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  • 10/02/2021 5:26 PM | Chase LaDue (Administrator)


    Elephant Keeper 

    Fort Worth Zoo, 1989 Colonial Pkwy, Fort Worth, Texas, United States of America Req #425

    Date Posted: Tuesday, September 28, 2021

    To apply, visit: https://us60.dayforcehcm.com/CandidatePortal/en-US/fwzoo/Posting/View/701

    Summary:  

    The responsibility of this position is to maintain and care for elephants and other assigned species; to assist veterinary staff as needed; and to perform a variety of activities relative to the assigned area of responsibility.


    Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Feed and water animals in and around existing quarters; clean, sanitize, maintain and repair animal quarters as required; shovel, rake, hose, sweep, dust and mop floors

    • Prepare diets for animals; clean and maintain work area and food storage containers 

    • Maintain adequate records on daily activities; observe animal behavior for signs of illness, weight loss/gain or injury; report any signs of illness or injury

    • Assist veterinarians in minor operations or related activity, administer prescribed medications, submit fecal samples and other duties as needed

    • Assist in the training of assigned animals; guide animals through daily routines according to established training schedules and guidelines

    • Carry out animal diet directives from Nutritional Services Dept; clean and maintain food storage containers

    • Participate in the zoo-wide behavioral management program by implementing approved animal training and enrichment projects

    • Participate in and implement approved research projects

    • Respond to public inquiries in a courteous manner; resolve complaints in an efficient and timely manner; Present keeper talks to park visitors and media as required

    • Assist in directing the proper restraint, crating, moving and uncrating of animals

    • Properly maintain exhibits, animal facilities, equipment and life support systems (as apply) as trained for specific positions

    • Understand and implement operant conditioning as it relates to the daily management of species under his/her care.


    Qualifications:

    To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

    • Must be 18 years of age or older

    • Must have one year of zoo keeping experience, elephant zoo keeping experience preferred

    • Valid driver license with acceptable motor vehicle record to maintain zoo standards of insurability

    • Proof of negative tuberculosis (TB) screening within previous six months prior to placement and annually thereafter 

    Must possess ability to:

    • Work independently in the absence of immediate supervision

    • Understand and follow oral and written instructions

    • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing

    • Establish and maintain effective working relationships 

    • Maintain physical condition appropriate to the performance of assigned duties and responsibilities 


    Education and/or Experience:

    • High School diploma or equivalent

    • Bachelors degree in wildlife management, zoology, animal behavior, biology, ecology, psychology or related field preferred 

    • Specialized training in zoology or a related field desirable but not required


    Physical Demands: 

    While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and talk or hear. The employee must regularly lift and/or or move up to 75 pounds.


    Work Environment:

    The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

    • Team oriented environment

    • Ability to work irregular hours (holidays and weekends)

    • Exposure to a variety of domestic and wild or potentially dangerous animals; animal odors and animal body fluids

    • Exposure to all types of inclement weather conditions

    • Exposure to chemicals (cleaning, water chemicals, additives, etc.)

    • Ability to work special events and functions as required


    Disclaimer

    The above job description is meant to describe the general nature and level of work being performed; it is not intended to be construed as a complete inventory of all responsibilities, duties and skills required for the position. 


    This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform other job-related duties requested by their supervisor.


    Requirements are representative of minimum levels of knowledge, skills and/or abilities. To perform this job successfully, the employee must possess the abilities or aptitudes to perform each duty proficiently. Continued employment remains on an at-will basis.


    Benefits 

    This is a full-time position and offers the following benefits: 

    • Medical and Prescription Drug (Employee Coverage 90% Employer Paid, Dependent Coverage 55% Employer Paid)

    • Vision

    • Dental

    • Basic Life AD&D (1 x Annual Salary up to $150,000 – 100% Employer Paid)

    • Short Term Disability (100% Employer Paid)

    • Long Term Disability (100% Employer Paid)

    • Supplemental Life

    • Flexible Spending Account

    • 401k

    • Paid Time Off (Accrual Equivalent to 5 Weeks Per Year)

    • PTO Rollover

    • PTO Sell Back

    • Free Zoo Membership

    • Free Guest Passes

    • Discounts on Food, Merchandise, Attractions, Admission and Program

  • 08/25/2021 7:55 PM | Chase LaDue (Administrator)


    Walt Disney World Company

    Disney - Large Animal Keeper 

     

