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Entry Level Animal Keeper - Catoctin Wildlife Preserve

Entry Level Animal Keeper

Catoctin Wildlife Preserve, Thurmont, Maryland

 

Qualified applicants must have at least two years paid experience in the zoological animal care field. A two-year degree in biological sciences or related field is helpful but not required. These positions are intended for a person who has mastered all basic husbandry techniques and zoo protocols and is looking to continue their professional growth. You must be able to lift 60lbs with ease. We place a high value on employees who are team players, understand the connection between an institution’s staff and the visiting public, are safety conscious, have good animal management and husbandry skills, know how to and do apply environmental enrichment diversions for the animals in their care. Salary commensurate with experience, liberal leaves, paid vacation and assistance with conference expenses after one year and flexible work schedule. Some assistance with relocation is possible.

The Catoctin Wildlife Preserve is supported by the Global Wildlife Trust whose mission is dedicated to broadening human understanding of the animal world.
This is achieved through immersion in naturalistic habitat recreations and educational programs using live animals and instructional tools both on-site at Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and through presentations in the greater community.
We strive to provide the highest level of competent care for its resident wildlife ambassadors and to support the conservation of their wild counterparts in unspoiled habitats.

We are committed to this mission because we believe promoting harmonious coexistence of all species is our duty as stewards of the Earth.


Job Type:   Full-time
 

Require Education:  Associate
 

Required Experience:  Animal care 2 years

 

Please send resume and cover letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Posted March 3, 2017

Internship positions (3) - Wild Wonders

Internship positions for spring/summer (3)

Wild Wonders, Bonsall, California

 

Wild Wonders is a conservation education center in North San Diego County which houses over 100 animal ambassadors to inspire for better environmental stewardship. Interns will be paid a 100.00 stipend monthly but no housing is provided.

Interns will be responsible for:

  • diets and nutrition
  • husbandry and training of ambassador collection
  • enclosure enhancement, maintenance and environmental enrichment of all species
  • participating in onsite and offsite education programs
  • handling animal ambassadors


Internships are a min of 3 months, 4 days per week
Applicants need to be currently enrolled or graduated in a biology or related program.

Please email resume to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and address to Jackie Navarro

www.wildwonders.org

Posted March 1, 2017

Reptile Keeper - Phoenix Herpetological Society

Reptile Keeper

Phoenix Herpetological Society, Scottsdale, Arizona

 

Purpose: PHS is seeking an experience reptile keeper responsible for all PHS venomous snakes, oversee the non-venomous snake collection, & assist the Executive Curator with other PHS animals. The primary purpose of this position is the overall care, health, & maintenance of PHS snakes (venomous and non-venomous).

Job Description: Full time position in north Scottsdale; with hourly pay (which is negotiable based on qualifications) Work Schedule is Tuesday – Saturday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, with the understanding that some nights, weekends, and holidays are required.

Organization Information
The Phoenix Herpetological Society (PHS) is a nonprofit 501 (c) 3 rescue and conservation facility. It has a strong connection to the community for the relocation of native wildlife and is the largest reptile sanctuary in the U.S. PHS has the second largest collection of crocodilians in the US and largest collection of venomous snakes in the Southwest. In addition, PHS is involved in the breeding of endangered crocodilians and specific venomous snakes. PHS rescues and rehabilitates native and nonnative reptiles from the general public and assists local law enforcement, animal control, and humane society with animal rescues of all kinds. PHS strongly believes that education is the key to conservation and provides educational programs to all levels of schools both private and public as well as providing on site camps, animal handling and specialized training programs and more. PHS has grown exponentially and needs to expand staff to accommodate the growth. PHS is a facility with strict no tobacco policies.

Position Information
Under the supervision and management of the Executive Curator, this position will coordinate and will be responsible for the daily care, exhibit maintenance and dietary care of the 300+ venomous snakes and oversee the health and wellbeing of the nonvenomous venomous snakes that call PHS home. PHS has one of the most impressive collections of venomous snakes and facilities in the U.S. The chosen candidate should understand the PHS mission and be motivated to invest themselves in the long-term growth and future of PHS.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities:

  • When handling animals all PHS policies, procedures, and protocols (including proper tools and equipment) are used/followed at all times – NO exceptions
  • Ensure all anti-venom records and venomous protocols are current and accurate
  • Provide proper training to staff and volunteers regarding animal care and safety protocols, such as PHS policies and procedures, proper use of tools and equipment, and approved animal handling/restraint techniques
  • Ensure dietary needs are met and feeding schedules are maintained, records are current
  • Timely communicate animal health/husbandry concerns to the Executive Curator
  • Assist in education programs when appropriate, provide input regarding animal training programs, assist onsite events, and develop new programs or trainings for interns or other zoological facilities
  • Design exhibits that are appropriate for the enclosed species and maintain cleanliness of all enclosures.
  • Assist Executive Curator in assessing facility needs, coordinating exhibit maintenance, and assisting in minor improvements
  • Provide knowledge in the techniques used in the breeding of exotic venomous animals.
  • Ensure positive experience for visitors and offer knowledge and information when applicable or required
  • Assist the Executive Curator in care of the other species that call PHS home such as crocodilians, tortoises, lizards etc..
  • Prepare an annual summary report about the animals under his/her care, identifying goals, successes, and plans for the next year
     

Qualifications:

Education:

Required: Associate’s Degree in a biological sciences, herpetology, or related field
Preferred: Bachelor’s Degree in a biological sciences, herpetology, or related field

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Applicants must be in good physical condition, able to lift 50 pounds, and have the physical and emotional stamina to work full days in Arizona’s climate.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills – Public speaking is a component of this position
  • Proficient in basic word processing, excel, record keeping, and general database management
  • Advanced knowledge of reptiles, both native and exotic, and their husbandry requirements
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and non-verbal
  • Ability to make decisions thoughtfully, but quickly when necessary
  • Professional personal appearance, the ability to work independently and as a team, and pride of one’s work are key qualifications.

Personal Characteristics:

  • Ethical and professional behavior and work ethic
  • Personable and relatable, to build and maintain positive relationships as well as network
  • Creative
  • Leadership skills
  • Organized
  • Problem solver
  • Attention to details
  • Willingness to cover tattoos (if applicable) for specific events such as presentations or media spots

Experience:

  • 5+ years experience in a zoo/sanctuary environment
  • 8+ years experience with venomous snake handling
  • 1 -2 years of supervisory or management experience
     

To apply: Please send resume and cover letter to Debbie Gibson, PHS Vice President at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Emails are preferred, however if you would like to speak with her you can call 480 513 4377 X 4.

If chosen for an interview, PHS will require three references. If a job offer is made, a background check and verifiable work history will also be required.

Posted February 28, 2017

Various openings - Roer's Zoofari

Various openings

Roer's Zoofari, Reston, Virginia

 

Employment Opportunities

Unpaid Summer Animal Care Internship

We are now taking applications for Summer Animal Care internships!

Internship duties focus heavily on daily husbandry duties such as cleaning! You will be expected to work with the public as well as birthday parties and animal encounters.

Our expectations are that you have full availability during the summer to work 40 hours per week for 6 weeks as an unpaid intern. No absences longer than two days are permitted during this time. Roer's Zoofari is a drug, tobacco and alcohol free workplace.

We will be selecting our interns by February 28th. If you haven't heard from us by that time, feel free to follow up with a phone call or email.

