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9/7/2019
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Carnivore Zookeeper
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Denver Zoo | Denver, CO
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Animal Care-Carnivores Denver, CO, USA DOE Hourly Full Time

This is a regular full-time position with excellent benefits, including complete medical/dental/vision coverage, 403(b) retirement plan, and a generous vacation package.

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Denver Zoo is a leader in animal care, wildlife conservation, and education. We are passionate about our commitment to excellence in support of our mission to secure a better world for animals through human understanding.

Denver Zoo honors our animals, staff, and guests by conducting ourselves at the highest level of integrity through our Core Actions -- Inspire Awe: Safety, Care, Connect and by embracing our Core Behaviors of: Passion, Respect, Innovation, Diversity, and Excellence in all that we do.

Denver Zoo's Animal Care Department has an opportunity for a Full-time Carnivore Zookeeper to assist the animal care staff in providing the safe exhibition, handling, feeding, and husbandry of animals in the Carnivore Department. The Carnivore Department is responsible for a variety of species including, but not limited to, Grizzly Bear, Amur Tigers, Amur Leopards, and Pinnipeds. The Carnivore Department participates in educational public demonstrations, behind the scenes tours, and after hour events. This is a 40 hour a week position. Applicants must submit a cover letter with resume to be considered.

Our staff is a dedicated and diverse group of individuals committed to providing quality care to our animals while creating moments of awe for guests. If you are a like-minded individual and thrive in a dynamic, fast paced, and innovative culture, Denver Zoo is the place for you!

In this role, you will:

* Provide innovative animal husbandry that is in compliance with AZA and USDA standards.
* Provide reliable, competent animal care through:
* Designing and maintaining proper animal enclosures/props/exhibits and Life Support Systems where appropriate.
* Does scuba diving for exhibit maintenance, animal capture, and repair where appropriate.
* Preparation and feeding of approved diets.
* Handling and restraining animals appropriately.


* Assisting with veterinary care and medical follow-up as needed.
* Utilizing preventative husbandry techniques and providing proactive health care as required.
* Provide proper care for eggs, neonates and young (may require care outside of normal working hours).
* Monitoring of physical and behavioral aspects of the animals under assigned care.
* Implementation of the behavioral program of the animals under assigned care.
* Capture, handle, and move animals using accepted Denver Zoo practices to facilitate internal movement, external shipping, medical procedures, or normal routines.
* Enhance breeding possibilities through the recommendation and implementation of approved animal management techniques such as breeding efforts, behavioral enrichment, and operant conditioning/training, etc.
* Interact with Denver Zoo guests in both formal and informal settings, providing insight about the animals and their care.
* Provide area tours, keeper talks and work special events in area of responsibility as needed.
* Train fellow keepers, interns, and volunteers in standard section routines.
* Respond to zoo-wide animal related emergencies.
* Coordinate the efforts of contractors and maintenance staff when they are working in animal areas.
* Record data and prepare assigned reports/records, (i.e. daily reports, enclosure logs, facility logs, water quality logs, etc.) and other pertinent data on the collection and facilities as required.
* Use appropriate equipment to perform essential duties.
* Cooperate and coordinate with other departments, (e.g., education, maintenance, horticulture) and outside contractors.
* Maintain professional working relationships with zoo team members and maintain a professional appearance.
* Actively participate in conservation, research projects, and educational programs as requested.
* Participate in and support zoo-wide initiatives, committees and work groups.
* Follow Denver Zoo safety protocols.
* Set priorities in alignment with Inspire Awe:
* Safety first, always.
* Care demonstrated through exceptional guest service
* Connect with each guest utilizing ROADMAP in all programs and GIG strategies with guests


* Demonstrate a commitment to Denver Zoo's Sustainability Policies by adhering to all environmental, safety, & health regulations, procedures, and goals.
* Act in accordance with Denver Zoo's Core Behaviors: Passion, Respect, Innovation, Diversity, and Excellence in all interactions with staff, guest, volunteers, and vendors.

The Successful Candidate will have the following qualifications:

* Bachelor's Degree in an animal-related or animal behavior-related field plus two years of full-time zookeeping experience in the care, feeding, and handling of a variety of exotic animals (birds, fish, herpetology, or mammals, depending on the specific vacancy) in an AZA-accredited institution. Comparable facilities may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

OR*

* Associate Degree or equivalent number of college credit hours in an animal-related or animal behavior-related field plus four years of full-time zookeeping experience in the care, feeding, and handling of a variety of exotic animals (birds, fish, herpetology, or mammals, depending on the specific vacancy) in an AZA-accredited institution. Comparable facilities may be considered on a case-by-case basis. Intern experience within Denver Zoo's animal department will qualify for the AZA-related years of full-time zookeeping provided at least an Associate degree in biological sciences is held. Intern experience at other institutions will not be considered.

OR*

* Individuals without a degree may be considered only with ten or more years of full-time experience at the minimum level of zookeeper involved in the exhibition and husbandry of a variety of exotic animals at an AZA-accredited institution. Comparable facilities may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
* Ability, with proper training, to work in all aspects of animal care, husbandry and training within the department in which individual is assigned.
* Work on weekends and holidays are required.
* Able to lift up to 50 pounds.
* Operate a variety of light and medium equipment.
* Clear driving record.

Completed applications must be submitted by September 26, 2019

Denver Zoo reserves the right to close the position prior to the above date.

Applicants must submit a cover letter with resume to be considered

Denver Zoo is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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