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ZooTampa at Lowry Park

Manatee Stranding Assistant (Part-time)

The Manatee Stranding Assistant helps in the development and organization of ZooTampa’s Manatee Stranding Team under the direction of the Manatee Stranding Coordinator.  In addition, provides support for ZooTampa’s Manatee Critical Care Center to include daily manatee care, assisting with manatee medical treatments and procedures, and community outreach as applicable.  Please note that this is a part time position. 

Your day to day

  • Assist FWC’s Manatee Stranding Response Team with manatee stranding as requested.  This could include verification of stranding, in water rescue support and manatee transport to a critical care facility.
  • Assist the Manatee Stranding Response Coordinator in the development a ZooTampa Manatee Stranding Team to include essential manatee care staff, additional animal care staff and volunteers to be able to quickly activate when requested by FWC.    
  • Assist in the development of ZooTampa's SOPs and training program for all field activities.
  • Collect and manage data according to FWC standards for manatee rehabilitation partnership.
  • Log hours and expenses for grant and program accounting.
  • Assist with manatee releases. 
  • Assist with post release monitoring as requested by MRP monitoring contractor (Sea2Shore).
  • Ability to operate and maintain rescue vehicle and field based equipment.
  • Assist with manatee care, health assessments, observations and medical treatments as needed to support the Zoo’s manatee team and hospital.
  • Collaborate with the VP of Conservation and VP of Education for community outreach opportunities.

Other Requirements

  • Conducts all activities in alignment with Zoo Tampa standards and guidelines, all relevant laws and regulations, safety standards, and standards that ensure animal welfare.
  • Ability to work in extreme weather conditions typical to west central Florida (i.e., heat, rain, or cold).
  • Possess visual, hearing and other sensory and cognitive capacity appropriate for animal care and general safety practices.
  • Ability to use radio, telephone and computer to communicate and follow written and verbal instructions.
  • Must be able to work in a variety of physical positions, including sitting, bending, standing and walking and to engage in physical labor.
  • Must have ability to navigate paved as well as rough terrain on foot and by vehicle.
  • Must be comfortable on and around the water for long hours.
  • Must be able to safely and effectively engage in heavy lifting (up to 50 pounds).
  • Ability to work long hours and varying shifts, including nights and week-end, to support special events and the needs of the collection.

Experience Required

What are we looking for? High school diploma or general education degree (GED) required; College degree in biology or related science preferred. Minimum of one to three months related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. SCUBA and First-Aid Certification for specific areas. Basic knowledge of zoonotic diseases. Knowledge of Word Processing software and Spreadsheet software. Must have good written and oral communication skills. Must be self-motivated and goal-oriented. Must be able to maintain discretion with confidential information. Ability to develop positive relationships with members of all department and to work effectively alone or in a group setting. Ability to complete projects in a reasonable time frame to the complete satisfaction of management. Deal courteously and tactfully with employees, peers, superiors and the general public. Knowledge of occupational hazards and appropriate safety precautions. Must have the ability to follow specific instructions and also be comfortable self-directing within assigned parameters. Must be flexible and have the ability to multi-task in a fast paced environment while maintaining a positive attitude with the public.

Further Comments

Who We Are ZooTampa at Lowry Park is one of the most popular zoos in the southeastern U.S., with over 1 million visitors annually. We have grown to what now encompasses 56 acres of naturalistic wildlife habitats in a lush, tropical garden setting with wide-ranging activities. The Zoo, accredited by Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), offers popular educational programming, fun recreational amenities, up-close animal encounters and engaging seasonal events for which it has won awards as one of the country’s most family-friendly zoos. Our mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and care for animals; create exceptional personalized experiences that connect people with wildlife and each other in fun, immersive ways. Our vision is that everyone we touch is motivated to join us in taking action to protect and preserve wildlife. Join us and become a part of creating unforgettable natural connections!


** Pet insurance ** Retirement 403(b) plan ** Employee Assistance Program ** Free gym membership ** Free membership to the Zoo, MOSI, and the Florida Aquarium ** Free or discounted admission to many attractions in Florida ** Discounts on food, beverage, and merchandise ** Discounted auto insurance ** And so much more!

How to Apply

To apply, interested candidates should click on the link to apply directly on ZooTampa at Lowry Park's website.

ZooTampa at Lowry Park
1101 W Sligh Ave
Tampa, FL 33604

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