Animal Training Supervisor/Education - San Diego Zoo Safari Park




Organization: San Diego Zoo Global/Zoological Society of San Diego (AZA Member)
Location: Escondido, CA, United States
Job or Internship: Job

Deadline to apply: Monday, December 10th, 2012

Applications must be submitted online by 9:30pm Pacific Standard Time

**Appply on-line at www.sandiegozoo.org

(Exempt Position #226018) Salary commensurate with experience With Benefits

**San Diego Zoo Global is a smoke-free workplace**

Job Requirements:

"Put Your Passion For Wildlife To Work"

San Diego Zoo Global requires any applicants offered employment within the Education Department to submit to a criminal background check as a condition of employment.

The Animal Training Supervisor/Education will report to the Director of Education at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. The supervisor will be responsible for managing the daily operations of the Wildlife Education animal compound as well as the Nairobi Station animal exhibit spaces.

The successful candidate will be the direct supervisor of all Education animal trainers and animal handlers and will also oversee interpretive staff when they are working in an animal husbandry or animal handling capacity. The supervisor will be responsible for coordinating animal and staff training plans and working to see they are effectively implemented in order to support the needs of the Education Department’s programs, as well as public animal encounters throughout the Park and various special events throughout the year. This position is designed to be a hands-on, working supervisor who participates actively while overseeing the daily care, handling, and training of the animals on the compound. The supervisor will work closely with the other members of the Education management team and will share responsibility for general supervisory responsibilities within the department.

The successful candidate will have two or more years' experience training and caring for exotic animals, including an outstanding working knowledge of the principles of operant conditioning. Also desirable is experience with caring for and handling a wide variety of species, including reptiles, mammals, amphibians, and birds. In addition, a minimum of two years experience supervising staff is required, including training, mentoring, coaching and counseling, as well as performance evaluation. The ability to work closely with others in a team-oriented, highly dynamic and fast-paced environment is essential. Additionally, the successful candidate will have outstanding written and oral communication skills, exemplary customer service skills, as well as the ability to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions. Rabies vaccination for this position is required.

This position offers an excellent benefits package including medical, dental, prescription drugs, vision, life insurance, annual leave, sick leave, retirement, as well as other optional insurance.

One of the essential functions of this position is the ability to drive a SDZ Global vehicle. If you are offered employment in this position, you will be asked to authorize SDZ Global to access your current driving report through the DMV’s Employer Pull Notice Program. Your hiring for this position will be contingent on SDZ Global receiving an acceptable driving report from you. In addition, your continued employment in the position will depend on you maintaining an acceptable driving record. You may obtain a list of conditions that disqualify a person from driving an SDZ Global vehicle from a Human Resources Representative.