Elephant Zookeeper Jobs in Denver, CO at Denver Zoological Foundation

Title: Elephant Zookeeper

Company: Denver Zoological Foundation

Location: Denver, CO

Job DetailsDescriptionDenver Zoois a leader in animal care, wildlife conservation and education. We are passionate about our commitment to excellence in support of our mission of Inspiring Communities to Save Wildlife for Future Generations.

Denver Zoo honors our animals, staff, and guests by conducting ourselves at the highest level of integrity through our Core Actions — Inspire Awe: Safety, Care, Connect and by embracing our Core Values of: Welcoming, United, Transformative, Curious Courageous in all that we do.

TheElephant Zookeeperwill support Denver Zoo’s mission by providing the safe exhibition, handling, feeding, training, enrichment and husbandry of animal species at the Zoo. Toyota Elephant Passage is home to Asian elephants, greater one horned rhinoceros, and Malayan tapirs. The area is also partnered with an exhibit with black rhino and hippo. The selected candidate will work primarily, to exclusively, with elephants in a program dedicated to bull management. The exhibit is based on a rotational design concept with a great deal of shared space making it critical that the entire group can function as one team regardless of their area of specialization.

Our staff is a dedicated and diverse group of individuals committed to providing quality care to our animals while creating moments of awe for guests. If you are a like-minded individual and thrive in a dynamic, fast paces and innovative culture, Denver Zoo is the place for you!

Essential Duties And Responsibilities

Provide innovative animal husbandry that is in compliance with AZA and USDA standards.

Provide reliable, competent animal care through:

Designing and maintaining proper animal enclosures/props/exhibits and Life Support Systems where appropriate.

Does scuba diving for exhibit maintenance, animal capture, and repair where appropriate.

Preparation and feeding of approved diets.

Handling and restraining animals appropriately.

Assisting with veterinary care and medical follow-up as needed.

Utilizing preventative husbandry techniques and providing proactive health care as required.

Provide proper care for eggs, neonates and young (may require care outside of normal working hours).

Monitoring of physical and behavioral aspects of the animals under assigned care.

Implementation of the behavioral program of the animals under assigned care.

Capture, handle, and move animals using accepted Denver Zoo practices to facilitate internal movement, external shipping, medical procedures, or normal routines.

Enhance breeding possibilities through the recommendation and implementation of approved animal management techniques such as breeding efforts, behavioral enrichment, and operant conditioning/training, etc.

Interact with Denver Zoo guests in both formal and informal settings, providing insight about the animals and their care.

Provide area tours, keeper talks and work special events in area of responsibility as needed.

Train fellow keepers, interns, and volunteers in standard section routines.

Respond to zoo-wide animal related emergencies.

Coordinate the efforts of contractors and maintenance staff when they are working in animal areas.

Record data and prepare assigned reports/records, (i.e. daily reports, enclosure logs, facility logs, water quality logs, etc.) and other pertinent data on the collection and facilities as required.

Use appropriate equipment to perform essential duties.

Cooperate and coordinate with other departments, (e.g., education, maintenance, …

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