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Full-Time Animal Care Professional III – Predators

JOB SUMMARY:

Animal Care Professional Level III (ACP-III) is a position responsible for the primary daily husbandry activities of the Predator department with a basic working knowledge of animal care and welfare.  ACP III has also taken the steps to become proficient in their expertise to act as Lead ACP in the Zoo Managers absence.  Collectively with other Zoo employees these activities will assist in presenting to the public an environment that is educational, entertaining, and serves to further the mission of the Birmingham Zoo.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Displays and demonstrates the basic biology, behaviors and husbandry of mammals, specifically carnivores.
  • Cleans and maintains animal holdings, including the use of chemical agents and special tools to assure the health and safety of the animals.
  • Uses proper techniques in shifting animals on their assigned routine.
  • Identifies, recognizes and reports any abnormal behavior of all the animals in their department.
  • Monitors weather related needs for the animals in their department and shelters animals appropriately.
  • Identifies, documents, and properly communicates any animal medical problems to the Zoological Manager and Veterinary staff in a timely manner.
  • Develops a good line of communication with the Zoological Manager and Curator to ensure that all facilities and animals are in good order, and that all problems are reported.
  • Uses classical and operant conditioning with the animals in their department.
  • Utilizes and documents on the Training Goal Worksheet daily.
  • Utilizes the Environmental Enrichment Program and the enrichment requirements of the animals within their department. Properly records the results of enrichment by using the Enrichment Approval and Evaluation forms.
  • Creates new enrichment ideas and items to be added to their department repertoire.
  • Properly utilizes the animal record keeping systems within the department.
  • Documents animal behaviors or issues on the Daily Report.
  • Maintains and updates the departments’ animal files.
  • Responsible for capturing, crating, and transferring animals using appropriate restraint and handling techniques designed to put the least amount of stress on the animal.
  • Prepares and presents Public Animal Talks to Zoo visitors and guests.
  • Expands knowledge of animal care by cross-training in other animal departments.
  • Actively participate in one or more of the following: AAZK, enrichment or training committee, safety committee, interpretive committee, weapon’s team, area research projects, education or conservation programs, or other activity that enhances or promotes the Birmingham Zoo.
  • Exhibits the ability to apply classical and operant conditioning and to train at least basic behaviors, as defined by the area SOPs.
  • Uses environmental enrichment in daily routines and assists in the development of the departmental program, including researching and developing new enrichment options and development of enrichment schedules.
  • Actively plays a key role in resolving any animal related emergencies or drills that occur within the zoo (i.e. dangerous animal escape), regardless of which animal area the emergency is in.
  • Assist ZM in preparing for animal immobilizations.
  • Assists in training new staff members to include seasonal staff and interns.

In addition to the above the employee has taken the initiative to maintain Level III expectations listed below:

  • Acts as Lead ACP in Zoo Managers absence.
  • Evaluates animal’s dietary needs. Consults with the Zoo Manager, Curator and veterinarian about dietary needs based on the condition of the animal, weather and temperature influence, and any other special consideration relating to the species or individual animal.
  • Creates, applies for and/or accepts projects that benefit the animals under their care or conservation efforts and to present those results to peers at a conference, or to co-workers at Zoo training sessions.
  • Seeks out courses or training opportunities to better their skill and knowledge base. Shares their knowledge with others.
  • Assists Zoo Manager with input on exhibit creation or changes.
  • Champions conservation efforts by BZI.
  • Other duties as assigned.

PROFESSIONAL EXPECTATIONS

  • Familiarizes themselves with the BZI employee hand book, Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) for the Animal Department as well as the SOP’s assigned animal area.
  • Sets a positive example for their fellow ACPs. Presents themselves in a professional manner at all times to co-workers, visitors and guests; this includes attendance, appearance and demeanor.
  • Actively participates in AZA or AAZA membership, committees and activities.
  • Actively participates in Zoo activities, fundraisers, etc.

An ACP-III is expected to maintain all of the above expectations to remain at this level.  These expectations will be monitored and evaluated by the Zoological Manager throughout the year and documented.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • High School degree, or some college; Bachelor’s Degree in an animal related field preferred.
  • At least 3-4 years’ experience or internship in a zoological institution.
  • Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills; have high energy and enthusiasm for completion of tasks; possess team building skills; and has the ability to handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Must have ability to foster teamwork within and across teams.
  • Competency in computer skills.
  • Must have a current valid driver’s license with no prior traffic violations (within the last five years).
  • Must be First aid/CPR certified.
  • Must have current negative TB test and provide documentation, or be willing to have a TB test.

SAFETY ANALYSIS

The ACP-I is expected to maintain the highest level of safety in the work area through implementation of safety protocols and procedures. The ACP-I position is impacted by a wide variety of potentially hazardous exposures:

  • Depending on assignment, the ACP will have to deal with the unpredictability of wild animals.
  • The care and husbandry of animals, some of whom are dangerous or may carry zoonotic diseases.
  • The proper use and understanding of cleaning and disinfecting agents.
  • Weather conditions including extreme heat, cold and storm conditions.

Specific training and procedures designed to maintain safety of people as the highest priority of the zoo followed by the safety of the animal collection will be provided.

The use and understanding of a variety of personal safety equipment is mandatory.

