2019 ZWNF/NAG Conference on Zoo and Wildlife Nutrition

2019 NAG Conference hosted by the Saint Louis Zoo jointly with

  • American Association of Zoo Veterinarians (AAZV)
  • Association of Avian Veterinarians (AAV),
  • Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians (ARAV)
  • Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians (AEMV)
  • Association of Fish Veterinarians (AAFV) 

We can’t wait to host you for the Nutrition Advisory Group conference in September and share with you all the wonderful things about the city of St. Louis. After the conference, spend a few extra days to ride to the top of the arch, visit the Endangered Wolf Center, tour the Anheuser-Busch Brewery, ride the new SUPERGIRL attraction at Six Flags or enjoy a myriad of other attractions St. Louis has to offer.

Book hotel Submit your paper Registration coming soon

Friday, June 21, 2019Abstract Submission Deadline

GENERAL SCHEDULE

WORKSHOP “Assessing the Nutritional Welfare of Animals”

Sunday Sept 29, 2019

Both AZA and WAZA have stated that nutrition is one of the five pillars of animal welfare, and that “nutritional state” is a core component of the welfare assessment process. 

This workshop will provide key skills and tools for assessing the nutritional status and nutritional welfare of animals.

 

Topics will include:

  • Body condition scoring (focus on non-traditional animals such as birds, herptiles, and others)
  • Fecal condition scoring
  • Interpreting blood panels & diagnostics
  • Behavioral assessments of feeding practices and feeding behaviors
  • Fitting into the AZA welfare assessment process

 

Icebreaker @ City Museum

Sunday Sept 29, 2019

Get to know your fellow nutritionists and vets at this museum described as a “really cool interactive museum” (Deb Schmidt) and “wild, singular vision of an oddball artistic mind” (Wikipedia).   

Job Opening: Director of Nutrition Services at Indy Zoo

DThe Indianapolis Zoo is seeking a Director of Nutrition Services to head its Department of Nutrition Services.  The charge of this department is to: 1) formulate specific diets for animals in the Zoo’s collection; 2) develop and implement diagnostic procedures to ensure that diet formulations are achieving desired results; 3) conduct science-based research that addresses institutionally mandated priorities; 4) develop and implement food safety programs; 5) manage the purchasing, storage, preparation and dispersal of animal food.

Summary:

The Director of Nutrition Services is responsible for the development and management of the Department of Nutrition Services within the Veterinary Science Department and reports directly to the Vice President of Veterinary Science. The Indianapolis Zoo has a diverse collection of over 1,800 specimens including invertebrates, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, terrestrial and marine mammals. 

The position collaboratively works with veterinary, curatorial and life sciences staff, volunteers and consultants.  It is therefore imperative, that the Director of Nutrition Services has strong leadership, organizational, negotiation, teamwork, communication and motivational skills. The Director of Nutrition Services will be expected to maintain and reinforce a culture of continual improvement, while working within the constraints of a finite allocation of resources. The Director of Nutrition Services will be an active presence in the community in promoting the Zoo’s mission, and in developing and strengthening alliances with other partners and vendors. This individual must project a professional appearance and conduct with strong written and verbal communication skills for both general and academic audiences.    

Duties:

Essential

  1. Health and Welfare of the Collection
  2. Direct responsibility and accountability for developing, managing and implementing the nutrition program for the Zoo collection.  Includes maintaining department procedures manual, monitoring diet consumption, diet formulation, and implementation.
  3. The Director of Nutrition Services monitors the animal’s response to prescribed diets by obtaining the following information from the husbandry staff:  1) Diet compliance (weight of individual feed items consumed compared to weight of feed items prescribed). 2) Body weight trends over time. 3) Comparison of those weights to the animals preferred target weight as established by the Director of Nutrition Services.  Preferred target weights are established by visual or direct body score evaluations conducted by the Director of Nutrition Services or trained designate within the veterinary/nutrition department staff or husbandry staff.  Nutritional profiles ordered and evaluated by the Director of Nutrition Services are also utilized to evaluate the nutritional health of the collection.        
  4. Works directly with the Veterinary and Curatorial staff to formulate diets that balance nutritional objectives, with husbandry and behavioral objectives. Has direct responsibility and accountability for approving all diets. Responsible for issuing a diet prescription sheet.
  5. Participates in monthly clinical rounds with the Veterinarians, Curators and Area managers to monitor the effectiveness of prescribed diets and identify any nutritional diets.
  6. Adjusts prescribed diets as required to ensure that nutrition, health and husbandry objectives are being met. Has direct responsibility and accountability for approving all changes to diets. Responsible for issuing a revised diet prescription sheet.
  7. Review quarantine animal arrival form diet information and make recommendations for transitioning newly acquired animals to Indianapolis zoo diets.
  8. Develop diets for approved animal acquisitions; information to be included in the Husbandry Protocols.
  9. Provide current diet information to receiving institution for approved animal dispositions.   
  10. Responsible for the distribution of diets, monitors current and future availability of dietary items.
  11. Responsible for developing and implementing food quality control programs.
  12. Work directly with the Collections Department in the development and implementation of the browse program, and surveillance of the grounds and enclosures for toxic plants.   
  13. Initiate and collaborate with the staff veterinarians on clinical investigations as it relates to animal health and nutrition.  Utilize annual pathology reports to direct efforts.  
  14. Has direct responsibility for advising the Vice President of Veterinary Science on nutrition issues that require investigation. 
  15. Has direct responsibility and accountability for following: Zoo Policies, Procedures and Protocols; and the Veterinary/Nutrition Department Operations Manual.
  • Science Programs
  • Participates in approved cooperative programs (e.g. TAG, SSP) as assigned. 
  • Develops research proposals and submits them to the zoo’s research committee for review and approval.
  • Will serve as principle investigator or collaborate with principle investigators on all nutrition research projects.
  • Participates in the review of research proposals as required.
  • Records, Permits and Licenses
  • Direct responsibility and accountability for maintaining accurate records and preparing reports as it relates to animal nutrition.  
  • Direct responsibility and accountability for conducting all commissary operations in a manner that meets or exceed AZA and USDA requirements.
  • Remains current with pertinent regulations and standards (federal, state, industry, etc.) that may affect zoo programs, and provide recommendations for complying with relevant regulations.
  • Must be proficient in the use of ZIMS for animal record keeping.
  • Must maintain a valid motor vehicle operator license.
  • Maintain Food Safety and Fork Lift Certifications
  • Staffing
  • The Nutritionist is directly responsible and accountable for supervising the Nutrition Department staff and handling all payroll issues according to Finance Department policies and procedures.  Includes overseeing the Nutrition Department staff schedule.
  • The Nutritionist has responsibility and accountability for completing the Halogen appraisals for the Nutrition Center Area Manager.  
  • Direct responsibility and accountability for discharging duties in a professional and courteous manner.  Must work effectively as a member of the Collection Management Team, possess exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, as well as strong problem solving and decision-making skills.
  • Participate in the following meetings.
  • Weekly Collection Management Team meeting (CMT).
  • Monthly veterinary and nutrition department staff meeting.
  • Monthly biome clinical rounds.
  • Monthly veterinarian and nutritionist meeting.
  • Conducts interviews and responsible for working with Human Resources Department to select Nutrition Department staff and volunteers.  
  1. Supports the Zoo’s mission of empowering people and communities, both locally and globally, to advance animal conservation.

