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Animal Care Professional - Florida & Manatee Critical Care Center (Full-time)

Zootampa At Lowry Park In Tampa, Florida
Tampa, United States Posted: March 11, 2024

Are you passionate about animals and conservation? Zoo Tampa is looking for a full time Animal Care Professional to work on our Florida Wilds team.

  • Are you the kind of person who is passionate about rescuing, rehabilitating and caring for animals?
  • Do you care about creating exceptional, personal experiences with co-workers and guest?
  • Do you want to work in a fun and immersive environment where your contribution impacts the mission of the organization?
  • If so apply today, we will be scheduling interviews soon.
Position Summary
  • Duties include, but are not limited to, daily care and feeding of assigned animals in Florida collection including the Manatee Critical Care center, maintenance of animal exhibits and night-houses, behavioral observations, record keeping, animal enrichment and training, assisting veterinary staff, operation of utility vehicles, and public presentations. 
  • The Manatee Critical Care center is open 24/7 and employees are expected to have a flexible schedule with the ability to do overnight shifts.  Scuba certification is required.  
Who We Are
  • ZooTampa at Lowry Park is one of the most popular zoos in the southeastern U.S., with over 1 million visitors annually.
  • We have grown to what now encompasses 56 acres of naturalistic wildlife habitats in a lush, tropical garden setting with wide-ranging activities.
  • The Zoo, accredited by Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), offers popular educational programming, fun recreational amenities, up-close animal encounters and engaging seasonal events for which it has won awards as one of the country’s most family-friendly zoos.
  • Our mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and care for animals; create exceptional personalized experiences that connect people with wildlife and each other in fun, immersive ways.
  • Our vision is that everyone we touch is motivated to join us in taking action to protect and preserve wildlife.
  • Join us and become a part of creating unforgettable natural connections!
Your day to day
  • Essential Functions (including but not limited to)
  • General husbandry and care of assigned animals, including preparing and distributing approved animal diets.
  • Close observation of animal behaviors with a particular focus on appropriate appetite, mobility, and waste production to monitor health of animals; notification of appropriate animal care staff of any concerns.
  • Animal capture, restraint and handling techniques.
  • 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.
  • Initiates and completes area projects with supervisor’s approval.
  • 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.
  • Assist in animal procedures including, but not limited to, translocations, veterinary procedures, and crating.
  • Respond to and assist supervisor in guiding the resolution of emergency situations (e.g., Code I, II, III) within the Zoo.
  • Maintain and promote a positive and productive working environment.
  • Guide subordinate co-workers on intermediate procedures.
  • Observe safety policies and procedures in regards to the use of zoo equipment, materials, chemicals, and vehicles.
  • What are we looking for?
Qualifications and Experience
  • 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 is required for this position. 
  • 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.
  • Ability to appropriately apply animal training through the use of operant and classical conditioning.
  • Thorough knowledge of zoonotic diseases and prevention. 
  • Ability to develop and maintain positive relationships with members of all department, 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.
  • Knowledge of occupational hazards and appropriate safety precautions.
  • 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 collection.
  • ​​​Full time
Our Perks at ZooTampa
  • Medical, Dental, Vision, Pet, Life Insurance, 403(b) Pension Plan
  • Vacation and sick time
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Tuition Forgiveness
  • Free gym membership
  • Free admission to the Zoo, MOSI, and the Florida Aquarium
  • Free or discounted admission to many attractions in Florida
  • And so much more!
  • Equal Opportunity Employer & Drug-Free Workplace

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