Animal Technician (Reptiles & Amphibians)




Organization: Oklahoma City Zoological Park & Botanical Garden (AZA Member)
Location: Oklahoma City, OK, United States
Job or Internship: Job

The Oklahoma City Zoo is looking for an enthusiastic individual to join our progressive Reptile and Amphibian department. Oklahoma City is among the most economically healthy cities in the nation and living expenses remain comfortable. And did you know that Oklahoma is one of the most biologically diverse states in the country?

The selected candidate will work with a team to maintain a diverse collection of more than 150 reptile, amphibian, and avian taxa (> 400 animals) in the Herpetarium, Island Life, and Oklahoma Trails exhibits. Responsibilities will include daily care and feeding of animals in the collection, maintenance of habitats, behavioral observations, record keeping, animal enrichment and training. A desire to increase knowledge in the field by participating in scientific meetings and conferences and participate in the zoo’s field conservation projects is expected. May serve on the zoo’s emergency response team. Applicants must have proven enthusiasm for our profession and institutional goals, a basic knowledge of reptile and amphibian biology and care, venomous handling experience, excellent communication skills, and be comfortable interacting with people in a professional and positive way. An interest and some experience in amphibian husbandry is preferred. A Bachelor's degree in Zoology or Biology is preferred but not required. Weekend, evening, and holiday shifts are expected as needed.

Requirements:

Minimum qualifications include a high school diploma or equivalent and at least one year working with exotic animals in a zoological setting. Varied animal experience and further education are preferred. This is your opportunity to be a part of distinguished and advancing organization and live in a remarkable area. must have the ability to lift 50 pounds. This is a full time hourly position starting at $12.29 with excellent benefits.

Please send a cover letter, resume, and three professional references by March 11, 2013 (4:30 PM if faxed or hand-delivered) to: Loretta Canon, Human Resources Department, Oklahoma City Zoological Park, 2101 N.E. 50th St, Oklahoma City, OK 73111 or FAX to: 405-425-0207. EOE.