carrying items
  • Requires lifting up to 50 pounds
  • Rural location requires reliable transportation
  • Requires working outdoors in all weather conditions
  • Requires handling predictable and controllable hazards associated with animals, including exposure to dust and allergens as well as chemicals used for husbandry purposes

COMPENSATION

  • The salary for this position is commensurate with experience.
  • Subsidized shared housing opportunities may be available during relocation.
  • Benefits include PTO, continuing education opportunities, group discounts for dental, vision, and other coverage, and professional guidance for insurance plans available through the Marketplace.

How to Apply:

We are currently accepting full-time employment applications. For additional information and a full job description, please visit our website at http://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.


http://www.animalparknc.org



Safari Ranger
Safari Lake Geneva, Geneva, WI

Safari rangers are responsible for the safety, care, and well-being of animals and customers at Safari Lake Geneva. Primary duties for this position include overseeing animals and their habitats, ensuring that animals and guests are safe, cheerfully encouraging customers to follow park rules while enjoying their experience, maintaining traffic flow by moving animals as needed, cleaning animal enclosures and maintaining a sanitary environment, providing high quality animal care through enrichment, animal training, and diet preparation. Primary duties and responsibilities can vary daily and seasonally.

Qualified candidates must be able to follow instructions, handle money, and maintain a calm and friendly demeanor. Previous industry experience is strongly preferred. Must be able to work in a variety of conditions and lift 50 pounds. Applicants should have an outgoing personality, a positive attitude, excellent communication skills, and attention to detail.

Full-time position with PTO and 401(k). Hourly wage dependent on experience.


Other job requirements include:

  • Valid driver’s license
  • Reliable transportation
  • Availability to work weekends and holidays
  • Ability to work independently and with a team
  • Comfortable working in all weather conditions

Safari Lake Geneva is an Equal Opportunity Employer and a Drug Free Workplace.


How to Apply:

Submit applications to: Jay R. Christie, Owner and Founder jchristie@safarilakegeneva.com.


https://safarilakegeneva.com/



General Curator
Henson Robinson Zoo, Springfield, IL

Position Overview:

Title: General Curator of Animals – Full-Time

Reporting Authority: Zoo Director

Classification: Exempt – Non-Union

Salary/Hourly: $50,000-$55,000 annually


Position Summary:

Under the guidance of the Zoo’s Director, this position manages the zoo’s animal department, oversees the acquisition and disposition of animals. Schedules visits, medical treatments, and procedures with the zoo’s consulting veterinarian and on-call vets as needed. Maintains the zoo’s animal records and files on each of the individuals within the animal collection. Schedules and supervises the animal care staff; including but not limited to full-time Zookeepers, Seasonal Zookeepers, Zoo Interns, Docents and others assigned by the Zoo Director. Coordinates all aspects as it relates to animal welfare. Acts as Zoo Federal, State & Local Permit Holder and Zoo Registrar. Creates, implements, and enforces procedures pertaining to policy, protocols, and oversite of animal care staff. This position will serve as Manager on Duty in absence of the Zoo Director and/or the Guest Services/Marketing Manager.

Candidate should have strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work with a variety of stakeholders from visitors, volunteers, other staff, sub-contractors, user groups and Park District administration. Strong candidates will enjoy and value working with the public and people of all ages, cultures, and abilities. This person should plan to have a commitment to the mission and core values of the Springfield Park District, USDA as well as the Zoological Association of America (ZAA).

This is a key zoo management position that requires the selected candidate to be innovative, creative, attentive, and dedicated to the Zoo’s forward momentum.

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


Specific Responsibilities:

  • Provide supervision, evaluation, guidance and direction for the animal care staff; Zookeepers, Zoo Interns and assists education Learning Facilitator. Ensure that all animal care and education staff adhere to institutional policies and practices and remain current in training. This person will promote staff development, technical training, and zoo-wide morale. Ensure sound coordination and implementation of the Animal Care Intern Program and Education Intern Program.
  • Responsible for the hiring, development, discipline, and possible termination of animal care staff.
  • Makes routine inspections of animal exhibits, holding areas, and zoo grounds to ensure animal containment, safety, and zoo aesthetics.
  • Creates work schedules for zookeepers and zoo interns and could include animal docent volunteers at times. Responsible for conducting interviews and hiring animal care staff. Assists in planning and implementation of long and short-term goals for above-mentioned staff.
  • Responsible for employee time monitoring, online time management and bi-weekly payroll timecard processing for all direct reports, which includes following all protocols, directives and schedule demands set by the District HR Department.
  • Schedules and coordinates visits by the zoo’s contractual veterinarian and on-call vet. Makes recommendations for treatments and medical procedures regarding the animal collection. Works with the veterinarian to develop and improve the institutional veterinarian program including preventative medicine, animal diets, and welfare.
  • Assists the Zoo Director on management of the zoo’s collection plan and coordinates acquisitions/dispositions, breeding and other SSP recommendations. Correspond regularly with SSP’s, AMPs, zoological facilities, and others as needed to fulfill recommendations to collection.
  • Act as Zoo Registrar. Maintain a login in and management system for HRZ ZIMS Account. Ensure maintenance of animal collection records and permits according to industry standards. Coordinate all State, Federal, International permits relating to collection. Coordinate Keeper records including daily records, diets, behavioral, training and medical utilizing ZIMS database.
  • Assists the Zoo’s Director in planning and developing new exhibits, will research natural history and habitats of selected species to ensure proper habitats. Will work to enhance and maintain current enclosures, making improvement recommendations as needed.
  • Assists Zoo Director in the development and presentation of the annual budget, forecasting funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials and supplies; recommends the purchase of necessary equipment and supplies pertaining to Animal Care, Animal Care Staff, Exhibits, Supplies and on-going infrastructure needs as well as routine maintenance.
  • Administer allocated funds, orders and maintains departmental supply needs, monitors expenditures, analyzes projected revenues, follows purchasing requirements, policies and prepares required documents pertaining to all revenues and expenses.
  • Effectively communicate information regarding Park District and Zoo policies, programs, visitors and services to staff, volunteers, and customers.
  • Oversee the development of operating procedures and training manuals for the Zoo Animal Care, Keeper training, Safety Protocols, Keeper Enrichment, Safety & Training Committees.
  • Establish and maintain a culture that fosters team-based operations with continuous improvement processes.
  • Schedules and chairs regular staff meetings focused on animal care, welfare, Zoo operations, improving the visitors experience, cost containment and overall continued improvement.
  • Along with the Zoo Director, attends, as invited, committee/staff/public meetings representing the facility.
  • Participates and leads Departmental Committees (animal welfare, research, conservation, etc.)
  • Represents the zoo at annual ZAA conferences and other professional forums.
  • Assist as needed for daily zoo operations, special events and educational opportunities.
  • Assists and back-up management for the in the absence of the Zoo’s Director
  • Responsible for coordinating, managing and supervising enrichment and training programs.
  • Ensure the customers’ needs are addressed, met and issues communicated to the appropriate staff.
  • Perform the job safely and in compliance with district policies, procedures, work, and safety rules.
  • Be familiar with the safe operation of any equipment necessary in accomplishing required tasks. Assist Director in scheduling annual shotgun and dart gun training for all Zoo Staff
  • Establish orderly filing and/or resource areas/systems. Responsible for data entry, word processing and email communications.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Zoo Director.

Required Education, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in zoology, biology, or related field and a minimum of five years experience working in a zoo or aquarium. Additional work experience may be considered in exchange for degree.
  • Demonstrated skills in managing, promoting positive morale, and employee retention.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Experience in and demonstrate ability to coordinate and work with other zoo departments to ensure smooth operations.
  • Strong computer background and proficiency required with Microsoft Products such as Word, Excel Outlook, Google and Social Media platforms.
  • Experience with animal records programs including ZIMS.
  • Knowledge of the Zoological Association of America (ZAA) conservation programs and accreditation standards. Knowledge of ZAA/AZA conservation programs and accreditation standards.
  • Ability and willingness to work any additional hours on weekends, evenings, and special events as the schedule demands outside of any regular work schedule when necessary.
  • Ability to lead educational programs both onsite and offsite as needed.
  • Skills in providing excellent visitor experience.
  • Skill in the use of coordinating various programs and projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to act as a role model for all employees by demonstrating the behavior and work ethic expected of all employees; Work in a team environment and ability to maintain positive and effective working relationships with other employees.
  • Strong organizational, planning and prioritization skills.
  • Responsive to emails, telephone calls and general inquiries in a timely and professional manner.
  • Self-motivated with desire to promote and market the Zoo and Park District as an organization.
  • Maintain and promote a positive professional image within the community and overall field of zoos and aquariums.
  • Sound knowledge of pertinent safety precautions.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, a Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Certificate (infant, child and adult), and Standard First Aid Certificate.

General Requirements:

  • Must be able to read and write and have good command of the English language.
  • Good oral and written communication.
  • Physical capabilities – lifts 50 pounds, squat, bend and move as necessary for the job.
  • Must be able to perform basic mathematics.
  • Must have basic proficiency of Microsoft Excel and Word.
  • Must possess valid Illinois Driver’s License.
  • Must possess professional phone skills and work well with the public.
  • Must be able to pass a background and drug screen.
  • 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.

General Requirements:

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


How to Apply:

Applicants must submit resume and online application at: https://www.springfieldparks.org/.


https://www.springfieldparks.org/



Giraffe Keeper
Brights Zoo, Limestone, TN

Description

Brights Zoo is a privately owned zoo located in the foothills of east Tennessee. We currently have 125 species and over 700 total animals.

We currently have a full time opening available for giraffe keeper. This position requires a person with excellent observation skills and a strong work ethic. All keepers will be responsible for the daily care of the animals. Full time keepers are required to maintain their animal records as well as assist in breeding programs. We are looking for people with a strong giraffe and hoofed stock background. Experience can be substituted for a degree.

Animals that will be in your teams’ care: Reticulated Giraffe and Bactrian Camels


Education and Pre-Requisites

  • Experience with giraffe, hoofstock, camels
  • A Bachelor’s Degree in science, Animal science/Biology preferred
  • A strong work ethic, good physical condition and a willingness to learn
  • Have the ability to work in all weather conditions
  • Experience in using or willing to learn to use trucks, tractors, weed eaters, and other types of machinery
  • Minimum of 6 months paid animal care
  • Valid Driver’s license
  • Must be able to work weekends and holidays
  • Must be able to lift a minimum of 50lbs

Benefits

  • Competitive salary
  • Health insurance
  • Retirement Plan
  • Starting pay based on experience ($15 - $20 starting pay)

How to Apply:

Please fill out the application located at https://brightszoo.com/careers/.

Please send your cover letter and resume to:
David Bright
Director
Brights Zoo
3425 HWY 11 E
Limestone, TN 37681
david@brightszoo.com
(423)257-1927

https://brightszoo.com/

Director of Education, Earth Ltd
Southwick’s Zoo, Mendon, MA

Summary

As the Director of Education for a non-profit animal educational conservation organization, you will be responsible for leading and overseeing all aspects of the organization's educational programs and initiatives. This full-time position coordinates and develops educational department activities, programs (both on-site and off-site), projects, and memberships. You will develop and implement strategies to promote animal conservation, raise awareness about environmental issues, and engage the public in educational activities. The role involves managing a team of educators and animal care team members to collaborate with and achieve the organization's mission. The position assists in supervising the Education Department, which includes 1 subordinate supervisors, 3-4 full time employees, and 7-8 interns each year. This position reports to the Executive Director of Earth Ltd., the zoo’s non-profit organization.


Duties:

  • Design and develop comprehensive educational programs and initiatives that align with the organization's mission and objectives.
  • Conduct research to identify key conservation topics and develop curriculum materials and resources.
  • Train and supervise a team of educators, animal care team members, and volunteers.
  • Provide leadership and guidance to the education team, ensuring they have the necessary resources and support to deliver high-quality programs.
  • Conduct regular performance evaluations and provide constructive feedback to enhance individual and team performance.
  • Develop age-appropriate curriculum materials, lesson plans, and educational resources.
  • Deliver engaging presentations and workshops to diverse audiences, including students, teachers, and community groups.
  • Foster relationships and partnerships with local communities, schools, and government agencies to promote animal conservation awareness.
  • Organize and participate in public events, workshops, and conferences to raise awareness about environmental issues and the organization's mission.
  • Collaborate with marketing and communication teams to develop educational materials, social media campaigns, and outreach initiatives.
  • Establish and implement methods to assess the impact and effectiveness of educational programs.
  • Collect and analyze data to measure program outcomes and identify areas for improvement.
  • Prepare regular reports for the organization's leadership and board of directors, highlighting program achievements and challenges.
  • Oversee daily activities of education staff, also assisting with answering emails, phone messages, inquiries, etc. for the Executive Director as needed
  • Coordinate the education department’s activities, programs, all ZooMobiles, projects, and memberships
  • Develop new educational programs as needed, and successfully market all education programs
  • Represent the Zoo in educational settings including seminars, local gatherings, chamber events, and other planned activities
  • Represent the zoo in media appearances, including print articles, tv and radio spots, and social media posts
  • Have a current knowledge of major issues and trends regarding education, both nationally and locally
  • Analyzes animal information programs and curriculum materials for appropriateness and quality.
  • Interact with the academic and general community, staying aware of needs, trends, and current issues affecting education.
  • Perform live animal presentations, both at the zoo and for outreach programs such as ZooMobiles when needed.
  • Perform general animal husbandry and zookeeping tasks when needed.
  • Order enrichment and animal care supplies for ambassador animals, and ensure budgets are maintained while at times assisting with supply orders for all animal care departments
  • Assist with conservation initiatives and goals, along with assisting with animal acquisitions and associated paperwork
  • Work closely with the non-profit, Earth Limited, to ensure continued success and understanding of all research, education, and conservation programming
  • Implement long-term goals for the education department
  • Answer animal-related questions from visitors, students, and the community
  • Oversee, coordinate, and develop internship and job shadowing programs.
  • Must attend manager/zoo wide meetings and complete all training required by Southwick’s Zoo

Requirements

  • Bachelor's or Master's degree in education, zoology, biology, environmental science, or a related field, and 2-4 years of prior animal care experience, preference to have 2 years of zookeeping.
  • Proven experience in developing and implementing educational programs, preferably in the field of conservation or environmental education.
  • Strong knowledge of animal conservation, biodiversity, and environmental issues.
  • Excellent leadership and team management skills, with the ability to motivate and inspire others.
  • Effective communication and presentation skills, with the ability to tailor messages to different audiences.
  • Experience in curriculum development and designing age-appropriate educational materials.
  • Proficiency in using educational technologies and online learning platforms.
  • Strong organizational and project management skills, with the ability to handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Passion for animal conservation and a commitment to promoting environmental stewardship.
  • Must have valid driver’s license to drive company vehicles.
  • Must be able to regularly stand, walk, sit, use hands, reach with hands and arms, talk/hear and frequently climb or balance, and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.
  • Must be able to lift and/or move occasionally up to 50 pounds.
  • Must be able to frequently work in outdoor weather conditions, and occasionally work in wet or humid conditions.
  • Will occasionally be exposed to animal bites, and regularly exposed to allergens such as hay, pollen, dust, mold, and grass.
  • Must be a team player.

