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Gladys Porter Zoo

Gorilla & Big Cat Trainer/Keeper

The Gladys Porter Zoo is seeking a full-time (40 hours per week) trainer / zoo keeper in the Mammal department. This position will be part of a dynamic team that carries out the husbandry of gorillas, mandrills, bears, lions, tigers and some small carnivores. The job includes cleaning, feeding, watering, training, enrichment and behavioral observations. The selected applicant will also partner with the Curator of Behavioral Husbandry, Area Associate Curator, and Management Staff to develop and present enrichment and training opportunities.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Carries out daily training, feeding and cleaning
  • Observes animals for medical issues and reports accordingly to the appropriate curator
  • Maintains an accurate record of  observations, diet consumption
  • Performs routine maintenance in assigned areas, including painting, grass cutting, tree trimming, etc.
  • Prepares diets
  • Provides and records animal enrichment
  • Dispenses routine medications, as directed, under Animal Health supervision
  • Interacts with public
  • Performs other duties as directed by the area supervisors

Experience Required

• Experience (minimum one year in full capacity) working with primates and big cats; history of experience in animal care and training • One year experience in an AZA accredited facility or professional zoological institution

Further Comments

• Must be physically fit and able to stand for long periods of time, bend, kneel, climb, and lift 50 lbs. • Must have excellent powers of observation • Must have good oral and written communication skills • Must be able to work in varying weather conditions (heat, cold, rain, etc) • Will be required to work weekends, holidays, some evenings, rotating schedules, and, as circumstances warrant, beyond normal work hours Disclaimer: The statements above are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and/or skills required of all personnel so classified. Therefore, management reserves the right to revise the job or to require that other or different tasks be performed when circumstances change.

Perks

100% employer-paid health and life insurance Paid time off: vacation, holidays and sick leave Friendly co-workers . . . join our family! Zoo-friendly community No traffic jams on the freeways Extremely low cost-of-living

Salary

Commensurate with experience

How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit a resume and references to the Curator of Mammals, Walter DuPree at wdupree@gpz.org and Mark Echevarria at mark@gpz.org before January 30, 2022. Please put the words “Gorilla/Big Cat” in the subject line.

Gladys Porter Zoo
500 E. Ringgold Street
Brownsville, TX 78520
Phone: 956 546-7187

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