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  • 06/14/2024 3:39 PM | Chase LaDue (Administrator)

    Seasonal Animal Care Professional, Elephants 

    For more information and to apply, click here.

    Job Location

    Birmingham Zoo - BIRMINGHAM, AL

    Position Type

    Seasonal


    SUMMARY

    The Birmingham Zoo is currently seeking applications for a Seasonal - Animal Care Professional in the Elephant Department. Under the direction of the Elephant Manager, the successful candidate will be responsible for providing a high level of animal care to a unique bachelor herd of African elephants.

    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.

    This is a seasonal 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.

     

    ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

     

    • Displays and demonstrates understanding of the basic biology, behaviors and husbandry of the animals in their department in the daily routine.
    • Cleans and maintains animal holdings, including the use of chemical agents and special tools to assure the health and safety of the animals.
    • Uses proper techniques in shifting animals on their assigned routine.
    • Identifies, recognizes and reports any abnormal behavior of all the animals in their department.
    • Monitors weather related needs for the animals in their department and shelters animals appropriately.
    • Identifies, documents, and properly communicates any animal medical problems to the Elephant Manager in a timely manner.
    • Develops a good line of communication with the Elephant Manager to ensure that all facilities and animals are in good order, and that all problems are reported.
    • Uses classical and operant conditioning with the animals in their department.
    • Utilizes the zoos enrichment program to properly meet the enrichment requirements of the animals within their department. Properly records the results of enrichment.
    • Creates new enrichment ideas and items to be added to their department repertoire.
    • Properly utilizes the animal record keeping systems within the department.
    • Documents animal behaviors or issues on the Daily Report.
    • Maintains and updates the departments animal files.
    • Prepares and presents public keeper chats to visitors and guests.
    • Other duties as assigned.

     

    PHYSICAL DEMANDS

    The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee should expect:

    • Use of hands, fingers, tools, or controls.
    • Frequently required to stand; walk; sit; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch and talk or hear.
    • Routinely lift and/or move more than 50 pounds.
    • Exposure to wet surfaces and slippery surfaces.
    • Candidate will work with dangerous animals.
    • Required to wear a face mask and/or other personal protective equipment for long periods of time.
    • Must be able to work under challenging physical conditions and perform strenuous duties in extreme weather.


    QUALIFICATIONS

    The Birmingham Zoo recognizes that skills and knowledge come from both formal and informal experiences including education, paid work, volunteer service, and life experience. Those who meet the majority of the requirements for a position are encouraged to apply.

    • Bachelors degree in a relevant biological field preferred.
    • Experience in a zoological institution, experience with elephants preferred.
    • Must have excellent written and verbal communication as well as decision skills; have high energy and enthusiasm for completion of tasks; possess team building skills; and has the ability to handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
    • Must have ability to foster teamwork within and across teams.
    • Competency in computer skills.
    • Must have a current valid drivers license with no prior traffic violations (within the last five years).
    • Must have current negative TB test and provide documentation, or be willing to have a TB test.
    • Must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and be able to provide proof of vaccination on the first day of employment.

     

    POSITION TYPE AND HOURS OF WORK

    • Seasonal 
    • Schedule varies between weekdays and weekends. Weekend work required as well as occasional evening work and holidays.


    WORK ENVIRONMENT 

     

    Birmingham Zoo is dedicated to creating a global community where all people value wildlife and wild places. As a workplace, the Zoo is guided by its core values: Passion, Excellence, Teamwork, Sustainability, and Diversity & Inclusion. Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and others who identify as nonwhite, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, neurodiverse individuals, and those with diverse lived experiences are encouraged to apply for this role. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties and functions of this position. 

     

    Birmingham Zoo is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected status or any other characteristic protected by law. 

     

    APPLICATION PROCESS 

    If selected, a background check and drug test will be conducted prior to beginning employment.  

     

    Birmingham Zoo Inc. is a not-for-profit entity. The rate of pay is $15.60/hour.

