Job Posting: Nutrition Supervisor at Dallas Zoo

JOB SUMMARY

Under direction of Curator, provide experienced oversight of ordering, receiving, preparation, and delivery of food and supplies to animal buildings and exhibit areas, using proper sanitation and cleaning guidelines; maintain buildings in assigned areas.  Supervise and instruct Keepers in Animal Nutrition Center

SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Ensure provision of daily diets for the collection animals at Dallas Zoo and Children’s Aquarium. Plan, direct and participate in receiving, preparing and delivering food to all animal areas. Ensure food is handled in a safe manner.
  • Participate in maintenance of diet records.
  • Procure (or supervise procurement) of food items following established purchasing practices.
  • Ensure proper receipt and storage for all items.
  • Maintain inventory of all items. Maintain purchasing records, summarize monthly usage.  Manage department budget within given scope of control.
  • Supervise personnel, including volunteers, for all areas of responsibility and professional conduct.
  • Participate in the selection, hiring, and evaluation of staff and ensure appropriate forms are completed in a timely manner.
  • Participate in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies and priorities for both the department and staff.
  • Train assigned staff in their areas of work including preparation, sanitation and professional conduct.
  • Monitor the work of assigned staff for accuracy, proper work methods, techniques, and compliance with applicable standards and specifications.
  • Schedule staff; maintain up to date standard operation procedure for assigned areas
  • Supervise and ensure adherence to proper standards of sanitation and safety.
  • Ensure quality customer service to internal and external customers.
  • Ensure cleanliness and upkeep of Animal Nutrition Center and surrounding area, maintain vehicles and equipment in good condition. Submit and follow up on work orders.
  • Ensure appropriate daily staffing coverage for Nutrition Keepers.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Must have at least three years of food preparation, warehousing or animal care experience; one year supervisory experience preferred.
  • Must have a high school diploma or GED. Bachelor’s degree in biological, nutrition or culinary field preferred, or equivalent combination of training and experience.
  • Knowledge of MS Word/Excel or similar programs essential.
  • Must be flexible, self-motivated and a team player.
  • Must be able to follow oral and written instructions.
  • Must be able to establish and maintain an effective rapport with all levels of management, employees and zoo guests.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Must have good observational skills.
  • Must be able to walk, stand, sit, kneel, stoop, crawl, twist, reach above head, pull bend, climb stairs and ladders and carry 50lbs, sometimes up to 75lbs.
  • Must be able to work holidays and weekends.
  • Must be able to actively work in inclement weather.
  • Must have a valid Texas driver’s license and reliable transportation.

Join the Dallas Zoo Management, Inc. community to experience a unique, challenging and rewarding career. If you are interested, please email your resume and cover letter to zoojobs@dallaszoo.com. All applicants MUST place job code NSUPV in the subject line to be considered.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status.

EOE M/F/D/V. www.dallaszoo.com

Practical Zoo Nutrition Management (June 5-9, 2017)

Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation, Front Royal, VA, USA

With roughly 20 out of the more than 200 Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) accredited zoos in the United States employing full time nutritionists, there exists a critical shortage of zoo-based nutrition expertise. Similar institutions outside the US face the same challenges.  Long-term sustainability of an animal collection and the successful reproduction of breeding animals rely heavily on proper nutrition, yet this can be a serious challenge. Many of these institutions care for hundreds or thousands of species, all with specific dietary needs that may even vary across seasons and reproductive conditions.

This course is designed to provide knowledge and hands-on experience within one of the oldest zoo nutrition programs in the US. Because of the complexities and extensive experiential learning involved in the profession, this course is not designed to create a zoo nutritionist in 5 days.  But participants will become familiar with a wide variety of topics in the field of zoo and wildlife nutrition, as well as some of the nuances of managing a commissary (food procurement and preparation) operation to support a zoo.  This course will be taught by the Head of the Department of Nutrition Science at the Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park (NZP), Mike Maslanka. He will be joined by members of his NZP staff including Clinical Nutritionist Erin Kendrick, as well as Barbara Toddes (Philadelphia Zoo), Barbara Henry (Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden) and Ann Ward (Fort Worth Zoo). These instructors represent some of the most experienced zoo nutritionists, commissary managers, and researchers in the field of zoo and wildlife nutrition.