    Large Animal Keeper – Kilimanjaro Safari Ride- African species focus
    Disney's Animal Kingdom currently has multiple animal keeper positions available whose responsibilities consist of taking care of large Animals on the Kilimanjaro Safari African Savannah. (Elephant, Ituri and Savannah teams). The available teams include animal collections of Elephant, Rhinos, Hippo, Carnivore, Giraffe and a wide variety of hoofed stock. Bird and reptile experience is a plus. These positions work with a large team of animal keepers to perform the daily care of the collection(s) and other animals following established guidelines. Applicants should have experience with and a practical understanding of large mammal husbandry, enrichment, and operant conditioning as it relates to the daily management, research and care of these species. These positions are for experienced (non-entry) level, full-time, salaried position. Chosen applicants will report to a team of Zoological Managers.
    Responsibilities :

     

    • Maintain the care, well-being, management, behavioral conditioning and enrichment of one or more of the following species: African Elephant (Elephant team), Black Rhino, Okapi, Nile Hippo, Bongo, Kudu, Nile Crocodile, Pink-backed Pelicans and Saddle-billed Storks (Ituri team), Giraffe, Eland, Springbok, Ankole cattle, Wildebeest, Sable Antelope, Painted Dog, Hyena, Flamingo (West savannah team). White Rhino, Lion, Cheetah, Warthog, antelope species and Ostrich (East Savannah team).
    • Ensure the daily routines of cleaning, animal observation, diet preparation and reporting medical needs and abnormal conditions to Zoological Managers.
    • Maintain daily records, collecting and logging information and ensuring this information is communicated to management and the central animal record keeping system.
    • The work includes physical labor in ambient outdoor temperatures and weather conditions in Central Florida, which may include extreme heat and humidity. A demonstrated understanding of operant conditioning is desired. Candidates are part of the area animal team and must work in a team environment. Keepers also work with maintenance, operation managers, horticulture, veterinary staff, educators and scientists. Keepers also provide animal information and conservation messages through guest and cast interaction.
    • Work a variety of shifts including regular early morning start times (4:45AM) or late evening ending times (12AM), and may be required to work weekends and holidays.
    • Keepers are part of the greater animal team and must work in a team environment including collaboration with maintenance, horticulture, and veterinary staff; operations managers, educators and scientists.
    • Provide animal information and conservation messages through guest and cast interaction.
    Basic Qualifications :

     

    • High school degree or equivalent plus a minimum of either:

    Three years paid experience as a keeper in a AZA accredited institution, or in an institution with equivalent standards, and at least two years of verifiable college course work (60 semester hours) OR

    Four years paid experience as a keeper in an AZA accredited institution, or in an institution with equivalent standards, and at least one year of verifiable college course work (30 semester hours) OR

    Five years paid experience as a keeper in an AZA accredited institution, or in an institution with equivalent standards.

    • Experience working with different taxa with an emphasis on operant conditioning.
    • Observation, evaluation and data collecting skills.
    • Demonstrated leadership skills within a team environment
    • Experience working in large teams
    • Guest focus.
    • Must meet all requirements to promote our premium guest experience.
    Preferred Qualifications :

     

    • Bachelor's or Associate's Degree in Zoology or related field
    • Experience working with African species listed in Job description
    Required Education :

     

    High school degree or equivalent plus a minimum of either:

    – Three years paid experience as a keeper in a AZA accredited institution, or in an institution with equivalent standards, and at least two years of verifiable college course work (60 semester hours) or

    – Four years paid experience as a keeper in an AZA accredited institution, or in an institution with equivalent standards, and at least one year of verifiable college course work (30 semester hours) or

    – Five years paid experience as a keeper in an AZA accredited institution, or in an institution with equivalent standards.

    Preferred Education :

     

    • Bachelors or higher degree
     

    ©Disney is an equal opportunity employer. Drawing Creativity from Diversity.

    Perks

    Benefits and Perks: Disney offers a rewards package to help you live your best life. This includes health and savings benefits, educational opportunities and special extras that only Disney can provide. Learn more about our benefits and perks at https://jobs.disneycareers.com/benefits

    How to Apply

    Please go to: www.disneycareers.com and Apply to Req# 844285BR.

    Walt Disney World Company
    P.O. Box 10,000
    Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

  • 08/19/2021 6:41 AM | Chase LaDue (Administrator)

    Have you HERD? The Elephant Managers Association (EMA) is holding its first International Merchandise Competition. We have TONS of merchandise we would like to roll out to members... but we need a few great designs. All designs are due on September 25. Winners will be featured in one of our EMA publications and will receive a prize.