Adheres to and promotes the ideals of the Zoo’s Wild U program by:

Welcoming and engaging guests at all points of interaction;

Inspiring guests to want to learn more, care more, and become involved in saving wildlife and wild places;

Leading the pack in how to identify and implement tangible, memorable guest service;

Deliver exemplary guest service in pursuit of the Zoo’s mission.

  • Professional Development
  • Attends the annual Nutrition Advisory Group (NAG) conference or similar continuing education meeting and workshops as required.  Participates in additional conferences, workshops, seminars, NAG and AZA committees as approved by the Vice President of Veterinary Science. 
  • Will be supported and encouraged to present papers at scientific meetings, publish findings in scientific journals and serve in an advisory capacity to SSP and TAG committees.

     7.   Safety and Security

  • The Director of Nutrition Services will inspect the commissary and biome diet preparation areas quarterly to ensure they meet zoo and regulatory standards for cleanliness and safety.
  • Responsible for ensuring the safety of all dietary items. 
  • Has the authority and responsibility to act immediately on issues of safety or security as it relates to animals, visitors, and staff.
  • Responds to animal security issues immediately in accordance with the IZS Animal Escape policy as necessary.
  • Sanitation and Forklift Certification must be maintained.
  • Understands supports and enforces the IZS and Area lock protocol policies.
  • Understands supports and insures that staff will follow IZS and Area PPE (Personal Protection Equipment) policies.
  • On call 24 hours a day. Works weekends, holidays and overtime as required.

     8.  Finance

  • Develops and implements annual business plans, including a budget.
  • Responsible for bidding and selecting vendors for animal food purchases following the Zoo’s purchasing guidelines, including a schedule of re-bidding for all vendors. Maintains fiscal responsibility. Partners with Finance as needed.
  • Responsible for maintaining and utilizing an inventory system for the Nutrition Center.
  • Oversees monthly inventory with the Nutrition Center Manager.
  • Proactively identifies trends and issues with the inventory as they arise. 

     9.  Software and Technology Proficiency:  Must be an intermediate user of Zootrition, ZIMS, Outlook, Word, Halogen staff appraisal program, ADP, Excel, Power Point and Microsoft Access (Keeper Daily Report, Proposed Animal Transactions and Animal Husbandry Protocols). 

Experience:  At least 4 years of full-time employment as a nutritionist in a zoological setting. Prior experience in zoo animal husbandry, supervisory experience, program and budget planning preferred.  Must receive 11 hours/year continuing education as required by Professional Animal Sciences. 

Education:  Master’s in Comparative Animal Nutrition required.  PhD in Comparative Animal Nutrition strongly preferred.

The application deadline is February 8, 2019.

Compensation is commensurate with experience. Please include compensation requirement in your attached cover letter or enter it on the online application

The Zoo offers a competitive benefits package after 90 days of continuous employment, including generous Paid Time Off, Paid Holidays, 403B plan, Medical, dental, vision, and life insurance after 90 days of employment.

Interested candidates must apply on-line for this position at http://www.indianapoliszoo.com/contact/employment-and-volunteers/zoo-staff-employment

To help ensure receipt of your online application, it is recommended applicants use a computer running Windows XP or higher, with at least Internet Explorer 8, Google Chrome, or Safari.

In the “position desired” section of the application, please enter “Director of Nutrition Services’. Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment drug test, driving record check, and criminal history check. The Indianapolis Zoo is a Drug Free/Smoke Free/Child Safe Workplace and an Equal Opportunity Employer.

FT Job: Nutrition Lab Technician, Henry Doorly Zoo

Summary:

Conservation Sciences includes the scientific disciplines of Comparative Nutrition, Reproductive Physiology, Rare and Endangered Plants, and Genetics.  Success of each department is dependent on a dedicated staff of scientists and laboratory technicians that are committed to the mission of the Zoo and to scientific inquiries and activities that:

  1. Enhance biological knowledge of plants and animals to improve health, husbandry, and well-being in managed environments
  2. Reduce threats and challenges that face plants and animals in natural habitats and ecosystems around the world
  3. Help improve sustainability of in situ and ex situ populations of plants and animals in managed environments, natural habitats and ecosystems around the world
  4. Place Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium as a global leader of multi-disciplinary, science-based conservation

Duties and Responsibilities (include but not limited to):

  • Candidate will be responsible for learning and conducting all laboratory analyses associated with related exotic animal nutrition research and diet management.
  • Assist with sample collection during nutrition research projects.
  • Maintain/update database of all quality control and research data, also incorporating data from third party labs.
  • Assist Nutrition Manager with training interns/students/job shadows in lab safety and all laboratory procedures.
  • Occasionally assist with preparation of specialized diets.
  • Maintain inventories of lab and diet supplies.
  • Maintain clean/uncluttered workspace to prevent cross-contamination and/or injury.
  • Assist Nutrition Manager with diet changes and budget tracking as-needed.
  • Occasionally assist Browse team with planting, watering, and harvesting browse for animal consumption.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:

  • Detail-oriented, organized, strong communication skills (written and spoken), independently motivated.
  • Must have a flexible schedule and willing to work weekends or holidays if necessary, although a standard schedule will be typical.
  • Must be able to work in a team environment and willing to work alone in a laboratory setting.
  • Basic computer skills are required, including applications in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access.

Education and Experience Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition, Animal Science, Biology or related field with an emphasis in nutrition preferred
  • 1+ years in a laboratory setting

Working Conditions and Physical Effort:

  • The employee is regularly required to stand, walk, stoop, kneel, and crouch.
  • Work is performed in a laboratory and in the field
  • Employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 50 lbs.
  • Will be regularly exposed to water, cleaning and laboratory chemicals, loud noise, etc.
  • Will be regularly exposed to a variety of produce, nuts, seafood, meat, and rodents

Post-Doc: Henry Doorly Zoo

Anne Hubbard Postdoctoral Fellow (Comparative Nutrition)
Date Position Opens: 11/01/2018
Date Position Closes: 12/31/2018
FLSA Status: Exempt-$42,000
Hours: Full-time
Number of Positions: 1

Summary:
The Department of Comparative Nutrition at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium is one of four
Conservation Science departments and is seeking applicants for a post-doctoral fellowship. The successful
candidate will conduct applied research that will advance the department’s goal of optimizing exotic animal
nutrition and diet formulation. The Comparative Nutrition program specializes in carnivore and amphibian
nutrition including an emphasis on total dietary fiber (TDF) analyses and more recently, on oxidative stress in
animals as influenced by diet. The department also houses a rapidly growing browse program. Optimizing raw
meat carnivore diets continues to be a primary focus of this program through partnerships within the Felid
Taxon Advisory Group (TAG). In addition, opportunities also exist for comparative studies in domestic
livestock and companion animals, laboratory rodents, and other wildlife species and for program development.
Current University collaborations allow for opportunities to develop teaching experience.

Duties and Responsibilities (include but not limited to):
• Conduct independent research, including all aspects of experimental design, sample collection &
processing, data collection & analysis, and interpretation of results.
• Prepare manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals.
• Seek and write grant applications for programmatic funding.
• Present findings at scientific meetings and conferences.
• Share results and findings to conservation groups, zoo staff, veterinarians, animal husbandry staff, zoo
guests and donors, and community volunteers in both written and oral formats.
• Assist with the development of a new program to provide external nutrition services to AZA and non-AZA
facilities without nutrition expertise in-house.
• Participate as a nutrition advisor to a TAG or SSP (within AZA) including the writing and editing of
nutrition sections of Animal Care Manuals as needed.

