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Memphis Zoo

Team Lead, Cat Country/Zambezi River Hippo Camp

Summary: The Team Lead is responsible for leading and assisting a team of zookeepers in the daily husbandry of animals as it relates to the animal’s physiological and psychological well-being; for the general maintenance of enclosures and habitats.  This position is also responsible for ensuring a positive guest experience by providing exceptional service and engaging presentations.

Collection Encompasses: The Cat Country / Zambezi River Hippo Camp team cares for all Felid species from fishing cats to tigers as well as hippos, Nile crocodiles, flamingos, African hoofstock and birds, and other species.

Essential Functions:

  • Actively participates in daily advanced animal husbandry for assigned taxa.
  • Assists in orienting, training, and monitoring the performance of immediate work group.  Provide feedback regarding hiring needs, selection and performance management of immediate work group.
  • Facilitates exhibit needs and maintenance of assigned area including cleaning of habitats, scheduling regular maintenance and managing work crews in animal areas.
  • Follows established standard operating procedures for animal care, food preparation, and clean up, including proper maintenance and sterilization of equipment.
  • Supports daily enrichment and documentation to promote, encourage and evaluate natural and engaging behaviors.
  • Implements and evaluates animal training programs when needed.
  • Facilitates formal and informal public presentations to educate guests and provide positive guest experiences.
  • Submits/tracks work tickets, assists with scheduling, communicates with all lines of business, at all levels including the Research, Veterinary staff, Education and Operations teams.

Supervisory Responsibility: Assists the Associate Curator to manage all zookeepers in this area.

Reporting Structure: Reports to Associate Curator.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work: This is a full-time 40 hrs per week position which regularly requires weekend work.

A full job description with working conditions, phyisical demands, and more is available through our application link.


Experience Required

Required Education and Experience • Bachelor’s degree in Zoology, Biology, or a related field • Minimum 5 years’ experience and ongoing training in the collection, care and conservation of exotic animals required Preferred Education and Experience: • At least 1 year experience in a supervisory capacity Competencies • Written and oral communication Proficiency • Proficient in MS Office, current technology and applications for communication, research and record keeping. • Records and reports creation and management • Problem Solving/Analysis. • Stress Management/Composure. • Flexibility. • Teamwork Orientation.


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How to Apply

Apply online at:

Memphis Zoo
2000 Prentiss Place
Memphis, TN 38112

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