To apply, please send your resume to:

Drew Jones
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Operations Assistant (Part time Permanent)

Roer's Zoofari is seeking an energetic and creative person that can assist in operations; guest relations, marketing and human resources. This person will also answer phones and help execute special events. The position requires a 24 hr per week commitment on site. Must be able to work some weekends, evening and holiday events as requested. Hours flexible; most between 7am and 6pm. Preferred experience: prior work or college courses in HR, PR, Marketing, Communications or related field. Knowledge of Google and Microsoft Office suites helpful. $10-$14/hr DOEQ and bonus pay opportunities. Please submit resume, cover letter and three references to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Lead Keeper (Full Time Permanent)

Immediate opening for a full time Lead Hoofstock Keeper. Hoofstock collection includes anoa, scimitar horned oryx, addex, giraffe, zebra, fallow and sika deer, ankole watusi, llama, bison, water buffalo,dromedary camel and wart hog. Duties include eartagging offspring, maintaining records, interfacing with the public during tours, capture and restraint, as well as basic husbandry. $15-$17/hr DOEQ, medical benefits and vacation pay. Minimum requirements: 4 years paid keeper experience working with hoofstock. Please email resume to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Animal Care Staff (Full Time Permanent)

Immediate opening for a full time, year-round, animal care staff. Two years paid experience working for a zoo or wildlife park preferred, training background helpful. Animal Care Staff are cross trained to care for a variety of mammals, herps, avians, and inverts. This position interfaces with the public on a daily basis in addition to husbandry, training and enrichment. Please submit resume, cover letter and three references to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. An application will be sent to you in reply. $10-$12/hr DOEQ, PTO, medical benefits and bonus pay opportunities.

 

Cashiers (Full Time and Part Time Seasonal)

Immediate openings for part time and full time cashiers. Must have weekend and holiday availability. Also hiring for full time summer cashiers. Must be 16 years of age. email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for an application.

 

Safari Tour Bus Drivers (Full Time and Part Time Seasonal)

Immediate openings for part time and full time safari tour bus drivers. Must have weekend and holiday availability. Must be 18 years of age and have a valid drivers license. email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for an application. email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for an application.

 

Grounds and Maintenance Staff (Full Time and Part Time Seasonal)

Immediate openings for part time and full time seasonal grounds and maintenance staff. Grounds and Maintenance staff will rake leaves, mow, build exhibits, paint, pick up trash, and take on other responsibilities as needed. Must have valid driver's license. Must be 16 years of age. Must be available weekends and holidays. $9 to $10/hr DOEQ. email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for an application.

 

Roer's Zoofari provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Roer's Zoofari complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.
 

Posted February 28, 2017

Safari Intern - Safari Lake Geneva

Safari Intern, unpaid

Safari Lake Geneva, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

 

Overview:  
Safari Lake Geneva is dedicated to promoting awareness of conservation issues through immersive and interactive wildlife experiences. Safari interns are valuable members of our team.

Safari interns will assist the Safari Lake Geneva staff in fulfilling the mission and objectives of the park. Primary duties include assisting guests entering the park, oversight and upkeep of the contact animal area, disseminating information to tour participants, and handling admission transactions. Interns may also be responsible for assisting with animal husbandry and light maintenance and construction. Interns have the potential to work with a variety of animals (small and large mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and arthropods) and to participate in educational programs and outreach. Interns are required to complete a project that benefits Safari Lake Geneva and is completed during the internship period. Interns are supervised by Safari Lake Geneva staff.


Qualifications:
Candidates must have completed one year of a college degree program in biology, animal behavior, zoology, education, or other related field. Candidates must also have excellent communication skills, enjoy working with people of all ages, and be able to work in a team environment. Interns must be self-motivated, reliable, prompt, able to lift 50 pounds, and able to work in all weather conditions. Internships are experience-based and are therefore unpaid (housing is also not provided). It is required that an intern dedicates at minimum 16 hours per week over the course of three months, or 192 total hours (schedules may be flexible based on the candidate’s availability). It is advisable to apply as early as possible.


To apply: Send cover letter, resume, and a list of three references
 

Safari Lake Geneva
Attention: Maggie Madden
Director of Science and Education
W1612 Litchfield Rd.
Lake Geneva, WI 53147
or
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 

Posted February 21, 2017

Curator of Birds - Fort Worth Zoo

Curator of Birds

Fort Worth Zoo, Fort Worth, Texas

 

Summary:  
This position is responsible for directing, managing, supervising and coordinating the activities and operations of an assigned animal section of the Zoological Park; to coordinate assigned activities with other divisions, outside agencies and the general public; and to provide highly responsible and complex staff assistance to Director of Animal Collections.
 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assume management responsibility for assigned services and activities for specific taxa of animals within the Zoo
  • Manage and participate in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies and priorities for assigned programs; recommend and administer policies and procedures
  • Continuously monitor and evaluate the quality and efficiency of assigned animal programs, methods and procedures;
  • Direct the husbandry and care of animals in and around existing quarters; coordinate cleaning, sanitizing, maintenance and repair of animal quarters
  • Oversee the implementation of diets for animals; ensure proper cleanliness and maintenance of work area and food storage containers
  • Oversee the implementation of the zoo-wide behavioral management program
  • Oversee the implementation of approved research projects
  • Lead and participate in regular meetings
  • Coordinate observations of animal behavior for signs of illness or injury; report any signs of illness or injury; assist veterinarians in minor operations or related activity as needed
  • Respond to public inquiries in a courteous manner; provide information within the area of assignment; resolve complaints in an efficient and timely manner
  • Supervise the husbandry methods, diets, enclosures and transportation of assigned animal collection; ensure health and welfare of animals; consult with veterinarians and nutritionist as needed
  • Research and evaluate animals prior to acquisition; make recommendations for acquisition and disposition of animals
  • Oversee and participate in the development and administration of the division's annual budget; participate in the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials and supplies; monitor and approve expenditures; implement adjustments
  • Manage staff per Zoo policy and procedure guidelines
  • Serve as the liaison for the assigned animal section with other divisions, departments and outside agencies; negotiate and resolve sensitive and controversial issues
  • Attend and participate in professional group meetings; stay abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of zoo services
  • Maintain a safe working environment for staff, train safety procedures and insure the availability of all necessary supplies and inventories related to safety (antivenin, equipment, etc.)
     

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • Plan, direct, coordinate the work plan for staff; assign work activities, projects and programs; continuously review and evaluate methods and procedures;
  • Select, hire, train, motivate and evaluate assigned zoo keeper personnel; provide or coordinate employee training; work with subordinate employees to correct deficiencies and resolve problems
  • Monitor work environment of staff; participate in the review, investigation and implementation of discipline and termination procedures in conjunction with Human Resources
  • Communicate information to staff as appropriate to their level
  • Supervise and participate in the construction and maintenance of facilities; coordinate with maintenance and construction departments
  • Provide a responsible staff assistance to assigned zoo collection management staff
  • 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.

  • Minimum of 10 years increasingly responsible experience in the care, handling and breeding of zoo animals
  • Minimum of 2 years administrative and supervisory experience
  • Direct experience with taxa related to the position preferred and may be specified in some cases, i.e. venomous species
  • Valid driver license with acceptable motor vehicle record to maintain zoo standards of insurability
  • Must possess ability to:
  • Oversee and participate in the management of a comprehensive zoo animal
  • program
  • Supervise the husbandry methods, diets, enclosures and transportation of
  • assigned animal collection
  • Oversee, direct and coordinate the work of subordinate employees
  • Participate in the development and administration of goals, policies and procedures
  • Prepare and administer large program budgets
  • Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of
  • proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals
  • Interpret and apply Federal, State and local policies, Laws and regulations
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships
  • Maintain mental capacity which permits making sound decisions, using
  • good judgment, demonstrating intellectual capabilities
  • Maintain physical condition appropriate to the performance of assigned duties and responsibilities
     

Education and/or Experience:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent
  • Specialized training or experience in zoology or a related field
  • Equivalent to a Bachelors degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in zoology, zoo management or a related field preferred
     

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
     

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

Posted February 20, 2017

Assistant Education Coordinator - Southwick's Zoo

Assistant Education Coordinator

Southwick's Zoo, Mendon, Massachusetts

 

Southwick's Zoo 

As New England’s largest zoo, Southwick’s Zoo is home to more than 850 animals representing over 150 different species. Southwick’s offers an exciting environment for visitors to learn more about animals and their conservation. The educational programs offered at the zoo, as well as those offered to the larger local community, are provided by EARTH Ltd, an environmental education non-profit located at Southwick’s Zoo and based out of the EARTH Discovery Center.
As New England’s largest zoo, Southwick’s Zoo is home to more than 850 animals representing over 150 different species. Southwick’s offers an exciting environment for visitors to learn more about animals and their conservation. The educational programs offered at the zoo, as well as those offered to the larger local community, are provided by EARTH Ltd, an environmental education non-profit located at Southwick’s Zoo and based out of the EARTH Discovery Center.
 

