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Hospital/Quarantine Care Keeper

Job Title:      Hospital/Quarantine Care Keeper

Division:       Animal Care

Department: Animal Health Care

Level:           5   

Exemption:  Non-exempt

Level of Authority:

Reports to:     Veterinarians, Veterinary Technicians

Supervises:    Volunteers


Position Summary:

The Hospital/Quarantine Care Keeper is a member of the Animal Health Care Team and is responsible for the daily care of animals in the Tennity Wildlife Hospital and quarantine facilities. The Animal Health Care Team consists of two full-time veterinarians, two full-time veterinary technicians, and one additional Hospital/Quarantine keeper. This position also may include opportunities to assist in the care of animals in the Native Wildlife Conservation Program (NWCP) and observe/participate with the Veterinarians and Veterinary Technicians in selected medical procedures.


The individual selected for this position must be a motivated, energetic, and positive team player who is willing to make a significant contribution to the organization. The successful candidate will support TLD in our mission of, “Desert conservation through preservation, education and appreciation,” and will help TLD achieve a forward-thinking vision of a modern zoo and inclusive culture. 


The Veterinary Care Team: 

- Practices high quality medicine and maintains exceptional professional standards. 

- Has great enthusiasm for the professions of zoological medicine and wildlife rehabilitation. 

- Adheres to the highest animal welfare standards and works as a team.

- Performs all job assignments with a positive attitude that will move TLD into the future. 


Essential Duties:


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:




Equipment Used:


Physical Position Description:

Essential Physical Tasks: Standing, walking, twisting, climbing, crawling, kneeling, reaching motions, lifting (up to 50lbs.).

Typical Working Conditions: Exposure to extreme heat, chemicals, and dust/airborne materials. Works with potentially dangerous animals (large ungulates, carnivores, venomous animals).

HOLIDAY WORK: Holiday, Evening and weekend work required. Available on as needed basis for emergencies.

TRAVEL: Occasional conference and workshop attendance available, if funding available. Some or all expenses paid.


How to ApplyQualified applicants should send resume, cover letter, and names and contact information for 3 references to Dr. Andrea Goodnight, Head Staff Veterinarian, at

 Deadline for submissions: February 14, 2020 


This class specification should not be interpreted as all inclusive. It is intended to identify the major responsibilities and requirements of this job. The incumbents may be requested to perform job-related responsibilities and tasks other than those stated in this specification.

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