Primary Keeper African Savanna-Lion Habitat

Organization: Utah's Hogle Zoo (AZA Member)
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Job or Internship: Job

JOB POSTING/ANNOUNCEMENTPosted: November 14, 2013Position: Primary Animal Keeper- African Savanna – Lion HabitatClassification: Full-time benefit eligibleDepartment: Animal CareUtah’s Hogle Zoo's is announcing the opening of a full-time position, as the Primary Animal Keeper - African Savanna – Lion Habitat, within the Animal Care Department. The Zoo is seeking a highly-qualified animal care specialist to assist with implementing quarantine procedures, daily care of a multi-male lion breeding group, introductions for housing and breeding purposes, veterinary procedures, exhibit maintenance, animal demonstrations, addressing the media, education programs, as well as, the care and husbandry of a mixed hoofstock/bird habitat, and other animals or areas as needed. Applicants must be able to work effectively in a strong team environment, foster positive interactions with guests and other Zoo departments, serve as an ambassador for the Zoo and liaison to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums in regards to animal programs, and possess a strong commitment to wildlife conservation, animal welfare, and providing a high-quality guest experience. Excellent writing and public speaking skills are necessary. At least 5-years paid experience working with large cats in a zoo is required. There is a strong expectation of experience in operant conditioning and training techniques and ability to uphold high enrichment standards. Degree in life sciences, biology, zoology or related field is preferred. African Savanna is a modern, mixed species exhibit that includes facilities that allow for advanced animal husbandry practices, and new high-quality guest encounters centered on the Zoo’s conservation and education programs. Scheduled to open in spring 2014, the African Savanna will be the largest animal habitat at the Zoo. Salt Lake City, Utah, is the gateway for outstanding outdoor activities with world-class skiing less than 30 minutes away and more than 20 National Parks and monuments within a few hours' drive – this area is ideal for nature lovers! Applicant must be able to work under diverse and variable weather conditions and be able to lift over 60 pounds without injury, bend, stoop, jump, stretch. Good driving record required. Anyone interested in this position should send a cover letter and resume to Jeff Landry, Animal Care Supervisor, Utah’s Hogle Zoo, 2600 Sunnyside Avenue, Salt Lake City, Utah 84108 or by December 1, 2013. Utah’s Hogle Zoo is Equal Opportunity Employer.