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Herpetology Keeper

Riverbanks Zoo And Garden
Columbia, United States Posted: July 06, 2024

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  • Under general supervision, is responsible for the proper care of Riverbanks’ reptiles and amphibians.  Other responsibilities include but are not limited to:
  • Conducts husbandry duties, according to departmental guidelines, including feeding animals, cleaning, maintaining, designing, and constructing exhibits.
  • Monitors and maintains life support and lighting systems. 
  • Monitors animal health and behavior and uses proper enrichment and operant conditioning principles.
  • Maintains detailed behavioral, reproductive, and medical records.
  • Takes proper measures to ensure the security of animal enclosures.
  • Conducts tours of the Aquarium & Reptile Conservation Center and presents educational programs for school groups, college-level classes, and Society members.
  • May be involved in various AZA, conservation, and other professional activities.
  • Will be trained to properly and safely care for all venomous reptiles in the collection.
  • Works cooperatively with other departments including maintenance, horticulture, education, and events.
  • Works closely with the veterinary team to monitor health and treat animal health concerns.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • Reports to the Herpetology Supervisor and the Curator of Herpetology.
Education and Experience:
  • Associate degree in Biology, Zoology or Wildlife Management; Bachelor’s degree preferred, with two to three years’ experience as a herpetology keeper; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience, which provides the required skills, knowledge and abilities. 
  • Previous experience working directly with reptiles in a professional setting preferred.
  • Must possess or be eligible for a valid SC driver's license.
  • $17.25/hr.

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