Salaried Animal Keeper

Disney Lake Buena Vista , FL 32830

Posted 1 week ago

Job Description:

Disney's Animal Kingdom is seeking applicants for an Animal Keeper position on the Tree of Life team. The successful candidate will work effectively in a team environment with a team of keepers and zoological managers to carry out the daily care of the animal collection in accordance with established guidelines and conduct animal experiences for guests in a variety of situations. Ideal candidates will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of general husbandry, enrichment and behavioral conditioning as it relates to the daily management and research of a diverse collection of birds, mammals and ectotherms. The desired candidate should have an ectotherm focused background. This is a full time, salaried position.

Job Type

Full Time

Segment

Parks, Experiences and Products

Category

Sciences and Animal Programs

Basic Qualifications

  • Experience working with a wide variety of taxa with a strong emphasis on operant conditioning is desired.

  • Demonstrated strong observation, evaluation and data collecting skills.

  • Proven experience in applying operant conditioning techniques in the field.

  • Proven strong interpersonal and partnering skills.

  • Ability to work in a large team environment

  • Ability to work in an environment that is continually changing

  • Demonstrated strong guest focus.

Business

Walt Disney World Resort

Required Education

High school degree or equivalent plus a minimum of either:

  • Three years paid experience as a keeper in a AZA accredited institution, or in an institution with equivalent standards, and at least two years of verifiable college course work (60 semester hours) or

  • Four years paid experience as a keeper in an AZA accredited institution, or in an institution with equivalent standards, and at least one year of verifiable college course work (30 semester hours) or

  • Five years paid experience as a keeper in an AZA accredited institution, or in an institution with equivalent standards

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working with various species of reptiles, amphibians, aquatics and invertebrates.

Postal Code
32830

Preferred Education

  • Bachelor's or Associate's Degree in Zoology or related field

  • Two years of verifiable college course work (60 semester hours)

Responsibilities

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, cleaning, animal observation, diet preparation, behavioral conditioning and enrichment, and reporting pertinent information to zoological managers. The candidate must be able to interact on a regular basis with maintenance, operation managers, horticulture, veterinary staff, educators and scientists. They will also provide animal information and conservation messages through animal experiences with guest and cast. The work includes physical labor in ambient outdoor temperatures and weather conditions in Central Florida, which may include extreme heat and humidity.

Job Description

Disney's Animal Kingdom is seeking applicants for an Animal Keeper position on the Tree of Life team. The successful candidate will work effectively in a team environment with a team of keepers and zoological managers to carry out the daily care of the animal collection in accordance with established guidelines and conduct animal experiences for guests in a variety of situations. Ideal candidates will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of general husbandry, enrichment and behavioral conditioning as it relates to the daily management and research of a diverse collection of birds, mammals and ectotherms. The desired candidate should have an ectotherm focused background. This is a full time, salaried position.

Basic Qualifications

  • Experience working with a wide variety of taxa with a strong emphasis on operant conditioning is desired.

  • Demonstrated strong observation, evaluation and data collecting skills.

  • Proven experience in applying operant conditioning techniques in the field.

  • Proven strong interpersonal and partnering skills.

  • Ability to work in a large team environment

  • Ability to work in an environment that is continually changing

  • Demonstrated strong guest focus.

Required Education

High school degree or equivalent plus a minimum of either:

  • Three years paid experience as a keeper in a AZA accredited institution, or in an institution with equivalent standards, and at least two years of verifiable college course work (60 semester hours) or

  • Four years paid experience as a keeper in an AZA accredited institution, or in an institution with equivalent standards, and at least one year of verifiable college course work (30 semester hours) or

  • Five years paid experience as a keeper in an AZA accredited institution, or in an institution with equivalent standards

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working with various species of reptiles, amphibians, aquatics and invertebrates.

Preferred Education

  • Bachelor's or Associate's Degree in Zoology or related field

  • Two years of verifiable college course work (60 semester hours)

Responsibilities

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, cleaning, animal observation, diet preparation, behavioral conditioning and enrichment, and reporting pertinent information to zoological managers. The candidate must be able to interact on a regular basis with maintenance, operation managers, horticulture, veterinary staff, educators and scientists. They will also provide animal information and conservation messages through animal experiences with guest and cast. The work includes physical labor in ambient outdoor temperatures and weather conditions in Central Florida, which may include extreme heat and humidity.


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