Animal Care Professionals, as with any employee of the zoo, are required to be familiar with the Zoo’s overall safety policies as outlined in the employee handbook as well as being responsible for reporting any injury immediately to the first aid department.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee should expect:

  • Use of hands, fingers, tools or controls.
  • Frequently required to stand; walk; sit; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch and talk or hear.
  • Routinely lift and/or move more than 50 pounds.
  • Exposure to wet surfaces and slippery surfaces.
  • Required to wear a face mask and or other personal protective equipment for long periods of time.
  • Depending on assignment, exposure to the elements can be expected.

Interested candidates should complete an online application.

Full-Time Zoo Educator

Job Summary:

The Zoo Educator is responsible for developing, implementing and evaluating age-appropriate curricula and lesson designs for all aspects of educational programming at the Zoo. They ensure that materials, supplies, and activities are prepared for each lesson, and are responsible for those materials.  The Zoo Educator is responsible for the instruction and care of the students in their charge. This position requires a strong ability to work in a team oriented atmosphere.

Duties Include:

  • Plans and implements a program of instruction that adheres to the Zoo’s mission, philosophy, goals and objectives. Able to write and/or follow curriculum for all educational programs.
  • Makes purposeful and appropriate lesson plans that provide for effective teaching strategies and maximizes time on task.
  • Plans and implements a program of study designed to meet individual needs of students. Creates an environment conducive to learning by employing a variety of appropriate teaching strategies.
  • Works and collaborates with other Education staff in preparation and implementation of Zoo education programs.
  • Collaborates with school-based teachers to provide professional development, curriculum materials and activities to supplement their curriculum.
  • Encourage student enthusiasm for the learning process and the development of good learning habits.

Qualifications:

  • Must have teaching philosophy and experience aligned with interdisciplinary teaching, outdoor/environmental education, problem-based learning, and child development.
  • Preferred teaching background in science education.
  • Preferred teaching philosophy aligned with interdisciplinary teaching, outdoor/environmental education, problem-based learning, and child development.
  • Must be goal-oriented, highly motivated, able to multi-task and collaborate with others.
  • Excellent leadership, organizational, interpersonal oral and written communication skills; must be proficient with technology.
  • A significant amount of time will be spent outdoors; exposure to the elements can be expected.

To apply please complete an online application and attach a current resume.

Seasonal Cashier

Job Summary:

The Cashier is responsible for providing fast, friendly service to our guests while following proper cash handling procedures.    Responsibilities include following proper cash handling procedures from collecting payment and making change so that register balances at end of day.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Greets all visitors with a smile and offers assistance.
  • Communicates clearly and in a friendly manner.
  • Insures accuracy of transaction to visitor and communicates appreciation for their business.
  • Applies cash handling procedures, asset protection policies and requirements to daily routines. Accounts for any “overs or unders” at closings.
  • Completes tasks on all checklists associated with the cashier position.
  • Utilizes computer in the preparation and use of daily cash worksheet and balancing at the end of each day.
  • Cleans and organizes assigned areas.
  • Serves as a team player to help others complete their objectives as needed. May be required to work in another capacity in the visitor services area as needed.
  • Identifies and follows all Zoo sanitation standards.
  • Identifies and follows strict safety protocols for guests as well as staff.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum qualifications (Special skills, knowledge, ability, education, etc.):

  • High School Degree; valid driver’s license with no negative driving record
  • Familiar with proper cash handling protocols; Retail experience helpful.
  • Cashier Experience preferred
  • Basic computer skills; Good organizational skills; Ability to follow written and verbal directions; must be able to multi-task and meet deadlines
  • Ability to handle high volume traffic while maintaining good customer service
  • Must work as a team player.
  • Must be flexible to work when needed, including weekends and evenings.

Physical demands:

  • Long periods of standing and walking;
  • Routinely lift and/or move up to 20 pounds;
  • Assignments can be outdoors; exposure to a variety of weather elements can be expected.

To apply please complete an online application and attach a current resume.

Full-Time Animal Care Professional I – Predators

SUMMARY:

Animal Care Professional Level I (ACP-I) is a position responsible for the primary daily husbandry activities of the Predator department with a basic working knowledge of animal care and welfare.  Collectively with other zoo employees these activities will assist in presenting to the public an environment that is educational, entertaining, and serves to further the mission of the Birmingham Zoo.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Displays and demonstrates the basic biology, behaviors and husbandry of mammals, specifically carnivores.
  • Cleans and maintains animal holdings, including the use of chemical agents and special tools to assure the health and safety of the animals.
  • Uses proper techniques in shifting animals on their assigned routine.
  • Identifies, recognizes and reports any abnormal behavior of all the animals in their department.
  • Monitors weather related needs for the animals in their department and shelters animals appropriately.
  • Identifies, documents, and properly communicates any animal medical problems to the Zoological Manager and Veterinary staff in a timely manner.
  • Develops a good line of communication with the Zoological Manager and Curator to ensure that all facilities and animals are in good order, and that all problems are reported.
  • Uses classical and operant conditioning with the animals in their department.
  • Utilizes and documents on the Training Goal Worksheet daily.
  • Utilizes the Environmental Enrichment Program and the enrichment requirements of the animals within their department. Properly records the results of enrichment by using the Enrichment Approval and Evaluation forms.
  • Creates new enrichment ideas and items to be added to their department repertoire.
  • Properly utilizes the animal record keeping systems within the department.
  • Documents animal behaviors or issues on the Daily Report.
  • Maintains and updates the departments’ animal files.
  • Responsible for capturing, crating, and transferring animals using appropriate restraint and handling techniques designed to put the least amount of stress on the animal.
  • Prepares and presents Public Animal Talks to Zoo visitors and guests.
  • Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • High School degree, or some college; Bachelor’s Degree in an animal related field preferred.
  • Previous experience or internship in a zoological institution.
  • Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills; have high energy and enthusiasm for completion of tasks; possess team building skills; and has the ability to handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Must have ability to foster teamwork within and across teams.
  • Competency in computer skills.
  • Must have a current valid driver’s license with no prior traffic violations (within the last five years).
  • Must be First aid/CPR certified, or be willing to be certified..
  • Must have current negative TB test and provide documentation, or be willing to have a TB test.

