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



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Animal Care Professionals

Education

Living Collections

 



To apply to one of these positions, please fill out the online application

ONLINE APPLICATION



 

Animal Care Professionals

Full Time ACP I – South America/Primates

SUMMARY

The Birmingham Zoo is currently seeking applications for an Animal Care Professional I in the South America/Primate Department.  Under the direction of the Zoological Manager, the successful candidate will be responsible for providing a high level of animal care within a diverse collection of species, including squirrel monkey, cotton top tamarin, lemur, and giant anteater.

Primary responsibilities of this position include monitoring animal health, maintaining cleanliness of animal areas, providing environmental enrichment, preparing diets, modifying habitats, maintaining accurate records, and presenting both formally and informally for the public.  This position requires the ability to work both independently and within a team.  The desired candidate must be a motivated self-starter that is capable of positive interactions with staff, guests, and volunteers.

This is a full time position working at least 40 hours per week, including weekends, holidays, and late events as needed.  The successful candidate will work in close proximity to dangerous animals, and professionalism and good communication are required.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant biological field (preferred)
  • Current, valid driver’s license with no prior traffic violations within the last five years (required)
  • Current negative TB test with documentation, or willingness to have a TB test administered (required)
  • Experience in a zoological institution, primate focus preferred
  • Capacity to act decisively under a variety of circumstances
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks, complete projects, and meet deadlines
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Awareness of the management of zoo primate populations, including related AZA conservation programs
  • Aptitude for fostering teamwork both within and across teams
  • Competency in computer skills
  • First aid/CPR certified, or be willingness to be certified

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

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

  • Routinely lift and/or move more than 50 pounds
  • Regularly utilize hands, fingers, tools, or controls
  • Frequently stand, walk, sit, reach with hands and arms, stoop, kneel, and crouch
  • Speak clearly and/or receive verbal communications under a variety of conditions
  • Maintain balance under exposure to wet, slippery, and/or uneven surfaces
  • Work within close proximity of dangerous animals
  • Wear a face mask, gloves, and/or other personal protective equipment for long periods of time
  • Perform strenuous duties under challenging physical conditions and in extreme weather

POSITION TYPE AND HOURS OF WORK

  • Full time with benefits
  • Base schedule consists of five, eight-hour work days and may include weekend, evening, and holiday hours

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

 


Education

Seasonal Zoo Camp Teacher 2020

SUMMARY

SUMMER CAMP PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Around 1,000 children, ages 4K to 12th grade, attend full-day (8:30 am to 3:30 pm) Summer Zoo Camp at the Birmingham Zoo. Children participate in themed educational activities in the classroom and out on Zoo grounds. Zoo Camp at the Birmingham Zoo is educational and encourages active learning through games, nature play activities, age-appropriate explorations, and special encounters. Rich in STEM-based and play experiences, Zoo Camp engages the natural curiosity of children and young adults and allows ample time to develop scientific learning and building relationships with others and confidence in themselves.

RESPONSIBILITY

The Zoo Camp Teacher is part of a dedicated team of educators that will promote science and nature play 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.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Implements a pre- designed 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.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • 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.
  • Must be goal oriented, 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.
  • Must have the ability to work successfully as part of a team.
  • Must be a positive ambassador for the Birmingham Zoo.
  • Experience working with children of different learning abilities and backgrounds is desired

POSITION TYPE AND HOURS OF WORK

  • Seasonal (no benefits)
  • 10 weeks, beginning May 25, 2020, up to 40 hours per week.
  • Mainly weekdays, working hours may range from 7:15am to 5:45pm.

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

 

Seasonal Zoo Camp Aide 2020

SUMMARY

SUMMER CAMP PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Around 1,000 children, ages 4K to 12th grade, attend full-day (8:30 am to 3:30 pm) Summer Zoo Camp at the Birmingham Zoo. Children participate in themed educational activities in the classroom and out on Zoo grounds. Zoo Camp at the Birmingham Zoo is educational and encourages active learning through games, nature play activities, age-appropriate explorations, and special encounters. Rich in STEM-based and play experiences, Zoo Camp engages the natural curiosity of children and young adults and allows ample time to develop scientific learning and building relationships with others and confidence in themselves.

