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Turtle Bay Exploration Park  - Posted 11/28/2022

Redding, CA

Animal Trainer
Full-time, hourly

Job Description:

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The position of Animal Trainer is a full-time, hourly position with benefits (medical/dental/vision/ life) and is responsible for the performance of the on-grounds scripted summer show as well as other informal education programs throughout the year. Responsibilities also include daily care, weighing, preparing diets, training and exhibit maintenance for 82 species of animals including raptors, corvids, psittacines, snakes, turtles, fish, amphibians, porcupine, fox, badger, bobcat, beaver, spotted skunks, and raccoon.


· Provide exemplary care for the animals in residence.

· Work with the Animal Care team of trainers (including other trainers, senior trainers, Asst Curator of Animal Programs and Curator of Animal Programs) on training of the animals for shows and educational programs.

· Be able to perform as a secondary trainer for all animals.

· Be a primary trainer when assigned.

· Perform shows and deliver educational programs on and off grounds to all age groups.

· Follow all husbandry protocols for the animal residents.

· Manage the diets of the animal residents.

· Maintain accurate, detailed daily records for all animals, including weights, diets, vet care, behavior, and training.

· Administering and any veterinary medications and/or minor procedures.

· Maintaining any scheduled health care medications and supplements.

· Work closely with volunteers and provide consistency with the animals.

· Continually develop self in the areas of animal training, husbandry and presentation.

· Maintain a clean and orderly work area.

· Stay current on all required vaccines; including but not limited to tetanus, rabies and Covid-19.

· Other duties assigned by the Curator of Animal Programs

Qualifications for the Animal Trainer include:

Experience/Education: Prefer a minimum of 2 years of experience with professional (non-domestic) animal training, positive reinforcement training techniques, and behavioral enrichment; a degree in biology, zoology, environmental/science education, or a related field, OR

An equivalent combination of education and experience.

· Primary experience with animals in a show environment required.

· SCUBA certification is not required but a plus.

· Experience with recordkeeping.

· Demonstrate knowledge of safe animal handling practices.

· Must be able to bend, kneel and lift 50 pounds.

· Must be able to pass a drug test and background check.

· Available to work weekends and holidays and occasional evenings.

E-mail cover letter, resume, and three professional references to

In addition, a short video clip (no longer than 2 minutes) of you educating with an animal or a link to a show you are in is preferred. The position is open until filled.

Dog Trainer with Brandon McMillan - Posted 10/19/2022

Job Description:
They would be Brandon’s right hand trainer and work at the ranch everyday as well as home visits to private clients.
Pay ranging from 20-25/hr (based on experience).
Expected Days and Hours - 7am-2pm,  Mon-Fri
Most important skills:
And good with clientele!


Please Contact Faith at

Turtle Conservancy - Posted 9/10/2022

Ojai, CA 

Turtle Conservancy Education Coordinator Job Description
Part-time, Hourly.


Job Description:
The Education Coordinator acts as team member for the Turtle Conservancy (TC) through a variety of on-site and off-site educational programs. Duties include designing and leading curriculum-based programs, participating in offsite outreaches, supporting daily education and interpretive programs and engaging with guests. This position works in the Education Department with animal husbandry team members, volunteers, and interns. Responsibilities We have an opportunity for a creative thinker to take TC resources and share them with our local students. You will work with a team passionate about the natural world and sharing it with our students and guests. We welcome fresh ideas and independent workers that can create meaningful experiences for learners.

● Ensure development and delivery of high-quality school programs including working closely with The Thacher School, local schools, field trips, and outreach programs that meet the mission of the TC.
● Helps to ensure that the Education Department functions smoothly and productively; tasks include, but are not limited to, preparing, organizing, cleaning, inventory, and maintaining equipment, facilities, and supplies.
● Serve as an instructor and present educational content to school groups both on- and off-site.
● Build relationships with school districts and other area cultural institutions throughout the region.
● Research, develop, and present educational programs to school classes, camps and other groups (live, in person, on air, virtually, or pre-recorded).
● Provide unique, interactive, and educational experiences for students.
● Ensure safety of guests, animals, and staff through practicing professional classroom, camp, tour, informal programming, and nature exploration management.
● Provides excellent service to guests, program participants, and team members/volunteers. ● Develops and maintains professional relationships with personnel from outside organizations and facilities.
● Assists with tours, events, promotional activities, etc. as needed.
● Maintain laboratory safety and compliance while performing hands-on research projects. ● Handle animals and facilitate educational animal encounters.