Assistant Education Coordinator

Southwick’s Zoo is currently accepting applications for a seasonal, part-time Assistant Education Coordinator. This position assists the Education Coordinators in the EARTH Discovery Center and reports to the Director of Education.

Approximate work schedule will be four days a week (Friday through Monday) from March through the end of October.
 

Essential Functions:

  • Conduct education programming, including on-site formal and informal live animal presentations; Junior Zookeeping; demonstrations for our Wild Adventures Summer Program; off-site ZooMobile presentations; and other off-site events such as career fairs, class lectures, etc.
  • Interact and interpret with visitors in a positive manner in a variety of situations.
  • Participate in, and support, after-hour events, fundraisers, and other EARTH Ltd. sponsored events.
  • Assist in daily care and husbandry of EARTH’s ambassador animal collection, which currently consists of about 66 different species (128 individual animals) of invertebrates, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals.
  • Assist in the creation and implementation of enrichment for ambassador animals.
  • Assist in the transport of ambassador animals throughout the zoo.
  • Assist in daily up-keep of the EARTH Discovery Center.
  • Assist in managing and supervising interns.
  • Perform membership transactions and administrative tasks in the EARTH Discovery Center as needed.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Experience Required:

  • College degree in biological sciences, education, or related field required
  • Previous public speaking and/or teaching experience highly preferred
  • Previous experience caring for animals preferred
  • Must have excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Must be comfortable working with children of all ages, as well as adults
  • Must work well independently, but also as a team player
  • Must be comfortable working in a fast paced environment
  • Must be able to stand for long periods of time, work inside and outdoors in any weather, and be able to lift and carry up to 35 pounds
  • Must be at least 18 years of age
     

How to Apply

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to:

Southwick’s Zoo
ATTN: Samantha Russak, Director of Education
2 Southwick St
Mendon,  MA 01756

or email: sThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject line “Assistant Education Coordinator”.

 

Posted February 17, 2017

Senior Keeper/Assistant Curator - African Safari Wildlife Park

Senior Keeper/Assistant Curator

African Safari Wildlife Park, Port Clinton, Ohio

 

African Safari Wildlife Park is currently seeking a full-time Senior Keeper/Assistant Curator. This position is a mid-level, supervisory position requiring the individual to be an active participant in the routine care, collection planning, and management of the entire collection of animals.

This position will work side by side with keeper staff and management daily.
 

Requirements:

  • Good Decision Making Skills
  • Consistency and Accuracy while performing jobs
  • Clear and concise communication skills
  • Ability to Identify and Solve Problems
  • Ability to promote good morale and productivity in the workplace.
  • Proven ability to train and direct the work of interns, seasonal employees, and full-time keeper staff.
  • Ability to effectively mediate routine personnel issues and conflicts between staff.
  • Negative TB Test
  • Must Maintain a valid Driver’s License
  • Self-motivated
  • Knowledge of animal husbandry in a wide variety of animal species.
  • Excellent people and team building skills
  • Knowledge of animal needs in exhibit design.
  • Veterinary technician skills helpful.
  • Strong computer skills.
  • Excellent public speaking and communication skills.
  • Capable of problem solving and crisis management.
  • Ability to multi-task.
  • Experience in management preferred.
  • Will present a friendly, courteous and helpful demeanor to all guests at all times.


Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Experience with large and small hoofstock is preferred including exotic ungulates
  • 5 or more years’ experience working with Animals in a professional setting
  • Capture and restraint experience
  • Experience with computers, Microsoft Word, Excel, Dropbox
     

Compensation:

  • Based on experience and will be discussed at time of interview
  • House on property may be available and subject to a housing agreement.
     

JOB DESCRIPTION

Job Summary: To oversee the entire African Safari Wildlife Park animal collection providing the best husbandry possible and guest services


Major Job Responsibilities (including but not limited to):

  • Reports directly to the Park Forman and Acting General Manager
  • Responsible for maintaining current knowledge of all USDA, AZA, and ZAA standards of care and husbandry related to the animal collection.
  • Responsible for husbandry, maintenance and oversight of the entire animal collection.
  • Responsible for the completion of all daily animal husbandry and feeding.
  • Must be able to operate tractors, trucks, trailers, for lifts, etc.
  • Works with Head Keeper to ensure optimum husbandry of the animal collection.
  • Works with the Veterinarian to ensure optimum medical care of the animal collection. Assists the Veterinarian in medical procedures when necessary.
  • In consultation with the Veterinarian, will be responsible for all animal diets and evaluation of nutritional needs of the animal collection.
  • Works with the Acting General Manager and Park Forman in exhibit design and alteration.
  • Responsible to assist in acquisition and disposition of animals according to all regulations and guidelines.
  • Responsible to assist in maintaining appropriate USDA records and reports and compliance with all state and federal regulations related to the animal collection.
  • Will assist the Park Forman in oversight of the daily operations of ASWP.
  • Will assist the Park Forman with maintaining and keeping current all Job Descriptions.
  • Responsible for training wildlife staff
  • May be required to travel or transport
  • Assist in the coordination and facilitation of animal training
  • Responsible for animal feed ordering and preparation
  • Other Duties as assigned
  • Ensure proper facility repair in accordance with USDA regulations (Lighting, shelter, etc.).
  • Assist the Park Forman in the management of hay field
  • Accompany and contribute to Monthly self-inspections
  • Comprehensive understanding of all waterlines, wells, septic, electrical boxes, furnaces, boilers, camera systems, and AC.
  • Assist in fence, gate and road repairs
  • Assist in the training and supervision of seasonal staff, camel rides, education programs, guest and animal interactions
  • May be required to assist in guest and animal interactions


Essential Functions:

  • Walk, stand, sit, kneel, stoop, crawl, twist, reach above head, pull, bend, climb stairs and ladders, and carry up to 50lbs
  • Be able to stand for long periods of time up to 8 hours
  • We able to work in all weather conditions
     

To Apply:  Complete the application and upload a resume to https://africansafariwildlifepark.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=8

 

Posted February 10, 2017

Animal Health Undergraduate Internship - Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

Animal Health Undergraduate Internship

Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

 

The Animal Health Department is currently accepting internship applications from undergraduate students interested in pursuing a career in wildlife or zoo medicine.  The Animal Health Department serves the medical and surgical needs of the mammals, reptiles, birds, amphibians, and fish that make their home at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium and the International Conservation Center.

The animal health undergraduate internship is a minimum of 10 weeks long within the specified periods of time listed below.  Each internship consists of 40-hour work weeks Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Students should have a strong interest in zoo and wildlife veterinary medicine. Interns may be required to work in inclement weather, lift heavy loads, and must be dependable.  The duties of the intern will vary widely and may include: assisting with setting up and cleaning up of veterinary procedures, restocking hospital supplies, cleaning and sterilization of surgical instruments, animal observations, cleaning and disinfecting animal enclosures, assisting with lab sample processing including blood, urine and feces, and other duties as assigned.

Interested students should send a cover letter, resume, college transcripts, and two letters of recommendation along with a potential start date with the length of time available to Kristine Trotta-Hissrich, LVT, via Colleen Yeany (Administrative Assistant) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Or mail to One Wild Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15206. 

