Wildlife Culturist Specialist (Lead Zookeeper)-EMNRD #5556

Organization: Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park (AZA Member)
Location: Carlsbad, New Mexico, United States
Job or Internship: Job

Purpose of Position:

This position will provide the daily care and maintenance of the living zoological collection at the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park ensuring Department, Division, and Zoo goals and objectives as well as Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) accreditation standards and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) requirements and objectives are met. This includes educating Zoo visitors and interpretation of wildlife and wildlife issues. The position will provide effective team based leadership to the animal care staff.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s Degree in biology, fisheries science/management, wildlife science/management, animal science, forestry, ecology or similar related natural resource degree and two (2) years directly related work experience.

Working Conditions:

Willingness and ability to work outdoors the majority of the work day. Physical requirements include standing, walking, running, climbing, bending, raking, hosing, and lifting loads of 50 pounds or more. Work must be accomplished without regards to inclement weather extremes to heat, cold, wet, dry, wind, etc. In addition, a person must possess the psychological ability to work in contact with non-domestic animals in a wide variety of health and physical conditions. Working with wildlife presents exposure to physical injuries and biological hazards. Potential exposure to zoonotic diseases. Daily exposure/contact with wildlife, mechanical, electrical, chemical, and other health hazards. Be able to respond to immediate need issues at Zoo, whether on days off or not. Weekend/holiday work required.

Contact Information:

Holly Payne, General Curator

Phone: (575) 887-5516

E-mail: holly.payne@state.nm.us

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