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The Reptile and Amphibian Specialist position is a full time (40 hours per week), hands-on position responsible for caring for the animal collection at the Central Florida Zoo’s Orianne Center for Indigo Conservation (OCIC). This person will work closely with the OCIC Director and other Reptile and Amphibian Specialist’s to oversee the care and well-being of the animal collection used in reintroduction efforts and presentations, including venomous reptile species. Travel to and from meetings and reintroduction sites to assist field biologists may be necessary. This position requires networking with other zoo and industry partners as well as program partners (FWC, USFWS, etc.) to embrace best practices and raise the profile of the OCIC. This person must carry himself/herself in a professional manner and lead by example. This position reports directly to the OCIC Director. Additional guidance is received through established policies and procedures, plus verbal and written communications.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
The employee in this position must be able to perform all of the essential job duties listed below; however, this list is not intended to cover all of the specific tasks which an employee in this position may be expected to perform.
-Collection includes eastern indigo snakes, striped newts and various venomous and non-venomous snake species used for education.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The duties listed above are intended only as an illustration of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.
EDUCATION / EXPERIENCE:
This position requires a two or four-year degree in Biology or a related field. Minimum one year of experience in herpetology education and/or 3 years of experience in reptile husbandry required.
Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS:
Valid Florida driver’s license.
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the following have been identified as physical requirements of the job:
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
A large percentage of duties are performed outdoors in various weather conditions, ranging from rain, wind, cool to cold weather, and extreme heat and humidity. It is possible the employee will be exposed to dust and harsh chemicals that, if not handled properly, may present a health hazard. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Exposure to infectious diseases from daily contact with exotic and domestic animals including: bacterial, fungal, parasitic and viral pathogens. Job functions performed around a variety of animal species with potential for physical harm from bites, kicks, heavy lifting, or surgical instruments.
Please send resume, cover letter and 3 professional references to:
Orianne Center For Indigo Conservation30931 Brantley Branch RoadEustis, FL 32736
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