  • 05/02/2024 1:27 PM | Chase LaDue (Administrator)

    For more information and to apply, visit https://www.paycomonline.net/v4/ats/web.php/jobs/ViewJobDetails?job=144741&clientkey=0F311A9CB0E06646E60CCE5E069A1F85


    Animal Care Professional, Elephants 

    Birmingham Zoo - BIRMINGHAM, AL

    Full Time


    SUMMARY

    The Birmingham Zoo is currently seeking applications for an Animal Care Professional in the Elephant Department. Under the direction of the Elephant Manager, the successful candidate will be responsible for providing a high level of animal care to a unique bachelor herd of African elephants.

    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.

    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.

     

    ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

     

    • Displays and demonstrates understanding of the basic biology, behaviors and husbandry of the animals in their department in the daily routine.
    • Cleans and maintains animal holdings, including the use of chemical agents and special tools to assure the health and safety of the animals.
    • Uses proper techniques in shifting animals on their assigned routine.
    • Identifies, recognizes and reports any abnormal behavior of all the animals in their department.
    • Monitors weather related needs for the animals in their department and shelters animals appropriately.
    • Identifies, documents, and properly communicates any animal medical problems to the Elephant Manager in a timely manner.
    • Develops a good line of communication with the Elephant Manager to ensure that all facilities and animals are in good order, and that all problems are reported.
    • Uses classical and operant conditioning with the animals in their department.
    • Utilizes the zoos enrichment program to properly meet the enrichment requirements of the animals within their department. Properly records the results of enrichment.
    • Creates new enrichment ideas and items to be added to their department repertoire.
    • Properly utilizes the animal record keeping systems within the department.
    • Documents animal behaviors or issues on the Daily Report.
    • Maintains and updates the departments animal files.
    • Prepares and presents public keeper chats to visitors and guests.
    • Other duties as assigned.

     

    PHYSICAL DEMANDS

    The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee should expect:

    • Use of hands, fingers, tools, or controls.
    • Frequently required to stand; walk; sit; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch and talk or hear.
    • Routinely lift and/or move more than 50 pounds.
    • Exposure to wet surfaces and slippery surfaces.
    • Candidate will work with dangerous animals.
    • Required to wear a face mask and/or other personal protective equipment for long periods of time.
    • Must be able to work under challenging physical conditions and perform strenuous duties in extreme weather.


    QUALIFICATIONS

    The Birmingham Zoo recognizes that skills and knowledge come from both formal and informal experiences including education, paid work, volunteer service, and life experience. Those who meet the majority of the requirements for a position are encouraged to apply.

    • Bachelors degree in a relevant biological field preferred.
    • Experience in a zoological institution, experience with elephants preferred.
    • Must have excellent written and verbal communication as well as decision skills; have high energy and enthusiasm for completion of tasks; possess team building skills; and has the ability to handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
    • Must have ability to foster teamwork within and across teams.
    • Competency in computer skills.
    • Must have a current valid drivers license with no prior traffic violations (within the last five years).
    • Must have current negative TB test and provide documentation, or be willing to have a TB test.
    • Must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and be able to provide proof of vaccination on the first day of employment.

     

    POSITION TYPE AND HOURS OF WORK

    • Full time
    • Schedule varies between weekdays and weekends. Weekend work required as well as occasional evening work and holidays.


    WORK ENVIRONMENT 

    Birmingham Zoo is dedicated to creating a global community where all people value wildlife and wild places. As a workplace, the Zoo is guided by its core values: Passion, Excellence, Teamwork, Sustainability, and Diversity & Inclusion. Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and others who identify as nonwhite, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, neurodiverse individuals, and those with diverse lived experiences are encouraged to apply for this role.Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties and functions of this position. 

     

    Birmingham Zoo is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected status or any other characteristic protected by law. 

     

    APPLICATION PROCESS  

    If selected, a background check and drug test will be conducted prior to beginning employment.  

     

    Birmingham Zoo Inc. is a not-for-profit entity. The rate of pay is $15.60/hour. 

