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Zoological Specialist

Busch Gardens Tampa
Tampa, United States Posted: July 02, 2024

Busch Gardens is a place of thrills, fun and positive, lasting memories. And that's just what its like to work here! As a key member of our team, you'll play a major role in bringing happiness and excitement to people from around the world. If you're dedicated, dependable and driven to deliver exceptional guest service, this is a place for you!

What you get to do:
As a Zoological Specialist, you’ll:
  • Work in a team environment and interact with others in a professional manner.
  • Train & maintain behaviors in both protected & free contact environments.
  • Actively participates in the progression of animal training goals and standards.
  • Develops behavior to facilitate public programs & management.
  • Assist with the development and implementation of dynamic animal training projects and programs that serve to enhance animal care, animal management, & guest experience.
  • Perform primary & secondary speaking roles in daily presentations, educational tours, & large-scale special event shows.
  • Must be comfortable speaking to both large & small audiences. Public speaking is required.
  • Provide physical stimulation and mental challenges for our animals as a member of our elite team of professionals.
  • Provide for animals’ best welfare with attention to animal behavior and training, habitat upkeep, cleaning, and nutrition.
  • Ensure excellent guest experience by interacting with guests and participating in guest- focused presentations.
  • Daily cleaning and maintenance of animal habitats and state-of-the-art husbandry facilities
  • Animal Care and welfare of a variety of species including large and potentially dangerous animals.
  • Husbandry training for animal management program procedures and working side by side with the staff vet team when needed.
  • Daily record keeping including ability to learn our new electronic record keeping program (TRACKS).
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
What it takes to succeed:
  • A positive, team-minded attitude and desire to give/receive constructive criticism.
  • Strong communication skills (written and verbal) allowing for efficient communication with teammates and management.
  • Excellent observational skills.
  • A strong work ethic with the ability to prioritize multiple responsibilities appropriately.
  • The flexibility required to work in a dynamic, fast-paced environment.
  • The desire to promote conservation messages to a varied audience.
  • A fluent understanding of fundamental & advanced concepts of positive reinforcement driven animal training principles.
  • Ability to successfully apply fundamental & advanced positive reinforcement driven principles in a fast-paced environment.
What else is important:
  • At least 18 years of age
  • College degree in Zoology, Biology, or related field preferred
  • Experience and skill in operant conditioning using positive reinforcement techniques preferred.
  • Robust communication skills to include public speaking and guest relations, as well as efficient communication with team members.
  • Previous public speaking experience in demonstrations or presentations preferred.
  • Hard-working, decisive, and able to handle multiple responsibilities.
  • Team-oriented and flexible, with a positive attitude and the ability and desire to work in a dynamic, stimulating environment.
  • Self-disciplined, self-reliant, and able to follow all safety guidelines.
  • Able to operate light and possibly heavy equipment including tractors, skid-steers, mowers, weed eaters, and other landscape equipment.
  • Communicate professionally and effectively with ambassadors and guests.
  • Able to lift, push, pull and/or carry up to 50 lbs. on an occasional basis.
  • Position engages in extensive walking and standing throughout entire work shift and climb/ascend heights if needed.
  • Able to work indoors and outdoors, in varying Florida weather, to include extreme heat. Position may be exposed to fumes, dust, odors, and cold/heat temperature extremes.
  • Perform the following physical activities: kneeling, squatting, bend floor-to waist/waist-to-overhead, reach overhead, simple grasp and fine hand manipulation tasks (use of tools/keyboard/writing).
  • Perform all cleaning duties, including use of cleaning chemicals.
  • Flexible in work locations as placement will depend on business needs and career development opportunities.
  • Able to work at least 40 hours a week, and with a flexible schedule to include evenings, weekends and holidays and occasional overnights.
  • Must attach resume to be considered for this role.
  • The level of the keeper position will be determined based on the experience and skill of the successful candidate: Associate, Specialist, Senior, or Senior 1.
  • Compensation Range - $15-$22 hour.
Additional responsibilities depending on the level:
  • Demonstrate the understanding of company SOPs and the responsibilities of being onsite during emergency situations.
  • Participate as requested in animal outreach presentations including school visits, animal appearances in various media and stage presentations.
  • Maintain current behaviors for all applicable animals, train new behaviors to completion under minimal supervision.
  • Provide coaching and mentoring to Ambassadors as assigned.
  • Contribute to the review process for Ambassadors under their mentorship.
  • Deliver department seminars*· Other duties as assigned.
The perks of the position:
  • Paid Time Off
  • Complimentary Park Tickets and Passes
  • Park Discounts on Food and Merchandise
  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance
  • 401K Retirement plan
  • Voluntary Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Disability Benefits
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Dependent and Health Care Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Legal Assistance Plan
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