 

Spring: December through May
Spring application deadline: November 15

Summer: May through August
Summer application deadline: April 1

Fall: August through December
Fall application deadline: July 1


Posted February 6, 2017

Veterinary Technician Internship - Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

Veterinary Technician Internship

Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

 

The Animal Health Department is currently accepting internship applications from veterinary technician students. The Animal Health Department serves the medical and surgical needs of the mammals, reptiles, birds, amphibians, and fish that make their home at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium.

Internships are 6-8 weeks long, with a work schedule of Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Applicants will play an integral role in the day-to-day operations of the animal health team.

Interested students should send a cover letter, resume, veterinary technician school transcripts, and 2-3 potential time slots to Libby Galvanek, CAHT, via Colleen Yeany (Administrative Assistant) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Posted February 6, 2017

Veterinary Student Externship - Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

Veterinary Student Externship

Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

 

The Animal Health Department is currently accepting externship applications for fourth-year veterinary students (third-year students will be considered if in their clinical year). The Animal Health Department serves the medical and surgical needs of the mammals, reptiles, birds, amphibians and fish that make their home at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium.

Externships are 6-8 weeks long, with a work schedule of Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (weekend hours are possible). Externs will play an integral role in the day-to-day operations of the animal health team.

Interested students should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, veterinary school transcripts, letters from two professional references, and 2-3 potential time slots to Dr. Ginger Sturgeon via Colleen Yeany (Administrative Assistant) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Additional information about the program can be located at www.aazv.org.


Posted February 6, 2017

Zoo Education Curator - Montgomery Zoo

Zoo Education Curator

Montgomery Zoo & Mann Wildlife Learning Museum, Montgomery, Alabama

 

Recruitment #17-CI7570-01

City of Montgomery
Department: Zoo
Salary: $35,600.00/year
Job Type: Open Competitive
Employment Type: Full-Time
Job Application
 

Nature of Work:  

The fundamental reason this position exists is to plan and direct Montgomery Zoo education programming. Work responsibilities include: assists citizens and/or teachers with developing educational materials or programs; recommends expenditures from Zoo operating budget; researches, plans and prepares education support materials; performs animal care duties; prepares and gives public presentations; recruits, trains, manages and plans the activities of adult and youth volunteers. Work is performed under the general supervision of the Program Services Manager at the Zoo.
 

Minimum Qualifications:

Must have a Bachelors Degree in biology, zoology, education or a related field and one (1) year of paid experience, managing the care of wild and exotic animals or planning and researching for zoo education.

Special Requirements:

Must be willing to work nights, holidays or weekends as needed to promote special events or programs and to attend out of town conferences or meetings as needed. Must be able to obtain a TB test and CPR training within the first month of employment.

Kind of Examination:

Applications are being accepted to fill one (1) vacancy and any vacancies that may occur during the life of the register. The current vacancy is with the City of Montgomery Zoo. Applicants will be screened and qualified based upon education and experience as shown on the application and attached supplemental questionnaire. For this reason, applicants are urged to fill in the application form and supplemental questionnaire completely providing detailed information concerning the kinds of jobs they have held, the dates they held them, where and exactly what their duties were. If more than five qualified applications are received, the supplemental questionnaire will be used to rank applicants. Tied scores will not be broken (in accordance with Personnel Rules and Regulations, Rule VII, Section 3). If there are five or less qualified applicants, they will be considered equally qualified and placed on the register in alphabetical order.

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

Additional Information:

BENEFITS: Employees are offered a competitive benefits package which includes health, dental, and life insurance, paid annual and sick leave, paid holidays, and a retirement program.

DRUG TEST: Employment is conditional upon the potential employee passing a preemployment drug test. (The drug test may require the submission of a sample of hair, finger nails, and/or urine that will verify illegal drug use).

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: Discrimination against any person in recruitment, examination, appointment, training, promotion, retention, discipline, or any other aspect of personnel administration because of political or religious opinions or affiliations or because of race, national origin, or any other non merit factors is prohibited. Discrimination on the basis of age, sex, or physical disability is prohibited except where specific age, sex, or physical requirements constitute a bona fide occupational qualification necessary to proper and efficient administration.

REQUEST FOR ACCOMMODATION: Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, it is the responsibility of the applicant with a disability to request accommodation which he/she requires in order to participate in the application or examination process. The Personnel Department reserves the right to require documentation of the need for accommodation under the ADA. In order to request accommodation in the application or testing process, contact the Personnel Director at (334) 625-2675.

I9: Prior to your employment, you will be required to provide to your employer documentation of your identity and employment eligibility in order to comply with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.

UPDATE OF CONTACT INFORMATION: It is your responsibility to update your contact information (address, phone, email) so that we can contact you about jobs. Please visit the Update Contact Information page to log in and update to your contact information at any time.
 

Posted February 2, 20177

Facilities Caretaker - Rare Species Conservatory Foundation Wildlife Conservation Center

Facilties Caretaker

Rare Species Conservatory Foundation Wildlife Conservation Center, Loxahatchee, Florida

 

Full-time (40+ hours/week) salaried position. Seeking energetic, motivated individual who loves physically demanding, outside work maintaining a non-profit wildlife conservation facility, www.rarespecies.org. Reports to RSCF Director.
 

Requirements: hands-on maintenance experience at an animal-care facility; excellent interpersonal skills; a positive outlook; ability to work independently and productively with minimal supervision; familiarity with farm and equipment maintenance, landscaping, enclosure/building design and construction and water/irrigation systems.


Education/Experience: Two years’ experience in an AZA/ZAA-accredited institution or similar/related facility or a combination of related education, training and experience that meets or exceeds the required job skills. Supervisory experience strongly preferred. Duties include daily maintenance of a 40+ acre facility housing endangered parrots, primates and large hoofstock in south Florida. Must be available weekends, holidays and on-call as needed. Florida resident preferred.


Compensation:  Competitive, commensurate with education and experience.
 

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Posted January 28, 2017

Animal Care Specialist 1 - Large Felines - Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

Animal Care Specialist 1 - Large Felines (full time position)

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Vallejo, California

 

Job Summary:  
Responsible for the husbandry of all large feline areas. Entry level training of tigers, lions and cougars. Tigers are managed in a free contact situation.
 

Essential Job Duties:

  • Assist in checking the appearance and health of the animals on a daily basis.
  • Act as a back-up to Senior Trainers in all weather conditions to ensure the safety of animals, guests and trainers.
  • Speak to the guests to educate the guests about the animals and to answer guest questions as needed during park hours.
  • Assist in the rotation of animals onto and off of each cat area as directed by the Supervisor.
  • Perform entry level training techniques with the animals; i.e. no biting, no claws, walk on a leash, milk behaviors, husbandry behaviors etc. under the direction of the Supervisor and/or Senior Trainers. Learn all essential commands and related behaviors.
  • On a daily basis clean all animal enclosures and compounds.
  • Pick-up and prepare animal diets on a daily basis.
  • Maintain log as needed concerning animal health, behaviors, enrichment and diet.
  • Learn the show scripts and perform in shows as assigned.
  • Adhere to all park & department policies.
  • Learn and follow proper protocol concerning the cats.
  • Assist in other animal areas as needed.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • One year previous experience handling or keeping exotic animals preferred.
  • Must be mentally alert and be able to pay attention to all daily duties.
  • Must possess ability to make appropriate decisions under pressure and in changing circumstances if immediate direction is unavailable.
  • Must have quick reflexes and be able to react quickly to changing animal situations.
  • Must be in excellent physical condition and possess the mental capacities to perform the essential job duties.
  • Must be able to lift animals and equipment up to 75 lbs. Must possess the physical dexterity to hold and maneuver equipment. Must be able to walk and run quickly as needed.
  • Must be willing and able to work outdoors in all types of weather conditions.
  • Must be able to work weekends, evenings, early mornings, and holidays.
  • Must be articulate and be able to speak and understand English. Must have good corrected/uncorrected vision and good hearing.


