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Animal Care Supervisor Herpetology

Posted: June 4, 2024 Expired: November 27, 2023
Utah's Hogle Zoo
Salt Lake City
PART TIME
Bachelor Degree

Utah's Hogle Zoo

Creating Champions for Wildlife

ANIMAL CARE SUPERVISOR HERPETOLOGY

POSITION SUMMARY

The Animal Care Supervisor directs all personnel involved in the care of the animal collection and reviews, hires, and oversees the training of new keeper staff in their zone of supervision, which includes animals in multiple areas. The supervisor ensures compliance with USDA, AZA, state, and federal regulations and oversees all the daily animal management. This position will specifically oversee the zoo’s newly constructed native amphibian conservation center located in the Aline W. Skaggs Wild Utah exhibit.  Viewable by zoo guests, the center is poised to accommodate substantial growth of the zoos amphibian recovery efforts to help us reach our strategic goal of releasing more than 5,000 toads on the Utah landscape by 2028. 

This position will oversee the daily management of the zoo’s Western toad (Anaxyrus boreas) ex-situ propagation conservation program (the zoo anticipates future programming to include additional native species). This includes coordination with fisheries, zoos and aquariums to manage a studbook and maintain a best management practices manual and a familiarity with the seasonal field work that is conducted by the zoo’s conservation team.  Husbandry experience with amphibians, venomous snakes, crocodilians, turtles/ tortoises, lizards, and bioactive enclosures is required.

At Utah’s Hogle Zoo we look for employees who are passionate about conservation, have a growth mindset, who approach their daily work with a can-do attitude, who are resourceful, who communicate respectfully with everyone, and who are ready to work hard to support the zoo towards our mission of Creating Champions for Wildlife.  If you're ready to make a difference in animal conservation, while enjoying a supportive team environment and diverse responsibilities, apply now to join our mission-driven team at Utah’s Hogle Zoo!

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP

This position reports to the Associate Director of Animal Care.

 

PERKS 

  • Medical, Dental, Vision, Life, and other supplemental insurance.  
  • The Zoo is a part of the Utah Retirement System and makes a 10% contribution to an employee’s retirement. This includes an additional opportunity to make contributions to a 401K plan within URS.  
  • $3000 relocation allowance for qualifying new employees.  
  • Vacation days: New employees accrue up to 13 days annually of vacation time.  
  • Sick days: New employees accrue up to 10 days annually of sick time.
  • Nine paid holidays in the year. 
  • Employee Assistance Program for employees and their families paid for by the Zoo.  
  • Employee long-term disability insurance paid for by the Zoo.  
  • Various employee reimbursements and contributions including wellness activities and professional development.
  • Every employee receives a free Zoo Card that allows admission to the employee and up to 5 guests. It also provides free carousel and train rides, as well as free admittance to ZooLights and BooLights.  
  • 50% discount on concessions and 33.3% discount on gift shops items.  
  • Tickets at Work membership, which provides discounts and offers on theme parks, shows, sporting events, and travel. 
  • Awesome coworkers who care about animals and each other!     

 

ABOUT UTAH’S HOGLE ZOO

For over 90 years, Utah’s Hogle Zoo has been a loved and trusted part of the community. Located within Salt Lake City proper, the Zoo is nestled in the foothills of the Wasatch Mountain range at the mouth of Emigration Canyon. The Zoo spans over 42 acres and is home to a diverse collection of animals. Be a part of the Zoo as we share our newest exhibit, Wild Utah.  Make your contribution to a rich tradition of elevated behavior husbandry, guest engagement, professional development, and top animal wellbeing. 

Being only minutes from both a vibrant downtown and national wilderness area, Salt Lake City is a dream for cultural aficionados and outdoor enthusiasts alike. This city has it all from professional sports teams, theater, cultural attractions, universities, nightlife, and many green spaces. From mountain ranges to deserts, Utah is home to five National and 45 State parks. 

If all of this sounds exciting to you, then come and excel with us at Utah’s Hogle Zoo!

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES 

  • Works closely with Utah’s Hogle Zoo Animal Care Leadership team to ensure high standards of collection management and institutional animal record keeping.
  • Monitor, record, and adjust environmental parameters including temperature, humidity, water quality, etc. readings to adhere to standards. 
  • Create and maintain bioactive environments for reptiles and amphibians.
  • Leadership role in selection, training, supervision, evaluation, discipline and assignment of staff.
  • Works along-side staff in areas of oversight including cleaning, feeding, training, and conducting animal programs.
  • Occasional field work for the Western toad conservation program.
  • Maintains a studbook and husbandry manual for the ex-situ Western toad population.
  • Provides input to the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources Western toad conservation group as it relates to the captive propagation goals.
  • Serves as Institutional Representative to AZA’s Species Survival Programs.
  • Provides expert guidance related to the zoo’s herpetology collection.
  • Provides daily care to the zoos herpetology collection and other species as needed.
  • Assists animal care management with development and implementation of the Zoo’s Institutional Collection Plan.
  • Assists Associate Director of Animal Care with animal acquisitions and dispositions, including coordinating and accompanying shipments.
  • Actively participates in AZA animal programs and related organizations.
  • Assumes, on a rotational assignment, the responsibilities and authorities of running the department in the absence of the Associate Director(s) of Animal Care. 
  • Performs all job assignments with a positive attitude that reflects commitment to Utah’s Hogle Zoo’s (UHZ) mission. Create champions for wildlife by making connections between people and animals to inspire action.
  • Monitor exhibits, animals, work areas, and staff to ensure proper standards are maintained.
  • Supervise capture and restraint of animals, as related to moves or veterinary practices.
  • Ensure compliance with USDA, AZA, state and federal regulations; conduct mock inspections.
  • Coordinate interdepartmental activities as related to area.
  • Compiles documents and completes applications and surveys as directed.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • Maintains strict confidentiality. 