Qualifications:
• Possess a Ph.D in animal nutrition or nutritional sciences with demonstrated expertise in more than one
species.
• Strong interest in the comparative aspect of nutrition and diet formulation.
• Preference given to those with experience formulating diets for more than one species and performing
TDF analyses.
• Experience in proximate analysis methodology is essential.

Salary for this position is $42,000 with health benefits. Questions and applications (resume and cover letter)
should be sent to Dr. Cheryl Morris, Vice President of Conservation: cherylm@omahazoo.com

Job posting: Georgia Aquarium Commissary Manager

The Associate Manager of Commissary Operations will direct and participate in the daily operations of the commissary and its staff as part of a comprehensive program at Georgia Aquarium to ensure the nutritional health of the animal collection.

Responsibilities:
1. Responsible for ordering of foodstuff for animal diets, including seafood, produce, feeds, supplements, live foods, and operating supplies.
2. Coordinates diet request changes and other feeding requests from Zoological Operations and Veterinary staff.
3. Communicate with Nutritionist regarding animal diet needs and changes to crucial ordering process.
4. Research new products and equipment, negotiate prices with vendors, and solicit competitive bids in order to evaluate new or alternative products.
5. Responsible for coordinating weekly delivery of frozen product from off-site holding facility and evaluating regular inventory stocks while maintaining good inventory practices, including proper in-out stocking, expiration dating and monitoring, and overall quality control of products.
6. Responsible for coordinating, managing, and training commissary staff and volunteers. This includes performance goal setting and evaluation of staff via the performance appraisal process.
7. Responsible for maintaining working knowledge of company safety policies and implementing and developing standard operating procedures as needed.
8. Responsible for maintaining working knowledge of USDA and AZA standards and ensuring all commissary areas are in compliance.
9. Responsible for coordinating quality control sample collection, laboratory sample submission, and data entry.
10. Assists with preparing and managing annual departmental budget.
11. Interacts with staff, volunteers, guests, media and the general public on behalf of, and as an ambassador for, Georgia Aquarium Inc.
12. Performs other duties as required by the Director of Research and Conservation/Nutritionist or the Vice-President of Research and Conservation, or as workload necessitates.

Qualifications:
1. High School diploma or GED (required). Bachelor’s Degree (preferred) in biological science, nutrition, or related field.
2. Experience in food preparation and/or warehouse logistics preferred.
3. Two years supervisory experience (minimum), preferably related to staff supervision/management, food/animal, warehouse, or purchasing industries. Equivalent combinations of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job will be considered.
4. Basic understanding of animal nutrition and feeding practices is preferred.
5. Forklift training/experience is preferred.
6. Exceptional organizational skills are essential, including effective time management and the ability to set and meet deadlines.
7. Exceptional communication skills are required, including the ability to know when it is appropriate to communicate by which method: face-to-face, telephone, email or text messaging.
8. Familiarity with the Microsoft Office suite of programs is essential.
9. An ability to work independently or as part of a coordinated team is essential, including intrinsic motivation and the ability to effectively manage multiple task streams.
10. Demonstrated professionalism, including politeness, good judgment, effective time management and punctuality, and an appreciation for diversity.
11. Ability to be flexible and shift priorities to meet changing institutional requirements.

  • Physical Demands & Work Environment:
  • The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell.
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds 100 feet.
  • Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color and peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
  • An employee must also have the ability to travel by car, boat, and air as needed, conduct field work in the collection and research of animals, and maintain daily contact with a living collection of plants and animals.

    Apply On-line

Commissary Supervisor: Florida Aquarium

The Commissary Supervisor position is dedicated to supporting the health and welfare of the Florida Aquarium’s collection of more than 20,000 residents. The supervisor manages all aspects of daily operations, preparation of diets, purchasing and inventory management, and staff training. Additional responsibilities and opportunities exist in the researching and revision of new and existing nutritional plans, working closely both veterinary staff and the Animal Care team.

omplete posting with instruction to apply can be found on the AZA Jobs site, or at http://FLAquarium.org

 

Indy Zoo: Nutrition Technician

The heart of our mission is promoting animal conservation, and all of our employees, at every level, contribute to the support of that mission.  Millions of Zoo guests witness our animal conservation efforts in action by visiting our animal exhibits, gardens, and aquariums.

If you have a passion for animal conservation, you may be interested in working for us as the Nutrition Center Technician.  This role is a year-round, physically demanding, full time hourly position that provides operational assistance to the Zoo’s Nutrition Center.

The Zoo provides a wonderful work environment, paid holidays, a competitive benefit package (medical, dental, vision, and life insurance, 403b, critical illness and accident insurances, and short-term disability), and liberal paid time off.

Requirements include:

  • Two (2) years of related professional work experience, performing food handling or warehouse activities in a zoo, aquarium, or similar institution is required.
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in a closely related discipline is required.
  • Physical strength, stamina, and endurance.  Must be able to repeatedly climb step-ladders, stoop, squat, kneel, bend, crouch, stand, walk, push, pull, and lift.
  • Ability to work outside in all types of weather conditions, and for short periods, in the food freezer (-18C).
  • Lifting 50 to 75 pounds repetitively throughout the day, and ability to stand to perform work tasks for the majority of the work day.
  • Due to driving requirements, you must have a valid Indiana driver’s license, and have a driving record that qualifies you as insurable by the Zoo’s insurer.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  1. Daily food preparation, including special diet mixes, for our collection, delivery of food, and assisting with commissary related pick-ups and deliveries, both on and off zoo grounds.
  2. Consults with the Nutritionist / Nutrition Center Area Manager on animal diets.
  3. Keep commissary food preparation and storeroom areas including counters, refrigerators, freezers, floors, and equipment clean and sanitary, and in a neat, orderly manner.
  4. Unloads, stores, and arranges all produce, meat/fish products, and various hays including rotation of these items to assure freshness
  5. Will assist with receipt of food products from vendors; check coinciding paperwork against products received; and inspect food items for damage and quality control

ONLY ON-LINE APPLICATIONS ARE ACCEPTED.  Mailed, e-mailed, faxed, and/or hand delivered resumes will not be considered.  Please include your compensation requirement in your attached cover letter, or enter it on the online application.

Deadline for application is November 1, 2018.

To help ensure receipt of your online application, we recommend applicants use a computer running Windows XP or higher, with at least Internet Explorer 8, Google Chrome, or Safari. ?

Use the following link to access the zoo application:

https://indyzoo.formstack.com/forms/employmentapp

Resumes may also be attached to your on-line application.  Enter “Nutrition Center Technician” in the “Position Desired” section of the application.

Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment drug test, a criminal history and driving record check.

The Indianapolis Zoo is an EOE / Child Safe / Drug Free/Smoke Free workplace.

San Francisco Zoo seeks Kitchen Manager in the Nutrition Center

The Nutrition Kitchen Manager is based at the San Francisco Zoo Nutrition Center and supports the integrated animal wellness program. The position plays a key role in ensuring optimal nutrition for the Zoo’s animals.  The Nutrition Kitchen Manager will work with the veterinary, animal care and animal wellness departments to maintain the health and psychological well-being of the Zoo’s animals. The Manager takes a specific role in understanding the effect and impact of diet on these animals. This includes, but is not limited to, the formulation, preparation, and scientific assessment of diets and nutritional records; tracking diets and diet changes; and assisting with the diet review process.  To finds details about this position, and for necessary application requirements, please navigate to: www.sfzoo.org and look at “current jobs.”

