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Careers

Animal Care Keeper

The Living Desert is seeking enthusiastic candidates to join our Animal Care team as an Animal Care Keeper in the Africa sections of the zoo.  These are key positions that requires motivated, dedicated team players who are willing to make a commitment to this conservation organization supported by a desert focused zoo.  We are looking for individuals with strong organizational, decision making, and task management skills while demonstrating ability to work effectively with all levels of staff in a continually changing atmosphere.  

The Animal Care team is expected to support the Zoo in its mission “to support desert conservation through preservation, education and appreciation.”  If you are looking for an animal care keeper position and want to help the Zoo achieve a forward-thinking vision of a modern zoo, deliver world class care and has an inclusive culture, we are the place for you.  We are looking for team members who have the ability to make good decisions regarding the welfare of animals, staff and guests while working for the greater good of the zoo.  Cooperative and collaborative team members with a great guest service attitude will thrive here.

 

Position Summary:

Reports to Animal Care Curator.  We have positions open in our Africa sections of the zoo.  A variety of species are available to take care of ranging from small to large hoofstock including a herd of 9 giraffe, small to large carnivores and medium to large avians. 

Plains position: African Wild dogs, Grevy’s zebra, Addax, Bighorn sheep, Ankole cattle and Dromedary camels. Candidates with previous hands-on carnivore or hoofstock training experience with hoofwork, blood draw and injection behaviors will be a plus for the Plains position.

Village position: Petting Kraal with Nigerian dwarf goats, Barbados Black-belly sheep and Sicilian donkeys, African crested porcupine, mixed Weaver aviary, Amur Leopard and Striped Hyena. Candidates with previous hands-on carnivore or hoofstock training experience with hoofwork, blood draw and injection behaviors will be a plus for the Village position.

Savanna position: Giraffe, Greater kudu, Ostrich, East African crowned cranes and Guineafowl. Candidates with previous hands-on giraffe or other hoofstock training experience with hoofwork, blood draw and injection behaviors will be a plus for the Giraffe Savanna position.

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To apply for this position: If you want to join this team at one of the best zoos in North America please send resume, three (3) references and a cover letter to Wendy Enright, Animal Care Curator at animalcaremanagers@livingdesert.org  Cover letter should include how you will be key in moving the Animal Department forward and how you will move The Living Desert mission forward. Positions will remain open until filled. Once a candidate has accepted a position at The Living Desert they will be expected to start within 4 weeks.  Please add which position you are interested in the subject heading of your email.

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