Associate Animal Care Specialist- Elephants

Organization: Busch Gardens (AZA Member)
Location: Tampa, Florida, United States
Job or Internship: Job

Requirements and Competencies

•Must be at least 18 years of age

•College degree in Behavior Analysis, Psychology, Communications or related field preferred

•Mammal husbandry background preferred, elephant experience is not required

•Robust communication skills: public speaking, guest relations, efficient communication with teammates and elephants

•Team-oriented; eager to learn and to give/receive constructive criticism on a continual basis, regardless of prior experience

•Flexible, able to place daily animal welfare above personal convenience and comfort

•Creative, empathetic, self-aware, and attentive to various and disparate elements in a complex environment

•Hard-working, decisive, able to handle multiple responsibilities and prioritize appropriately

•Positive attitude and the ability and desire to work in a dynamic, stimulating environment

•Self-disciplined and trustworthy, able to follow carefully honed interaction and safety guidelines

•Keen observational skills with respect to individual animal behavior and the larger social context

•Career-oriented, responsible for your own advancement within our career ladder program

•SCUBA certification, valid driver’s license, proof of insurance required; and ability to meet Company Driving Guidelines

•Able to work at least 40 hours a week and must be available to work a flexible schedule to include evenings, weekends and holidays

•Experience will be evaluated to place candidate in appropriate career-ladder level, title, and pay

Primary Responsibilities

•Comprehensive elephant behavior management, utilizing creative, positive reinforcement in a choice-based, behaviorally progressive, PRT environment

•Provide physical stimulation and mental challenges for our animals as a member of our elite team of elephant professionals

•Daily cleaning and maintenance of rolling habitat, husbandry facilities, multi-million-dollar barn, and Elephant Interaction Area

•Husbandry training for veterinary and breeding program procedures

•Active participation in behavioral research programs

•Enthusiastically communicate with park guests the passion and pride of Busch Garden's Pachyderm Palace team

•Daily record keeping

•Some heavy lifting required (must be able to lift 50 lbs repeatedly), and lots of time spent outdoors in the Florida sunshine with our elephants and guests

Please apply online at using position BGT46541. Posting closes March 18, 2013.