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Dallas Zoo Management, Inc

Senior Zoologist - Animal Hospital


This is a senior-level position in animal care, following established protocols to provide outstanding animal care for all species: food preparation, feeding, pest control, medical care, and quarantine management. Zoologists participate in zoo-wide husbandry programs, provide approved enrichment, and conduct tours of hospital. Senior Zoologists may act as team leaders on specific projects, as assigned, and provide crucial guidance and training to less senior staff.


  • Provide overall daily care of assigned animals to ensure animal health, safety, and welfare, staff and public safety as set forth by AZA, USDA, and DZM to include:
  • Observe and monitor animals’ general health and behavior, reporting any abnormal behavior to supervisor and/or veterinarians;
  • Prepare and provide food for all animals, following written instructions, provide water and administer medication as instructed to ensure proper nutrition and health;
  • Clean animal holding pens, food prep areas, and equipment, maintaining a high level of sanitation, conducting pest control activities and reporting any mechanical defects that would endanger the animal, zoo staff, and/or guests;
  • Achieve the highest standards of animal welfare and wellness by providing environmental enrichment and training sessions, using operant conditioning, as directed by supervisor;
  • Participate in or assist with the capture and restraint of a variety of taxa including dangerous species
  • Maintain high level of cleanliness and sanitation within hospital and quarantine areas
  • Prepare and update animal records, reports and surveys, assisting in research projects as necessary to ensure thorough documentation and enhanced knowledge of animal biology as directed
  • Perform all general maintenance, repair, and housekeeping of hospital and quarantine buildings;
  • Provide assistance with animal transfers and/or procedures as directed;
  • Assist veterinarians and technicians as necessary;
  • Interact positively and professionally with all zoo employees and volunteers;
  • Utilize the DZM approved enrichment system and properly record the results of enrichment items after each use;
  • Collaborate with other zoo personnel as needed to meet the zoo’s mission. This can include, but is not limited to, assisting and participating in media events, special tours, and public relations projects;
  • Participate in and support zoo-wide initiatives, committees, and work groups;
  • Understand and support Dallas Zoo’s Strategic and Master Plans and departmental collection plans;
  • Study specific reference materials pertinent to animal care, behavior and natural history as assigned;
  • Follow all safety protocols and understand the zoologist's role in emergency procedures, responding to emergencies as required;
  • Be able to supervise and train volunteers and interns within department as needed; eligible to act as an assigned mentor to interns and volunteers responsible for counseling, coaching, and ensuring follow up on assigned intern/volunteer goals
  • Assist with the beautification of our park by removing trash and debris whenever you see it;
  • Assist with and raise awareness for AZA SAFE programs;
  • Eligible to serve in Chair positions on Dallas Zoo Management internal committees
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • A Bachelor’s degree in an animal science, biology, or related science field plus three years of paid animal care experience OR an Associate’s degree in an animal science, biology, or related science field plus four years of paid animal care experience is required;
  • Must have knowledge of animal care and basic husbandry skills, and at least three years of exotic animal care experience across at least two major taxa at an AZA-accredited facility with at least one year being with dangerous species;
  • Must be a flexible, efficient, self-motivated team player, and solution-oriented: finding creative solutions to complex challenges;
  •  Must be able to fully cross-train throughout entire zoo and aquarium
  • Must have basic knowledge of research techniques and practices, with solid observation skills;
  • Must be capable of practicing, or willing to learn, safe methods of capture and restraint for a variety of taxa (which may include potentially dangerous species);
  • Must be able to establish and maintain an effective rapport with all levels of management, employees, interns, volunteers, and zoo guests;
  • Must be able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, following instructions and documenting animal care activities appropriately;
  • Ability to represent the Zoo in a professional manner at all times;
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment in emergency situations and to respond with appropriate action in accordance with DZM policies;
  • Must be able to walk, stand, sit, kneel, stoop, crawl, twist, reach above head, pull, bend, climb stairs and ladders and carry up to 50 lbs;
  • Must be able to work holidays and weekends, both regular and irregular hours as required;
  • Regular, reliable and punctual attendance is an essential function of this position;
  • Must be able to actively work outdoors in all types of weather;
  • Successful candidates must complete pre-employment drug screening, background check and TB test;
  • Must have a valid Class C Texas driver’s license to operate zoo vehicles and reliable transportation.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by personnel assigned to this job and is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all duties to be assigned.

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Dallas Zoo Management, Inc
650 S. R.L. Thornton Frwy
Dallas, TX 75203

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