Safety Sensitive Position


How to Apply:  Qualified candidates should apply online at www.sixflags.jobs.com and attach resumes to their applications. Six Flags Discovery Kingdom offers an excellent benefits package. For any questions, please contact the following HR representative.

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
1001 Fairgrounds Drive
Vallejo, CA 94589
Teal Burger – HR Supervisor
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Fax: 707-556-5593

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

Posted January 28, 2017

Animal Care Specialist 2 - Land Animals - Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

Animal Care Specialist 2 - Land Animals (full time position)

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Vallejo, California

 

Job Summary:  
Responsible for the feeding, cleaning, maintenance and training of the Discovery Theater collection.
 

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 and Reptile shows and act as backup during shows.
  • Set up show equipment and props as dictated by script.
  • 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, birds and reptiles.
  • 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.

 


Safety Sensitive Position


How to Apply:  Qualified candidates should apply online at www.sixflags.jobs.com and attach resumes to their applications. Six Flags Discovery Kingdom offers an excellent benefits package. For any questions, please contact the following HR representative.

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
1001 Fairgrounds Drive
Vallejo, CA 94589
Teal Burger – HR Supervisor
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Fax: 707-556-5593

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

Posted January 28, 2017

Marine Mammal Manager - Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

Marine Mammal Manager (full time position)

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Vallejo, California

 

Job Summary:  
Oversees the Marine Mammal operations of the Park. Provide supervision, operational assistance, and technical guidance for personnel engaged in the daily care and training of the marine mammal collection at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom. Reporting to the Director of Animal Care, this is a key leadership position that requires a motivated, dedicated team player that is willing to make a significant commitment to the organization.
 

Essential Job Duties:

  • Assists the Director of Animal Care in developing short-term and long-term objectives/strategies regarding the overall animal collection/organization, and the development of conservation and research initiatives consistent with Discovery Kingdom’s mission statement.
  • Develops, implements, and monitors standard operating guidelines, safety protocols, and emergency procedures.
  • Ensures compliance with all accrediting bodies, governing institutions and park policies.
  • Ability to create an environment that fosters Excellence Beyond Compliance for optimal welfare of our animal collection.
  • Represents Discovery Kingdom in a well-informed, positive manner before other zoological facilities, professional and educational organizations, the media, and federal and state agencies.
  • Oversees staff recruitment, selection, and performance reviews.
  • Ensure that Supervisory team maintains established behaviors, trains new behaviors, and provides enrichment based on the most current and widely accepted techniques.
  • Ability to teach and apply advanced animal behavior and training modification techniques to animals and staff.
  • Ability to read, interpret, anticipate and manage animal behavior.
  • Ability to troubleshoot, problem solve and provide direction and advice for animal management and training.
  • Maintains a friendly and inclusive work environment that is safe and productive for our animals and staff.
  • Participates in the development of new facilities and implements improvements to existing facilities.
  • Develops annual budget and operates within budget parameters.
  • Participate in research and educational programs.
  • Provide an outstanding guest experience.
  • Performs other duties as requested/assigned.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Minimum 10 years of relevant experience in training and behavioral management of marine mammals.
  • Experience working with cetaceans and pinnipeds.
  • Supervisory experience required.
  • Strong problem solving, decision-making and leadership skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and public speaking skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing.
  • Proficiency in MS Office applications.
  • SCUBA certification and strong swimming skills.
  • Prior experience in public speaking required. Must be articulate and able to speak, read and write in English.
  • 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 able to work outdoors in all types of weather conditions.
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs.
  • Must be willing and able to work in and around cold saltwater.
     


Preferred Qualifications/Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in biology, zoology, or equivalent
  • AALSO Level 1 certification
  • Exhibit design and construction
  • Animal Transports
  • Interactive and public programing
  • Show development
  • Budget management
  • Research project facilitator
     


Safety Sensitive Position


How to Apply:  Qualified candidates should apply online at www.sixflags.jobs.com and attach resumes to their applications. Six Flags Discovery Kingdom offers an excellent salary and benefits package. For any questions, please contact the following HR representative.

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
1001 Fairgrounds Drive
Vallejo, CA 94589
Teal Burger – HR Supervisor
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Fax: 707-556-5593

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

Posted January 28, 2017

Water Quality Technician - Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

Water Quality Technician (full time position)

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Vallejo, California

 

Job Summary:  
The Water Quality Technician is responsible for the maintenance of the aquatic animal life support systems (LSS).
 

Essential Job Duties:

  • Follow all policies and procedures of Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Animal Care, and the Water Quality Department.
  • Adhere to all federal and state guidelines, regulations, and laws.
  • Perform regular mechanical, electrical, and plumbing repairs and preventative maintenance.
  • Basic operation of all LSS with some supervision.
  • Conduct rounds of all filtration areas to inspect pumps, motors, generators, chillers, boilers, and other LSS equipment.
  • Basic water testing using correct lab practices and procedures.
  • Supervised addition of chemicals to LSS.
  • Maintain communication with Supervisors and other disciplines within the Life Support Team and Animal Care Departments.
  • Use computers for communication, LSS monitoring/operation, reference, and reports/logs.
  • Keep records and inventory.
  • Assist in animal medical procedures.
  • Assist in animal moves and transport operations.
  • Perform educational lectures and conduct tours as assigned.
  • Participate in the inter- and intra-departmental cross training program.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must possess a background with plumbing, mechanical and electrical repair work.
  • Must be physically able to sit, stand, walk, duck, crawl, climb stairs and ladders, work at heights with fall protection, swim, and pass an annual physical exam and stress test.
  • Must be able to lift up to 100 pounds.
  • Must be able to read, write, and speak in English.
  • Must be able to use mathematics including geometry and algebra.
  • Must possess a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Must be able to work indoors and outdoors in all weather conditions.
  • Must be able to work days, nights, holidays, and weekends.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and be able to operate vehicles (including but not limited to forklifts, golf carts, cars, trucks).
  • Must be able to work with chemicals and follow MSDS/SDS.


Safety Sensitive Position


How to Apply:  Qualified candidates should apply online at www.sixflags.jobs.com and attach resumes to their applications. Six Flags Discovery Kingdom offers an excellent benefits package. For any questions, please contact the following HR representative.

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
1001 Fairgrounds Drive
Vallejo, CA 94589
Teal Burger – HR Supervisor
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Fax: 707-556-5593

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

Posted January 28, 2017

Reptile Exhibit Supervisor - Build 4 Impact

Reptile Exhibit Supervisor

Build 4 Impact, Chicago, Illinois

 

Build 4 Impact is seeking a Supervisor/Exhibit Staff people for Here Be Dragons, a live animal exhibit at the Brookfield Zoo in Chicago in May 2017.

Here Be Dragons celebrates human-dragon cultural connections through science, history, paleontology, folklore, mythology, religion, literature, and live animals. There are 11 live animal exhibits featuring various lizards including albino iguanas, crocodile monitors, frilled dragons, and a Komodo monitor. As a staff person at Here Be Dragons, you will, under close supervision, provide general care for animals and create superior guest experiences. The incumbent will perform related work of maintaining the exhibit, grounds, and interpretives associated with Here Be Dragons. You will also inform, assist, and direct guests as necessary. Diverse experience caring for and exhibiting a wide variety of large and small reptiles, in a zoo, museum, or private setting is preferred. In addition, experience in education and theatre is important. You will study specific reference materials about animals in the exhibit and read other zoological and husbandry texts as assigned.

The successful candidate will be expected to:

  • Prepare and distribute food as directed. Observe assigned animals closely, routinely, and objectively report to supervisor on their behavior, health, and welfare. Keep animal records as assigned.
  • Observe condition of assigned area(s), animal enclosures, and equipment. Monitor and clean public space(s), plants, and interpretives as assigned. Report maintenance needs. Perform minor maintenance tasks as assigned. Clean animal enclosures, pools, and service areas.
  • Perform routines of assigned areas and specialized procedures as directed. Monitor guests to insure animal and human safety and protection of property. Communicate with and assist guests. Take initiative to facilitate guests' appreciation of animals and enjoyment of their visit. Demonstrate knowledge of and implement emergency procedures as directed.
  • Other related duties as assigned.