Denver Zoo: Nutritionist Job Opportunity

Denver Zoo is a leader in animal care, wildlife conservation, and education. We are passionate about our commitment to excellence in support of our mission to secure a better world for animals through human understanding.

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 Behaviors of: Passion, Respect, Innovation, Diversity, and Excellence in all that we do.

Denver Zoo is seeking an animal Nutritionist to begin building a comprehensive nutrition program for our over 4,000 animal residents. This position will advance the mission of Denver Zoo by developing and managing the animal nutrition program to help ensure the highest level of animal care. Core responsibilities include the formulation and management of diets, nutritional records, diet changes, and diet review processes. As current immediate needs are met the selected person will then further the development of a comprehensive nutrition program that will eventually include research and development. The position will report to the Vice President for Veterinary Medicine and will provide oversight to the Nutrition Center.  The nutritionist will be a partner with the Animal Care and Veterinary Medicine teams in maintaining the health and well-being of Denver Zoo’s animal collection with a specific role in understanding the effect and impact of diet on these animals. These teams will work together to develop nutrition program priorities, expectations, and work plans.  Strong teamwork along with excellent communication and presentation skills, verbally and written, are essential.

 

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 paced, and innovative culture, Denver Zoo is the place for you!

 

The Successful Candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • Graduate degree in nutrition or a related field is required, with PhD preferred.
  • At least two years of experience working with nutritional issues with wildlife in managed care.
  • Excellent oral and written presentation skills.
  • Ability to communicate among and integrate into multiple departments and working groups and work within a highly collaborative environment.
  • Demonstrated leadership and supervisory abilities.
  • Research experience with evidence of peer-reviewed publication.
  • Competency in computer skills, including word processor, spreadsheets, Internet and networks, as well as nutritional analysis software.
  • Clear driving record.

Completed applications must be submitted by October 19, 2018

***APPLICANTS MUST SUBMIT A COVER LETTER WITH RESUME***

Denver Zoo reserves the right to close the position prior to the above date.

Denver Zoo is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Please apply through www.denverzoo.org

Pueblo Zoo: Consulting Nutritionist

The Pueblo Zoo is looking for a consulting nutritionist. We are a small AZA accredited zoo in Pueblo Colorado.Our budget allows for 1-2 hours per month of nutritionist services at $100/hr. We are hoping to have one to two diets reviewed per month, and will also have occasional questions for the nutritionist. If interested please contact me.

Kathy Wolyn DVM
Veterinarian, Pueblo Zoo
3455 Nuckolls Ave, Pueblo,CO 81005
719-561-1452 X 117 (Mondays and Thursdays)
or 719-989-8859 cell

Phoenix Zoo: Manager of Nutrition Services

 

Arizona Center for Nature Conservation
Phoenix Zoo
Job Description

Job Title: Manager of Nutrition Services
Department: Living Collections – Nutrition Services
Supervisor: Curator of Assigned Area
Supervises: Nutrition Services Staff
FLSA Status: Full Time, Regular, Exempt
Grade:10

General Statement:
The Manager of Nutrition Services is responsible for the organization and operation of the Nutrition Services Department through effective management of staff, animal diets, inventory, budget, and records, and participates in all required functions within Nutrition Services, the Living Collections Department, and the greater Zoo. The manager ensures that animal diets are provided in a timely manner under high standards of quality, sanitation, safety, and cost effectiveness. Duties include recruitment, hiring, training, evaluation, and direct supervision of Nutrition Services staff.  The manager will assess all animal diets and advise/direct the proper provision for nutritional needs.  This individual will maintain all relevant records in compliance with government and accrediting agency standards. The manager will develop and maintain a budget to ensure proper accounting for departmental expenditures. The manager will ensure that Nutrition Services staff engage with all Zoo staff, guests, and external partners in a professional and customer service-oriented fashion. This individual will accept and fulfill all other duties as required of Arizona Center of Nature Conservation (ACNC) managers.

Essential Duties:

  1. Provide quality guest service for both internal and external customers by engaging in a friendly, helpful, positive and professional manner. Effectively interact with staff from all other Zoo departments, guests, media, government agencies, and outside professionals. Establish and maintain effective vendor relationships.
  2. Establish and maintain systems and procedures for ordering, receiving, storing, and preparing food and food supplies; maintain high standards of professional nutritional services.
  3. Collaborate in diet development and management for collection animals, and prepare nutritional assessments based on best current tools and information.
  4. Manage records to comply with government and accrediting agency standards (i.e., USDA, AZA) by establishing and maintaining accurate, current, and appropriate animal diet sheets.
  5. Prepare annual budget by forecasting changes in cost trends and establish cost efficiency measures to ensure financial goals are met.
  6. Recruit, supervise, and train Nutrition Services staff regarding all relevant duties. Ensure that requirements for appropriate sanitation and safety levels are met.
  7. Establish and maintain effective vendor relationships.
  8. Perform Animal Diet Technician duties as needed.
  9. Fulfill other duties as required of ACNC managers.

This is by no means an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills, duties, requirements, efforts, or working conditions associated with the job. Management reserves the right to revise the job or to require that other be performed when circumstances change (e.g. emergencies, changes in personnel, workload, rush jobs, or technological developments.)

Qualifications:                        

  1. Bachelor’s degree in nutrition or other life science preferred.
  2. Minimum of 2 years’ supervisory experience in animal health, human health or food service management.
  3. Ability to obtain Forage Sampling Certification, Arizona Food Handler’s Card, and pass Food Borne Pathogen Identification training within first 90 days of employment.
  4. Certified to operate a forklift or ability to become certified within first 90 days of employment.
  5. Ability to work with live insects, rodents, and other food animals required.
  6. Capable of humanely euthanizing animals per USDA and AZA standards.
  7. Excellent oral and written communication skills, and superior interpersonal skills.
  8. Ability to accurately and efficiently perform mathematical calculations relevant to nutritional services, including but not limited to: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of all units of measure.
  9. Ability to lift a minimum of 50 pounds and carry loads for 25 yards required.
  10. Able to bend, stoop, crawl, chop food and perform other repetitive motion activities required.
  11. Ability to work flexible hours.
  12. Possession of a valid driver’s license.
  13. This is considered a safety-sensitive position requiring the ability to pass pre-employment background check, drug test, DMV check and clear annual TB test.

To apply, please visit: http://www.phoenixzoo.org/careers/

Résumés are not accepted for any ACNC position without an accompanying application. While postings may remain on outside sites for longer, once a job is removed from the Phoenix Zoo career site, it is closed and we will no longer accept applications. If you are a top candidate for a current opening, we will contact you within a few weeks of the position closing. Unfortunately, due to the number of applications and résumés we receive, we are only able to respond to those applicants who best match our current openings.

 

Calgary Zoo: Commissary Manager

The Animal Nutrition / Commissary Supervisor is responsible for coordinating the animal care feed and supplies management system for the Calgary Zoo with a focus on animal welfare and efficient resource use. The successful candidate will manage the nutrition program in coordination with the veterinary and animal management team with a focus on welfare and the zoo’s mission and vision, and lead nutrition-related research programs to advance initiatives complementing existing conservation programs.

