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Idaho Falls Zoo

Veterinarian/Curator

Idaho Falls Zoo – Veterinarian/Curator Position

 

Idaho Falls Zoo is beginning initial recruitment (and assessing interest) for one of the following two positions. One full-time position will be posted and filled. We anticipate filling this position in early to mid summer.

                General Curator

                Veterinarian/Curator

This announcement describes the Veterinarian/Curator position. If you are interested in this position please send a resume and statement of interest to David Pennock, Executive Director at dpennock@idahofallszoo.org at your earliest convenience. Questions also can be directed to Darrell Markum, General Curator at dmarkum@idahofallszoo.org. When the position is officially opened all qualified respondents will be notified and encouraged to apply.

 

About the Veterinarian/Curator Position

 

The Veterinarian/Curator reports to the Zoo Executive Director and has management responsibility for all aspects of the Animal Health program and the Animal Care department. Duties include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Develop and/or maintain a complete animal health care program to include preventative medicine, routine and emergency care, specialized care as needed, quarantine and transfer testing, animal welfare evaluation, and quality of life evaluation.
  2. Develop and/or maintain relationships with local veterinarians and veterinary specialists to provide back-up service as needed.
  3. Supervise all animal care staff (2 lead keepers, 5 full-time keepers, 2 part-time keepers, 2 seasonal keepers, and 1 vet tech).
  4. Develop and implement procedures and protocols for care and maintenance of the animal collection including diets, housing, veterinary care, and animal welfare.
  5. Manage the Animal Care department in accordance with all AZA and USDA standards. This will include review and development of policies and protocols, staff training, emergency drills, inspections, etc.
  6. Develop and monitor the department budget.
  7. Develop and monitor the institutional animal collection plan; initiate and/or coordinate all animal transactions. Maintain regular communication with SSP programs.
  8. Assist with development and design of new exhibits.
  9. Assist with education, public relations, and conservation programs.

 

The zoo currently operates with a full-time General Curator and part-time contract veterinarian. It is anticipated that the Veterinarian/Curator will need approximately 20 hours/week for veterinary work and will have another 20 hours for curator duties. Veterinary care will take precedent. The lead keepers will assume greater responsibility for daily management, supervision, and operation of the animal care department. A certain degree of flexibility will be required as the details of the position are worked out in practice.

 

 

 

The ideal candidate will have the following:

  1. 3+ years working as a licensed veterinarian in a zoo, small animal or mixed species practice. Must have some experience working with exotic animals and willingness to learn about new species.
  2. Experience with all standard medical and surgical procedures and equipment.
  3. Detailed knowledge of USDA and AZA animal care standards. Experience with the AZA accreditation process.
  4. Experience with a variety of physical and chemical capture and restraint procedures.
  5. Proficiency with computer systems and software to include Outlook, Word, and Excel; proficiency with ZIMS medical module.
  6. Interest in developing and participating in conservation programs.

 

Compensation: Salary range TBD; includes a very generous benefits package (minimum 3 weeks paid vacation, 11 paid holidays, health insurance, dental and vision insurance, and retirement plan).

 

About Idaho Falls Zoo

 

Idaho Falls Zoo has been an AZA-accredited zoo since 1998 and was the first zoo in Idaho to be accredited. The zoo is home to over 300 animals representing 100+ unique species from around the world. These include many large carnivore species, several primate species, and a very diverse bird collection. The zoo currently participates in 45 SSP programs. Featured species include lions, snow leopards, gibbons, African penguins, and Chilean flamingos. The zoo currently occupies 8 acres, with another 10+ acres available for development. Idaho Falls Zoo is a valuable asset to the local community and enjoys a tremendous amount of public support.

 

About the Community

 

Idaho Falls is a mid-sized city with a metro population of about 100,000. It is the largest city in eastern Idaho and is the regional center for commerce and health care. The Idaho National Laboratory is a major employer in the region. The nearest large population centers are Salt Lake City (200 miles) and Boise (250 miles). The Snake River flows through the center of town and provides the setting for the River Walk, a 5 mile stretch of parks and trails. Tautphaus Park is home to the Idaho Falls Zoo as well as an ice arena, skate park, small amusement park and lots of open space. Idaho Falls experiences a typical high desert climate with cold dry winters and warm dry summers. Eastern Idaho is a mecca for outdoor recreation. Idaho Falls is approximately 100 miles from 3 national parks (Yellowstone, Grand Teton, and Craters of the Moon) and is minutes from millions of acres of public lands (BLM and National Forests). Outdoor recreation opportunities include hiking, mountain biking, rafting, rock climbing, camping, skiing, snow-shoeing, hunting, and fishing. The resort towns of Jackson, WY and Sun Valley, ID are within easy driving distance.

How to Apply

If you are interested in this position please send a resume and statement of interest to David Pennock, Executive Director at dpennock@idahofallszoo.org at your earliest convenience. Questions also can be directed to Darrell Markum, General Curator at dmarkum@idahofallszoo.org. When the position is officially opened all qualified respondents will be notified and encouraged to apply.

Idaho Falls Zoo
2725 Carnival Way
IDAHO FALLS, ID 83402

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