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  • 08/01/2022 3:17 PM | Chase LaDue (Administrator)

    Job Title: Seasonal Animal Care Assistant- Elephants

    • FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

      Hours: This is a seasonal position that can work up to 40hrs per week. Position runs through the end of 2022.

      About the role: 

      We are looking for an enthusiastic and driven animal care professional to join our team as our herd has grown by two! Our program tends to be unique to other programs in the US currently. We have 5 wild born females, one zoo born breeding male, and 2 calves with 2 more on the way. We have tasked ourselves to maintain them as a socially cohesive herd and minimize the impact we have in taking away their time to be elephants. Translation, we do not train every elephant every day! We manage their living spaces to provide the opportunities needed for skin care and exercise to maintain optimum welfare and a healthy herd. We continually evaluate behavior to maintain and improve female herd dynamics, facilitate natural breeding, and provide for appropriate social opportunities for all our herd members. We strive to provide the maximum amount of choice and control to our elephants with everything that we do. Qualified candidates 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 identification, general maintenance, public demonstrations, and all other duties as assigned.

      Duties and Responsibilities (include but not limited to):

    • ·       General exhibit and holding area cleaning and maintenance
    • o   Cleaning all elephant holding and exhibit spaces
    • o   Cleaning all tools, equipment, and service areas
    • o   Weed eating in and around habitats
    • ·       Planning, implementing, and evaluating daily resource management to improve elephant wellness 
    • ·       Diet prep and daily supply runs to the commissary
    • ·       Behavioral observations, video review, and detailed record keeping
    • ·       Collection and identification of approved browse species
    • ·       Regular team meetings
    • Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

    • ·       At least 3 months of internship experience in animal husbandry, preferably with elephants or other large mammals, at an AZA accredited institution.
    • ·       An ability to work in a fast paced and dynamic environment. 
    • ·       The ability to work well as part of a team, by listening and contributing.
    • ·       An understanding of behavioral welfare and its importance.
    • ·       An understanding of behavior-based enrichment, 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.
    • ·       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.
    • ·       A strong work ethic.
    • ·       Strong public speaking skills. 
    • ·       Basic computer skills for data entry utilizing Microsoft programs.
    • Candidates might be (depending on position) required to pass a pre-employment background check, drug test, negative skin tuberculosis test, and possess a valid driver’s license with a good history.

      Working Conditions and Physical Effort:

    • ·       Will sometimes work extended/odd hours including weekends, holidays, and some night programs.
    • ·       Must be able to walk long distances across the zoo.
    • ·       Must be able to work outdoors for prolonged periods in the weather and temperature extremes common to Omaha, Nebraska.
    • ·       Must be able to stand, sit, kneel, bend, twist, reach above head and climb.
    • ·       Will lift, push, pull, and/or move up to 50 pounds routinely and occasionally up to 70 pounds using safe and proper lifting methods.
    • ·       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.
    • ·       Standard workday often has minimal keeper/elephant interaction

    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.

  • 07/31/2022 3:04 PM | Chase LaDue (Administrator)


    Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

    International Conservation Center

    Position Description

    Position Title:        Elephant Keeper                                                       Job Code:                

    Department:          ICC                                                                                    Job Grade:              

    Reports To:            Area Supervisor/Curator of Large Mammals  FLSA Status:           Hourly, Non-Exempt

    Summary:

    The International Conservation Center is located on approximately 1,000 acres surrounded by the rolling hills of Somerset, PA.  We are looking for a dedicated, safety conscious and team oriented individual to help us advance our elephant program.  This is an exciting opportunity to join in promoting conservation and providing exemplary care for our breeding herd of African elephants at our unique facility.

    Purpose:

    To provide care to the elephant collection at the ICC and other species as assigned.

     

    Essential Job Functions:

    Duties include but are not limited to:

    • Diet preparation, husbandry, training, observation and record keeping.
    • Maintain and clean in and around animal habitats and inspect perimeters for security.
    • Assist veterinarian in animal examination and treatment and provide medical care as prescribed.
    • Assist in the collection of data for research studies.
    • Assist in animal restraint and transportation as required. 
    • Speak to guests and conduct tours for educational programs.
    • Participate in training programs at the ICC or other locations.
    • Assist in providing training to staff or volunteers as requested.

