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Houston Zoo

Supervisor, Carnivores

Position Summary

The Supervisor is responsible for supervision of zookeepers within the department including participation in daily husbandry, coordination of activities for individual keepers and keeper teams, exhibit maintenance, exhibit upkeep, coordination of animal shipments, participation in community education, media and conservation programs. This is achieved by assuring completion of weekly schedules, development of protocols, work in partnership with other departments, maintain species data, file reports, and train staff in all sections within the Carnivores department.

Our Mission: The Houston Zoo connects communities with animals, inspiring action to save wildlife.
Our Vision: The Houston Zoo will be a leader in the global movement to save wildlife.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

  • Supervises the selection, training, development, appraisal and work assignments of personnel

  • Creates schedules assuring adequate coverage in all areas

  • Participates in the hiring process cohesively with team curator

  • Evaluates performance of zookeepers routinely to assist with growth

  • Liaison with other zoos in regards to animal management

  • Coordinates animal shipments

  • Communicates with veterinary staff and develops best practices in animal husbandry

  • Ensures regulations are followed within standards of USDA, OSHA and AZA

  • Demonstrations strong team building and problem solving skills

  • Participates in appropriate AZA/SSP meetings/ communication

  • Conducts tours through the department, as needed

  • Communicates with maintenance staff on project management including completion and tracking of active work orders

  • Assists with projects and initiatives

  • Timecard maintenance and approvals within policy

  • Ensures animal records and Tracks entries are accurate and up to date

  • Orders supplies ensuring department stays within approved budget

  • Creates, requests and ensures accuracy of signage

  • Contributes to saving animals in the wild through:  reduction of waste, water and energy use and inspiring guests and staff to take wildlife protecting actions

  • Performs other duties as assigned

   Education and Experience

  • Fifth year college or university program certificate; or two to four years’ equivalent combination of education and experience

  • Ability to communicate with all levels of management

  • Ability to work effectively and efficiently under minimal supervision

About the Houston Zoo
The Houston Zoo is made up of many moving parts with over 6,000 permanent residents (our animals) for whom we provide housing, meals, medical care and, yes, even education! There are over 2 million guests each year who come to experience our incredible variety of animals and ecosystems, as well as attend special private and public events and entertainment. Our dedicated staff works around the clock to ensure that the Zoo is always running smoothly for the safety and well-being of our residents and guests. We strive to ensure the protection of all the counterparts of the animals we have at the Zoo and in the wild.

Join the Houston Zoo and become a part of an organization that is focused on the preservation of wildlife and their habitats by combining conservation with education and promotion of sustainable livelihoods in the local communities. Houston Zoo is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

How to Apply

Please apply directly here:

Houston Zoo
6200 Hermann Park Dr
Houston, TX 77030

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