Senior ZooKeeper




Organization: Zoo Miami (AZA Member)
Location: Miami, FL, United States
Job or Internship: Job

High school and three years of experience working with non-domestic animals, reptiles, or exotic birds is required. College level related coursework may substitute for the required experience on a year-for-year basis to a maximum of two years. Must be able to work days, weekends and holidays on a varying work schedule. Must possess a Driver license.

This is advanced exotic animal husbandry work at Zoo Miami with supervisory responsibility.

Employees in this class are responsible for the supervision and provision of overall care and maintenance of assigned exhibit areas and related public areas. Work involves the performance of more technical aspects of exotic animal husbandry. Advice and assistance is provided to subordinate zookeepers in their routine duties including daily inspections of assigned animals and their on- and off-exhibit enclosures, preparation of written reports, conducting conditioning and enrichment, minor maintenance and repair of exhibit areas, public presentations and assisting in care of botanical collection.

Supervises and participates in the overall care and maintenance of assigned exhibit areas and related public areas to ensure animal health and safety, staff safety, and public safety through standard operating procedures for animal care and exhibition as set forth by AZA, USDA and Zoo Miami; supervises and assists with minor maintenance and repairs in assigned area of responsibility (including lock inspections, lubrication and primary security of containment areas).

Assists superiors in the performance of specialized animal care including infant and immature animal care, and medical care; assists in animal handling not of a routine nature; advises superiors of any observed peculiarities in behavior, appearance, gait or other conditions which may be early evidence of veterinary problems.

Makes recommendations regarding hiring, discipline and promotion of subordinates; authorizes leave and overtime; counsels subordinates on job related concerns; evaluates and rates employee performance; trains new employees.

Ability to lift a minimum of 50 lbs., push, and hold equipment, tools, supplies, and debris; and work in adverse weather conditions.

This job is responsible for the South American Mammal Collection in the park.

Send resume and cover letter to:

Deidre Flaherty at this email - FDeidre@miamidade.gov