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Wildlife Specialist – Rhino/Ungulate – Florida
White Oak Conservation Foundation
Full time Positions
Based upon experience
Last Date to Apply
White Oak is seeking an experienced wildlife specialist who will perform as a member of the Animal Management team to achieve exceptional animal care and facility care standards in the Rhino/Ungulate Area in order to sustain White Oak’s wildlife collection and conservation breeding programs.
The successful candidate will have 3-5 years of experience working with rhino, antelope, okapi, giraffes, wild equids, and wild cattle in a managed setting or zoo. The candidate will be self-motivated and an efficient self-starter with a strong work ethic, possessing strong organizational skills. The candidate will be a team player with a positive attitude, making timely and sound decisions in a team environment.
The essential duties and responsibilities of this position include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
• Participate in the daily care of the animals in designated area, to include: feeding,
cleaning, medicating, training and enrichment activities;
• Participate with animal restraint, hand rearing, animal transfers, introductions, operant
conditioning; area research projects;
• Foster regular Wildlife department delivery of public education programs featuring the
• Assist veterinarian staff with animal care procedures, treatment and sample collection,
• Notify supervisor of facility maintenance needs, supplies and animal feed needed in the
• Assist with minor animal care facilities maintenance including: mowing, weed eating,
pressure washing, dirt and substrate work, and limb pick up, and minor repairs;
• Report facility and equipment care needs;
• Maintain records and reports related to Wildlife collection;
• Maintain, clean and organize work and break areas, food storage, food prep, vehicles
• Observe and ensure area safety protocol, safe vehicle and equipment operation;
• Assist with intern training as requested;
• Participate with training including animal husbandry and management, ZIMS record
keeping, research, conservation and education projects;
• Perform other duties that are not specifically identified above, but are required to care
for White Oak’s wildlife collection.
• High School Diploma/GED required, Bachelor’s degree preferred.
• Four years of animal care experience with wild ungulates. Experience with ungulate
• Strong oral and written communication, and relevant basic computer skills;
• Experience operating small equipment and farm machinery desired – mowers, weed-
eaters, pressure washer, tractor or skid steer loader, utility/stock trailers.
• Must be able to exert up to 50 pounds of force to lift, push, pull, carry, or otherwise
move objects, climb a 5 foot ladder and work outdoors in all conditions ;
• Excellent problem resolution skills along with outstanding communication and active
• Must be able to work holidays, nights and weekends when required;
• Must have a valid driver’s license.
Interested and qualified candidates should send a current resume and cover letter to:
Projected start date of 01/01/2018, though earlier would be preferred.