Responsibilities:

  • Supervise paid and unpaid commissary workers in the day to day operations of animal feed and supply acquisition and dispersal in coordination with the Operations Manager.
  • Lead the recruitment and training of commissary volunteer workers for diet preparation and other duties.
  • Participate in diet preparation and dispersal with commissary workers and provide coverage for workers on days off or vacations as needed.
  • Establish ordering routines and coordinate centralized ordering and receiving activities for animal feed and supplies.
  • Ensure proper storage, handling, and food stock rotation to prevent unnecessary food waste and assure quality and safety of animal diets.
  • Manage animal diets using Zootrition or other animal nutrition management software.
  • Facilitate diet evaluation, formulation, and refinement with veterinary staff, curators, and zookeepers.
  • Maintain high standards of cleanliness and coordinate repairs and issues with the Facilities department.
  • Periodic educational outreach internally and externally about the zoos animal nutrition program.
  • Opportunity to develop nutritional research focused on the zoos conservation programs.
  • Opportunity to develop contract nutritional outreach services to other smaller zoos.
  • Work with the Operations Manager and General Curator to plan the annual budget, and participate in monthly reviews to evaluate budget performance.
  • Effectively control the budget and provide accurate information to the Operations Manager as required.
  • Prepare animal welfare cases and business cases in support of significant program changes as required.
  • Drive a continuous improvement process for sourcing feed and supplies while balancing animal welfare, environmental sustainability, and financial sustainability.
  • Look for opportunities and make recommendations to improve and streamline procedures, processes, and documentation related to commissary function.
  • Embrace an environment of continuous learning through proactively seeking knowledge and skills to be part of a change ready workforce.
  • Maintain proficiency and accreditation/technical acumen requirements of your role and continue to build skills and proficiency by leveraging your development plan.

Qualifications:

  • Post-secondary education in Animal Nutrition or an equivalent combination of experience and education is required.
  • Specific training or experience in Zoo Nutrition is highly desirable.
  • Proven understanding of animal nutrition, preferably zoo animal nutrition
  • Proficiency in animal nutrition management software such as Zootrition, Fauna, etc.
  • Strong computer skills including Microsoft Office and SharePoint.
  • Ability to supervise and direct work for both paid and unpaid workers.
  • Outstanding organizational skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a diverse population and foster a collaborative environment.
  • Ability to work independently and prioritize workload.

Working Conditions:

Workweek will include one weekend day. On occasion, the Animal Nutrition / Commissary Supervisor may be required to be available for the after-hours callout, in event of an emergency. The working conditions of this role include sedentary computer work, exposure to cold temperatures (freezers, refrigerators), lifting up to 50 lbs, repetitive bending, twisting, and lifting.

What the zoo has to offer:

  • Competitive compensation package.
  • Flexible benefits plan, including a health spending account.
  • Employer matching RRSP program.
  • Competitive vacation and flex days entitlement.
  • Discounts on food, beverage and merchandise.
  • A complimentary annual pass for you and your immediate family members.
  • A fun work environment and the opportunity to work in a park full of wild animals!

Apply online, in confidence, no later than June 25, 2018.

The Calgary Zoo is a conservation leader whose mission is to take and inspire action to sustain wildlife and wild places. As a not-for-profit charitable institution, all revenue is reinvested back into conservation activities at the zoo and around the world.

As an organization, we value effective and collaborative communication and honesty and integrity with an emphasis on customer focus, safety and conservation. If you would like to be part of this team, we have the following permanent full-time position available in our Animal Care department:

 

 

Zoo and Wildlife Nutrition Foundation (ZWNF) Announces EDUCATION AND TRAVEL Grant Opportunity

The Zoo and Wildlife Nutrition Foundation (ZWNF) is a non-profit organization established for the purpose of:
– contributing expertise and providing funds to support zoo and wildlife nutrition programs worldwide,
– furthering the science of zoo nutrition
– facilitating the dissemination of nutrition knowledge, and
– developing the next generation of zoo nutrition leaders

The ZWNF Education & Travel Grant supports attendance at a comparative nutrition or animal nutrition-related conference, workshop, or training program.

This grant funding may be used to support travel and/or registration costs, and funding may be requested up to $500 for this purpose. Travel should be completed within 1 year of funding receipt, and a final report will be expected within 3 months of that time.

To apply, submit a short proposal (1 page, excluding CV) including the following information:
– Description of the conference, workshop or training program
– Rationale for ZWNF support, i.e., How will this program increase knowledge/skill base in animal nutrition? How will this program support/contribute to a current or future role in animal nutrition?
– Funding requested, with details of funding from other sources if required for attendance
– CV

Timelines:
– Call for Grants 4/8/18
– Grant proposals due 5/31/18
– Grant awardee/s announced 8/4/18 (at CNS meeting)
– Funding provided by 8/4/18
– Final report due by 2/1/19

Evaluation Criteria:
Proposals will be evaluated by members or designees of ZWNF and AZA NAG. Anyone related to, or who could potentially benefit from grant funding, will be excluded from the selection process. ZWNF board of directors and AZA NAG reviewers are not eligible for grant funding. Eligible proposals will be prioritized based upon those that most clearly meet the AZA NAG’s objectives and priority of funding.

Submit proposals to Barbara Henry, President, ZWNF, Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45220, or via email at Barbara.henry@cincinnatizoo.org.

* Reports on projects or summaries will be viewable on the ZWNF section of the AZA NAG Website and will be included in the ZWNF annual report/updates. ZWNF must be acknowledged in all publications. A contract between the grantee and ZWNF will clearly state these requirements and use of funds. Organizations outside the US will need to provide additional documentation of tax exempt status and financial records.

Zoo and Wildlife Nutrition Foundation (ZWNF) Announces RESEARCH Grant Opportunity

The Zoo and Wildlife Nutrition Foundation (ZWNF) is a non-profit organization established for the purpose of:
– contributing expertise and providing funds to support zoo and wildlife nutrition programs worldwide,
– furthering the science of zoo nutrition
– facilitating the dissemination of nutrition knowledge, and
– developing the next generation of zoo nutrition leaders

The ZWNF Research Grant supports basic or applied research in the area of zoo and wildlife nutrition.

Grants may be funded up to $1000, and funding may be used to support research programs, including no more than $250 allocated to travel expenses.

Examples of projects eligible for ZWNF Research Grant support include: animal studies evaluating nutrient intake and/or nutrient requirements, evaluation of nutrient content of dietary items, palatability work and other effects of diet/nutrition on behavior, development and/or validation of tools for nutritional assessment such as BCS methods. Examples of projects that are not eligible for ZWNF Research Grant support include: diet surveys without some component described above, studies examining animal physiology without a nutrition component.

Projects should be completed within 1 year of funding receipt, and a final report will be expected within 6 months of that time*.

To apply, submit a short proposal (3 page max, excluding CV and IACUC documentation) including the following information:
– Title and Investigators
– Purpose and Background Information
– Methods (i.e., Design, Analytical Methods, Data Analyses, Expected Results)
– Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) approval, if applicable
– CV for investigators
– Funding requested, with details of funding from other sources if required for project completion
– Dissemination plan

Timelines:
– Call for Grants 4/8/18
– Grant proposals due 5/31/18
– Grant awardee/s announced 8/4/18 (at CNS meeting)
– Funding provided by 8/4/18
– Final report due by 12/31/19

Evaluation Criteria:
Proposals will be evaluated by members or designees of ZWNF and AZA NAG. Anyone related to, or who could potentially benefit from grant funding, will be excluded from the selection process. ZWNF board of directors and AZA NAG reviewers are not eligible for grant funding. Eligible proposals will be prioritized based upon those that most clearly meet the AZA NAG’s objectives and priority of funding.

