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Central Florida Zoo

Senior Hoofstock Keeper


This full time (40 hour) working, hands-on position is responsible for overseeing the Hoofstock collection and Keepers. This person will work closely with the Curator and Director of Animal Operations to oversee and manage the animal collection. This position will lead the team in a positive direction and provide guidance, promote a team environment, and set high standards. The Senior Keeper networks with other zoo and industry partners to embrace best practices. The Senior Keeper is a managerial role and demonstrates leadership behaviors and lead by example. The Senior Keeper accepts supervisory role in the absence of the Curator and Director. Additional guidance is received through established policies and procedures, plus verbal and written communications.


· Represent Central Florida Zoo with professionalism and demonstrates leadership through example.

· Demonstrate and maintain high performance of daily keeper duties in animal care, habitat and housing maintenance, safety, record keeping and behavioral husbandry.

· Supervise keepers, enrichment and training initiatives, animal care skills and fosters positive attitudes and a team environment. Delegates responsibilities and with Curator or Director assistance addresses performance issues.

· Work closely with the Curator and Director with collection management and welfare of animals in this area.

· Responsible for team schedule, working closely with other teams to ensure highest standards of animal care.

· Seek opportunities for self and team to further their skills and knowledge by encouraging involvement in matters related to education, research and participation with outside partners in the zoo and conservation communities. Work with staff to provide daily care to the animals in the department.

· Supervise and perform all aspects of the husbandry, nutrition, enrichment and behavioral conditioning and care of the animals in this area.

· Oversee interns work and standards.

· Maintain and keep up to date with all AZA, USDA and Florida Fish and Wildlife regulations as they pertain to the Zoo collection.

· Maintain meticulous daily animal records in compliance with all regulatory agency guidelines.

· Report animal illness, maintenance, safety, horticulture, and other needs to appropriate staff.

· Recognize and report changes in an animal’s behavior, which may be indicative of health concerns and be able to provide medical care and administration of medication under the direction of the Veterinary staff, Director and or Curator.

· Plan and evaluate animal diets with Animal Nutrition Lead and Director or Curator.

· Develop a work routine with the keepers that emphasize safety and spotting potential hazards to the animals, staff and public. Safety is required at all times, as is a system of double checking all locks, doors, latches and shift doors.

· Maintain necessary carriers, equipment, and supplies for the collection.

· Participate in enclosure design, modification, and oversight.

· May be required to assist with projects or daily duties in other animal areas.

· Maintains highest level of safety protocols and procedures

· Develop and maintain professional and respectful relationships will all Zoo staff.

· Interact with guests with formal and informal discussions as a professional.

· Adhere to all Central Florida Zoo policies and procedures.

· Other duties as assigned.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


· Minimum 18 years old.

· Must provide a negative TB test and negative drug screen result.

· Must have a minimum of 3 years working experience with hoofstock in a zoological facility.

· Must be able to work as part of a team yet be able to delegate to team members.

· Must be self-motivated and goal oriented.

· Must have strong communication skills, both written and verbal, when interacting with team members, co-workers, visitors, and vendors.

· Knowledge of operant training techniques.

· Knowledge of husbandry requirements and the prevention of Zoonotic disease.

· Knowledge of Zoo’s layout and animal collections to respond quickly during animal emergencies.

· Must be able to maintain effective working relationships with other Zoo employees and the public.

· Must have the ability to work flexible hours, including weekdays, weekends, holidays and evenings.

The duties listed above are intended only as an illustration of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.


This position requires a high school diploma or equivalent. A college degree in biological science is preferred. Experience in a zoological environment is essential. A minimum of 5 years working experience with hoofstock.


 Ability to respond to common inquiries, requests, or complaints from guests and/or staff in a kind and courteous manner.

· Must be able to communicate with guests and staff clearly and effectively.


· Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.


· Valid Florida driver’s license.


In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the following have been identified as physical requirements of the job:

· The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 75 pounds, stand for long periods of time and drive Zoo vehicles.

· Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear.

· The employee is frequently required to use hands and fingers to handle, reach or feel and manipulate objects or controls.

· The employee is frequently required to sit, walk distances, climb, balance, stoop, bend, kneel and crouch.

· Several job functions of this position are performed in confined areas.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


A large percentage of duties are performed outdoors in various weather conditions, ranging from rain, wind, cool to cold weather, and extreme heat and humidity. It is possible the employee will be exposed to dust and harsh chemicals that if not handled properly may present a health hazard. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens reserves the right to revise or change job duties and responsibilities as the need arises. This job description pertains to an “at will” position with the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens and in no way constitutes a written or implied contract of employment.

How to Apply

Please send cover letter, resume and 3 professional references via email to:

Central Florida Zoo
3755 W Seminole Blvd
Sanford, FL 32771
Phone: 407 323 4450

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