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:

 

 

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

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

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  

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

Contract Zoo Nutritionist – Moorpark College

Moorepark College Lion Logo with Text

AMERICA’S TEACHING ZOO
at Moorpark College

JOB DESCRIPTION

JOB TITLE: Contract Zoo Nutritionist

DEPARTMENT: Exotic Animal Training and Management Program/America’s Teaching Zoo

REPORTS TO: Zoo Operations Supervisor & Veterinary Staff

GENERAL SUMMARY

Under the general supervision of the Zoo Operations Supervisor, the incumbent performs a variety of nutritional support by developing guidelines and recommendations for the nutrition program at ATZ in collaboration with the Veterinary staff. It implements nutritional programs and standards for various zoo species, assessing nutritional health and recommending diet changes, reviewing commissary protocol and preparation, providing education and training to staff. The incumbent should expect at least two site visits, though most work can be done off-site. The entire diet review process is expected to take no longer than three months.

LOCATION SUMMARY

The Exotic Animal Training and Management program (EATM), also known as “America’s Teaching Zoo” (ATZ), is located on the campus of Moorpark College, in Moorpark, CA. The focus of the program is to train the next generation of animal professionals. Every animal in the varied collection on the five acre zoo is assigned to one or several students. The students are responsible for the care, training, enrichment, preparing, and feeding the diet of their assigned animal. The collection is about 135 animals currently consisting of 78 mammals, 30 birds and 24 reptiles.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

  • Review data on diet consumption, diet formulation and implementation with consideration for nutritional adequacy, health, environmental enrichment and training.
  • Assist in development of protocols related to nutrition and Commissary operations.
  • Develop, implement and evaluate quality-assurance measures for animal foodstuffs
  • Confirm ATZ’s meeting of HACCP, USDA/OSHA expectations and standards for Commissary.
  • Conduct in-service training on nutrition for appropriate staff members

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES

  • Comprehensive knowledge of the zoo’s mission and philosophy
  • Comfortable with application of basic nutrition principles of diet formulation and evaluation, software, and calculations
  • Good ability and comfort with computer software – specifically, Word (or similar), Excel (or similar), Outlook, PowerPoint, FileMaker and ZIMS.
  • Thorough knowledge of the principles of captive exotic animal nutritional management
  • Ability to interact courteously and respectfully with supervisors, fellow employees, students, zoo visitors and general public
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision, must be self-directed

EDUCATION/ EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

  • A degree in nutrition or a related sciences field is required. A comparable combination of education, experience, or training that would provide the level of knowledge, skills, and ability required may qualify individuals.
  • Professional experience in nutrition related field, including research, laboratory, diet formulation, nutrition center operations, record keeping and zoo experience desirable.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Ability to traverse zoo grounds
  • Ability to exercise safe work habits in proximity of potentially dangerous animals and equipment

PLEASE REMIT RESUME AND PROPOSAL WITH COMPENSATION TO MHINES@VCCCD.EDU BY
OCT 18th, 2015.

The Ventura County Community College District is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity. It is the District’s policy to ensure that all qualified applicants for employment and employees have full and equal access to employment opportunities and are not subjected to discrimination in any program or activity of the District on the basis of ethnic group identification, race, color, national origin, religion, age, sex, physical disability, mental disability, ancestry, sexual orientation, language, accent, citizenship status, transgender status, parental status, marital status, economic status, veteran status, medical condition, or on the basis of these perceived characteristics, or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.

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

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

Nutritionist – Zoo Miami

Zoo Miami - LogoZoo Miami is the largest and oldest zoological garden in Florida, and the only tropical zoo in the continental United States.  Today, Zoo Miami occupies almost 750 acres (340 developed), and is home to more than 3,000 animals representing over 500 different species in exhibits that are entirely cageless.  We are proud to be an active leader in many global wildlife and environmental conservation initiatives and are currently involved in over 36 projects taking place on six continents.  We are experiencing an exciting time of advancement that will focus on five strategic priorities: Animal Well Being- to ensure the highest level of animal care and welfare; Conservation and Stewardship- to become the leader in regional wildlife conservation and environmental stewardship; Guest Experience- to create a high value destination for family fun and learning; Financial Strength- to ensure long-term stability through sound business practices; and Performance Excellence- to establish an organizational culture of caring, collaboration, and engagement.  This is a great time to join our family and be a part of Zoo Miami’s dynamic future.

Zoo Miami is currently seeking an exceptional individual to lead our Animal Nutrition program.  We are searching for a team-oriented candidate that will be approachable, engaging and passionate in leading and developing staff.

Summary: Responsibilities include working with the Animal Science management and Zoo Veterinarians in monitoring the health of the animal collection with respect to nutritional status and diet consumption. Responsible for assessment of the diet and nutritional needs of the animal collection, body condition scoring, nutrition screening panels, diet formulation, quality control, monitoring diet consumption and implementation.

Responsibilities/duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Responsible for developing, managing and implementing the nutrition program for the zoo collection including maintaining the department procedures manual, monitoring diet consumption, diet formulation, and implementation; annual review of the dietary husbandry protocols (including dietary behavioral enrichment items) to ensure nutritional adequacy of diets in regards to maintenance of health, breeding soundness, environmental enrichment and training.
  •  Responsible for approving all consumable items and diet changes; responsible for the distribution of diets, monitors current and future availability of dietary items; responsible for quality control testing for hay, fish, insect, meat (including whole prey items), grain, canned goods and produce.
  • Assists horticulturalists with the management and continued development of the browse program and surveillance of the grounds and enclosures for toxic plants.
  • Initiates and collaborates with the zoo veterinarians on clinical investigations and research projects as it relates to animal health and nutrition; responsible for advising the Senior Veterinarian on nutrition issues that require further investigation; will serve as point person on all nutrition research projects.
  • Feeds animals in accordance with nutritional and behavioral requirements as specified by curatorial and nutritional staff; administers medications; participates in capturing, crating and transporting animals; participates in approved scientific research and educational projects.
  • Responsible for maintaining accurate records and preparing reports as it relates to animal nutrition; responsible 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 provides recommendations for complying with relevant regulations.
  • Trains, coaches, mentors, and evaluates staff; provides ongoing, on the job training for Nutrition staff by providing written and oral constructive criticism and positive feedback to encourage professional development.
  • Works in collaboration with management staff to develop and implement training and coaching strategies that improve communication among internal staff.
  • Makes recommendations regarding hiring, discipline and promotion of subordinates; authorizes leave and overtime; evaluates and rates employee performance.
  • The successful candidate will have the ability to manage multiple and complex responsibilities at the same time; be timely and reliable in attendance and performance; and have the ability to work well with all levels of staff, volunteers, vendors and guests.

Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree.  Two years of experience working with nutritional issues for captive wildlife is required. Must be able to lift 40 pounds.

Preferred Qualifications: Advanced degree in animal nutrition and supervisory experience is highly preferred.

This is a full time salaried position with a salary range from $51,260.82 to $86,237.58 with excellent benefits as an employee of Miami-Dade County.

To apply for this position:  Qualified applicants must apply via the Miami-Dade County Human Resource website, http://www.miamidade.gov/humanresources/jobs.asp  and apply online using Job Opening 35598.

A cover letter and resume may also be forwarded to: Staci Otero, Zoo Personnel Manager, Staci.Otero@miamidade.gov .

Applications will be accepted until close of business on Wednesday, September 2, 2015.

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.