    Performance Factors:

    ·       Safety:  The employee exercises caution and follows safety protocols in all aspects of the job.

    ·       Attendance and Dependability:  The employee can be depended on to report to work at the scheduled time, complete work in a timely, accurate and thorough manner and is conscientious about assignments.

    ·       Communication and Contact: The employee communicates effectively both verbally and in writing with supervisors, colleagues, guests, and vendors inside and outside the ICC.

    • Working Relationships:  The employee exhibits a professional manner and relates well with others. The employee works to maintain constructive working relationships with coworkers and to develop an effective training partnership with the animals based on respect and positive reinforcement.
    • Education/Experience/Knowledge/Skills:

    • ·       Bachelor’s degree in animal science or related field and 3 years professional paid experience working with elephants or 5 years professional paid experience working with elephants in lieu of a degree.  
    • ·       Experience with bulls and calves is desirable. 
    • ·       Knowledge of operant conditioning.
    • ·       Knowledge of personal computer and general office equipment required. 
    • ·       Knowledge of or ability to learn to operate heavy machinery.

    Physical Requirements:

    This position is required to work in all weather conditions in a farm setting.  May be required to lift, carry, push and/or pull up to 50 pounds unassisted.  

    Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume with salary requirements to:

    HR@pittsburghzoo.org

    or

    Zoological Society of Pittsburgh

    Human Resources Department

    One Wild Place, Pittsburgh, PA  15206

    EOE

  • 06/29/2022 6:23 PM | Chase LaDue (Administrator)

    The Elephant Managers Association is dedicated to the welfare and survival of the world's elephants through improving communication, husbandry, research, education, and conservation. To help further EMA's mission, we are hosting a virtual workshop focusing on blood draw training. Participants will review training sessions, ask questions, and exchange ideas.

    The workshop will be hosted virtually on August 18, 2022, at 4:00pm EST, and it is free for all current EMA members to participate. Non-members are invited to participate for a $25 fee.

    If you are interested in attending, please email the Board of Directors at EMAboard@elephantmanagers.com.

  • 06/17/2022 8:52 PM | Chase LaDue (Administrator)

    ANIMAL CARE SPECIALIST – ELEPHANT TEAM (FULL TIME)

    • Kansas City Zoo

      6800 Zoo Drive, Kansas City, MO 64132

      How to Apply:  https://jobapply.page.link/bR3ve

      Starting Pay:  $14.75/Hour

       

      This position must be vaccinated or agree to become vaccinated for COVID-19, to work safely with staff and the animals under the Zoo’s care.


      Position Description:

      The Animal Care Specialist 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 animal 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 staff areas.

      Performing minor repairs and improvements.

      Reporting maintenance issues and potential safety hazards to appropriate manager.

      20%

      Maintains daily reports and other required records. 

      15%

      Interacts with Zoo guests and the public, including:

      Performing various animal chats and animal shows, as well as assisting with special events related to assigned area.

      Engaging with daily visitors to answer questions about the Zoo and animals.

      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:

    • A.    Education & Formal Training:

      a.     Associate’s degree or Bachelor’s Degree/working towards degree in biology, animal science, zoology or related field preferred.
      b.     High school diploma or General Educational Development (GED) certificate accepted with at least 3 years’ experience in similar position.

