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Education Specialist

Relief Keeper

Hoofstock Keeper

Carnivore (Big Cat) Keeper

Administrator

Grounds Maintenance



Education Specialist

Responsibilities/Experience

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, giving Guided Group Tours, Birthday Tours, Educational Outreaches, Mini-Lectures, working with docents and interns, maintaining Zoo public areas, visitor relations, assisting with the Wildlife Theatre Show, promoting the Zoo and increasing awareness of threatened and endangered species.

Requirements

This is an entry level position. Public speaking experience, education and retail experience and a two- or four-year degree in Biology or related field a plus. Must be able to work outside and lift 50+ pounds. Schedule includes weekdays, weekends and holidays as assigned. Computer experience with MS Word, Publisher and Excel and Adobe Photoshop preferred.

Compensation

Starting salary and Benefits discussed during interview and based on experience.

Relief Keeper

Responsibilities/Experience

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, animal husbandry, maintenance of exhibit and off-exhibit areas, record keeping, behavioral enrichment and training, assisting in veterinary procedures and educational programs.

Requirements

A degree in Biology or a related field and a minimum of two (2) years PAID Zoo experience is preferred. Sufficient relevant experience will be considered in partial fulfillment of the education requirement. Must work well with Staff, volunteers and supervisors. Ability to lift 50 lbs, move a minimum of 100 lbs, and must be in good physical condition. Schedule includes weekdays, weekends and holidays as assigned. Must be able to interact well with Zoo Visitors through daily educational presentations.

Compensation

Starting salary ranges from $22,000 to $28,000 depending on qualifications and prior animal care experience. Benefits include vacation, sick leave, health insurance and uniform allowance in accordance with Employee’s Manual.

Hoofstock Keeper

Responsibilities/Experience

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, animal care, habitat maintenance, behavioral enrichment and training, assistance in captures, restraint, transport and veterinary procedures. Position also includes the daily upkeep of animal logs, interaction with the general public such as tours, demonstrations and outreach programs. Applicant will also train and supervise docents and interns.

Requirements

A degree in Biology or a related field and a minimum of two (2) years PAID Zoo experience is preferred. Carnivore experience is a plus. Sufficient relevant experience will be considered in partial fulfillment of the education requirement. Must work well with Staff and Docents. Ability to lift 50 lbs, move a minimum of 100 lbs, and must be in good physical condition. Schedule includes weekdays, weekends and holidays as assigned. Must be able to interact well with Zoo Visitors through daily educational presentations.

Compensation

Starting salary ranges from $22,000 to $29,000 depending on qualifications and prior animal care experience. Benefits include vacation, sick leave, health insurance and uniform allowance in accordance with Employee’s Manual.

Carnivore (Big Cat) Keeper

Responsibilities/Experience

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, animal husbandry, hand raising experience, maintenance of exhibit and off-exhibit areas, record keeping, behavioral enrichment and training, assist in captures, restraint, transport and veterinary procedures. Position also includes the daily upkeep of animal logs, interaction with the general public such as tours, demonstrations, outreach programs and the training/supervising of volunteers and interns.

Requirements

A degree in Biology or a related field and a minimum of three (3) years PAID FULL TIME Zoo experience working with carnivores/big cats. Sufficient relevant experience will be considered in partial fulfillment of the education requirement. Must work well with Staff, Docents and supervisors. Ability to lift 50 lbs, move a minimum of 100 lbs, and must be in good physical condition. Willingness to work outside normal hours including weekends and holidays. Must be able to follow prescribed zoo animal care protocol, strictly observe safety risks involved in working with carnivores small and large. Schedule includes weekdays, weekends and holidays as assigned. Must be able to interact well with Zoo Visitors through daily educational presentations.

Compensation

Starting salary ranges from $26,000 to $32,000 depending on qualifications and prior Big Cat experience. Benefits include vacation, sick leave, health insurance and uniform allowance in accordance with Employee’s Manual.

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