Organization: Utah's Hogle Zoo
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Job or Internship: Job
Posted: November 11, 2013
Position: Animal Keeper- African Savanna
Classification: Full-time benefit eligible
Department: Animal Care
Utah’s Hogle Zoo's is announcing the opening of two full-time Animal Keeper-African Savanna positions within the Animal Care Department.
The Zoo is seeking two highly-qualified animal care specialists to assist with the daily care of animals in a mixed hoofstock/bird habitat that will include giraffe, zebra, ostrich, nyala, an adjacent habitat with a multiple-male lion breeding group, and other animals or areas as needed. This position will also be responsible for implementing quarantine procedures, introductions for housing and breeding purposes, exhibit maintenance, animal demonstrations and providing assistance with veterinary procedures, media events, and education programs.
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 3-years paid experience working in an animal department in a zoo is anticipated. 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, and bend, stoop, jump, and 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 firstname.lastname@example.org by December 1, 2013. Utah’s Hogle Zoo is Equal Opportunity Employer.