How to Apply:

Cover letters and resumes can be sent directly to hr@southwickszoo.com. We would prefer to have candidates from the New England area that don't need to relocate.


https://southwickszoo.com/



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

Must have graduated from college and must be 21 years of age before starting internship!

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

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


Application Deadline: March 1st (applications reviewed on rolling basis)

Resumes will be accepted through March 1st for the upcoming Spring season. This internship is only available during the spring semester. You must have a valid driver’s license.


Additional Information

  • If selected, candidate must have a TB test conducted within 30 days prior to arrival for internship.
  • International students must have a J1 or B1 visa before arrival. Fossil Rim will not sponsor or assist with the visa process.

Salary

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


How to Apply:

Please apply through our website at https://fossilrim.org/career-internships/. WE DO NOT accept applications via email. Click the “Apply for this Position” button, fill out the form, upload the required documents, and click the “Submit Application” button. We require a cover letter, resume, and three contactable references. It is best if you list the references in your cover letter.


Lead Keeper
ZooWorld, Panama City Beach, FL

For Immediate Hire

Promotion potential to Senior Keeper

A Lead Zookeeper is a skilled and experienced professional who is responsible for overseeing a small team of zookeepers in specific sections. They ensure the wellbeing, health and safety of the zoos animals and staff in those sections. Lead keepers play a crucial role in conservation efforts, education and public engagement.

Responsibilites:

  • Participating in and supervising the daily care and husbandry of the animals in their assigned collection. This includes feeding, cleaning, enriching and providing any needed medical care necessary.
  • Monitoring the behavior and health of that animal collection and immediately communicating with the Senior Participation in the Enrichment Committee if desired.
  • Guiding keepers in proper husbandry standards in the assigned sections
  • Training new staff, setting performance standards and providing guidance as needed
  • Fostering a collaborative and positive work environment amongst team members
  • Maintaining accurate and up to date records of animal health, behavior and breeding programs.
  • Engage the public through educational programs, guided tours and impromptu animal talks to promote wildlife conservation and environmental awareness.
  • Ensure that safety protocols and procedures are followed to prevent accidents and ensure the wellbeing of staff, zoo guests and animals

Education And Pre-Requisites:

  • Paid experience in a zoological setting working with a wide variety of species with a track record of increasing responsibilities
  • Strong knowledge of animal husbandry and behavior
  • A desire to learn and grow in the animal care field
  • Effective communication and public speaking skills
  • Physical fitness and the ability to perform physically demanding tasks.
  • A dedication to wildlife conservation and education.

Compensation And Benefits:

  • Pay scale ranging from $16.00 – $17.00/ hour dependent upon experience.
  • 401k with matching and profit share
  • 60 hours PTO
  • 2 three-day weekends off every 6 weeks
  • Bonus pay twice annually

How to Apply:

Please send a cover letter and a resume to curator@ZooWorldpcb.com include subject line: Lead Keeper


Senior Keeper
ZooWorld, Panama City Beach, FL

For Immediate Hire

Promotion potential to Assistant Curator

A Senior Zookeeper is a highly skilled and experienced professional who is responsible for managing a team of zookeepers and ensuring the wellbeing, health and safety of the zoos animal collection. Senior keepers also play a crucial role in conservation efforts, education and public engagement.

Responsibilites:

  • Participating in and supervising the daily care and husbandry of the zoo’s animal collection. This includes feeding, cleaning, enriching and providing any needed medical care necessary.
  • Monitoring the behavior and health of the zoo’s animal collection and immediately communicating with the curator any issues or concerns.
  • Developing and implementing an enrichment program in conjunction with the enrichment committee
  • Leading and assisting in the management of a team of permanent and seasonal zoo keepers. This may be assigning tasks, providing efficiency audits, scheduling, etc. to ensure the efficient operation of the animal care department
  • Training new staff, setting performance standards and providing guidance as needed
  • Fostering a collaborative and positive work environment amongst team members
  • Maintaining accurate and up to date records of animal health, behavior and breeding programs.
  • Engage the public through educational programs, guided tours and impromptu animal talks to promote wildlife conservation and environmental awareness.
  • Ensure that safety protocols and procedures are followed to prevent accidents and ensure the wellbeing of staff, zoo guests and animals

Education And Pre-Requisites:

  • A minimum of 3 years in a paid zoological position working with a wide variety of species with a track record of increasing responsibilities
  • Internships and real life work experience will be given the same weight as education.
  • Strong knowledge of animal husbandry and behavior
  • Excellent leadership skills
  • A desire to learn and grow in the animal care field
  • Effective communication and public speaking skills
  • Physical fitness and the ability to perform physically demanding tasks.
  • A dedication to wildlife conservation and education.

Compensation And Benefits:

  • Pay scale ranging from $16.50 – $18.50/ hour dependent upon experience.
  • 401k with matching and profit share
  • 80 hours PTO
  • 2 three-day weekends off every 6 weeks
  • Bonus pay twice annually

How to Apply:

Please send a cover letter and a resume to curator@ZooWorldpcb.com include subject line: Senior Keeper



Marine Mammal Apprentice Trainer $16.50/hr-$17.50/hr
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Vallejo, CA

Qualifications

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must be SCUBA, CPR and First Aid certified
  • Minimum of 1-year paid or unpaid, full time experience in the care, husbandry and training of a variety of marine mammal species
  • Must have valid California driver's license
  • Must have strong written/verbal communication skills, able to speak effective before large groups
  • Must be able to lift and/or move 50 pounds
  • Must possess strong swimming skills (in an open water area only)
  • Must be able to read, write and speak English and be proficient in MS office applications
  • Must be willing and able to work both indoors and outdoors in all weather conditions
  • Must be available to work weekends, evenings and holidays
  • Must possess quick reflexes and be able to react quickly to changing animal situations
  • Must possess the mental and physical capacities necessary to perform the primary job duties
  • Must be willing and able to work in and around cold saltwater (in an open water area only)
  • Must be able to demonstrate an annual swim competency (in an open water area only)
  • Must be able to work with chemicals and adhere to the MDS and company standards

Responsibilities

  • Prepares daily rations, feeds animals, and stores food according to schedule
  • Duties: Cleans and sanitizes animal enclosures, food preparation, storage areas, and office spaces
  • Administers medications as prescribed by veterinarians (orally or injectable)
  • Closely monitors and records animal's behavior and notifies staff of potential health and social challenges, and assist veterinarians with examinations, treatments, surgery, emergency care and necropsies
  • Effectively and efficiently communicates in a professional manner to staff of all levels
  • Perform in shows as well as conduct educational lectures and/or animal interactions and tours as assigned
  • Provides support on carrying out capture and restraint (voluntary or un-voluntary) and rehabilitation operation for animals in the assigned area with veterinarian and management's assistance as well as assist in emergency situations
  • Assists in the restraint of animals, fluids and assisted feedings, and participates in emergency situations
  • Responsible for the daily operations in area assigned
  • Provide animal enrichment and husbandry training maintenance with the animal collection
  • Maintain, recognize, and aid in the renovation of facilities and equipment up to USDA standards
  • Provides support in the implementation and/or modifications to presentations and guest interactions
  • Properly handles, uses, and stores all chemicals in accordance with SFDK policy
  • Represents SFDK in a well-informed, positive manner before other zoological facilities, professional and educational organizations, the media, and federal and state agencies
  • Ensure excellence in guest service by responding promptly to customer requirements, expectations and special needs
  • Practices safe work habits
  • Performs other duties as requested/assigned

How to Apply:

Submit resumes to Marine Manager, Scott Collins sCollins@sftp.com.

https://www.sixflags.com/discoverykingdom



Animal Care Specialist 1 - Marine Mammals $18.50/hr- $20.00/hr
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Vallejo, CA

Qualifications

  • Minimum 1 year of experience handling or keeping exotic land animals
  • Must possess strong swimming skills with comfort swimming in saltwater pools with a depth of 15 feet
  • Pass a swim test including a 20 foot free dive and one breath swim
  • Ability to be mentally alert, have quick reflexes, and react quickly to changing animal situations
  • Availability to work varied shifts including weekends, evenings, and holidays in varied weather conditions
  • Ability to sit, stand, walk, duck, crawl, climb stairs and ladders, and work at heights with fall protection
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications
  • Will be required to work indoors and outdoors in extreme weather conditions including cold and heat
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license

Responsibilities

  • Work with a variety of marine mammals including dolphins, seals, and sea lions
  • Monitor the appearance and health of the animals
  • Speak to guests and educate them about the animals
  • Answer questions and host live training sessions
  • Perform entry-level training techniques with the animal under the direction
  • Demonstrate mastery with assessing animal behavior and training techniques
  • Routinely clean animal enclosures and compounds
  • Prepare animal diets multiple times throughout the day
  • Maintain accurate log of animal health, behaviors, enrichment, and diet
  • Learn show scripts and perform in shows as assigned
  • Adhere to all federal and state guidelines, regulations, and laws
  • Assist in animal moves and transport operations
  • Assist in research projects
  • Maintain communication with Supervisors and other disciplines within the Animal Care Departments
  • Follow all policies and procedures of Six Flags Discovery Kingdom and the Animal Care Department
  • Participate in the inter- and intra-departmental cross training program
  • Perform all other duties as required

How to Apply:

Submit resumes to Marine Manager, Scott Collins sCollins@sftp.com.

https://www.sixflags.com/discoverykingdom



Animal Care Specialist 2 (Marine Mammal) $20.00/hr- $22.00/hr
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Vallejo, CA

Qualifications

  • Required Skills: Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Knowledge: Must be SCUBA, CPR and First Aid certified
  • Training: Must have at least two years experience as an Animal Care Specialist II or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Minimum of 2-year paid, full time experience in the care, husbandry and training of a variety of marine mammal species
  • Minimum of 1-year experience at Animal Care Specialist 1 level
  • Must have valid California driver's license
  • Must have strong written/verbal communication skills, able to speak effectively before large groups
  • Must be able to lift and/or move 50 pounds
  • Must possess strong swimming skills (in an open water area only)
  • Must be able to read, write and speak English and be proficient in MS office applications
  • Must be willing and able to work both indoors and outdoors in all weather conditions
  • Must be available to work weekends, evenings and holidays
  • Must possess quick reflexes and be able to react quickly to changing animal situations
  • Must possess the mental and physical capacities necessary to perform the primary job duties
  • Must be willing and able to work in and around cold saltwater (in an open water area only)
  • Must be able to demonstrate an annual swim competency (in an open water area only)
  • Must be able to work with chemicals and adhere to the MDS and company standards
  • Must have a basic understanding of water chemistry (in an open water area only)
  • Qualification's and Animal transports
  • Expertise Interactive and public programming
  • Experience handling and training of pinnipeds and cetaceans
  • Show experience

Responsibilities

  • Hours 40 hours per week
  • Functions energy and commitment to quality throughout all aspects of the job
  • Responsible for the care, training, husbandry, and enrichment of all animals in an assigned area
  • Focus is customer service, animal husbandry, training, enrichment, reproduction, medical assistance, transports and facility maintenance
  • Principle Prepares daily rations, feeds animals, and stores food according to schedule
  • Duties: Cleans and sanitizes animal enclosures, food preparation, storage areas, and office spaces
  • Administers medications as prescribed by veterinarians (orally or injectable)
  • Closely monitors and records animal's behavior and notifies staff of potential health and social challenges, and assist veterinarians with examinations, treatments, surgery, emergency care and necropsies
  • Effectively and efficiently communicates in a professional manner to staff of all levels
  • Demonstrates and applies operant conditioning animal training techniques with supervision of an ACS 3 or higher
  • Interpret animal behavior and make decisions appropriately with the aid of ACS3 or higher
  • Perform in shows as well as conduct educational lectures and/or animal interactions and tours as assigned
  • SCUBA dive in exhibits as required
  • Under the direction of management, develop and conduct research projects with the assistance of other team members of ACS3 or higher
  • Collects and labels blood, urine, fecal and other diagnostic samples as directed by veterinary staff
  • Provides support on organizing and carrying out capture and restraint (voluntary or un-voluntary) and rehabilitation operation for animals in the assigned area with veterinarian and management's assistance as well as assist in emergency situations
  • Assists in the restraint of animals, administers fluids and assisted feedings, and participates in emergency situations
  • Responsible for the daily operations in area assigned
  • Development of less experienced personnel with the aid of ACS3 or higher
  • Assists in the operation of heavy equipment such as trucks, forklifts, and palate jack
  • Provide animal enrichment and husbandry training as well as aid in mentoring junior staff
  • Maintain, recognize, and renovate facilities and equipment up to USDA standards
  • Maintains area equipment such as tools and equipment such as scuba gear, transport units, squeeze cage, electric carts and more
  • Supports and aides in implementation of modifications to presentations and guest interactions
  • Properly handles, uses, and stores all chemicals in accordance with SFDK policy
  • Represents SFDK in a well-informed, positive manner before other zoological facilities, professional and educational organizations, the media, and federal and state agencies
  • Ensure excellence in guest service by responding promptly to customer requirements, expectations and special needs
  • Practices safe work habits
  • Performs other duties as requested/assigned

How to Apply:

Submit resumes to Marine Manager, Scott Collins sCollins@sftp.com.

https://www.sixflags.com/discoverykingdom



Education Ambassador Keeper
Wildlife Safari, Winston, OR

Position Overview

The Education Department at Wildlife Safari is currently accepting applications for an Education Keeper with great people skills, a passion for animals and education, and an energetic, positive personality. 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.