By the conclusion of the course, participants are expected to have knowledge of: commissary design and operations (centralized and de-centralized operation), nutrient and energy metabolism of zoo and wild animals, practical principles of feeding a wide variety of animals across all taxa, practical diet formulation and evaluation, and basic commissary management.

This course is open to graduate students as well as professionals, and will be most relevant for nutrition/animal science graduate students, zoo keepers and curators, commissary managers, nutritionists and veterinarians with some previous background/experience in nutrition. The course will be based at the NZP’s satellite facility in Front Royal, Virginia where 21 species of endangered and threatened mammal and bird species are managed in a unique captive setting. A trip to NZP in Washington DC is included, with behind-the-scenes tours of the commissary operation, elephants and big cats.

Visit our website at http://SMconservation.gmu.edu for more course details and for instructions on how to apply. All courses area held in a new sustainably built Academic Quad, including new classrooms, dining commons and residential facility. Send us an email at SCBItraining@si.edu with any questions you might have or check out our FAQs.

Denver Zoo: Nutrition Internship Fall 2016

A paid internship in the area of exotic animal nutrition, including both clinical and research aspects, is available to undergraduate students (Junior or Senior), recent college graduates (in the last 12 months), or current graduate students having a specific interest in exotic animal nutrition. The internship is available from August through December, 2016, and may be part-time or full-time. Typical activities for this internship may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Documenting and recording diets and hand-rearing protocols
  • Evaluating body condition of exotic animals
  • Conducting intake and digestibility studies
  • Assisting with feed or browse collection, sample preparation, and analysis
  • Observing feeding behavior
  • Conducting applied research and data entry
  • Clinical rounds
  • Formulating and analyzing diets as needed, under nutritionist supervision

Candidates must be enrolled in or have a degree in animal science, biology, nutrition, wildlife science, or a related field and ideally have completed an introductory animal nutrition class. The intern may obtain University credit for completed projects if agreed upon by the candidate and Nutritionist prior to the initiation of the internship. Every effort will be made to accommodate the student’s school schedule in arranging starting and ending dates, and number of hours worked per week. To apply, please send the following materials to Dr. Jennifer Parsons at jparsons@denverzoo.org:

  1. Resume
  2. Unofficial transcript, and
  3. Cover letter which includes the following information: dates of availability, interests, and a description of how this position applies to your career goals.

Deadline for receipt of application materials is May 15, 2016. For any questions regarding the internship, you may likewise contact Dr. Parsons.

Busch Gardens Tampa: Animal Research Internship

Busch Gardens Tampa Animal Research Intern (Summer 2016)

Applications are due by March 1, 2016.

Requirements and Competencies

  • At least two years of an undergraduate program with coursework in biology and/or nutrition
  • Able to communicate clearly and professionally, both verbally and in writing
  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Able to work independently
  • Must have valid driver’s license, proof of insurance, and be able to meet Busch Gardens’ driving guidelines
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds

Duration: 11 weeks (Summer Semester)
Primary Responsibilities

  • Conduct behavioral and/or nutritional research with animal collection
  • Collect and process feed and fecal samples
  • Data entry
  • Work with research staff to analyze and report data and findings
  • Present scientific findings to zoo staff and guests
  • Additional duties as required
  • Training will be provided

IMPORTANT: To apply, please submit

  • A brief cover letter describing your research interests
  • A current resume
  • A copy of your transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable).

To preserve formatting, you may submit these documents to dani.limbach@buschgardens.com.  However, the online application must still be completed in order to be considered for this position.
Additional Information

Date Posted: February 17, 2016                   Date Removed: March 1, 2016

Department: Zoological                                 Reports To: Zoo Management

Salary: $8.85                                                  Position Type: Seasonal

Recruiter: Dani Limbach                               Posting:  3258

Relocation Provided: No

 

If interested, please apply online at www.myDiscoveryInfo.com,

Applications are due on March 1.

