Animal Keeper

FULL TIME | YEAR ROUND | $40-52K

Experienced 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, coatimundis, patagonian maras and pot-bellied pigs;

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

Responsible for maintaining food preparation area in a clean, disinfected and properly sanitized way as set forth by USDA and Weisberg Stables standards.

Handles & trains animals for use in the Ambassador and Educational programs;

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.

experience training small mammals or birds

 

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 1200 hours working in a zoo, sanctuary, wildlife center or animal encounter business;

OR

B.) 3 years professional (paid) full-time experience working as an animal educator or zookeeper.

OR

C.)  a certification in animal training and behavior with 2,000 hours working for an exotic animal or farm vet, wildlife sanctuary, zoo, exotic animal breeding facility or animal encounter business.

Knowledge of

Practical knowledge of  FWC & USDA regulations;

General Animal husbandry;

General safety practices and protocols with farm and exotic animals

Animal training using positive reinforcement methods

Operant conditioning  training techniques with a variety of taxa

 

 

Skills and ability to

Follow detailed check-lists; adhere to routine and schedule; 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;   able to work self-sufficiently and as part of a team; flexible in scheduling (animals don’t adhere to holiday schedules and frequently get sick in the evening); and able/willing to be on-site for hurricane care or after hours emergency care of animals as needed.

 

Physical Requirements

Ability to work outdoors in varied temperatures;

Ability to lift up to 50 pounds and team lift 75 pounds (more or less) throughout the day;

Ability to move 125 pounds on a cart daily

 

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, during the season.

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

 

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