Zoo Keeper II-IV (Jaquar Jungle/LA Swamp)

Audubon Zoo is seeking a dependable and highly motivated keeper to join our Swamp Staff and be a part of a dynamic, growing team in our Louisiana Swamp Exhibit. This keeper position will be working in Audubon Zoo’s Louisiana Swamp Exhibit and Jaguar Jungle. Both of these exhibits are among the finest examples of the integration of culture and animals.

Job Description:

The Louisiana Swamp Exhibit focuses on local species and the Cajun culture; while, Jaguar Jungle focuses on the meso-American region and the Mayan culture. The Zoo is currently constructing the next phase of Jaguar Jungle which will be incorporating a nocturnal house to the exhibit. The Zoo is also in an exciting growth phase with many new projects currently underway along with a number of future exhibit enhancements planned within the zoo. Our ideal candidate is someone who is passionate about local and Latin American wildlife, integrates modern best practices into their daily work, and is dedicated to enrichment. Reporting directly to the Assistant Curator of the Louisiana Swamp Exhibit & Jaguar Jungle, and under the general supervision of the Curator, Keepers will be expected to perform routine zookeeper duties, work under general supervision in a wide range of functions.

Swamp Keeper responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Providing high standards in regards to all aspects of animal husbandry including daily animal care, monitoring animal health, animal enrichment and training, exhibit maintenance and modifications, and safety
  • Assisting veterinarians to ensure quality animal health and welfare
  • Maintaining accurate records, including using ZIMS record software
  • Conducting informal chats, public presentations, behind-the-scenes VIP tours, and shows on a daily basis
  • Conducting general maintenance of grounds in exhibits and public areas
  • Maintaining a professional appearance and must adhere to all Audubon Image guidelines
  • Working independently and as part of a team
  • Carrying out other duties as assigned by supervisor

Desired Skills: 

  • Ability and willingness to work from small boats and around water is necessary
  • Basic understanding of aquatic life support systems is preferred
  • Prior experience with venomous snakes ideal, but not required
  • Knowledge and practice with operant conditioning and enrichment
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills as well as computer skills
  • Willing to work outdoors in all types of weather
  • Risk periodic exposure to fairly predictable and controllable hazards associated with wild animals and zoonotic diseases

Experience:

  • 4 years of animal experience at an AZA institution or an Associate’s degree and 3 years of animal experience at an AZA institution or a Bachelor’s degree in Biology (or related field) and 2 years of animal experience at an AZA institution.
  • A general knowledge of zoonotic diseases and their prevention.
  • Experience in the care, restraint, and handling of exotic animals and zoological exhibits.
  • Good knowledge of the principles of captive exotic animal management.
  • A general knowledge of zoonotic diseases and their prevention.

Education:

  • Four-year degree in biology related field preferred; however, substantial paid experience may be considered as a substitute for a degree

Licensure/Certification:

  • Current tetanus shot and proof of negative TB test (within 6 months) prior to starting
  • Current rabies vaccination
  • Ability to obtain a valid Louisiana driver’s license

Environmental/Working Conditions:

  • Ability to lift heavy objects (up to 50 pounds)
  • Ability to stoop, walk, & stand for extended periods, jump, and maneuver quickly when needed
  • Willing to work overtime, weekends, and holidays as needed and be available on a 24-hour basis when necessary

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