Busch Gardens Tampa Summer Research Internship 2016

 

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Nutrition Fall Internship

Disney’s Animal Kingdom is currently accepting applications for our Fall 2016 semester internship in the Animal Nutrition Center. This internship is through Walt Disney World Animal Programs. It is a six month paid internship working as part of our Animal Nutrition Center team. Our interns work four 10 hour days per week (5 am to 4 pm). 75% of the internship (3 days per week) is spent working in our animal food production operation. The other 25% (1 day per week) is spent working with our nutrition team, helping with data collection (there is a lot of data and computer work!) and may include helping with on-going research projects. Internships run from June to January and January to June. Students must possess unrestricted work authorization. For more information on the internship or how to apply, check our website at http://www.disneyinterns.com/animalprograms

 

San Diego Zoo Global Exotic Animal Nutrition Fellowship

A paid summer fellowship in the area of exotic animal nutrition, including both clinical and research aspects, is available to undergraduate students (Junior or Senior), recent college graduates (in the last 12 months), or current graduate students having a specific interest in exotic animal nutrition. The fellowship is available for 3 months between May through October.

For more details, please read the announcement.

Zoo Nutrition Myth: A fruit is a fruit

The nutrient composition of domestic fruits, which have been selected and cultivated for sweetness, differs greatly from their wild counterparts.  A simple comparison of domestic vs. wild figs reveals the difference. Our domestic vegetables (though still not perfect substitutes by any means) may more closely mimic the composition of wild fruits.  For more information on fruit-free diets, see these articles:

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San Diego Zoo Global – Director of Nutritional Services

San Diego Zoo Global is seeking a Director of Nutritional Services to lead the Nutritional Services team supporting an animal collection of 7,300+ specimens. This position focuses on clinical nutrition and manages the Nutritional Services Departments at the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park in defining and coordinating nutrition and dietary husbandry of SDZG’s internal and external off-site animal specimens.

The successful applicant will have a Ph.D in Animal Science or Wildlife Science (Nutrition emphasis) or Human Nutrition or DVM with advanced nutritional training. Animal husbandry, applied nutrition research or research laboratory operations experience is needed. Professional Certification and/or Board Certification is desirable. Considerable experience with formulating diets for domestic and zoo animals is required as is knowledge of food handling, quality control, HACCP, and biosecurity. Applicants must have excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to provide leadership and manage/supervise staff. In addition, the ability to develop and manage budgets is required. This person will work closely with Nutritional Services Team members, Veterinary Services, Animal Care Managers/Supervisors, Keepers and Researchers. Proficiency with personal computer-based 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; researching, reviewing and approving all consumable items including complete feeds, produce, browse and enrichment food items; establishing quality control and monitoring programs to ensure suitability of foodstuff; developing training programs, supervising Associate Nutritionist, Nutritional Services Managers, and Administrative staff; developing, administer and monitor budgets; serve as nutrition advisor to tags ad SSP’s; performing investigative studies as required; and participating in fundraising. The incumbent will report to the San Diego Zoo Global Corporate Director of Animal Health and will work at both the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Must have a good driving record and 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 course.

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.  For more job information and to apply: www.sandiegozoo.org/jobs.  Deadline: Tuesday, November 17, 2015 by 9:30 PM Pacific Time.

 

Post-Doctoral Associate with the University of Florida and Disney’s Animal Kingdom

UF Job number: 493416
Within a team setting at Walt Disney’s World, the incumbent will help investigate the impact of using different diets/ingredients on the health and performance of the animal population. Incumbent will apply statistical models to help conduct studies /evaluations in order to determine their acceptability and impact on the health of animal species.
Duties will involve assessment of diets for terrestrial and aquatic captive wild species. Incumbent will meet with animal care staff, veterinarians, and nutritionists to discuss animal performance and health in order to evaluate the adequacy of the amount and nutrient content of the diets.  In collaboration with the team, dietary changes and amounts fed will be made when necessary.
The successful candidate will help disseminate results of research projects through appropriate journals, articles, and scientific presentations.  Attendance to selected animal nutrition-related conferences will be encouraged.   The position involves using various nutrition laboratory techniques and equipment including near infrared spectrophotometry, bomb calorimetry, respirometry equipment, etc. to assess quality of diets and help with obtaining research results. 
Work with Operation Manager (Nutritionist) and Animal Programs staff to help develop guest experiences that educate the public about animal nutrition and its role within conservation programs. Incumbent will answer questions of guests about animal health, performance, conservation, management, etc.   The incumbent will be shadowing in the food preparation area and learn the daily management of a modern Zoo Animal Nutrition Center (ANC). He /She will also work with Nutritionist, Assistant Nutritionist, ANC managers, and other staff in diet updates and diet assessments.
For more information or to apply, please visit the University of Florida Careers page