Submit proposals to Barbara Henry, President, ZWNF, Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45220, or via email at Barbara.henry@cincinnatizoo.org.

* Reports on projects or summaries will be viewable on the ZWNF section of the AZA NAG Website and will be included in the ZWNF annual report/updates. ZWNF must be acknowledged in all publications. A contract between the grantee and ZWNF will clearly state these requirements and use of funds. Organizations outside the US will need to provide additional documentation of tax exempt status and financial records.

Toronto Zoo Selects SCARF Nutrition Resident

                              

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Sarra Gourlie to the position of SCARF Nutrition Resident at the Toronto Zoo. The Toronto Zoo was awarded the Sue Crissey Animal Nutrition Residency Fund (SCARF) Grant by the Zoo and Wildlife Nutrition Foundation (ZWNF). This fund was established in 2006 by the Chicago Zoological Society, in cooperation with the AZA Nutrition Advisory Group (NAG), to acknowledge and honor the significant impact that Sue Crissey had on the field of zoo nutrition during her 15 years of service at Brookfield Zoo. The goal of the SCARF Grant is to support residencies in nutritional studies that will improve the welfare of animals in zoos and aquariums while training the next generation of Zoo Nutritionists. To date, two residents have completed the program and Sarra will be the third.

As a Nutrition Resident, Sarra will train at the Toronto Zoo to become a Zoo Nutritionist, qualified for employment in an AZA/CAZA accredited facility. Reporting to the Nutritionist, this two-year educational position will allow her to participate in and review the operations, managerial activities, diet formulations, clinical case management, meetings, courses, presentations, research, development, and training programs of the Toronto Zoo Wildlife Nutrition Centre.

Sarra joined the Toronto Zoo as a Temporary Nutrition Assistant and thereafter entered the Toronto Zoo Nutrition Internship Program during which she completed research on the suitability of apple browse for large primates and obtained her Master’s degree by thesis, from the University of Guelph. More recently, she has been employed as a Research and Development assistant at the Wildlife Nutrition Centre, working on the Black-footed Ferret Recovery Program and on the Toronto Zoo Carnivore Diet Program.  We look forward to Sarra continuing her relationship with the Zoo community and furthering her knowledge and skills in pursuit of joining the field as a professional Zoo Nutritionist. Congratulations Sarra!

To learn more about the Sue Crissey Animal Nutrition Residency Fund (SCARF) or to make a donation, please visit: https://nagonline.net/287/sue-crissey-animal-nutrition-residency-fund-scarf/

Sarra Gourlie, Toronto Zoo
Third SCARF Nutrition Resident

Job opening: Denver Zoo Nutritionist

 Deadline extended: March 20, 2018 

Denver Zoo is a leader in animal care, wildlife conservation, education, and guest experience. We are passionate about our commitment to excellence in support of our mission to secure a better world for animals through human understanding. We provide extraordinary experiences every day for our animals and visitors and our core values of Protect, Honor, Innovate, Serve, Engage, and Empower are evident in everything we do.  We value the different strengths our staff bring to Denver Zoo. We expect our staff to embrace and to commit to our core behaviors for engagement: Passion, Respect, Innovation, Diversity, and Excellence.

Denver Zoo is seeking an animal Nutritionist to begin building a comprehensive nutrition program for our over 4,000 animal residents. This position will advance the mission of Denver Zoo by developing and managing the animal nutrition program to help ensure the highest level of animal care. Core responsibilities include the formulation and management of diets, nutritional records, diet changes, and diet review processes. As current immediate needs are met the selected person will then further the development of a comprehensive nutrition program that will eventually include research and development. The position will report to the Vice President for Veterinary Medicine and will provide oversight to the Nutrition Center.  The nutritionist will be a partner with the Animal Care and Veterinary Medicine teams in maintaining the health and well-being of Denver Zoo’s animal collection with a specific role in understanding the effect and impact of diet on these animals. These teams will work together to develop nutrition program priorities, expectations, and work plans.  Strong teamwork along with excellent communication and presentation skills, verbally and written, are essential.

Qualifications:

  • Graduate degree in nutrition or a related field is required, with PhD preferred.
  • At least two years of experience working with nutritional issues with wildlife in managed care.
  • Excellent oral and written presentation skills.
  • Ability to communicate among and integrate into multiple departments and working groups and work within a highly collaborative environment.
  • Demonstrated leadership and supervisory abilities.
  • Research experience with evidence of peer-reviewed publication.
  • Competency in computer skills, including word processor, spreadsheets, Internet and networks, as well as nutritional analysis software.
  • Clear driving record.

Compensation and Benefits: 

This is a regular full-time position with excellent benefits, including complete medical/dental/vision coverage, 403(b) retirement plan, and a generous vacation package.

Completed applications must be submitted by January March 20, 2018

***APPLICANTS MUST SUBMIT A COVER LETTER WITH RESUME***

Denver Zoo reserves the right to close the position prior to the above date.

Denver Zoo is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Please apply through www.denverzoo.org

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Practical Zoo Nutrition Management to be held 7-11 May 2018

Practical Zoo Nutrition Management (7-11 May 2018)

The Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation in Front Royal, VA is happy to announce full enrollment for the third offering of the Practical Zoo Nutrition Management course.

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.  The class is full for this offering, but stay tuned for the announcement of the next offering in 2019!

Job Posting: Georgia Aquarium Commissary Manager

The Associate Manager of Commissary Operations will direct and participate in the daily operations of the commissary and its staff as part of a comprehensive program at Georgia Aquarium to ensure the nutritional health of the animal collection.

Requirements

II.Responsibilities: 

1. Responsible for ordering of foodstuff for animal diets, including seafood, produce, feeds, supplements, live foods, and operating supplies.
2. Coordinates diet request changes and other feeding requests from Zoological Operations and Veterinary staff.
3. Communicate with Nutritionist regarding animal diet needs and changes to crucial ordering process.
4. Research new products and equipment, negotiate prices with vendors, and solicit competitive bids in order to evaluate new or alternative products.
5. Responsible for coordinating weekly delivery of frozen product from off-site holding facility and evaluating regular inventory stocks while maintaining good inventory practices, including proper in-out stocking, expiration dating and monitoring, and overall quality control of products.
6. Responsible for coordinating, managing, and training commissary staff and volunteers. This includes performance goal setting and evaluation of staff via the performance appraisal process.
7. Responsible for maintaining working knowledge of company safety policies and implementing and developing standard operating procedures as needed.
8. Responsible for maintaining working knowledge of USDA and AZA standards and ensuring all commissary areas are in compliance.
9. Responsible for coordinating quality control sample collection, laboratory sample submission, and data entry.
10. Assists with preparing and managing annual departmental budget.
11. Interacts with staff, volunteers, guests, media and the general public on behalf of, and as an ambassador for, Georgia Aquarium Inc.
12. Performs other duties as required by the Director of Research and Conservation/Nutritionist or the Vice-President of Research and Conservation, or as workload necessitates.