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 position creates 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.


Overall Responsibilities

  • Performs animal keeping duties extending to all animal husbandry and exhibit maintenance functions and ensures that established husbandry standards are met.
  • Handles education animal collection as trained.
  • Suggests daily behavioral enrichment and training programs.
  • Observes and communicates health, diet, animal behavior, and other husbandry needs of the department’s collection to the Education Director.
  • Dispenses drugs and treatments prescribed by authorized Veterinarian.
  • Dispenses drugs and treatments prescribed by authorized Veterinarian.
  • In the absence of the Lead Educator and Education Director, performs the duties of the supervisor in charge during emergency procedures in a Code as needed.
  • Monitors the public ensuring the safety of visitors and animals.
  • Remains current with new husbandry methodologies, techniques, and programs in order to transfer appropriate information and knowledge to zoo staff through meetings and keeper training programs.
  • Assists supervisor in overseeing and training new staff in protocols and safety procedures.
  • Assists the supervisor in updating and writing of new protocols and safety procedures.
  • Assists supervisor in animal introductions.
  • Participates in guest/public outreach programs, creates curriculum for camps and classes.
  • Participates in guest/public outreach programs, creates curriculum for camps and classes.
  • Conducts guided tours.
  • Creates social media posts, flyers and posters.
  • Works with the Education team to market and enhance the Education Department's unique programs as well as help with their evaluation.
  • Serves on special committees, for example, The Wildlife Safari Conservation Committee, or the Safety Committee, as assigned.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Able to bend, stoop, crawl and walk on uneven surfaces.Ability to lift up to 50 (fifty) pounds.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to work outdoors and indoors in extreme weather conditions.
  • Good physical health, ability to pass pre-employment, substance and annual TB tests.
  • Must maintain a valid driver’s license with a minimum 3-year history and clean driving record.
  • Ability to remain a flexible, motivated, good communicator and dedicated team player.
  • Requires strong animal care, interpersonal, and leadership skills and the ability to work effectively with all levels of staff.
  • Prefer 1-year experience in work relevant to animals. 1-year experience as a formal or an informal educator or interpreter.

Benefits

  • Health and dental benefits after 60 days
  • Aflac benefits
  • Free membership with recipricol 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.

Wildlife Safari is a drug-free workplace and applicants must pass a drug screen (including for Marijuana) prior to being offered a position.

Wildlife Safari will consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. Wildlife Safari will not discriminate against any applicant for employment because of physical or mental disability in regard to any position for which the applicant is qualified.


Salary: $14.42


How to Apply:

Send cover letter, resume, and references to: education@wildlifesafari.net OR Wildlife Safari | C/O Education Position | PO Box 1600 | Winston, OR 97496

https://wildlifesafari.net/



General Curator
Alabama Safari Park, Hope Hull, AL

Alabama Safari Park

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

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

We are hiring for a dynamic, physically fit, experienced animal person who is either currently in a curatorial role or who is ready to take the next step up to this level. The General Curator will work to manage and oversee the collection of over 700 animals. The position is physically demanding and active. Although administrative in nature, this is a hands-on working position and requires work in the field. Must be professional, in both demeanor and appearance. Non-smoking work environment.


Job Description

  • Direct oversight of the animal collection, including two section assistant 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

  • 3+ years of paid experience in a zoological park, ranch or breeding center with at least 1.5 years of ever-increasing responsibilities in a Curator or management position.
  • Extensive hands-on experience with a broad range of animal species.
  • Record-keeping, collection management experience.
  • Familiarity with basic medications and vaccination programs.
  • BS in the animal-related sciences preferred.
  • Professional in both demeanor and appearance.
  • Very physically fit.

Compensation

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


How to Apply:

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

https://www.alabamasafaripark.com/



Elephant Keeper
Fort Worth Zoo, Fort Worth, TX

Summary:

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


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

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

Qualifications:

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

  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Must have one year of zoo keeping experience, elephant zoo keeping experience preferred
  • Valid driver license with acceptable motor vehicle record to maintain zoo standards of insurability
  • Proof of negative tuberculosis (TB) screening within previous six months prior to placement and annually thereafter
  • Must possess ability to:
    • Work independently in the absence of immediate supervision
    • Understand and follow oral and written instructions
    • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing
    • Establish and maintain effective working relationships
    • Maintain physical condition appropriate to the performance of assigned duties and responsibilities

Education and/or Experience:

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

Physical Demands:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and talk or hear. The employee must regularly lift and/or or move up to 75 pounds.


Work Environment:

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

  • Team oriented environment
  • Ability to work irregular hours (holidays and weekends)
  • Exposure to a variety of domestic and wild or potentially dangerous animals; animal odors and animal body fluids
  • Exposure to all types of inclement weather conditions
  • Exposure to chemicals (cleaning, water chemicals, additives, etc.)
  • Ability to work special events and functions as required
  • This position may be safety sensitive
  • This position may work around animals susceptible to specific diseases, thus may be subject to regular tuberculosis and rabies titer testing, and the routine use of personal protective equipment such as gloves, face masks.

How to Apply:

To view the full listing, including benefits, and to apply, visit https://us231.dayforcehcm.com/CandidatePortal/en-US/fwzoo/Posting/View/1630.

https://www.fortworthzoo.org/



Certified Veterinary Technician/Zookeeper
Austin Zoo, Austin, TX

POSITION SUMMARY

Austin Zoo in Austin, Texas is a non-profit organization whose mission is to assist animals in need through rescue, conservation, and education. This small Hill Country zoo is home to around 300 animals representing over 110 species of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians. Austin Zoo is fully accredited by the Zoological Association of America. The zoo has a small onsite veterinary clinic with a pharmacy and surgical suite. The clinic is equipped with a digital radiography system and portable ultrasound.

This position will have dual roles as a veterinary technician and zookeeper. Under the general supervision of the Zoo Veterinarian and General Curator, the Veterinary Technician assists in the care of all zoological specimens in the collection. The Veterinary Technician has a key role in the implementation of preventative medicine programs as well as high quality patient care and welfare. This role works cooperatively with the Hospital Manager as well. The ideal candidate should emphasize collaborative and teamwork behaviors and have the ability to take initiative and work independently. This person must have good organizational skills and be able to handle multiple responsibilities during routine and/or emergency conditions. In general, this position will spend 1 to 2 days a week in the role of veterinary technician and 3 to 4 days a week in keeper routines.


RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Prepare for and perform technical duties during medical and surgical procedures. The technician actively supports the local Veterinarian’s rounds one day each week.
  • Perform sample collection and evaluation, including fecal parasite examinations, urinalysis and other laboratory tests including preparing samples for shipment.
  • Assist in administration of medications and treatments for animals.
  • Maintain complete and current computerized medical records as well as performing data entry into ZIMS. Work cooperatively with the Hospital Manager.
  • Maintain hospital standards of cleanliness including but not limited to instrument sterilization and preparation, sweeping, mopping, removing trash, disinfecting and when necessary, performing animal husbandry duties.
  • Maintain hospital inventory, pharmacy, medical and surgical supplies.
  • Maintain a controlled substance log and ensure adherence to local, state and DEA requirements.
  • Regular, responsive, and collaborative communication with the Veterinarian and Curator regarding new and ongoing medical, behavioral and nutritional concerns.
  • Participate in staff meetings as scheduled.
  • Perform all aspects of Animal Husbandry including, but not limited to cleaning, feeding, medicating, enrichment, training, handling/restraint, etc.
  • Maintain records pertaining to feeding, behavioral observations, training activities, medical procedures, etc.
  • Report facility needs to General Curator and Director in a timely way.
  • Adher to area-specific standard operating procedures (SOPs) including safety.
  • Must be able to maintain discretion with confidential information.
  • Other duties as assigned.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • In good health and capable of performing strenuous and/or heavy physical labor.
  • No history of allergies related to animals or plants that may 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, including extreme Texas heat.
  • No impairment of sight, smell, hearing, touch, balance and agility of movement which might interfere with ability to work.
  • Physical strength, with the ability to lift up to 50 pounds and able to move up to 100lbs.
  • Immuno-competence (possible exposure to zoonotic infections/disease).
  • Proof of negative TB screening prior to placement and annually thereafter required.
  • Proof of rabies vaccination preferred.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

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

How to Apply:

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume via email to info@austinzoo.org and include references. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

https://austinzoo.org/



Keeper Ambassador Animals Part-Time
Wild Wonders, Bonsall, CA

Descripton: Wild Wonders is looking for a passionate progressive individual to join our team. You will play an integral role in the care, and well being of our diverse animal ambassador collection and contribute to our mission of Rescue, Educate and Conserve.

Responsibilities include:

  • Daily care and feeding
  • Monitor health
  • Administer medications and assist with minor procedures
  • Participate in training
  • Maintain enclosures and create Behavioral Enrichment
  • Present fun education programs on and offsite with Ambassador animals
  • Ensure compliance with safety and welfare protocols
  • Other duties assigned by Leads

Education and Pre-Requisites:

  • Zoology or similar degree preferred
  • Prior experience (paid or non-paid) in a zoological setting
  • Ability to work outside in adverse weather conditions and steep terrain, perform physically demanding tasks
  • Willingness to work weekends, holidays and irregular hours if needed
  • Clean driving record

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Starts at 18.00/hr plus presentation bonuses
  • Ability to go full time

How to Apply:

Email resume to wildwonders@att.net.

http://www.wildwonders.org/



Education Ambassador Lead
Wild Wonders, Bonsall, CA

Wild Wonders is a 5 acre Outreach and onsite education facility located in North San Diego County California comprised of 85 animal ambassadors and over 45 species. Our mission is to Rescue, Educate and Conserve. Wild Wonders presents almost 1000 education programs (onsite and Offsite) per year utilizing the animal ambassador collection. Looking for a passionate, progressive, enthusiastic individual with great communication skills to make a big difference in a small facility!


Position Overview:

This is a full-time supervisory position with the potential to work one day/week remotely. Will be responsible for reporting directly to the Director. This is a multifaceted position and will be responsible for the development, implementation and marketing of all programs. Will provide leadership in all aspects of animal care, training, and support of staff as well as participating in strategic planning long term.


Principal Duties:

  • Lead, coordinate manage facility wide initiatives as well as operating budget management in conjuction with the Director.
  • Manage resources
  • New strategies to improve efficiency and organization
  • Works closely with the director to develop long term strategic goals.
  • Cultivates relationships with outside Institutions , networks with colleagues, and markets programs to increase reach.
  • Oversees staff including coaching, and disciplinary.
  • Represents the facility in a professional manner to the public and promotes the mission.
  • Communication: develops strong methods to disseminate information to staff, actively collaborates(internal and externally with peers), job performance.
  • Can clearly communicate expectations and make appropriate decisions
  • Can provide and present enthusiastic programs.
  • Provide the upmost in animal welfare as pertains to Husbandry and training of animals.
  • Lead, communicate and collaborate on income making initiatives
  • Maintain positive, effective working relationships with staff, volunteers, colleagues, and outside providers.
  • Perform other tasks and duties assigned by Director.

Education and Pre-requisites:

  • Bachelor of Science degree preferred.
  • A demonstrated working knowledge of zoological operations and strong ethical standards.
  • Well organized and strong leadership, time management, detail orientated, foster an environment of inclusiveness, and communication skills.
  • Knowledge of Animal Care software
  • May require on call
  • Working knowledge of Husbandry and complete with the highest standards and programming in a zoological setting.
  • Provide coverage when necessary.
  • High level of responsibility and personal drive.
  • Calm demeanor and clear concise communication skills.
  • Ability to conduct effective programs.
  • Knowledge of Husbandry , captive animal management and operant conditioning.
  • Ability to work in a physically demanding position.
  • Ability to work weekends and holidays.

Benefits and Compensation:

  • Salary commensurates with experience.
  • Week paid vacation in South Africa lodging included after one year.
  • Medical stipend.
  • California provides sick pay and Cal saver retirement program which employers participate.

How to Apply:

Please send resume and 2 references to: wildwonders@att.net.


https://wildwonders.org/



Full-time Village Keepers
Virginia Safari Park, Natural Bridge, VA

Virginia Safari Park, a 180-acre drive-through zoo and breeding center, is expanding and searching for additional keepers. We maintain an inventory of 1000+ specimens comprised of large groups of hoofed stock as well as a “Safari Village” comprised of primates, a walk-through aviary, reptiles, and petting area.

We currently have full-time openings available in the village section. These positions require a person with excellent observation skills and a strong work ethic. All keepers will be responsible for the daily care of the animals. Full-time keepers are required to maintain their animal records as well as assist in breeding programs. We are looking for people with strong prior experience. Experience can be substituted for a degree.


Animals that will be under your teams’ care:

  • King Vultures
  • Laughing Kookaburra
  • Giant Anteaters
  • Pygmy Goats
  • Ring Tailed Lemurs
  • Ruppel Griffon Vultures
  • Red Kangaroos
  • Squirrel Monkeys
  • Various Reptiles
  • Spider Monkeys
  • African Penguins
  • Black and White Ruffed Lemur
  • Budgies
  • Cheetah
  • King Cheetah
  • Eagle Owl
  • Patagonian Conure
  • Silvery Cheeked Hornbills
  • Tigers
  • Various Peafowl
  • Various Pheasant

Requirements:

  • Big cat experience is required for any big cat position.
  • Primate, bird, and/or hoof stock experience.
  • A bachelor’s degree in science, Animal Science/Biology preferred.
  • A strong work ethic, good physical condition, and a willingness to learn.
  • Must be able to adhere to our strict personal appearance requirements, no visible tattoos permitted.
  • Maintain a non-smoking work environment
  • Have the ability to work in all weather conditions
  • Experience in using or willing to learn to use trucks, tractors, weed eaters, and other types of machinery
  • Minimum of 6 months of paid animal care
  • Valid Driver’s license
  • Must be able to work weekends and holidays
  • Must be able to lift a minimum of 50lbs

Benefits:

  • Competitive salary
  • Health Insurance, Vision, and Dental
  • PTO
  • 401K
  • Employee Housing (first come first serve)

How to Apply:

Please send your cover letter and resume to:

Sarah Fitzgerald
Assistant Director
General Curator
Virginia Safari Park
229 Safari Lane
Natural Bridge, VA 24578
snfitzgerald@virginiasafaripark.com

https://www.virginiasafaripark.com/



Full-time Safari Keepers
Virginia Safari Park, Natural Bridge, VA

Virginia Safari Park, a 180-acre drive-through zoo and breeding center, is expanding and searching for additional keepers. We maintain an inventory of 1000+ specimens comprised of large groups of hoofed stock as well as a “Safari Village” comprised of primates, a walk-through aviary, reptiles, and a petting area.

