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Oglebay Good Zoo

Animal Care Apprenticeship

The Animal Care apprenticeship will focus on assisting animal keepers and the animal management team with regular animal care and various animal related projects.

Schedule:  5 days per week 8:30am – 5:00pm

                   Six month positions available (flexible upon arrangement)

 Candidates must be responsible, flexible, self-motivated and able to work both independently as well as in a team.

 Typical Task:  daily care of collection animals including feeding and cleaning, animal observations,  record keeping, animal training, facility maintenance, and following the animal enrichment program.

 Skills training:  techniques and guidelines for working safely around collection animals; selection, preparation and presentation of proper foodstuffs; cleaning and disinfection of animal holding rooms and enclosures; recognizing significant changes in animal behavior or condition; techniques for training collection animals; selection, preparation and presentation of proper enrichment; moving animals including shifting, crating or other transport; capture and restraint; animal identification methods including transponder placement; assisting with veterinary procedures; implementation of conservation breeding programs.

 The position is physically demanding at times, requiring outdoor work in a variety of temperatures and sometimes challenging conditions.

 Must have a valid driver’s license and be able to lift at least 50 lbs.

 Apprentices do not receive a monetary compensation; however the position is ideal for those interested in a career as an animal keeper or animal management.  On-site housing is available for $250/month.

How to Apply

To apply, send a completed application, a resume with references, and a cover letter to the contact below. Please outline your interest in the position, what you hope to gain from it, and how your past experience makes you an ideal candidate. Applications can be found at Please send application material to: Mindi White Curator of Animals 465 Lodge Drive Wheeling, WV 26003 304-243-4029

Oglebay Good Zoo
465 Lodge Drive
Wheeling, WV 26003

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