PROFESSIONAL EXPECTATIONS

  • Become familiar with the BZI employee hand book, Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) for the Animal Department as well as the SOP’s assigned animal area.
  • Set a positive example for their fellow ACPs. Presents themselves in a professional manner at all times to co-workers, visitors and guests; this includes attendance, appearance and demeanor.
  • Actively participate in AZA or AAZA activities.
  • Actively participate in Zoo activities, fundraisers, etc.

An ACP-I is expected to maintain all of the above expectations to remain at this level.  These expectations will be monitored and evaluated by the Zoological Manager throughout the year and documented.

SAFETY ANALYSIS

The ACP-I is expected to maintain the highest level of safety in the work area through implementation of safety protocols and procedures. The ACP-I position is impacted by a wide variety of potentially hazardous exposures:

  • Depending on assignment, the ACP will have to deal with the unpredictability of wild animals.
  • The care and husbandry of animals, some of whom are dangerous or may carry zoonotic diseases.
  • The proper use and understanding of cleaning and disinfecting agents.
  • Weather conditions including extreme heat, cold and storm conditions.

Specific training and procedures designed to maintain safety of people as the highest priority of the zoo followed by the safety of the animal collection will be provided.

The use and understanding of a variety of personal safety equipment is mandatory.

Animal Care Professionals, as with any employee of the zoo, are required to be familiar with the Zoo’s overall safety policies as outlined in the employee handbook as well as being responsible for reporting any injury immediately to the first aid department.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee should expect:

  • Use of hands, fingers, tools or controls.
  • Frequently required to stand; walk; sit; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch and talk or hear.
  • Routinely lift and/or move more than 50 pounds.
  • Exposure to wet surfaces and slippery surfaces.
  • Required to wear a face mask and or other personal protective equipment for long periods of time.
  • Depending on assignment, exposure to the elements can be expected.

Interested candidates should complete an online application.

ZooFari Camp Teacher

SUMMARY

The Zoo Camp Teacher is part of a dedicated team of educators that will promote science and nature engagement in all aspects of Zoo Camp. Zoo Camp Teachers will ensure that the materials, supplies, crafts, and activities are prepared for each day, and are responsible for keeping their classroom area clean and orderly. Teachers are responsible for instructing the campers in the material developed for camp and for the campers’ safety.

DUTIES:

  • Implements a program of instruction that adheres to the Zoo’s mission, philosophy, goals and objectives as outlined.
  • Creates a safe environment conducive to learning by employing a variety of appropriate teaching strategies.
  • Encourages student enthusiasm for the learning process and the development of good camp habits.
  • Provides progress and interim reports as required to the camp manager and guardian/parent(s).
  • Plans and implements assignments for volunteers as needed.
  • Demonstrates a strong grasp of subject matter.
  • Uses effective oral and written expression.
  • Follows check-in, check-out and safety policies of camp for campers.
  • Develops, in accordance with Zoo Camp guidelines, reasonable rules of camp classroom behavior and appropriate techniques that are consistently applied.
  • Takes necessary and reasonable precautions to protect campers, equipment, materials and facilities.
  • Other duties as assigned

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Certified Teacher OR Sophomore, Junior or Senior College Student majoring in Education/Biology/Zoology/ related fields OR at least 1 year of experience in an informal science education role. High school diploma or equivalent required.
  • Must be highly motivated and be able to multi-task.
  • Must possess excellent leadership and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Must have excellent organizational skills and be creative.
  • Works well with others; must be able to take directions.
  • Must have the ability to work successfully as part of a team.
  • Knowledge of basic computer skills including Word, Excel, Microsoft Office.
  • Must have a current valid driver’s license with no prior traffic violations (within the last five years).

SAFETY ANALYSIS:

The ZooFari Lead Camp Teacher position is impacted by hazardous exposures common to public safety in an outdoor environment. Some of the following situations may occur daily:

  • Responsibility for the safety of children during their camp experience.
  • The proper use and understanding of cleaning agents.
  • Thorough understanding of guest safety protocols, particularly with young children.
  • Inclement weather.

Specific training and procedures will be provided, designed to maintain safety of people as the highest priority of the Zoo followed by the safety of the animal collection.

Camp Teachers, as with any employees of the Zoo, are required to be familiar with the Zoo’s overall safety policies as outlined in the employee handbook as well as being responsible for reporting any injury immediately to the first aid department.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

The following physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee should expect:

  • Use of hands, fingers and tools.
  • Frequently required to stand; walk; sit; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, bend, crawl, crouch and talk or hear.
  • Routinely lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
  • Requires frequent walking for long distances.
  • Exposure to wet surfaces.
  • Exposure to the elements can be expected.

HOW TO APPLY

The application deadline is April 30, 2018.

To apply, please complete an online application.

ZooFari Lead Camp Aide

SUMMARY

The Lead Zoo Camp Aide will ensure that both campers and teachers have materials needed for camp and are knowledgeable about the day to day operations of camp. Helps maintain an organized office and implements fun and excitement when leading activities such as rallies, substitute teaching and field days.

