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Birmingham Zoo, Inc.

Animal Care Professional II - Primates

The Birmingham Zoo is currently seeking applications for an Animal Care Professional II in the Primate Department.  Under the direction of the Zoological Manager, the successful candidate will be responsible for providing a high level of care to a diverse collection of species, including De Brazza’s monkeys, giant otters, jaguar, and orangutans. 

Primary responsibilities of this position include monitoring animal health, maintaining cleanliness of animal areas, providing environmental and behavioral enrichment, preparing diets, modifying exhibits, maintaining accurate records, and presenting both formally and informally for the public.  The candidate must be a motivated self-starter that is enthusiastic and team oriented.  This position requires a team player capable of positive interactions with staff, guests, and volunteers. 

The Primate department is currently undergoing animal collection changes and additions.  The ACPII will be responsible for the successful management of training and husbandry programs in coordination with the Lead Animal Care Professional of the department.

This is a full time position working at least 40 hours per week, including weekends, holidays, and late events as needed.  Successful candidates will work in close proximity to dangerous animals, and professionalism and good communication are required.  

Experience Required

Minimum Qualifications: • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field • One-two years of experience in an AZA facility; primate experience preferred • Practical experience in the application of operant conditioning principles for advanced training • Experienced in the management of captive animal populations, including related AZA conservation programs • Good decision making skills • Ability to provide proof of a current negative TB test or willingness to have one • Work under challenging physical conditions and perform strenuous duties in extreme weather • Capability to routinely lift and/or move at least 50 pounds • Ability to obtain a valid Alabama State driver’s license within 30 days of hire

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Includes opportunities for medical, dental, and vision insurance, annual membership, optional 401k, and more

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Birmingham Zoo, Inc.
2630 Cahaba Rd
Birmingham, AL 35223
Phone: 205-879-0409
Fax: 205-879-9426

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