    • B.     Experience:

      a.     Previous related Zoo or animal husbandry experience preferred.
      b.     Knowledge of animal husbandry, behavior and procedures for proper care and training of exotic animals.
      c.     Strong observation skills to recognize and evaluate conditions of animal health, diets and behavior.
      d.     Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Office, preferred.
      e.     Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions, including procedures for care and maintenance of animals, exhibit, service and holding areas.
      f.      Strong verbal and written communication skills.
    • C.     Other Minimum Requirements:

      a.     Must have valid driver’s license.
      b.     Must have or be able to obtain negative TB test.
      c.     Must be able to lift 50 pounds and have sufficient mobility to ensure a safe work environment.
      d.     Must be able to stand for extended periods of time.
      e.     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.
      f.      Must be willing to work a flexible schedule, including weekends, holidays and evening hours, in all weather extremes.
      g.     Must pass a background and drug screening.
      h.     Must be vaccinated or agree to become vaccinated for COVID-19, to work safely with staff and the animals under the team’s care.
  • 05/20/2022 4:29 PM | Chase LaDue (Administrator)

    Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

    POSITION POSTING

    Posting Date:                May 17, 2022                            Removal Date:  Until Filled        

    Position Title:              Elephant Manager, ICC  

    Department:               Mammals                     

    Position Status:            Full-time, Exempt

    JOB SUMMARY

    The ICC Elephant Manager will be directly responsible for the daily oversight of an African elephant herd of 1.4 animals at the zoo’s International Conservation Center (ICC), located approximately 2 hours outside of Pittsburgh. This position will also assist with the zoo’s herd of 0.5 elephants as needed. This position will work with curatorial staff to ensure compliance and excellent standards of elephant care, management, and consistency between the two programs.

    The Elephant Manager will also be responsible for preparing and maintaining records for all aspects of elephant management. Supervises, trains, monitors, and mentors staff as well as participates in the care of elephants to meet the long-term goals of the Pittsburgh Zoo’s (PZ) elephant programs. 

    QUALIFICATIONS:

    ·       Responsible for implementing the daily husbandry, welfare, training, enrichment, and reproduction programs of elephants.

    ·       Under the supervision of the curator develops goals and associated plans for the behavioral management of elephants

    ·       Oversees the behavioral management of elephants through observations and interactions with the elephants, evolving a positive reinforcement-training program using progressive best practices.

    ·       Objectively evaluates the welfare of animals within their responsibility and works with a team of keepers, curators, and veterinarians to monitor and make recommendations to enhance animal welfare.

    ·       Responsible for creating and maintaining a goal-oriented enrichment program for elephants that promotes enhanced psychological and physical health.

    ·       Develops and maintains protocols and elephant program to meet and exceed the AZA Standards for Elephant Management and Care and USDA standards.

    ·       Observes and monitors the health of animals in the area, maintains open communication with the Animal Health Team, and ensures adherence to the preventative health program and medical treatments.

    ·       Ensures safety of elephants, staff, and public in all spaces.

    ·       Inspects and monitors food preparation and storage areas for safety and cleanliness.

    ·       Prepares and maintains records of all aspects of animal management; records daily behavior, breeding behavior, capture and restraint, routine and non-routine medical procedures, etc. 

    ·       Documents all training and enrichment to show measurable outcomes.

    ·       Responsible for creating an environment where animals are given the greatest opportunity to exhibit natural behaviors.

    ·       Works with animals on a one-to-one basis such as bathing, collecting blood, cleaning feet, and other management behaviors.

    ·       Demonstrates good leadership traits including accepting input from employees and colleagues, arbitrating disputes, and instilling a positive work environment. Supervises and monitors the work of employees involved in the care and maintenance of the elephants and ungulates, providing both oral and written instructions and evaluations.

    ·       Excels at teaching and instructs employees in correct methods, checks and approves work, reviews, mentors, and evaluates employee performance, and establishes plans to develop employees for professional growth.

    ·       Plans, schedules, and assigns work to staff; establishes priorities. 

    ·       Coordinates and manages animals for transfer to and from PZ and ICC.

    ·       Facilitates research projects at the ICC; keeps current with ongoing elephant/animal research including scientific advances. 

    ·       Corresponds with other institutions and private specialists on current developments in elephant and general animal care and welfare.

    ·       Participates in the Zoo’s conservation education programming including presenting educational talks, as well as representing the ICC in the media and other public presentations.

    ·       Coordinates projects and repairs with the Director of the ICC.

