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Senior Animal Trainer

Position Summary:  Responsible for the Habitats Team’s conditioning and maintenance of the animal collection through husbandry and training programs.  Reports to the Manager of Zoology and may serve as proxy if assigned.  Takes the lead in coordination of animal training duties and works closely with all members of the Zoology and Environmental Education departments.  Carries out all animal keeper responsibilities as assigned.

ResponsibilitiesCoordinates the daily operation of all animal training and enrichment programs including (but not limited to) animal presentations (public, private and education groups), presentation production criteria, ensuring consistent delivery and improvement of training/enrichment programs and problem solving using animal training.
Assembles appropriate information and coordinates verbal and written communication between various stakeholders; including (but not limited to) aquarists, animal keepers, volunteers, interns, veterinary staff and other Maymont staff.
Supervises the behavioral enrichment intern(s) and other related volunteers.
Carries out all aspects of daily animal keeper responsibilities including animal husbandry, exhibit maintenance, operant conditioning, enrichment, daily records, and performance of education activities using animal training. 
Participates in exhibit improvement, design, animal display arrangements and other planning as needed.
Carries out other duties as assigned.

Education/Experience required: Bachelor degree or equivalent in biological sciences or psychology.   At least two years as an Animal Trainer or Animal Keeper (preferred at a Senior level).  Knowledge of native mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fishes of Virginia is preferred.

Skills/Abilities required: Knowledge of biological principals and terms. Knowledge of animal husbandry to include disease and parasite control, animal nutrition, animal breeding, animal behavior and especially animal training.  Ability to work effectively with co-workers and Maymont guests.  Ability to follow detailed written or oral instructions. Ability to perform the manual work required including lifting / carrying at least 50 pounds, climbing, crawling and jumping.  Ability to work in inclement weather throughout the year.  Must be willing to work weekend and holidays if required.  Will be required to pass employer-provided Basic First Aid and CPR training and receive pre-exposure rabies vaccine.  Must be knowledgeable about safety precautions and be willing to work with normal hazards associated with an animal care facility (disinfectant chemicals, potential zoonotic diseases, being wet, etc.).  Experience in animal restraint and handling, use of operant conditioning techniques and basic Microsoft Office computer software.  Additional preferred skills: hand and gardening tools, power tools, farm tractor, microscope, first aid equipment.

Licenses required: valid driver’s license.  Must pass pre-employment background criminal check.

Position is full time with competitive compensation and full benefit package.

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