  • 02/26/2024 2:47 PM | Chase LaDue (Administrator)

    For more information and to apply, please visit https://www.paycomonline.net/v4/ats/web.php/jobs/ViewJobDetails?job=133157&clientkey=0F311A9CB0E06646E60CCE5E069A1F85

    Animal Care Professional, Elephants 

    Birmingham Zoo - BIRMINGHAM, AL

    Full Time


    SUMMARY

    The Birmingham Zoo is currently seeking applications for an Animal Care Professional in the Elephant Department. Under the direction of the Elephant Manager, the successful candidate will be responsible for providing a high level of animal care to a unique bachelor herd of African elephants. 

    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. 

    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. 

     

    ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

    • Displays and demonstrates understanding of the basic biology, behaviors and husbandry of the animals in their department in the daily routine.
    • Cleans and maintains animal holdings, including the use of chemical agents and special tools to assure the health and safety of the animals.
    • Uses proper techniques in shifting animals on their assigned routine.
    • Identifies, recognizes and reports any abnormal behavior of all the animals in their department.
    • Monitors weather related needs for the animals in their department and shelters animals appropriately.
    • Identifies, documents, and properly communicates any animal medical problems to the Elephant Manager in a timely manner.
    • Develops a good line of communication with the Elephant Manager to ensure that all facilities and animals are in good order, and that all problems are reported.
    • Uses classical and operant conditioning with the animals in their department. 
    • Utilizes the zoos enrichment program to properly meet the enrichment requirements of the animals within their department. Properly records the results of enrichment. 
    • Creates new enrichment ideas and items to be added to their department repertoire.
    • Properly utilizes the animal record keeping systems within the department. 
    • Documents animal behaviors or issues on the Daily Report.
    • Maintains and updates the departments animal files.
    • Prepares and presents public keeper chats to visitors and guests.
    • Other duties as assigned.

     

    PHYSICAL DEMANDS

    The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee should expect:

    • Use of hands, fingers, tools, or controls. 
    • Frequently required to stand; walk; sit; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch and talk or hear. 
    • Routinely lift and/or move more than 50 pounds. 
    • Exposure to wet surfaces and slippery surfaces.
    • Candidate will work with dangerous animals.
    • Required to wear a face mask and/or other personal protective equipment for long periods of time. 
    • Must be able to work under challenging physical conditions and perform strenuous duties in extreme weather.


    QUALIFICATIONS

    The Birmingham Zoo recognizes that skills and knowledge come from both formal and informal experiences including education, paid work, volunteer service, and life experience. Those who meet the majority of the requirements for a position are encouraged to apply.

    • Bachelors degree in a relevant biological field preferred. 
    • Experience in a zoological institution, experience with elephants preferred. 
    • Must have excellent written and verbal communication as well as decision skills; have high energy and enthusiasm for completion of tasks; possess team building skills; and has the ability to handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
    • Must have ability to foster teamwork within and across teams.
    • Competency in computer skills.
    • Must have a current valid drivers license with no prior traffic violations (within the last five years).
    • Must have current negative TB test and provide documentation, or be willing to have a TB test.
    • Must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and be able to provide proof of vaccination on the first day of employment.

     

    POSITION TYPE AND HOURS OF WORK

    • Full time
    • Schedule varies between weekdays and weekends. Weekend work required as well as occasional evening work and holidays. 

    WORK ENVIRONMENT 

     

    Birmingham Zoo is dedicated to creating a global community where all people value wildlife and wild places. As a workplace, the Zoo is guided by its core values: Passion, Excellence, Teamwork, Sustainability, and Diversity & Inclusion. Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and others who identify as nonwhite, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, neurodiverse individuals, and those with diverse lived experiences are encouraged to apply for this role.Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties and functions of this position. 

     

    Birmingham Zoo is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected status or any other characteristic protected by law. 

     

    APPLICATION PROCESS 

     

    If selected, a background check and drug test will be conducted prior to beginning employment.  

     

    Birmingham Zoo Inc. is a not-for-profit entity. The rate of pay is $15.60/hour. 

  • 01/20/2024 2:38 PM | Chase LaDue (Administrator)

    Animal Care Professional, Elephants

    For more information: https://www.paycomonline.net/v4/ats/web.php/jobs/ViewJobDetails?job=133157&clientkey=0F311A9CB0E06646E60CCE5E069A1F85 

    SUMMARY

    The Birmingham Zoo is currently seeking applications for an Animal Care Professional in the Elephant Department. Under the direction of the Elephant Manager, the successful candidate will be responsible for providing a high level of animal care to a unique bachelor herd of African elephants. 

