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Orianne Center For Indigo Conservation

Reptile & Amphibian Specialist

SUMMARY:

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.

 

  • Efficiently perform daily husbandry and care of the collection at the OCIC.

-Collection includes eastern indigo snakes, striped newts and various venomous and non-venomous snake species used for education.

  • Seek and participate in opportunities for professional growth to enhance your skills to be the caretaker that the OCIC/Zoo and animals require.
  • Maintain meticulous animal records in a timely and organized fashion.
  • Maintain facilities (includes grounds maintenance, pressure cleaning, painting, minor repairs, and other routine maintenance tasks).
  • Participate in the transport of animals to and from releases and outreach events as needed.
  • Participate in education and outreach events.
  • Efficient at recoding and entering animal records.
  • Recognize and report changes in an animal’s behavior and provide medical care and administration of medication under the direction of the OCIC Director, or veterinary staff.
  • Maintain the professionalism of the OCIC.
  • Develop and maintain professional and respectful relationships with all OCIC/Zoo staff.
  • Interact with the public as a professional.
  • Adhere to all Central Florida Zoo policies and procedures.
  • Other duties as assigned.

 

Qualifications:

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.

 

  • Must provide a negative drug screen result.
  • 3 years of professional experience with nonvenomous snakes required and 1 year of experience with venomous snakes preferred.
  • Must have strong communication skills, both written and verbal, when interacting with team members, co-workers and visitors.
  • Knowledge of husbandry practices and the prevention of Zoonotic diseases required.
  • Must be able to maintain effective working relationships with other OCIC/Zoo employees and the public.
  • Must have the ability to work flexible hours, including weekdays, weekends, holidays and evenings.
  • Must be willing to respond to natural disasters and stay overnight to monitor OCIC collection if necessary.

 

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.

 

REASONING ABILITY:

Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.

 

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS:

Valid Florida driver’s license.

 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the following have been identified as physical requirements of the job:

 

  • The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 75 pounds.
  • Ability to drive Zoo vehicles.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear.
  • The employee is frequently required to use hands and fingers to handle, reach or feel and manipulate snakes, objects or controls.
  • Stand for long periods of time.
  • The employee is frequently required to sit, walk distances, climb, balance, stoop, bend, kneel and crouch. 

 

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 

WORK ENVIRONMENT:

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.

 

 

The Central Florida Zoological Society is an equal opportunity employer and makes decisions related to compensation and all terms, conditions or privileges of employment on the basis of merit. Company policy prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race, color, creed, gender, gender orientation, religion, marital status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic characteristic, military

How to Apply

Please send resume, cover letter and 3 professional references to:

jamesb@centralfloridazoo.org

Orianne Center For Indigo Conservation
30931 Brantley Branch Road
Eustis, FL 32736

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