We currently have new full-time openings available in the safari section. These positions require a person with excellent observation skills and a strong work ethic. All keepers will be responsible for the daily care of the animals. Full-time keepers are required to maintain their animal records as well as assist in breeding programs. We are looking for people with a strong hoofed stock background in either exotics or domestics. Experience can be substituted for a degree.


Animals that will be in your teams’ care:

  • Giraffe
  • Rhino
  • Bongo
  • Nyala
  • Bactrian and Dromedary Camels
  • Eland
  • Fallow Deer
  • Llamas
  • Ostrich
  • Rhea
  • Emu
  • Scotch Highland
  • Water Buffalo
  • Watusi
  • Wildebeest
  • Elk
  • Zebra
  • Bison
  • Pere David Deer
  • Sika Deer
  • Axis Deer
  • Nilgai Antelope
  • Scimitar Horned Oryx
  • Yak
  • Blackbuck Antelope

Requirements:

  • Experience with giraffe, rhino, and/or bongo for barn positions.
  • Hoof stock experience domestic or exotic for the safari positions.
  • A bachelor’s degree in science, Animal Science/Biology preferred
  • A strong work ethic, good physical condition, and a willingness to learn
  • Must be able to adhere to our strict personal appearance requirements, no visible tattoos permitted.
  • Maintain a non-smoking work environment
  • Have the ability to work in all weather conditions
  • Experience in using or willing to learn to use trucks, tractors, weed eaters, and other types of machinery
  • Minimum of 6 months of paid animal care
  • Valid Driver’s license
  • Must be able to work weekends and holidays
  • Must be able to lift a minimum of 50lbs

Benefits:

  • Competitive salary
  • Health Insurance
  • PTO
  • 401K
  • Employee Housing (first come first serve)

How to Apply:

Please send your cover letter and resume to:

Sarah Fitzgerald
Assistant Director
General Curator
Virginia Safari Park
229 Safari Lane
Natural Bridge, VA 24578
snfitzgerald@virginiasafaripark.com

https://www.virginiasafaripark.com/



Seasonal Keepers and Ranchers
Virginia Safari Park, Natural Bridge, VA

Virginia Safari Park, a 180-acre drive-through zoo and breeding center, is expanding and searching for additional keepers. We maintain an inventory of 1000+ specimens comprised of large groups of hoofed stock as well as a “Safari Village” comprised of primates, a walk-through aviary, reptiles, and a petting area.

We currently have seasonal openings available in the safari and village areas. These positions require a person with excellent observation skills and a strong work ethic. All keepers will be responsible for the daily care of the animals. We are looking for people with prior experience for all positions. Experience can be substituted for a degree.


Requirements:

  • A bachelor’s degree in science, Animal Science/Biology preferred.
  • A strong work ethic, good physical condition, and a willingness to learn.
  • Must be able to adhere to our strict personal appearance requirements, no visible tattoos permitted.
  • Maintain a non-smoking work environment
  • Have the ability to work in all weather conditions
  • Experience in using or willing to learn to use trucks, tractors, weed eaters, and other types of machinery
  • Valid Driver’s license
  • Must be able to work weekends and holidays
  • Must be able to lift a minimum of 50lbs

How to Apply:

Send CV/resume, cover letter, and 3 references to:

Sarah Fitzgerald
Assistant Director
General Curator
Virginia Safari Park
229 Safari Lane
Natural Bridge, VA 24578
snfitzgerald@virginiasafaripark.com

https://www.virginiasafaripark.com/



Executive Director
Endangered Wolf Center, St. Louis County, MO

This is a senior-level management position that directly reports to the Board of Directors.

Annual Salary range: $100,000 - $125,000, which includes performance incentives


Leadership

  • Ability to lead a larger staff (25+ people), which includes coaching and developing a high-quality team of diverse and professional staff
  • Represent the Center at community activities & events to enhance the organization's community profile, garner broad constituent support, and increase local awareness
  • Proven leader and relationship builder with the ability to clearly articulate the Center’s vision to members, donors, and other stakeholders
  • Directly responsible for guidance and direction of leadership team, including fundraising, donor relations, conservation, operations, guest services, and financial reporting
  • Collaborate with the Board of Directors & senior staff in developing and executing a vision and strategic plan to guide the organization
  • Act as a professional advisor to the Board of Director on all aspects of the organization's activities
  • Foster effective teamwork between the Board and the Executive Director and between the Executive Director and staff
  • Conduct official correspondence on behalf of the Board as appropriate and jointly with the Board when appropriate
  • Develop valuable relationships with fellow non-profits and partnering organizations

Operational Planning and Management

  • Develop an operational plan which incorporates goals and objectives that work towards the strategic direction of the organization
  • Ensure that the operation of the organization meets the expectations of its clients, Board and donors
  • Oversee the efficient and effective day-to-day operation of the organization
  • Draft policies for the approval of the Board and prepare procedures to implement the organizational policies; review existing policies on an annual basis and recommend changes to the Board as appropriate
  • Ensure that personnel, client, donor and volunteer files are securely stored and privacy/confidentiality is maintained

Program Planning and Management

  • Oversee the planning, implementation and evaluation of the organization's programs and services
  • Ensure that the programs and services offered by the organization contribute to the organization's mission and reflect the priorities of the Board
  • Oversee the planning, implementation, execution and evaluation of special projects

Human Resources Planning and Management

  • Determine staffing requirements for organizational management and program delivery
  • Oversee the implementation of the human resources policies, procedures and practices including the development of job description for all staff
  • Recruit, interview and select staff that have the right technical and personal abilities to help further the organization's mission
  • Develop a strong organizational culture that prioritizes transparency and collaboration throughout the organization

Financial Planning and Management

  • Work with staff and the Board (Finance Committee) to prepare and maintain a comprehensive budget
  • Work with the Board to secure adequate funding for the operation of the organization
  • Participate in fundraising activities as appropriate and work to expand the donor base
  • Complete other duties as assigned by the Board of Directors

Experience Requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree & 5+ years of experience in the nonprofit field, or 10+ years of experience in the nonprofit field
  • Proven experience as an executive director or other managerial position
  • Knowledge of leadership and management principles as they relate to non-profit/ voluntary organizations
  • Knowledge of current community challenges and opportunities relating to the mission of the organization
  • Knowledge of financial management
  • Previous experience working at a wildlife facility or related facility preferred
  • Experience managing long-term capital projects preferred
  • Demonstration of progressive leadership and management experience throughout career

Required Skill Sets

  • Passion, commitment and integrity in meeting the needs of the organization
  • Servant leadership style
  • Collaborative communication style
  • Possesses strong communication skills, including listening, collaboration, and thoughtful dialogue
  • Excellent time-management
  • Professionalism
  • Positive attitude

How to Apply:

Send CV/resume, cover letter, and 3 references to:
Sarah Holaday
Director of Animal Care & Conservation
sholaday@endangeredwolfcenter.org

https://www.endangeredwolfcenter.org/



Senior Zookeeper
ZooWorld Zoological Park, Panama City Beach, FL

Seeking a Senior Zookeeper

The ideal candidate will be highly skilled, experienced and professional. One who would thrive being responsible for assisting in the management of a team of zookeepers and ensuring the wellbeing, health and safety of the zoos animal collection. This Senior keeper will also play a crucial role in conservation efforts, education and public engagement.


Responsibilities:

  • Participating in and supervising the daily care and husbandry of the zoo’s animal collection. This includes feeding, cleaning, enriching and providing any needed medical care necessary.
  • Monitoring the behavior and health of the zoo’s animal collection and immediately communicating with the curator any issues or concerns.
  • Developing and implementing an enrichment program in conjunction with the enrichment committee
  • Leading and assisting in the management of a team of permanent and seasonal zoo keepers. This may be assigning tasks, providing efficiency audits, scheduling, etc. to ensure the efficient operation of the animal care department
  • Training new staff, setting performance standards and providing guidance as needed
  • Fostering a collaborative and positive work environment amongst team members
  • Maintaining accurate and up to date records of animal health, behavior and breeding programs.
  • Engage the public through educational programs, guided tours and impromptu animal talks to promote wildlife conservation and environmental awareness.
  • Ensure that safety protocols and procedures are followed to prevent accidents and ensure the wellbeing of staff, zoo guests and animals

Requirements:

  • A minimum of 3 years in a paid zoological position working with a wide variety of species with a track record of increasing responsibilities
  • Strong knowledge of animal husbandry and behavior
  • Excellent leadership skills
  • A desire to learn and grow in the animal care field
  • Effective communication and public speaking skills
  • Physical fitness and the ability to perform physically demanding tasks.
  • A dedication to wildlife conservation and education.

Compensation:

Pay scale ranging from $15.50 - $17.50/ hour dependent upon experience.

401k with matching and profit share

80 hours PTO, 2 three-day weekends every 6 weeks

Bonus pay twice yearly


How to Apply:

Send resume and cover letter to curator@zooworldpcb.com with the subject line “Senior Keeper.”


https://zooworldpcb.com/



Associate Veterinarian
Fort Worth Zoo, Fort Worth, TX

Summary:

As a member of the team of veterinarians, execute the animal health program for the Zoo, including the preventive health program, the care of sick, injured or orphaned animals, the pathology program, supporting and interfacing with other Zoo departments, assisting with the supervision of animal health staff, and participation in conservation, research and teaching aspects of the animal health program.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist with the development and execution of the preventive health program for the Zoo, including protocols for quarantine, pre-shipment, disease surveillance, pathology, disinfections of animal enclosures and equipment, parasite control, annual exams, and vaccination
  • Respond to animal health alerts and address animal health concerns as they are posed by animal care staff throughout the Zoo
  • Supervise and direct technical staff as they assist during medical procedures
  • Comply with all Drug Enforcement Agency regulations regarding the ordering, inventory maintenance and use of controlled drugs
  • Maintain all necessary licenses in active status
  • Along with the senior veterinarian, interface with the united States Department of Agriculture and the Texas Animal Health Commission in the areas of animal care, animal shipment, animal disease surveillance and reporting, including compliance with all federal and state regulations governing the above activities
  • Be familiar with and participate fully in emergency response preparedness and execution, including dangerous animal escapes, fire, weather emergencies, and employee injury including potent narcotic exposure, venomous snakebites and trauma
  • Provide veterinary support to the Zoo’s ongoing research and conservation programs
  • Have primary responsibility for the development and execution of the senior veterinary student preceptorship program
  • Contribute to the advancement of zoological medicine through such activities as clinical research, medical publication, participation in national conferences, involvement in association or ACZM boards and committees, contribution to AZA related programs, etc.
  • In the absence of the senior veterinarian, function in the capacity of department director

Supervisory Responsibilities:

Demonstrates leadership of employees through ongoing training to include applicable laws, Zoo policies, business conduct and ethics and the provision of quality services to guests and employees supporting the highest level of program integrity.


Qualifications:

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

  • Must possess working knowledge of:
    • Veterinary medical and surgical practice and their application to non-domestic animals
    • Principles of anatomy, physiology and behavior of a large variety of animal species
    • Principles and procedures of safe animal handling and restraint techniques
    • Occupational hazards and safety practices
  • Must possess the ability to:
    • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing
    • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work
    • Maintain mental capacity which permits making sound decisions and using good judgment, prioritizing work activities, demonstrating intellectual capabilities
    • Maintain physical condition appropriate to the performance of assigned duties and responsibilities which may include sitting, walking or standing for extended periods of time, working closely with others, operating assigned equipment
    • Valid driver license with acceptable motor vehicle record to maintain zoo standards of insurability

Education and/or Experience:

  • DVM, VMD or equivalent degree from an accredited college of veterinary medicine
  • Successful completion of the National Board of Veterinary Medicine and the Clinical Competency Test
  • Advanced training in the field of zoological medicine in the form of an ACZM recognized zoological medicine residency program, or 5 years experience in clinical zoo practice

Certificates, Licenses, and/or Registrations:

  • Maintenance of a license to practice veterinary medicine in the state of Texas, which requires compliance with annual continuing education requirements as set by the Texas State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners
  • Maintenance of a Controlled Substances Registration with the Texas Department of Public Safety

Physical Demands:

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


Work Environment:

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

  • Team oriented zoo environment
  • Exposure to a variety of animals, animal body fluids and animal odors
  • Exposure to potentially dangerous animal situations
  • Exposure to potentially zoonotic diseases
  • Exposure to disinfecting, laboratory, and medical chemicals
  • Exposure to working outdoors in all weather conditions
  • Flexible work schedule that requires being on call during off hours (including weekends and holidays)
  • Ability to work special events and functions as required
  • This position may be safety sensitive
  • This position may work around animals susceptible to specific diseases, thus may be subject to regular tuberculosis and rabies titer testing, and the routine use of personal protective equipment such as gloves, face masks

How to Apply:

To view the full listing, including benefits, and to apply, visit https://us231.dayforcehcm.com/CandidatePortal/en-US/fwzoo/Posting/View/1548.

https://www.fortworthzoo.org/



Ungulates Wildlife Care Specialist
San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance, San Diego, CA

HOW YOU WILL IMPACT OUR MISSION

The Wildlife Care Specialist will support San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance’s mission of saving species worldwide by overseeing all aspects of the safe care and handling of an assigned wildlife collection. This position reports to the Lead or Supervisor.


