Organization: Wildlife Conservation Society
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 www.wcs.org (http://www.wcs.org/about-us/careers/nyc-full-time.aspx) for a complete job description and instructions how to apply online.