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Applicants can send their cover letter, resume, and references to Turtle Conservancy Phone: (212) 353-5060

San Francisco Animal Care and Control - Posted 9/10/2022

San Francisco, CA 

Animal Control Officer

Fill Type: Temporary Exempt
$30.80-39.30 Hourly

Job Description:

  • Conducts routine patrols throughout the city, humanely confining dogs at large and other stray animals and transporting them to the shelter for impoundment; maintains close contact with the shelter and other field staff via radio in conformance with FCC regulations.
  • Responds to requests for emergency rescue services, including injured, sick or stray animals in distress; humanely and safely handles all animals, domestic and wild.
  • Administers basic first aid and transports sick or injured animals for emergency treatment; observes animals for signs of illness or unusual behavior and reports problems to the Animal Care Division and/or Veterinary Medical Services staff; picks up dead animals; euthanizes animals and performs decapitation for rabies testing as required.
  • Processes impounded animals; administers vaccinations; prepares cages/kennels for new animal residents; and participates in the care and feeding of shelter animals.
  • Responds to complaints about the care, treatment and control of animals and other problem situations, including those which involve hostile, irate or distressed members of the public, in a tactful, professional and effective manner; mediates animal issues between neighbors; educates members of the public about laws and regulations on animal care and control.
  • Investigates allegations of animal abuse and neglect; takes immediate action if necessary; gathers evidence and information for further investigation as indicated; documents information; consults with supervisors and/or management staff regarding cases of a complex or unusual nature; works with local law enforcement agencies, including the Offices of the City Attorney and the District Attorney, for the prosecution of responsible parties and resolution of animal-related issues; may provide testimony on investigations and findings.
  • Issues warnings and citations and/or takes appropriate action when violations of animal care and control laws are observed; incumbents have powers of arrest and participate in executing arrest and search warrants.
  • Provides information on laws and regulations governing the treatment, licensing, care and control of animals to the public in the field; participates in outreach services; educates the public about animal issues and responsible pet ownership and promotes a humane and caring attitude towards animals.
  • Maintains assigned vehicles, work areas and other equipment in good order and in a safe and sanitary condition.
  • Produces and maintains accurate and legible case files, work records and forms, and reports, including accounts of investigative findings and other information; uses a computer to access, input and retrieve work-related information, maintain case files and records and produce written reports.
  • Answers the telephone and performs radio dispatch duties.

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the Human Resources analyst,
Anne Bingham

John Ball Zoo - Posted 8/13/2022

Grand Rapids, MI


Job Description:

Be part of the adventure and come Work Wild with us! Have an enhanced experience taking care of our wide range of animals, and enjoy your work day! We are looking for someone passionate about animal care and working with others to join our energetic and fast-paced team to provide the best care as possible to our animals. Come be a part of our growing zoo while helping make a difference!MISSIONWe inspire our community to be actively engaged in the conservation of wildlife and our natural environment.BENEFITS AT JBZWe offer incredibly competitive benefits. This includes FREE:Medical plan optionShort-term disabilityLong-term disabilityLife InsuranceEmployee Assistance ProgramDental & vision for employee & family12 full weeks of parental leaveADDITIONAL BENEFITSWe offer 6 days of personal time, generous vacation time, and 10 paid Holidays each year. We offer a 7% employer contribution to your 401K, zoo discounts, employee-only zoo experiences, tuition reimbursement, additional medical benefits to meet you and your family's needs, and a FREE Premium Zoo membership for you and your family. This is a union position and the salary will be $15.82hr -$17.88hr.GRAND RAPIDSCome live in the beautiful Grand Rapids where you can find live music, art festivals, outdoor recreation, and nationally ranked food and craft beverages. You can drive 20 minutes and be by the beautiful Lake Michigan, hike and kayaking by the Grand River, or stay downtown and enjoy a variety of food and drinks. Grand Rapids is known as Americas’ best beer city, nations craft beverage capital and a top 20 U.S. Foodie city. There is a little bit of everything here in Grand Rapids to attract everyone including our growing zoo!A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A ZOOKEEPERThe Zookeeper performs technical animal management work in accordance with established procedures and protocols, required for proper care and maintenance of animals under human care at the John Ball Zoo. This includes the care and feeding of exotic and domestic animals; the cleaning and maintenance of buildings, exhibits, and yards; and observation and reporting on the physical and behavioral condition of the animals.THE IDEAL CANDIDATE WOULD BE:Three- Five years professional animal care experience.Three years Bird, Small Mammal, and/or Domestic animal care experienceAssociate’s degree in Life Sciences related field; equivalent experience considered.Experience writing training plans and shaping behaviors when training exotic animalsAbility to provide guidance to other animal care staff members and volunteers to support departmental objectives.Knowledgeable of and experienced with modern principles of animal care and welfare, including behavioral enrichment, medical treatments, exhibitory, nutrition, disease, transport, and positive reinforcement based training techniques.Capable of demonstrating professionalism and maturity at all timesSkilled in proper interpretive techniques to relay information to visiting publicA positive, energetic, and supportive co-worker.A strong and effective communicator and a strong team player.Innovative and willing to look for solutions.Capable of following all zoo and industry safety guidelines.Be a self-starter and enjoy a neat and organized workspace.Experienced with or interested in working with amphibians, reptiles, and fish.Willing to work holidays, weekends and a shift adjustment in the summer months.TECHNICAL SKILLSTechnical Leadership SkillsManage ProjectsPrioritize TimeLead TeamsTrain OthersExperience developing and writing SOPs and/or protocols.Animal training SkillsBird, Small Mammal, and/or Domestic Animal care experienceAble to recognize and solve animal health and welfare issues.John Ball Zoo is a drug-free facility under federal regulations.Apply here

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