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Under the supervision of the Curator of Animal Programs and the asst Curator of Animal Programs, the animal trainer is responsible for husbandry and record keeping of the animal collection. Animal trainers are responsible for delivering educational programs and shows. The Animal trainer will work with supervisors to train animals, provide daily care, basic vet care and work with volunteers.


  • Provide¬†exemplary care for the animals in residence
  • Work with the Animal Care team of trainers (including other trainers, senior trainers, Asst Curator of Animal Programs and Curator of Animal Programs) on training of the animals for shows and educational programs
  • Be able to perform as a secondary trainer for all animals.
  • Be a primary trainer when assigned.
  • Perform shows and deliver educational programs on and off grounds to all age groups
  • Follow all husbandry protocols for the animal residents.
  • Manage the diets of the animal residents.
  • Maintain accurate, detailed daily records for all animals, including weights, diets, vet care, behavior, and training.
  • Administering and any veterinary medications and/or minor procedures.
  • Maintaining any scheduled health care medications and suppliments.
  • Work closely with volunteers and provide consistency with the animals
  • Continually develop self in the areas of animal training, husbandry and presentation
  • Maintain a clean and orderly work area
  • Stay current on all required vaccines; including tetnus and rabies.
  • Other duties assigned by the Curator of Animal Programs



  • Education/experience:
    1. Bachelors degree in zoology, animal science, or equivalent field and 1 year of experience OR
    2. 2 years of experience working in training animals in a zoo/show setting OR
    3. Minimum Associates Degree in animal training
  • Experience with recordkeeping.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of safe animal handling practices.
  • Experience delivering theater-style shows in a zoo setting
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Must be personable and communicate in an engaging, energetic and professional demeanor for public interactions.
  • Must be able to bend, kneel and lift 50 pounds
  • Must be able to pass a drug test and background check.
  • Available to work weekends and holidays and occasional evenings

NOTE: These statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work involved for this job. It is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of this job.

Minimum Education and Experience

Minimum Months of Experience: 24
Education Required: Associate's
Hiring Requirements for This Job:
  • Drug Testing / Screening
  • Background Checks