    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. 

    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. 

     

    ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

     

    • Displays and demonstrates understanding of the basic biology, behaviors and husbandry of the animals in their department in the daily routine.
    • Cleans and maintains animal holdings, including the use of chemical agents and special tools to assure the health and safety of the animals.
    • Uses proper techniques in shifting animals on their assigned routine.
    • Identifies, recognizes and reports any abnormal behavior of all the animals in their department.
    • Monitors weather related needs for the animals in their department and shelters animals appropriately.
    • Identifies, documents, and properly communicates any animal medical problems to the Elephant Manager in a timely manner.
    • Develops a good line of communication with the Elephant Manager to ensure that all facilities and animals are in good order, and that all problems are reported.
    • Uses classical and operant conditioning with the animals in their department. 
    • Utilizes the zoos enrichment program to properly meet the enrichment requirements of the animals within their department. Properly records the results of enrichment. 
    • Creates new enrichment ideas and items to be added to their department repertoire.
    • Properly utilizes the animal record keeping systems within the department. 
    • Documents animal behaviors or issues on the Daily Report.
    • Maintains and updates the departments animal files.
    • Prepares and presents public keeper chats to visitors and guests.
    • Other duties as assigned.

     

    PHYSICAL DEMANDS

    The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee should expect:

    • Use of hands, fingers, tools, or controls. 
    • Frequently required to stand; walk; sit; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch and talk or hear. 
    • Routinely lift and/or move more than 50 pounds. 
    • Exposure to wet surfaces and slippery surfaces.
    • Candidate will work with dangerous animals.
    • Required to wear a face mask and/or other personal protective equipment for long periods of time. 
    • Must be able to work under challenging physical conditions and perform strenuous duties in extreme weather.

    QUALIFICATIONS

    The Birmingham Zoo recognizes that skills and knowledge come from both formal and informal experiences including education, paid work, volunteer service, and life experience. Those who meet the majority of the requirements for a position are encouraged to apply.

    • Bachelors degree in a relevant biological field preferred. 
    • Experience in a zoological institution, experience with elephants preferred. 
    • Must have excellent written and verbal communication as well as decision skills; have high energy and enthusiasm for completion of tasks; possess team building skills; and has the ability to handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
    • Must have ability to foster teamwork within and across teams.
    • Competency in computer skills.
    • Must have a current valid drivers license with no prior traffic violations (within the last five years).
    • Must have current negative TB test and provide documentation, or be willing to have a TB test.
    • Must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and be able to provide proof of vaccination on the first day of employment.

     

    POSITION TYPE AND HOURS OF WORK

    • Full time
    • Schedule varies between weekdays and weekends. Weekend work required as well as occasional evening work and holidays. 

    WORK ENVIRONMENT 

     

    Birmingham Zoo is dedicated to creating a global community where all people value wildlife and wild places. As a workplace, the Zoo is guided by its core values: Passion, Excellence, Teamwork, Sustainability, and Diversity & Inclusion. Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and others who identify as nonwhite, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, neurodiverse individuals, and those with diverse lived experiences are encouraged to apply for this role.Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties and functions of this position. 

     

    Birmingham Zoo is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected status or any other characteristic protected by law. 

     

    APPLICATION PROCESS 

     

    If selected, a background check and drug test will be conducted prior to beginning employment.  

     

    Birmingham Zoo Inc. is a not-for-profit entity. The rate of pay is $15.60/hour.

  • 11/20/2023 1:54 PM | Chase LaDue (Administrator)

    Animal Keeper Associate: Elephants

    Link: Animal Keeper Associate: Elephants at DISNEY (disneycareers.com)

    Job Posting Closes: 12/10/23

    About the Role & Team

    Walt Disney's legacy of caring for animals and the environment is a way of life for Disney Experiences and our Guests. Disney's Animals, Science and Environment team's mission is to lead Walt Disney Parks and Resorts to CARE for animals and the environment, CONNECT people to nature andCONSERVE our natural resources.

