Program Animal Specialist/Full-Time, Benefits

Zoo New England - Boston, MA4.0

30+ days ago
Franklin Park Zoo


Reports to
Director of Education & Volunteer Programs

Essential Job Functions
The Program Animal Specialist (PAS) will be responsible for the daily care and maintenance of the education program animal collection. The PAS will work directly with a variety of animal species including reptiles, mammals, birds, and invertebrates. The PAS will be responsible for maintaining the health, diet, and behavioral records for each animal in his/her care, as well as helping to develop and implement training programs for the animals used in education presentations. The PAS will also design and conduct education programs for students and other groups at the Zoo and in the community. The PAS will be expected to conduct, on average, one overnight program per month.

Duties & Responsibilities
1) General husbandry: diet prep, feeding, cleaning, medicating, behavioral enrichment, etc.

2) Work with Director of Education & Volunteer Programs and animal management to establish, evaluate and maintain education animal collection planning

3) Report animal illness, abnormal behavior and unsafe conditions promptly and work towards corrective measures

4) Complete daily reports and operant conditioning/enrichment logs

5) Work with the veterinarian and animal department to ensure health and safety of education animal collection and to determine training techniques and enrichment programs

6) Work with Director of Education & Volunteer Programs to establish animal handling training and refresher classes for all handlers including staff, adult, and teen volunteers.

7) Interact with visitors through general interpretation and daily animal encounters in Children’s Zoo and other locations throughout the Zoo, weather permitting.

8) Conducting day and nighttime education programs at the Zoos, local schools and community centers.

9) Regularly scheduled hours will be 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. However, work on evenings and weekends will be required. Work will be based out of Franklin Park Zoo, but the Program Animal Specialist will travel to Stone Zoo for monthly meetings and whenever necessary.

10) All other duties assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements
Bachelor’s degree in biology, zoology or a related field.
Two years previous experience in an animal care field and knowledge of husbandry practices.
Previous experience as an informal science educator.
Previous experience handling and presenting live animals
Excellent computer skills including Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher.
Excellent communication skills (verbal and in writing).
Outstanding customer service skills; able to represent Zoo New England at all levels with professionalism and pride.
Ability to address student groups of all ages and aptitudes.
Team player; ability to work well with Zoo New England staff, project partners, and program participants.
Ability to multi-task as part of a fast-paced team.
Appreciation of ZNE’s mission and goals.
Valid driver’s license and a driver in good standing; regular use of personal vehicle for travel to off-site programs.
Able to lift 50 pounds and walk over uneven terrain and in all weather.
Proof of negative TB
Preferred Job Requirements
Certification in CPR/AED and First Aid
Experience in a zoological park
How to Apply