    Full details about the competition and a form to apply can be found here: click to download.

  • 08/09/2021 6:01 PM | Chase LaDue (Administrator)

    Zoological Manager - Elephants

    Disney's Animal Kingdom

    To view full posting and to apply, visit: https://jobs.disneycareers.com/job/lake-buena-vista/zoological-mgr-elephants/391/19655380

    Job Summary:

    Disney’s Animal Kingdom is seeking candidates for Zoological Manager role at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. This person will be on a multi-manager team and report to the Animal Operations Manager of the Elephant and Ituri teams. The Zoological Manager team manages the area’s husbandry program, daily maintenance, development of keeper routines and scheduling, animal enrichment, behavior modification, exhibit design, staff selection, staff development, and assists with animal acquisition and deacquisition. The collection focus of this manager would be a mixed sex, multi-generational, breeding herd of African Elephants but may also include a variety of hoofed stock, rhinos, hippos, Nile crocodiles and large birds.

    Responsibilities:

    • Lead the Elephant team alongside two other zoological managers, a staff of over 15 animal keepers and currently 3.6 African Elephants.
    • Lead the team to deliver uncompromising excellence in animal care and welfare.
    • Promote and enforce safety protocols, company guidelines, policies and standards.
    • Select, train, evaluate and develop area Animal Keeper staff and directly supervise daily operations.
    • Act as a primary point of contact for Veterinary, Nutrition, Horticulture, Operations, Education, and Maintenance issues.
    • Ensure accurate and timely animal data documentation in the Daily Reporting System.
    • Assume leadership role during emergency situations.
    • Manage the delivery of inspiring guest experiences.
    • Participate in collection planning for species in the area.
    • Manage expenses of the area budget.
    • In partnership with the Behavioral Husbandry team, manage the area’s animal training, enrichment and welfare programs
    • Partner and manage the development of area research and education programs. Continue to seek and acquire education and professional training in the zoological and management fields.
    • Perform the Animal Care Duty Manager role, as needed.
    • May become qualified as a member of the Animal Escape, Recovery and Firearms team.
    • Interact with other zoological facilities and conservation organizations on issues regarding the progressive animal care, husbandry, sustainability, research and conservation.
    • Participate in scientific meetings, conferences and workshops, when appropriate.
    • Author papers and present lectures on husbandry and conservation issues, when appropriate
    • Provide manager coverage for the Elephant area, its sister team, and the park’s global schedule. This includes some availability for weekends and holidays and wide range of hours (currently 5am-9pm).

    Basic Qualifications:

    • Minimum 10 years combined large mammal management/husbandry experience and post-high school education (30 semester credits per year) with at least five years of paid Elephant husbandry experience at an AZA accredited or equivalent facility.
    • Minimum 3 years of leadership experience in a zoological setting.
    • Experience with shared responsibility and leadership on a multi-leader team.
    • Demonstrated leadership ability.
    • Demonstrated ability to positively interact within a team environment.
    • Demonstrated Animal management expertise.
    • Demonstrated strong organizational and communication skills.
    • Computer proficiency with Microsoft software (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, SharePoint).

    Preferred Qualifications:

    • Experience with Elephants includes: mixed gender and multi-generational herd management, artificial reproduction techniques, and neonate care in a protective contact environment as well as proficiency with and knowledge of all AZA elephant management techniques
    • Experience leading teams of animal professionals.
    • Experience in operant conditioning and enrichment
    • Excellent communication and problem solving skills
    • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers
    • Ability to deliver and receive constructive feedback to improve cast performance

    Required Education:

    • High school degree or equivalent plus a minimum of ten years combined large mammal husbandry experience and post-high school education (30 semester credits per year), with at least five years of paid manager experience at an AZA accredited or equivalent facility.

    Preferred Education:

    • A four year college or advanced degree in biology or related field is strongly preferred.
  • 07/07/2021 3:34 PM | Chase LaDue (Administrator)

    Congratulations to our newly elected and re-elected board members! Ellen Wiedner, Vernon Presley, and Cecil Jackson, Jr. will all serve two-year terms, and they will join Rob Conachie, Adam Felts, Shawn Finnell, and Tripp Gorman on the Board of Directors.  It was an extremely close race; kudos to all our nominees! Thanks to all who voted—a successful election is vital to maintaining the amazing work done by the EMA.

  • 06/03/2021 4:23 PM | Chase LaDue (Administrator)


    The 2021 EMA Conference is going virtual...again!