RESPONSIBILITY

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.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Must be highly motivated and be able to multi-task.
  • Enjoy working with children and youth in a camp setting
  • 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.
  • Must be a positive ambassador for the Birmingham Zoo

POSITION TYPE AND HOURS OF WORK

  • Seasonal (no benefits)
  • 10 weeks, up to 40 hours per week.
  • Mainly weekdays, working hours may range from 7:15am to 5:45pm

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

Seasonal Lead Zoo Camp Aide 2020

SUMMARY

SUMMER CAMP PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Around 1,000 children ages 4K to 12th grade attend full-day (8:30 am to 3:30 pm) Summer Zoo Camp at the Birmingham Zoo. Children participate in themed educational activities in the classroom and out on Zoo grounds. Zoo Camp at the Birmingham Zoo is educational and encourage active learning through games, crafts, age-appropriate explorations, and special encounters. Rich in STEM-based experiences, Zoo Camp engages the natural curiosity of children and young adults and allow ample time to practice emerging science skills.

RESPONSIBILITY

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.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • 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

POSITION TYPE AND HOURS OF WORK

  • Seasonal (no benefits)
  • 10 weeks, up to 40 hours per week.
  • Mainly weekdays

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

 


Living Collections

Full-Time Curator of Living Collections

JOB SUMMARY

This position oversees the animal collection, animal habitats, and programs, under the leadership of the VP of Living Collections. Additionally, this position assists in the planning, coordinating, and directing of personnel within the Living Collections department and the operation of the zoo to ensure that the animal collection and facilities are properly maintained in a safe and healthy manner.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Supervises assigned Zoological Managers and other staff members in animal areas.
  • Responsible for animal husbandry, enrichment, training, welfare and exhibitry of the animals within the Zoo.
  • Works with the VP of Living Collections to develop and implement the Institutional Collection Plan.
  • Works with the VP of Living Collections to develop animal department policies and procedures.
  • Ensures that animal areas are in compliance with all regulatory agencies and accrediting organizations, including USDA and AZA.
  • Partners with other departments to meet the Zoo’s animal care, guest experience, operational, media, and revenue goals.
  • Responsible for continuing education in zoology, enrichment, welfare and animal husbandry for self and assigned staff members.
  • Develops job-specific skills in employees through various formal and informal training programs.
  • With area Zoological Managers, ensures that animal records are up to date and maintained in accordance with Zoo policy, state and federal regulations, and national animal record keeping standards.
  • Responsible for working with the Registrar to secure all permits and reports involving procurement, disposition, shipment and exhibition of animals in accordance with BZI Animal Management policies. Ensures that transport, loading and unloading of animals is done safely and efficiently according to IATA, USDA, AZA and other governing authority guidelines.
  • Ensures compliance with all BZI policies and procedures.
  • Initiates the development of ideas for animal habitats.
  • Assists in the design or modification of animal habitats.
  • Coordinates with the veterinary staff to ensure the health and welfare of all Zoo animals.
  • Assists and guides Zoological Managers in hiring and disciplinary actions with a focus on developmental objectives.
  • Completes annual performance appraisals of all direct reports and coordinates with other managers on the evaluation of their employees as assigned.
  • Prepares for, and initiates, human and animal-related emergency and safety procedures, including dangerous animal escape procedures, in coordination with the Safety Manager.
  • Assists in preparation of annual budget for animal areas, makes purchases, and monitors budget throughout the year.
  • Acts as Animal Department Coordinator (ADC) or person in charge of the Zoo when assigned.
  • Participates in local, national, and international conservation efforts, including AZA programs and other efforts as approved by the VP of Living Collections.
  • Represents the Zoo by writing articles for Zoo publications, publishing and presenting papers in specialty area, and representing the Zoo at professional conferences.
  • Other duties as assigned.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Zoological Managers and/or senior-level keepers.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

  • College degree in zoology, biology, or related degree and five years’ experience as an animal manager in an accredited zoological institution, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Membership in AZA and/or graduation from AZA’s Professional Development program is preferred.
  • Understanding and appreciation of 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 Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills; have high energy and enthusiasm for completion of tasks; possess team building skills; and have the ability to handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Must have ability to foster teamwork within and across teams.
  • Must have good presentation and public speaking skills.
  • Must have current negative TB test and provide documentation, or be willing to have a TB test.
  • Must be First aid/CPR certified or willing to be trained and certified.
  • Must be able to complete weapons training.

POSITION TYPE AND HOURS OF WORK

  • Weekdays and weekends required with evening work and holidays as needed.
  • Will be in “Animal Department Coordinator” rotation.

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


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