Supervisor of Reptiles

Organization: Fort Worth Zoo (AZA Member)
Location: Fort Worth , Texas, United States
Job or Internship: Job

The Fort Worth Zoo is excited to announce two new positions in the Museum of Living Art (MOLA) specializing in taxa-specific husbandry and management of a highly diverse collection of more than 150 species of reptiles and amphibians: a Supervisor of Amphibians and a Supervisor of Reptiles. MOLA is a world-class Herpetarium that opened in 2010 and is staffed by an outstanding team of talented individuals. The Fort Worth Zoo continues to be an active leader in herpetological husbandry, exhibitry, conservation and research. We are looking for extremely motivated and skilled candidates that can help lead and mentor our next generation of professional zoo herpetologists.

The successful candidates will work with curators to supervise a staff of 8 keepers and will participate in the daily husbandry of the animal collection, in supervising and training staff, scheduling, insuring safe work practices, monitoring animal health, maintaining life support systems, keeping accurate records, maintaining cleanliness of animal areas, propagation, interaction with Zoo visitors, exhibit modification and minor maintenance, as well as participate in research and conservation initiatives.

The Supervisor of Amphibians’ primary focus will be on the captive husbandry of MOLA’s outstanding amphibian-related collection and programs, which includes species such as Puerto Rican crested toad, Chiricahua leopard frog, Houston toad, hellbender and Chinese giant salamander. At least three years progressive professional captive husbandry experience with amphibians, aquatic life support systems and water quality testing/maintenance is required. Husbandry experience with terrestrial invertebrates is desirable.

The Supervisor of Reptiles will provide expertise to the Zoo’s exceptional reptile collection, including large crocodilians, rare chelonians, island iguanas, and a diverse monitor and venomous collection. Ideal candidate may also participate in reintroduction projects with Texas horned lizards and monitor native snake populations in urban and wetland environments. At least three years progressive professional captive husbandry experience with a variety of reptiles- including venomous species and egg incubation is required. Previous field research experience is a plus.

Both positions require a high school diploma or equivalent. A college degree in a biological field is preferred. Previous leadership and management experience in a zoo or aquarium setting is highly preferred. Good communication and organizational skills needed and the ability to work well with others in a team environment is a must. Candidate(s) should be able to lift 50-75 pounds; this position may require other physical demands such as bending, stretching, climbing, etc.; working in extreme weather conditions (heat, cold, rain, etc.) and exposure to potentially hazardous chemicals. The candidate(s) must have valid driver license with acceptable motor vehicle record and the ability to work irregular hours including some evenings, weekends and holidays. Positions are open until filled. A background check and drug screen are required of final candidate(s). These positions are full time, salaried positions with competitive benefit packages. Resumes and/or applications should be submitted to:

Human Resources

Fort Worth Zoo

1989 Colonial Parkway, Fort Worth, TX 76110

Fax 817-759-7251

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