Animal Caretaker

FULL TIME | YEAR ROUND | $48-55K

Professional & Personable Animal Keeper desired for the daily care, training and maintenance of various farm and exotic animals, their housing, enclosures and stalls.

Duties & Responsibilities

Care of various farm and exotic animals including: goats, chickens, pigs, tortoises, turkeys, rabbits, guinea pigs, emus, wallabies, miniature horses, llamas, miniature donkeys, skunk, tamandua and pot-bellied pigs;

Follows diet and nutrition protocols in the preparation of diet and feeds as outlined in the Animal Nutrition Guidebook;

Ensures food preparation area is clean, disinfected and properly sanitized as set forth by USDA and Weisberg Stables.

Handles & trains animals for use in the Ambassador program;

Weighs and records animals weights on biweekly or monthly schedule;

Provides general first-aid and worming;

Keeps accurate health and animal inventory records;

Keeps detailed records or care and illnesses;

Supervises volunteers and guests;

Provides educational tours and demonstrations;

Assists in performance of specialized animal care, including baby and immature animal care;

Assists in capturing, crating and transportation of animals as required for evacuation or medical care;

Prepares daily written and electronic reports to supervisor on any changes in behavior, diet, sickness, or reproductive status;

Creates and manages enrichment activities for animals to include environmental, sensory and food enrichment, based on individual species needs;

Conducts animal conditioning/behavioral sessions and conditions new desired behaviors;

Inspects animals daily and reports/records any noticeable health issues to management immediately;

Schedules routine and emergency vet appointments and assists vet as needed

Collects fertile and no-fertile eggs;

Assists with the training and supervision of volunteers and interns;

 

Minimum Qualifications

Fluent in written and spoken English.

Min. 2 years previous professional (paid) experience as an animal caretaker in a Zoo, Sanctuary, or exotic breeding facility.

 

Education, Training & Experience

To be considered for this position you must have the following:

A.) Bachelor’s degree in Zoology, Animal Behavior, or related animal sciences with a minimum of 3500 hours at a zoo, sanctuary or wildlife center.

OR

B.) 7 years professional (paid) full-time experience as a Zookeeper or animal trainer in a recognized Zoo, Sanctuary, Wildlife Center or exotic breeding facility.

 

Knowledge of

Practical knowledge of  FWC, USDA and AZA regulations;

General Animal husbandry;

General safety practices and protocols with farm and exotic animals

 

Skills and ability to

Follow detailed check-lists; keep accurate records;  interact with guests of various physical and mental abilities, interact with large and small groups; manage visitors in a sensory petting zoo interaction; memorize facts about animals for educational tours or demonstrations; follow safety standards and practices; work independently and efficiently and interact with media.

 

Other Characteristics

Willingness and experience working outdoors in heat, personable and positive attitude, detail-oriented; clear communicator, excellent customer service skills,  even tempered and mature; ability to perform physical labor and work on feet for extended period of time; able to lift and carry 40 pounds regularly and lift up to 75 pounds occasionally; organized and skillful with time management and able to work self-sufficiently and as part of a team.

 

Please note that this position requires 45-50 hours per week with either

1.5 or 2 days off per week.  You should expect to work most weekends, if not all.

Employment Benefits

  • Equal Opportunity Employer
  • Highly Competitive salary
  • Health insurance for FT employees
  • 401K
  • Paid Vacation time
  • Safe work environment
  • Quarterly bonuses
  • Philanthropic work environment

Employment Requirements

Please review the following employment requirements prior to submitting your application:

  • No visible tattoos (any visible tattoo must be covered at all times)
  • No facial or tongue piercings
  • No smoking anywhere on property
  • All Employees will wear a uniform and adhere to dress code

All other job requirements that are position specific will be included in each individual job description on our career page.

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