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Assistant Zoological Manager - Ectotherms

Posted: April 23, 2024 Expired: May 21, 2024
Dallas Zoo
Bachelor Degree

Dallas Zoo

Located three miles south of downtown Dallas, the 106-acre Dallas Zoo is the oldest and largest zoo in Texas. Founded with just two deer and two mountain lions in 1888 as the first zoo in the Southwest, this City of Dallas-owned but privately managed zoo is a thriving example of a successful public-private partnership. As an accredited member of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) for 35 years, the Zoo provides a home for more than 2,000 animals representing over 400 species.

Assistant Zoological Manager - Ectotherms

This is a “working” supervisory position in animal care, working closely with the Associate Curators and the Curator to lead a team of Zoologists, covering daily routines as assigned, and providing exceptional care to the species housed in a given section. The Assistant Zoological Manager assists in the daily operation of the department, management of animal husbandry programs, and maintenance of associated facilities. The Assistant Zoological Manager will serve as the primary contact and liaison for their assigned section in the absence of the Zoological Manager, and provide leadership to animal care staff.   

• Organize and coordinate assigned section’s daily activities, overseeing animal care staff in all areas,and delegating tasks per Curatorial team’s direction;
• Lead by example: maintain familiarity with all aspects of husbandry routines, assisting if needed;
• Assist in the hiring of, then train, animal care staff in all aspects of husbandry: diet preparation,
feeding, cleaning and maintenance of exhibits;
• Assist in the implementation of protocols and operating procedures to maintain high level of
sanitation, animal care, and safety;
• Observe and monitor animals regularly for health and behavioral issues;
• Assist with veterinary treatments and procedures, reporting relevant animal health situations to
veterinarians and curator;
• Oversee animal propagation, sharing expertise with staff, ensuring that facilities and staff are well
prepared prior to relevant breeding events;
• Coordinate safe animal capture and restraint, as well as transfer within the zoo, in compliance with
professional industry standards;
• Coordinate, perform, and train staff for safe handling, restraint, translocation of animals within
assigned work section potentially including dangerous and/or venomous species;
• Communicate thoroughly and efficiently and ensure accuracy of records in all areas of responsibility;
• Actively manage, and participate in, operant conditioning and environmental enrichment programs
for animals within the section;
• Ensure exhibits meet high standards of animal welfare and aesthetics: prioritize exhibit enhancement
projects, participate in renovations, and demonstrate effective exhibit maintenance strategies;
• Follow all safety protocols, understanding the Assistant Zoological Manager’s role in emergency
procedures, and serving as a member of Dallas Zoo’s Emergency Response Team;
• Perform other duties as assigned.   

• A Bachelor’s degree in biology, animal science, or a related field is preferred, but not required;
• Must have knowledge of animal husbandry, with at least seven years preferred of exotic animal care experience at an AZA-accredited facility (ideally with Ectotherm taxa)
• Must be solution-oriented, finding creative solutions for complex challenges;
• Demonstrated interest and expertise in management, reproduction of diverse species;
• Comprehensive knowledge of reproduction, as well as neonate care;
• Comprehensive knowledge of behavioral management, including operant conditioning philosophy,
techniques and terminology, as well as benefits and goals of environmental enrichment;
• Ability to remain aware and alert while working around potentially dangerous animals at all times;
• Incumbent should have broad interests in research, behavior and conservation;
• Excellent facilitation, as well as communication skills, both oral and written;
• Comfort with computer software: MS Word, Excel, Outlook, Power Point;
• Ability to represent the Zoo in a professional manner at all times;
• Ability to exercise sound judgment in emergency situations and to respond with appropriate action;
• Ability to work with minimal supervision, must be self-directed;
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationship with management, other employees & zoo guests;
• Must be able to walk, stand, sit, kneel, stoop, crawl, twist, reach above head, pull bend, climb stairs
and ladders and carry up to 50 lbs;
• Must be able to work holidays and weekends;
• Must be able to actively work outdoors in hot or inclement weather;
• Successful candidates must pass pre-employment drug screening, background check and TB test;
• Must have a valid driver’s license to operate zoo vehicles and reliable transportation.   

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by personnel assigned to this job and is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all duties to be assigned.    

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Dallas Zoo
650 S. R.L. Thornton Fwy.
Dallas, TX 75203


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