    We are looking for a new Animal Keeper Associate on the Elephant team at Disney's Animal Kingdom. You will work closely with fellow keepers to assist in the care, well-being, management, behavioral conditioning, and enrichment of a multi-generational, mixed sex herd of African elephants.

    This is a full-time, hourly position, reporting to a team of Zoological Managers.

    What You Will Do

    ·         Daily responsibilities that include: cleaning, animal observations, diet preparation, and medications. Reporting abnormal conditions to zoological managers.

    ·         Maintain daily records, collecting and logging information, and ensuring this information is communicated to management and the central record keeping system of Disney's Animal Kingdom.

    ·         Be a part of a larger animal team and work well in a team environment. Keepers will work with partners from maintenance, horticulture, veterinary, and operations teams, as well as educators and scientists. Keepers may also be required to develop proficiencies in other animal areas.

    ·         Provide animal information and conservation messages through Guest and Cast interaction.

    ·         The work includes physical labor in ambient outdoor temperatures and weather conditions in Central Florida, which may include extreme heat and humidity.

    ·         Work a variety of shifts including early morning start times (5AM) or late evening ending times (12AM) and may be required to work weekends and holidays.

    Required Qualifications & Skills

    High school degree or equivalent plus a minimum of either

    ·         1 years paid experience as a keeper in an AZA accredited institution or in an institution with equivalent standards and two years verifiable college coursework with an emphasis in zoology, animal science, biology, etc

    -or-

    ·         2 years paid experience as a keeper in an AZA accredited institution or in an institution with equivalent standards and 1 year verifiable college coursework (30 semester hours).

    ·         Comfortable lifting up to 50 pounds as needed in the work area

    ·         Observation, evaluation, and data collecting skills

    ·         Guest service skills

    Preferred Qualifications

    ·         2 year Associate's or 4 year college degree in Biology or related field

    ·         Experience working with large terrestrial mammals, especially elephants

    ·         Practical knowledge and experience with operant conditioning

    ·         Computer literacy

    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.

  • 11/03/2023 11:07 AM | Chase LaDue (Administrator)

    For more information and to apply, please visit: https://www.paycomonline.net/v4/ats/web.php/jobs/ViewJobDetails?job=126185&clientkey=0F311A9CB0E06646E60CCE5E069A1F85


    Animal Care Professional, Elephants 

    Birmingham Zoo - BIRMINGHAM, AL

    Position Type

    Full Time

    SUMMARY

    The Birmingham Zoo is currently seeking applications for an Animal Care Professional in the Elephant Department. Under the direction of the Elephant Manager, the successful candidate will be responsible for providing a high level of animal care to a unique bachelor herd of African elephants. 

    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. 

    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. 

     

    ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

     

    • Displays and demonstrates understanding of the basic biology, behaviors and husbandry of the animals in their department in the daily routine.
    • Cleans and maintains animal holdings, including the use of chemical agents and special tools to assure the health and safety of the animals.
    • Uses proper techniques in shifting animals on their assigned routine.
    • Identifies, recognizes and reports any abnormal behavior of all the animals in their department.
    • Monitors weather related needs for the animals in their department and shelters animals appropriately.
    • Identifies, documents, and properly communicates any animal medical problems to the Elephant Manager in a timely manner.
    • Develops a good line of communication with the Elephant Manager to ensure that all facilities and animals are in good order, and that all problems are reported.
    • Uses classical and operant conditioning with the animals in their department. 
    • Utilizes the zoos enrichment program to properly meet the enrichment requirements of the animals within their department. Properly records the results of enrichment. 
    • Creates new enrichment ideas and items to be added to their department repertoire.
    • Properly utilizes the animal record keeping systems within the department. 
    • Documents animal behaviors or issues on the Daily Report.
    • Maintains and updates the departments animal files.
    • Prepares and presents public keeper chats to visitors and guests.
    • Other duties as assigned.

