Animal Health Keeper

Organization: Jacksonville Zoological Society (AZA Member)
Location: Jacksonville, Florida, United States
Job or Internship: Job

Full Time

The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is currently seeking a qualified and motivated candidate for the position of full time Animal Health Keeper. Responsibilities include providing the care, nutrition, maintenance and environmental needs of animals housed at the veterinary hospital as well as assisting the veterinary staff in animal restraint, medical procedures, and treatments as needed. Desired skills include, but are not limited to knowledge of the husbandry of a wide variety of exotic and wildlife species including birds and reptiles, knowledge of working with venomous species, proper handling/capture techniques, ability to provide appropriate environmental enrichment, exhibit maintenance and minor repair, knowledge of and proficiency with MEDARKS and Microsoft office programs, ability to maintain equipment and tools in a good state of repair. Candidates must possess solid observational and record keeping skills, must have an excellent safety record and a strong work history, possess the ability to adapt to frequently changing conditions, strong communications skills, both verbal and written with the ability to interact and communicate well with guests and co-workers and demonstrate good decision making skills and sound judgment.

Preferred qualifications include a 4-year degree in a life science (biology, animal science, zoology) or a 2-year associates degree related to zoo science or another related field, a minimum of two years paid employment in an Association of Zoos & Aquariums accredited institution, and demonstrated experience working with exotic and zoological species. Current college candidates must complete their course work prior to applying and be available for immediate hire. A valid driver’s license is required.

Applicants must be able to lift 50 lbs. without difficulty, be able to work in adverse weather conditions including rain, heat, and cold, be able to traverse zoo grounds on foot, be able to bend, lift and reach overhead, kneel, rake, sweep, carry objects for short distances, possess visual acuity appropriate for animal care and general safety practices, and be able to remain on feet for long periods of time. The ability to maintain a positive attitude and work independently as well as with others as a team is essential. Applicants must be able to successfully pass the Jacksonville Zoo background check which includes criminal history and drug testing.

The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens offers all full time employees a competitive benefits package including medical, dental and life insurance for the employee, paid time off, 403B Retirement Plan, and discounts at the Zoo.


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