DUTIES:

  • Helps with check-in, check-out, early care, extended care, lunch, substitute teaches, leads rallies and field days, camp prep., and other duties as assigned.
  • Develops, in accordance with Zoo Camp guidelines, reasonable expectations for camper behavior and appropriate techniques that are consistently applied.
  • Takes necessary and reasonable precautions to protect campers, equipment, materials and facilities.
  • Adheres to the Zoo’s mission, philosophy, goals and objectives as outlined.
  • Creates a safe environment for campers and coworkers.
  • Encourages camper enthusiasm and the development of good camper habits.
  • Plans and implements assignments for volunteers as needed.
  • Demonstrates a strong work ethic.
  • Follows policies and procedures

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must be highly motivated and be able to multi-task.
  • Must possess excellent leadership and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Must have excellent organizational skills and be creative.
  • Works well with others; must be able to take directions.
  • Must have the ability to work successfully as part of a team.
  • Knowledge of basic computer skills including Word, Excel, Microsoft Office.
  • High school diploma or equivalent required; some college preferred.
  • Must have a current valid driver’s license with no prior traffic violations (within the last five years).

SAFETY ANALYSIS:

The ZooFari Lead Camp Aide position is impacted by hazardous exposures common to public safety in an outdoor environment. Some of the following situations may occur daily:

  • Responsibility for the safety of children during their camp experience.
  • The proper use and understanding of cleaning agents.
  • Thorough understanding of guest safety protocols, particularly with young children.
  • Inclement weather.

Specific training and procedures will be provided, designed to maintain safety of people as the highest priority of the Zoo followed by the safety of the animal collection.

Camp aides, as with any employees of the Zoo, are required to be familiar with the Zoo’s overall safety policies as outlined in the employee handbook as well as being responsible for reporting any injury immediately to the first aid department.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

The following physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee should expect:

  • Use of hands, fingers and tools.
  • Frequently required to stand; walk; sit; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, bend, crawl, crouch and talk or hear.
  • Routinely lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
  • Requires frequent walking for long distances.
  • Exposure to wet surfaces.
  • Exposure to the elements can be expected.

HOW TO APPLY

The application deadline is April 30, 2018.

To apply, please complete an online application.

ZooFari Camp Aide

SUMMARY

The Zoo Camp Aide will ensure that both campers and teachers have materials needed for camp and are knowledgeable about the day to day operations of camp. Helps maintain an organized office and implements fun and excitement when leading activities such as rallies, substitute teaching and field days.

DUTIES:

  • Helps with check-in, check-out, early care, extended care, lunch, substitute teaches, leads rallies and field days, camp prep., and other duties as assigned.
  • Develops, in accordance with Zoo Camp guidelines, reasonable expectations for camper behavior and appropriate techniques that are consistently applied.
  • Takes necessary and reasonable precautions to protect campers, equipment, materials and facilities.
  • Adheres to the Zoo’s mission, philosophy, goals and objectives as outlined.
  • Creates a safe environment for campers and coworkers.
  • Encourages camper enthusiasm and the development of good camper habits.
  • Plans and implements assignments for volunteers as needed.
  • Demonstrates a strong work ethic.
  • Follows policies and procedures

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must be highly motivated and be able to multi-task.
  • Must possess excellent leadership and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Must have excellent organizational skills and be creative.
  • Works well with others; must be able to take directions.
  • Must have the ability to work successfully as part of a team.
  • Knowledge of basic computer skills including Word, Excel, Microsoft Office.
  • High school diploma or equivalent required; some college preferred.
  • Must have a current valid driver’s license with no prior traffic violations (within the last five years).

SAFETY ANALYSIS:

The ZooFari Camp Aide position is impacted by hazardous exposures common to public safety in an outdoor environment. Some of the following situations may occur daily:

  • Responsibility for the safety of children during their camp experience.
  • The proper use and understanding of cleaning agents.
  • Thorough understanding of guest safety protocols, particularly with young children.
  • Inclement weather.

Specific training and procedures will be provided, designed to maintain safety of people as the highest priority of the Zoo followed by the safety of the animal collection.

Camp aides, as with any employees of the Zoo, are required to be familiar with the Zoo’s overall safety policies as outlined in the employee handbook as well as being responsible for reporting any injury immediately to the first aid department.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

The following physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee should expect:

  • Use of hands, fingers and tools.
  • Frequently required to stand; walk; sit; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, bend, crawl, crouch and talk or hear.
  • Routinely lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
  • Requires frequent walking for long distances.
  • Exposure to wet surfaces.
  • Exposure to the elements can be expected.

HOW TO APPLY

The application deadline is April 30, 2018.

To apply, please complete an online application.

Seasonal Animal Care Professional – Animal Programs

SUMMARY

This position responsible for the primary daily husbandry activities of the animal collection in their department with a basic working knowledge of animal care and welfare.  They are also responsible for developing and presenting animals and animal programs to the public in a variety of locations. Collectively with other zoo employees these activities will assist in presenting to the public an environment that is educational, entertaining, and serves to further the mission of the Birmingham Zoo.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Responsibilities include the daily inspection, feeding, cleaning, training, enrichment, medicating and maintenance of the animals in the Programs Department.  The Programs collection includes mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates.

In addition to husbandry duties, Programs ACPs will conduct interpretive programming, including participating in and conducting on-grounds animal presentations, Zoo to You off-ground events, special marketing events, birthday parties, and summer wildlife shows.  ACPs will be expected to interact and interpret with visitors in a positive manner.  Strong public presentation skills while working with live animals is preferred.

