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San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance

Lead Wildlife Care Specialist Primates - San Diego Zoo

HOW YOU WILL IMPACT OUR MISSION
The Lead Wildlife Care Specialist under general direction, supervises and participates in the feeding and general care and welfare of assigned habitat wildlife (mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish, invertebrates or birds). This position reports to the Wildlife Care Supervisor or Wildlife Care Manager.

WHAT YOU WILL DO

  • Assigns and supervises the work of Wildlife Care Specialist personnel
  • Responsible for the feeding and general care and welfare of assigned habitat wildlife
  • Administers prescribed medication and nutritional supplements
  • Keeps feeding records
  • Observes assigned wildlife
  • Reports abnormal conditions to superiors
  • Cleans habitat areas, pools, wildlife sleeping areas and service areas
  • Cleans and disinfects utensils, work tools and containers
  • Maintains health and behavior records on assigned wildlife
  • Answers questions from the public concerning habitat wildlife
  • Provides habitat security
  • Participates in capturing, incapacitating and moving habitat wildlife
  • Assists medical staff in treating wildlife
  • Performs minor or routine maintenance on habitat enclosures
  • Reports the need for major maintenance and repairs
  • Operates a variety of light and medium equipment
  • Performs minor or routine maintenance on habitat enclosures

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR

The Primate department is looking for a Lead Wildlife Care Specialist. Three or more years' experience in a Lead or Supervisory role is preferred.   An example of which would be several years of experience as a Wildlife Care Specialist in a comparable zoological environment. This position involves work with susceptible species; you will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment.

  • JOB EXPERIENCE
    • Education, training, and/or experience which would clearly demonstrate the essential functions, knowledge and skills outlined.
    • Several years of experience as a Wildlife Care Specialist in a comparable zoological garden. 
  • EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS
    • Current valid California Driver’s License in good standing 
  • SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE
    • Wildlife behavior
    • Animal biology; zoology
    • Care, feeding and handling of wildlife
    • Safety practices around wildlife
    • Techniques for restraining or capturing wildlife
    • San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance's policies, procedures and regulations
    • Effective leadership practices
    • Operate a motor vehicle, when required
    • Communicate and work effectively with others
    • Work in a diverse team environment and motivate others
    • Multi-task and prioritize
    • Understand and follow directions effectively
    • Deal tactfully and courteously with others
    • Competently perform the representative duties outlined above
    • Perform each essential job function at a high level

IMPORTANT DETAILS

  • Location: San Diego, CA
  • Position Type: Full-Time Hourly Non-Exempt Union Position - If selected, there will be fees and dues to be paid to the Union
  • Hourly Rate: $29.68       

Salary

$29.68

How to Apply

Apply directly to through SDZWA Careers page: 

https://us61e2.dayforcehcm.com/CandidatePortal/en-US/sdzwa/Posting/View/8307

San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance
PO BOX 120551
San Diego, CA 92112

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