III. Qualifications:
1. High School diploma or GED (required). Bachelor’s Degree (preferred) in biological science, nutrition, or related field.
2. Experience in food preparation and/or warehouse logistics preferred.
3. Two years supervisory experience (minimum), preferably related to staff supervision/management, food/animal, warehouse, or purchasing industries. Equivalent combinations of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job will be considered.
4. Basic understanding of animal nutrition and feeding practices is preferred.
5. Forklift training/experience is preferred.
6. Exceptional organizational skills are essential, including effective time management and the ability to set and meet deadlines.
7. Exceptional communication skills are required, including the ability to know when it is appropriate to communicate by which method: face-to-face, telephone, email or text messaging.
8. Familiarity with the Microsoft Office suite of programs is essential.
9. An ability to work independently or as part of a coordinated team is essential, including intrinsic motivation and the ability to effectively manage multiple task streams.
10. Demonstrated professionalism, including politeness, good judgment, effective time management and punctuality, and an appreciation for diversity.
11. Ability to be flexible and shift priorities to meet changing institutional requirements.

• The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds 100 feet. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color and peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. An employee must also have the ability to travel by car, boat, and air as needed, conduct field work in the collection and research of animals, and maintain daily contact with a living collection of plants and animals.

Apply online

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Mazuri Intermediate Sales Representative 2

 

Job Opportunity

Mazuri Exotic Animal Nutrition is a brand of Purina Animal Nutrition LLC (purinamills.com), a national organization serving producers, animal owners and their families through more than 4,700 local cooperatives, independent dealers and other large retailers throughout the United States.  Headquartered in Shoreview, Minn., Purina Animal Nutrition LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Land O’Lakes, Inc.

Scope of Mazuri® Exotic Animal Business

The Mazuri® Exotic Animal Business develops diets for two major market segments: Zoos, Exotic Animal Parks, Private Collections, Breeding Facilities and Aquariums; and the Retail Consumer Channel that services consumers who own exotic animals as part of their lifestyle.  Animals include: a broad range of exotic mammals, invertebrates, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and private collections and breeding facilities.

Job Description

https://landolakes.taleo.net/careersection/2/jobdetail.ftl?job=P-5692&tz=GMT-07%3A00

Purpose – This position is responsible for increasing Mazuri® Exotic Animal diet sales and market share.

Location – Virtual USA.

Accountability

  • Increase Mazuri® food sales and market share utilizing all methods of distribution in an assigned region.
  • Develop and implement a territory growth plan that aligns with expectations of Sales area.
  • Support event selling at industry meetings, trade shows and other events
    • Provide technical information, nutritional solutions, and training as requested for customer service, distributors, sales, retailers and end users.   This would include diet recommendation and answering question on nutrition and management of exotic animals.
  • Develops positive relationships with industry and university professionals.
  • Remain current on exotic animal industry trends and knowledge.

Requirements

  • BS degree in Animal Science or related field.  And experience in working with animals.
  • Travel is required in this position. The amount of travel will be dependent on the customer base served and amount of direct customer contact required. Range from 35 – 50%

Competencies & Other Skills

Required:

  • Action oriented, customer focused, functional/ technical skills, interpersonal skills, drive for results, self-development, time management and problem solving/decision making. Previous field selling is a requirement.
  • Must be able to lift and carry 50 lb. bags of feed as needed.  Fluency with use of technology to facilitate job responsibilities, including Microsoft Office programs, social media and other web-based technologies.

Preferred:

  • Experience working with exotic animals in some capacity
  • MS degree in Animal Science or related field.  

Contact: Land O’Lakes Website

Mazuri® Expert Technical Support Consultant

Job Opportunity

Purina Animal Nutrition LLC (purinamills.com) is a national organization serving producers, animal owners and their families through more than 4,700 local cooperatives, independent dealers and other large retailers throughout the United States. Headquartered in Shoreview, Minn., Purina Animal Nutrition LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Land O’Lakes, Inc.

Scope of Mazuri® Exotic Animal Business

The Mazuri® Exotic Animal Business develops diets for two major market segments: Zoos, Exotic Animal Parks, and Aquariums; and the Retail Consumer Channel that services consumers who own exotic animals as part of their lifestyle.  Animals include: a broad range of exotic mammals, invertebrates, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish.

Job Description

https://landolakes.taleo.net/careersection/2/jobdetail.ftl?job=P-5736&lang=en

The successful candidate will provide technical support to the Mazuri R&D team, Sales, Marketing, Manufacturing, Quality, and Customer Service teams to support growth of the Mazuri® business.  This position will also provide technical expertise for assigned projects including investigating and resolving quality problems, assist with field sales and field trials, provide input into product development and expansion of existing products and may act as the technical interface between the company and the customer.  Specific responsibilities include:

  • Product Set-up including formulation, developing labels, and regulatory support for both domestic & international sales.
  • Develop Marketing and Sales technical support materials (Print & Digital)
    • Product Specification Sheets which include diet analysis, summarization, and creation of the specification sheets.
  • Product Improvement and New Product Development
    • Help manage research projects with customers/partners
    • Coordinate research trials, samples & testing, manage data , summarize results & update new products and / or develop new products
  • Technical Support for sales, retailers, distributors, customers (accounts & consumers) and Customer Service
    • Providing Nutritional Solutions that include product recommendation and answering questions on products
  • Product development and improvement of products manufactured at Purina® ‘s Specialty manufacturing plant.
    • Packaging and labels for products manufactured at Richmond Test Diet Plant
  • Remain current on exotic animal industry trends and knowledge.

 

Requirements

  • Masters or PhD in Nutrition. Preference will be given to candidates with experience with exotic animals.
  • Travel is required in this position. The amount of travel will be dependent on the customer base served and amount of direct customer contact required. Position will begin with less travel, but could eventually average 15 – 25%

Competencies & Other Skills

Required:

    • Strong technical skills and understanding of animal nutrition.
    • Strong interpersonal, communication, public speaking and technical writing skills.
    • Must be capable of providing scientific and research data, regarding nutrition and animal management, in sales environments.
    • Must be able to inspire confidence in product performance with creativity and conviction in product-line knowledge.
    • Demonstrated ability to develop and leverage collaborative relationships.
    • Ability to effectively work as a part of a team and possess excellent team building skills.
  • Uncompromising integrity.

Preferred:

  • Excellent problem solving skills. Strong communication, planning & organizational skills.
  • Strong computer skills to support critical software tools that support product sales.
  • Experience and understanding in one or more of the species within the exotic animal industry and the versatility to be able to work well with multiple segments of the industry.
  • Previous feed business experience in technical sales and marketing support.
  • Experience raising animals.

Contact: Land O’Lakes Website  

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Job Opportunity: Mazuri Exotic Animal Nutritionist

Job Title:  Nutritionist, Exotic Animal Nutrition

Job Description

The successful candidate will provide technical expertise for Exotic Animal customers (Zoos, Exotic Animal Parks, and Aquariums), veterinarians and private owners/consumers and conduct research leading to new added value products.  Within the company, this position will provide technical expertise to Sales, Marketing, Manufacturing, Quality, and Customer Service teams to support growth in the Mazuri® Exotic Animal business.  This position will also provide technical expertise for assigned projects including investigating and resolving problems, assist with field sales and field trials, provide input into product development and expansion of existing products and act as the technical interface between the company and the customer.  Specific responsibilities may include:

  • Provide nutrition and management expertise to exotic animal customers and consumers.
  • Create value by conducting research to develop unique specie specific diets for a broad range of exotic animals, worldwide.
  • Work with manufacturing plants to develop product specifications, formulate diets, establish quality standards and respond to all internal inquiries. Work with Quality Assurance to resolve complaints.
  • Work with the Exotic Animal business team to respond to all external inquiries from sales, retailers, customers or consumers.
  • Provide technical expertise and assist with communication within the Mazuri business and within the Purina/Land O’Lakes organization.
  • Assist with the creation of sales training materials.
  • Assist with attaining new business by providing technical expertise and knowledge during sales calls and visits with customers. Work with sales personnel to find ways of providing value and company differentiation with each customer.
  • Support customer activities at the Purina Animal Nutrition Center and at field events/meetings/conferences by participating and/or speaking at the events.
  • Remain current on exotic animal industry trends and knowledge.
  • Maintain visibility within the industry by participating or speaking at conferences, trade shows, and by preparing articles for industry publications.