Seasonal Position Available: 6 months and 4 months

Some flexibility in range of seasonal position dates, ask for more details

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Biology-related degree (or work towards) and/or animal care experience is preferred; experience in theater or related public speaking field a plus.
  • Prior animal training experience using operant and classical conditioning a plus. Preferred experience in a zoo setting.
  • Candidates must possess good communication, observational, and organization skills and the ability to work well with others in a team environment. Must possess good public speaking and presentation skills.
  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds and perform duties in extreme weather.
  • Must have a current valid driver’s license with no prior traffic violations (within the last five years).
  • Knowledge of basic computer skills including Word, Excel, Microsoft Office.
  • Must have current negative TB test and rabies titer and provide documentation, or be willing to have a TB test and rabies titer.
  • Must be First aid/CPR certified or willing to be trained and certified.
  • Preferred experience in a zoo setting.

To apply, please complete an online application.

Full-Time Elephant Manager

Job Summary:

The Elephant Manager will be directly responsible for the daily oversight of an all-male elephant herd to ensure compliance and excellent standards of elephant care and management.

The Elephant Manager will also be responsible for preparing and maintaining records for all aspects of elephant management.  Supervises, trains, monitors, and mentors staff as well as participates in the care of elephants to meet the long-term goals of Birmingham Zoo, Inc. (BZI) elephant programs. The elephant manager will also oversee a white rhino breeding program.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Responsible for implementing the daily husbandry, welfare, training, and reproductive program of elephants and rhinos.
  • Oversees behavioral management of elephants through observations and interactions with the elephants. Discusses plans and goals for the behavioral management with the VP of Living Collections.
  • Responsible for modeling and mentoring a positive reinforcement training program.
  • Coordinates and manages animals for transfer to and from BZI.
  • Ensures safety of elephants, staff, and public in all spaces.
  • Observes and monitors the health of animals in area.
  • Inspects and monitors food preparation and storage areas for safety and cleanliness.
  • Prepares and maintains records of all aspects of animal management; records daily behavior, breeding behavior, capture and restraint, routine and non-routine medical procedures, etc.
  • Confers with the Veterinarians regarding the health and preventative medicine programs.
  • Responsible for creating an environment where animals are given the greatest opportunity to exhibit natural behaviors.
  • Responsible for creating and maintaining a goal-oriented enrichment program for elephants that promotes enhanced psychological and physical health.
  • Develops and maintains protocols and elephant program to meet and exceed the AZA Standards for Elephant Management and Care and USDA standards.
  • Documents all training and enrichment related items to show measurable outcomes.
  • Works with animals on a one-to-one basis such as bathing, collecting blood, cleaning feet, and other management behaviors.
  • Keeps current with elephant/animal research to include scientific journals. Corresponds with other institutions and private specialists on developments in elephant, rhino, and general animal care.
  • Supervises and monitors the work of employees involved in the care and maintenance of the elephants and rhinos, providing both oral and written instructions.
  • Establishes plans to mentor and develop employees for professional growth.
  • Plans, schedules and assigns work to staff; establishes priorities; instructs and trains in correct methods; checks and approves work; reviews; mentors and evaluates employee performance.
  • Responsible for the development, implementation and communication with others regarding all aspects of the elephant program.
  • Presents animal talks to the Zoo visitors, as well as representing the Zoo in the media and other public presentations.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum qualifications (Special skills, knowledge, ability, education, etc.):

  • High School diploma required; Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Biology, Zoology, Wildlife management/science or a related field preferred.
  • Advanced knowledge of natural history and management of elephants in a zoo setting.
  • Minimum of five (5) years increasing responsible experience in the care, training, handling and breeding of elephants. Experience with male elephants preferred.
  • Three (3) years supervisory/management experience
  • Completion of AZA Principles of Elephant Management Course I & II required.
  • Must have a current valid driver’s license with no prior traffic violations (within the last five years).
  • Excellent elephant handling abilities; strong leadership and partnering skills; ability to operate as a member of a diverse team, strong organizational and time management skills, problem-solving skills, and proven ability to successfully develop and implement a keeper training program and operant conditioning training program for the elephants.
  • Must have ability to foster teamwork within and across teams.
  • Proficiency in basic computer skills including Word, Excel, Microsoft Office.
  • Must provide documentation of current, negative TB test within the last year.

SAFETY ANALYSIS

The Elephant Manager is expected to maintain the highest level of safety in the work area through implementation of safety protocols and procedures. The elephant manager position is impacted by a wide variety of potentially hazardous exposures:

  • Depending on assignment, the elephant manager will have to deal with the unpredictability of wild animals.
  • The care and husbandry of animals, some of whom are dangerous or may carry zoonotic diseases.
  • The proper use and understanding of cleaning and disinfecting agents.
  • Weather conditions including extreme heat, cold and storm conditions.

Specific training and procedures designed to maintain safety of people as the highest priority of the zoo followed by the safety of the animal collection will be provided.

The use and understanding of a variety of personal safety equipment is mandatory.

The Elephant Manager, as with any employee of the zoo, is required to be familiar with the Zoo’s overall safety policies as outlined in the employee handbook as well as being responsible for reporting any injury immediately to the first aid department.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee should expect:

Use of hands, fingers, tools or controls.
Frequently required to stand; walk; sit; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch and talk or hear.
Routinely lift and/or move more than 50 pounds.
Exposure to wet surfaces and slippery surfaces.
May be required to wear a face mask and or other personal protective equipment for long periods of time.
Depending on assignment, exposure to the elements can be expected.

