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San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance

Wildlife Care Specialist - Part time - San Diego Zoo

HOW YOU WILL IMPACT OUR MISSION

The Wildlife Care Specialist will support San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance mission of saving species worldwide by providing for the general care and welfare of assigned exhibit animals. The Wildlife Care Specialist will provide information and answer visitor questions regarding the animals. The Wildlife Care Specialist performs a wide range of semi-routine functions at the San Diego Zoo. This class also consistently demonstrates the desire and ability to engage in positive relationships with internal and external customers. This position reports to a Lead or Supervisor.

 

WHAT WILL YOU DO?

  • Prepare food and water for habitat animals
  • Load and unload food from trucks
  • Feed Habitat animals
  • Administer prescribed medication and maintain a variety of records
  • Observe assigned animals
  • Report abnormal conditions to superiors
  • Clean habitat areas, pools, animal sleeping areas and service areas
  • Clean and disinfects utensils, work tools and containers
  • Provides species-appropriate enrichment experiences to assigned animals
  • Maintain appropriate health and behavior records on assigned animals
  • Provide customer service and answer questions concerning habitats and exhibit animals
  • Provide habitat security and aesthetics
  • Participate in securing, immobilizing and transferring animals
  • Participate in and support animal training programs
  • Assist medical staff in treating animals
  • Perform minor or routine maintenance on habitats and facilities
  • Report maintenance needs
  • Operate a variety of light and medium equipment

 

WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR?

A minimum of two years working in a fulltime paid position with large cats and bears   in a zoological setting. Additional experience with a variety of wild animals is desirable. Husbandry and behavioral knowledge, a basic understanding of operant conditioning, and the care and feeding of wild animals. Safety practices around wild animals are required. Guest interactions/ public presentations are required. The qualified candidate is expected to be a team player and have good communication skills. A bachelor's degree is highly desired. Interested applicants must be available to work any of the seven days of the week for day or evening shifts. Scheduled hours will be approximately 24 hours per week. Valid California driver license is required. This position requires successful completion of physical ability test.

 

JOB EXPERIENCE

Husbandry and behavioral knowledge, a basic understanding of operant conditioning, and the care and feeding of wild animals. Safety practices around wild animals are required. Guest interactions/ public presentations are required. The qualified candidate is expected to be a team player and have good communication skills

 

EDUCATION

Education, training and/or experience which would clearly demonstrate the essential functions, knowledge and skills. Examples would be 12 to 16 college credit hours in zoology, animal biology or animal husbandry; and two years of work experience in a Zoo or similar environment where appropriate knowledge and skills in animal care could be acquired; may also be required to meet the minimum physical and medical conditions.

 

SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE

  • Animal behavior
  • Animal biology and zoology
  • Care, feeding and handling of wild animals
  • Safety practices around wild animals
  • Techniques for restraining or capturing wild animals
  • Public Speaking
  • Respond to cautions from co-workers
  • Monitor animal behavior and appearance
  • Operate motorized equipment and vehicles
  • Use computer programs (Word processing, spreadsheets, PowerPoint, and Internet)
  • Communicate and work effectively with others
  • Work in a diverse team environment and motivate others
  • Multi-task and prioritize
  • Understand and follow directions effectively
  • Deal tactfully and courteously with others
  • Adhere to the organization’s policies, procedures and regulations
  • Competently perform the essential functions outlined above

How to Apply

Wildlife Care Specialist - Part time - San Diego Zoo - Career Portal (dayforcehcm.com)

San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance
2920 Zoo Dr
San Diego, CA

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