Animal Care Associate/Professional (Primates)
Position Information: Full-time, Hourly
Duties include, but are not limited to, daily care and feeding of assigned animals, daily training sessions, maintenance of animal habitats and night-houses, behavioral observations, record keeping, assisting veterinary staff, operation of utility vehicles, and public presentations.
Essential Functions (including but not limited to):
General husbandry and care of assigned animals, including preparing and distributing approved animal diets.
Demonstrate critical thinking skills and ability to maintain, train and troubleshoot complex animal behavior daily.
Increase behavioral repertoire of all assigned animals.
Demonstrate the ability to assist other team members with their animal related goals and challenges.
Close observation of animal behaviors with a particular focus on appropriate appetite, mobility, and waste production to monitor health of animals; notification to appropriate animal care staff of any concerns.
Shift animals according to area's standard operating procedures (SOP).
Engage with the Zoo guests at exhibits, conservation stations, keeper talks, training demonstrations, and/or shows.
Maintain detailed daily records on assigned animals.
Assist in animal procedures including, but not limited to, translocations, veterinary procedures, and crating.
Strong knowledge of Zoo layout and general animal collection to respond quickly during animal emergencies and also assist guests on a daily basis with exhibit location.
Adherence to area's standard operating procedures (SOP).
Knowledge of safety SOP, safety concerns, and reporting protocols.
Knowledge of husbandry requirements, and the prevention of zoonotic diseases.
Knowledge of basic nutrition requirements for assigned area(s).
Assist registrar in area's record keeping.
Inspect, clean, and maintain both exhibit and off-exhibit areas.
Propose and perform species-specific enrichment.
Promote active guest engagement through interaction with guests during both formal and informal discussions, during events, and as otherwise assigned.
Report animal illness, maintenance, safety, horticulture, or other needs to appropriate staff.
Guide subordinate co-workers on intermediate procedures.
Observe safety policies and procedures in regards to the use of Zoo equipment, materials, chemicals, and vehicles.
Qualifications and Experience:
Demonstrate critical thinking skills and ability to maintain, train, and troubleshoot complex animal behavior daily.
Ability to appropriately apply animal training through the use of operant and classical conditioning.
High school diploma or general education degree (GED); AA degree or higher preferred.
Three or more years paid keeper experience in an AZA accredited institution.
SCUBA and First-Aid Certification for specific areas.
Knowledge of Word Processing software and Spreadsheet software.
Must have good written and oral communication skills and ability to effectively participate in guest engagement activities.
Must be self-motivated and goal-oriented.
Must be able to maintain discretion with confidential information.
Thorough knowledge of zoonotic diseases and prevention.
Ability to develop and maintain positive relationships with members of all departments and to work effectively alone and in group setting.
Ability to complete projects in a reasonable time frame to the satisfaction of management.
Deal courteously and tactfully with employees, peers, superiors, and the general public.
Knowledge of occupational hazards and appropriate safety precautions.
Must have the ability to follow specific instructions and also be comfortable self-directing.
Must be flexible and have the ability to multi-task in a fast paced environment while maintaining a positive attitude with the public.
Capacity to anticipate: ability to think ahead and plan.
Capacity to change: ability to identify and correct operational problems quickly.
Must be able to think logically and solve problems with minimal guidance.
Conducts all activities in alignment with AZA standards and guidelines, all relevant laws and regulations, safety standards, and standards that ensure animal welfare.
Ability to work in extreme weather conditions typical to west central Florida (i.e., heat, rain, or cold).
Possess visual, hearing, and other sensory and cognitive capacity appropriate for animal care and general safety practices.
Ability to use radio, telephone, and computer to communicate and follow written and verbal instructions.
Must be able to work in a variety of physical positions, including sitting, bending, standing, and walking, and to engage in physical labor (raking, sweeping, shoveling).
Must have ability to navigate paved as well as rough terrain on foot and by vehicle.
Must be able to safely and effectively engage in heavy lifting (up to 50 pounds).
Ability to work long hours and varying shifts, including nights and week-end, to support special events and the needs of the animals.
Equal Opportunity Employer
Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo