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ZooTampa at Lowry Park

Animal Care Professional -- Africa Hoofstock

ZooTampa is looking for a full-time Animal Care Professional to join our Africa Hoofstock team to help with daily care and feeding of animals, maintenance of exhibits and night-houses, behavioral observations, record keeping, animal enrichment and training.

What will you be doing?

  • General husbandry and care of assigned animals and exhibit areas
  • Increase behavioral repertoire of all assigned animals and increase behavioral repertoire
  • Observation and record taking of behaviors to monitor health of animals with a focus on appropriate appetite, mobility, and waste production
  • Basic capture, restraint, shifting, and handling techniques
  • Engage with guests at exhibits, conservation stations, keeper talks, training demonstrations, shows, and promote active engagement through during both formal and informal discussions
  • Inspect, clean, and maintain both exhibit and off-exhibit areas
  • Assist in procedures such as translocations, veterinary procedures, and crating
  • Increase behavioral repertoire of all assigned animals
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills and ability to maintain, train and troubleshoot complex animal behavior
  • Propose and perform species-specific enrichment


Experience Required

What do you need? High school diploma or equivalent required; AA degree or higher preferred. Related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience may be substituted. Knowledge of basic animal training using operant and classical conditioning, zoonotic diseases, husbandry Two or more years paid keeper experience in an AZA accredited institution preferred Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook), radio, telephone Excellent written and oral communication skills, self-motivation, positive attitude, adaptability, and flexibility to multi-task in a fast paced environment Deal courteously and tactfully with employees, peers, superiors, and guests Ability to respond quickly during animal emergencies, maintain discretion with confidential information Ability to work sitting, bending, standing, walking, lifting up to 50 pounds in typical Florida weather Ability to work long hours including nights, weekends, and special events Ability to follow specific instructions and be comfortable self-directing Knowledge of occupational hazards and appropriate safety precautions Ability to think ahead and logically, plan, identify, and correct operational problems quickly Comply with AZA standards and guidelines, all relevant laws and regulations, safety standards, and standards that ensure animal welfare

Further Comments

Who We Are ZooTampa at Lowry Park is one of the most popular zoos in the southeastern U.S., with over 1 million visitors annually. We have grown to what now encompasses 56 acres of naturalistic wildlife habitats in a lush, tropical garden setting with wide-ranging activities. The Zoo, accredited by Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), offers popular educational programming, fun recreational amenities, up-close animal encounters and engaging seasonal events for which it has won awards as one of the country’s most family-friendly zoos. Our mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and care for animals; create exceptional personalized experiences that connect people with wildlife and each other in fun, immersive ways. Our vision is that everyone we touch is motivated to join us in taking action to protect and preserve wildlife. Join us and become a part of creating unforgettable natural connections!


Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, 403(b) Pension Plan; Vacation and sick time; Employee Assistance Program; Free admission to the Zoo, MOSI, and the Florida Aquarium; Free or discounted admission to many attractions in Florida; And so much more!

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ZooTampa at Lowry Park
1101 W Sligh Ave
Tampa, FL 33604

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