Sea Lion Keeper

Organization: Birmingham Zoo (AZA Member)
Location: Birmingham , Alabama, United States
Job or Internship: Job

The Birmingham Zoo is seeking a full time Sea Lion Keeper. Under the direction of the Zoological Manager the candidate will develop husbandry and show behaviors with 1.1 California Sea Lions. In addition to animal care and training, this position will also include daily maintenance of the Life Support System, pool maintenance, enrichment, record keeping, media events, guest interactions, and scripted presentations on and off microphone.

The minimum requirements for this position are:

-Two years’ experience training and providing daily care for pinnipeds

-Experience in training techniques using operant conditioning

-An understanding of enrichment

-Current knowledge of natural history, animal behavior and husbandry

-Team oriented attitude with good communication skills

-Strong public presentation skills

-Must be able to swim and be comfortable working in and around water

-Able to lift 50 pounds repeatedly and perform strenuous duties in extreme weather

The Birmingham Zoo is an EOE and a drug free work place. Must be able to obtain a valid Alabama State Drivers license within 30 days of hire.

For consideration, please submit a cover letter and resume to Tammy Morano, Zoological Manager of Predators/Sea Lions at

Applications will be accepted until September 20, 2013