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Audubon Nature Institute

Herpetology Keeper III - IV

Keeper III-IV – Herpetology
Audubon Zoo is seeking an enthusiastic and ambitious individual to join its Herpetology Department as a reptile and amphibian keeper. Audubon Zoo’s Herpetology Department maintains a diverse reptile and amphibian collection that comprises more than 100 species and over 400 individual animals and is a principal participant in the Louisiana Pine Snake recovery program.
Reporting to the department’s assistant curator, the herpetology keeper will be responsible for providing daily husbandry and ensuring the health and welfare of all animals under their care, as well as maintaining excellent condition of their assigned exhibits and workspaces and participating in all departmental projects and activities as needed. Candidates must have a genuine interest in herpetology and possess prior husbandry experience and familiarity with the natural history and biology of reptiles and amphibians. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in reptile and amphibian husbandry and propagation, excellent time management skills, and the ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
Essential Duties and Expectations
  • Utilize evidence-based husbandry techniques to ensure the health and welfare of assigned animals
  • Maintain exhibits, life support systems, service areas, husbandry equipment, tools and live plants
  • Maintain detailed and accurate records
  • Closely observe and document animal behavior, health and welfare, reporting irregularities to supervisors immediately
  • Work closely and cohesively with other members of the herpetology team and other zoo departments
  • Participate in open departmental discussions and meetings
  • Develop and provide novel forms of enrichment to promote natural behaviors and optimum welfare
  • Assist with medical exams, procedures and treatments
  • Engage visitors and the general public through keeper chats, demonstrations, media appearances, lectures, and casual interactions
  • Maintain live feeder invertebrate colonies
  • Assist with conservation and research activities, with opportunities to develop independent projects of their own
  • Represent Audubon Zoo and its herpetology department on in-house zoo committees and task forces as requested
  • Supervise and mentor herpetology interns and volunteers
  • Perform all other duties as assigned
  • Bachelor’s degree in the biological sciences (biology, zoology, ecology, conservation, etc.)
  • Minimum of 2 years paid professional experience working with reptiles and amphibians in a zoological park or related facility
Desired Skills, Qualities and Competencies
  • Demonstrated experience and familiarity with the care and breeding of reptiles and amphibians
  • A clear understanding of the role that herpetology departments have to play in zoo biology
  • Open-mindedness, and a willingness to accept new ideas and perspectives
  • A desire to learn through collaboration, reading, and experimentation
  • Previous experience working with venomous reptiles
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent observational skills
  • Excellent record keeping skills and demonstrated attention to detail
  • Demonstrated ability to work closely and cohesively with a diverse team of colleagues with different backgrounds and perspectives
  • Prior experience with crocodilians, large constrictors and large varanid lizards preferred
  • Prior experience with maintaining aquatic life support systems and water quality preferred
  • Demonstrated technical skills such as carpentry, plumbing, exhibit design and fabrication, and plant propagation a plus
  • Prior research and writing experience a plus
Physical Demands
  • Ability to perform strenuous work and lift at least 50 pounds
  • Ability to sit, stand, bend and stoop
  • Ability to work both indoors and outdoors in a typical New Orleans climate and under field conditions (heat, humidity, plant allergens, spiny plants, biting/stinging insects, etc.)
  • Ability to pass a drug test, TB test, and pre-employment background check
  • Ability to work weekends, holidays and evenings as needed
To apply, please visit and include a resume and cover letter.

How to Apply

Audubon Nature Institute
6500 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70118

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