     

    PHYSICAL DEMANDS

    The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee should expect:

    • Use of hands, fingers, tools, or controls. 
    • Frequently required to stand; walk; sit; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch and talk or hear. 
    • Routinely lift and/or move more than 50 pounds. 
    • Exposure to wet surfaces and slippery surfaces.
    • Candidate will work with dangerous animals.
    • Required to wear a face mask and/or other personal protective equipment for long periods of time. 
    • Must be able to work under challenging physical conditions and perform strenuous duties in extreme weather.


    QUALIFICATIONS

    • Bachelors degree in a relevant biological field preferred. 
    • Experience in a zoological institution, experience with elephants preferred. 
    • Must have excellent written and verbal communication as well as decision skills; have high energy and enthusiasm for completion of tasks; possess team building skills; and has the ability to handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
    • Must have ability to foster teamwork within and across teams.
    • Competency in computer skills.
    • Must have a current valid drivers license with no prior traffic violations (within the last five years).
    • Must have current negative TB test and provide documentation, or be willing to have a TB test.

     

    POSITION TYPE AND HOURS OF WORK

    • Full time
    • Schedule varies between weekdays and weekends. Weekend work required as well as occasional evening work and holidays.

     

  • 09/29/2023 10:51 AM | Chase LaDue (Administrator)

    Animal Care Professional Lead, Elephants

    For Full Job Posting, Click Here

    SUMMARY

    Birmingham Zoo is currently seeking applications for an Animal Care Professional Lead (ACP Lead) in the Elephant Department.  Working with the Elephant Manager, the ACP Lead will aid in supporting the team and helping to drive program development, providing a high level of care to a bachelor herd of African elephants.

    This position requires a team-oriented mindset and excellent communication skills. The candidate must be a motivated self-starter with a willingness to learn and drive to continuously improve.

    WORK ENVIRONMENT

    Birmingham Zoo is dedicated to creating a global community where all people value wildlife and wild places. As a workplace, the Zoo is guided by its core values: Passion, Excellence, Teamwork, Sustainability, and Diversity & Inclusion.

     

    Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and others who identify as nonwhite, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, neurodiverse individuals, and those with diverse lived experiences are encouraged to apply for this role.

     

    QUALIFICATIONS

    Education & Experience

    1. Bachelor’s degree, in a relevant biological field preferred 
    2. At least 2 years of experience, working directly with elephants, bull experience preferred

    Skills

    1. Able to adapt to changing circumstances and employ creative problem solving
    2. Strategic thinking and decision-making skills
    3. Able to foster collaboration within and across teams
    4. Strong listening and articulation skills
    5. Able to handle multiple tasks as well as delegate to meet deadlines
    6. Competent in computer skills

    Other Requirements

    1. Current valid driver’s license with no prior traffic violations (within the last five years)
    2. Provide documentation of a current negative TB test or be willing to have a TB test

     

    ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

    1. Demonstrates an understanding of the basic biology, behaviors and husbandry care of elephants.
    2. Develops a good line of communication with the Elephant Manager to ensure that all facilities and animals are in good order, and that all problems are reported in a timely manner. 
    1. Uses classical and operant conditioning with the elephants for shifting, husbandry care, preventative medicine, medical care, maintaining trained behaviors, and establishing new behaviors, in accordance with BZI’s Elephant Management Policy
    2. Prepares diets, including browse collection, and utilizes varied feeding strategies.
    3. Cleans and maintains animal holdings including the operation of vehicles/heavy machinery, handling of chemical agents, and use of special tools to assure the health and safety of the animals. 
    4. Utilizes the current enrichment program as well as adding new enrichment to the department’s repertoire to properly meet the enrichment requirements of the elephants
    5. Properly utilizes record keeping systems for the department and the organization.
    6. Prepares for emergency situations via regular policy review, equipment training, and drills
    7. Monitors weather related needs and shelters elephants appropriately.
    8. Maintains a safe work environment. Identifies and reports safety concerns in a timely manner. 
    9. Presents to the public including keeper chats, leading tours, filming, and events, as needed.
    10. Creates and/or accepts projects that benefit the animals under their care.
    11. Assists in training Animal Care Professionals, seasonals, and volunteers within the department.
    12. Coordinates with other areas to meet department needs
    13. Acts as point of contact in Elephant Manager’s absence
    14. Other duties as assigned.