    October 11-15, 2021

    Early this year the Elephant Managers Association announced we will replicate our efforts and host a virtual conference again this year, on October 11-15, 2021. We will host the EMA 2021 virtual conference via GotoMeeting conference platform. EMA members will be sent a link and password allowing members to access this virtual conference all week long. This conference will be free to all EMA members. 

    EMA is now accepting papers for our virtual conference. To submit your paper, please fill out the Call for Papers form. All forms and abstracts are due September 1, 2021. The Call for Papers committee will be selecting papers that cover all topics in elephant management from traditional power point presentations to live feeds on training or enrichment items from a facility. All presentations will be 15 minutes long with a 5-minute question-and-answer period. All presenters must have good internet capability. Presenters will be selected and notified by September 14, 2021. Once selected as a presenter, the Call for Papers committee will inquire on your preferred method of how you wish to send your presentation. 

    EMA President Vernon Presley stated, “Another year of uncertainty brought us to the conclusion of hosting a virtual conference again. Last year we learned a lot as virtual hosts, and we received a lot of positive feedback. We hope to bring you another great conference for all our members around the world. Don’t miss your chance to join us as we discover new ideas together.” 

    For more information, contact EMAboard@elephantmanagers.com.


  • 06/03/2021 6:54 AM | Chase LaDue (Administrator)

    To apply for either of these positions, visit dallaszoo.com/careers

    Large Mammal Lead Zoologist (Elephants)

    JOB SUMMARY 

    This is a team lead, senior-level position in animal care, following established protocols to provide outstanding animal care for species in the section: food preparation, feeding, exhibit maintenance, pest control, and reproductive management. Zoologists participate in operant conditioning and husbandry programs, provide approved environmental enrichment, work collaboratively to improve animal exhibits, and prepare and conduct educational presentations and tours for zoo guests. Lead Zoologists may act as formal representatives of DZM in AZA Animal programs; will act as team leaders on specific projects, as assigned, or in the absence of a Supervisor or Assistant Supervisor. Additionally will provide crucial guidance, mentoring, and training to less senior staff, mentoring entry-level Zoologists. 


    SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

    • Provide overall daily care of assigned animals and exhibits to ensure animal health, safety, and welfare, staff and public safety as set forth by AZA, USDA, and DZM to include:
    • Observe and monitor animals’ general health and behavior, reporting any abnormal behavior to supervisor and/or veterinary staff;
    • Prepare and provide food for assigned animals, following written instructions, provide water and administer medication as instructed to ensure proper nutrition and health; 
    • Clean animal exhibits, holding pens, food prep areas, and equipment, maintaining a high level of sanitation, conducting pest control activities and reporting any mechanical defects that would endanger the animal, zoo staff, and/or guests; 
    • Achieve the highest standards of animal welfare and wellness by providing environmental enrichment and training sessions, using operant conditioning, as applicable; 
    • Participate in or assist with the capture and restraint of a variety of taxa including dangerous species 
    • Prepare and update animal records, reports and surveys, assisting in research projects as necessary to ensure thorough documentation and enhanced knowledge of animal biology;
    • Will act as the liaison for ZIMS-related needs including regular meetings with the Zoo Registrar, communicating relevant ZIMS-related information back to the section, and training new staff in the proper use of and data entry into ZIMS
    • Perform general maintenance and repair of exhibits: painting, repairing fences and shelters, abating erosion, planting ground cover and removing weeds;
    • Provide assistance with animal transfers and/or procedures as directed;
    • Interact positively and professionally with animal care and veterinary staff and volunteers; 
    • Actively encourage interest in wildlife through positive interaction with zoo guests via educational presentations focused on animals, biology, conservation, and environmental issues; 
    • Utilize the enrichment item/device proposal form to create new enrichment ideas and items to be added to taxa repertoires and properly record the results of enrichment items after each use;
    • Collaborate with other zoo personnel as needed to meet the zoo’s mission. This can include, but is not limited to, assisting and participating in media events, special tours, and public relations projects;
    • Participate in and support zoo-wide initiatives, committees, and work groups;
    • Understand and support Dallas Zoo’s Strategic and Master Plans and departmental collection plans;
    • Study specific reference materials pertinent to animal care, behavior and natural history as assigned;
    • Follow all safety protocols and understand the animal keeper's role in emergency procedures, responding to emergencies as required;
    • Be able to supervise and train volunteers and interns within department as needed; eligible to act as an assigned mentor to interns and volunteers responsible for counseling, coaching, and ensuring follow up on assigned intern/volunteer goals
    • Assist with the beautification of our park by removing trash and debris whenever you see it; 
    • Assist with and raise awareness for AZA SAFE programs;
    • Eligible to serve in Chair positions on Dallas Zoo Management internal committees as well as rotating on to the intern selection committee
    • Act as an assigned Mentor to entry-level Zoologists in a formal mentorship program including regular check-in meetings, tracking goals, and providing feeding back to Supervisors to ensure the entry-level staff is progressing appropriately
    • Eligible to formally represent Dallas Zoo Management in AZA Animal Program roles including Institutional Representative, committee member, Studbook Keeper, SSP Coordinator, etc.
    • In the absence of Supervisor or Assistant Supervisor, may be needed to act as the section representative or contact for animal management or veterinary needs. Additionally, will coordinate the safe animal capture, restraint, and veterinary procedures for non-routine procedures.
    • Perform other duties as assigned.

    PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

    • A Bachelor’s degree in an animal science, biology, or related science field plus five years of paid animal care experience OR an Associate’s degree in an animal science, biology, or related science field plus six years of paid animal care experience is required;
    • Must have knowledge of animal care and basic husbandry skills, and at least five years preferred of exotic animal care experience at an AZA-accredited facility (ideally with those taxa noted in the “DEPARTMENT” listed above, and/or comparable taxa);
    • Must be a flexible, efficient, self-motivated team player, and solution-oriented: finding creative solutions to complex challenges;
    • Must be able to fully cross-train throughout entire assigned section
    • Must have basic knowledge of research techniques and practices, with solid observation skills;
    • Must be capable of practicing, or willing to learn, safe methods of capture and restraint for a variety of taxa (which may include potentially dangerous species);
    • Must be able to establish and maintain an effective rapport with all levels of management, employees, interns, volunteers, and zoo guests;
    • Must be able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, following instructions and documenting animal care activities appropriately;
    • Ability to represent the Zoo in a professional manner at all times;
    • Ability to exercise sound judgment in emergency situations and to respond with appropriate action;
    • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationship with management, other employees & zoo guests;
    • Must be able to walk, stand, sit, kneel, stoop, crawl, twist, reach above head, pull bend, climb stairs and ladders and carry up to 50 lbs;
    • Must be able to work holidays and weekends, both regular and irregular hours as required;
    • Regular, reliable and punctual attendance is an essential function of this position;
    • Must be able to actively work outdoors in hot or inclement weather;
    • Successful candidates must complete pre-employment drug screening, background check and TB test;
    • Must have a valid Class C Texas driver’s license to operate zoo vehicles and reliable transportation. 

    The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by personnel assigned to this job and is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all duties to be assigned.

    Large Mammal Senior Zoologist (Elephants)

    JOB SUMMARY

    This is a senior-level position in animal care, following established protocols to provide outstanding animal care for species in the section: food preparation, feeding, exhibit maintenance, pest control, and reproductive management. Zoologists participate in operant conditioning and husbandry programs, provide approved environmental enrichment, work collaboratively to improve animal exhibits, and prepare and conduct educational presentations and tours for zoo guests. Senior Zoologists may act as team leaders on specific projects, as assigned, and provide crucial guidance and training to less senior staff.

    SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

    • Provide overall daily care of assigned animals and exhibits to ensure animal health, safety, and welfare, staff and public safety as set forth by AZA, USDA, and DZM to include:
    • Observe and monitor animals’ general health and behavior, reporting any abnormal behavior to supervisor and/or veterinary staff;
    • Prepare and provide food for assigned animals, following written instructions, provide water and administer medication as instructed to ensure proper nutrition and health;
    • Clean animal exhibits, holding pens, food prep areas, and equipment, maintaining a high level of sanitation, conducting pest control activities and reporting any mechanical defects that would endanger the animal, zoo staff, and/or guests;
    • Achieve the highest standards of animal welfare and wellness by providing environmental enrichment and training sessions, using operant conditioning, as applicable;
    • Participate in or assist with the capture and restraint of a variety of taxa including dangerous species
    • Prepare and update animal records, reports and surveys, assisting in research projects as necessary to ensure thorough documentation and enhanced knowledge of animal biology;
    • Perform general maintenance and repair of exhibits: painting, repairing fences and shelters, abating erosion, planting ground cover and removing weeds;
    • Provide assistance with animal transfers and/or procedures as directed;
    • Interact positively and professionally with animal care and veterinary staff and volunteers;
    • Actively encourage interest in wildlife through positive interaction with zoo guests via educational presentations focused on animals, biology, conservation, and environmental issues;
    • Utilize the enrichment item/device proposal form to create new enrichment ideas and items to be added to taxa repertoires and properly record the results of enrichment items after each use;
    • Collaborate with other zoo personnel as needed to meet the zoo’s mission. This can include, but is not limited to, assisting and participating in media events, special tours, and public relations projects;
    • Participate in and support zoo-wide initiatives, committees, and work groups;
    • Understand and support Dallas Zoo’s Strategic and Master Plans and departmental collection plans;
    • Study specific reference materials pertinent to animal care, behavior and natural history as assigned;
    • Follow all safety protocols and understand the animal keeper's role in emergency procedures, responding to emergencies as required;
    • Be able to supervise and train volunteers and interns within department as needed; eligible to act as an assigned mentor to interns and volunteers responsible for counseling, coaching, and ensuring follow up on assigned intern/volunteer goals
    • Assist with the beautification of our park by removing trash and debris whenever you see it;
    • Assist with and raise awareness for AZA SAFE programs;
    • Eligible to serve in Chair positions on Dallas Zoo Management internal committees
    • Perform other duties as assigned.

    PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

    • A Bachelor’s degree in an animal science, biology, or related science field plus three years of paid animal care experience OR an Associate’s degree in an animal science, biology, or related science field plus four years of paid animal care experience is required;
    • Must have knowledge of animal care and basic husbandry skills, and at least three years preferred of exotic animal care experience at an AZA-accredited facility (ideally with those taxa noted in the “DEPARTMENT” listed above, and/or comparable taxa);
    • Must be a flexible, efficient, self-motivated team player, and solution-oriented: finding creative solutions to complex challenges;
    • Must have basic knowledge of research techniques and practices, with solid observation skills;
    • Must be capable of practicing, or willing to learn, safe methods of capture and restraint for a variety of taxa (which may include potentially dangerous species);
    • Must be able to establish and maintain an effective rapport with all levels of management, employees, interns, volunteers, and zoo guests;
    • Must be able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, following instructions and documenting animal care activities appropriately;
    • Ability to represent the Zoo in a professional manner at all times;
    • Ability to exercise sound judgment in emergency situations and to respond with appropriate action;
    • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationship with management, other employees & zoo guests;
    • Must be able to walk, stand, sit, kneel, stoop, crawl, twist, reach above head, pull bend, climb stairs and ladders and carry up to 50 lbs;
    • Must be able to work holidays and weekends, both regular and irregular hours as required;
    • Regular, reliable and punctual attendance is an essential function of this position;
    • Must be able to actively work outdoors in hot or inclement weather;
    • Successful candidates must complete pre-employment drug screening, background check and TB test;
    • Must have a valid Class C Texas driver’s license to operate zoo vehicles and reliable transportation.

    The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by personnel assigned to this job and is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all duties to be assigned.

    All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status.

  • 03/27/2021 12:10 PM | Chase LaDue (Administrator)

    Job Title: Elephant Keeper

    FLSA Status: Non-exempt

    Hours: Full-time

    About us:

    We are an equal opportunity employer that sets out to inspire, educate and engage people to serve as lifelong stewards for animals, their habitats and their conservation, both locally and from a far. Together, we can preserve and enhance the legacy of the zoo and its species for future generations to come! We are Nebraska's #1 tourist attraction and consistently ranked among the top zoos in the world!

    About the team:

    A team of about 300 full-time and 650 part-time staff members strong, Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium benefits the lives of more than 1,415 species across 162 acres of land. We also support the efforts of numerous field conservation projects and research projects that help ensure a future for endangered and critically endangered flora and fauna around the world, even right here in Nebraska! Our team makes a big impart and every role is essential to move our conservation mission forward. From the much-needed Keepers to care for our species to the important Food and Beverage employees helping us gain funds to further continue our mission. This is definitely a unique place to work, employees are exposed to a fun atmosphere, where each workday is never the same. Our zoo is world-class with unmatched scenery to help you get through your duties!

    About Omaha:

    There’s just something about living in Omaha. Something that makes you feel alive and in the moment. Maybe it’s the shorter drive times or the lower cost of living. Or maybe it’s the world-class dining, arts and entertainment that are never too far away. Most likely, it’s the combination of those things that help you settle in and show out, living your best life in one of America’s most up-and-coming cities. Here are a few things that make Omaha easy for us to call home!