Requirements

  • PhD in Nutrition (monogastric or ruminant), or related field with an emphasis on exotic animal nutrition, 3+ years of experience. Preference will be given to candidates with experience with exotic animals.
  • Travel is required in this position. The amount of travel will be dependent on the customer base served and amount of direct customer contact required.  Position will average 25 – 40% travel.

Competencies & Other Skills

Required:

  • Strong technical skills and understanding of animal nutrition in one or more of the species identified and their respective animal industry.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication, public speaking and technical writing skills.
  • Must be capable of providing scientific and research data, regarding nutrition and animal management, in sales environments.
  • Must be able to inspire confidence in product performance with creativity and conviction in product-line knowledge.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and leverage collaborative relationships.
  • Ability to effectively work as a part of a team and possess excellent team building skills.
  • Uncompromising integrity.

 

Preferred: 

  • Excellent problem solving skills. Strong communication, planning & organizational skills.
  • Strong computer skills to support critical software tools that support product sales.
  • Experience and understanding in one or more of the species within the exotic animal industry and the versatility to be able to work well with multiple segments of the industry.
  • Previous feed business experience in technical sales and marketing support.
  • Experience with exotic animals.

 

Contact:  Land O’Lakes Website

Purina Animal Nutrition LLC (purinamills.com) is a national organization serving producers, animal owners and their families through more than 4,700 local cooperatives, independent dealers and other large retailers throughout the United States. With an uncompromising commitment to animal excellence, Purina Animal Nutrition conducts industry-leading R&D initiatives that create and sustain a valued portfolio of complete feeds, supplements, premixes, ingredients and specialty technologies for the livestock and lifestyle animal markets. Species served by Purina Animal Nutrition include both large and small animals, including cattle, horses, swine, chickens, hamsters, gerbils and rabbits. Headquartered in Shoreview, Minn., Purina Animal Nutrition LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Land O’Lakes, Inc.

 

Scope of Mazuri® Exotic Animal Business

The Mazuri® Exotic Animal Business develops diets for two major market segments:  Zoos, Exotic Animal Parks, and Aquariums; and the Retail Consumer Channel that services consumers who own exotic animals as part of their lifestyle in the US and internationally.  Animals include: a broad range of exotic mammals, invertebrates, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish.

Announcing the 2017 ZWNF/NAG Conference on Zoo and Wildlife Nutrition

Howdy, Folks!  Welcome to Texas!  Come explore the wild and wooly world of zoo nutrition in Frisco, TX, hosted by the Dallas Zoo. Join us and the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians to hear all the latest advances in the field of zoo and wildlife nutrition.

Frisco, TX is 25 miles north of Dallas/Ft. Worth, and is home to the National Railroad Museum and a slew of stadiums for all you sports fans, and don’t miss the National Videogame Museum(!).  Even better yet, take in the lovely Ft. Worth and  Dallas Zoos just a few miles away.

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GENERAL SCHEDULE

Download the Detailed Schedule

  • Saturday, Sept. 23
    • 4:30 – 5:30 pm: Registration in hotel lobby
    • 6:00 pm: NAG steering committee meeting (location TBD)
  • Sunday, Sept. 24
    • 8:00 – 9:00 am: Registration at conference center
    • 9:00 – noon: Workshop
    • noon-2 pm: Lunch on your own
    • 2:00 – 4:00 pm: Workshop continued
    • 3:00 pm – ?: Poster setup
    • 4:00 – 5:00 pm: Registration
    • 6:00 pm: Icebreaker
  • Monday, Sept 25
    • 7:00 – 7:45 am: Registration
    • 8:00 – 8:15 am: Joint Welcome
    • 8:20 – 10:15 am: NAG session 1
    • 10:20 – 10:50 am: Poster session
    • 10:50 – 2:55 pm: NAG session 2
    • Lunch on your own
    • NAG session 3
    • 2:55 – 3:25 pm: Poster session
    • Dinner on your own
    • 7:00 – 9:00 pm: SCARF benefit
  • Tuesday, Sept 26
    • NAG session 4
    • 9:35 – 10:00 am: Posters/Break
    • noon: Depart for zoo
  • Wednesday, Sept 27
    • NAG session 5
    • 9:35 – 10:20 am: Break/Exhibits
    • NAG session 6
    • Lunch on own
    • NAG session 7
    • 3:20 – 4:00 pm: Break/Exhibits
    • Membership Meeting
    • 6:00 pm: Banquet

WORKSHOP

Sunday September 24, 2017
Workshop: “Produce Classification: Revolutionary Considerations for Improving Zoo Animal Diet Formulation” 9 am- 4 pm.

Commercially-available fruits rarely mimic fruits consumed by free-ranging wildlife.  What are the implications for diet formulation and produce selection for optimal health of the animals in our collections? This workshop aims to tackle these questions through presentation and discussion, with the goal of producing consensus recommendations for how to standardize produce classification for zoo nutrition diet formulation. The program will begin with invited speaker Erin Vogel, Ph.D, who will discuss her work on food acquisition and diet selection in non-human primates, with an emphasis on the nutrient composition of free-ranging fruits and overall diet in those species. A series of talks will follow Dr. Vogel’s presentation on the classification systems of produce currently in use by various institutions.  After a break for lunch (12-2pm, on your own), the afternoon session consists of a discussion and breakout into working groups to assemble/organize data providing categories/charts that can be adapted for use at your home institution.

Erin Vogel, Ph.D., is an associate professor at Rutgers University.  She is a primate dietary ecologist with a primary interest in factors that affect food acquisition and diet selection in non-human primates. In particular, she studies how primates have adapted to maximize energy intake in the face of variable environments by examining the behavior, morphology, and physiology within an ecological context.

Denver Zoo Nutrition Internship

A paid internship in the area of exotic animal nutrition, including clinical, operational, 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 May through August, 2017; full-time availability is preferred, though part-time may be considered.

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
  • Working in the Nutrition Center preparing diets and food deliveries
  • 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) a resume, 2) an unofficial transcript, and 3) a 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 end-of-day on March 20, 2017.

Nutrition Supervisor: Ft. Worth Zoo

This position is responsible for supervising, monitoring, and participating in receiving, preparing, and delivering quality food and supplies to all animal buildings and exhibit areas; supervising the keeper staff assigned to the area; and coordinating activities with other departments within Animal Programs.

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Nutrition Internship: Disney’s Animal Kingdom

We are currently accepting applications for our Spring 2017 semester internship in the Animal Nutrition Center at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. If you know any eligible students that are considering a career in zoo nutrition, please pass this information on to them.

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 in our animal food production operation (lots of diet prep).  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

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.