2015 NAG Conference on Zoo and Wildlife Nutrition

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Come visit us in the Land of Weird, Portland, Oregon, as we discuss the diets of all the Weird Animals of the World.

Portland is the home to the Oregon Zoo, which has been undergoing several updates thanks to a $125 million dollar Bond Measure passed by the voters. Some of the new additions you will get to experience and tour are the new Veterinary Medical Center, the new Condors of the Columbia Exhibit, and just in time for the Conference our new Elephant Lands exhibit including our new Elephant Building & Forest Hall, which will form one of the world’s largest indoor elephant facilities.

In Portland, there are many things to do that include visiting our International Rose Test Garden, the Japanese and Chinese Gardens, the many waterfalls and nature parks, the downtown Markets, Food Carts, the largest independent bookstore Powell’s Books, and our Art, Science, or Children’s Museums. It promises to be a good time. We look forward to seeing you there.

Additional details will be posted here as they become known. Please contact Matt Brooks with any questions.

Schedule

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  • Sat, Sept. 26th
    • Registration
    • NAG Steering Committee meeting
  • Sun, Sept. 27th (Conference begins)
  • Mon, Sept. 28th
    • Scientific session in AM
    • Scientific session in PM
    • SCARF Benefit in Evening
  • Tue, Sept. 29th
    • Scientific session in AM
    • Zoo Day in PM
  • Wed, Sept. 30th
    • Scientific session in AM (Joint session with AAZV from 8 – 9:45 am)
    • Scientific session in PM
    • Members meeting & banquet in evening

 

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Disney Nutrition Internship

We are currently accepting applications for our Spring 2016 semester internship in the Animal Nutrition Center at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. If you know any eligible students that are considering a career in animal nutrition, please pass this information on to them. Applications will be accepted through October 2nd.

This internship is through Walt Disney World Animal Programs. It is a six month paid internship working as part of our Animal Nutrition Center team. Our interns work four 10 hour days per week (5 am to 4 pm). 75% of the internship (3 days per week) is spent working in our animal food production operation. The other 25% (1 day per week) is spent working with our nutrition team, helping with data collection (there is a lot of data and computer work!) and may include helping with on-going research projects. Internships run from June to January and January to June. Students must possess unrestricted work authorization. For more information on the internship or how to apply,

check our website at http://www.disneyinterns.com/animalprograms or email:wdw.animal.program.interns@disney.com

Nutrient Composition of Locally Obtained Native Fishes (St. Catherines Island, GA, USA) Compared with Fish Commonly Purchased for North American Zoo Feeding Programs

Nine species of local fishes, obtained as part of a larger population study, were chemically analyzed to determine nutrient composition prior to use in feeding programs at the Wildlife Survival Center, St. Catherines Island, Georgia, USA. The nutrient composition of locally obtainable fishes was compared to that of fishes commonly used in North American zoo feeding programs. The 9 local...

Post-NAG Workshop: Nutrition of Mammalian Insectivores

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The workshop on the Nutrition of Insectivorous Mammals will be held on Oct 1-2 in Portland, OR.

The goal of the workshop is to bring together mammalian insectivore experts from a variety of disciplines (nutrition, veterinary, husbandry, product vendors) to address nutritional concerns and needs in this unique group of animals. The focus will be on developing new dietary approaches to feeding insectivorous mammals, establishing research priorities, and working with vendors to brainstorm potential new diet sources and preparations.

The workshop is timed to follow the NAG/AAZV conference, when many of the interested parties will already be in attendance.

