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The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee

Elephant Caregiver


Provides daily care for elephants utilizing 'Protected Contact' elephant management and using

only positive reinforcement.


Elephant Care

  • Prepares pre-established daily diets and medications; feeds in accordance with animal care protocols and related safety guidelines.
  • Active participant in morning barn meetings to ensure daily goals are understood and met
  • Observes daily consumption; distinguishes/reports significant changes
  • Observes, appropriately interprets and responds to elephant behaviors to optimize elephant husbandry and minimize environmental stressors for the elephants.
  • Adheres to weekly schedules for both daily care and night feedings, as weather requires.
  • Is proficient in or ability to develop proficiency in implementation of treatment(s) and foot care.
  • Assists Veterinary staff in procedures and assessments of animal health and implementation of preventative care and other medical care.
  • Ability to interpret and reports signs of elephant health issues to supervisor
  • Ability to develop ATV skills in order to maneuver in habitat safely
  • Assists in preparation and deliveries of browse and other forms of environmental enrichment.
  • Ability to adapt to constant changing of husbandry/facility changes depending on season, elephant health status and other priorities
  • Safely and efficiently works with the elephants, with the elephants’ behavioral responses in mind, to effectively shift or move elephants within their barn, into or out of their barn, or within habitats.
  • Provides husbandry training to all elephants in order to learn new behaviors and maintain pre-existing behaviors to meet all facility and governing agency requirements.  This includes health checks, blood collection, vaccinations, trunk wash, medication consumption, foot care and implementation of other husbandry or veterinary procedures to ensure the health and well-bing of the elephants.
  • Maintains daily logs and record keeping.


  • Consistently ensures/checks containment infrastructure (e.g. fence, gates) to ensure elephant containment. Monitors and ensures infrastructure in constant working order; reports breakage/failures in a timely manner to supervisor.
  • Provides daily cleaning and upkeep of elephant facilities, including but not limited to barn service areas, elephant stalls, habitats, and any other related infrastructure, all in Protected Contact system of elephant management.
  • Makes minor repairs to infrastructure; contacts Barn Lead when nature of repair requires assistance.
  • Understand and implements seasonal fixtures/protocols to the barn

Maintenance / Supplies

  • Assists in unloading hay deliveries.
  • Monitors and maintains feeds and husbandry supplies. Orders/purchases supplies at best prices following existing ordering protocols.
  • Performs basic maintenance on vehicles; ensures the safety of all vehicles at all times.


  • Ensures that all tasks are performed in a safe manner around elephants: maintain safe distances from elephants or elephant barriers in accordance with existing safety guidelines; is constantly aware of own, elephant and other Caregiver's posture and position when working in protected contact in close proximity to elephants; maintains constant awareness of elephants and safety of other Caregivers in proximity.
  • Observes established protocol in regards to all equipment, ATV’s and vehicles
  • Observes established protocol in regards to TB and other related safety precautions as necessary.
  • Follows and understands any updates to safety protocols
  • Participates in elephant escape, elephant down and other emergency practice protocols and in real emergencies, if required.


Administrative / Other


  • Participate in any training as required by supervisor or Sanctuary policies.
  • Monitor ele-cam location and provide appropriate text
  • Make presentations to the local community at events as required
  • Provide written updates for internal newsletter (Ele-buzz) and other communications as needed
  • Observes and adheres to all policies of the Sanctuary.


Experience Required

• One year combined volunteer, intern or paid experience working with exotic or native wildlife preferred; elephant experience preferred. • One year preferred experience working in protected contact and positive reinforcement based training systems • Bachelor Degree in related field preferred • Valid Driver’s License, insurable to drive company vehicles, and ability to provide own transportation to/from work.


depends on experience

How to Apply

cover letter and resume to:

The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee
P O Box 393
Hohenwald, TN 38462
Phone: 9317966500
Fax: 9317961360

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