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Provisional Senior Wild Animal Keeper - Mammals

Wildlife Conservation Society: Bronx Zoo
Bronxville, United States Posted: June 22, 2024

WCS stands for wildlife and wild places. As the world’s premier wildlife conservation organization, WCS has a long track record of achieving innovative, impactful results at scale. We run field programs spanning 60 countries and the entire ocean.  We build on a unique foundation: Our reach is global; we discover through best-in-class science; we protect through work on the ground with local and indigenous people; we inspire through our world-class zoos, aquarium, and education programs; and we leverage our resources through partnerships and powerful policy influence.  Our more than 4,000 diverse, passionately committed team members in New York City and around the world work collectively to achieve our conservation mission.

Position Summary
  • To perform any activity required for the captive life systems necessary for animal well-being and exhibit appearance in the Department of Mammalogy.
Major Responsibilities
  • The well-being, feeding and care of the captive animals in the wildlife park and the daily care and operation of their enclosures.
  • Supervise and/or participate in the cleaning of public areas and around exhibits  and  other animal facilities.
  • Supervise and prepare animal diets or other food substances. May assist in both requisition and record keeping of food and other supplies.
  • Inspect exhibits and facilities to ascertain that they are clean, well-lit and properly heated and ventilated, and take necessary action to ensure such.
  • Make minor and emergency repairs necessary to animal management and exhibition areas and report the need for major repairs.
  • Observe the animals entrusted to his/her care and report promptly on any indication of illness.
  • Carry out the veterinarian's instructions for the care of sick animals and follow any protocols established for the care of any animals.
  • Supervise and/or participate in the transfer of animals from one enclosure or zoo, etc., to another.
  • Aid, help and inform the public regarding the wildlife park, its animals and exhibits.
  • Participate in the installation of exhibit materials such as, but not limited to, perches, plants, rocks, logs, pools, painted walls, etc.
  • Implement and participate in animal breeding, enrichment and operant conditioning programs.
  • Supervise and instruct wild animal keepers and other subordinates in all phases of animal management/exhibition care.
  • Maintain records related to the animal collection and complete daily reports and censuses as required.
  • Participate in and instruct other keepers on how to participate in any pest control program in use in any areas occupied at any time by exotic wild animals.
  • Assist in planning work assignments.
  • Supervise and/or participate in animal hospital procedures as assigned.
  • Operate vehicles and equipment as duties require.
  • Accompany the curator on field trips for animal collection.
  • Enforce WCS's visitors' rules and regulations and those of the Department of Parks of the City of New York and of the Department of Mammalogy.
  • Perform related tasks and duties as required.
  • Valid, current driver's license required.
  • Requested Application Documents (Serious Inquires Only) 
  • Please note to be considered, you'll need to provide the following documents with your application: 
  • Cover Letter (highlighting a list of diverse taxa) 
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Disclaimer
  • WCS is an equal opportunity employer, and the organization complies with all employment and labor laws and regulations that prohibit discrimination in hiring and ensures that candidates from all backgrounds are fairly and consistently considered during the recruitment process. We are dedicated to hiring and engaging a diverse workforce.
  • We are committed to cultivating an inclusive work environment and look for future team members who share that same value.
  • The organization provides equal employment opportunities for all qualified candidates.
  • The organization does not discriminate for employment based on gender, race/ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship status, caste, genetic information or any other covered status or characteristic protected by laws and regulations/and similar categories.
  • It is everyone’s responsibility to ensure that we do not tolerate discrimination or harassment based upon a person’s membership in one of these protected categories in areas such as recruitment, selection, job assignment, supervision, training, promotions, job grading, transfers, termination, compensation, benefits, educational opportunities, WCS sponsored recreational activities and facilities.
  • The organization complies with the spirit and intent of relevant local laws and WCS’s employment policies.
  • 15 Vacation,
  • 13 Holidays,
  • 12 Paid-Time-Off Days,
  • Medical,
  • Dental,
  • Vision,
  • 401K,
  • Pension,
  • 12 weeks of Paid Parental Leave and much more…
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