Workshop registration is $50 and includes breakfast, lunch and breaks on both days.

For details and to register, please visit http://paxtag.org.

Sunday Workshop: It’s Not About the Blueberries – Behavior-centered food enrichment

Flying Fox With Fruit

Behavior-oriented enrichment programs allow zoo and aquarium staff greater freedom to explore solutions that are species-appropriate and true to an animals’ natural history.  Animal enrichment philosophies at many exotic animal institutions are undergoing a sea change – from an “object-centered” mindset (e.g., “I have a ball, now what can I do with it?”) to a “behavior-centered” approach (e.g., “I want to encourage habitat exploration and play – what tools are at my disposal?”).

Join us at the Oregon Zoo for this day-long workshop that brings a “behavior first” mentality to food enrichment.  Interact with specialists in the field as we learn and discuss new approaches and how to apply them to your institution.  The day will begin with a plenary presentation by Jessica Sheftel, Enrichment Supervisor at the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park.  On-grounds demonstrations, group discussion, and informal presentations will touch on multiple topics, including managing food enrichment as an integrated part of the diet, and use of whole carcass feeding as a way to elicit natural behavior.

The workshop, held throughout the zoo, will feature several demonstrations, including:

  • Caracal Basketball
  • Using Ziplines – aka, the Flying Fish
  • Live Crab Feeding – Sea Otters at Work
  • Carcass Feeding – Is that a Water Buffalo?
  • And more!

Come join us for the day!

About the instructors:

JsheftelJessica Sheftel is the Enrichment Supervisor at the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park.   Hailing from Newton, IA she received her B.A. in Physical Anthropology and Behavioral Studies from Beloit College in Wisconsin.  While at Beloit College, Jessica studied abroad in Tanzania, Africa where she developed a passion for research and natural history.  After college, she made her way south to Zoo Atlanta where she started her career researching gorilla, orangutan and golden lion tamarin behavior.  An opportunity to work with language trained bonobos led her to Georgia State University’s Language Research Center where she assisted with research, enrichment scheduling and explored ape cognition.  As an avid fan of the beach and top notch zoos she soon made her way to San Diego where she started as a part time keeper and quickly made her way through the ranks of Senior and Lead Keeper.  In 2013 she secured a brand new position to San Diego Zoo Global, Enrichment Supervisor.  Jessica continues to explore and promote the importance of species natural history, challenge and novel approaches to husbandry from coconut crabs to elephants.  She considers herself fortunate to have a job she loves and uses
her skills to enhance the welfare of captive animals

Practical Zoo Nutrition Management Course

Practical Zoo Nutrition Management (April 11-15, 2016)
Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation, Front Royal, VA, USA
 
With only 17 out of the more than 200 Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) accredited zoos in the United States employing full time nutritionists, there exists a critical shortage of zoo-based nutrition expertise. Similar institutions outside the US face the same challenges.  Long-term sustainability of an animal collection and the successful reproduction of breeding animals rely heavily on proper nutrition, yet this can be a serious challenge. Many of these institutions care for hundreds or thousands of species, all with specific dietary needs that may even vary across seasons and reproductive conditions.
 
This course is designed to provide knowledge and hands-on experience within one of the oldest zoo nutrition programs in the US. Because of the complexities and extensive experiential learning involved in the profession, this course is not designed to create a zoo nutritionist in 5 days.  But participants will become familiar with a wide variety of topics in the field of zoo and wildlife nutrition, as well as some of the nuances of managing a commissary (food procurement and preparation) operation to support a zoo.  This course will be taught by the Head of the Department of Nutrition Science at the Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park (NZP), Mike Maslanka. He will be joined by members of his NZP staff as well as other zoo nutritionists from AZA facilities. These instructors represent some of the most experienced zoo nutritionists, commissary managers, and researchers in the field of zoo and wildlife nutrition. 
 