     

    PROFESSIONAL EXPECTATIONS

    1. Becomes familiar with and follows the BZI staff handbook, Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) for the Animal Department as well as the Elephant Management Policy.
    2. Sets a positive example for their fellow ACPs. Acts as a reliable, friendly, and helpful team member and representative of BZI at all times to co-workers, visitors and guests.
    3. Seeks out courses or training opportunities to better their skill and knowledge base and shares their knowledge with others.
    4. Actively participates in enhancing and promoting the Birmingham Zoo, including AZA or AAZK activities, committees, fundraisers, etc.

     

    PHYSICAL DEMANDS

    The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee should expect:

    1. Use of hands, fingers, tools, or controls.  
    2. Frequently required to remain stationary, walk/move across the Zoo, access and move items high up or low to the ground, communicate effectively with staff and animals.   
    3. May be required to stand, walk, sit, reach with hands and arms, stoop, kneel, or crouch
    4. Routinely lift and/or move more than 50 pounds.  
    5. Exposure to wet surfaces and slippery surfaces.
    6. Candidate will work with dangerous animals.
    7. May be required to wear a face mask and/or other personal protective equipment for long periods of time.  
    8. Must be able to work under challenging physical conditions and perform strenuous duties in extreme weather.

    Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties and functions of this position.

    SAFETY ANALYSIS

    The ACP Lead is expected to maintain the highest level of safety in the work area through implementation of safety protocols and procedures. The ACP Lead position is impacted by a wide variety of potentially hazardous exposures:

    1. The care and husbandry of dangerous animals that may be unpredictable at times or carry zoonotic diseases
    2. Cleaning and disinfecting agents
    3. Weather conditions including extreme heat, cold and storm conditions

    Specific training and procedures, that have been designed to maintain human safety as our highest priority at Birmingham Zoo, followed by the safety of the animal collection, will be provided. The use and understanding of a variety of personal safety equipment is mandatory.

    Animal Care Professional Leads, as with any staff member of the zoo, are required to be familiar with the Zoos overall safety policies as outlined in the staff handbook as well as being responsible for reporting any injury immediately to the first aid department.

     

    POSITION TYPE AND HOURS OF WORK

    1. Full time, at least 40 hours per week
    2. Schedule varies between weekdays and weekends, as well as occasional evening work and holidays. 

     

    APPLICATION PROCESS

    Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. If selected, a background check and drug test will be conducted prior to beginning employment

    Birmingham Zoo is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected status or any other characteristic protected by law.

    The Birmingham Zoo is a not for profit entity. The position’s rate is $16.48/hour.

    To apply please complete an online application and attach a current resume.

  • 05/18/2023 11:49 AM | Chase LaDue (Administrator)

    JOB SUMMARY

    This is a senior-level position within our Elephant team, following established protocols to provide outstanding animal care: food preparation, feeding, exhibit maintenance, pest control, and reproductive management. Senior 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 elephants 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
    manager 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
    •  Associate’s degree in an animal science, biology, or related science field plus four years of paid animal care experience is required; A Bachelor’s degree in an animal science, biology, or related science field plus three years of paid animal care experience is preferred;
    • 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 elephants);
    • 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 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.

    Click here to apply

  • 04/21/2023 2:39 PM | Chase LaDue (Administrator)

    Elephant Keeper

    Fort Worth Zoo

    For more information, please visit: https://us63.dayforcehcm.com/CandidatePortal/en-US/fwzoo/Posting/View/1088 

    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 Department; 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

    • This position may be safety sensitive
    • This position may work around animals susceptible to specific diseases, thus may be subject to regular tuberculosis and rabies titer testing, and the routine use of personal protective equipment such as gloves, face masks.

     

    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 (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 Programs

  • 01/22/2023 9:16 AM | Chase LaDue (Administrator)

    Smithsonian's National Zoological Park has posted a job opening for Biologist (Assistant Elephant Curator).

    For more information, please visit: https://www.usajobs.gov/job/701153600?fbclid=IwAR0vDTrrinv897df1HzU00FL-wpzxEycsAZNsWRTmJkfokOO_kYINdAxwk4 

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