Naples Zoo, Inc.
Naples Zoo is a nationally accredited zoo/garden. The trail winds past rare & beautiful animals residing within a historic garden of exotic plants first planted in 1919 with a fascinating history. In this tropical setting, you can take delight at seeing animals like lions, giraffes, monkeys, pythons, bear. In addition, you'll also discover feature exhibits & rarely seen creature like a giant anteater. Combining conservation & recreation, we offer fun for every age.
Animal Care Professional Primates
The Primate Animal Care Professional position is a full time position. This position will involve working with all animals in all areas of the primate department. This area currently includes the following: orangutan, cotton top tamarin, siamang, buff-cheek gibbon, spider monkey, colobus, ring tail, collared, red ruffed, brown, and white-fronted lemur. Under the general direction of the Primate Field Supervisor, this position will be responsible for the daily care, feeding, enrichment and training of animals in the assigned areas. Duties will include but are not limited to maintaining cleanliness of animal habitats, assisting with veterinary procedures, developing and implementing training plans and keeping daily records while following Naples Zoo policies and protocols. This position will also require guest interaction through scheduled keeper talks, Zoo Camp Wild and possible media events. This position will regularly work with other department keepers in a team setting as well as independently and will require effective communication skills as well as the ability to understand primate specific behaviors. Keepers are required to work in extreme weather conditions typical to South Florida and have the physical ability to lift or move up to 50 pounds, operate landscaping equipment ( mower, string trimmer, etc.), work on varied uneven terrain, climb ladders, operate a canoe as well as a single engine pontoon boat and ride a bicycle. The majority of the primates at Naples Zoo live in a unique open-air environment on an island system within a lake. Keepers often spend long periods of time on a pontoon boat or in a canoe.
Experience preferred with similar species as well as operant conditioning/positive reinforcement training in an AZA accredited zoological facility in addition to an associate degree in a zoological science or a related bachelor’s degree.
Naples Zoo employees receive complimentary zoo membership, and discounted admissions to Florida attractions. They also receive 30% discount on all merchandise in the Naples Zoo giftshop.
How to Apply
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Naples Zoo, Inc.
1590 Goodlette RD
Naples, FL 34102
Phone: 239-262-5409 ext 151
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