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HOW YOU WILL IMPACT OUR MISSION
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.
WHAT WILL YOU DO?
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.
WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR?
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.
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Union Position: $23.34
Apply directly to the SDZWA website:
San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance2920 Zoo DriveSan Diego, CA 92101Phone: 6192311515
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