Experience Required

REQUIRED EXPERIENCE Education and Experience Associate or Bachelor’s degree in zoological science. Five years of animal care experience in a zoological setting, specifically including husbandry work with reptiles and amphibians. Water quality and/or fisheries experience preferred. Have demonstrated initiative in leading teams to take on new tasks and responsibilities within the department and aiding other departments. Have demonstrated the ability to foster constructive attitudes and positively influence collaboration and teamwork. Experience in maintaining filters, pumps, misting systems, RO systems and pipework associated with amphibian and reptile exhibits. Have demonstrated high level of problem solving and critical thinking skills and have the ability to lead the same in the team. Possess the characteristics of an Animal Care professional demonstrating competence, professionalism, teamwork, mutual respect and commitment to the mission of the Zoo. Have demonstrated leadership and mentoring to team members in all aspects of the job. This includes communication, time management and leading the team towards achieving the Zoo’s organizational goals. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities This list contains knowledge, skills, and abilities that are typically associated with the job. It is not all-inclusive and may vary from position to position: Required technical skills include the knowledge and ability of: Computer operations and technical software applications. Microsoft Office Suite. Required mathematical skills include working knowledge of: Basic knowledge of accounting and bookkeeping. Mathematical concepts and logic. Performs basic mathematical formulas and calculations. Required animal care skills include working knowledge of: UHZ behavioral husbandry concept, technique and application within first 90 days. Animals’ natural behavior and husbandry practices. Animal welfare standards and UHZ’s methods of assessment. USDA regulations. AZA standards. Basic procedures for safely operating hand tools, vehicles, and equipment. Must possess excellent communications skills: Interpersonal conflict resolution method. Editing and proofreading. Effectively promote the organization. Communicate effectively verbally and in writing. Interacting with courtesy, professionalism and respect to staff, volunteers, and guests. Must have the ability to: Maintain an organized up-to-date filing database of records. Follow written and verbal instructions. Learn new tasks. Apply critical thinking techniques, analyze and solve problems. Accept and apply constructive feedback. Prioritize work and manage time effectively Perform within deadlines. Stay focused despite interruptions. Appropriately manage stress caused by deadlines to perform the job effectively. Work well in a team environment as well as independently. Have a memory for details. OTHER REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS POSITION The incumbent must always demonstrate sound judgment, high integrity, and personal values consistent with the values of the Zoo.  Utah’s Hogle Zoo is a drug-free workplace. All employees are subject to random drug testing.  Provide a negative TB test prior to hire date and maintain TB testing through course of employment.  Utah’s Hogle Zoo is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.  WORK ENVIRONMENT Incumbent performs in an outdoor environment, exposure to the seasonal elements, dust, and allergens for prolonged periods of time. Tasks require a variety of physical activities, which generally involve muscular strain. Eye, hand, finger dexterity required to perform essential functions. Must be able to listen and respond to a handheld radio. Ability to stoop, bend, twist, turn, climb, jump, run when necessary, and move quickly to avoid dangerous situations. Must be able to walk on wet and uneven surfaces. Must be able to lift 50 lbs. unassisted and 75 lbs. with assistance. Must be able to push and pull up to 53 lbs. A valid driver’s license is required.

Perks

Medical, Dental, Vision, Life, and other supplemental insurance. Retirement Benefits: The Zoo is a part of the Utah Retirement System and makes a 10% contribution to an employee’s retirement. This includes an additional opportunity to make contributions to a 401K plan within URS. Vacation time accrual: (New employees accrue up to 13 days annually of vacation time.) New employees accrue 4 hours of vacation leave after the first full pay period following the first of the month following 30 days of continuous employment. Sick time accrual: (New employees accrue up to 10 days annually of sick time.) New employees accrue 3.07 hours of sick leave after the first full pay period following the first of the month following 30 days of continuous employment. Nine paid holidays a year when they occur after the first of the month following 30 days of continuous employment. Employee Assistance Program for employees and their families paid for by the Zoo. Employee long-term disability insurance paid for by the Zoo. Various employee reimbursements and contributions to wellness activities, professional development, uniform, and certain work-clothes. Moving expense reimbursement for qualifying new employees. Every employee receives a free Zoo Card that allows admission to the employee and up to 5 guests. It also provides for free carousel and train rides, as well as free admittance to ZooLights and BooLights. Part-Time/Seasonal employees also receive a ZooCard. Employees receive a 50% discount on concessions and 33.3% discount on gift shops items (some exclusions apply). Employees receive a Tickets at Work membership, which provides discounts and offers on theme parks, shows, sporting events, and travel. Awesome coworkers who care about animals and each other!

Salary

$52,000/year minimum

How to Apply

Apply on the Hogle Zoo website at www.hoglezoo.org

Utah's Hogle Zoo
SALT LAKE CITY, UT 84108
Phone: 8015841700

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