INTRODUCTION

Thank you for interest in applying for a position at RIVERSIDE REPTILES EDUCATION CENTER.  Open positions will be filled in 3 phases:  Phase #1 will be Full-time Animal Keepers, Phase #2 will be Full-time Educators, and Phase #3 will be Part-time Employees (Admissions, Gift Store, Weekend Staff).

    

Please include a cover letter along with your resume.  Be sure to include at least two references, your phone #, and your email address on your resume.

    

Email your cover letter and resume to snaketat@cox.net.  We will email you a notification once it is received.

 

* We will run a background check on all chosen candidates.

* Openings for full-time positions will close on November 30, 2019.

HEAD KEEPER

 

JOB DESCRIPTION:

    

Under direction of the Curator, the Head Keeper performs routine work assignments involving the care of the center’s animals and the maintenance of exhibits, enclosures, service and animal holding areas, and related work as required.

       

The Head Keeper is responsible for the daily husbandry of up to 75 species of amphibians and reptiles, including very large crocodilians, pythons and anacondas over 100-pounds, and venomous snakes and lizards.  The Head Keeper is also responsible for the center’s wide collection of invertebrates, e.g. tarantulas, giant centipedes, and highly venomous scorpions.

 

DUTIES:

  • Daily cleaning, feeding, and maintenance of animal enclosures/habitats

  • Animal Nutrition 

  • Veterinary Care

  • Enrichment

  • Developing breeding programs for shorter-lived and rare species

  • Assisting with selection and acquisition of new animals

  • Quarantine procedures for new animal acquisitions

  • Maintains daily reports and record keeping

  • Assisting with animal transportation

  • Involved with the hiring and training of Animal Keepers, Interns, and Volunteers

  • Trains and supervises Animal Keeper(s), Interns, and Volunteers

  • Answering visitor questions about the center and the animals that reside there

 

​PHYSICAL EFFORT:

Active.  Must be able to lift and carry up to 75 pounds.  Sufficient mobility, vision and hearing are needed to ensure a safe work environment.  Must be able to stay on one’s feet for a majority of the day.

WORKING CONDITIONS:

 

Mainly inside currently, but during Phase #2 of our build we will have an outdoor area with mostly turtles and tortoises that will need to be maintained.

SKILLS NEEDED:

  • Knowledge of animal behavior

  • Knowledge of Connecticut’s indigenous species of reptiles and amphibians

  • Knowledge of procedures used for the proper care and handling of reptiles and amphibians

  • Ability to exhibit patience when caring for animals

  • Ability to effectively handle high risk situations when feeding, transferring, or restraining animals

  • Skill in observation in order to recognize and evaluate conditions of animal health, diets, and behavior

  • Skill in tact and diplomacy when interacting with co-workers, volunteers, and visitors

 

EDUCATION: 

​     BS or BA in Biology, Zoology, Environmental Science, or similar field.

EXPERIENCE: 

Five or more years of experience in reptile, amphibian, and invertebrate husbandry.  Handling and care of venomous and dangerous reptiles/invertebrates a plus (but not required).

Five or more years of experience in presenting live animal demonstrations, and working with the public.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must have a valid Drivers License.

  • Willingness to work nights and weekends (if needed), and be on-call for emergency or staffing issues.

KEEPER

JOB DESCRIPTION:

Under direction of the Curator and the Head Keeper, the Keeper performs routine work assignments involving the care of the center’s animals and the maintenance of exhibits, enclosures, service and animal holding areas, and related work as required.

The Keeper is responsible for assisting in the daily husbandry of up to 75 species of amphibians and reptiles, including very large crocodilians, pythons and anacondas over 100-pounds, and venomous snakes and lizards.  The Keeper is also responsible for the center’s wide collection of invertebrates, which will include tarantulas, giant centipedes, and highly venomous scorpions.

DUTIES:

  • Daily cleaning, feeding, and maintenance of animal enclosures/habitats

  • Assisting with Veterinary Care

  • Enrichment

  • Assisting in Record Keeping

  • Assisting with animal transportation

  • Involved with the hiring and training of Interns, and Volunteers

  • Supervising Interns and Volunteers

  • Answering visitor questions about the center and the animals that reside there.

