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Animal Care Keeper - Wildlife Programs

Animal Care Keeper – Wildlife Programs – Full Time
Date Posted:  Thursday, July 16, 2021                                                                                                   Position Closes:  Until filled

Are you inspired to be part of an organization committed to conserving desert plants and animals around the globe?  The Living Desert is a mission-based, non-profit desert conservation organization located in the bio-diverse Coachella Valley California. Our expertise is in desert species care and conservation science to save desert species from extinction. Our commitment to provide guests to The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens opportunities to educate and engage with best-in-class conservation work and how that work is changing outcomes for desert species every day.

HOW YOU WILL IMPACT OUR MISSION
The Animal Care Keeper – Wildlife Programs will support The Living Desert’s mission of desert conservation through preservation, education, and appreciation by helping the Zoo achieve a forward-thinking version of a modern zoo and inclusive culture. Your enthusiasm will engage our guests and deliver the mission of desert conservation.

WHAT WILL YOU DO?

Reporting to the Animal Care Curator you will be focused on the Wildlife Programs section of the zoo.  This section is comprised of a variety of birds, mammals, and reptiles. Wildlife Programs keepers demonstrate exceptional public speaking and performance skills to conduct both formal and informal presentations, including scripted amphitheater shows, outreach programs, and private events.  This is a key guest interactive position that requires creativity and confidence.  Strong communication, flexibility, problem solving, and self-motivation are also necessary skills for this position. Wildlife Programs keepers work together as a strong connected team to deliver uncompromising excellence in animal care, welfare, and guest engagement. 

 

 

WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR?

The Living Desert is seeking candidates with an outgoing, creative, confident, self-motivated team player who is willing to make a significant commitment to the organization. We are looking for individuals with enthusiasm, strong guest engagement skills, energetic stage presence, and the ability to work in a fast-paced labor-intensive environment.  They must value fun and have prior experience handling and training animal ambassadors.

 

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SOME OF THE PERKS YOU WILL ENJOY AS A TEAM MEMBER

 

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TO APPLY FOR THIS POSITION

Send cover letter and three (3) references to Renee Barnett, 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

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