    ·       Other duties as assigned.

    PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

    ·       Experience with elephants includes mixed gender and multi-generational herd management, artificial reproduction techniques, and neonate care in a protected contact environment as well as proficiency with and knowledge of all AZA elephant management techniques.  Experience with ungulates and other taxa is desirable.

    ·       Experience leading teams of animal professionals.

    ·       Excellent teaching, communication, and problem-solving skills.

    ·       Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers.

    • ·       Ability to deliver and receive constructive feedback

    EDUCATION AND PRE-REQUISITES:

    ·       Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Biology, Zoology, Wildlife Management/Science or a related field or an Associate’s degree is preferred. High School diploma required.

    ·       Advanced knowledge of natural history and management of elephants in a zoo setting.

    ·       Minimum of five (5) years, increasing responsible experience in the care, training, handling, and breeding of elephants. Experience with male elephants and calves preferred.

    ·       Three (3) years supervisory/management experience.

    ·       Excellent elephant handling abilities, strong leadership and partnering skills, ability to operate as a member of a dynamic and diverse team, strong organizational time management, and problem-solving skills, and proven ability to successfully develop and implement a keeper training program and operant conditioning training program for the elephants.

    ·       Completion of AZA Principles of Elephant Management Course I required. Completion of PEM II is preferred.

    ·       Must have a current valid driver’s license with good driving record and the ability to obtain and maintain a PA driver’s license (within 6 months of hire).

    ·       Must have the ability to foster teamwork within and across teams.

    ·       Must have astute attention to detail.

    ·       Must provide documentation of current, negative TB test and Covid-19 full vaccination record.

    ·       Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, etc.).

    ·       Manual dexterity and balance is required to operate machinery and equipment. Must be physically able to exert up to ten pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects. Work involves standing, walking, bending, reaching, crawling, crouching, etc. for periods of time. Must be able to lift and/or carry weights of fifty to seventy pounds. Position may require occasional off-site driving.  Must be able to work in various weather conditions, as well as evenings and holidays when required. 

    Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to:

    HR@pittsburghzoo.org

                                        

    Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

    One Wild Place

    Pittsburgh, PA 15206

    www.pittsburghzoo.org          

    Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is an equal opportunity employer    

                   

  • 01/20/2022 4:13 PM | Chase LaDue (Administrator)

    Associate Director of Animal Care

    Utah’s Hogle Zoo

    How to apply:  https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=8466ea70-0d62-4447-aa78-ae0276dc27bc&ccId=19000101_000001&type=MP&lang=en_US

    Position posting:

    WHY WORK AT UTAH’S HOGLE ZOO?

    Are you an animal care professional looking to lead a crew of extremely talented and passionate animal devotees?  Are you looking for a medium size zoo with a family like atmosphere?   Then Utah’s Hogle Zoo may be the place for you. We are looking for people who want to grow with us as we create a rich culture of creative, collaborative, passionate animal care professionals.

    Be a part of the Zoo as we build our newest exhibit, Wild Utah! Slated to open in 2023, the exhibit will focus on native Utah species. Join us as we update our master plan with a focus on the renovation of our Small Animal Building, our Elephant Experience, and our Great Ape facilities. Make your contribution to a rich tradition of elevated behavior husbandry, guest engagement, professional development, and top animal welfare. 

    At Utah’s Hogle Zoo we look for employees who are passionate about conservation, who approach their daily work with a can-do attitude, who are resourceful, who communicate respectfully with everyone, and who are ready to work hard to support the zoo towards our mission of Creating Champions for Wildlife. If all of this sounds exciting to you, then come and excel with us at Utah’s Hogle Zoo!

    For over 90 years, Utah’s Hogle Zoo has been a loved and trusted part of the community. Located within Salt Lake City proper, the Zoo is nestled in the foothills of the Wasatch Mountain range at the mouth of Emigration Canyon. The Zoo spans over 42 acres and is home to a diverse collection of animals. Being only minutes from both a vibrant downtown and national wilderness area, Salt Lake City is a dream for cultural aficionados and outdoor enthusiasts alike. This city has it all from professional sports teams, theater, cultural attractions, universities, nightlife, and many green spaces. From mountain ranges to deserts, Utah is home to five National and 45 State parks. Few places have so much, so close to where you live and work, but we pull it off with style and ease at Utah’s Hogle Zoo.