    ·       Work: The average commute is 20.2 minutes. #8 City for the Best Work-Life Balance. (Kisi, 2019)

    ·       Cost of living: 27% less than the national average. A one-bedroom apartments rent is 21% below average. (National Association of Realtors, “Median Sales Price of Existing Single-Family Homes for Metropolitan Areas”)

    ·       Hobbies: Home to 85+ miles of paved, interconnected trails for walking, jogging and biking. 30+ lake communities along with 14 state parks all within 40 miles. (Yelp, 2017)

    • About the role: 

      We are looking for an enthusiastic and driven animal care professional to join our elephant care team as our herd prepares to grow by one! Multigenerational herd management is the core of this elephant program. Our focus is with maintaining and improving female herd dynamics, facilitating natural breeding, and providing for appropriate male social opportunities. We strive to provide the maximum amount of choice and control to our elephants through our management practices. The elephants are managed in a protected contacted system following AZA’s Standards for Elephant Management and Care. Individuals must function as a part of the elephant team to ensure a safe and productive work environment. Duties will include but are not limited to all aspects of the daily management of African elephants including daily cleaning and exhibit maintenance, feeding, enrichment, detailed record keeping, behavioral observations, browse collection, general maintenance, public demonstrations, and husbandry training. This is a 40 hour per week position that includes weekends and holidays. This position reports to the Elephant Manager.


      Duties and Responsibilities (include but not limited to):

      ·       General exhibit and holding area cleaning and maintenance.

      ·       Planning, implementing, and evaluating daily resource management to improve elephant wellness.

      ·       Detailed record keeping, following the AZA Standards for Elephant Management and Care.

      ·       Collection and identification of approved browse species.

      ·       Daily husbandry training via protected contact utilizing positive reinforcement.

      ·       Behavioral observations and video review.

      ·       Assisting with husbandry and veterinary care.

      ·       Public training demonstrations and keeper chats.

      ·       Regular team meetings.


    • Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

      ·       Must have a high school diploma (or GED) with a preference for a bachelor's degree in Zoology, Biology, or a related field. 

      ·       Qualified candidates should possess at least 2 years of paid experience in animal husbandry, preferably with elephants or other large mammals, at an AZA accredited institution.

      ·       Completion of AZA’s Principles of Elephant Management 1 is a plus.

      ·       Experience with operant conditioning techniques utilizing positive reinforcement is preferred.

      ·       Preference will be given to candidates with protected contact elephant experience, however, candidates with applicable experience with other taxa will also be considered.

      ·       A working knowledge of the AZA Standards for Elephant Management and Care and Occupational Safety Guidelines for elephant care professionals is expected.

      ·       Candidates should be familiar with or capable of learning the safe use of various power tools and heavy equipment including but not limited to chainsaws, drills, and a Bobcat or similar equipment.

      ·       The ability to work well as part of a team, by listening and contributing.

      ·       The ability to work in a fast paced and dynamic environment. 

      ·       Must have a strong work ethic.

      ·       An understanding of behavioral welfare and its importance, along with an understanding of behavior-based enrichment and how to implement and evaluate its effectiveness.

      ·       The ability to follow all protocols and standard operating procedures to assure the highest level of animal welfare.

      ·       A thorough understanding of and strict adherence to the Occupational Safety Guidelines for elephant care professionals.

      ·       Be able to give/receive constructive criticism regardless of prior experience.

      ·       Excellent communication skills, written and verbal, both with their peers and all other zoo personnel.

      ·       Great attention to detail in all aspects of their work and record keeping.

      ·       An excellent safety records.

      ·       Strong public speaking skills are preferred.

      ·       Basic computer skills for data entry utilizing Microsoft programs.

    • Candidates might be required to pass a pre-employment background check, drug test, negative TB test, Covid-19 test, and possess a valid driver’s license with a good history.


      Working Conditions and Physical Effort:

      ·       Must be able to work extended/odd hours including weekends, holidays and some night programs.

      ·       Must be able to work in all weather conditions.

      ·       Must be able to walk long distances across the zoo. The position involves working within 3+ acres of outdoor exhibit space and a 25,000 square foot elephant barn.

      ·       Exposure to biting flies and mosquitos is likely.

      ·       Must be able to stand, sit, kneel, bend, twist, reach above head and climb.

