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Riverbanks Zoo and Garden

Animal Ambassador Supervisor


Ambassador Commitment: Create meaningful connections and inspire actions that will have a lasting impact on conservation.

Responsibilities: Under general supervision of the Mammal Curator, is responsible for supervising husbandry, enrichment, guest engagement, and animal training for animals in Riverbanks’ animal ambassador and farmyard programs. Works with a variety of mammals (domestics and exotics) reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates.

  • Supervises the work of the area Keepers and monitors their performance.
  • Trains staff, interns, and volunteers in appropriate handling and transport of collection, and ensuring animal care and welfare are always maintained at the highest standards.
  • Monitors and reports animal behavior. Plans, supervises, and participates in animal training/operant conditioning, transport, and medical procedures.
  • In collaboration with Education departments, conducts presentations with Riverbanks’ animal ambassadors. Interacts directly with guests during informal and formal programs, providing engaging and accurate educational information.
  • Delivers a preventative hoof care and maintenance program to the large domestic goat herd.
  • Maintains regular communication across departments that utilize Riverbanks animal ambassadors.
  • Designs, maintains and repairs animal enclosures; maintains aesthetically pleasing enclosures.
  • Works with veterinary staff to monitor and treat animal health concerns.


Experience Required

Education and Experience: Associate degree in Biology, Zoology or Wildlife Management; Bachelor’s Degree preferred, and three to five years of experience working directly with both exotic and domestic animals in a zoological setting or any equivalent combination of education, training and experience which provides the required skills, knowledge and abilities. Must demonstrate excellent supervisory and communication skills (written and verbal) in all activities. Knowledge and experience with animal training programs and presenting animal programs for public audiences required. Must possess or be eligible for a valid SC driver’s license.


Riverbanks Zoo offers a generous benefits package including medical insurance, paid holidays/vacation/sick time, state retirement plan, and more.



How to Apply

Please apply via our webpage:

Riverbanks Zoo and Garden
500 Wildlife Parkway

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