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Senior Animal Care Professional - Aviary (Full-time)

Zootampa At Lowry Park
Tampa, United States Posted: May 14, 2024


ZooTampa is looking for a full-time Senior Animal Care Professional to join our Aviary Team. 

Elevate Your Career with Diverse Species:
  • Join ZooTampa as a full-time Senior Animal Care Professional in our Bird Department, where you'll nurture a wide array of species, from African penguins to Macaws, in beautifully designed aviaries and habitats.
Engage in Comprehensive Animal Care:
  • Dive into a multifaceted role encompassing daily care, habitat maintenance, behavioral observations, and avian hand-rearing/breeding.
  • You'll also contribute to SSP programs and animal transfers, ensuring the highest standards of animal welfare.
Lead and Inspire:
  • Beyond direct animal care, your role includes training interns, conducting public presentations, and collaborating with a dedicated team.
  • You'll have the opportunity to grow your skills in record keeping, animal enrichment, and working closely with veterinary staff.
  • Ready to take flight in your career? Apply now to become a pivotal part of our Aviary Team at ZooTampa, where your dedication will make a significant impact on both the animals and the community!
  • Duties include, but are not limited to, daily care and feeding of assigned animals in collection, maintenance of animal exhibits and night-houses, written/verbal communications, training area interns, involvement in SSP programs and animal transfers, welfare assessments, working within a group to accomplish daily tasks, learning all areas and animals, behavioral observations, record keeping, avian hand rearing/breeding, animal enrichment and training, assisting veterinary staff, operation of utility vehicles, and public presentations.
Who We Are
  • ZooTampa at Lowry Park is one of the most popular zoos in the southeastern U.S., with over 1.2 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
  • General husbandry and care of assigned animals, including preparing and distributing approved animal diets.  Continually assessing diets and adjusting to animals needs and finding ways to improve quality of care and animal health.
  • 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. 
  • Shift animals according to area’s standard operating procedures (SOP).
  • Animal capture, restraint and handling techniques. 
  • Engage with the Zoo guests at exhibits, conservation stations, keeper talks, tours, events, training demonstrations and/or shows.
  • Maintain detailed daily records on all assigned animals.
  • 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 and priorities with supervisor’s approval.
  • Developing/updating, adherence to, understanding of 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.
  • Develop and provide species-specific enrichment multiple times daily.
  • 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 management in guiding the resolution of emergency situations (e.g., Code I, II, III) within the Zoo.
  • Help develop interns and co-workers in animal care techniques, training, enrichment and record keeping.
  • Observe safety policies and procedures in regard to the use of Zoo equipment, materials, chemicals and vehicles.
What do you need?
  • 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 and 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, team meetings and brainstorming.
  • Must be self-motivated, goal-oriented and maintain a positive attitude in the face of change.
  • 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 departments and to work effectively alone and in group settings.
  • 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 and know appropriate actions to take.
  • Capacity to change: ability to identify and correct operational problems quickly, be open to change and try new processes/procedures to improve quality of life for animal population.
  • Must be able to think logically and solve problems with minimal guidance while adhering to the areas and ZooTampa’s goals and mission.
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, and shoveling).
  • Must have ability to navigate paved as well as rough terrain on foot and by vehicle.  Ability to walk to various areas within the zoo throughout the day.
  • 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 weekend, to support special events and the needs of the collection.
  • 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
Experience Required
  • 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 and 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, team meetings and brainstorming.
  • Must be self-motivated, goal-oriented and maintain a positive attitude in the face of change.
  • 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 departments and to work effectively alone and in group settings.
  • 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 and know appropriate actions to take.
Capacity to change:
  • ability to identify and correct operational problems quickly, be open to change and try new processes/procedures to improve quality of life for animal population.
  • Must be able to think logically and solve problems with minimal guidance while adhering to the areas and ZooTampa’s goals and mission.
Perks
  • Our Perks at ZooTampa Medical, Dental, Vision, Pet, Life Insurance, 403(b) Pension Plan Vacation and sick time.
  • Employee Assistance Program 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!

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