Job Opportunity: Senior Herpetology/Invertebrate Keeper:Oakland , CA
Senior Herpetology/Invertebrate KeeperA Supervising Primary Animal Keeper is a Senior Keeper-level position, responsible for the everyday management of the string animals and facilities. This includes reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates as well as exhibit plants, naturalistic habitats, life support systems and water quality. They help coordinate the string staff that includes relief, floating, and apprentice keepers as well as interns and volunteers. A Senior Animal Keeper must be an practiced keeper in the field with practice in the areas of animal care/management, management of paid staff and unpaid volunteers/interns, along with leadership abilities training/conflict management. Work ranges from the physical tasks connected with feeding and maintenance of the animals’ living areas to more analytical tasks of planning, record keeping and communication. The Senior Animal Keeper is expected to have or develop the appropriate level of expertise of the natural history and captive wildlife management under their care to insure the best possible physical and psychological well-being of the animals in their care. The Senior Animal keeper is expected to be able to use the tools of animal observation, enrichment, training and other management methods to ensure the best possible psychological welfare of the animals in their care. They are expected to implement Department/Zoo priorities as well as demonstrate the initiative and skills to regularly find ways to make improvements. They are expected to guide and support junior staff and volunteers as appropriate. The Senior Animal Keeper takes direction from the Zoological Manager and Department Director regarding everyday operations as appropriate. They must also be able to represent the Zoo in a variety of public settings including press interviews, instructional classes, and casual communication with Zoo guests. The Senior Keeper is expected to be active as a department leader and can be expected to cover department function and emergency response coordination in the absence of Zoological Managers or Department Director. Other string tasks and special projects can be assigned as needed.
» At least three years full time professional practice in the care of reptiles and amphibians at a zoological institution.
» Good physical condition; able to lift a minimum of 50 lbs. (i.e. feed sack) and move a minimum of 120lbs.(i.e. hay bale)
» Valid driver’s license and clean driving record
» availability to work outside normal business hours including weekends and holidays
» Good written and verbal communications skills
» expertise of the habits and hazards of working with wild animals; availability to work with some physical risk while observing proper safety precautions
practice and Qualities Preferred
» Bachelor’s degree in zoology, biology or a related field.
» expertise and practice in behavioral training theory and practical application
» practice with invertebrates
» practice with life support systems including water quality
» practice with set up and maintenance of naturalistic habitats for reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates as well as general trouble shooting in regards to exhibit challenges.
practice Required1.At least three years full time professional practice in the care of reptiles and amphibians at a zoological institution
Further Commentspractice with invertebrates preferred but not necessary
PerksComprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, and life insurance; two weeks of vacation and eleven paid holidays annually
income$22.46 - $31.45/hour, pay commensurate with practice
How to submit the application:Submit resume, cover letter, and 3 professional references via email only to:
Adam Fink, Zoological Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org
9777 Golf Links Rd.
Oakland, CA 94605
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