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Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium

Nutrition Laboratory Technician

Job Title: Nutrition Laboratory Technician

FLSA Status: Non-exempt 

Hours: This is a seasonal position that will work up to 40 hours a week. The position is only active through the end of 2021

About us: 

We are an equal opportunity employer that sets out to inspire, educate and engage people to serve as lifelong stewards for animals, their habitats and their conservation, both locally and from a far. Together, we can preserve and enhance the legacy of the zoo and its species for future generations to come! We are Nebraska's #1 tourist attraction and consistently ranked among the top zoos in the world! 


About the team: 

A team of about 300 full-time and 650 part-time staff members strong, Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium benefits the lives of more than 1,415 species across 162 acres of land. We also support the efforts of numerous field conservation projects and research projects that help ensure a future for endangered and critically endangered flora and fauna around the world, even right here in Nebraska! Our team makes a big impart and every role is essential to move our conservation mission forward. From the much-needed Keepers to care for our species to the important Food and Beverage employees helping us gain funds to further continue our mission. This is definitely a unique place to work, employees are exposed to a fun atmosphere, where each workday is never the same. Our zoo is world-class with unmatched scenery to help you get through your duties! 


About Omaha: 

There’s just something about living in Omaha. Something that makes you feel alive and in the moment. Maybe it’s the shorter drive times or the lower cost of living. Or maybe it’s the world-class dining, arts and entertainment that are never too far away. Most likely, it’s the combination of those things that help you settle in and show out, living your best life in one of America’s most up-and-coming cities. Here are a few things that make Omaha easy for us to call home! 

  • Work: The average commute is 20.2 minutes. #8 City for the Best Work-Life Balance. (Kisi, 2019) 

  • Cost of living: 27% less than the national average. A one-bedroom apartments rent is 21% below average. (National Association of Realtors, “Median Sales Price of Existing Single-Family Homes for Metropolitan Areas”) 

  • Hobbies: Home to 85+ miles of paved, interconnected trails for walking, jogging and biking. 30+ lake communities along with 14 state parks all within 40 miles. (Yelp, 2017) 


About the role:  

We are seeking a Nutrition Technician that will provide assistance and support for all aspects of exotic animal nutrition at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium and the Wildlife Safari Park.  This position will assist the Nutrition Manager with all nutrition laboratory operations, including independently performing relevant laboratory chemical analyses and assisting with maintenance of diet records. 

Conservation Sciences includes the scientific disciplines of Comparative Nutrition, Reproductive Physiology, Rare and Endangered Plants, and Genetics.  Success of each department is dependent on a dedicated staff of scientists and laboratory technicians that are committed to the mission of the Zoo and to scientific inquiries and activities that:  

  • Enhance biological knowledge of plants and animals to improve health, husbandry, and well-being in managed environments 

  • Reduce threats and challenges that face plants and animals in natural habitats and ecosystems around the world 

  • Help improve sustainability of in situ and ex situ populations of plants and animals in managed environments, natural habitats and ecosystems around the world 

  • Place Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium as a global leader of multi-disciplinary, science-based conservation 


Duties and Responsibilities (include but not limited to): 

  • Candidate will be responsible for learning and conducting all laboratory analyses associated with related exotic animal nutrition research and diet management.  

  • Perform regular maintenance on laboratory equipment. 

  • Assist with sample collection during nutrition research projects. 

  • Maintain/update database of all quality control and research data, also incorporating data from third party labs.  

  • Assist Nutrition Manager with training interns/students/job shadows in lab safety and all laboratory procedures. 

  • Occasionally assist with preparation of specialized diets. 

  • Maintain inventories of lab supplies. 

  • Maintain clean/uncluttered workspace to prevent cross-contamination and/or injury. 

  • Assist Nutrition Manager with diet changes and budget tracking as-needed. 

  • Occasionally assist Browse team with planting, watering, and harvesting browse for animal consumption. 


Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

  • Bachelor's degree in Nutrition, Animal Science, Biology or related field with an emphasis in nutrition preferred. 

  • 1 years plus in a laboratory setting is preferred. 

  • Detail-oriented, organized, strong communication skills (written and spoken), independently motivated.  

  • Must be able to work in a team environment and willing to work alone in a laboratory setting.  

  • Basic computer skills are required, including applications in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access. 

Candidates might be required to pass a pre-employment background check, drug test, negative TB test, and possess a valid driver’s license with a good history. 


Working Conditions and Physical Effort: 

  • Will sometimes work extended/odd hours including weekends, holidays and some night programs. Monday – Friday schedule is typical. 

  • Must be able to walk long distances across the zoo. 

  • Must be able to stand, sit, kneel, bend, twist, reach above head and climb. 

  • Will lift, push, pull, and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally up to 75 pounds using safe and proper lifting methods. 

  • Will be regularly exposed to water, cleaning and laboratory chemicals, loud noise, etc.  

  • Will be regularly exposed to a variety of produce, nuts, seafood, meat, and rodents. 


Employee Benefits: 

Eligible employees at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium are provided a wide range of benefits. Throughout the hiring process we will provide you with more benefit details and which ones apply to your role. 


  • 401(k) savings plan. 

  • Flexible spending account. 

  • Medical insurance. 

  • Dental insurance. 

  • Vision insurance. 

  • Employee assistance program. 

  • Life insurance. 

  • Long-term disability. 

  • Voluntary term life insurance. 

  • Vacation, sick leave, holiday and paid-time off (PTO) accrual. 

  • Uniforms are provided. 

  • Free annual tickets for rides. 

Part-Time (the benefits below also apply to full-time staff) 

  • Free Zoo and Wildlife Safari Park membership for you and your immediate family. 

  • Employee discounts. 

  • Behind-the-scenes sneak peek at new exhibits. 



The information presented indicates the general nature and level of work expected of employees in this classification. It is not designed to contain, nor is it to be interpreted as, a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, qualifications and objectives required of employees assigned to this job.  

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer as defined by the EEOC. 

How to Apply

To apply, please go to:

Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium
3701 S 10th Street
Omaha, NE 68107
Phone: 4027338401

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