Animal Care Associate/Professional - Primates

Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo Tampa , FL 33602

Posted 2 months ago

Animal Care Associate/Professional (Primates)

Position Information: Full-time, Hourly

Position Summary

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.

Other Requirements:

  • 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

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