By the conclusion of the course, participants are expected to have knowledge of: commissary design and operations (centralized and de-centralized operation), nutrient and energy metabolism of zoo and wild animals, practical principles of feeding a wide variety of animals across all taxa, practical diet formulation and evaluation, and basic commissary management. 
This course is open to graduate students as well as professionals, and will be most relevant for nutrition/animal science graduate students, zoo keepers and curators, commissary managers, nutritionists and veterinarians with some previous background/experience in nutrition. The course will be based at the NZP’s satellite facility in Front Royal, Virginia where 21 species of endangered and threatened mammal and bird species are managed in a unique captive setting. At least one trip to NZP in Washington DC is included, with behind-the-scenes tours of at least the commissary operation, elephants and big cats.
 
Visit our website at http://SMconservation.gmu.edu for more course details and for instructions on how to apply. All courses area held in a new sustainably built Academic Quad, including new classrooms, dining commons and residential facility. Send us an email at SCBItraining@si.edu with any questions you might have or check out our FAQs.

Nutrient Composition of Whole Vertebrate Prey (Excluding Fish) Fed in Zoos

Although nutritionally balanced formulations, largely based upon nutrient requirements of domestic cats, are commercially available for many zoo carnivores, some choose to use whole prey as a part or all of certain captive feeding programs. Whole prey are similar in physical form to the natural diet of some carnivores, and are commonly presumed to meet nutrient requirements as long as...

Associate Nutritionist – San Diego Zoo

JAMBO!
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?
TRAVEL ITINERARY:
Destination – Nutritional Services – San Diego Zoo Safari Park and San Diego
Zoo
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
REQUIREMENTS:
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
course.
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:
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 22nd, 2015
Applications must be submitted online at http://zoo.sandiegozoo.org/jobs by
9:30pm Pacific Standard Time
**San Diego Zoo Global is a smoke-free workplace**
THIS EMPLOYER PARTICIPATES IN E-VERIFY
SAN DIEGO ZOO GLOBAL IS AN EEO/AA/DISABILITY/PROTECTED VETERAN
EMPLOYER

Disney Internship

We are currently accepting applications for our Fall 2015 semester internship in the Animal Nutrition Center at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. If you know any eligible students that are considering a career in
animal nutrition, please pass this information on to them. Applications will be accepted through March 6th.

This internship is through Walt Disney World Animal Programs.  It is a six month paid internship in Animal Nutrition and Research.  Our interns work four 10 hour days per week (5 am to 4 pm).  75% of the internship (3 days per week) is spent working in our animal food production operation.  The other 25% (1 day per week) is spent working with our nutrition team, helping with any on-going research projects and data collection (there is a lot of data and computer work!).  Internships run from June to January and January to June.  International students are now eligible to apply although would be responsible for securing their own student work visa if selected (I’m told they should be able to get an F1-OPT with the help of their school).  For more information on the internship or how to apply, check our website at
http://www.disneyinterns.com/animalprograms

or email:
wdw.animal.program.interns@disney.com

Job Posting: Indianapolis Zoo

The department of Veterinary and Nutrition Services at the Indianapolis Zoo seeks qualified candidates for a full time Nutrition Center Area Manager. The Zoo’s nutrition program is responsible for formulating specific diets for animals in the Zoo’s collection, developing and implementing diagnostic procedures to ensure that diet formulations are achieving desired results, developing and implementing food safety programs, purchasing, storage, preparation and dispersal of animal food and conducting science-based research that addresses institutional priorities for a large and diverse collection of species utilized for public education, conservation, and display.

The Nutrition Center Area Manager reports to the Director of Nutrition Services and is responsible for operations management of the animal commissary including ordering, preparation and delivery of diets and supplies for all animal areas as required; supply item stocking and inventory, cleaning and sanitizing of food preparation and storage areas, and other related duties. This position supervises the nutrition center technician and volunteers.

The physical demands of the position include, but are not limited to exerting 50 pounds of force on a regular basis; kneeling, walking, crouching; frequently exposed to environmental conditions; will work in a freezer/cooler up to four hours a day; and possible occupational exposure (Category A employee) to human blood borne pathogens.

Two years previous experience performing food handling and warehouse activities in a zoo, aquarium or similar institution is desirable.

A Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences or a closely related discipline is required.