WHAT YOU WILL DO

  • Prepares food and water for habitat wildlife
  • Loads and unloads food from trucks
  • Feeds exhibit wildlife
  • Administers prescribed medication and keeps feeding records
  • Observes assigned wildlife
  • Reports abnormal conditions to superiors
  • Cleans exhibit areas, pools, wildlife sleeping areas and service areas
  • Cleans and disinfects utensils, work tools and containers
  • Provides species-appropriate enrichment to assigned wildlife
  • Maintains appropriate health and behavior records on assigned wildlife
  • Responds to questions from the public concerning exhibits
  • Provides exhibit security
  • Participates in capturing, incapacitating and moving wildlife
  • Participates in and supports wildlife training programs
  • Assists medical staff in treating wildlife
  • Performs minor or routine maintenance on exhibit enclosures
  • Reports maintenance needs
  • Operates a variety of light and medium equipment

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR

  • JOB EXPERIENCE
    • One to two years of work experience in a Zoo or similar environment where appropriate knowledge and skills in wildlife care could be acquired.
  • EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS
    • Bachelor’s Degree in Zoology, Life Science, or other related field preferred.
    • Current valid California Driver's License in good standing.
  • SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE
    • Wildlife behavior
    • Wildlife biology and zoology
    • Care, feeding and handling of wild wildlife
    • Safety practices around wild wildlife
    • Techniques for restraining or capturing wild wildlife
    • Public Speaking
    • Deal tactfully and courteously with others
    • Adhere to the organization’s policies, procedures and regulations
    • Competently perform the essential functions outlined above

SOME OF THE PERKS YOU WILL ENJOY AS A TEAM MEMBER

  • Free admission to the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park
  • Family Passes
  • Complimentary Tickets
  • Local and In-House Discounts
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Wellness Program

IMPORTANT DETAILS

  • Location: Escondido, CA
  • Position Type: Hourly Full-Time Non-Exempt Union Position - If selected, there will be Union fees and dues to be paid to the Union
  • Hourly Rate: $24.29

Be an ally for wildlife by joining our team!


How to Apply:

To view the full posting and to apply, please visit https://us231.dayforcehcm.com/CandidatePortal/en-US/sdzwa/Site/SafariParkCareersExternal/Posting/View/14049.


https://sandiegozoowildlifealliance.org/



Part-time Veterinary Assistant
Fort Worth Zoo, Fort Worth, TX

Summary:

This position is responsible for assisting and supporting veterinarians and veterinary technicians with medical diagnostics and clinical procedures, patient care, laboratory analysis, filling prescriptions, administration of treatments, and maintenance of clinical facilities and equipment. This position is also responsible for assisting with husbandry work at the hospital as needed.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist veterinary technicians during medical procedures including set up and use of equipment and supplies, recording patient monitoring, breakdown and clean up after procedure
  • Assist veterinary technicians with in house laboratory analyses and organizing samples for long-term storage.
  • As directed by the veterinarian, assist veterinary technicians with filling prescriptions and administering treatments
  • Assist veterinary technicians in the daily care of ICU and neonatal patients, following protocols for patient care, monitoring, and record keeping that have been established by the senior technician or veterinarian
  • Follow all safety protocols and comply with regulatory requirements concerning:
    • Disposal of biological products
    • Inventory of controlled drugs (DEA)
    • Radiation Safety (Federal Radiation and Safety Administration)
    • Protection from zoonotic disease
    • OSHA
  • Assist in the maintenance and organization of the clinical supply inventory, and in the proper maintenance of medical equipment, sterile supplies and surgical instruments
  • Assist hospital staff with cleaning and organizing in the hospital as directed by the veterinarian, veterinary technicians, or hospital keepers and follow all hospital protocols for facility sanitation and disinfection, including janitorial duties
  • Assist hospital keepers with husbandry duties such as cleaning enclosures from which animals have been moved, cleaning dishes and tools, preparing diets

Qualifications:

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

  • Valid driver license with acceptable motor vehicle record to maintain zoo standards of insurability
  • Must possess working knowledge of:
    • Basic methods and techniques of veterinary clinical procedures
    • Observational skills for medical procedures and patient monitoring
    • Basic principles of anatomy, physiology and behavior of a variety of animal species
    • Basic principles and procedures of safe animal handling and restraint techniques of a variety of animal species
    • Operational characteristics of veterinary equipment and instruments
  • Must possess the ability to:
    • Work with a variety of domestic and wild animals
    • Provide appropriate and timely assistance with medical procedures in a variety of situations and conditions
    • React appropriately and calmly in emergency situations
    • Understand and follow written and oral instructions and priorities as set by supervisor
    • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing
    • Work independently in the absence of immediate supervision
    • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work
    • Maintain mental capacity which permits making sound decisions and good judgments, prioritizing work activities, demonstrating intellectual capabilities
    • Maintain physical condition appropriate to the performance of assigned duties and responsibilities which may include sitting, walking or standing for extended periods of time, working closely with others, operating assigned equipment

Education and/or Experience:

  • Current student status or completion of a veterinary assistant program or,
  • Current student status in an accredited veterinary technology program or,
  • Prior work experience in the veterinary medicine field

Physical Demands:

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


Work Environment:

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

  • Team oriented zoo environment
  • Exposure to a variety of animals, animal body fluids and animal odors
  • Exposure to potentially dangerous animal situations
  • Exposure to potentially zoonotic diseases
  • Exposure to disinfecting, laboratory, and medical chemicals
  • Exposure to working outdoors in all weather conditions
  • Flexible work schedule that may include weekends and holidays
  • Ability to work special events and functions as required
  • This position may be safety sensitive
  • This position may work around animals susceptible to specific diseases, thus may be subject to regular tuberculosis and rabies titer testing, and the routine use of personal protective equipment such as gloves, face masks

How to Apply:

To view the full listing and to apply, visit https://us231.dayforcehcm.com/CandidatePortal/en-US/fwzoo/Posting/View/1524.

https://www.fortworthzoo.org/



Animal Handler I
Niabi Zoo, Rock Island County, IL

Basic Function:

Under general supervision performs a variety of responsible manual and maintenance duties in the care and proactive husbandry of exotic and domestic animals in the Forest Preserve District’s-Niabi Zoo. Incumbent provides proper nutrition and proactive animal husbandry for all animals within the zoo, assists in the provision of veterinary medical treatment of the collection along with performing general maintenance duties in the upkeep of animal habitats and zoo grounds. Incumbent is required to work within teams along with autonomous work throughout the day. The employee receives continuing or individual assignments from the Assistant Director/Curator, generally indicating work to be done, limitations, quality and quantity expected, deadlines and priority of assignments.


Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

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

Position Requirements and Specifications:

  • Education, Experience, & License Requirements
    • Bachelor's degree in biology or zoology, or related field is required supplemented by two or more years’ experience in zoo keeping/managed animal care, and care of exotic animals in a zoo or aquarium setting. A Bachelor’s degree may be substituted with a minimum of four years’ full-time experience at a ZAA or AZA accredited institution working as an animal handler/keeper/caregiver.
    • Must have an appropriate, valid driver’s license and a clear background check.
  • Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
    • Working knowledge of environmental, health, and dietary needs of animals; operant conditioning, environmental enrichment and overall best practices in animal welfare/wellness; animal restraint and safe handling and capture techniques; basic facility maintenance/lawn care; typical behaviors of a variety of animals; zoo operations; public relations techniques.
    • Knowledge of basic animal care including related safety precautions.
    • Knowledge of the principles and practices involved in the proactive care of a wide variety of zoo animals within all genera.
    • Ability to learn and willingness to adhere to Niabi Zoo/ Rock Island County Forest Preserve District standards and codes, practices, policies and procedures.
    • Ability to establish and maintain effective and constructive working relationships within a diverse group of coworkers.
    • Ability to perform duties in or on uneven surfaces, extreme heat, cold and in severe weather.
    • Ability to communicate with the public tactfully and courteously.
    • Ability to communicate clearly both orally and in writing.
    • Skill in the physical handling and management of a variety of zoo animals.
    • Skill in the operation of maintenance equipment, including, but not limited to motor vehicles, personal computers, hand tools, power tools and related equipment.
  • Physical Requirements: Task involves the regular, and at times sustained, performance of heavier physical tasks such as walking over rough or uneven surfaces, bending, stooping, working in confined spaces and lifting or carrying moderately heavy (20-75 pound) items and occasionally very heavy (100 pounds or over with team members) items; or may involve the complex operation of gasoline, electric or diesel-powered machinery or shop equipment requiring the manipulation of multiple controls, fine adjustments or both; or the sustained operation, on a production basis.
  • Medical Requirements: Obtain a negative TB test, COVID vaccine with at least one booster and Rabies vaccine prior to start date of hired. Must produce proof of test and vaccines at time of hire. Must adhere to all State mandated, Zoo mandated; evolving Pandemic Safety Measures.
  • Environmental Requirements: Task may require frequent exposure to adverse environmental conditions.
  • Sensory Requirements: Task requires color perception and discrimination. Task requires sound perception and discrimination. Task requires odor perception and discrimination. Task requires visual perception and discrimination. Task requires oral communications ability.

Applications for this position will be accepted until position is filled.


How to Apply:

Please email a cover letter, resume, and three references to Tammy Schmidt, Assistant Director at Niabi Zoological Park, at tschmidt@niabizoo.com.

https://www.niabizoo.com/



Saltwater Engagement Specialist
Blue Zoo, Baton Rouge, LA
Blue Zoo, Spokane, WA


At Blue Zoo, we're not just caretakers of aquatic life; we're creators of unforgettable experiences. We're seeking enthusiastic team members passionate about engaging with guests of all ages, especially children. As a Saltwater Engagement Specialist, you'll play a crucial role in bringing our exhibits to life and fostering a deeper connection between our animals and visitors.


About Us:

Blue Zoo's success hinges on the collective efforts of our Animal Care Team. We're not just a typical aquarium; we're a place where guests can interact with our diverse aquatic life. Our Animal Care Team ensures the well-being of our animals while providing our guests with unparalleled interactions and memories.


Your Role: Saltwater Engagement Specialist

As a member of our Saltwater Engagement Team, you'll be responsible for more than just husbandry duties. Your role will involve:

  • Providing daily care to animals and their exhibits, fostering a clean and enriching environment.
  • Maintaining life support systems to ensure optimal animal health.
  • Vigilantly testing and monitoring water quality to guarantee a safe and nurturing habitat.
  • Maintaining detailed records of animal care and exhibit conditions.
  • Engaging with guests through dynamic public presentations and feeding demonstrations.
  • Preparing meals tailored to our animal collection's dietary needs.
  • Developing the ability to recognize signs of potential diseases.
  • Ensuring behind-the-scenes areas are organized and hygienic.
  • Collaborating effectively within a team and assisting in various areas as required.

Qualifications:

  • A degree (A.A, A.S, B.A, or B.S), preferably with a focus on biology, zoology, or related sciences. However, hands-on experience and knowledge in these fields will also be considered.
  • A proven track record in working with saltwater habitats.
  • Strong teamwork, communication, and independent work capabilities.
  • A positive, outgoing demeanor that resonates with both children and adults.
  • Willingness to work flexible hours, including holidays and weekends.
  • Bonus points for experience in plumbing and electrical work.

Physical Requirements:

  • Capable of occasional lifting of up to 50 lbs.
  • Proficient in tasks requiring sight, hearing, standing, walking, stooping, kneeling, and crouching.
  • Comfortable swimming occasionally.

Position Details:

  • Job Type: Full time
  • Compensation: Commensurate with experience
  • $17.74 Husbandry Spokane
  • $16.00 Husbandry Baton Rouge

Join Us:

If you're excited to immerse yourself in an opportunity that goes beyond typical husbandry roles and allows you to connect with guests and inspire curiosity, we encourage you to apply. Please send your resumes to David Houghton at david@bluezoo.us. This is a full-time position, and we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

https://bluezoo.us/



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


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, Lynx, 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 Prerequisites:

  • 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 enrichment
    • Managing interns and docents
    • Public interactions with guests in a courteous and professional manner
    • Follow safety procedures, be reliable and show initiative
  • Requirements:
    • A degree in biology, zoological or a related field
    • Must be a minimum of 18 years of age
    • At least 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 $31,600. Salary is dependent upon experience. Paid vacation, tour tips and bonuses are included. This position works an 8 hour day, 5 days a week.


How to apply

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

https://pantherridge.org/



Senior Animal Care Carnivore
Frank Buck Zoo, Gainesville, TX


Competitive starting pay for those with experience. Additional skills that may earn additional pay:

  • Paid sustained experience managing and maintaining torpor cycle in native bears.
  • Paid sustained experience managing, carnivore operant conditioning schedule. Crocodilian a plus.
  • Paid sustained experience darting, capture, transport of various carnivore species.
  • Paid tactical firearms/emergency response training.

Do you have longevity in your current Animal Care position, but feel “stuck”? Are you interested in experiencing implementation of husbandry changes in real time? Yearning for opportunities to network with colleagues to share best practices in Animal Care? Discover the opportunities offered at the small and mighty municipal zoo team at the Frank Buck Zoo in North Texas. Accredited by the Zoological Association of American the facility sits on 12 acres. Located in rural, affordable Gainesville area that is quickly developing. Big developments are on the horizon. We are looking now to add mature, committed individuals that prioritize animal welfare, productivity and value team dynamics. If you are looking for a place where your contributions to the mission of “Connecting Visitors With Nature” can make a big impact, this may be the opportunity you are looking for.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

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

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

Qualifications

The ideal candidate works well both independently, is mission motivated and engages as an active member of an existing team. Provides complete, succinct measurable documentation. Provides exceptional customer. Thrives in a fast paced environment. Has a good sense of humor. Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree in Zoo Technology, Biology, Animal Science, Wildlife Studies or related field. Four years or more sustained paid experience in professional zoological setting.


