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Busch Gardens Tampa

Zoological Specialist, Senior 1 (Full-time Hourly) Busch Gardens Tampa

At Busch Gardens Tampa, we’re passionate about caring for animals. In fact, we’ve already rescued over 37,000 animals (and counting)
We’re seeking enthusiastic, dedicated, and hard-working individuals in a wide variety of roles. Join us and play an important part on our incredible team!

What you get to do:

As a Zoological Specialist, Senior 1:

  • Responsible for providing consistent care and training of all assigned animals
  • Work in a consistent, professional, and positive manner displaying consideration, tolerance, cooperation, open communication, and reliability
  • Learn and demonstrate required training and handling protocols for any applicable animals
  • Follow all husbandry, training, and safety protocols for the specified zoological area(s) including all daily SOP’s
  • Demonstrate the ability to safely work with a very diverse collection of animals including mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians. Experience with elephants, great apes, or big cats preferred.
  • Lead and engage in all aspects of guest interaction programs both on and off property
  • Maintain safe and sanitary animal habitat(s) and working area
  • Enter daily, weekly, and monthly records using TRACKS record keeping system
  • Create and administer animal enrichment to enhance animal welfare and training goals
  • Maintain current behaviors for all applicable animals, train new behaviors to completion under minimal supervision
  • Demonstrate the ability to recognize the overall health of each animal via daily observations
  • Demonstrate knowledge of and the ability to discuss the natural history of the animals in assigned area(s)
  • Demonstrate the understanding of the SOPs for an animal escape and the responsibilities of being onsite during this situation
  • Participate as requested in animal outreach presentations including school visits, animal appearances in various media and stage presentations.
  • Provide coaching and mentoring to Ambassadors as assigned
  • Contribute to the review process for Ambassadors under their mentorship
  • Deliver department seminars*· Other duties as assigned

What it takes to succeed:

  • Must have 5 years of professional zoological animal experience
  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • High School diploma or GED required (College level courses or degree preferred)
  • Must have a clean driving record and possess the ability to operate a company vehicle
  • Must be able to spend long periods of time standing and be comfortable working outdoors in a variety of conditions in the state of Florida
  • Proficient with the principles of Operant Conditioning, specifically the application of positive reinforcement training
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Able to frequently lift/move 50 pounds, occasionally lift/move up to 100 pounds stand for prolonged periods of time
  • Flexible schedule to work weekends, holidays, early mornings, and late evenings
  • Strong written/verbal communication skills; ability to speak effectively before groups
  • Willingness to work in any animal area as assigned

The perks of the position:

As part of the Busch Gardens family, you’ll enjoy a fun, fast-paced environment and great teammates, as well as:

  • Paid Time Off- Vacation, Optional Holidays, and Sick pay
  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance
  • 401K plan
  • Voluntary Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Disability Benefits
  • Dependent and Health Care Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Legal Assistance Plan
  • Complimentary Park Tickets
  • Park Discounts on Food and Merchandise

Join the team!

If you’re looking for the opportunity to make the most of your abilities in a one-of-a-kind setting with an entertainment industry leader, we’re looking for you!



Experience Required

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Further Comments

This is a full-time hourly position. This posting will end at midnight on 8/14/22



How to Apply


Busch Gardens Tampa
3605 E Bougainvillea Ave
Tampa, FL 33612

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