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Birmingham Zoo, Inc.

Seasonal - Trails of Africa - Animal Care Professional


The Birmingham Zoo is currently seeking applications for Seasonal - Animal Care Professional in the Trails of Africa department.  Under the direction of the Zoological Manager, the successful candidate will be responsible for providing a high level of animal care to reticulated giraffe, bongo, ostrich, plains zebra and red flanked duiker. This spring our collection will be growing with the addition of black rhinoceros.

Primary responsibilities of this position include monitoring animal health, maintaining cleanliness of animal areas, providing environmental and behavioral enrichment, preparing diets, modifying habitats, maintaining accurate records, and presenting both formally and informally for the public.  The candidate must be a motivated self-starter that is enthusiastic and team oriented.  This position requires a team player capable of positive interactions with staff, guests, and volunteers. 

This is a full time position working at least 40 hours per week, including weekends, holidays, and late events as needed.  Successful candidates will work in close proximity to dangerous animals, and professionalism and good communication are required. 


  • Displays and demonstrates the basic biology, behaviors and husbandry of the animals in their department in the daily routine.
  • Cleans and maintains animal holdings, including the use of chemical agents and special tools to assure the health and safety of the animals.
  • Identifies, recognizes and reports any abnormal behavior of all the animals in their department.
  • Monitors weather related needs for the animals in their department and shelters animals appropriately.
  • Identifies, documents, and properly communicates any animal medical problems to the Zoological Manager and Veterinary staff in a timely manner.
  • Maintains good communication with managers to ensure that all facilities and animals are in good order, and that all problems are reported.
  • Provides enrichment and conducts animal training according to department procedures.
  • Creates new enrichment ideas and items to be added to their department repertoire.
  • Properly utilizes the animal record keeping systems within the department, including daily reports and animal files.
  • Responsible for capturing, crating, and transferring animals using appropriate restraint and handling techniques designed to put the least amount of stress on the animal.
  • Prepares and presents programs visitors and guests.
  • Other duties as assigned.


The Seasonal ACP is expected to maintain the highest level of safety in the work area through implementation of safety protocols and procedures. The  Seasonal ACP position is impacted by a wide variety of potentially hazardous exposures: 

  • The ACP will have to deal with the unpredictability of wild animals.
  • The care and husbandry of animals, some of whom are dangerous or may carry zoonotic diseases.
  • The proper use and understanding of cleaning and disinfecting agents.
  • Weather conditions including extreme heat, cold and storm conditions.

Specific training and procedures designed to maintain safety of people as the highest priority of the zoo followed by the safety of the animal collection will be provided. 

The use and understanding of a variety of personal safety equipment is mandatory.

Animal Care Professionals, as with any staff member of the zoo, are required to be familiar with the Zoo’s overall safety policies as outlined in the staff handbook as well as being responsible for reporting any injury immediately to the first aid department. 


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by a staff member to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  While performing the duties of this job, staff should expect:

  • Use of hands, fingers, tools or controls. 
  • Frequently required to stand; walk; sit; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch and talk or hear. 
  • Routinely lift and/or move more than 50 pounds. 
  • Exposure to wet surfaces and slippery surfaces.
  • Required to wear a face mask and or other personal protective equipment for long periods of time.
  • Depending on assignment, exposure to the elements can be expected.



Education and work experience

  • College degree in a zoology-related field preferred.
  • Volunteer, intern, or paid animal care experience in a zoo or equivalent setting preferred.

Skills and Knowledge

  • Ability to multi-task, coordinate with others and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to think critically and demonstrated time-management skills.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Willingness to participate in presentations and public speaking.
  • Knowledge of the Microsoft Office.
  • Strong organizational skills with strong attention to detail.

Desirable qualities

  • Strong interest in advancing the conservation missions of zoos and aquariums.
  • High self-motivation and a detail-oriented work ethic.
  • Professional, positive, and enthusiastic demeanor.

Other Requirements:

  • Must have current negative TB test and rabies titer and provide documentation, or be willing to have a TB test and rabies titer.
  • Must be First Aid/CPR certified or willing to be trained and certified.
  • Must be willing to travel locally.  Must have a current valid driver’s license with no prior traffic violations (within the last five years).
  • Must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.


  • Seasonal position working 40 hours a week
  • Schedule varies between weekdays and weekends.  Weekend work required as well as occasional evening work and holidays.


How to Apply

Employment | Birmingham Zoo

Birmingham Zoo, Inc.
2630 Cahaba Rd.
Birmingham, AL 35223

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