The requirements for this position include:

  • High School Diploma or GED and knowledge in relevant biological field or equivalent combination of training and/or experience required. Animal care facility, farm, kennel, or equivalent animal experience preferred.
  • Knowledge of educational methods and techniques appropriate for public speaking, demonstration, and interaction with people of all ages. Childcare, camp counselor, teachers, educators, theatre performers, or equivalent educational experience preferred.
  • Must possess an understanding of practical principles of animal behavior and the ability to work with live animals safely.
  • Diverse experience caring for and exhibiting a wide variety of large and small reptiles, including iguanids, varanids, and others.
  • An understanding of zoo-based conservation and breeding programs is desirable.
  • Knowledge of natural history, zoology, or animal husbandry preferred.
  • Ability to perceive and act upon relevant changes in animal behaviors and conditions.
  • Incumbent must develop proficiency in routines of assigned areas and specialized procedures as directed, and must demonstrate the ability to accurately perform job duties.
  • Good interpersonal skills.
  • The ability to interact in a courteous and professional manner.
  • Must be capable of dealing with emergencies calmly and efficiently.
  • Must learn and integrate information, knowledge, and direction quickly.
  • Good decision-making skills.
  • Must be alert and make sound independent judgments.
  • Must be reliable.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced and ever-changing work environment preferred.
  • Valid driver's license required for Illinois residents within 90 days of hire; valid out-of-state license required for out-of-state residents.
  • Must be able to read, write, and speak the English language fluently. Spanish fluency a plus, but not required.


Experience Required:

Animal care facility, farm, kennel, or equivalent animal experience desired. Teachers, childcare workers, actors, and educators encouraged to apply.
 

Further Comments:

This is a full-time, seasonal position with rotating shifts, including weekends, holidays, and evenings.


Work begins in mid-April and continues through mid-September 2017. Possibility of conversion to full-time position.

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 of 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.

Interested parties should email a resume, cover letter, and 3 personal and 3 professional references to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Posted January 28, 2017

Quarantine & Reintroduction Supervisor - Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme

Quarantine & Reintroduction Supervisor - Orangutan Conservation

Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme, Medan, Indonesia

 

The Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP) is looking for an experienced individual to supervise its specialist orangutan quarantine centre and orangutan reintroduction programme in northern Sumatra.

The position would suit a zookeeper/sanctuary manager/veterinarian wanting to make a genuine impact on orangutan conservation and welfare who is willing and able to start a new life in a new country and culture, as part of a dynamic and diverse team based in Medan, Indonesia.

If you think this exciting and challenging position is for you visit http://www.sumatranorangutan.org/jobs, to obtain Terms of Reference and details on how to apply. Closing date is 28th February 2017.


TERMS OF REFERENCE
 

Position Title:  SOCP Quarantine & Reintroduction Supervisor
 

Experience and Qualifications:

The successful applicant will have a proven background in animal care and management. Ideally, he/she will have several years’ experience as either a zookeeper, sanctuary manager or veterinarian. Experience living or working in a developing country would be an advantage, but is not a prerequisite.


Location:

The position will be based out of the SOCP’s main office in Medan, Sumatra, Indonesia, but with the majority of time spent at the SOCP Orangutan Quarantine Centre near Medan and the Jantho Reintroduction Centre in Aceh Province, dividing the focus of this time approximately 60/40. Extensive travel will be required between SOCP field activity sites and for meetings throughout Indonesia and elsewhere, as and when required. Time working in the SOCP office in Medan will also be necessary.


Reporting:

The SOCP Quarantine and Reintroduction Supervisor will report to and take direction from the SOCP Director, but will coordinate closely with all SOCP senior staff. The position will consult and coordinate especially closely with the SOCP orangutan quarantine and reintroduction on-site managers and the SOCP veterinary team regarding all activities related to management of the two facilities.


Primary goal of the position:

To ensure high standards of animal husbandry and welfare and maintain an efficient and effective working environment at all SOCP facilities dealing with captive and reintroduced orangutans.

 

Main responsibilities:

The SOCP Quarantine and Reintroduction Supervisor will communicate with the veterinary team, and management teams of the Orangutan Quarantine Centre and Jantho Reintroduction Centre to supervise and assist them to ensure project implementation is on track, that required standards are met, that fundraising opportunities are not missed, and that project staff are efficient in their work and have all that they require to work effectively. The work will include supervising records and databases and communicating and reporting to partners and donors.

The SOCP Quarantine and Reintroduction Supervisor will be required to spend frequent lengthy periods at the Orangutan Quarantine Centre and Jantho Reintroduction Centre and maintain strong communication and coordination with all senior SOCP staff. The work will require considerable flexibility in terms of multitasking and time management.
 

Summary of tasks - relevant to both the Orangutan Quarantine and Jantho Reintroduction Centres:

  • Supervising day to day animal management at both locations and maintaining clean, hygienic, and well organized and maintained facilities
  • Work closely with the SOCP veterinary team to optimise the health and welfare of all orangutans in the SOCP’s care
  • Work closely with the SOCP management team to optimise post-release monitoring and welfare of reintroduced orangutans
  • Supervising staff management and working with the on-site management teams to arrange work schedules, routines, goals and daily tasks, and evaluating performance
  • Updating and streamlining all records keeping and database management related to the Quarantine and Jantho Centres
  • Identifying problems as they arise and determining effective solutions
  • Fundraising for the Orangutan Quarantine Centre and Jantho Reintroduction programme
  • Communications relevant to both facilities, including reports to donors, correspondence and online media
  • Coordinating and supervising visitors (donors, government personnel, media and film crews, etc.)
  • Assisting the SOCP’s Orangutan Haven development team with the design, promotion, fundraising and implementation of the project (eventually also supervising animal husbandry at this location as well)
     

More detailed Terms of Reference will be supplied to selected applicants.


Salary and benefits:

Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.


HOW TO APPLY

Please send a letter via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. explaining why you feel uniquely qualified for this position and why you would like to apply, outlining both your immediate and long-term career aspirations. Include a comprehensive Curriculum Vitae and the names and contact details of 3 referees (at least two should be employment/education related). Closing date is 28th February 2017.

 

Posted January 13, 2017

Animal Educator Intern (paid) - Six Flags Great Adventure & Safari

Animal Educator Intern (paid)

Six Flags Great Adventure & Safari, Jackson, New Jersey

 

Position Summary:  
Assist the Six Flags Great Adventure Safari department with educating guests about the animals in our collection through a supportive role in general public shows, presentations, as well as one on one interactions. The Candidate will assist the animal education staff in providing proper nutrition, appropriate and sanitary living conditions and constant care of our animal collection. The education trainee will also be responsible for learning and demonstrating basic training and animal husbandry techniques.
 