    POSITION SUMMARY 

    The Associate Director(s) of Animal Care (ADAC) are responsible for the management of the Zoo’s animals. This position collaborates with the Director of Animal Care to develop short-term and long-range animal plans in support of the organization’s mission. The ADAC ensures the sustainability of the Zoo’s animal populations and manages staff in various related activities. The ADAC advances zoo mission through participation in conservation, welfare programs and AZA programs on behalf of Utah’s Hogle Zoo.  This position currently oversees the programs and Animal Care Supervisors in the Pachyderm, Rocky Shores, and Primate areas.

    REPORTING RELATIONSHIP 

    Reports directly to the Director of Animal Care and serves on the Zoo’s leadership team.  

      

     

     

    ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES 

    1. Oversees safe, proper and humane programs and protocols for all aspects of the animal collection including: sanitation, health, nutrition, reproduction, behavior, behavioral husbandry, exhibits, holding facilities, and associated service areas.  

    2. Assists in developing a records system that documents activities and events with the animal collection and department.  

    3. Assists in the preparation of the department’s annual operating and capital budget review and submission; administers and monitors budgets. 

    4. Leads the development and review of policies concerning resident animal planning and management. 

    5. Plans and coordinates animal acquisitions and deaccessions of the assigned collection in collaboration with the Animal Care
    Supervisor(s). 

    6. Directs animal loans, trades, sales, and purchases according to the Zoo’s animal plan. 

    7. Oversees the coordination of animal shipments into and out of Utah’s Hogle Zoo. 

    8. Assures that the operations of the Animal Care Department comply with professional standards and state, federal and international governmental regulations. 

    9. Collaborates with the veterinary staff in the medical care of the collection. 

    10. Ensures compliance with USDA and USFWS. 

    11. Assists in the design and development of new animal exhibits and holding facilities. 

    12. Recruits and directly supervises Animal Care Supervisors and oversees all animal care staff, interns and volunteers. 

    13. Assists in the development of the Zoo’s animal welfare and behavioral enrichment programs. 

    14. Actively participates in AZA animal programs and related organizations. 

    15. Represents the department and Utah’s Hogle Zoo at professional meetings, conferences, or in the media. 

    16. Participates in a professional network (e.g.,Association of Zoos and Aquariums, IUCN, etc.). 

    17. Commitment to the zoo’s mission and conservation efforts. 

    18. Ability to work over 40 hours a week as needed and work varied hours and schedules. 

    19. Performs other duties as assigned. 

    20. Maintains strict confidentiality.  

      

    REQUIRED EXPERIENCE 

    Education and Experience  

    Must possess a degree in zoological or biological science or a combined equivalent of education and experience.  

    Five (5) years of experience in a curatorial and/or supervisory capacity managing animals and animal care staff in an AZA facility. A demonstrated interest in the management of a diverse collection of animal species and proven expertise in the management of large carnivores, primates and/or ungulates.  

    Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities 

    This list contains knowledge, skills, and abilities that are typically associated with the job. It is not all-inclusive and may vary from position to position: 

    Required technical skills include the knowledge and ability of:  

    • Computer operations and technical software applications. 
    • Microsoft Office Suite. 
    • Animal management software (ZIMS). 

    Required mathematical skills include working knowledge of:  

    • Accounting, budgeting, and bookkeeping. 
    • Mathematical concepts and logic. 
    • Performs basic mathematical formulas and calculations. 

    Must possess excellent communications skills:  

    • Interpersonal conflict resolution method. 
    • Effectively promote organization and services offered. 
    • Interpersonal communication. 
    • Communicate effectively verbally and in writing. 