PHYSICAL EFFORT:

Active.  Must be able to lift and carry up to 75 pounds.  Sufficient mobility, vision and hearing are needed to ensure a safe work environment.  Must be able to stay on your feet for a majority of the day.

WORKING CONDITIONS:

Mainly inside currently, but during Phase #2 of our build we will have an outdoor area with mostly turtles and tortoises that will need to be maintained.

SKILLS NEEDED:

  • Ability to exhibit patience when caring for animals

  • Ability to effectively handle high risk situations when feeding, transferring, or restraining animals

  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions

  • Skill in observation in order to recognize and evaluate conditions of animal health, diets, and behavior

  • Skill in tact and diplomacy when interacting with co-workers, volunteers, and visitors

EDUCATION: 

​BS or BA in Biology, Zoology, Environmental Science, or similar field (preferred but not necessary).

EXPERIENCE: 

Five or more years of experience in reptile, amphibian, and invertebrate husbandry.  Handling and care of venomous and dangerous reptiles/invertebrates a plus (but not required).

 

Five or more years of experience in presenting live animal demonstrations and working with the public.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must have a valid Drivers License.

  • Willingness to work nights and weekends (if needed), and be on-call for emergency or staffing issues.

EDUCATON & OUTREACH SPECIALIST (EOS)

JOB DESCRIPTION:

 

Riverside Reptiles Education Center (RREC) is currently seeking an experienced, enthusiastic, and dynamic individual to join our team as an Education and Outreach Specialist (EOS).  This position entails assisting the Director of Education (DOE) in the overall supervision and operations for the Education Department of RREC. This individual must be creative, responsible, team oriented, and share our positive outlook.

 

The successful candidate will have animal handling experience because the RREC is home to over 75 species of invertebrates, amphibians, and reptiles, including very large crocodilians, pythons and anacondas over 100-pounds.  The ideal EOS will lead our mission to maintain, improve, and perfect wildlife education at the Riverside Reptiles Education Center. 

DUTIES:

  • Performs outreach programs

  • Assists the DOE in coordinating all outreach programs in-house events. Develops educational messages and programs that satisfy RREC’s educational, conservation, and financial goals.

  • Assists the DOE in designing and developing education programs and partnerships. 

  • Directs supervision and management of volunteers and interns

  • Works with DOE to develop and conduct research on, and the evaluation of, educational programs, including:  curricula, visitors’ engagement, training resources, and modification to meet identified problems/needs, state/federal requirements, and our goals/objectives. 

  • Stays up-to-date on current trends in wildlife education and new discoveries in the natural world 

  • Ambassador Animal Collection:

    1. Train, follow protocols, perform occasional husbandry for, safely work with and present for public programs RREC’s ambassador animals.

    2. With DOE and KEEPERS, oversee animal handling training for staff, interns, and volunteers within the education department.

    3. Update wildlife education fact sheets and information presented 

  • Maintains exceptional standards of customer service, cleanliness and physical appearance of all locations, staff, interns, and volunteers.

  • Establishes and maintains positive and effective leadership and working relationships with all levels of RREC staff as well as diverse volunteers, donors, community partners, vendors and others

  • Work with DOE to identify and resolve procedural issues by developing and implementing new protocols. Perform administrative duties required to successfully operate an education department.

PHYSICAL EFFORT:

Active.  Must be able to lift and carry up to 50 pounds.  Sufficient mobility, vision and hearing are needed to ensure a safe work environment.  Must be able to stay on one’s feet for a majority of the day.

WORKING CONDITIONS:

Mostly indoor, but during the warmer months some programs will be held outdoors.

SKILLS NEEDED:

  • Demonstrated history of leadership, keeping to a budget, and management-related skills

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills required

  • Demonstrated ability to work with individuals from a wide variety of ethnic, cultural and economic backgrounds

  • Excellent time management, organization, and independent judgment skills. Proven ability to take responsibility and problem solve in a proactive manner

  • Excellent computer skills

EDUCATION: 

​BS or BA in Biology, Zoology, Environmental Science, Education, or similar field.

EXPERIENCE: 

Minimum of three years experience in an Education Department in a Zoo, aquarium, nature center or museum setting, including demonstrated ability to develop talent, deliver programs, and work with ambassador animals

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must have a valid Drivers License.

  • Willingness to work nights and weekends (if needed), and be on-call for emergency or staffing issues.