Essential Job Duties:

  • Position will generally run from Memorial Day to Labor Day
  • Maintain a safe and sanitary working area
  • Maintain all equipment on a daily basis
  • Make daily observations of animals and report any abnormalities to staff supervisor.
  • Prepare daily animal diets and maintain safe and sanitary areas of food preparation, storage, and living conditions
  • Properly complete animal records
  • Become familiar with basic operant conditioning techniques through observation and structured supervised participation
  • Adhere to all Six Flags and departmental policies
  • Function as a team member showing consideration, tolerance, cooperation and reliability.
  • Perform supportive roles in educating guests in a fun and positive way.
  • Perform other miscellaneous duties as required
  • Responsible for guest safety during animal feeds/ interactions
  • Handle reptile and rodent collection
  • Communicate via radio with other team members
  • Drive van, trucks, off road vehicle with animals, staff or guests
  • Participate in various education programs
  • Complete presentation/report for assigned animal
  • Strong public speaking skills
  • Learning facility animal facts and information in a timely manner
     


Qualifications:

  • Minimum Age Requirement: 18 years
  • Valid Driver’s license
  • Bachelor’s degree or in the pursuit of in Biology, Psychology, or a related field preferred
  • Previous volunteer or animal care internships preferred.
  • Able to communicate effectively in the English language, including the ability to read, speak, write and understand the English language
  • Must be comfortable talking one on one and to large crowds
  • Must be available to work weekends, holidays, evenings and some overnights
  • Must be able to perform essential duties and responsibilities


Physical Demands:

  • Required to stand, sit, kneel, bend and/or crouch for extended periods of time
  • Must be able to lift and/or move up to 50 lbs.
  • Will be working in all weather conditions including, heat, cold, rain, snow.
  • Occasionally exposed to high and/or precarious places
  • May be exposed to toxic or caustic chemicals (PPE will be supplied)
  • Noise level of the work environment is moderate and can be loud at times
     


ALL INTERESTED AND QUALIFIED CANDIDATES PLEAS EMAIL RESUME TO: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 

Posted January 4, 2017

Animal Educator - Six Flags Great Adventure & Safari

Animal Educator - Seasonal

Six Flags Great Adventure & Safari, Jackson, New Jersey

 

Position Summary:  
Assist the Six Flags Great Adventure Safari Department with Educating guests about the animals in our collection through a supportive role in general public shows, presentations, as well as one on one interactions. The Candidate will be able to provide proper nutrition, appropriate and sanitary living conditions and constant care of our animal collection. The educators will also be responsible for learning and demonstrating basic training and animal husbandry techniques.
 

Essential Job Duties:

  • Maintain a safe and sanitary working area
  • Maintain all equipment on a daily basis
  • Make daily observations of animals and report any abnormalities to staff supervisor.
  • Prepare daily animal diets and maintain safe and sanitary areas of food preparation, storage, and living conditions
  • Properly complete animal records
  • Become familiar with operant conditioning techniques
  • Adhere to all Six Flags and departmental policies
  • Function as a team member showing consideration, tolerance, cooperation and reliability.
  • Perform supportive roles in educating guests in a fun and positive way.
  • Perform other miscellaneous duties as required
  • Responsible for guest safety during animal feeds and interactions
  • Become versed in animal handling techniques amongst various species
  • Communicate via radio with other team members
  • Drive van, trucks, off road vehicle with animals, staff or guests
  • Participate in various education programs
  • Complete presentation/report for assigned animal
  • Strong public speaking skills
  • Learn facility animal facts and information in a timely manner


Qualifications:

  • Minimum Age Requirement: 18 years
  • Valid Driver’s license
  • Bachelor’s degree (or in the pursuit of) in Biology, Psychology, or a related field preferred
  • Previous volunteer or animal care internships preferred.
  • Able to communicate effectively in the English language, including the ability to read, speak, write and understand the English language
  • Must be comfortable talking one on one and to large crowds.
  • Must be available to work weekends, holidays, evenings and some overnights
  • Must be able to perform essential duties and responsibilities


Physical Demands:

  • Required to stand, sit, kneel, bend and/or crouch for extended periods of time
  • Must be able to lift and/or move up to 50 lbs.
  • Will be working in all weather conditions including, heat, cold, rain, snow.
  • Occasionally exposed to high and/or precarious places
  • May be exposed to toxic or caustic chemicals (PPE will be supplied)
  • Noise level of the work environment is moderate and can be loud at times


ALL INTERESTED AND QUALIFIED CANDIDATES PLEAS EMAIL RESUME TO: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 

Posted January 4, 2017

Educator/Keeper - Wild Wonders

Educator/Keeper

Wild Wonders, Bonsall, California

 

2 new positions starting February 2017!


Wild Wonders is looking for hard working enthusiastic self-motivated individuals to join our animal care education team.


Wild Wonders is a wildlife education organization located in north San Diego, CA which provides onsite and offsite wildlife education programming.


These positions are part-time (20 plus hours per week) but may work into full-time with benefits. Pay commensurate with experience levels.
 

Duties include husbandry and training of our ambassador collection as well as performing onsite and outreach entertaining educational presentations.
 

Applicants must have a min of one year, full-time professional experience working in a zoological setting, and a working knowledge of positive reinforcement conditioning as well as presentation skills.  A biology or related degree preferred.
 

Please email resume to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 

No phone calls please

 

Posted December 20, 2016

Hoofstock Swing Keeper - Gulf Breeze Zoo

Hoofstock Swing Keeper

Gulf Breeze Zoo, Gulf Breeze, FL

 

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

Currently Seeking:

An energetic and hardworking individual to work in with our primary keepers on two of our Hoofstock shifts. Animals that you will be working with include a wide variety of antelope, cervids, zebra, giraffe, llamas, kangaroos and ratites. One-year previous experience working with and around hoofstock required. Must enjoy working with hoofstock in an open environment.

Job responsibilities include but are not limited to: completing all basic cleaning and watering, recording breeding observations, assisting with medical needs, daily records and assisting with habitat maintenance and improvements.

All applicants must be physically fit and active, able to lift 50 pounds comfortably, and be able to work in all types of weather.  Applicants must possess a strong work ethic, a willingness to learn, and a valid driver’s license. Must adhere to strict personal appearance requirements with no visible tattoos permitted and maintain a non-smoking work environment. Weekends and holidays are mandatory workdays for new hires, as are long days when needed. Must be able to complete daily tasks in a timely fashion with minimal supervision once trained, keep good daily records, and be proficient at observing animals.  

Note:    Gulf Breeze Zoo is a Drug Free and Smoke Free work environment.  Competitive salary, insurance, paid sick/vacation time and 401k options available.

 

APPLY NOW! Applicants should send cover letter, resume, 2 references to Chris Mogensen:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Posted October 19, 2016

Zoo Keeper - Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo

Zoo Keeper

Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo, New Braunfels, TX

 

Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo is a 6-acre facility that is currently expanding onto an additional 30 acres of land. As we continue this process, we are looking for an experienced animal care professional to fill a Zoo Keeper position within our Mammal Department.

Under the supervision of the Department Manager and Lead Keeper, the zoo keeper position will work with general operations, exhibit maintenance and proper care of over 60 different mammal and avian species.

With direct supervision, the zoo keeper position provides a wide range of skilled work involving the care of animals. The zoo keeper position must always strive to maintain Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo’s mission statement to to “foster an appreciation and respect for our world and its inhabitants” as well as becoming a “leader in the use of education and entertainment to empower our communities, both local and global, to respect, appreciate and the desire to conserve our natural world.” The position will perform professional zoo keeping duties as well as administrative duties associated with the provision of the services, including husbandry and record keeping. Zookeepers must always strive to maintain best practices as established by the Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo accreditation manual as well as exceed ZAA and USDA guidelines

 

Key Accountabilities

EXECUTES SOFT SKILLS (GENERAL KNOWLEDGE/PEOPLE SKILLS)

  • Provides a strong work ethic and good customer service skills, dedication and punctuality
  • Can work independently with minimum supervision as well as in a team setting
  • Possesses good interpersonal, problem solving, and decision making skills
  • Possesses excellent communication skills, to effectively engage co-workers and the general public on a wide-range of education and conservation topics
  • Exerts a practical "can do" attitude as well as strong supervisory and conflict resolution skills
  • Takes direction from superiors appropriately without argument and insubordinate behavior, can lead by example and work as a team
  • Willing and able to work outside of their department or everyday routine when asked by supervisor to ensure all zoo departments are running smoothly and safely

EXECUTES HARD SKILLS (TECHNICAL KNOWLEDGE AND POSITION-SPECIFIC SKILLS)

