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Animal Care Professional – Children’s Zoo

Job Summary:

The Birmingham Zoo is currently seeking applications for an Animal Care Professional in the Children’s Zoo and Alabama Wilds Department.  Under the direction of the Zoological Manager, the successful candidate will be responsible for providing a high level of care to a diverse collection of species, including Guinea Forest Hogs, Spanish Goats, Gulf Coast Sheep Red/Grey Fox, various raptors, North American River Otters, and Black Bears.

Primary responsibilities of this position include monitoring animal health, maintaining cleanliness of animal areas, providing environmental and behavioral enrichment, preparing diets, modifying exhibits, maintaining accurate records, and presenting both formally and informally for the public.  The candidate must be a motivated self-starter that is enthusiastic and team oriented.  This position requires a team player 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.  Successful candidates will work in close proximity to dangerous animals, and professionalism and good communication are required.

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

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field
  • Minimum of one year of experience in an AZA facility
  • Basic knowledge of the management of captive animal populations, including related AZA conservation programs
  • Good decision-making skills
  • Ability to provide proof of a current negative TB test or willingness to have one
  • Ability to work under challenging physical conditions and perform strenuous duties in extreme weather
  • Capability to routinely lift and/or move at least 50 pounds
  • Demonstrated understanding of principles of operant conditioning
  • Current valid driver’s license with no prior traffic violations (within the last five years).
  • First aid/CPR certified, or be willing to be certified.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; have high energy and enthusiasm for completion of tasks; possess team building skills, and the ability to handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to foster teamwork within and across teams.
  • Competency in computer skills

The Birmingham Zoo is a drug and smoke free work place.  EOE.  Apply online at www.BirminghamZoo.com, About Us, Employment, attach a current resume to the online application and include salary expectations.

Animal Care Professional – Primates

SUMMARY

The Birmingham Zoo is seeking applicants for an Animal Care Professional in the Primate Department. Under the direction of the Zoological Manager, the successful candidate will be responsible for providing a high level of animal care including, but not limited to, monitoring animal health, maintaining cleanliness of animal areas, providing environmental and behavioral enrichment, preparing diets, modifying exhibits, keeping accurate records, and presenting both formally and informally for the public. The candidate must be a motivated self-starter that is enthusiastic and team oriented. This position requires a team player capable of positive interactions with staff, guests, and volunteers.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant biological field and a minimum of one years’ experience with wildlife/exotics in a zoological institution is required. Experience working with primates preferred.
  • Should have basic knowledge of the management of captive primate populations, including related AZA conservation programs.
  • Must have excellent written and verbal communication as well as decision 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.

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 and venomous animals.
  • Must be able to work under challenging physical conditions and perform strenuous duties in extreme weather.

POSITION TYPE AND HOURS OF WORK

  • Full time or part 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.

Vice President, Living Collections

Summary:  The Birmingham Zoo Inc., a non-profit, is Alabama’s must-see attraction, drawing more than 575,000 visitors annually.  The Zoo has approximately 950 animals that call the 122-acre Birmingham Zoo home.

This position is responsible for leading The Birmingham Zoo’s Living Collections division to include collection planning, communicating effectively with staff and collaborative partners, exhibit design, animal health and welfare, conservation, horticulture, collaborating on general operations and other management issues.  The VP, Living Collections supervises the Curatorial, Animal Care Professionals, Registrar staff as well as horticulture services.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Zoology or an equivalent field of study.
  • At least ten (10) years’ experience in the care of animals and maintenance of the Zoo facilities.
  • Five years’ experience in a supervisory and operational capacity.
  • A broad-based knowledge of biological collections management.
  • Experience managing a complex organizational and financial structure.
  • Proven communication, leadership, and relationship building skills.
  • Ability to assist in positioning the Zoo as a leading education, conservation, and destination institution both locally, nationally and internationally.
  • A broad understanding of the national and international issues facing the zoological profession, and the ability and stature to be respected by peers and participants in AZA and related professional associations.
  • Expected to be a visible member of the zoological community and as such will possess the maturity professionalism and high ethical standards that project trust, integrity and confidence.
  • Requires a goal-oriented individual who has high energy, and an experienced manager who is willing to take risks, and who is able to make tough decisions based on thoughtful consideration of issues. The successful candidate will be a consensus builder and have a positive outlook.
  • 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 be certified.
  • 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 – Mainly weekdays but with some weekends required; may have occasional evening work and holidays.
  • Assignments are mostly outdoors; exposure to a variety of weather elements, such as summer heat, can be expected.

Apply online at www.BirminghamZoo.com, About Us, Employment

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