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Animal Care Professional - Carnivore

Naples Zoo
Naples, United States Posted: May 23, 2024

Naples Zoo has an opportunity for a motivated and team-oriented person to join the carnivore department.  This full-time position works with a unique and varied collection including the following species: lions, tiger, striped hyena, honey badger, black bear, coyote, and Florida panther. Under the general direction of the Carnivore Field Supervisor, this position will be responsible for the daily care, feeding, enrichment and training of animals in the assigned areas. Duties will include but are not limited to maintaining cleanliness of animal habitats, assisting with veterinary procedures, developing and implementing training plans and keeping daily records while following Naples Zoo policies and protocols. This position will also require guest interaction through scheduled keeper talks, Zoo Camp and possible media events. 

  • This position will regularly work with other department keepers in a team setting as well as independently and will require effective communication skills as well as the ability to understand carnivore specific behaviors. 
  • Keepers are required to work in extreme weather conditions typical to South Florida and have the physical ability to lift or move up to 50 pounds, operate landscaping equipment (mower, string trimmer, etc.) and simple power tools, work on varied uneven terrain, climb ladders, and ride a bicycle. 
Experience Required
  • Experience with carnivores at an AZA accredited facility preferred. 
  • Knowledge of animal husbandry related to carnivores as well as good observational skills of animal behavior is beneficial. 
  • An Associates degree in a Zoological science or a related Bachelors degree is required.
  • Candidates must be able to work weekends, weekdays and holidays.
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Compliance
  • Naples Zoo is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
  • The ADA requires Naples Zoo to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified persons with disabilities.
  • Prospective and current employees are encouraged to discuss ADA accommodations with the Human Resources Office.
  • As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Naples Zoo is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive company culture, and our team does not discriminate against candidates and employees because of their disability, sex, race, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, veteran status, or any other protected status under the law.
  • Employee Eligible Benefits & Employment Benefits
  • Medical, Dental & Vision Health Coverage
  • Company paid Life Insurance policy of $25,000
  • Supplemental insurance plans available (disability, GAP, accident, critical care)
  • 403B Retirement and Investment Opportunities
  • Accrued Paid Time Off
  • Tuition Reimbursement Program available
  • Holiday Premium Pay
  • Employee Referral Bonuses
  • Complimentary Zoo admission for employees and/or their families after 90 days of employment
  • Complimentary and discounted admissions to 100+ Florida theme parks for employee and/or their families
  • 30% Employee Discount at Naples Zoo Gift Shop & Zoo cafes

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