Animal Welfare (LTE) – NEW Zoo
Responsible for developing and maintaining animal welfare tools and enrichment programs. This position requires record keeping and fulfilling AZA standards.
This is an LTE position which means there are no benefits given with the role.
Works in coordination with the Curator of Animals to develop and implement animal behavior and animal welfare assessment protocols.
Participates in the implementation and review of animal welfare assessment data and participates in the animal welfare program evaluation.
Assists in training and direction of assigned volunteers.
Analyses and summarizes data from multiple sources, such as keeper daily reports, ZIMS, and ZooMonitor for regular reports.
Work in coordination with the Enrichment and Training coordinator to evaluate current animal training and enrichment offered and its effectiveness and impact on animal welfare.
Ensure the NEW Zoo & Adventure Park is in compliance with all AZA and USDA standards for animal welfare, animal training, and animal behavior/enrichment programs.
Conducts animal observations and surveys zookeeper staff on the effectiveness on enrichment items and compile results.
Performs related functions as assigned.
Maintains records and observations on collection and reports routinely to manager on status of individual animals.
Inspects and cleans food storage, food preparation area, and animal exhibits to insure safe and sanitary conditions for both public and collection specimens. Prepares zoo diets for zoological specimens.
Assists in enforcement of park ordinances and public safety.
Minimum Qualifications Required
Education and Experience:
General knowledge of and/or course work in Biology, Zoology or Animal Husbandry; or any equivalent combination of education, training and experience which provides the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities.
Previous relevant experience preferred.
Licenses and Certifications:
Valid Wisconsin Driver’s License
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Knowledge of AZA animal welfare requirements.
Experience using ZIMS, ZooMonitor, or other relevant programs to collect, track, and analyze animal welfare data.
Experience in the creation and implementation of complex enrichment projects.
Minimal working knowledge of positive reinforcement training.
Minimal working knowledge of building and grounds maintenance.
Minimal working knowledge of animal husbandry.
Minimal knowledge of horticultural and landscaping methods.
Ability to perform heavy manual labor.
Ability to operate trucks and power equipment.
Ability to follow detailed instructions.
Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
Ability to answer inquiries and complaints effectively with tact and courtesy.
Ability to maintain effective working relationships with staff and the public.
Ability to use a firearm and tranquilizer gun.
Ability to work the required hours of the position.