Saturday, January 24, 2015

Animal Technician (Marine Mammals)

Animal Technician (Marine Mammals)


Animal Technician – Marine Mammals

The Oklahoma City Zoo is seeking a highly team oriented individual to join our marine mammal team. The Oklahoma City region enjoys a robust economy, a low cost of living, is centered among a biologically rich area, and hosts a variety of academic and educational institutions.

The successful candidate must possess exceptional interpersonal skills and be comfortable working in a fast paced environment that propels an innovative and educational pinniped program facilitating the zoo’s mission. Responsibilities will include implementing all husbandry, operant conditioning, enrichment, and exhibit cleaning protocols and participating in veterinary procedures, formal and informal guest interactions, and educational talks.

The Noble Aquatic Center is a facility consisting of over 400,000 gallons dedicated to 0.1 Pacific harbor seal plus a diverse group of 3.2 California sea lions, of which, one male is geriatric and visually impaired while the remaining are in an active breeding group. The Noble Aquatic Center also incorporates a 1,800 seat marine mammal stadium and a diverse collection of more than 120 species of fish and aquatic invertebrate species in both freshwater and saltwater.

Candidates must have a minimum experience equivalent to one year full time animal care/animal husbandry including public animal demonstrations, demonstrated knowledge and experience using operant conditioning and training techniques, basic knowledge of life support components, and marine mammal water quality parameters. Candidates must be SCUBA certified or willing to become certified within 6 months of hire. High school diploma is required with preference given to a Bachelor's degree in Zoology, Animal Husbandry, Animal Science, or closely related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job. This is a full-time position and selected candidate must have the ability to lift 50 pounds. Must possess or have the ability to obtain a valid Oklahoma motor vehicle operator's license and pass a Driver's History check to operate Zoo vehicles. Must successfully complete a pre-employment background check, a physical examination, and a drug test and have the ability to pass annual TB tests. The salary is $12.29/hr minimum to $14.75/hr mid-range with excellent benefits.

Please send a cover letter, resume, and three professional references by January 27, 2015 (4:30 PM if faxed or hand-delivered) to: Loretta Canon, Human Resources Department, Oklahoma City Zoological Park, 2101 N.E. 50th St, Oklahoma City, OK 73111 or FAX to: 405-425-0207 or email

The Oklahoma City Zoo has a Smoke-Free Environment, is a Drug-Free Workplace, and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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