SUMMARY: Under the general supervision of the Director of Conservation, coordinates intern staff, daily animal care, and conservation program support. Duties include coordinating the activities of the Conservation section, facilitate animal care operations, review, develop and/or revise standard operating procedures or other reports, and facilitate field research and scientific study activities. The position will support ongoing agreements for local conservation programs and research (currently California red-legged frogs, mountain yellow-legged frogs and Western pond turtles) as well as ongoing associated conservation research collaborations.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES: 1. Coordinates daily animal care of Conservation projects. 2. Assist in the development of animal care protocols and data management systems. 3. Data collection for conservation research activities. 4. Write summaries of conservation programs and assist Director with required agency and institutional reports. 5. Create and conduct educational presentations in both formal and informal settings. 6. Coordinate activities of Conservation Interns and research students. 7. Assist collaborating researchers with field research, animal collection and releases, and development of research projects. Includes participation in agency and research partner planning and development meetings. 8. Create and implement original research investigations in conjunction with ongoing conservation activities.
Additional Responsibilities 1. Interacts with Zoo staff and animal husbandry personnel in a professional and courteous manner. 2. Interacts with Zoo visitors courteously and offer proper attention at all times.
QUALIFICATIONS: Requires knowledge of the care of amphibians and reptiles, animal behavior, and aquatic life support systems; knowledge of animal diseases and methods of preventing the spread of contagious disease; and principles of biology and zoology, especially amphibian development. Ability to work with Zoo employees as needed; keep operational records; prepare reports; deal courteously and effectively with the public.
EDUCATION, TRAINING & QUALIFICATIONS: This position requires a minimum of 2 years of progressive animal husbandry experience and specific knowledge of amphibians and reptiles. A bachelor’s degree in a related field is preferred. Some supervisor experience is strongly desired.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; use hands; and talk and hear. The employee frequently is required to stand and walk. The employee is occasionally required to sit. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to outside weather conditions including inclement weather.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to potentially hazardous animals.
APPLICATION: Please apply via our web site at www.sfzoo.org. Please attach a cover letter with your resume detailing your experience as it relates to this position.