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Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden (CZBG) is a leader in animal care, wildlife conservation, sustainability, education, and community engagement. Our Mission is to create adventure, convey knowledge, conserve nature, and serve our community. We accomplish this by inspiring every visitor with wildlife every day by providing opportunities to be close enough to care. We are passionate about our commitment to Animal Excellence and succeed at this by pursuing our Core Values of: Collaborative Relationship; Positivity & Energy; Accountability, Mutual Trust & Respect; Progressive Thinking; Pride, Passion & a Sense of Ownership.
Successful candidates will demonstrate the following leadership attributes: You Model the example for others to follow; You Inspire others to work towards an exciting future and shared vision; You Challenge yourself and others to look for innovative ways to improve the organization; You Foster collaboration and trust and build spirited teams; You Recognize contributions and celebrate accomplishments.
Summary: This position advances Cincinnati Zoo’s mission and values by directly supporting the Zoo’s Animal Excellence research program. The Animal Excellence Scientist will develop and lead the Zoo’s research strategy as it pertains to animal behavior and welfare, with a set vision and goals for how research and welfare assessments can directly improve the experience of animals residing at the Cincinnati Zoo. In partnership with animal care teams and leaders, the Animal Excellence Scientist will design, coordinate, and implement behavior research, environmental research, welfare assessments, and other welfare monitoring projects in alignment with the strategy. This position will be responsible for interns and volunteers that may be assisting with research efforts, will assist with training of Zoo staff, and will represent the Zoo in communicating research findings both internally and externally. The Animal Excellence Scientist will work closely with the Director of Animal Science & Strategy and the full Animal Leadership Team to strengthen the Zoo’s advancement towards Animal Excellence and continue raising the bar for both animal and visitor experience.
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The physical demands for this position involve light lifting under 25lbs and also requires carrying, pushing, pulling, and occasional heavy lifting up to 50lbs. The employee is regularly required to stand, walk, talk and listen. The employee is occasionally required to sit, climb, balance, reach, stoop, or kneel. The position requires both mental and visual concentration.
This position requires a substantial amount of contact with staff, volunteers, and other departments. The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts and in outside weather conditions and may be occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles and chemicals. This employee may be required to have contact with animals and may be exposed to zoonosis. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
Position Details: This full-time position is overtime-exempt, and is eligible for the Zoo’s benefits programs for non-union employees. The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden offers a comprehensive benefits package including affordable medical, dental & vision coverage; 401(k) plan with company match; flexible spending accounts; generous paid time off (vacation, holiday and sick leave); company-paid disability & life insurance; park discounts and free passes.
To Apply: All qualified applicants must apply via our online application on our website at http://cincinnatizoo.org/about-us/job-opportunities/. Cover letter and resume should be attached to your online application.
Applications will be reviewed as they are received, so please apply soon!
We strive to be an organization that is diverse and reflects the fullness of society. With a strongly held value for an organizational culture characterized by inclusion and belonging, we are committed to equity in all we do. We are especially interested in candidates who can contribute to our organization’s diversity and who want to walk alongside us in our commitment to inclusion and equity
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 1.8 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 based on race, religion, color, sex, gender, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, genetic information, military or veteran status, and/or any other characteristic or protected status. We are a Queen City Certified Leader in Gender Equity. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden3400 Vine StCincinnati, OH 45220Phone: 5134873436
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