Employment - Animal Park at Conservators Center

Employment at the Animal Park

The Animal Park at the Conservators Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that relies heavily on a dedicated staff of employees and permanent volunteers. The Animal Park does not often have open positions for employment, but will post these positions as they become available here. Please check back regularly to find news and updates on employment opportunities.


Current Open Positions

Animal keepers are responsible for supporting all the operations associated with the husbandry of the animals under the direction of the Husbandry Manager

KEY DUTIES INCLUDE:
  • Carrying out all aspects of the daily care of assigned animals, including but not limited to cleaning, feeding, exhibit maintenance, and general upkeep of support facilities
  • Maintaining clean and organized exhibits, service areas, and equipment
  • Preparing and feeding diets as per established feeding practices and diet sheets
  • Administering prescribed medications, supplements, or treatments under the guidance of the Husbandry Manager
  • Maintaining daily reports, logs, and records as appropriate and according to established guidelines
  • Understanding and applying a practical understanding of operant conditioning as it relates to the daily management of species on grounds
  • Assist in a variety of pest and plant control throughout the park
  • Identifying potential maintenance or safety issues and reporting them appropriately
  • Participating in keeper chats, tours, animal presentations or demonstrations, and/or other public interactions as requested by the Husbandry Manager
  • May oversee work activities and/or provide training for interns, seasonal workers, or volunteers
  • Working weekends and/or holidays

    MINIMUM JOB QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Bachelors or Associates degree in Animal Science, Biology, or other related Science
  • Experience working with exotic animals
  • Strong interpersonal, team-building, and communication skills
  • Basic skills with Microsoft Office and Excel software applications
  • Licensed to operate a motor vehicle in North Carolina, or the ability to obtain a license
  • Ability to lift at least 50lbs

    PREFERRED JOB QUALIFICATIONS:
  • 1-2 years of experience working with exotic animals; as a paid employee not in a volunteer capacity
  • Construction and maintenance experience
  • Experience with operant conditioning, developing and completion of an animal training project
  • Public speaking and education skills developed

    This position must be filled as soon as possible, and this webpage will be updated and/or removed when the position is filled. Please contact applications@animalparknc.org if you experience any issues with the application process or have further questions regarding the position.

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  • Animal keepers are responsible for supporting all the operations associated with the husbandry of the animals under the direction of the Husbandry Manager

    RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:
  • Knowledge and performance of carpentry
  • Basic use/maintenance of equipment such as golf carts, gator and all-terrain vehicles
  • Perform facility maintenance including minor painting, electrical work and lock repair
  • Follow preventative maintenance schedules
  • Keep records including service, fuel and equipment logs
  • Order and pick up supplies
  • Maintain cleanliness of the facilities shop and associated areas
  • Operate equipment including power tools and stationary tools and safety equipment
  • Assist in setup and operation of Park’s special events
  • Perform other duties as assigned

    REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • Two years of experience working in facilities maintenance or similar environment
  • Knowledge of basic computer operations
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently
  • Enthusiasm for learning and speaking about the Animal Park’s message

    This position must be filled as soon as possible, and this webpage will be updated and/or removed when the position is filled. Please contact applications@animalparknc.org if you experience any issues with the application process or have further questions regarding the position.

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  • The Education Programs Associate will assist in designing, developing, implementing, promoting, and evaluating K-12 education programs and activities at the Animal Park at the Conservators Center.

    Responsibilities Include assisting in establishing and maintaining educational program for the Park, including, but not limited to:
  • K – 12th grade class field trips to the Park
  • Evaluate, review and revise education programs to maintain alignment with current state education standards
  • Assist with education opportunities at the Park
  • Assist with pre-planning and development of summer camps
  • Attending Park events as required
  • Performing related duties and responsibilities as required
  • Building and maintaining relationships with other institutions as required

    Knowledge and Experience:
  • Experience with education program development and management
  • Experience teaching children in a classroom, camp or professional informal learning setting
  • Knowledge and understanding of general science concepts, especially concepts directly related to the Park’s primary mission
  • Able to research, understand and interpret science concepts in an engaging fashion
  • Experience supervising adults and youth while maintaining a positive environment
  • Education Bachelor’s degree required. A degree in education, biology or environmental science preferred

    Skills and Other Characteristics:
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills · Strong Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) and database skills · Excellent organization skills · Comfortable speaking to large groups and diverse audiences · Must have a passion for the environment and teaching youth · Excellent interpersonal skills and able to work well with others in a team setting · Self-motivated · Flexible and able to handle unexpected situations

    Working Conditions:
  • Essential and marginal functions may require maintaining physical condition necessary for standing or sitting for extended periods: moderate lifting such as setting up chairs for a lecture; and operating motorized vehicles. The position requires the need to lift exhibit items weighing up to 40 pounds. This position will involve working both indoors and outdoors in a variety of weather conditions.
  • The working hours will vary depending on need and will require weekend and evening work.
  • Licenses and Certification: Possession of a valid driver’s license.

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  • If you would like to submit your resume and credentials to the Animal Park at the Conservators Center under a General Application for consideration, please feel free to do so. While we may not be hiring for your preferred position or area of expertise, we will hold your application on file should any availabilities or opportunities arise that are relevant to your experience.

    Please Note that all positions at the Animal Park hold the following MINIMUM JOB QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Ability to work weekends and/or holidays
  • High school diploma, or equivalent
  • Must be at least 18 years of age or older
  • Strong interpersonal, team-building, and communication skills
  • Basic skills with Microsoft Office and Excel software applications
  • Writing and penmanship skills
  • Ability to maintain a neat and organized work environment
  • Licensed to operate a motor vehicle in North Carolina
  • Ability to self-motivate and work in self-directed projects and tasks
  • Ability to work actively (on your feet) as necessary
  • Ability to lift at least 25 lbs.

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