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Responsibilities: Will be assigned primarily to work in the River’s Edge with black rhino, Nile hippo, Asian elephants, red river hogs, dwarf mongoose, sacred ibis and various species of fish, but may be asked to work in a similar capacity in the Antelope Area as needed. Major tasks include: achieving highest standards of animal welfare and wellness through exemplary animal care, enrichment, and operant conditioning; performing behavioral observations to assess and enhance animal management; maximizing occupational safety through adherence to established protocols; maintaining and enhancing animal habitats and indoor living spaces; safely handling animals for veterinary health care and research purposes; continual monitoring of the horticulture and custodial needs of the assigned area, as well as the overall guest experience needs; maintaining departmental records; assisting with the successful implementation of AZA Species Survival Plan® recommendations; assisting with and raising awareness for WildCare Institute programs and AZA SAFE programs related to species in River’s Edge; supporting educational activities such as special Zoo events and formal animal awareness days; collaborating with other Zoo personnel as needed to meet the Zoo’s mission; serving as an ambassador for the Zoo and its programs during donor and paid tours, as well as to guests, coworkers, media, AZA, and other outside agencies; and working on special projects, as needed.
Qualifications: Bachelors degree in an animal-related field and a strong background in animal care, welfare, management, and operant conditioning preferred; a background in elephant care is useful. Candidates must have a good safety record and must perform all aspects of this position with safety as a priority. Seeking individuals who are innovative and dedicated to advancing the field of animal care and welfare. A successful applicant will be a leader and must have a positive, can-do attitude. They should be self-motivated, resourceful, proactive and forward thinking. Must be a team player and be able to work in line with the River’s Edge Team Values of Teamwork, Dedication, Integrity, Welfare and Excellence in order to provide the animals in our care with the highest level of welfare. Must be an effective communicator who can contribute to and support coworkers on an innovative, progressive team. Must have the physical ability to perform required duties as assigned, including standing for long periods of time, lifting, bending and working in all types of weather conditions. Must be fully vaccinated against COVID 19. The successful candidate for this position will be required to submit to a criminal background check, TB test and drug test.
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