POSITION TYPE AND HOURS OF WORK

  • Full time
  • Weekdays and weekends required with occasional evening and holiday work.
  • Will be included in the “Manager on Duty” schedule.

Interested candidates should complete an online application.

Seasonal Animal Care Professional – Children’s Zoo

SUMMARY

This position responsible for the primary daily husbandry activities of the animal collection in their department with a basic working knowledge of animal care and welfare.  Collectively with other zoo employees, these activities will assist in presenting to the public an environment that is educational, entertaining and serves to further the mission of the Birmingham Zoo.

Responsibilities include the daily inspection, feeding, cleaning, training, enrichment, medicating and maintenance of the animals in Children’s Zoo and Alabama Wilds.

Seasonal Position Available: 6 months

Some flexibility in range of seasonal position dates, ask for more details

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Biology-related degree (or work towards) and/or animal care experience is preferred.
  • Prior animal training experience using operant and classical conditioning a plus. Preferred experience in a zoo setting.
  • Candidates must possess good communication, observational, and organization skills and the ability to work well with others in a team environment. Must possess good public speaking and presentation skills.
  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds and perform duties in extreme weather.
  • Must have a current valid driver’s license with no prior traffic violations (within the last five years).
  • Knowledge of basic computer skills including Word, Excel, Microsoft Office.
  • Must have current negative TB test and rabies titer and provide documentation, or be willing to have a TB test and rabies titer.
  • Must be First aid/CPR certified or willing to be trained and certified.
  • Preferred experience in a zoo setting.

To apply, please complete an online application.

Full-Time Zoological Manager (ZM) – Animal Programs and Interpretation

Job Summary:

The Zoo Manager (ZM) works closely with the department Curator and is tasked with both supervisory responsibility and care for the assigned animals. Collectively with other zoo employees these activities will assist in presenting to the public an environment that is educational, entertaining and serves to further the mission of the Birmingham Zoo.

The ZM is responsible for an assigned area which includes the animals, facilities and staff. This person will provide a technical lead in the care for the animals in the assigned area, including coordination with other Zoo employees.

The Programs ZM coordinates the interpretive and animal portions of all presentations involving program animals, including Wildlife Shows, Zoo to You programs, special events, media appearances, birthday parties, volunteer animal handling and education programs.  The Programs ZM works closely with the Education Manager and other Animal Departments to develop interpretive content that is in line with the Zoo’s educational goals. The Programs ZM also works with other area ZMs that use exhibit animals for interpretive purposes to deliver quality interpretive programs to the public.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Supervises and trains the animal keepers in the approved protocol for the assigned area.
  • Makes recommendations regarding changes to Zoo policy or procedure to insure continuous improvement.
  • Provides recommendations and support for professional development of assigned staff in animal husbandry, education and conservation programs.
  • Inputs animal data into the computer system to insure current data is available to all zoo staff members regarding assigned animals.
  • Assists in cleaning and maintaining animal exhibits, including the use of chemical agents and special tools to assure the health and safety of the animals. Monitors and inspects animal exhibits and areas to insure compliance with USDA standards.
  • Evaluates and prepares assigned animals diet and consults with the Curator and/or Veterinarian staff based on the condition of the animal, weather and temperature influence, and any other special consideration relating to the species or individual animal.
  • Responsible for capturing, crating, and transferring animals using appropriate restraint and handling techniques designed to put the least amount of stress on the animal.
  • Communicates problems or concerns as it relates to the collection, staff or public to the Curator and/or other member of senior staff.
  • Interacts with Zoo visitors concerning Zoo operations, education and conservation.
  • Follows established protocol unless directed by a supervisor to deviate from that protocol.
  • Coordinates training of the use of program animals with the volunteers and education staff.
  • Coordinates with the Marketing Department for animal media segments for weekly TV spots. Designates and schedules an Animal Programs staff member to present on media segments.
  • Manages and coordinates Zoo to You off grounds programs.
  • Supervises Animal Handling and Creature Cart Programs. Schedules and assigns Animal Program staff to man these programs.
  • Expected to write articles for Zoo publications. Will also be encouraged to publish and present papers in specialty area, as well as represent the Zoo at professional conferences.
  • Ensures USDA and AZA compliance at all times.
  • Manages husbandry and care programs with best welfare in mind.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum qualifications (Special skills, knowledge, ability, education, etc.):

  • College degree preferred in a relevant field of study.
  • Minimum three years’ experience as a keeper with at least one year senior or Lead keeper experience.
  • Membership in AZA, AAZK and graduation from AZA’s Management School is preferred.
  • Willingness to be a team player.
  • Understanding and appreciation for BZI’s mission.
  • Must be willing to travel locally.
  • Must have a current valid driver’s license with no prior traffic violations (within the last five years).
  • Knowledge of basic computer skills including Word, Excel, Microsoft Office.
  • Must have good oral and written communication skills as well as good observational skills.
  • Must have good presentation and public speaking skills.
  • Must be Certified Interpretive Guide; will be expected to take and pass IATCB exam
  • Must have current negative TB test and rabies titer and provide documentation, or be willing to have a TB test and rabies titer.
  • Must be First aid/CPR certified or willing to be trained and certified.