    Must have the ability to: 

    • Demonstrate leadership in all areas of animal management including animal behavior and husbandry practices, staff development, and inter-departmental collaboration. 
    • Supervise, train, and motivate a team. 
    • Follow written and verbal instructions. 
    • Apply critical thinking techniques. 
    • Analyze and solve problems. 
    • Prioritize work. 
    • Perform within deadlines. 
    • Ability to stay focused despite interruptions. 
    • Deal with stress caused by deadlines. 
    • Work well in a team environment as well as independently. 
    • Memory for details. 

    The incumbent must always demonstrate judgment, high integrity, and personal values consistent with the values of the Hogle Zoo. 

    Utah’s Hogle Zoo is a drug free workplace. All employees are subject random drug testing.  

    Requires a valid driver’s license.    

    Work Environment 

    Incumbent performs in an outdoor environment, exposure to the seasonal elements, dust, and allergens for prolonged periods of time. Tasks require a variety of
    physical activities, which generally involve muscular strain. Eye, hand, finger dexterity required to perform essential functions. Must be able to listen and
    respond to a handheld radio. Ability to stoop, bend, twist, turn, climb, jump, run when necessary, and move quickly to avoid dangerous situations. Must be
    able to walk on wet and uneven surfaces. Must be able to lift 50 lbs. unassisted and 75 lbs. with assistance. Must be able to push and pull up to 53 lbs. A valid driver’s license is required. Provide a negative TB test prior to hire date and maintain TB testing through course of employment. 

    EMPLOYEE BENEFITS AT THE ZOO 

    • Medical, Dental, Vision, Life, and other supplemental insurance.  
    • The Zoo is a part of the Utah Retirement System and makes a 10% contribution to an employee’s retirement. This includes an additional opportunity to make contributions to a 401K plan within URS.  
    • Vacation days: New employees accrue up to 13 days annually of vacation time.  
    • Sick days: New employees accrue up to 10 days annually of sick time.
    • Nine paid holidays in the year. 
    • Employee Assistance Program for employees and their families paid for by the Zoo.  
    • Employee long-term disability insurance paid for by the Zoo.  
    • Various employee reimbursements and contributions including wellness activities and professional development.
    • Moving expense reimbursement for qualifying new employees.  
    • Every employee receives a free Zoo Card that allows admission to the employee and up to 5 guests. It also provides free carousel and train rides, as well as free admittance to ZooLights and BooLights.  
    • 50% discount on concessions and 33.3% discount on gift shops items.  
    • Tickets at Work membership, which provides discounts and offers on theme parks, shows, sporting events, and travel. 
    • Awesome coworkers who care about animals and each other! 

    For more information regarding the position and/or salary, please contact Human Resources at: 801-584-4510.

  • 12/07/2021 4:58 PM | Chase LaDue (Administrator)

    Elephant endotheliotropic herpesvirus (EEHV) continues to impact Asian elephants and now, increasingly, African elephants, in human care. The extent of its impact on the wild populations is just starting to be elucidated.

    The North American EEHV Advisory Group is planning a three-day virtual EEHV Symposium January 25-27, 2022, from 5:00am to 8:00am PST (1:00pm to 4:00pm GMT). Although we are disappointed that we cannot meet with all our colleagues in person, we are happy to facilitate this meeting to gather everyone together and exchange ideas on how to improve outcomes for elephant populations impacted by EEHV.

    We look forward to including researchers, veterinarians, and elephant husbandry colleagues from across the world to participate in what we hope will be a global symposium to present case reports, research findings, vaccine research, treatments, and advisory/working group updates. We will also be organizing regional breakout sessions as well as panel discussions on treatment and husbandry/training.

    Abstracts submissions are welcome on any topic pertaining to EEHV and you are especially encouraged to share your new information on EEHV research, clinical management, training, institutional support, and conservation connections. Abstracts are due by December 27, 2021, to Meredith Wagoner (meredithwagoner1@yahoo.com). Please follow the example abstract format.

    Workshop registration will be open soon and further information will follow. For more information, visit www.eehvinfo.org.

  • 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.

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