Zoo Keeper, Mammals II-IV

Organization: Audubon Zoo (AZA Member)
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Job or Internship: Job

Audubon Zoo is seeking a dependable and highly motivated keeper for the Asian Domain section. The collection includes Asian elephants, large cats, bears, otters, and babirusa. Applicants must have a college degree (degree in biology, zoology, or similar is preferred) and at least 1 year of zoo experience (paid or unpaid). Elephant experience, especially with free-contact handling is desired and preference will be given to those applicants with previous elephant experience. Experience working with large cats and bears is required. Applicants must be familiar with all aspects of animal husbandry including but not limited to safety, diet prep, enrichment, training, restraint, exhibit maintenance, record keeping, and medical care. Keepers are also required to conduct informal chats, presentations, and shows on a daily basis so public speaking skills are important. Ideal candidates will have excellent oral and written communication skills. Applicants should be able to maintain a professional appearance and must adhere to all Audubon Image guidelines. Candidates must be willing to work overtime, weekends, and holidays as needed and be available on a 24-hour basis when necessary. Applicants must be willing to work outdoors in all types of weather, lift heavy objects (up to 80 pounds), and risk periodic exposure to fairly predictable and controllable hazards associated with wild animals and zoonotic diseases. Interested candidates must have a current negative TB test and a valid driver’s license. Candidates must be able to work as part of a team. Applications not meeting the minimum requirements will not be reviewed. All applicants must be able to pass a drug screen and a background check before employment. Keeper level of hire will be based on amount of previous experience.Interested candidates should email (preferred) a resume and cover letter to: Joe Forys, Curator of Mammalsjforys@auduboninstitute.orgor they can be mailed to: Joe Forys, Curator of MammalsAudubon Zoo6500 Magazine St.New Orleans, LA 70118