Benefits

  • Health Benefits: The City of Gainesville provides medical and prescription coverage for eligible employees through Texas Health Benefits Pool (TX Health) at no cost to the employee. Coverage begins on the first day of the month following the employee’s date of hire. Voluntary dental and vision benefits are also available at the employee’s expense.
  • Life Insurance: The City of Gainesville provides eligible employees with $10,000 in life insurance coverage and $10,000 in accidental death and dismemberment insurance. Coverage begins on the first day of the month following the employee’s date of hire.
  • Flexible Spending: The City of Gainesville offers Section 125 Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA’s) for eligible employees through TML Health. The maximum amount an employee may contribute to an FSA is $3,050 annually.
  • CareFlite Caring-Heart Membership: CareFlite membership protects eligible employees and their family members living in their household against out of pocket costs for medically necessary transports. All costs not covered by the employee's health insurance are absorbed by the membership program.
  • Holidays, Vacation, and Sick Leave: Paid holidays include New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving, the day after Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Vacation is accrued as follows for regular full-time and part-time employees:
    • 10 days’ vacation per year
    • 15 days’ vacation per year after 5 years of service
    • 20 days’ vacation per year after 15 years of service
    • Sick leave is accrued at the rate of 8 hours per month for regular full-time employees.
  • Retirement: The City of Gainesville participates in the Texas Municipal Retirement System (TMRS). Eligible employees are automatically enrolled as a member of TMRS upon hire. Employee contribution rate is 6%; the City matches member contributions on a 1.5 to 1 basis upon retirement of the employee. Employees are vested in TMRS after earning 5 years of service credit. Employees are eligible to retire when vested and at least age 60 or have 20 year of service credit at any age.
  • Longevity Pay: Longevity pay is paid every year on the first day of December. Eligible employees receive $60.00 for each full fiscal year they have been employed with the City.
  • Employee Assistance Program

How to apply

Send letter of interest and resume to: skleven@cogtx.org.

http://gainesville.tx.us/1064/Frank-Buck-Zoo



Senior Animal Care African Hoof Stock
Frank Buck Zoo, Gainesville, TX


Competitive starting pay for those with experience. Additional skills that may earn additional pay:

  • Paid sustained experience with free-contact handling of camels.
  • Paid sustained proven experience training giraffe for voluntary hoof-work.
  • Paid sustained experience darting, capture, transport of various African Hoof stock.
  • Paid tactical firearms/emergency response training.

Do you have longevity in your current Animal Care position, but feel “stuck”? Are you interested in experiencing implementation of husbandry changes in real time? Yearning for opportunities to network with colleagues to share best practices in Animal Care? Discover the opportunities offered at the small and mighty municipal zoo team at the Frank Buck Zoo in North Texas. Accredited by the Zoological Association of American the facility sits on 12 acres. Located in rural, affordable Gainesville area that is quickly developing. Big developments are on the horizon. We are looking now to add mature, committed individuals that prioritize animal welfare, productivity and value team dynamics. If you are looking for a place where your contributions to the mission of “Connecting Visitors With Nature” can make a big impact, this may be the opportunity you are looking for.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

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

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

Qualifications

The ideal candidate works well both independently, is mission motivated and engages as an active member of an existing team. Provides complete, succinct measurable documentation. Provides exceptional customer. Thrives in a fast paced environment. Has a good sense of humor. Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree in Zoo Technology, Biology, Animal Science, Wildlife Studies or related field. Four years or more sustained paid experience in professional zoological setting.


Benefits

  • Health Benefits: The City of Gainesville provides medical and prescription coverage for eligible employees through Texas Health Benefits Pool (TX Health) at no cost to the employee. Coverage begins on the first day of the month following the employee’s date of hire. Voluntary dental and vision benefits are also available at the employee’s expense.
  • Life Insurance: The City of Gainesville provides eligible employees with $10,000 in life insurance coverage and $10,000 in accidental death and dismemberment insurance. Coverage begins on the first day of the month following the employee’s date of hire.
  • Flexible Spending: The City of Gainesville offers Section 125 Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA’s) for eligible employees through TML Health. The maximum amount an employee may contribute to an FSA is $3,050 annually.
  • CareFlite Caring-Heart Membership: CareFlite membership protects eligible employees and their family members living in their household against out of pocket costs for medically necessary transports. All costs not covered by the employee's health insurance are absorbed by the membership program.
  • Holidays, Vacation, and Sick Leave: Paid holidays include New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving, the day after Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Vacation is accrued as follows for regular full-time and part-time employees:
    • 10 days’ vacation per year
    • 15 days’ vacation per year after 5 years of service
    • 20 days’ vacation per year after 15 years of service
    • Sick leave is accrued at the rate of 8 hours per month for regular full-time employees.
  • Retirement: The City of Gainesville participates in the Texas Municipal Retirement System (TMRS). Eligible employees are automatically enrolled as a member of TMRS upon hire. Employee contribution rate is 6%; the City matches member contributions on a 1.5 to 1 basis upon retirement of the employee. Employees are vested in TMRS after earning 5 years of service credit. Employees are eligible to retire when vested and at least age 60 or have 20 year of service credit at any age.
  • Longevity Pay: Longevity pay is paid every year on the first day of December. Eligible employees receive $60.00 for each full fiscal year they have been employed with the City.
  • Employee Assistance Program

How to apply

Send letter of interest and resume to: skleven@cogtx.org.

http://gainesville.tx.us/1064/Frank-Buck-Zoo



Lead Keeper
Salisbury Zoo, Salisbury, MD


Position Profile:

Under the general direction of the Zoo Director, plan, organize and coordinate the day-to-day workflow of the animal care team that includes Full Time Keepers, Relief Keepers and volunteers engaged in, but not limited to, animal care, feeding, cleaning, handling and exhibit projects/maintenance. Performs other duties as assigned.

Salary: $53,312.00

Type: Full Time

Benefits: Full Benefits


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Administration/Department Administration: Manage the overall animal care team and procedures while performing routine animal husbandry duties for living collections.
    • Prepares appropriate diets for all animals.
    • Cleans animals and maintains animal exhibits.
    • Observes animals for odd behavior or illness.
    • Assists the veterinarian in the treatment of animals with illnesses or injuries.
    • Mentor/share expertise with other zookeepers.
    • Assists with facility maintenance.
    • Plan and assign employee work and work schedules.
    • Assist in maintaining attendance and payroll records.
    • Assist in interviewing, selecting and training new employees.
    • Lead role in quarterly exhibit inspections.
    • Coordinate with other staff members new exhibit planning.
    • Help with general maintenance as needed.
    • Coordinate with Registrar for animal behavior enrichment activities.
    • Performs and records animal observations.
    • Handles and transports animals as needed. Both on and off site.
  • Skills Proficiency/Strategic Planning: Develops and implements policies for the organization that are goal-oriented and stimulate performance.
    • Coordinates Zoo’s exhibition program.
    • Member of Master Planning Committee.
    • Responsible for Safety program and trainings/drills.
    • Effectively prioritize and multitask with attention to detail.
  • Leadership/Team Leader: Provides strong guidance and oversight. Instills confidence and inspires action while maintaining accountability.
    • Supervise and lead the Animal Care team
    • Provides consultation and direction to improve work relationships, build morale and increase productivity and retention.
    • Review and verify progress and development of staff within career ladder program
    • Conduct performance appraisals of assigned staff.
    • Act as a representative of the City of Salisbury to the public.
  • Stewardship/Financial: Prepares and manages portions of capital and operating budgets within established guidelines.
    • Experience managing department budgets
    • Approve and track daily spending of designated accounts.
  • Development/Leadership Development: Provides opportunities to engage in leadership development and learn about career advancement.
    • Keeps informed on current Zoological and animal care practices by attending workshops and educational programs or reading specialized literature.
    • Maintain and establishes essential training programs
    • Generate individual annual performance goals that reflect institutional mission and strategic priorities.
    • Provides opportunities and/or training for department staff to engage in professional development, career advancement and other City initiatives that will help recruit and retain staff, improve interdepartmental relations, and increase the department’s effectiveness and efficiency in serving the general public.
    • Works on improving leadership skills by attending relevant meetings and trainings.

Performance Expectations

  • Communication: Articulates thoughts and ideas clearly and effectively to exchange information. Listens to others and provides useful feedback. Effectively communicate with the public courteously and tactfully at all times.
  • Work Ethic: Demonstrates personal accountability, effective work habits, integrity and ethical behavior.
  • Teamwork: Works well as a part of a team through respectful and collaborative relationships with colleagues, customers, affiliates and stakeholder groups.
  • Problem Solving: Improves, designs, refines, finds and invents criteria in order to resolve problems. This combines creative and critical thinking.
  • Initiative: Takes charge before others do and/or without being instructed.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Zoology or related field
  • Five years of related experience.
  • Equivalent combination of education and experience considered.
  • Obtain CPR/first aid certification.
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Institutional Records Keeping Population Management.
  • Exceptional leadership skills with experience managing multitalented teams.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Ability to read, analyze and interpret complex documents.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with the public courteously and tactfully at all times.
  • Capability to solve problems creatively, establish facts and draw valid conclusions.
  • Knowledge of safe animal handling procedures.
  • Working knowledge of City policies and procedures.

Physical Requirements

Work is performed in and around zoo facilities and involves exposure to extreme weather conditions, contact with exotic animals and considerable physical effort in the handling of materials up to 50 pounds and/or continual standing or walking 60% of the time.


Additional Notes

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

Visit https://salisbury.md/application.

https://salisburyzoo.org/



Lead Keeper - Assistant Supervisor Position
Nurtured by Nature/Animal Educators, Inc., San Diego, CA


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


Requirements:

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

Position Description:

  • Lead Keeper, Assistant Manager, Tour Guide
  • Hourly position – $20/hr-$26/hr (additional employer contributed $450/mo medical benefits or equivalent pay included if you receive medical benefits from another source). Wage depends on level of experience. Room for compensation advancement.
  • Two weeks annual paid vacation
  • Full time (40 hours/week, possibly but rarely up to 50 hours/week)
  • Job duties:
    • General animal husbandry & maintenance
    • Care for diverse collection of small exotic animals including, but not limited to, armadillos, sloth, paca, kangaroo, foxes, capybara, lemurs, otters, serval, jackals, birds, and reptiles
    • Supervise volunteers and small staff in the daily care of above animals
    • Maintain integrity and safety of animal enclosures
    • Animal medical care
    • Tour guide/program host
    • Occasional bottle raising of baby animals
    • Research animal issues and resolve them accordingly
  • Position will require successful completion of a 6-month probationary period.

How to apply

To apply please send introduction cover letter, references, and resume to nurturedbynature01@gmail.com. with Lead Keeper in the subject line.

https://nurturedbynature.org/



Ambassador Animal Specialist
New Mexico Wildlife Center, Española, NM


NMWC MISSION: Connect people and wildlife through conservation education and rehabilitation because a world with wildlife is a better world

CLASSIFICATION: Full-time hourly, non-exempt

REPORTS TO: Senior Raptor Trainer

SUPERVISES: Interns and Volunteers

WORK HOURS: Five days/40 hours per week which may include weekends, some nights and holidays

SALARY RANGE: $19.00 - $22.00 per hour

BENEFITS: Paid Time Off (PTO) 48 hours first year of employment; Paid Holidays: New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day; Paid Sick Leave (PSL); Monthly Partial Health Insurance Premium Reimbursement ($300 single/$600 married); Cost of Living Bonus $300 monthly for FY2023-24

OVERTIME: Overtime is 1.5x regular hourly rate, with prior written approval of supervisor.


MAJOR DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

  • AMBASSADOR ANIMALS
    • Responsible for the care, husbandry, and welfare of NMWC’s Ambassador Animals including training, enrichment, enclosures, furnishings, diet, and Quality of Life assessments.
    • Implement and update training protocols and procedures.
    • Completes and maintains accurate reports and records.
    • Report animal care and habitat improvements to the Senior Raptor Trainer.
  • EDUCATION PROGRAM
    • Plays an active role in welcoming and hosting program participants and visitors.
    • Leads daily animal presentations for visitors.
    • Ensures the accuracy, relevancy, and quality of Education Program content.
  • FACILITIES
    • Inspect, identify, communicate, and solve with the Education team any maintenance repairs needed for the safety of animals, visitors, and staff as well as overall upkeep of the facilities.
    • Maintains adequate stock of all Education and Animal supplies.

KEY QUALIFICATIONS & SKILLS

  • A passion for NMWC’s mission.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences, Environmental Education, Wildlife Management, or related field required.
  • Minimum two years professional experience working with mammals and raptors related to husbandry, training, and enrichment; a combination of education, related volunteer work and professional positions may be considered.
  • Must be able to read, write, and speak clearly in English with a demonstrated proficiency and comfort with public speaking. Spanish fluency highly desired.
  • Ability to lift and/or move 50 lbs. and able to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions.
  • Possess or ability to obtain a valid New Mexico driver’s license.
  • Able to adjust plans quickly and efficiently; identify and correct operational problems quickly; able to solve problems and make decisions often with minimal guidance.
  • Experience creating and delivering conservation/environmental education programs.

How to apply

Email cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references to matthew@newmexicowildlifecenter.org. No phone calls please. Only complete applications will be considered. Visit http://www.newmexicowildlifecenter.org to view the complete position description.



Animal Keeper
NOVA Wild, Vienna, VA

DESCRIPTION

The NOVA Wild is a newly formed zoo and safari park located in Vienna, Virginia. NOVA Wild is American Humane Certified and ZAA Accredited.

We are growing and seeking to hire a forward-thinking, energetic individual on our animal care team. We are seeking applicants with experience with primates, hoof stock, small mammals, and carnivores. We also prefer keepers with some animal ambassador programming, public speaking, training, animal rearing, and/or enrichment experience.

Keepers will work closely under the Lead Keeper and Curator to ensure high standards of animal care and welfare are met. Keepers are responsible for ensuring all daily animal care duties are performed.


