Seasonal Trainer’s Assistant - Cat Ambassador Program

Organization: Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden (AZA Member)
Location: Cincinnati, OH, United States
Job or Internship: Job

Our on-grounds cheetah running exhibit is one-of-a-kind in United States Zoos! We are looking for a dynamic individual to join our team as a Seasonal Trainer’s Assistant with the Cat Ambassador Program. The position will promote the mission of the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden through activities of the cat ambassador program, specifically the Cheetah Encounter show.

Duties include assisting the staff trainers with the care of the animals in the collection, to maintain optimum health and trainability; cleaning, diet preparation, feeding and general area maintenance. Candidates also participate in the Cheetah Encounter show, which runs five days a week, from April 1 to October 31, 2013. Show duties include preparing props, releasing and catching animals and emceeing during the show. Candidates with strong acting and interpretative background will be engaging the audience during the show, leading visitors in participatory activities.

The ideal candidate will possess and demonstrate the following attributes: strong communication (both oral and written) skills; a positive attitude in the work environment and support a strong team environment; demonstrated initiative and a strong work & conservation ethic; appropriate professional appearance, attitude and personality to work effectively with Zoo staff members, donors, guests and the public.

Employment Duration: This position will run from March 3, 2014 to October 31, 2014.

Requirements: Must have, or be working towards, a degree in a related field (zoology, biology, animal behavior and/or Moorpark College, EATM graduate or a related degree) and minimum 1-year experience in animal training, general care and maintenance of carnivores. Previous public speaking experience required in a show or outreach setting. Requires the ability to work a flexible schedule, including evening and weekend hours, and the ability to travel with limited notice. Applicants must be available for 40+ hours weekly of employment the entire employment duration. Requires a valid driver’s license with an insurable driving record.

Working Conditions: Employment is conditional on successful completion of a post-offer, pre-employment drug & nicotine screen. While performing the duties of the job, the incumbent is regularly required to stand, walk, drive a car and utilize manual dexterity to use computer mouse and keyboard and other office equipment. The incumbent must use live animals in programs. Incumbent may be exposed to outside weather conditions and must be able to lift/move/carry up to 50 pounds without assistance.

To apply: There are 2 steps for applying to this position:

1. All qualified applicants must apply via our online application on our website at Cover letter and resume should be attached to your online application.

2. Each applicant must also create a video of themselves presenting a program to the public (or create one presenting their favorite animal or animal topic) and post on Please include the date of the event, description of the setting and the number of people in attendance (if any), as well as the link to the video. Videos are intended to show off candidate presentations skills, so presentations should be audible and the candidate should be easily identifiable.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received, with the intent of filling the position as soon as possible with the best candidate. Position is open until Friday, January 17, 2014.

The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is an equal opportunity employer and does not and will not discriminate against any applicant or employee on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status or other protected status.