Sr. Keeper - Great Apes

Organization: San Diego Zoo (AZA Member)
Location: San Diego, CA, United States
Job or Internship: Job

Deadline to apply: Tuesday, May 7, 2013 by 9:30 PM Pacific Time.

(Union Position) $22.08 - $24.25 per hour.


" Put Your Passion for Wildlife to Work"

Essential job functions for this position include the day-to-day management of animals, feeding and providing for the general care and welfare of assigned exhibit animals, cleaning exhibit enclosures and contiguous areas, providing exhibit security and performing related work as required. This position will be assigned to work with our great ape collection (bonobos, gorillas and orangutans). The ideal candidate will have at least 3 years of experience working with great apes at an AZA accredited facility. Bonobo and/or chimpanzee experience is highly desirable. We are seeking a senior keeper that has experience with managing multiple ape groups and is capable of conducting fission/fusion management in a captive environment. Working knowledge of great ape ecology & behavior is essential. Candidates should also possess experience with operant conditioning training with non-human primates. S/he should also understand the importance of enrichment. The selected candidate will be expected to adhere to primate safety policies at all times. Guest interactions/public presentations are necessary. Frequent requirements to move moderate to heavy objects and work on uneven terrain with exposure to varying weather conditions, dust and allergens are components of the position. Selected candidate will also be required to move about on slippery surfaces, handle toxic and/or hazardous materials and possible exposure to zoonotic diseases. May work from elevated positions and/or in confined or cramped spaces. The qualified candidate is expected to be a team player and have good communication skills. A degree or equivalent experience in biology or a scientifically related field from a recognized institution is desired. Interested applicants must be available any of the seven days of the week for day or evening shifts. Scheduled hours will be approximately 40 hours per week. Valid California driver license is required. For more job information and to apply: