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Full-Time Trainer/Keeper Positions

Natural Encounters, Inc.
Winter Haven
High School 5 Year

The job opening is based in Winter Haven, however, the company is open to considering candidates who reside in other areas and meet the requirements listed below. You can negotiate your salary with the employer based on the company's commitment to innovation and research and development. It is essential to note that having a minimum qualification of High School is a prerequisite for this job. A minimum of 60 months of work experience in the same field is necessary for this job. Are you looking for a full time job? Natural Encounters, Inc. can help. The job listing, titled Full-Time Trainer/Keeper Positions, was posted on May 9, 2024 and will expire on June 6, 2024. The work location specified for this position is Winter Haven , FL , Winter Haven , FL.


Full-Time Trainer/Keeper Positions

Natural Encounters, Inc., has full-time Trainer positions available for motivated, creative, and high energy individuals who want to grow professionally with a world renown animal training and educational facility.

Natural Encounters, Inc., is an internationally known company specializing in animal training and educational program production and presentation. Our work is divided between producing and presenting educational, free-flight bird programs and consulting at zoological facilities around the world setting up behavior management programs and teaching mammal keepers the art and science of behavior change principals. With multiple training projects and bird shows in production now, we have immediate openings for expert trainers who know the science and have the skill to train a wide variety of animals found in zoological facilities.

Job Duties include:

  • Participate in enclosure husbandry and training of animals at the NEI Training and Education Center in Winter Haven, Florida
  • Communicating to supervisors and curator any concerns about animal health and welfare
  • Preparing and delivering diets for animals
  • Maintain a clean and healthy environment for the animals in the collection set forth by AZA/USDA
  • Assisting veterinarian and assistants during health exams and procedures
  • Assist in the design and development of educational programs
  • Potential to participate in educational program presentations
  • Other duties as assigned by management staff


  • A good working knowledge of scientific behavior-change principals
  • Observable skills in training a wide variety of animals
  • Knowledge of natural history and species-specific behaviors of a wide variety of animals in zoological facilities
  • Excellent observational skills and sensitivity to animal behavior
  • Strong communication skills and ability to create trusting relationships with team members
  • Strong team skills and ability to adjust to new team culture based on positive communications and open feedback
  • Flexibility in schedule and ability to travel on short notice for extended periods of time
  • Ability to maintain a positive attitude in stressful situations
  • Ability to follow directions and accept constructive criticism

Education and Experience:

  • High school diploma or GED
  • 2-5 years of animal training/keeping experience in a show and/or exhibit animal environment

Other Requirements:

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  • Can easily adapt to changes in routines
  • Ability to prioritize and complete tasks on schedule
  • Ability to work some evenings, weekends, and holidays
  • Ability to work in a warm, humid climate (90+ degrees)
  • Ability to work in a noisy and hectic environment
  • Ability to lift up to 50lbs
  • Ability to stand and walk up to 8 hours, or more, per day

Starting at $17 per hour, with potential for adjustment based on experience, or negotiable for candidates demonstrating exceptional qualifications. NEI provides comprehensive benefits such as Health, Life, Dental, Vision coverage, Employer-matched retirement contributions, and a generous PTO package encompassing Sick Days, Holidays, and Vacation time.



How to Apply

If interested, please e-mail your resume and cover letter to

127 Conservation Way
Winter Haven, FL 33884
Phone: 407-938-0847

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