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Fossil Rim Wildlife Center

Animal Care Specialist - Hoofstock

Summary/Purpose of Position:
This position will be responsible for the daily care and management of Hoofstock, to include pastures, rhinos, giraffe and holding areas. The position will include some maintenance responsibilities.  This position will also be trained to fill in as needed within other areas of the Animal Care Department and report to appropriate supervisors.
Specific/Mandatory Duties: The essential responsibilities of the Animal Care Specialist - Hoofstock include but are not limited to the following:
  • Daily care and management of the animal collection
  • The ability to maintain the facilities
  • Enhance the conservation programs and educational opportunities through sound animal management practices
  • Daily care and management of programs within the animal collection
  • Accurate record keeping
  • Routine facilities cleaning, monitoring and maintenance--including but not limited to, fences, holding pens, grounds, etc.
  • Assist with animal medical and management procedures as needed
  • Provide information to other departments as needed
  • Handle and restrain animals during animal management procedures
  • Provide inventory information on animal feeds
  • Regular and dependable attendance is required.
  • Be available for after-hours and weekend call out in emergencies
  • Able to lift and carry 75 pounds.
  • Be able to bend over.
  • Ability to spend up to 2/3 of the workday standing/walking.
  • Ability to work outside all day in weather ranging from extreme heat (100+ degrees) to extreme cold (below freezing) and in wet conditions.
  • Ability to drive and/or operate small maintenance equipment e.g., chainsaw, weed trimmer, mower, hand tools, truck and lawn tractor.
  • Ensure compliance with Employee Handbook, Risk Management Plan, all other safety rules & procedures, the company vision, mission and goals.
The secondary responsibilities of the Animal Care Specialist - Hoofstock include but are not limited to the following:
  • The ability to work in areas outside of the primary area as needed
  • Some public speaking
  • Provide educational opportunities through tours and some speaking events
  • On call as needed per emergency situation
  • Provide service for Fossil Rim visitors as needed
  • Assist other Animal Care Department members as needed
  • Other duties as assigned
Desired Qualities, Experience and Educational Skills:
  • Degree in Biology, Zoology, or related degree preferred
  • At least two years of practical experience with large animals in a related field
  • Light maintenance/farm equipment experience preferred
  • Basic knowledge of animal care/animal science and nutrition
Work Requirements:
Usually a 5-day work week, often requiring flexibility and ability to work weekends and holidays.
Irregular scheduling in which days may exceed eight hours. This is determined within the department.

How to Apply

Please apply through our website ( WE DO NOT accept applications via email. Click the “Apply for this Position” button, fill out the form, upload the required documents, and click the “Submit Application” button.
We are a Non-Profit organization and an equal employment opportunity employer and will consider all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other protected classification under federal and state law.
Fossil Rim is an “at will” and equal opportunity employer. It should be noted that it is company policy to conduct background checks on potential new employees, inclusive of testing for drugs and controlled substance use.

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center
2155 County Road 2008
Glen Rose, TX 76043
Phone: 254-897-2960

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