      ·       Will lift, push, pull, and/or move up to 70 pounds routinely and occasionally up to 100 pounds using safe and proper lifting methods.


    • Employee Benefits:

      Eligible employees at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium are provided a wide range of benefits. Throughout the hiring process we will provide you with more benefit details and which ones apply to your role.

      Full-Time

      ·       401(k) savings plan.

      ·       Flexible spending account.

      ·       Medical insurance.

      ·       Dental insurance.

      ·       Vision insurance.

      ·       Employee assistance program.

      ·       Life insurance.

      ·       Long-term disability.

      ·       Voluntary term life insurance.

      ·       Vacation, sick leave, holiday and paid-time off (PTO) accrual.

      ·       Uniforms are provided.

      ·       Free annual tickets for rides.


    • Part-Time (the benefits below also apply to full-time staff)

      ·       Free Zoo and Wildlife Safari Park membership for you and your immediate family.

      ·       Employee discounts.

      ·       Behind-the-scenes sneak peek at new exhibits.

    DISCLAIMER

    The information presented indicates the general nature and level of work expected of employees in this classification. It is not designed to contain, nor is it to be interpreted as, a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, qualifications and objectives required of employees assigned to this job. 

    Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer as defined by the EEOC.

    To apply, please visit https://www.omahazoo.com/workhere

  • 01/17/2021 7:02 PM | Chase LaDue (Administrator)

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  • 11/02/2020 10:32 AM | Chase LaDue (Administrator)

    ANIMAL KEEPER - ELEPHANT TEAM (FULL TIME)

    Please apply using the following link: https://jobapply.page.link/5aVQ

    DEPARTMENT

    Living Collections

    CLASSIFICATION

    Non-Exempt

    REPORTS TO

    Animal Care Manager

    DIRECT REPORTS

    N/A

     

    POSITION DESCRIPTION:

    The Animal Keeper is responsible for performing routine work assignments, involving the daily care and welfare of animals within their area. This position also performs daily maintenance of exhibit and holding areas, as well as interacts with the public to provide information related to the Zoo’s animal collection.  

     

    This position will work with the Elephant team, which is responsible for the daily husbandry of African elephants.

     

    POSITION DUTIES & ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

    Duties

    Percentage

    Performs daily animal husbandry activities, including:

    • Preparing diets and delivering daily feedings.
    • Giving medications and assisting with various animal health procedures.
    • Observing, logging and reporting issues concerning animal behavior, health and welfare.
    • Training animals for basic husbandry and enrichment behaviors.
    • Creating and implementing various enrichment items/strategies.

    60%

    Completes daily maintenance of exhibits and holding areas, including:

    • Cleaning exhibits, holding stalls and keeper areas.
    • Performing minor repairs and improvements.
    • Reporting maintenance issues and potential safety hazards to appropriate manager.

    20%

    Maintains daily reports and other required records.

    10%

    Interacts with Zoo guests and the public, including:

    • Performing various keeper chats, animal shows, tours and special events related to assigned area.
    • Engaging with daily visitors to answer questions about the Zoo and animals.

    5%

    Assists with the training of new keepers, interns and volunteers.

    5%

    *This position may at times be requested to perform other duties or special projects as assigned, which are in the best interest of the Kansas City Zoo.

     

     

    MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

    1. EDUCATION & FORMAL TRAINING:
      1. Bachelor’s Degree in biology, animal science, zoology or related field preferred.
      2. High school diploma or General Educational Development (GED) certificate accepted with prior experience in similar position.
    2. EXPERIENCE:
      1. At least 1 year related Zoo or animal husbandry experience required.
      2. Knowledge of animal husbandry, behavior and procedures for proper care and training of exotic animals.
      3. Strong observation skills to recognize and evaluate conditions of animal health, diets and behavior.
      4. Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Office, preferred.
      5. Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions, including procedures for care and maintenance of animals, exhibit, service and holding areas.
      6. Strong verbal and written communication skills.
    3. OTHER MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:
      1. Must have valid driver's license.
      2. Must have or be able to obtain negative TB test.
      3. Must be able to lift 50 pounds and have sufficient mobility to ensure a safe work environment.
      4. Must be able to stand for extended periods of time.
      5. Must be able to tolerate stress, endure high risk situations when feeding, transferring, or restraining animals, and make immediate decisions concerning the safety of animals, staff or the public.
      6. Must be willing to work a flexible schedule, including weekends, holidays and evening hours, in all weather extremes.
      7. Must pass a background and drug screening.
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