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Animal Care Keeper - Nutrition Center

The Living Desert is seeking qualified candidates to join our Animal Care Team as an Animal Care Keeper – Nutrition Center.  This is a key, front-line position that requires a motivated, dedicated team player who is willing to make a significant commitment to the organization.  This requires an enthusiastic individual with strong organizational, decision making, and task management skills while demonstrating ability to work effectively with all levels of staff in a consistently changing environment.

The Animal Care team is expected to support the Zoo in its mission “to support desert conservation through preservation, education and appreciation.”  This position will help the Zoo achieve a forward-thinking vision of a modern zoo and inclusive culture.  This person must have the ability to make good decisions regarding the welfare of animals, staff and guests while working for the greater good of the zoo.  This person must be a cooperative and collaborative team member with a great guest service attitude.

Position Summary:

Reports to Animal Care Curator.  This position will be focused in the existing nutrition center as well as be instrumental in establishing the new Nutrition Center at the Rhino Savanna habitat opening Fall of 2021. Tasks will be daily diet preparations for over 500 animals, daily maintenance and cleanliness of the nutrition center, stocking and ordering supplies and food, and overseeing nutrition center volunteers and interns. This position will be expected to do keeper chats and guest engagement activities.

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To apply for this position: Qualified applicants must send resume, three (3) references and cover letter care of Christine Montgomery to  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. Position open until filled.



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