Associate Nutritionist – San Diego Zoo

It all began with a ROAR almost 100 years ago!
San Diego Zoo Global is a conservation organization dedicated to the science of saving
endangered species worldwide. San Diego Zoo Global operates three world-class
facilities: the San Diego Zoo, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and the San Diego Zoo
Institute for Conservation Research. Our organization’s vision – we will lead the fight
against extinction.
Help us to make a difference for wildlife and begin your adventure with a career at the
San Diego Zoo Safari Park/San Diego Zoo. Join the dedicated crew who are
passionate about what they do and strive to create unforgettable experiences for our
guests. Share your knowledge, skills and commitment to provide GRRREAT Customer
Service and be a part of the ROAR with San Diego Zoo Global!
Are you ready to start your adventure
and put your Passion for Wildlife to Work?
Destination – Nutritional Services – San Diego Zoo Safari Park and San Diego
Duration of your adventure – Year Round – Exempt
Seats (positions) available – 1
Attire while on adventure- The Society has a very conservative grooming policy.
Tattoos may not be visible or must be appropriately covered while on duty. Jewelry
may be worn if it does not detract from a well-groomed look or create a safety hazard.
No facial or tongue piercing.
Amenities – Safari Park – Located 30 minutes north of the San Diego Zoo in San
Pasqual Valley near Escondido, California and the San Diego Zoo – Located in Balboa
Park near downtown San Diego, California – this adventure offers ZOO Perks which
include discounts on food/premium products, free and discounted admission to local
attractions, and accrual of vacation and sick time (exception for some grants and
Summer Fellowships)
This position offers an excellent benefits package including medical, dental,
prescription drugs, vision, life insurance, annual leave, sick leave, retirement, as well
as other optional insurance.
Requirements for this adventure include:
(Exempt Position #260506) Rate – Salary is commensurate with experience
and education
San Diego Zoo Global is seeking an Associate Nutritionist to join the Nutritional
Services team supporting an animal collection of 7,300+ specimens. This position will
focus on clinical nutrition and requires a M.S., Ph.D, DVM, or equivalent with
knowledge of animal nutrition, medical terminology and record keeping. Animal
husbandry, applied nutrition research or research laboratory operations experience is
needed. Knowledge of food handling, quality control, HACCP, and biosecurity is
desired. Applicants must have excellent communication skills and the ability to work
effectively with others. This person will work closely with the Director of Nutritional
Services, Nutritional Services Team members, Veterinary Services, Animal Care
Managers/Supervisors, Keepers and Researchers. Proficiency with personal computerbased
word processing, presentation, spreadsheet, statistics and database systems is
essential. Demonstrated laboratory skills and zoo experience is desired.
Key duties include formulating, maintaining, and documenting individual animal diets;
sampling and evaluating diet items for quality control; assessing the nutritional health,
body condition, and husbandry of zoo animals; performing outreach including activities
in support of AZA Advisory Groups; performing investigative studies as required;
providing education and training of staff; and participating in fundraising. The
incumbent will report to the San Diego Zoo Global Director of Nutritional Services and
will work at both the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Must have a valid
California driver license.
All newly hired animal care staff and educators with responsibility for regularly caring
for collection animals are REQUIRED to complete and pass (4) on-line prerequisite
classes prior to reporting to their department. Human Resources will schedule this
training as part of the on-boarding program. For current employees transferring into
an animal care department, these classes MUST be completed and passed prior to the
transfer. Additionally, the incumbent will also complete the Introduction to Nutrition
Pre-requisite courses include:
? Zoonotic Disease Prevention and Bio-Security
? Working Safely With Dangerous Animals
? Government Regulations and Compliance (USDA/OSHA)
? The Fundamentals of Animal Learning
? Introduction to Nutrition
**Passing grade for classes is 90%
One of the essential functions of this position is the ability to drive a SDZ Global
vehicle. If you are offered employment in this position, you will be asked to authorize
SDZ Global to access your current driving report through the DMV’s Employer Pull
Notice Program. Your hiring for this position will be contingent on SDZ Global receiving
an acceptable driving report from you. In addition, your continued employment in the
position will depend on you maintaining an acceptable driving record. You may obtain
a list of conditions that disqualify a person from driving an SDZ Global vehicle from a
Human Resources Representative.
(Post 1/30/2015)
Deadline to submit request of application for adventure:
Applications must be submitted online at by
9:30pm Pacific Standard Time
**San Diego Zoo Global is a smoke-free workplace**