Friday, December 23, 2011

Primary Keeper- Rocky Shores

Primary Keeper- Rocky Shores

Utah's Hogle Zoo is announcing the immediate opening of a full time animal care position, as a primary keeper, Rocky Shores.

The Rocky Shores exhibit is a new 18 million dollar complex encompassing four acres, with five large exhibits featuring Bears, Seals and Sea Lions and North American River Otter. Multiple underwater viewing locations will be available to the public, with designated encounter locations for guest interactions. It is scheduled to open by June of 2012.

The Zoo is seeking qualified applicants for this keeper position. This is a full time, year-round position and includes responsibility for the care and husbandry of California sea lions, harbor seals, grizzly and polar bears, river otters, bald eagles, and salt water aquaria, as well as other animals or areas as assigned. This is an exciting opportunity to work in a newly constructed facility.

Applicants must be able to work effectively in a positive team environment, equally with guests, staff and volunteers. Excellent communication skills to include writing and public speaking will be necessary in the successful pursuit of this position. At least five years paid experience working with pinnipeds in a zoo or aquarium setting is required. There is a strong expectation of experience in, and support of, operant conditioning and training techniques, enrichment standards, as well as exceptional public speaking skills. Experience in developing pinniped public demonstrations is a plus. Degree in life sciences, biology, zoology or related field preferred. Responsible for the Rocky Shore area animals, including daily husbandry, exhibit maintenance, training, observation and enrichment, including assisting in veterinary practices, multiple high energy educational presentations, public relations and support aspects of Zoo operations. Will also be trained to work in other animal areas of the Zoo, as assigned.

Applicant must be able to work under diverse and variable weather conditions, in close proximity to visitors, be able to lift over 60 pounds without injury, bend, stoop, jump, stretch and generally move quickly to avoid dangerous situations. Excellent driving record required.

Position includes an excellent benefit package, including medical, dental, and retirement plans as well as paid vacation and holiday time. Salary is commensurate with experience. Located in Salt Lake City, Hogle Zoo enjoys four seasons, with world class skiing 30 minutes away. Outdoor activities abound in Utah, from National Parks, hiking, climbing, and river running, to Winter Olympic venues.

Anyone interested in this position should send a cover letter, resume and three professional references to Jeffrey Landry, Animal Care Supervisor, Utah's Hogle Zoo, 2600 Sunnyside Ave., Salt Lake City, UT, 84108. Utah's Hogle Zoo is Equal Opportunity Employer.

Letters of interest should be submitted by January 15th, 2012 and the position will remain open until filled.


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