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Wildlife Care Specialist, Behavior - Full Time - San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Posted: June 11, 2024 Expired: November 27, 2023
San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Escondido
FULL TIME
Postgraduate Degree

San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Wildlife Care Specialist, Behavior - Full Time - San Diego Zoo Safari Park

San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance is a nonprofit international conservation leader, committed to inspiring a passion for nature and creating a world where all life thrives. Empowering people from around the globe to support our mission to conserve wildlife through innovation and partnerships, we support cutting-edge conservation, and bring the stories of our work back to our two world-famous front doors — the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park — giving millions of guests, in person and virtually, the opportunity to experience conservation in action. The deep and extensive knowledge gained from more than a century of experience in wildlife care, health, veterinary services, nutrition and conservation makes us invaluable in the global effort to save species. Our team members play a crucial role in driving our conservation efforts forward and bringing us closer to a world where all life thrives.

HOW YOU WILL IMPACT OUR MISSION

The Wildlife Care Behavior Specialist will support San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance’s mission of saving species worldwide by training, handling, and caring for wildlife used for public appearances and contact, such as educational programs. This position reports to a Wildlife Care Supervisor/Manager.

WHAT YOU WILL DO

  • Train wildlife in new behaviors and reinforce trained behaviors 
  • Transport wildlife to exhibit or performances
  • Assist Wildlife Care Associates at performance
  • Sets up props, stages, or other performance areas
  • Control wildlife to ensure public safety
  • Feed wildlife, keep feeding, medication and other records regarding wildlife care
  • Administer prescribed medication and nutritional supplements
  • Assist medical staff in treatment of wildlife
  • Conduct special tours
  • Train a wide variety of wildlife so that they may be used in public appearances, wildlife walk-around programs, wildlife workshops, school assemblies
  • Observe assigned wildlife with regard to general appearance, health, feeding habits
  • Clean and perform minor maintenance on wildlife habitats
  • May operate light and medium duty motorized equipment, such as trucks, skip loaders, water trucks and forklifts
  • Make informational presentations to the public
  • Answer questions and provides information to the public regarding assigned wildlife

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR

  • JOB EXPERIENCE
    • One or more years of experience as a Wildlife Care Associate at San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance or comparable organization.
  • EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS
    • Current valid California Driver’s license in good standing
  • SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE
    • Wildlife behavior
    • Wildlife behavior modification
    • Care, feeding and handling of wildlife
    • Safety practices around wildlife
    • SDZWA policies, procedures and regulations regarding the care, handling and training of wildlife
    • Train and control wildlife
    • Discriminate differences in animal vocalizations
    • Monitor wildlife behavior
    • Keep simple records
    • Communicate and work effectively with others (verbal and written)
    • Deal tactfully and courteously with the others in a diverse environment
    • Respond to cautions from co-workers
    • Monitor wildlife behavior and appearance
    • Operate motorized equipment and vehicles
    • Competently perform the essential functions outlined above

SOME OF THE PERKS YOU WILL ENJOY AS A TEAM MEMBER

  • Free admission to the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park
  • Family Passes
  • Complimentary Tickets
  • Local and In-House Discounts
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Wellness Program

IMPORTANT DETAILS

  • Location: Escondido, CA
  • Position Type: Hourly, Full-Time, Non-Exempt, Union Position - If selected, there will be fees and dues to be paid to the union
  • Hourly Rate: $25.09

Be an ally for wildlife by joining our team!

At San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance, we thrive on celebrating our differences. Diversity is vital for the benefit of our team members, our guests, our community, and our wildlife.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, or other legally protected status.

If you require a reasonable accommodation to complete an application, please email your request to sdzwacareers@sdzwa.org and provide the job title and location to which you are applying.

As a Federal Contractor, San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance is required to participate in the E-Verify Program to confirm eligibility to work in the United States. 

San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance is a drug free workplace.

Experience Required

One or more years of experience as a Wildlife Care Associate at San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance or comparable organization.

Salary

25.09 hourly

How to Apply

Please apply on our careers website here: https://us241.dayforcehcm.com/CandidatePortal/en-US/sdzwa/Site/SafariParkCareersExternal/Posting/View/17863

San Diego Zoo Safari Park
15500 San Pasqual Valley Road
Escondido, CA 92027
Phone: 619-231-1515

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