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Senior Keeper

Miami Seaquarium
Miami, United States Posted: February 25, 2023

A Senior Keeper at Miami Seaquarium will be responsible for the care and display of Tropical Birds, Manatees and Sea Turtles living in exhibits throughout the park as well as being a resource for the Animal Care Department staff. The senior keeper must act as a role model for the Animal Care staff. The primary responsibilities will include working as assigned in any of the exhibits or areas. Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Ensuring all work environments are safe and any safety concerns are reported immediately. 
  • Maintain open and professional communication with departments that interface with the Animal Care Department.
  • Ensure a quality experience and accurate information given during presentations and guest encounters by active participation and feedback to the team.
  • Function as a team player, showing trust and mutual respect for all members on the team.
  • Uphold the highest standards of courtesy and conduct.
  • Respond to all animal and operational emergencies as required.
  • Demonstrate and train staff on proper restraint techniques for large and small animals in collection.
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge of animal care including diets, water preferences, scientific nomenclature, range, habits, and compatibilities.
  • Train keepers in all areas of animal care, animal rehabilitation and daily operations.
  • Act as mentor to new keepers and teach them assigned tasks.
  • Give feedback to keepers through frequent critiques in an informal setting as well as during one on one meetings.
  • Assist management with administrative tasks such as scheduling, ordering supplies and payroll.
  • Perform leading roles in the hiring of new keepers and interns.
  • Perform leading role in exhibit projects such as renovation, repairs or modifications.
  • Perform leading roles during on site animal procedures and moves.
  • Apply animal training techniques to improve the health and welfare of the animal collection, and to meet program needs.
  • Perform a leading role in animal interactions ensuring a safe and excellent guest experience.
  • Provide accurate and informative interpretations of animal exhibits to guests by performing formal and informal discussions and/or tours.
  • Perform leadership functions as assigned.
  • Represent Miami Seaquarium at industry conferences by presenting work that contributes to the aquarium and zoological industry. 

Experience Required

  • College degree in Marine/Life Science or related field, or commensurate experience.
  • 4+ years of experience working as a keeper at an accredited animal aquarium or zoo (HC or AZA).
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Avian, Manatee and/or Sea Turtle biology, nutrition, natural history and behavior.
  • Demonstrated specialty in Animal Care that has improved the aquarium exhibits, animal husbandry, etc.
  • Proven experience with habitat maintenance, animal food preparation & nutrition requirements, general husbandry practices and animal restraint/capture techniques.
  • Advanced knowledge of animal medications, their administration and knowledge of quarantine procedures.
  • Proven experience with performing animal interactions with guests.
  • Demonstrated excellent animal observation and record keeping skills.
  • Demonstrated professional presentation and communication skills to both guests and fellow keepers.
  • Basic computer skills.
  • Ability to recognize and correct minor and major challenges with little direction from Supervisor.
  • Possess the characteristics of a role model that demonstrate the highest standards of professionalism, knowledge and teamwork.
  • Availability to work full time, 40hrs per week, this may include working weekends and holidays. Must be able to move/ lift up to 50lbs on a daily basis.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit their resume to the Animal Care Manager:  Julie Heyde

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