Animal Care Staff for Large Mammals




Organization: Denver Zoo (AZA Member)
Location: Denver, CO, Country
Job or Internship: Job

At Denver Zoo, our mission is to secure a better world for animals through human understanding. We are a respected leader in animal care and exhibition, conservation programs, scientific study, environmental education and public service.

Summary:

This position advances the mission of Denver Zoo by providing the safe exhibition, handling, feeding, and husbandry of animal species at the Zoo. The Large Mammal division is mostly comprised of a variety of Asian and African hoofstock, several species of African predators, and a variety of birds. The position requires good knowledge of the natural history of these or similar species, excellent husbandry skills, active participation in training and enrichment, involvement in public demonstrations and the ability to work in a strong, team oriented environment. The current position will focus primarily on two of the barn areas, but with the opportunity to be trained into the predator areas as well. Each applicant should specify on their application their particular experience in caring for large mammals and their experience in animal training and presentations.

Essential Functions:

•Provide innovative animal husbandry that is in compliance with AZA and USDA standards.

•Provide reliable, competent animal care through:

oPreparation and feeding of approved diets.

oMonitoring of physical and behavioral aspects of the animals under assigned care.

oImplementation of the behavioral program of the animals under assigned care.

oDesigning and maintaining proper animal enclosures/props/exhibits.

oHandling and restraining animals appropriately.

oAssisting with veterinary care and medical follow-up as needed.

oUtilizing preventative husbandry techniques and providing proactive health care as required.

oProvide proper care for eggs, neonates and young (may require care outside of normal working hours).

•Capture, handle, and move animals using accepted Denver Zoo practices to facilitate internal movement, external shipping, medical procedures, or normal routines.

•Enhance breeding possibilities through the recommendation and implementation of approved animal management techniques such as breeding efforts, behavioral enrichment, and operant conditioning/training, etc.

•Interact with Denver Zoo guests in both formal and informal settings, providing insight about the animals and their care.

•Provide area tours, keeper talks and work special events in area of responsibility as needed.

•Train fellow keepers, interns, and volunteers in standard section routines.

•Respond to zoo-wide animal related emergencies.

•Coordinate the efforts of contractors and maintenance staff when they are working in animal areas.

•Record data and prepare assigned reports/records, (i.e. daily reports, enclosure logs, facility logs, water quality logs, etc.) and other pertinent data on the collection and facilities as required.

•Use appropriate equipment to perform essential duties.

•Cooperate and coordinate with other departments, (e.g., education, maintenance, horticulture) and outside contractors.

•Maintain professional working relationships with zoo team members and maintain a professional appearance.

•Actively participate in conservation, research projects, and educational programs as requested.

•Participate in and support zoo-wide initiatives, committees and work groups.

•Follow Denver Zoo safety protocols.

Additional Responsibilities:

•Performs various tasks as assigned.

Qualifications:

•Bachelor’s Degree in an animal-related or animal behavior-related field plus two years of full-time zookeeping experience in the care, feeding, and handling of a variety of exotic animals (birds, fish, herpetology, or mammals, depending on the specific vacancy) in an AZA-accredited institution. Comparable facilities may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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•Associate Degree or equivalent number of college credit hours in an animal-related or animal behavior-related field plus four years of full-time zookeeping experience in the care, feeding, and handling of a variety of exotic animals (birds, fish, herpetology, or mammals, depending on the specific vacancy) in an AZA-accredited institution. Comparable facilities may be considered on a case-by-case basis. Intern experience within Denver Zoo’s animal department will qualify for the AZA-related years of full-time zookeeping provided at least an Associate degree in biological sciences is held. Intern experience at other institutions will not be considered.

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•Individuals without a degree may be considered only with ten or more years of full-time experience at the minimum level of zookeeper involved in the exhibition and husbandry of a variety of exotic animals at an AZA-accredited institution. Comparable facilities may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

•Ability, with proper training, to work in all aspects of animal care, husbandry and training within the department in which individual is assigned.

•Work on weekends and holidays are required.

•Able to lift up to 50 pounds.

•Operate a variety of light and medium equipment.

Licensure and Certification:

•Possession of a valid Colorado Class “R” Driver’s License within three months of hiring.

Please apply through our website at www.denverzoo.org

Denver Zoo is an Equal Opportunity Employer