Animal Keeper-Asian Highlands/Feline Area

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


Posted: January 20, 2014

Position: Animal Keeper- Asian Highlands/Feline Area

Classification: Full-time benefit eligible

Department: Animal Care

Utah’s Hogle Zoo is announcing the opening of a full time position as an Animal Keeper in the Asian Highlands feline area, within the Animal Care Department.

The Zoo is seeking a highly-qualified animal care specialist to provide superior daily care to a diverse group of felines including Amur Leopards, Amur Tigers, Snow Leopards, and Pallas Cats among others. Will be involved with conservation breeding programs, introductions for housing, veterinary procedures, exhibit maintenance, animal demonstrations, addressing the media, education programs, and caring for 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 2-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. A minimum of two years of experience with felines required and degree in life sciences, biology, zoology or related field is preferred.

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 Gina Phillips, Animal Care Supervisor, ( by February 15, 2014. Utah’s Hogle Zoo is Equal Opportunity Employer.