POSITION TYPE AND HOURS OF WORK

  • Full time
  • Schedule varies between weekdays and weekends. Weekend work required as well as occasional evening work and holidays.
  • Will be included in the “Manager on Duty” schedule.

Interested candidates should complete an online application.

 

Full-Time Corporate Relations Director

Job Summary:

Responsible for building and cultivating relationships with Birmingham Zoo, Inc.’s 100+ Corporate Partners and Zoo team members.  This person would be responsible in maintaining the current partners and identifying new partners and growing the program and the Zoo’s major fundraisers. Responsibilities would include increasing corporate employee memberships by working closely with company coordinators, filtering leads for corporate events and rentals to Zoo team members, and raising funds for the Zoo’s fundraisers. Cultivate corporate sponsorships for other Zoo events that provide funding for operations and education.

Minimum qualifications (Special skills, knowledge, ability, education, etc.):

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience in Communications, Marketing, Business, or related field from a four-year college or university
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience working in development, marketing, or membership-based institution
  • Must be a strategic planner and thinker with a creative mind.
  • Must be self-motivated and driven to succeed.
  • Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills; have high energy and enthusiasm for completion of tasks; possess team building skills; and has the ability to handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Must have ability to foster teamwork within and across teams to successfully benefit the Zoo as a whole.
  • Presentation experience helpful.
  • Proficiency in using PC based software programs for word processing, publishing, graphic design and accounting spreadsheets, specifically Microsoft Office. Experience with Raisers Edge a plus.
  • Must have the ability to work successfully with other departments to successfully benefit the Zoo as a whole.
  • Must have current negative TB test and provide documentation, or be willing to have a TB test.

POSITION TYPE AND HOURS OF WORK

  • Full-Time
  • Weekdays and weekends with occasional evening work and holidays required.

Interested candidates should complete an online application and attach a resume

Full-Time Payroll and Benefits Coordinator

Job Summary

The Payroll and Benefits Coordinator is responsible for the administrative support of day-to-day Payroll and Benefits operations as well as the bi-weekly processing of payroll for all BZI employees.  Responsibilities include processing bi-weekly payroll through payroll and benefit system, maintain payroll employee data information, and produce reports from payroll and benefits system.  Will also include benefits administration, establishes various reports and documents to provide current personnel information. May also assist in general day to day Human Resource functions.

POSITION FUNCTIONS

  • Responsible for payroll processing on a bi-weekly basis.
  • Ensures completion of all new hire and termination paperwork. Inputs new hire information into payroll system.
  • Processes payroll data such as garnishments, vacation/personal time, insurance, and 401(k) deductions.
  • Polls electronic time clocks and review the downloaded information for completeness and accuracy; maintain electronic time clocks.
  • Conducts end of month closing activities for payroll.
  • May assist in coordinating employee screening process to include drug screenings and background checks as well as assemble new hire and benefits packets.
  • Conducts the enrollment of new employees in benefit plans and coordinates the annual open enrollment process.
  • Responsible for COBRA administration and ACA compliance.
  • Ensures completion of personnel action forms (PAF) for new position requests, new hire information, leave requests, merit increases and related information.
  • Assists in maintaining files on all current and former employees.
  • Assists new hire employees with benefit options.
  • Produces name badges for employees, interns, volunteers and contract workers.
  • Assists in completing salary surveys for AZA, or other member organizations as directed.
  • Responds to requests from the Alabama Department of Industrial Relations and Unemployment office in order to establish final determination of claims.
  • Prepares documentation and facilitate yearly Workers Compensation Insurance audit.
  • Reviews and reconciles monthly benefit invoices to insure accuracy of billing and enrollment.
  • Coordinates yearly testing and compliance reporting for 401(k) Plan and Section125 plans.
  • Designs and runs reports from payroll system as requested.
  • Assists with yearly EEO-1 reporting.
  • Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Associate degree (A.A.) or equivalent in accounting, finance, HR or related field; four (4) year College degree is preferred. Payroll certification preferred.
  • At least three (3) years direct payroll processing experience.
  • Solid understanding of payroll and payroll tax laws.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office products especially Word and Excel.
  • Work history in payroll platforms such as Paycor, ADP, Paychex
  • Ability to organize and write procedures in a logical/methodical manner.
  • Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills; have high energy and enthusiasm for completion of tasks; possess team building skills; and has the ability to handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Must have ability to foster teamwork within and across teams.
  • Must maintain confidential information.

To apply please complete an online application and attach a current resume.

Part-Time Rides and Attractions Operator

SUMMARY

The Ride/amusement Operator is responsible for the safety and maintenance of their assigned amusement/ride.  Responsibilities also include providing safe, friendly service while operating one of the Zoo’s rides/amusements.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Provide excellent customer service at all times to guests and staff.
  • Completes daily cleaning and basic maintenance checks on ride/attraction prior to Zoo opening. Reports any problems that would lead to unsafe operations to supervisors.
  • If assigned as a Train Operator, maintains all daily, weekly, and monthly checklists for the train and track.
  • Operates the ride/attraction while observing riders and ride to ensure safe operation.
  • Acquires ride tickets from guests and/or checks wristbands. Records rider numbers daily.
  • Assists riders on and off ride/attraction as needed, to include handicapped/wheelchairs if applicable.
  • Acknowledges guest questions regarding basic zoo information and daily schedules and answers appropriately. Seeks answer if unknown to operator.
  • Attains a basic knowledge of membership packages/benefits for encouraging memberships.
  • Monitors and responds to inappropriate or unsafe guest behavior. Determines severity of behavior and contacts appropriate management to implement emergency plan.
  • Conducts and maintains daily checklists for designated area including, but not limited to: operation of, maintenance of, and cleaning of ride/attraction.
  • As an Ambassador of the Zoo, projects professionalism in behavior, speech, appearance, and radio communications at all times.
  • Entertains guests during ride/amusement by following assigned scripts determined by the ride/amusement.
  • Other duties as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS

