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Senior Animal Keeper -Polar Exhibits for the Central Park Zoo

Organization: Wildlife Conservation Society (AZA Member)
Location: New York, New York, United States
Job or Internship: Job

Senior Animal Keeper – Polar for the Central Park Zoo

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), a leading global conservation organization and premier cultural institution is recruiting a senior keeper for the Central Park Zoo Polar Zone which features bears, pinnipeds, penguins, puffins, and waterfowl.

Principal Responsibilities Include:

• Perform and supervise animal care of assigned animals according to established protocols.

• Perform and supervise preparation of animal diets.

• Perform and supervise proper maintenance of Polar Zone exhibits, holding facilities, and service areas.

• Provide guidance and training to assigned keepers.

• Assist curatorial/supervisory staff in developing care and management protocols for assigned animals and exhibits.

• Take a leadership role in developing and implementing behavioral husbandry programs for assigned animals.

• Develop, perform and supervise narrated sea lion feeding and training sessions.

• Prepare and submit daily reports for assigned animals and exhibits.

• Provide excellent service to zoo guests.

Minimum requirements include satisfying one of the following:

• Three years experience as an animal keeper in a zoo or aquarium, of which two years must have been in a position caring for animals similar to those in the Central Park Zoo Polar Zone.

• Two academic years of full time study in animal husbandry, zoology, biology, ethology, veterinary science or equivalent plus one full year in a position caring for animals similar to those in the Central Park Zoo Polar Zone.

• An equivalent combination of education and experience.

In addition, a basic knowledge of life support systems is desired.

Benefit package includes 3 weeks vacation, medical/dental/401k and pension. EOE, M/F/D/V. Please visit the careers tab on the “About Us” page at ( for a complete job description and instructions how to apply online.