Candidates must have the ability to perform the following tasks: Operate or learn to operate all Zoo vehicles fork lift and front end loader. Safely and efficiently operate all specialized food preparation and other equipment used to move and lift supplies including ovens, grinders, blenders, dishwashers, sharpeners, mixers, hand trucks, motorized pallets jacks and others. Exercise safe work habits in proximity of potentially dangerous animals and equipment. Record and deliver information, to explain procedures, to follow oral and written instructions, and otherwise communicate effectively and efficiently with co-workers and supervisor. Interact courteously and respectfully with supervisors, fellow employees, volunteers, our visitors, and the general public. Candidates must also have good observational skills, temperamentally suited to working with animals, competent computer skills and “intermediate” knowledge in Word, Excel, and Outlook programs.

 The Indianapolis Zoo offers a competitive total compensation package that includes medical, dental, vision, life, and short term disability; 403b plan; paid holidays, and paid time off.

Interested candidates must complete an on-line application. ONLY ON-LINE APPLICATIONS ARE ACCEPTED.

In the “Position Desired” section of the on-line application, please enter “Nutrition Center Area Manager”.

Cover letters and resumes must be attached to the on line application.

Please indicate your salary requirements

Faxed, mailed, and delivered resumes will not be considered. PLEASE, NO PHONE CALLS.

Successfully passing pre-employment testing, including drug tests and criminal history checks is a condition of employment.

Applications must be received by January 30, 2015.

The Indianapolis Zoo is an EOE/ Drug Free/Smoke Free Work Environment.

Disney Nutrition Internship

Disney is currently accepting applications for their Spring 2015 semester internship in the Animal Nutrition Center at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. This internship is for people interested in a career in animal nutrition. Applications will be accepted through October 9th.

This internship is through Walt Disney World Animal Programs.  It is a six month paid internship in Animal Nutrition and Research.  The interns work four 10 hour days per week (5 am to 4 pm).  75% of the internship (or 3 days per week) is spent working in the animal food production operation.  The other 25% (1 day per week) is spent working with the nutrition team, helping with any on-going research projects and data collection (there is a lot of data and computer work!).  Internships run from June to January and January to June.  Students must be attending a college or university within the United States and must complete the internship within one year of graduation.  For more information on the internship or how to apply, see the website at
http://www.disneyinterns.com/animalprograms
or email:
wdw.animal.program.interns@disney.com

Call for SCARF Training Institutional Applications

The Zoo and Nutrition Wildlife Foundation in conjunction with The Nutrition Advisory Group of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) would like to announce the call for advance proposals for the Susan D. Crissey Animal Nutrition Residency Fund (SCARF).

In 2006, the Chicago Zoological Society in cooperation with the AZA Nutrition Advisory Group established the SCARF fund to acknowledge and honor the significant impact that Susan D. Crissey had on the field of zoo nutrition during her 15 years of service at Brookfield Zoo. The goal of the Fund is to support residencies in nutritional studies that will improve the welfare of animals in zoos and aquariums. Since its inception, there have been two residents that have completed the program, and this will be the third.

Requirements of the candidate include an advanced degree in nutrition and/or physiology from an accredited university and a professional commitment to becoming a zoo nutritionist. On site zoo experience is preferred.

Requirements for the institution awarded the residency include the ability to provide the basic features of a comprehensive nutrition program and the willingness to work with external institutions and organizations to fulfill the objectives outlined by the Nutrition Advisory Group. Guidelines for this program and the application/review process were developed by the Nutrition Advisory Group.

The advance proposals DO NOT require any financial investment by the institution at the time of proposal, but provide the NAG with an indication of interest and an application to evaluate.  Each institution application will be evaluated, and the NAG will provide feedback to the top three host institutions who apply.  The host institution can then leverage this initial evaluation and feedback to assemble the financial resources needed to support the residency (ultimately due, 31 Dec 2014).  Applications may be submitted electronically or via standard U.S. mail:  Barbara Henry, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine Street, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45220.

SCARFInstitutional ApplicationFINAL164.pdf

Please email the following people for more information and to submit your application.

  • Mike Maslanka: maslankam AT si.edu
  • Barbara Henry: barbara.henry AT cincinnatizoo.org.