Seasonal Keeper – Reptile Work Group—Aquatics and Reptiles Department

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

Seasonal Keeper – Reptile Work Group—Aquatics and Reptiles DepartmentThe Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is known for many things- our conservation efforts, our green initiatives, our friendly staff… but did you know that we have a strong set of core values that make us the best team around? We’re more than coworkers… we’re family. By building Collaborative Relationships, displaying Positivity & Energy, having Pride, Passion & a Sense of Ownership, supporting Accountability, Mutual Trust & Respect, and embracing Progressive Thinking, we have built a team of dedicated staff that focuses on our visitors, community & future. We look forward to having you join the team!Position Summary: This position encompasses skilled professional and technical work in the routine daily care of assigned animals, enclosures and related facilities of exhibit and off-exhibit reptile and amphibian areas within the Reptile Work Group. Position is 5 days/week with flexible schedule as dept needs change, and has the potential to last into the Fall of 2014. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Clean animal displays, holding areas, service areas, public sections and grounds; Maintain records of health, behavior, enrichment; Perform behavior modification and enrichment programs in assigned areas; Assist in the training, supervision, evaluation of volunteers, interns, and vocational students, as needed; Assist animal health and curatorial staff with animal handling, capture, restraint, transport and medication administration; Develop and present visitor engagement programs that include, but are not restricted to, random encounters, educational programs and Meet-the-Keeper programs.Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have demonstrated knowledge and successful experience in reptile and amphibian husbandry and knowledge of operant conditioning & animal handling techniques; previous experience with various reptile and amphibian taxa is expected. Applicants must have knowledge of husbandry, including feeding and nutrition, common diseases, capture and restraint, and knowledge of basic biology including physiology, ecology and behavior with reptiles and amphbiians. Successful applicants must demonstrate excellent communication and problem solving processes, while applying good judgment, to deliver animal care and guest experiences that meet the highest standards. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers (includes staff, interns, students and volunteers) and public in a professional and courteous manner. Candidate must be comfortable with guest interactions and in delivering public presentations, including daily keeper encounters. Working Conditions: Employment is contingent upon passing a post-offer, pre-employment drug & nicotine screen. While performing the duties of this job the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; climb or balance and grasp objects. In addition, the employee is regularly exposed to outside weather conditions; Must be able to lift & move 50 pounds without mechanical assistance; possess a valid driver’s license (and insurable to drive a Zoo vehicle). Ability to work a flexible schedule (including holidays, weekends and evenings) is required. To apply for this position: Qualified applicants must apply via our online application on our website at Cover letter and resume, and salary requirements should be included in your online application.Applications will be reviewed as they are received, with the intent of filling the position as soon as possible with the best candidate.Founded in 1873 and officially open in 1875, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is the second oldest Zoo in the United States. Rated by peer zoological parks as one of the best zoos in the nation, the Cincinnati Zoo continues to set the standard for conservation, education and preservation of wild animals and wild spaces. Over 1.2 million people visit the Zoo annually. The Zoo features more than 500 animal and 3,000 plant species, making it one of the largest Zoo collections in the country. The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden was rated the #1 attraction in Cincinnati and one of the top five zoos in the nation by Zagat Survey. It has also been recognized by Child Magazine as one of "The 10 Best Zoos for Kids." The Zoo is an accredited member of the American Zoo & Aquarium Association (AZA), and is internationally known for its success in the protection and propagation of endangered animals and plants, and engages in research and conservation projects worldwide. 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.