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, Patagonian Mara, 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;
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
Bachelor’s degree in Zoology, Animal Behavior, or related animal sciences OR 6 years professional (paid) full-time experience as a Zookeeper.
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 and interact with media.
Willingness and experience working outdoors in heat, personable and positive attitude, detail-oriented; clear communicator, excellent customer service skills, previous experience managing staff, 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 is a 45-50 hour per week position as Head Animal Caretaker.