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San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance

Wildlife Care Specialist - (Reptiles) - San Diego Zoo


The Wildlife Care Specialist – Reptiles will support San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance’s mission of saving species worldwide by overseeing all aspects of the safe care and handling of an assigned animal collection. This position reports to the Lead or Supervisor.


  • Prepares food and water for exhibit animals
  • Loads and unloads food from trucks
  • Feeds exhibit animals
  • Administers prescribed medication and keeps feeding records
  • Observes assigned animals
  • Reports abnormal conditions to superiors
  • Cleans exhibit areas, pools, animal sleeping areas and service areas
  • Cleans and disinfects utensils, work tools and containers
  • Provides species-appropriate enrichment to assigned animals
  • Maintains appropriate health and behavior records on assigned animals
  • Responds to questions from the public concerning exhibits
  • Provides exhibit security
  • Participates in capturing, incapacitating and moving animals
  • Participates in and supports animal training programs
  • Assists medical staff in treating animals
  • Performs minor or routine maintenance on exhibit enclosures
  • Reports maintenance needs
  • Operates a variety of light and medium equipment

Safety: Must be able to safely manage the daily care of non-domesticated wild animals representing multiple dangerous species. This requires the knowledge of and ability to follow SOPs in each animal area.

Attendance: Must be able to routinely work 40 hours per week – excluding periods of approved Annual Leave (AL). An example would be working 5 consecutive days and then off for 2 days. This can be any of the 7 days of the week including Holidays and late shifts year round.

Decision-making: Must have independent and critical thinking ability to respond appropriately to expected and unexpected animal care situations. Must be able to problem solve based on experience and observation and must be able to follow proper procedures.

Flexibility/Adaptability: Must be able to quickly process and respond to novel situations with professionalism and clear judgment. Must be able to accept irregular shift times, last minute schedule changes, variance in workload, and changing of daily tasks. Must be able to respond appropriately to the collection animals’ dynamic social and physical states.

Professionalism: Employees are expected to abide by the SDZWA Rules of Engagement. Must foster a positive work environment that promotes trust and integrity. Must be able to accept responsibility and be accountable. Must make decisions that support the goals of the organization.


This position requires at least 3 years of experience with husbandry and propagation techniques for a diverse group of reptiles, amphibians and fish. 2 years paid experience working with venomous snakes is required. Experience with aquatic life and LSS, SCUBA certification desirable. Selected candidate will be responsible for all aspects of daily animal care. Skills needed include maintenance of exhibit/facilities, data collection, record keeping, exhibit fabrication, handling and restraint techniques and participation in research projects. Selected candidate will be trained in public speaking skills for educational presentations, talks and tours. A Bachelor's degree in biology or related field is desirable. Applicants must be available any of the seven days of the week, approximately 40 hours per week. A good driving record and a valid driver license is required.


  • 3 years of work experience in a Zoo or similar environment where appropriate knowledge and skills in animal care could be acquired
  • 2 years of experience handling and maintaining venomous reptiles is required


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Zoology, Animal Science, Wildlife Management, or other related field preferred
  • Valid California driver license in good standing


  • Experience working with varied taxa of venomous snakes
  • 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
  • Deal tactfully and courteously with others
  • Adhere to the organization’s policies, procedures and regulations
  • Competently perform the essential functions outlined above


  • Free admission to the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park
  • Family Passes
  • Complimentary Tickets
  • Local and In-House Discounts
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Wellness Program


  • Location: San Diego Zoo
  • Duration: Year round
  • Union Position: $23.34
  • Please note if selected you will be responsible for union initiation fees and monthly dues
  • Candidates must be available for an interview if contacted. Full job description available upon request.


Union Position: $23.34

How to Apply

Apply directly to the SDZWA website:

San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance
2920 Zoo Drive
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 6192311515

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