Animal Care Specialist - Animal Ambassador Team

 

Applicants must have full availability through Labor Day.

 

The Animal Care Specialist I is responsible for providing consistent care and training of the collection of all assigned animals in the animal ambassador team collection; following all husbandry and training protocols for the animal ambassador areas; working in a consistently professional and positive manner; learning and demonstrating required training and handling protocols for any applicable animals; demonstrating the ability to safely work with a very diverse collection of animals including mammals, birds, reptiles and arthropods; having excellent guest service skills for daily presentations and interactions.

 

Principle Duties:

 

1. Perform area cleaning and maintenance of Zoological areas and enclosures

2. Perform daily health maintenance, training sessions, and animal presentations

3. Daily, weekly, and monthly record keeping

4. Daily animal enrichment and exhibit maintenance.

5. Maintain current behaviors for all animal ambassador team animals

6. Have the ability to recognize the overall health of each animal through daily observation and hands on training.

7. Knowledge of and the ability to discuss the natural history of the animals in the Zoological Department.

8. General knowledge of the SeaWorld/Busch Gardens Animal Training methods.

9. Demonstrate the understanding of the SOPs for an animal escape and the responsibilities of being onsite during this situation.

10. Participate as requested in animal outreach presentations including school visits, animal appearances in various media and stage presentations.

Qualifications:

Education:

High School diploma or GED required

College level courses or degree preferred

Experience:

Previous Animal Care and Training experience, working with a variety of taxa preferred

Special Skills:

Ability to work successfully in a team environment

Excellent presentation skills

Standing for extended periods of time

Work in extreme weather conditions

 

Busch Gardens is an equal opportunity employer and supports a safe and drug free workplace.