DUTIES

  • Performs animal care operations with the team under supervision of the Curator and Lead Keeper.
  • Ensure animals are held to high animal welfare standards exceeding USDA, ZAA, and AH standards
  • Helps animal training, enrichment, and ambassador animal programs under direction of Lead Keepers and Curator
  • Maintains animal care reports, medical records, and adherence to animal care protocols
  • Ensures daily delivery of animal medications, diets, and enrichment
  • Reports animal behavior and medical concerns to Lead Keeper and Curators. Assists with medical procedures. Functions as a member of the animal escape and recapture team.
  • Looks forward and completes preventative habitat maintenance, creating work orders for repairs to the maintenance team. Maintains park and habitat cleanliness standards
  • Thorough knowledge of rearing animals and breeding procedures
  • Develops seasonal staff, interns, and volunteers to run assigned routines operationally
  • Performs other duties as assigned

EDUCATION AND PREREQUISITES

  • 1-3 years of animal care experience in a zoological setting
  • Higher education, with preference towards a Bachelor’s science in Biology or Zoology preferred
  • Experience speaking in public with a professional demeanor
  • Experience assisting with volunteer, intern, enrichment, and training programs preferred
  • Experience with large animal restraint, animal ambassador programs, hand-rearing, hoof care, forage programs, body conditions, gestation and or breeding periods are preferred
  • Must have the ability to work in all weather conditions, able to see color, be physically fit, able to stand/stoop/crawl, able to run, and lift a minimum of 50 lbs.
  • Experience with yard maintenance machinery and power tools
  • Valid driver’s license and able to work weekends/holidays

Pay is commensurate with experience.


How to Apply:

Please send your cover letter and resume to Elizabeth Kruckow, Director of Animal Welfare at elizabeth@novawild.org.


https://novawild.org



Director of Animal Care and Health
Como Zoo, Saint Paul, MN


General Duty Statement: The City of Saint Paul is seeking a strong leader to provide effective management of Animal Care & Veterinary Care teams, a diverse animal collection, and a safe and enjoyable visitor experience at Como Zoo.

The ideal candidate:

  • The ideal candidate serves as the senior manager for the collection of animals and is part of the overall Como Management team to maintain the highest standard of animal care.
  • Exceptional leadership skills which include being a role model, inspiring others to work towards a shared vision, challenging self, and others to look for innovative ways to foster collaboration, trust, and team building to improve the Zoo.
  • Ability to strategically develop, direct, and oversee the planning and caring of the collection including nutrition and veterinarian healthcare, acquisitions and dispositions, breeding, and record keeping.

Description of work

  • Program Administration: Staff management of approximately 28 Zoo staff members. Directs and coordinates the programs and activities of programs assigned to the Animal Management section. Ensures expenditures remain within the assigned budget. Recommends changes in priorities and utilization of resources to meet program needs.
  • Collections and Conservation Management: Conducts animal collection planning, acquisition and disposition of animals, and protocols to meet exhibit and other program objectives. Follows accreditation standards and ethical standards established by the AZA, federal regulations, international treaties, state law and zoo policies. Participates in leading Como's conservation initiatives and programs.
  • Exhibit Planning and Visitor Experience: Participates in project teams to develop new exhibits. Collaborates with consultants and exhibit design firms on continuing development of the master plan to improve animal wellness and visitor experience.
  • Animal Care and Health: Provides appropriate nutrition, housing, regular veterinary check-ups, medical treatment, mental stimulation, and preventive care to ensure an animal's overall well-being and quality of life. Takes an active leadership role to collaborate with other accredited zoos to ensure long-term viable collections of species to represent, conserve and protect the wildlife of the world in North American zoos.

Benefits:
The City of Saint Paul offers an excellent benefits package including health insurance, life insurance, retirement contributions, and holiday, vacation, and sick leave paid time off.


Salary: $43.47 - $55.82 Hourly or $90,417.60 - $116,105.60 Annually


Como Park Zoo and Conservatory:
For over one hundred years, Como Park has played a vital role in meeting the recreational needs of residents of Saint Paul and surrounding communities. The original vision was to create an outdoor haven for the area’s urban population and provide a wide variety of free or reasonably priced recreational activities, services, and educational opportunities for all park visitors. Today Como Park Zoo and Conservatory is operated by the Saint Paul Parks and Recreation Department. The zoo features seals and sea lions, a large cat exhibit, a variety of aquatic life, primates, birds, African hoofed animals, and a world class polar bear exhibit. Find out more about the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory here.


Equality and Inclusion:
The City of Saint Paul’s mission is to integrate equity and inclusion into how we approach all our work. Our vision is to be committed to building an equitable and inclusive city that will shift culture in city processes and policies, eliminate structural inequities, and ensure timely and relevant access to services, resources, support, and opportunity to every person in Saint Paul.


Requirements:

  • A Bachelor's Degree in Animal Husbandry, Biology, or a related field, and six years of experience leading the care and management of animals at an AZA accredited institution. The experience must meet at least TWO of the following requirements:
    • Planning exhibits
    • Developing policies and procedures
    • Involvement in budget development
  • Three years of supervisory experience is required.
  • Four years of additional experience may be substituted for the education requirement. There is no substitution for the supervisory experience requirement.

How to apply

For more information and to apply, visit https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/stpaul/jobs/4143612/director-of-animal-care-and-health?pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs.

https://comozooconservatory.org/


Temporary Mammal Keeper
Fort Worth Zoo, Fort Worth, TX

Summary:

To maintain and care for a variety of animals within the Zoo; to assist veterinary staff as needed; and to perform a variety of activities relative to the assigned area of responsibility. Positions at this level are initially expected to perform under immediate supervision, progressing to general supervision as knowledge of operating procedures is gained. This position is for 400 hours of work generally in the form of 10 weeks, 40-hour weeks.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Feed and water animals in and around existing quarters; clean, sanitize, maintain, and repair animal quarters as required; sweep, dust, and mop floors
  • Prepare diets for animals; clean and maintain work area and food storage containers
  • Maintain adequate records on daily activities; observe animal behavior for signs of illness, weight loss/gain or injury; report any signs of illness or injury; assist veterinarians in minor operations or related activity as needed
  • Assist in the training of assigned animals, guide animals through daily routines according to established training schedules and guidelines
  • Respond to public inquiries in a courteous manner; provide information within the area of assignment; resolve complaints in an efficient and timely manner
  • Care for new and quarantined animals when required; obtain and submit fecal samples as needed
  • Assist in directing the proper restraint, crating, moving, and uncrating of animals

Qualifications:

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

  • Demonstrated knowledge of:
    • Operations, services, and activities of a zoo animal program
    • Methods and techniques of handling a variety of animals
    • Proper feeding and diet requirements of a variety of animal species
    • Operational characteristics of animal handling and food preparation equipment
    • Safe work procedures when around animals
    • Principles and procedures of record keeping
  • Must possess ability to:
    • Work with a variety of domestic and wild animals
    • Clean and maintain assigned animal enclosures as directed by supervisor
    • Operate a variety of animal equipment and tools in a safe and effective manner
    • Implement diet instructions specified by nutritionist
    • Maintain accurate records on animal behavior and prepare reports
    • Work independently in the absence of immediate supervision
    • Understand and follow oral and written instructions
    • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing
    • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work
    • Maintain mental capacity which permits making sound decisions and using good judgment, prioritizing work activities, demonstrating intellectual capabilities
    • Maintain physical condition appropriate to the performance of assigned duties and responsibilities which may include sitting, walking, or standing for extended periods of time, working closely with others, operating assigned equipment

Preferred Education and/or Experience:

  • One year of increasingly responsible zoo keeping experience, compensation will be experience dependent
  • Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade supplemented by specialized collegiate courses/training in zoology or a related field

Certificates, Licenses, and/or Registrations: Must posses a valid Class "C" driver license.


Physical Demands:

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:

  • Regularly required to stand, walk, sit, stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, crawl, climb and reach overhead
  • Frequently required to lift 50-75 lbs., unassisted
  • Must be able to push and pull exhibit/animal doors with push/pull force of 50-75 lbs.
  • Must be able to use heavy duty, 100ft. water hose and squeegee to clean out animal areas
  • Must be able to rake and sweep feces; lift with shovel into trash cans; lift (assisted) trash cans onto truck; haul to dumpster; remove trash cans from truck and empty into dumpster
  • Must be able to operate assigned equipment
  • Must be able to work in all types of inclement weather

Work Environment:

  • Team oriented Zoo environment
  • Ability to work flexible hours
  • Exposure to a variety of domestic, wild and/or endangered animals, animal odors and animal body fluids
  • Exposure to all types of inclement weather conditions
  • This position may be safety sensitive
  • This position may work around animals susceptible to specific diseases, thus may be subject to regular tuberculosis and rabies titer testing, and the routine use of personal protective equipment such as gloves, face masks

Disclaimer:

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

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

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


How to Apply:

Applicants must apply online at https://us231.dayforcehcm.com/CandidatePortal/en-US/fwzoo/Posting/View/1462.

Learn more about the facility at https://www.fortworthzoo.org/.



Curator of Mammals and Birds
Downtown Aquarium, Denver, CO

The Downtown Aquarium in Denver is looking for a fun, flexible Curator who wants to work in a fast paced, unique, and dynamic environment. Must be a self-improvement junkie, not afraid of long to do list, willing to challenge yourself, and wants to create magical guest experiences. This position requires the ability to work with many fun, motivated, outgoing, silly, and strong personalities.

This person will be a trainer, keeper, educator, customer service specialist, leader, innovator, mentor, and project manager.

Our department sets goals to expand their knowledge and build relationships throughout the building and to be innovators when it comes to animal training, care, enrichment, and welfare standards. We also strive to continually improve ourselves to so we can provide the best possibly care to our collection and to create mind blowing experiences for our guests.

Scope: Manage the bird and mammal collection over-all husbandry, their exhibits, life support systems and associated programs. Responsible for all bird and mammal acquisitions. Supervise staff. Manage policies and procedures within mammal and bird sections.


Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Supervision of Personnel
    • Encourage an atmosphere of professionalism among the staff.
    • Manage and schedule the daily activities within the aquarist section.
    • Work to ensure staff “ownership” of their prospective exhibits.
    • Supervise aquarium personnel in mammal and bird areas.
    • Supervise aquarium personnel in all areas in absence of other Curator.
    • Oversee staff schedules and department projects and monitor work.
    • Prepare and conduct employee performance evaluations for departmental staff.
    • Work with General Curator to manage all staff as needed.
    • Recruit and oversee training of keeper staff.
    • Supervise and train education staff for animal handling programs.
    • Set an example for the staff by reporting to work in a timely manner and maintaining a clean, professional appearance.
  • Communications
    • Attend development and planning meetings including staff and problem-solving meetings.
    • Write reports and memos and serve as liaison to other departments on husbandry matters.
    • Perform public relations functions associated with the department as requested.
    • At the direction of the General Curator or Director of Animal Operations serve as Aquarium representative to professional agencies, institutions and various committees including: aquarium operations, exhibits, Animal Management Committee, research and safety.
    • Attend professional meetings and conferences.
    • Communicate regularly with professional colleagues at other institutions.
    • Keep the General Curator and General Manager informed of department operations.
    • Promote good relations with visitors, community and staff.
  • Department Management
    • Work with Veterinarians to ensure the best possible health and well being of the animal collection.
    • Monitor any animal related record keeping system for medical concerns, behavior, enrichment and general activity.
    • Work with General Curator to determine needs of the exhibit and staff.
    • Supervise/oversee approved research projects (as directed).
    • Work with General Curator to plan and implement long and short-term goals for area.
    • Work with General Curator to implement projects within the department.
    • Coordinate purchases of food, supplies, and equipment and maintain inventories.
    • Maintain knowledge of industry innovations and new techniques.
    • Acquire and dispose of collection specimens in accordance with the Acquisition/Disposition Policy.
    • Coordinate paperwork for General Curator to acquire International, Federal, State and Local permits for specimen acquisition/disposition.
    • Oversee/meet all related permit requirements.
    • Work with the Director of Animal Operations and General Curator to manage technical and scientific functions of research programs, including in-house research, husbandry research, breeding research and behavioral research.
    • Work with the Education Department to support and develop programs.
    • Work with General Curator to develop and review graphics, technical works and publications.
    • Work with General Curator to develop and administer exhibit operation budgets.
    • Provide advice and recommendations on technical and design aspects of long range development that incorporates animal life in mammal /bird department.
    • Oversee all aspects of safety within the area.
    • Work with General Curator/Director of Animal Operations to review, develop and enforce department policies and procedures.
  • Animal Care
    • Day to Day management; schedule staff, animal care, training, husbandry, and exhibit maintenance.
    • Plan (for review) and direct acquisition, display, care and breeding of the animal collection.
    • Identify animal health problems and coordinate care and treatment with veterinarian and General Curator.
    • Oversee all animal necropsies.
    • Train, supervise and evaluate all keeper staff.
    • Nutritional maintenance.
    • Responsible for staff development.
    • Ensure coordination and communication with all mammal and bird staff.
    • Coordination and communication with other department heads.
    • Work with the education department on the development of educational presentations.
    • Develop and monitor record keeping system for medical concerns, behavior, enrichment and activity.
    • Ensure coordination and communication with all mammal and bird staff
    • Coordination and communication between all departments
    • Work with the education department on the development of educational presentations.
    • Communication with animal and training field in general
    • Perform duties of Assistant Curator, Trainer I, II, III as needed
  • Facility Maintenance
    • Constantly improve animal exhibits.
    • Coordinate with facility support departments for the maintenance and operations of life support systems and equipment.
    • Work with General Curator to determine performance parameters of life support systems.
    • Work with General Curator or Director of Animal Operations to develop policies and procedures for all aspects of water quality and management of exhibits water systems.

Related Strengths

Ability to cooperate with other department managers to maintain exhibits and collection in a manner stimulating to the guests.

Be knowledgeable in the life histories of animals in the collection.


Position Requirements

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

Working Conditions:

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

Perks/Benefits:

  • Extensive and well-rounded training program
  • Continued career development and growth opportunities
  • Generous employee discounts on dining, retail, amusements, and hotels
  • Multiple health benefit plans to suit your needs
  • Dental, vision, voluntary life, short term disability, flexible spending accounts and 401 (k)
  • Paid sick leave
  • Paid vacation
  • Monthly discretionary bonus potential

Salary Range: $65,000 to $70,000


How to Apply:

Please apply via https://sjobs.brassring.com/TGnewUI/Search/Home/Home?partnerid=25968&siteid=5594#jobDetails=814562_5594.


https://www.aquariumrestaurants.com/downtownaquariumdenver/



Animal Keeper I/II (Animal Ambassadors)
Lindsay Wildlife Experience, Walnut Creek, CA

Lindsay Wildlife Experience, located in Walnut Creek, CA, seeks self-motivated, flexible and responsible individuals capable of supporting the daily operations of the Animal Encounters (AE) Department. We are currently seeking candidates to fill one full-time position, either Animal Keeper I or Animal Keeper II. This position is set to start in September 2023. The AE staff are expected to work with a wide variety of animals, including birds of prey, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates. The AE staff help support Lindsay’s interpretive program, participating in daily public programming and working alongside the Education Department to provide a high-quality guest experience.


PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES:

  • Work with Curator, veterinary staff, animal keeper staff, animal husbandry volunteers and interns to ensure the highest standards of animal care.
  • Ensure compliance with USDA and Fish & Wildlife regulations.
  • Participate in daily husbandry, including handling, enrichment, training using operant conditioning and digital record keeping.
  • Participation in public programming using live animals; including daily exhibit hall programming and events on and off-site.
  • Facility maintenance (cleaning, equipment upkeep, organizational projects, maintaining naturalistic exhibits).
  • Accurate observation, evaluation and documentation of animal behaviors.
  • Maintain excellent written and verbal communication with co-workers, manager, director, and veterinary staff.
  • Must be willing to work weekends
  • Work in coordination with the other departments to represent Lindsay and its mission in a professional manner and with high quality customer service.
  • Eligible to work with venomous reptiles.
  • Assigned as a primary animal keeper for a group of animal ambassadors based on experience.
  • Responsible for developing and training of assigned animals and evaluating all activities with regards to husbandry, medical, enrichment, handling and public presentations.
  • Training of volunteers and interns on daily departmental tasks.
  • Acting as a keeper mentor for interns participating in our Animal Keeper internship program.
  • Participate in animal welfare assessments.
  • Keeper II - In addition to the above, duties and responsibilities may also include
    • Direct supervision of Animal Husbandry Volunteers and Animal Care Interns, including recruitment of new volunteers and interns and managing the support of current volunteers.
    • Scheduling daily husbandry assignments for both staff and volunteers.
    • Assist with managing departmental supplies and major projects.
    • Serve on internal committees.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Have a valid driver’s license.
  • Have a Bachelor’s or Associate’s degree in zoology, biology, or a related field required.
  • Have at least 1 year paid experience working with wild/exotic animals in a zoological setting.
  • Have experience with public speaking as it relates to informal environmental education is preferred.
  • Have experience training wild/exotic animals using operant conditioning.
  • Have excellent communication skills with staff, volunteers, and guests.
  • Exemplary verbal and written communication skills and ability to speak to diverse audiences.
  • Must be able to work independently and as part of a team of both staff and volunteers.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Word/Excel and Google Suite (Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Drive, etc.)
  • Must be willing to work some holidays and weekends.
  • Must be able to sustain prolonged bending, kneeling, standing, and lifting up to 50 pounds.
  • Ability to manage multiple and complex responsibilities at the same time.
  • Keeper II - In addition to completing the above requirements, the candidates must:
    • Have a minimum of 2 years of full-time equivalent paid experience in animal care and/or a combination of education and experience in an applied zoo keeping-focused program.
    • Have volunteer managerial experience (preferred). Does not have to be in a zoological setting.
    • Experience in researching, writing, and presenting ecological, biological, and environmental conservation topics to an audience of diverse ages.

WORKING CONDITIONS:

  • Medium strength demands include exerting 20-50 pounds occasionally, 10-25 pounds frequently, or up to 10 pounds constantly. Requires handling, using vision and hearing, and talking.
  • Frequently requires standing, fine dexterity, walking, lifting, sitting, reaching, pushing/pulling, balancing, climbing, and twisting. Occasionally requires carrying, kneeling, foot controls, bending, and crouching.
  • Frequently requires time pressures, frequent change of tasks, irregular schedule/overtime, performing multiple tasks simultaneously, working closely with others as part of a team, tedious or exacting work, and noisy/distracting environment. Rarely requires emergency situations.
  • Occasional exposure to unpleasant environmental conditions and/or hazards.
  • Some office environment, as well as public exhibit hall programming, and frequent outdoor events and/or outreach sites.

HOURS, BENEFITS & COMPENSATION:

  • Lindsay offers a competitive benefits package including paid sick time, vacation, holidays and 401K eligibility.
  • Flexibility to work some evenings, early mornings, and special events as needed.
  • Non-exempt full-time position, 40 hours a week. Pay: $17 - $19/hour

HOW TO APPLY:

To apply for this opportunity, send cover letter, resume, and three references to: jobs@lindsaywildlife.org.
* Put “Animal Keeper” in the subject line.
* No phone calls, please.
Submit all materials in PDF format with your first initial and last name in the document name. (Example: JSmith_Resume.pdf)
Automatic applications from websites, such as Indeed, will not be considered.
References will not be checked without permission.
Applications are open until position filled.


COVID POLICY: The Lindsay Wildlife Experience requires all staff and volunteers to be fully vaccinated or to have a valid exemption request.

EEO Policy Statement: It is the policy of Lindsay Wildlife Experience to afford equal employment opportunities to all qualified individuals, without regard to their race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, citizenship status, veteran status, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic or status that is protected by federal, state or local law.


https://lindsaywildlife.org/



Elephant Keeper
Wildlife Safari, Winston, OR

Position Overview

This is a full-time staff position responsible for the daily animal husbandry of the Elephant Department. The scheduled shift is four days a week, 10-hour shifts, including weekends, evenings, and holidays, unless otherwise decided by the department supervisor or Curator. Works independently and in a team environment to apply the 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 veterinarian 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, knock downs, and procedures. Administers prescribed treatments.
  • Prepares food in accordance with dietary requirements and restrictions.
  • Provides enrichment as agreed to by department management.
  • Trains animals for husbandry behaviors and guest demonstrations
  • 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 the Guest Services Department.
  • Maintains accurate and complete records as required by the department.
  • Performs restraint, crating/uncrating and general transport of animals as needed.
  • Participates in all safari activities and events, for example, shows and after hour fundraisers, 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.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Previous experience working in a drive thru, or other zoo environment preferred. College education in a zoological or related field is preferred.
  • Valid driver license for a minimum of three years with a clean driving record.
  • Able to endure extreme weather conditions.
  • Able to bend, stoop, crawl and walk on uneven surfaces, and lift up to 50 lbs.
  • Able to pass pre-employment substance, and annual TB tests.
  • Able to work in a team and independently as needed.

Salary: $14/hour

Position type: Full Time, Permanent


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

or Mail To:
Wildlife Safari
Elephant Keeper Position
PO Box 1600
Winston, OR 97496


https://wildlifesafari.net/



Animal Keeper
Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation, Gainesville, FL


Animal Keeper Wanted

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

Outstanding facility with large natural enclosures and a strong conservation message.

Only guided tours and no general admission.


Applicants:

  • Must have carnivore 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 are 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.


How to apply

Apply by email with cover letter, resume and contactable references contact@cswildlife.org.

https://www.carsonspringswildlife.org/



Wildlife Biologist
NYC Parks, Manhattan, NY

NYC Parks is the steward of over 30,000 acres of land – 14 percent of New York City – including more than 5,000 individual properties ranging from Coney Island Beach and Central Park to community gardens. We operate more than 800 athletic fields and nearly 1,000 playgrounds, 1,800 basketball courts, 550 tennis courts, 65 public pools, 51 recreational facilities, 15 nature centers, 14 golf courses and 14 miles of beaches.

The mission of the Wildlife Unit is to promote coexistence between people and urban wildlife. As an informed resource for citizens and policymakers, the Wildlife Unit serves as an ambassador for New York City’s diverse wildlife communities. The Wildlife Unit fosters stewardship for NYC Parks, supports healthy urban wildlife populations and promotes quality of life for all New Yorkers through education, programs, policies, procedures and management plans that encourage coexistence between people and wildlife in New York City.


MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Under general supervision, with latitude for independent initiative and judgment, provide planning and project support for wildlife management studies and research.
  • Coordinate wildlife management programs, including threatened and endangered species protection, species conservation activities and population control measures.
  • Assess effectiveness wildlife management programs, including their impact on forest health.
  • Perform field visits and inspections related to wildlife management.
  • Oversee the tracking project and programmatic outcomes and deliverables. Ensure these tracking efforts include quantifiable metrics. Prepare or contribute to reports on project progress.
  • Use software, such as ArcGIS, Python, and R to map, visualize and analyze scientific data.
  • Prepare maps, figures, and final reports to submit to the public, funders, collaborators, internal staff and regulatory agencies.
  • Liaise with strategic partners and stakeholders including nonprofits and city, state and federal agencies.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

A master's degree from an accredited college or university with a specialization in an appropriate field of physical, biological or environmental science or in public health.

Residency in New York City, Nassau, Orange, Rockland, Suffolk, Putnam or Westchester counties required for employees with over two years of city service. New York City residency required within 90 days of hire for all other candidates.


PREFERRED SKILLS/QUALIFICATIONS

  • Advanced education in biology, zoology, animal science, conservation studies, ecology or related field.
  • Field experience conducting monitoring and mapping in the field in support of natural resource management projects.
  • Knowledge of wildlife management principles and techniques.
  • Experience preparing permit applications, conducting associated monitoring and preparing reports for regulatory compliance.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Excellent writing and organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Strong GIS, spatial and statistical analysis, and data management skills.
  • Valid New York State Driver License.

Salary: $70,087- $77,097 plus excellent benefits

Work Location: Arsenal North, Manhattan

Apply by: 08/11/2023


How to Apply:

For external applicants, please apply through www.nyc.gov/careers. 1) Go to www.nyc.gov/careers/search. 2) Search for Job ID #593108. References will be required upon request.


For details about NYC Parks: www.nyc.gov/parks.



Senior Aquarist
Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park, Fort Walton Beach, FL

Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park is looking for an energetic individual to become a full-time aquarist on our aquarium team. The aquarium team is responsible for the care of all teleosts, elasmobranchs, herptiles, invertebrates, and their associated exhibits and life support systems while also leading many of our daily interaction programs with our guests. Interaction programs include educational chats while feeding, leading snorkels with stingrays, or hands-on interactions with reptiles.


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Establishes husbandry protocols, diets, staff schedules, cleaning schedules, etc. for exhibits, animals, and life support in all areas.
  • Effectively communicates with aquarists.
  • Serves as the supervisor for the aquarium team department-wide projects in conjunction with the animal care team, staff veterinarian, and upper management leadership team.
  • Excels in all aspects of husbandry, knowledge, communication, and responsibility. Demonstrates a sense of leadership in all actions and deeds.
  • Has excellent ability at problem-solving.
  • Function as a leader and a resource for aquarist staff in day-to-day operations, providing guidance. Assist aquarists with the development of exhibit improvements or redesigns, training, and enrichment proposals, and encourages advancements in husbandry practices in all areas.
  • Aids in setting departmental goals and priorities.
  • Identify and correct exhibit maintenance issues.
  • Exercise sound judgement to evaluate animal health and identify concerns as they arise.
  • Develop strategies and solutions to animal health or behavioral concerns.
  • Collaborates with veterinarian to recognize animal health concerns and make sure treatment is carried out as prescribed. Assist veterinarian with oversight of all ongoing veterinary treatments.
  • Recognize areas in need of behavioral enrichment and/ or training to further husbandry goals and recommend course of action.
  • Improve upon current GMAP husbandry practices, developing procedures aimed at increasing efficiency and advancing animal care.
  • Daily husbandry care of animals/exhibits
  • Maintenance of life support systems
  • Testing and monitoring of water quality
  • Detailed maintenance of animal/ exhibit records
  • Routine cleaning of exhibits
  • Delivering a variety of formal and informal presentations
  • Daily interaction with our visiting guests
  • Routine SCUBA diving for cleaning and other

Desired qualifications:

  • At least 3 years previous experience working in a public aquarium or zoo
  • Bachelor’s degree in biology, zoology, or related area of study
  • Experience with fish and herptiles preferred
  • Strong people and customer service skills
  • Ability to work weekends, evenings, and holidays; ability to work well within a team environment
  • Must have a strong desire to learn
  • Demonstrate a strong dedication to given responsibilities
  • Outstanding communication and organization skills
  • SCUBA certification
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs.
  • Ability to work outside and on their feet for long durations in extreme weather conditions
  • Willingness to represent the Gulfarium in appearance and action.

This is a full-time position with benefits.


How to Apply:

All interested parties, please submit online application at https://gulfarium.com/join-our-team/employment/ as well as email cover letter and resume to info@gulfarium.com with “Senior Aquarist” in the subject line.


https://gulfarium.com/.



Aquarist I
Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park, Fort Walton Beach, FL

Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park is looking for an energetic individual to become a full-time aquarist on our aquarium team. The aquarium team is responsible for the care of all teleosts, elasmobranchs, herptiles, invertebrates, and their associated exhibits and life support systems while also leading many of our daily interaction programs with our guests. Interaction programs include educational chats while feeding, leading snorkels with stingrays, or hands-on interactions with reptiles.


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Daily husbandry care of animals/exhibits
  • Maintenance of life support systems
  • Testing and monitoring of water quality
  • Detailed maintenance of animal/ exhibit records
  • Routine cleaning of animal exhibits and habitats
  • Delivering a variety of formal and informal presentations
  • Daily interaction with our visiting guests
  • Routine SCUBA diving for cleaning and other
  • Daily food prep for a variety of species
  • Recognition of illness and administration of treatments under guidance of veterinarian

Desired qualifications:

  • Previous experience working in a public aquarium or zoo
  • Bachelor’s degree in biology, zoology, or related area of study
  • Strong people and customer service skills
  • Ability to work weekends, evenings, and holidays; ability to work well within a team environment
  • Must have a strong desire to learn
  • Demonstrate a strong dedication to given responsibilities
  • Outstanding communication and organization skills
  • SCUBA certification
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs.
  • Ability to work outside and on their feet for long durations in extreme weather conditions
  • Willingness to represent the Gulfarium in appearance and action.

This is a full-time position with benefits.


How to Apply:

All interested parties, please submit online application at https://gulfarium.com/aquarist-i/ as well as email cover letter and resume to info@gulfarium.com with “Aquarist 1” in the subject line.


https://gulfarium.com/.


List a position

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

2. Email the listing to sarah@zaa.org. Jobs will be posted within 3 business days of submission.

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


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