  • Provides experience and knowledge in a range of animal husbandry and breeding techniques for exotic, domestic, native and non-native animals, legislation, animal training and animal enrichment, conservation studies, exhibit construction, and any other background information regarding to exhibitory needs and the needs of any animal in the zoo’s collection
  • Performs a wide range of skilled work involving the care of animals at the zoo— including, but not limited to: diet preparation, diet distribution, feeding, bathing, grooming, providing enrichment, exhibit inspections and minor exhibit improvement or maintenance, research, cleaning (raking, sweeping, hosing, scrubbing, etc.), and administering medication
  • Can stay up to date on policy changes, updates to protocol and any other changes that come with the zoo’s expansion
  • Maintains all ZAA and USDA regulations
  • Is aware of all emergency protocol and can confidently complete emergency and escape drills
  • Able to perform engaging and educational shows, keeper talks and enrichment activities to the general public

 

Must be able to work holidays, weekends and irregular hours. A completed background check and verifiable work history is required. Applicants must be in good physical condition. Appropriate personal appearance, ability to work both individually and as a team and willingness to learn and grow with our facility is a must. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

Along with resume and cover letter, please send a comprehensive list of all the species with which you have experience. All documentation can be sent to Hannah Mulligan, Deputy Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Posted October 8, 2016

Development Coordinator - Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

Development Coordinator

Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, Pennsylvania

 

Overall: 

The Development Department of the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, seeks a highly motivated, conscientious, detail-oriented individual, with a passion for wildlife and wildlife conservation to join our dynamic team.  The ideal candidate will possess excellent fundraising and donor relations skills, communications skills, both written and oral, computer and graphics skills, and a high level of comfort working with a database system.  This position also requires creative and extensive planning of special events, knowledge of how to secure corporate sponsorships, and the ability to arrange corporate volunteer opportunities within the Zoo setting.


Responsiblities/Duties:

  • Plans and executes Gala, Summer Safari and all other special events, which includes obtaining sponsorships, restaurant participation, managing ticket sales and marketing materials;
  • Develops benchmarks and leads the team for the PPG partnership;
  • Develops and maintains development systems data base and creates ad hoc reports;
  • Solicits individual donors and prospects as appropriate;
  • Organizes and executes behind the scenes tours and donor cultivation events;
  • Coordinates donor recognition signage and delivery of sponsorship benefits;
  • Insures accurate donor acknowledgement within 48 hours;
  • Cultivates and continually supports the growth and expansion of the Grow Wild Society;
  • Responds to the requests of fund raising volunteers in a timely and accurate manner;
  • Completes quarterly PPG reports accurately and timely;
  • Assists with production of the donor newsletter and other Zoo/development related projects;
  • Coordinates and communicates with other departments to insure cohesiveness of projects;

Non-Essential Duties:

  • Oversees the corporate volunteer program and recruits and supervises interns;
  • Attends staff meetings, fund-raising and specialized meetings and other events related meetings;

Qualifications: 
5+ years’ experience in development, special events, marketing, or a related field is strongly desired.  A degree in a relevant field preferred.  Experience in database management and working in a fast-paced, deadline oriented work environment is required.   Desired competencies include, but are not limited to excellent organizational, written/oral communications, time management, planning, and multi-tasking skills; excellent judgment and independent decision making ability, ability to pay attention to detail and produce highly accurate products.

Must be available to work on weekends, holidays and evenings as required. 
 

Send resume to: 

Zoological Society of Pittsburgh
Human Resources Department
One Wild Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
EOE
Or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 

For questions about the position, contact Janet Rose at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Posted October 7, 2016

Farm Equipment Mechanic, full time - Virginia Safari Park

Farm Equipment Mechanic, fulltime

Virginia Safari Park, Natural Bridge, VA

 

Description:

The Virginia Safari Park is a 180-acre drive through animal experience located in beautiful Natural Bridge, Virginia and was recently named one of the top ten animal attractions in America. This ZAA-Accredited zoo is home to over 1,000 animals and features both free-roaming exotic hoofedstock in our safari section as well as carnivores, primates, birds, and reptiles housed in a traditional zoological setting.
 

Maintenance Crew – fulltime Farm Equipment Mechanic opening:
Skills desired include experience maintaining and repairing Trucks, Tractors, bush hogs, spreaders, with additional experience with skid steers, backhoes and dozers helpful.


To Apply:
Applications accepted via:

  • email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • in person at the park's main addmissions
  • fax (540) 291-1256

 

Further information available by phone at (540) 291-3205, ext. 105.

www.virginiasafaripark.com


Posted October 4, 2016

Carpenter/Builder, full time - Virginia Safari Park

Carpenter/Builder, fulltime

Virginia Safari Park, Natural Bridge, VA

 

Description:

The Virginia Safari Park is a 180-acre drive through animal experience located in beautiful Natural Bridge, Virginia and was recently named one of the top ten animal attractions in America. This ZAA-Accredited zoo is home to over 1,000 animals and features both free-roaming exotic hoofedstock in our safari section as well as carnivores, primates, birds, and reptiles housed in a traditional zoological setting.
 

Maintenance Crew – fulltime Carpenter/builder opening:
Skills desired include experience in roughing and finished construction of barn style buildings, fence construction, and concrete work.  Additional skills with plumbing, heating systems and electrical helpful.  Ability to operate heavy equipment desirable.


To Apply:
Applications accepted via:

  • email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • in person at the park's main addmissions
  • fax (540) 291-1256

 

Further information available by phone at (540) 291-3205, ext. 105.

www.virginiasafaripark.com


Posted October 4, 2016

Facilities Manager - Virginia Safari Park

Facilities Manager

Virginia Safari Park, Natural Bridge, VA

 

Description:

The Virginia Safari Park is a 180-acre drive through animal experience located in beautiful Natural Bridge, Virginia and was recently named one of the top ten animal attractions in America. This ZAA-Accredited zoo is home to over 1,000 animals and features both free-roaming exotic hoofedstock in our safari section as well as carnivores, primates, birds, and reptiles housed in a traditional zoological setting.

The Facilities Manager is responsible for the overall maintenance of the park, as well as new exhibit construction and/or oversight of such projects as required. The Manager will possess a working knowledge of carpentry, electric, plumbing, welding, masonry, painting, and small engine repair. The Facilities Department maintains the park’s three miles of roadway thereby making it a prerequisite the Facilities Manager has the ability to operate basic machinery, such as tractors, backhoes and bulldozers. This position will oversee the Facilities staff as well as Grounds Department, be instrumental in hiring for needed positions, oversee work schedules and insure the park is maintained in an aesthetic, pleasing manner.


Qualifications:

  • A minimum of ten years of total experience required in the construction industry or facilities management including three years in a supervisory role.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • The ability to work flexible hours including weekdays, weekends, holidays, and evenings as required to effectively delegate and lead the park's maintenance and grounds departments.
  • Be physically fit enough to be an effective and active member of the facility.
  • No visible tattoos.
  • The Virginia Safari Park is a non-smoking facility.


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


To Apply:
Email resumes/inquires to Mark Ryan, Director Virginia Safari Park:
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Fax: 540-291-1256
 

www.virginiasafaripark.com


Posted October 4, 2016

Curator/Animal Manager - Alabama Safari Park

Curator/Animal Manager

Alabama Safari Park, Hope Hull, Alabama

 

ALABAMA SAFARI PARK, a 350-acre animal preserve located just outside of Montgomery, is scheduled to open for public attendance in 2016 and has an opening for an experienced curator/animal manager.  This person should have extensive hands-on, practical knowledge of hoofed stock, whether exotic or domestic, along with a very strong work ethic. This position requires attention to detail through the daily observations of herds and individual animals, record-keeping skills, and ability to manage staff. Experience with capture, handling, feeding and basic medical care of hoofed stock an asset. Farm equipment experience will be required and will be taught as needed. Self-motivating and able to work with minimum oversight required.

Non-smoking work place. Salary negotiable and commensurate with experience. We offer 401(k), paid sick, vacation and health insurance. Please email resumes to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 

Posted August 25, 2016

 

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