Organization: Zoological Society of Florida/Zoo Miami (AZA member)
Location: Miami, Florida, United States
Job or Internship: Job
Reports to: Children’s Zoo Manager
The animal keeper is responsible for the physical health and psychological well being of the animals directly under his/her care. The position handles the day-to-day physical and social care of numerous multi-class and multi-genera animals. Work ranges from the physical tasks associated with feeding and maintenance of living areas, to assisting in educational shows and public presentations, to more analytical tasks. The animal keeper is expected to develop a comprehensive knowledge of the natural history of the species under their care, to conduct ongoing assessment of their physical and psycho-social needs, and to design and implement steps to address these needs including enrichment and training. S/he must possess sound judgment in the care of wild animals, work cooperatively and communicate in writing/orally well with co-workers, volunteers, and supervisors, and demonstrate good public relations skills with Zoo guests.
Be able to lift a minimum of 50 lbs. (i.e. feed) and move a minimum of 120lbs.(i.e. hay bale).
Willingness to work nights, weekends, and holidays as assigned.
Knowledge of the habits and hazards of working with zoo animals; willingness to work with some physical risk while observing proper safety precautions.
Ability to work outdoors in a typical Miami climate.
Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred.
1. One year experience in the care of captive wildlife.
2. Bachelor’s degree in zoology, biology or a related field.
3. Experience with capture and restraint techniques.
4. Understanding of behavioral training theory and practical application.
5. Good communication and presentation skills.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties and functions of this position.
This is an hourly, part-time position with the Zoological Society of Florida in Miami. The position provides a competitive salary. The candidate must have a favorable background report and be able to obtain a Florida’s drivers license.
Please email resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line “Children’s Zoo Keeper – [last name]”. No phone calls, please.