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San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance

Wildlife Care Specialist Behavior (Birds) - San Diego Zoo Safari park

HOW YOU WILL IMPACT OUR MISSION

The Wildlife Care Specialist Behavior will support San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance’s mission of saving species worldwide by training, handling and caring for exhibit animals used for public appearances and contact, such as educational programs. This position reports to an Animal Care Supervisor/Manager.

 

WHAT WILL YOU DO?

  • Train animals in new behaviors and reinforce trained behaviors 
  • Transport animals to exhibit or performances
  • Assist Wildlife Care Associates at performance
  • Sets up props, stages or other performance areas
  • Groom animals for public appearance and health maintenance
  • Control animals to ensure public safety
  • Prepare animal feed
  • Feed animals
  • Administer prescribed medication and nutritional supplements
  • Assist medical staff in treatment of assigned animals
  • Keep feeding, medication and other records regarding animal care
  • Conduct special tours
  • Gentle and train a wide variety of exhibit animals so that they may be used in public appearances, animal walk-around programs, wildlife workshops, school assemblies
  • Observe assigned animals with regard to general appearance, health, feeding habits
  • Clean and perform minor maintenance to animal compounds and exhibit areas
  • May operate light and medium duty motorized equipment, such as trucks, skiploaders, water trucks and forklifts
  • Make informational presentations to the public
  • Answer questions and provides information to the public regarding assigned animals
  • Adhere to all SDZWA and department policies and practices

 

WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR?

Education, training and experience, which would clearly demonstrate the essential functions, knowledge and skills outlined; an example would be one or more years’ experience as a Wildlife Care Associate at San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance or a comparable organization. Knowledge of bird handling/training is required, experience with psittacines and raptors is preferred. This position requires the ability to lift moderate to heavy objects (up to 50 pounds). Applicant must be available any of the seven days of the week, including evenings and. A valid CA driver license in good standing is required. 

 

SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE

  • Animal behavior
  • Animal behavior modification
  • Care, feeding and handling of wild animals
  • Safety practices around wild animals
  • SDZWA policies, procedures and regulations regarding the care, handling and training of exhibit animals
  • Train and control wild animals
  • Discriminate differences in animal vocalizations
  • Monitor animal behavior
  • Keep simple records
  • Communicate and work effectively with others (verbal and written)
  • Deal tactfully and courteously with the others in a diverse environment
  • Respond to cautions from co-workers
  • Monitor animal behavior and appearance
  • Operate motorized equipment and vehicles
  • Competently perform the essential functions outlined above

 

SOME OF THE PERKS YOU WILL ENJOY AS A TEAM MEMBER

  • 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

IMPORTANT DETAILS

  • Location: Escondido, CA
  • Duration: Union Hourly Non-Exempt Union Position if selected there will be union fees and dues to be paid to the Union
  • Hourly wage: $23.57

THIS EMPLOYER PARTICIPATES IN E-VERIFY

SAN DIEGO ZOO WILDLIFE ALLIANCE IS A DRUG FREE WORKPLACE

SAN DIEGO ZOO WILDLIFE ALLIANCE IS AN EEO/AA/DISABILITY/PROTECTED VETERAN EMPLOYER

 

At San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance, we thrive on celebrating our differences. Diversity is vital for the benefit of our employees, our guests, our community, and our wildlife.

 

SDZWA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. SDZWA will consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin or ethnicity, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, marital status, parental status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.

If you require a reasonable accommodation to complete an application, please email your request to sdzwacareers@sdzwa.org and provide the job title and location to which you are applying.

Be an ally for wildlife by joining our team!

Salary

23.57

How to Apply

Apply directly through SDZWA website:

https://us61e2.dayforcehcm.com/CandidatePortal/en-US/sdzwa/Posting/View/7066

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

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