SDZWA

Lead Wildlife Care Specialist Primates - San Diego Zoo

2920 Zoo Dr, San Diego, CA 92101, USA Req #2009
Tuesday, May 10, 2022

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 Lead Wildlife Care Specialist under general direction, supervises and participates in the feeding and general care and welfare of assigned habitat wildlife (mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish, invertebrates or birds). This position reports to the Wildlife Care Supervisor or Wildlife Care Manager.

WHAT YOU WILL DO

  • Assigns and supervises the work of Wildlife Care Specialist personnel
  • Responsible for the feeding and general care and welfare of assigned habitat wildlife
  • Administers prescribed medication and nutritional supplements
  • Keeps feeding records
  • Observes assigned wildlife
  • Reports abnormal conditions to superiors
  • Cleans habitat areas, pools, wildlife sleeping areas and service areas
  • Cleans and disinfects utensils, work tools and containers
  • Maintains health and behavior records on assigned wildlife
  • Answers questions from the public concerning habitat wildlife
  • Provides habitat security
  • Participates in capturing, incapacitating and moving habitat wildlife
  • Assists medical staff in treating wildlife
  • Performs minor or routine maintenance on habitat enclosures
  • Reports the need for major maintenance and repairs
  • Operates a variety of light and medium equipment
  • Performs minor or routine maintenance on habitat enclosures

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR

The Primate department is looking for a Lead Wildlife Care Specialist. Three or more years' experience in a Lead or Supervisory role is preferred.   An example of which would be several years of experience as a Wildlife Care Specialist in a comparable zoological environment. This position involves work with susceptible species; you will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment.

 

  • JOB EXPERIENCE
    • Education, training, and/or experience which would clearly demonstrate the essential functions, knowledge and skills outlined.
    • Several years of experience as a Wildlife Care Specialist in a comparable zoological garden. 
  • EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS
    • Current valid California Driver’s License in good standing 
  • SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE
    • Wildlife behavior
    • Animal biology; zoology
    • Care, feeding and handling of wildlife
    • Safety practices around wildlife
    • Techniques for restraining or capturing wildlife
    • San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance's policies, procedures and regulations
    • Effective leadership practices
    • Operate a motor vehicle, when required
    • Communicate and work effectively with others
    • Work in a diverse team environment and motivate others
    • Multi-task and prioritize
    • Understand and follow directions effectively
    • Deal tactfully and courteously with others
    • Competently perform the representative duties outlined above
    • Perform each essential job function at a high level

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: San Diego, CA
  • Position Type: Full-Time Hourly Non-Exempt Union Position - If selected, there will be fees and dues to be paid to the Union
  • Hourly Rate: $29.68       

THIS EMPLOYER PARTICIPATES IN E-VERIFY 

 

SAN DIEGO ZOO WILDLIFE ALLIANCE IS A DRUG FREE WORKPLACE 

 

SAN DIEGO ZOO WILDLIFE ALLIANCE IS AN EEO/AA/DISABILITY/PROTECTED VETERAN EMPLOYER  

 

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


SDZWA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. SDZWA will consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin or ethnicity, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, marital status, parental status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.

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.

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

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