  • High School Degree or GED, College preferred.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age.
  • Presentation skills helpful.
  • Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills; have high energy and enthusiasm for guest interactions and completion of tasks; possess team building skills; and has the ability to handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Must have ability to foster teamwork within and across teams.
  • Must have a current valid driver’s license with no prior traffic violations (within the last five years).
  • Must be First aid/CPR certified, or willing to become certified.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee should expect:

  • Use of hands, fingers, tools or controls.
  • Frequently required to stand; walk; sit; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, bend, crawl, crouch and talk or hear.
  • Routinely lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
  • Exposure to wet surfaces.
  • Depending on assignment, exposure to the elements can be expected.

SAFETY ANALYSIS

The Ride/amusement Operator position is impacted by hazardous exposures common to retail operations as well as public safety in an outdoor environment.  Specific training and procedures will be provided, designed to maintain safety of people as the highest priority of the zoo followed by the safety of the animal collection.

The Ride/amusement Operator is responsible for following safety policies and procedures for their areas and to make any recommendations to the Operations Manager as necessary.

The use and understanding of a variety of personal safety equipment is mandatory.

The Ride/amusement Operator, as with any employee of the zoo, is required to be familiar with the Zoo’s overall safety policies as outlined in the employee handbook as well as being responsible for reporting any injury immediately to the first aid department.

POSITION TYPE AND HOURS OF WORK

  • Full time or part time
  • Weekdays and weekends required, occasional evening hours (during special events) and holidays.

To apply please complete an online application and attach a current resume.

 

Full-Time Animal Care Professional II – Sea Lions

SUMMARY

The Birmingham Zoo is seeking a full time Animal Care Professional II Sea lions. Under the direction of the Zoological Manager of Predators/Sea Lions and the guidance of the Sea Lion ACP III, the candidate will develop husbandry and show behaviors with 1.1 California Sea Lions. In addition to animal care and training, this position will also include daily maintenance of the Sea Lion Life Support System, media events and guest interactions. The ACP II will also play a role in resolving any animal related emergencies within the zoo and will be proficient in the proper capture, restraint, crating, and transfer techniques for the animals in the Predator/Sea lion department. As part of the predator department, this position may include cross training on other routines as needed.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Four years’ full time paid experience training and providing daily care for pinnipeds
  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant biological field
  • Proven knowledge and experience in training using operant conditioning techniques
  • An understanding of and experience with behavioral enrichment
  • Current knowledge of natural history, animal behavior and husbandry
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and listening skills
  • High performance in a team environment
  • The ability to organize and manage time
  • Strong decision making abilities and the ability to multi-task
  • Excellent public presentation skills and enthusiastic attitude
  • Must be able to swim and be comfortable working in and around water
  • Must have a current valid driver’s license with no prior traffic violations (within the last five years).
  • Must be First aid/CPR certified, or be willing to be certified.
  • Must have current negative TB test and provide documentation, or be willing to have a TB test

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee should expect:

  • Use of hands, fingers, tools, or controls.
  • Frequently required to stand; walk; sit; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch and talk or hear.
  • Routinely lift and/or move more than 50 pounds.
  • Exposure to wet surfaces and slippery surfaces.
  • Candidate will work with dangerous animals.
  • Required to wear a face mask and or other personal protective equipment for long periods of time.
  • Must be able to work under challenging physical conditions and perform strenuous duties in extreme weather.

POSITION TYPE AND HOURS OF WORK

  • Full time
  • Schedule varies between weekdays and weekends.  Weekend work required as well as occasional evening work and holidays.

To apply please complete an online application and attach a current resume.

Full-Time Maintenance Technician

SUMMAR

Work involves executing projects to maintain, repair or construct facilities at the Birmingham Zoo. Work assignments are received through work orders, observation and meetings. Work is evaluated through meetings, budget, time constraints and results achieved.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Performs preventative maintenance; responds to trouble calls and work orders, inspects buildings and equipment; implements repairs, maintenance and installation as needed or assigned.
  • Depending on skill set, is involved in routine maintenance involving electrical, HVAC, carpentry, auto repair, welding, plumbing, concrete work, and construction.
  • Performs routine maintenance on the train and carousel.
  • Maintains maintenance logs as directed.
  • Completes engine repairs.
  • Completes all work orders as directed.
  • Utilizes and/or operates vehicles such as trucks and construction vehicles.
  • Utilizes the following materials: blueprints, calculator, computer, general office equipment, hand-tools, and power equipment.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

  • High School Diploma or GED — some College or degree preferred.
  • Five (5) or more years of field experience within a building trade or related skill set.
  • Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills; have high energy and enthusiasm for completion of tasks; possess team building skills; and has the ability to handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Must have ability to foster teamwork within and across teams.
  • Must have basic competency in computer skills.
  • Must have a current valid driver’s license with no prior traffic violations (within the last five years) as well as a valid Alabama Commercial Driver’s License.
  • Must provide documentation of current, negative TB test within the last year.

To apply please complete an online application and attach a current resume.

 

 

The Birmingham Zoo is an Equal Opportunity Employer and drug-free facility.